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 This term we will be learning…




In our final term of year 5, we will start by moving away from fiction to explore how non-fiction texts are created and how we can apply our understanding of language to them. To begin, we will be creating a non-chronological report that details the life of a hybrid animal (think Doctor Moreau’s island). These fictionalized creatures will be described from a scientific standpoint (using our considerable life cycle skills we have been working on in science). Later in the term, we will move onto making instructional texts based around our D.T. project of this term.

This writing will challenge the children in ways not possible in fiction texts, with special consideration given to the cohesiveness of a text and considering the audience when choosing language.

Useful resources to use at home:

Please use the links provided below to help support your child in their journey to becoming an enthusiastic and skilled writer.

Non-fiction text guide

Grammar Terminology

Spelling Rules

To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing.  To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.



During the children’s time in Year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.  We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practice with complex problems.  They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.

This term’s unit will begin by deepening the knowledge and understanding of the four operations – Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide. We will be exploring new and exciting ways to visualise numbers as parts and wholes, looking at a wide range of strategies to solve problems both mentally and in books using techniques such as ‘bar modelling’. Pupils will discover how these operations link together as both inverse and beyond. In addition, they will secure their knowledge and understanding of the four operations as formal written methods. We hope that by the end of the half term, pupils will be able to apply their learning to complex problems – particularly with the ability to visualise how many steps are required and which operations to use in the correct order.


Useful resources to use at home:

Times Table Rock Stars

Parents guide to the column method of addition and subtraction

Parents guide to short multiplication

Parents guide to long multiplication

Parents guide to short division

Parents guide to long division

Year 5 Whole Year Curriculum – Online Questions



Science – Living Things (Life Cycles)

Our Science this term will be Living Things. Children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem, leaves and flowers. They will then investigate the way in which water is transported within plants and explore the role of flowers in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

From this, the children will construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. They will also have a wonderful opportunity to see butterflies develop from their egg stage all the way to appearing as a butterfly. Next they will identify that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. By the end of the unit, children should be able to describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.

This half term we will be developing the following working scientifically skills:

* Use test results to make predictions and set up further tests

* Use simple models to describe ideas as well as use evidence to support/refute arguments


Topic – Victorians – ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside….’

This half term, the children will be deepening their understanding of the Victorians by looking at the seaside and how important leisure time was to this era. The children will be doing fieldwork along Southsea beach to see how this area has developed over time. They will be making comparisons between what it looked like in the Victorian era to now. Furthermore, they will look how land is used and use an Ordinance Survey map and a Google Map to make comparisons. Their final outcome is to create a poster for Southsea seaside to be advertised at a train station. This will require the children to decide if they want to focus on modern or Victorian Southsea. They will need to consider the activities they wish to advertise and their audience.



PE – Kwik Cricket


Our class based PE lessons this term will be Kwik Cricket. In this unit, children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of fielding, batting, bowling, umpiring and wicket skills. Not only will the children develop their understanding of the skills required for Kwik Cricket but they will also develop their understanding of tactics required for a game. By the end of the unit, children will compete in teams and apply all of their understanding to a full game.

RE – Ummah


In this unit, children will focus on aspects of community and specifically the concept of ‘Ummah’ in the Islamic faith. They will explore what aspects make a community and what it means to Muslims. They will contextualise the concept of ‘Ummah’ and recognise what contributes to this concept by researching prayer mats, wudu, Mecca and call to prayer.



In this unit, children will focus on aspects of community and specifically the concept of ‘Ummah’ in the Islamic faith. They will explore what aspects make a community and what it means to Muslims. They will contextualise the concept of ‘Ummah’ and recognise what contributes to this concept by researching prayer mats, wudu, Mecca and call to prayer.




Useful resources to use at home:


BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary



This term, children will be learning how to perform in groups of three and accompany a song with tuned and untuned instruments. As part of the music curriculum, we will be exploring the concept of life cycles and how it can be expressed via the medium of music.





PSHE this half term focuses on Health and Wellbeing where we will be investigating how the body changes and how to look after the human body as it matures. From this, pupils will explore how to keep the human body healthy and how to look after the wellbeing of the mind. They will begin to consider the changes they have experienced in Year 5, reflect on this and think about the transitions they will be going through as they enter Year 6.




Computing – E-Books

This half term, Computing will focus on E-Books. Children will begin by reading a variety of picture books on different life cycles. This unit of Computing links heavily with the Science that the children are learning this term. Once they have read the books, they will then come up with their own story for a life cycle and turn this into an E-Book using Powerpoint.




Dates for the Diary!!!

Trips and Workshops

Trip to Southsea Seafront

Monday 1st July – 5CB

Wednesday 3rd July – 5DS

Thursday 4th July – 5NB




PE kit

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PE days are now Thursday and Friday. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.

Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.