Year Groups

Year 5

Spring Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter


This term, we will be studying the power of reading text, “The London Eye Mystery’’ by Siobhan Dowd. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including narratives, scripts, descriptions and diary entries. We will continue to have weekly Guided Reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions to support your child’s literary development.


In maths, continuing with the mastery approach, we will focus on fractions and decimals. Looking in detail at how to compare and order fractions, identifying, naming and writing equivalent fractions and finding the decimal equivalent, recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions and converting from one form to the other, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. As before, the children will have weekly times tables tests as the expectation is that all children in Year 5 should have fluent recall of all the times tables up to 12.


In science, we will learn about Living Things and their Habitats. Children will be able to describe the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and bird and describe the process of reproduction in come plants and animals.


In computing we will be using the software iMovie to create a short fair trade advert, which links to our topic learning for this half term.


We will start a new topic with the question ‘Is fair trade really fair? The children will examine various fair trade case studies, describing how money has an effect on worker’s lives; they will gain an understanding on why fair trade is fair and identify the different stages in chocolate making.


For Art and DT this half-term we will link to our topic work on fair trade and think about designing a fair trade snack. Children will consider the appearance and practicalities of packaging and think about how labelling can make a product appeal to a target audience.


All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Make You Feel My Love, written by Bob Dylan and performed by Adele. We will listen to and talk about a variety of pop ballads; learn and/or build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups, learning to playing each tune, composing and improvising; and work toward an in-class performance.
We will also be taking part in the Brighter Sounds Singing Project through Wandsworth Music Service.


In PSHE, we will learn about how to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people. Children will consider how their actions affect themselves and others, the lives of people living in other places and times and how to develop emotional literacy skills to build effective relationships.


This half term children will learn names of food and drink related to packed lunches and break time snacks.  The will learn how to talk about what they are and drank the previous day.  We will learn how to express likes, dislikes and preferences in relation to food and drink.


PE will be taught by our sports coaches. 5M will be learning hockey, developing invasion skills and improving their stick handling. 5C will be learning volleyball and indoor athletics.


In RE we will learn about Judaism.

Trips and Special Events

25th January – RE Day


Mathletics is set on a Monday night and children are expected to attempt the tasks throughout the week.

Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.