Year Groups

Year 5

Summer Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter


Our power of reading text this term is ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including descriptive writing, letters, scripts and writing in role. 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 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 look at the topic of ‘properties and changes of materials’. During this topic we will relate our understanding of particles to the process of dissolving, deepen our understanding of reversible and irreversible reactions and examine chemical reactions.


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.


The main unit song is Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan, sung By Adele. All musical learning will happen around this song and other Pop ballads. Children will listen, appraise, practise, perform, compose and evaluate musical performances using their voices as well as tuned and un-tuned instruments.


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


Children will learn some vocabulary related to sport and healthy habits. We will also work on the topic “El espacio y los planetas” (Space and Planets).


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 Hinduism.

Trips and Special Events

NFER verbal and non-verbal reasoning: the children will take a practice test before the end of term and results will be sent home. The children will practise some of the strategies with a particular focus on where they can be linked to the Year 5 English and maths curriculum.

Wednesday, 13th – Friday, 15th June – Wildchild Residential

Friday, 13th 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.