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 This term we will be learning…



This term we will be studying from the book called Street Child. It is about a little boy called Jim Jarvis who is growing up during the 1860’s (the Victorian era). It ties in amazingly well with our topic – Top Hats and Chimney Sweeps. We will be recapping with the children how a writer uses speech to add action, emotion and personality to their characters. When reading this fantastic and moving story, we will be looking at how Street Child uses inference (clues for the reader) to intrigue its readers. We want the children to begin to spot these moments and be able to respond accurately to given questions that involve inference. We will also be identifying how the author, Berlie Doherty, creates tension and the children will be trying to do this for their own stories. By the end of the book, the children will be writing their own scene that creates a flashback for one of the characters and will reveal a tense situation for their readers.


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.

Figurative Language Glossary

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

This half term, the children will describe the characteristic features of the Victorian era, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children. In lessons, they will use sources of evidence to deduce information about Victorian times, selecting suitable sources of evidence and giving reasons for choices.

Their final outcome is to create a presentation to Year 3 which requires the children to seek out and analyse a wide range of evidence in order to justify claims about the Victorian era whilst also understand that no single source of evidence gives the full answer to questions about the past.



PE – Athletics


Our class based PE lessons this term will be  Athletics. In this athletics unit, children will have the opportunity to develop their existing running, jumping and throwing skills. They will be running for speed and endurance as well as learning the technique for the standing vertical jump. They will also learn the technique for throwing the discus (the fling throw) and practice other types of throwing techniques, including the one-handed pull throw (javelin) and the one-handed push throw (shot-put). The children will have the opportunity to take part in individual, paired and group activities and games.




RE – Sacred Places


In this unit, children will focus on aspects of worship and the places religious people worship in specifically in the Islamic faith. They will explore what worship is and what it means to Muslims whilst also exploring the similarities and differences in the way other religious believers worship and their types of sacred places they worship in.





This term, our French focus will be Clothes. Children will be able to state items of clothing and generate sentences about what clothes they are wearing. At the end of the unit, children will be able to write an account of what clothes they wore during the week whilst also linking their decisions based on their Autumn unit, Weather.



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 Living in the Wider World where we will be exploring the concept of money and finances. Children will begin by learning about the role of money and why it is important to save whilst also knowing how and where adults save money. From this, pupils will explore how adults borrow and lend money, understanding the consequences of lending and borrowing. Finally, we will understand why taxes are deducted from wages and the impact that it has on the wider world.




Computing – Traffic Light Coding

This half term, Computing will focus on Crumble Traffic Light Coding. Children will be using output crumble traffic lights as advice to apply an algorithm. The children are going to work out the precise algorithm for a sequence of traffic lights and once they have completed it, they can turn their algorithm into code that works on a set of real lights. The aim of the unit is for children to think through traffic light sequence algorithm, independently setup crumble and convert algorithm into crumble code.




Dates for the Diary!!!

Trips and Workshops

Victorian Day – Friday 3rd May 2019 (children to dress up)


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.