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 This term we will be learning…


In English this half term, we will be focusing on writing a first person narrative recount based on our class reader ‘Cosmic’. This will involve the children writing their own setting descriptions for an imaginary planet and concentrating on using a variety of writing techniques to try and adopt the author’s style. They will be exploring a variety of language and considering the effect that this has on the reader.

In addition to this, we will also be focusing on summarising a variety of different non-fiction texts which will link in nicely with our Science unit – Forces. The children will explore a variety of different forces and summarise their understanding of them from the non-chronological reports that they have been given. Later on, we will then be focusing on  playscripts and will consider what makes a ‘good’ play script. The children will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in this genre and will later be writing their own for PSHE and RE.


Useful resources to use at home:

Please use the links provided below to help support your child in their journey to becoming an enthusiastic and skilled writer.

Non-fiction text guide

Grammar Terminology

Spelling Rules

To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing.  To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.


During the children’s time in Year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.  We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practice with complex problems.  They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. The children will be identifying what makes a prime, square and composite number. They will then explore a range of strategies for multiplication and division and how these can be used to support problem solving.


Useful resources to use at home:

Times Table Rock Stars

Parents guide to the column method of addition and subtraction

Parents guide to short multiplication

Parents guide to long multiplication

Parents guide to short division

Parents guide to long division

Year 5 Whole Year Curriculum – Online Questions


Science – Forces

Our Science this term will be Forces. By the end of the unit, the children will be creating a podcast to explain their chosen force in detail. Each week, they will learn about one of the forces through an investigation and discover how they work. Soe of the forces that they will be learning about are: friction, air resistance, water resistance and friction.

This term we will be developing the following working scientifically skills:

– Record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, bar and line graphs, and models
– Plan enquiries, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary


Topic – Sailing the Waves

During this historical based topic, we will be looking into the concepts of change, power and equality. Children will look into the class structure on board the ship and how this effected those that were saved. Furthermore, we will look into how the ship had a number of hazardous faults but how ultimately, these horrific mistakes lead to real change in maritime safety procedures. By the end of the unit, the children will have created a newspaper that looks back a year on from the disaster to discuss the causes and the lessons learnt from this moment in history.


Our PE, will be focusing on creative skills whilst learning static balances when seated. The children will be involved in a number of team games that enable them to develop their social skills of care and respect.

RE – Interpretation

This term the focus will be around the concept of Interpretation. We will be looking at this concept through the children’s lives and how it has impacted the lives of many Christians. The children will be receiving a visit from the Vicar at St.Cuthbert’s Church who will be discussing with them the two interpretations of the Christmas Story. Later on, the children will be writing their own play script from the perspective of a different character in the Christmas Story. They will consider how they would have felt and the actions that they would have chosen to do.


French – Quel Temps Fait-Il?

This term, our French focus will be Phonics and learning the language for the weather. Exploring phonics will help children pronounce words in French and the focus will be on the days of the week. In the early stages of French conversation, phonetics are possibly the most important element to learn. Giving the pupils a step-by-step guide to speaking in French, this unit aims to ensure that children can pronounce words accurately and fluently, thereby communicating easily in French. By the end of the unit, children will be speaking more fluently and be able to write a report for the weather in different areas of France.

Useful resources to use at home:

BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary


Music – At the movies

This term, children will be learning notation by learning the different notes and identifying them on a stave. Children will be learning about how sound effects are used within movies across history and begin to create their own story board of sound effects to accompany a piece of film.


PSHE this half term will be focusing on Relationships. We will be looking at the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and how they can change over time. We will be look at different scenarios of peer pressure and look at solutions of what the children can do if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. We will also be looking at friendships and enabling children to see the attributes of a person that helps to resolve a conflict instead of making them worse. This will give them more ownership in their lives to deal with problems they may face with their friends.


Computing – Sketch Up

This half term, the children will be using a software called Sketch Up. They will be exploring how to create a 2D image of the Titanic. They will then be using this original image to explore how they can then transform it into a 3D image.




Dates for the Diary!!!

Trips and Workshops

SeaCity Museum

5CB – Friday 17th January 2020

5LD – Wednesday 22nd January 2020

5JP – Friday 24th January 2020


Class Assemblies





PE kit

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PE days are now Thursday and Friday. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.

Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.


Year 5 Project Homework

Set: Monday 18th November 2019

Sailing the Waves
How was life different for the passengers on board the Titanic?
A comparative task between 1st class passengers and 3rd class passengers.

You could:
– create a travel brochure for 1st and 3rd class passengers
– create models of the different class rooms within the Titanic
– write a post card in role as 1st and 3rd class passengers on Publisher
– create a booklet about life on board the Titanic (food, fashion, rooms etc.) and how it differed for each class.
– or something else!

Remember, you are learning about how life was different on the Titanic for 1st and 3rd class passengers.

Due date: Friday 13th December 2019