Year Groups

Year 5

Summer Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter


This half term we will look at The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton & Daniel Morden, linking our topic and literacy learning. This retelling of tales from Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, relate the adventures of the legendary hero Odysseus as he returns home to his kingdom Ithaca after the Trojan War. Children will gain an understanding of classic stories with many links and references in contemporary culture and develop their skills as storytellers. As well as writing stories, children will write in role as a character, non-chronological reports, newspaper articles and poetry.

NFER verbal and non-verbal reasoning: the children will take a practice test before the end of term and results will be sent home. This is to ensure children have experience of these types of tests before the Wandsworth Tests in year 6.


In maths we will focus on measurement, perimeter and area and prime numbers. Children will convert between different metric units of measurement (e.g. m to cm, g to kg, l to ml), understand approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints and solve problems involving converting between different units of time. They will also estimate volume and capacity. Children will measure and calculate area and perimeter in shapes based on squares and rectangles using the standard units of cm, cm2 and m2. They will understand and use the key vocabulary relating to prime numbers and recall prime numbers up to 19. Weekly times-tables tests will continue: all children should have fluent recall of all tables up to 12.


In science, we will continue to investigate earth and space before moving on to complete our learning on properties and changes of materials. Children will use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating and explore this through experiments.


In computing, we will continue to use the programme Sketch Up to design and create virtual 3D models of Greek temples. We will also use Google Sites to design an effective website on Ancient Greece.


Our topic question this term is: “Would you rather live in Ancient or Modern Greece?” This will continue from last half term and we will learn about ancient Greek culture, legacy and art as well as the geography and tourism of modern Greece and compare various aspects of the two civilisations including the Olympics. We are also planning a Greek day for later on this half term.


The art and DT curriculum will link with our topic  work and will include designing and building Pandora’s Box and Olymic figures.


The learning in this unit is focused around jazz, looking at two tunes Three Note Bossa and The Five Note Swing. We will listen to and talk about a variety of jazz tunes; 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 towards an in-class performance.


In PSHE this half term we will be looking at how to recognise the signs and symptoms of having a heart attack and what to do if this arises. We will also be providing sex and relationship education, using the Chris Winter Project materials. If you would like to find out more about the project, you can look on the website:  The focus in Year 5 is: Puberty


This half term children will learn to ask and answer questions about rides at a theme park. They gain confidence in manipulating numbers up to 100. They take part in simple role plays and use dictionaries to explore vocabulary. They create a short text to describe a visit to a theme park, and say what they thought about the rides.


PE will be taught primarily by class teachers and children will learn athletics (with a focus on running) and tennis in rotation. We will continue to look at cricket, developing batting, bowling and fielding skills with a specialist sports coach. Please ensure that full PE kit is in school at all times as their sessions may be changed at short notice.


In RE we learn about Sikhism.

Trips and Special Events

Wednesday, 12th-Friday, 14th June – Wildchild Residential

Monday 8th July – Moving up morning

Friday 19th July – Sports Day


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

PE may change during the week. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.