Year Groups

Year 5

Spring Termly Letter

English

In Spring 1, we will begin studying ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd. We will use this text to inspire a range of writing including narratives, scripts, descriptions and diary entries. In Spring 2, we will focus on ‘The Eye of the Wolf’ by Daniel Pennac. We will also use this text as a basis for lots more writing, including non-fiction. We will continue to have weekly ‘Whole-Class Reading’, spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions to support your child’s literacy development and recovery.

Maths

In Spring 1, we will predominantly focus on fractions and decimals. This entails looking at how to compare and order fractions, identifying, naming and writing equivalent fractions and finding the decimal equivalent. We will also recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and converting from one form to the other, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. In Spring 2, we will focus on further decimals and also percentages. This means looking at how we can compare and order decimals, convert between fractions and decimals, understand percentage and relate it to fractions and decimals. 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 already. We will continue regular maths meetings to aid recovery and further increase skills and confidence across the mathematics curriculum.

Science

In Spring 1, we will learn about properties and changes of materials. During this unit we will examine and compare everyday materials based on their properties (hardness, durability, etc.) and look at reversible and irreversible changes. In Spring 2, we will study 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 some plants and animals.

Computing

In Spring 1, we will be completing a scheme of work to develop our spreadsheet skills using Purple Mash. In Spring 2 we will be learning how to use, create and interpret databases.

Topic

We will start a new topic which poses the big question, ‘Where does our food come from?’. This will improve children’s geographical skills, as they will be using maps to locate where our food travels from, investigate air miles as well as the human impact involved in food production. In Spring 2, we will investigate the question, ‘Is fair trade really fair?’ The children will examine various fair trade case studies, describing how money has an effect on workers’ lives; they will gain an understanding on why fair trade is fairer and identify the different stages in chocolate making linked to this.

Art/DT

Art and DT this term will link to our topic work on fair trade where we will design a fair trade snack. As well as considering the snack itself, the children will evaluate the appearance and practicalities of packaging and think about how labelling can make a product appeal to a target audience.

Music

We will take part in the Brighter Sounds Singing Project through Wandsworth Music Service across the Spring term. Further details and resources will be sent through to parents in January.

PSHE

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.

Spanish

This term, the children will learn names of food and drink and how to order in a café or restaurant. The children will then ‘create’ a café using Spanish vocabulary for food and drink.

PE

PE will be taught by our sports coaches for the first half-term as it has been all year so far.

After half-term, PE will be taught by our class teachers. It will most likely be indoors with dance the focus using the Ballet Boyz software, but the weather may allow for outdoor games as well.

RE

In RE we will be studying Christianity and be answering the question ‘What is the Bible and how do its teachings affect people?’ To do this we will be looking at various Gospel stories and psalms to discover their meanings and teachings that people adopt in their daily lives.

Trips and Special Events

TBC - A Brighter Sound Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

TBC - Plants & Pollination Workshop – Paradise Co-operative

Reminders

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

Homework will still be set on Thursday, but will now be due to be handed in every Wednesday please.

Please read with your child at home whenever possible and support them with the learning of their weekly spellings and times tables.

Don’t forget about the Winter Reading Challenge too – we have until February to complete it!

Please make sure your child comes into school on their PE day wearing the appropriate kit.