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Year 5

Summer Term 2022


During the summer term in Maths, we will recap over topics already covered this year that will embed and further our knowledge. In addition to this, the children will be using the four operations by applying them to word problems and investigations both inside and outside the classroom. Time, shape, position and movement are just a few of the topics also being learnt.


From our topic of Extreme Earth, we will be using our learning to inspire our Literacy tasks. The children will be writing diary entries, non- chronological reports and explanation texts based around our planet. We will be reading ‘Everest’ by Bill Doyle and using this as a source for our writing. We will continue to focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling throughout the term.


Science this term is all about ‘Living Things’. The children will be learning about the five kingdoms and classifying plants and animals though keys and classification models. We will focus on the life cycles of mammals, birds, amphibians and insects. We will then look at the ways that plants reproduce.


Our aim this term in Topic is to solve the question ‘How extreme is our Earth?’ To do this, we will be exploring the many extreme aspects our earth is capable of. The children will start by looking at extreme weather conditions and the effects it has across the world. We will move on to discover natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, wild fires and avalanches. The use of a range of texts and an online Geography resource called Oddizzi will support our learning.


In music this term we 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. Pupils will listen to examples of music and how they are structured, whilst understanding the cultural and historical influences on the style. We will break down the music and learn to play a piece using glockenspiels.  The children will perform in a group, listening to each other and developing their ensemble skills. We will also compose our own version, ensuring they use the structures and style of the music they have studied.


Our RE focus this term is Sikhism with a look at the principles of the religion and its origins. We will investigate the similarities and differences between it and the other main world religions as well as finding out about the Sikh temples, called Gurdwaras. Finally, we will investigate the ways in which Sikhs worship and their most important beliefs.


In PSHE this term our topic is ‘Growing and Changing.’ We will be finding out about how our body changes throughout our lives and exploring the changes we will experience in the coming years.


We will be using out Topic theme of Extreme Earth to inspire our work in Art this term, but we are starting by revising our knowledge of primary and secondary colours. We will then use a range of techniques to create works depicting volcanoes and wild fires. We will also look at the work of Jackson Pollack and create pictures that are inspired by his paintings.


We will be developing our cricketing skills this term, improving our ability to throw, catch and bowl. We will also work on improving our skills and potential with the bat, as well as playing lots of games. As the term progresses we will move on to athletics in preparation for sports day. Indoors, we will work on our gymnastics skills.


In DT the children will have a chance to demonstrate their design skills to create a toy vehicle . We will look through a number of examples of existing vehicles that are designed to be played with by children. We will then use this research to work in teams to build a vehicle, test it and evaluate its effectiveness.


In Computing we will begin with ways of staying safe online, considering all aspects of e-safety. The children will also learn to become computer programmers, creating our own quizzes which automatically say if answers are correct. We will then move on to physical computing, learning how to program a tiny electronic controller called a Crumble. This will give the children a chance to use their coding skills in an even more hands on way.


The children will continue to develop their French language skills, including recalling the alphabet and replying to basic questions using the language. They will be expanding their French vocabulary, including the increased use of adjectives to describe everyday objects.