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 This term we will be learning…



In English this half term, we will be focusing on writing a newspaper based around all the changes that were made as a result of this horrific event. This will involve the children learning about the structure, presentation and language features of a newspaper. They will then explore he grammatical features of language such as: parenthesis, relative clauses and direct and indirect speech. As a result, they will create a finished news article encompassing all the skills and information they have gained throughout this topic.

In addition to this, we will also be taking part in the Portsmouth Book Award. We will be reading a range of books in each Year 5 classroom and then voting for which one we enjoyed the most. Some children will be selected to go and attend an award’s ceremony where the winner is announced and the children get to see the author’s in real life!

This is one of the books that we have already started reading and was selected by the children.


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.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. The children will be identifying what makes a prime, square and composite number. They will then explore a range of strategies for multiplication and division and how these can be used to support problem solving.


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 – Forces

During this half term, we will be learning about properties and changing materials in which the children will learn how to compare and group together everyday materials based on evidence from comparative and  fair tests, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Next, they will understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution. Then use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating whilst giving reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic in order to demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.


Topic – Sailing the Waves

During this historical based topic, we will be looking into the concepts of change, power and equality. Children will look into the class structure on board the ship and how this effected those that were saved. Furthermore, we will look into how the ship had a number of hazardous faults but how ultimately, these horrific mistakes lead to real change in maritime safety procedures. By the end of the unit, the children will have created a newspaper that looks back a year on from the disaster to discuss the causes and the lessons learnt from this moment in history.


Our PE, will be focusing on creative skills whilst learning static balances when seated. The children will be involved in a number of team games that enable them to develop their social skills of care and respect.

RE – Interpretation

This unit, we will explore the concept of Stewardship  and how it stems from the word, steward. A good steward is one who does a good job taking care of something. Children will explore both Christianity and Islam, learning that if we want to be good stewards for God, we must take care of the many things God has given us. That includes our money, our friendships and family, our gifts and abilities, and our world. Basically we respond to God’s great gifts by giving back to Him.


French – Quel Temps Fait-Il?

This term, our French focus will be Phonics and learning the language for the weather. Exploring phonics will help children pronounce words in French and the focus will be on the days of the week. In the early stages of French conversation, phonetics are possibly the most important element to learn. Giving the pupils a step-by-step guide to speaking in French, this unit aims to ensure that children can pronounce words accurately and fluently, thereby communicating easily in French. By the end of the unit, children will be speaking more fluently and be able to write a report for the weather in different areas of France.

Useful resources to use at home:

BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary


Music – Rock music

In music, we will be learning all about rock and roll music! This will begin with a history of rock music where we will explore the many different sub-genres rock has to offer. Then we will be looking at music theory to help the children create a rock inspired riff that they will be recording.


PSHE this half term focuses on Living in the Wider World where we will realise the consequences of anti-social, aggressive and harmful behaviours such as bullying and discrimination of individuals and communities whilst developing strategies for getting support for ourselves or for others at risk. We will also resolve differences by looking at alternatives, seeing and respecting others’ points of view, making decisions and explaining choices. Finally, we will learn what being part of a community means, and about the varied institutions that support communities locally and nationally


Computing – Movie maker

This half term, we will be learning to use movie maker to edit out own videos. We will begin by recording a play script that was written by a child in year 5. Then the children will be learning the skills to edit the clips together using transitions, as well as using special effects to add an intro and outro.





Dates for the Diary!!!

Trips and Workshops



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.


Spring 1 Spellings

This term the Year 5 exception words we are learning are:














Please practice these spellings ready to be tested in class.  It is important that you understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence.


Remember, you must know all of the exception words below:


Autumn 1










Autumn 2