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 This term we will be learning…





In English this half term we will be focusing on biographies. This will involve the children reading about a wide variety of interesting people before writing their own biography. The will have an opportunity to research a cosmonaut, with help from our topic this term, and will write an in-depth biography detailing all their major achievements. This unit of work will allow children to use their reading skill “skimming and scanning”, showing them how to locate vital information across a non-fiction texts. In writing, we will be learning all about conjunctions and how they are used to bind our writing together. Then we will look at formality and how we can use certain vocabulary in order to sound like an expert.




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 position, direction and movement. The children will be recognising how to identify coordinates across four quadrants, reflecting and translating shapes. They will then be moving on to understanding the properties of shapes by comparing and classifying 2D and 3D shapes, using their properties and drawing, recognising and measuring angles in a variety of problem solving contexts.


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 –  Earth and Space

Our Science this term will be Earth and Space. Children will be introduced to a model of the Sun and Earth that enables them to explain day and night. We will learn that the Sun is a star at the centre of our solar system and that it has 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (Pluto was reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006). They will then understand that a moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet (Earth has 1 moon; Jupiter has 4 large moons and numerous smaller ones).

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

*record data and results of increasing complexity
*present findings in written form, displays and other presentations.


Topic – The Final Frontier

During this topic, we will be looking into the Final Frontier by researching into the Space Race. The children will be creating a timeline about the Space Race to show the order of events in recent history.  They will be comparing the propaganda from that time to show the motives behind the Space Race. Children will chose someone they think was the most influential in getting humans on the moon to research. From this, they will be able to debate their arguments to convince the rest of the class. The final outcome of the topic is to create a NASA handbook that includes all the information they have researched about the Space Race to display what they have learnt.


PE – 


In PE this term we will be learning about ‘Invasion Games’. We will re-cap on many of the essential skills needed to play a range of invasion games, such as dribbling with the ball, passing and
keeping possession. It also covers attacking and defending tactics, such as two-touch passing; learning when to pass and when to dribble and different techniques for tackling and marking. The children will develop their understanding of both attacking and defending principles in invasion games and working as a team. Children will have the opportunity to take part in individual, paired and small group activities as well as to play a range of team games to enable them to practice and improve their skills.

RE – Belonging

This term the focus will be around the concept Belonging and how this impacts on people’s lives as well as how this concept applies to Islam in particular. This unit will allow children to begin to think about their own understanding of the concept as well as what people leading a religious life believe and express this through their practice.


French – Au Café

This term, our French focus will be Phonics and learning functional language that the children could use in a cafe. Exploring phonics will help children pronounce words in French. 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 conversation between a waiter/waitress and a customer in a cafe.

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 new beginnings and how they can use the Langstone Learner skills to be successful in Year 5. We encourage children to find ways to use their Langstone Learner Cards at home in their pursuit for the coveted Golden Langstone Learner Master t-shirt. Moreover, we will be exploring the importance of team work and how the development of a strong team mindset can be a great benefit to us as a community.


Computing – E-Books

This half term, Computing will focus on E-Books. Children will begin by reading a variety of picture books on different life cycles. This unit of Computing links heavily with the Science that the children are learning this term. Once they have read the books, they will then come up with their own story for a life cycle and turn this into an E-Book using Powerpoint.




Dates for the Diary!!!

Trips and Workshops

Winchester Science Museum

Tuesday 10th September – 5CB

Wednesday 11th September – 5JP

Thursday 12th September – 5LD




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.


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