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Year 5

Welcome to summer in Year 5. We hope you had an enjoyable Easter break and are ready for more exciting learning this year. This half term, as part of our focus on sustainable development, we will be learning about the access to water. A boat trip down the River Thames and a flight on the cable car over the River Thames are to help develop the children’s geographical skills and knowledge through first-hand experiences.


This half term, our core book is ‘A Long Walk to Water’ by Linda Sue Park. The children will continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills by making predictions based on visual images and the text, inferring and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases based on evidence from the text. They will make links with real events that have happened in the world around us and continue to develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other. In writing, they will focus on writing a narrative related to the core text, ensuring that they include all the structural and language features. They will also be writing a newspaper article about a refugee detention centre.


In Maths, the children will be building on their knowledge of perimeter and area to calculate the volume of shapes in metric measurements. Identifying, measuring and calculating angles will be supported with the use of a protractor. Drawing precise angles will also be taught using a protractor. Measuring the angles in shapes will be linked to identifying the properties of a range of shapes. There will also be a focus on mental calculation strategies. Ensuring you child is fluent with their times tables up to 12 x 12 would be very helpful. There will be opportunities to apply what they have learnt on a daily basis through reasoning and problem-solving activities.


Children will build on their knowledge of animals including humans. The children will be identifying the different stages in a life cycle. They will be comparing and identifying inherited physical characteristics. They will be conducting an investigation into the link between height and handspan. Predicting, planning, carrying out the investigation and analysing the results will be the steps for conducting the investigation.


Living in the wider world (media literacy & digital resilience), mental and physical health links to wellbeing are some of the key areas of learning. The benefits of sleep and exercise will be explored. The benefits of medicines and personal hygiene are used to keep us healthy both physically and mentally, will be explored to make links. Managing information and relationships online will be linked to computing.



The children will investigate artwork created by Charis Tsevis. They will be investigating a range of shapes and African patterns along with the use of colours. They will be using polystyrene to carve and print their designs onto fabric. The children will develop their ideas in their sketch books. They will then use some of these techniques to create their artwork, in the style of the artist.


The focus will be on Sikhism – Belonging to the Sikh community. They will be learning about what Sikhs believe and how a place of worship impacts on the local community.

Pupils will develop their block coding skills through the use of Picoh interactive robot heads. Pupils will learn to programme expression and communication in a human-like robot. The pupils will be able to see physical responses to their computational thinking.

Useful Information
PE Kit

Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school on Mondays - gym (indoors) Fridays - athletics (outdoors). Having all PE items clearly labelled, with their full name will help reduce the need to replace lost items.

Reading Records and Passports
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY FRIDAY, the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box.

Water Bottles and Clothing
Children will need to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle and jumper.

Children will be given spelling and times tables to learn each week. They will be given out on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday.

Timings for Year 5
School starts at 8:45am and ends at 3:15 pm. Break time is 10:30am – 10:45am. Lunch break is 12:15pm – 1:15pm.

Diary Dates

Wednesday 27th April 2022 - Trip on and over the River Thames.

Monday 2nd May 2022 - Bank holiday

Friday 27th May 2022 - Last day of Summer 1 half term

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June 2022 - Half term break