Year Groups

Year 5

Spring Term in Year 5 - Half termly letters


Our power of reading book this term is ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including descriptive writing, writing in role and scripts. 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 look at the topic of ‘Animal Including Humans’. During this topic, we will examine the different stages of human development and gestation periods of animals. We will also describe and evaluate scientific ideas.


In computing, we will use the coding programme, Hopscotch, to build a virtual model of a Victorian era child’s game. We will also use Google Slides to make a presentation about the knowledge we have learned during our time working with Hopscotch.


We will continue with our topic question from last term: “Was Britain really great during the Victorian era?’ We will continue to look at original sources and photographs relating to William Towers, a real-life Victorian. Also we will learn about Victorian leisure activities and crime and punishment.


This half term, we will focus on art linking with our topic, starting with Victorian silhouettes and continuing to look at the work of JMW Turner and attempt to imitate his later style. This half term we also take part in Art Week with the theme ‘Scotland: Legends and Legacy’.


We will be continuing our work in the Brighter Sounds Singing Project through Wandsworth Music Service, which will conclude with a performance to parents.


In PSHE, we will learn about the world of work and money. We will learn about a range of jobs and to understand how we can develop skills to make our own contribution in the future. We will learn to look after our money through saving, beginning to understand the concepts of ‘loan’, ‘debt’ ‘interest’ and tax.


Year 5 will continue with weekly Spanish lessons building on what they studied in previous years. We will be learning about transport and expanding their vocabulary about family members.


PE will be taught primarily by class teachers. Both classes will look at dance, developing warm up skills, moving in time with pieces of music and choreographing routines. We will look at and learn from a range of dance styles and cultures.


In RE we learn about Christianity.

Trips and Special Events

1st March – World Book Day

2nd March – 5M Class Assembly

W/C 5th March – Art Week

14th and 15th – Parent Consultations

23rd March – Year 5 Vocal Project concert to parents (in school).


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

PE will be on Wednesday afternoons but may change during the week. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.