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Year 5

The Year 5 team is Mrs Guevara, Mr Melville and Mrs Barker 

TLSA's - Mrs Richards, Miss Rodriguez-Thomas, Mrs Baillie and Miss Nicol

Summer Term 2022

Year 5 are looking forward to an exciting and busy Summer term. In English, we will be starting the term by studying the issues around plastic, and using this to improve our non-fiction writing. We will also be considering how we can all make changes that will make a real difference. In the second half term we will be studying Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and the poem, 'Night of the Gargoyles'; both will give many opportunities for drama and performance. Our Design and Technology project will link to this, as we will be making performance masks. 

In maths we will continue to follow the White Rose scheme, continuing with fractions before moving on to learning about decimals and percentages.

Our new DPC theme is Rivers; we are hoping to visit a local river to enhance our learning in this area; look out for more details about this on the weekly news.  Our Science theme is Lifecycles, culminating in the study of our own human lifecycle.  

Our Art this term looks at the sculptor, Barbara Hepworth and we are planning a workshop with an artist visit, to create wire sculptures of birds to deepen children's experience of 3D art. 

In this term's PE, the focus will be on athletics skills and summer sports; all pupils are invited to join our after school athletics club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in preparation for the Borough Sports competition. The 'Chance to Shine' cricket festival will take place on 18th May between local schools, and finally Bikeability will take place during the week commencing 11th July. This will help pupils learn to ride safely on the roads. Keep practising cycling skills to be ready and confident on your bikes.

Spring Term 2022

Our IPC unit for this term is 'The Great, The Bold and the Brave'. This will give us an excellent opportunity to explore the founding of Rome, its empire and life as a Roman citizen. We will also be learning about the Celts, the Roman invasion of Britain, the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Our Art will link to this, with the creation of mosaics using tesserae. To enrich this topic, we are planning to visit Chedworth Roman Villa in March. Within the unit, we will also be learning about the Ancient Greeks, how their society was created and the links to modern democracy.

In Science, we will be looking at 'Materials and their properties' and 'Forces', which involves many fun practical experiments and investigations in British Science Week.

In Maths, we will be using the White Rose resources. This term has 2 main units; Multiplication and Division plus several weeks on a large unit about Fractions and Decimals. Times Tables knowledge is essential for these units, we encourage continued use of Mathletics and TT Rock Stars.

In the first half term, our English lessons focus on journeys, using 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' as our shared reading text, and 'Journey to Jo'burg' and 'The Highwayman' in English lessons. Initially in English, we will be basing our teaching on our shared class reader, Boy at the Back of the Class. We are also planning to study 'Beowulf' in the second half term, linking to our IPC unit.

This term we have the opportunity to participate in 'Chance to Shine' cricket. 5S will be doing Forest School in the first half term and then 5D in the second half term.

Autumn Term 2021

From the beginning of term, Year 5 will be busy reading! In addition to reading books from the library/ Treetops books, in class we will be reading a different novel each term and using this to improve our vocabulary and comprehension. Each class is reading a different book, so please ask your child about their class reader.

In IPC our unit is called 'Space Explorers' while in science we are studying 'Earth and Space'. We will be exploring Space and Earth’s position in it and then investigating the history of space exploration and what it is like to be an astronaut. Our inspiration lesson to start this topic will be astronaut training. Why not try studying the sky at night to find out more about what is out there?

In English, the legend of Robin Hood will inspire the writing of our own new adventures and later in the term our novel will be Clockwork by Philip Pullman. In Art, we will be learning about the work of Kandinsky and other Post – Impressionist painters and using this as the basis for our artistic creations. In D&T, we will be learning how toys with cam mechanisms work and then creating our own moving toys. 

During maths lessons, we will be learning more about place value, the four operations and statistics. Keep practising your times tables as this will help with all of our topics.

On Thursdays, one class each half term will be doing Forest School with Mrs Bullock our Forest School Lead, while the other two classes have outdoor PE with Mr Tolman. The classes will be run in order: 5D, 5P and then 5S.


Welcome to Year 5

There is a Welcome to School presentation for each year group. Click on a link below for the Year 5 version. Use whichever best suits how you are viewing this, both contain the same information.

 Welcome to Year 5 2021-2022 

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Curriculum Overview

You can find more details of the International Primary Curriculum and Subject pages on the menu to the left. At the beginning of every unit of study we will be sending out a letter to parents that explains the sort of things that are being covered in the unit. Copies of these letters are available from the links below, as well as an overview for this year group.

 Year 5 IPC Overview 2021-2022