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Year 5

Summer Term 2021 

Along with a focus on reading comprehension and grammar we are putting an even greater emphasis this term on independent writing. We will base our writing on a whole range of different texts including Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. We will further develop a range of writing styles, including non-chronological reports, explanation texts, instructional texts as well as narratives. Meanwhile we are continuing with weekly spelling tests, helping the children develop different strategies for accurately spelling tricky words.

During the summer term we are adopting a balanced coverage of arithmetic, problem solving and applying calculations.  We will continue by preparing the children for Year 6 by ensuring they are able to use quick, compact and reliable methods of calculation. There will also be time to develop a range of strategies for reasoning questions, giving the children a toolkit for looking at problems. We have also have a focus on further securing our times tables.


Our Science themes this term are Earth and Space and will include an in depth look at the solar system. We will look at the scale of the planets and the relative size and position of each. We will also consider ways in which we can prove the shape of the Earth as well as the way in which its orbit and motion affects the seasons and night and day. There will also be an opportunity to learn why there are different amounts of daylight at different points in the year.


Our Topic lessons have a history focus as we look at ancient civilization and ancient worlds. We will compare the way in which ancient peoples such as the Ancient Greeks lived and consider how these differ from our own way of life. We will develop our skills in research and self-directed learning to build up our knowledge. After half term we will begin a Geographical study of Mexico, looking at its physical and human features. We will also consider its position within the South American continent.


In music this term Year 5 will look at “Gamelan”, the sacred music of Indonesia. “Gamelan” refers to both the instrument and the styles of music, and students will learn how the music is an essential part of everyday culture in Indonesia. They will listen to examples of music and how they are structured, whilst understanding the cultural and historical influences on the style. Students will break down the music and learn to play a piece using glockenspiels.  Students will perform in a  group, listening to each other and developing their ensemble skills. Students will also compose their own version, ensuring they use the structures and style of the music they have studied.


Our RE focus this term is Islam and we will begin by considering why Muslims call Muhammad the messenger of God. We will move on to studying the way in which the Qur’an is so fundamental to a Muslim’s belief and the part that the holy book plays in the religion. We will also take a more detailed look at the stories about Muhammad and consider the lessons these teach Muslims for their everyday lives.


We are investigating safer and healthy lifestyles with a particular focus on personal safety. We will learn how to assess risks and make informed decisions on how to behave. After half term we will look at our relationships and how these change as we get older. We will then move on to developing strategies to help us cope with our emotions.


Many of our Art lessons this term link to our topic of Ancient Worlds. As a result, we will enjoy a truly global tour, taking inspiration from techniques and works from all around the world. These include Greek mosaics, Japanese Tie Dye, Aztec patterns and art inspired by ancient myths. Among the other highlights are Greek column art, Greek vases and contemporary Mexican art.


We will be developing our hand-eye co-ordination this term, improving our ability to throw, catch and work as a team. This includes playing games of cricket and rounders. Meanwhile we will focus on gymnastics and athletics, with our fingers crossed that Sports Day can go ahead this year as planned!


Our Design Technology unit this term will give us the chance to create our own Greek shoes. The process will begin with a close look at the styles of Greek shoes before going through the design, manufacture and assessment process. We will then look at ways of improving our final product.


In Computing we will again recap on the ways of staying safe online, considering our digital footprint and the importance of considering which kinds of information we put onto websites and social media. We will then move on to developing our skills in multi-media authoring, considering the ways in which we can impart knowledge and information using digital media. This will include considering the use of video, text, graphics and audio as well as creating interactive content.

Modern Foreign Languages.

The children will develop their knowledge of the German language and culture this term. We will look at a range of new vocabulary while also practising our conversational German, listening and responding using the words we have learned.