Year Groups

Year 5

Spring Term in Year 5 - Termly letter


In Spring 1, we will begin 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. In Spring 2, we will focus on “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 Spring 1, 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. In Spring 2, 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 Spring 1, we will learn about 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. 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 come plants and animals.


In Spring 1, we will be completing a scheme of work to develop our coding skills using Purple Mash. In Spring 2 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 ‘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 on our food. 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 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 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 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.


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.


In Spring 1, children will learn names of food and drink related to packed lunches and break time snacks.  They will learn how to talk about what they are and drank the previous day.  They will learn how to express likes, dislikes and preferences in relation to food and drink.  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 sports coaches. 5M will be learning hockey, developing invasion skills and improving their stick handling. 5C will be learning volleyball and indoor athletics.

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


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

wb Monday, 27th January 2020 – RE Week

Friday, 7th February – 5C Class Assembly

wb Monday, 16th March 2020 – RE Week

Wednesday, 1st April 2020 – A Brighter Sound Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Thursday, 2nd April 2020 – Plants & Pollination Workshop – Paradise Co-operative


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.