Year Groups

Year 5

Spring Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter


This term, we will be studying the power of reading texts, “Clockwork” by Philip Pullman and “The Eye of the Wolf” by Daniel Pennac. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including narratives and non-fiction writing. 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 in mathematics, we will focus on decimals and percentages. Looking in detail at how to compare and order decimals, converting between fractions and decimals, understanding percentage and relating 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.


In science, we will wrap up our topic of ‘properties and changes of materials’. During this topic we will examine and compare everyday materials based on their properties (hardness, durability, etc.) and look at reversible and irreversible changes. We will then return to complete our previous learning on Living Things and their Habitats as we will be observing the life cycle of butterflies live in the classroom.


In computing we will continue to use the software iMovie to create a short fair trade advert, which links to our topic learning for this half term. We will also use PurpleMash to create concept maps.


We will continue to investigate ‘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.


We will continue to take part in the Brighter Sounds Singing Project through Wandsworth Music Service. All the resources can be found here:


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 the children will learn to ask for drinks, snacks and ice creams.  We will be talking about what others have eaten or drunk extending knowledge of the preterite tense.  Following a recipe for milkshakes the children will justify their favourite choice of recipe.


PE will be taught by our class teachers. Both classes will be studying dance using resources created by Ballet Boyz.


In RE we will continue to learn about Judaism.

Trips and Special Events

21st March – Vocal Project Performance in school

25th March – Brighter Sounds Concert at the Royal Festival Hall

29th March – 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.