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Class 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Read on to find out what we are learning this term.



In our English lessons this term we will be basing our writing on the book, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

This is a story about a young boy who gets caught in a storm whilst sailing the Pacific Ocean with his parents. He washes up on a deserted island, only to find out that he is not alone.

We will be completing a range of different writing genres, including: biography, narrative, instructions, and a diary entry.


In our Maths lessons this term we are covering a range of subjects, including Geometry (using protractors to draw and measure angles), Fractions, and Decimals and Percentages.

We are continuing to use our Times Tables Rock Stars – please make sure you are practising!

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Spelling and Maths Home Learning will be set online via Purple Mash on a Friday. Please ensure you are practising times tables and reading at home regularly. Please could parents ensure that reading diaries are signed when you have read with your child and that they are present in school every day. 



Our Theme this term is a geography based theme – ‘Rivers’. We will be studying the important features of a river and how they change over time, and looking at using and reading OS maps accurately to understand rivers.



We are beginning  this half term with a new topic, ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. We will be looking at the way in which different living things reproduce, including plants and different types of animals.


Key Vocabulary:

fertilisation, reproduction, life-cycle, pollination, metamorphosis, gestation

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Year 5 have the exciting opportunity to study guitars in Year 5, with our external guitar teacher. Lessons will take place on a Tuesday afternoon on a fortnightly basis in the hall. Your child will have been allocated  a group and will need to bring their guitar to school on their set week. We will be learning to read note tablature.



Our P.E lessons this term include Striking and Fielding in Cricket and Rounders. We will be improving our throwing, bowling, striking and catching skills in these defensive games. This will be lead by Mrs Barker on a Friday afternoon. Please make sure your child arrives in school wearing appropriate PE kit for the weather, including a sun hat.

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Our Theme this term is ‘Special Food’ within different religions. We will be learning about fasting, special foods in religious festivals, including a focus on Passover and the Sedar plate.

We will also be looking at ‘Beliefs and Actions in the World’ including Christian Aid and Islamic Relief. We will be discussing the idea of  fairness, justice and equality, special projects undertaken by these charities and their impacts, and making links between religion and supporting those in need.



Our focus this term is ‘The Body’. Our aims include:

  • To learn names of body parts and use them appropriately
  • Able to repeat sounds and attach sounds to the written word
  • To use the vocabulary in context to build phrases


Art and Design/Design Technology

Our focus this half term is an art unit, ‘Japanese Art’. We will be studying and appreciating a range of different art styles from this different culture, including Notan Art, Origami and Folk Art. As we explore these different styles, we will attempt to re-create some of our own pieces.


We will be using our Purple Mash Scheme of work this term to study ‘Databases’ this term. We will be using a simple database to read and interpret information, as well as create our own databases.
We will be continuing our topic ‘Diverse Britain’ this term. We will be understanding the different laws our country has, how the government runs our country and the communities we are a part of.