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Some fantastic work Year 5 have been up to this half term



We aware that in these difficult times it can be important to maintain a normal routine and for the children to continue with their own learning.

We will continue to provide home learning activities. This page will be updated each week with the activities which will be sent home via Parentmail each Monday. We will continue to use Google Classroom to post new activities each day. Please see below for an overview of the week ahead – 11/05/20.

Home Learning Pack WB. 18.05.20

International Project

Chapter 3 – Street Child

Street Child Questions

Street Child Answers

Each week, we will update you with proud moments from the children’s work or with activities that they have been creating at home. It’s great to share and feel like we are part of the Langstone community. Look at the exciting activities and work the children have completed this week:


Useful Websites  – If you use the code UKTWINKLHELPS to get 1 month free twink

Below is a list of online games that could support learning at home: – Language Angels (French games) – More french games!) (Typing games: Fun and good for beginners) (Teachers touch typing) (Maths games) (An online programming competition with a grand prize of £500 worth of gaming peripherals provided by Razer™ )



This term we will be learning…


At the moment, a stimulus for our writing is the Highwayman. We have been studying the old-fashioned language that has been used and how the author, Noyes, uses different types of figurative language to captivate his audiences. Consequently, children have been practicing how to write their own metaphors that could be used in their setting and character descriptions. By the end of the unit, the children will be given the choice of writing a prelude, an epilogue or rewrite the Highwayman poem as a story. We are hoping to see a variety of figurative language that will create an image in their reader’s minds.




We really want our children to enjoy listening, reading and writing poetry. When reading, we will be giving them the opportunity to listen to a variety of poems such as: Please Mrs Butler By Allen Ahlberg, Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee and The Book by Micheal Rosen. They will be understanding how a different reader can bring new meanings to a poem when it is read differently. By the end of this unit, children be learning a poem by heart and reading with different volumes, intonation and tone to give their poem meaning. Here is a useful website that features a great range of children’s poetry:

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 – Properties and changing materials

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 – Living in the wider world

This half term, our focus in Topic will be on geography and the world around us. The children will begin by learning to identify places by using both digital and analogue maps. They will learn all about how cities in England have changed over the years by comparing old and new maps. Then they will embark on an investigation about a European capital city and learn all about its human and physical geography. This will culminate with the children creating their own map with clearly labeled features from their chosen city.


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 – Monsters

This term, our French focus will be on monsters as we will be looking at naming different parts of the body in French. We will be looking at different adjectives and how they may change their spelling depending on whether the words are feminine, plural or both. This all links and builds on from the work they have completed in Years  and 4 when they studied colours and looked at their families. Finally, by the end of this unit, children will be writing their own sentences in French to describe their monster, agreeing colours with nouns and applying the correct adjective from given list with nouns.

Useful resources to use at home:

BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary


Music – Indonesian Gamelan

In music, we will be learning all about Gamelan, a very unique and interesting type of music from Indonesia. We will first learn about the history of the music and how it is used in prayer and worship. Then we will learn how it is performed as a collective and work to create our own Gamelan piece.


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 – What is a computer?


This half term, we will be learning all about what makes a computer. Children will understand that a computer system comprises of an input, process, memory and output. Building on from this, they will begin to understand that there are many different types of software applications and understand the role they play within our own lives. In addition to this, we will be teaching them useful skills to help them access a computer easily. For example: how to type and common keyboard short cuts. By the end of the unit, children will be designing a poster to help others understand what a computer is and how they can navigate their way around a computer more easily.





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