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Year 5


Welcome to YEAR 5

Mrs Clewes & Mrs Davis

 supported by Miss Lynch


School Council Representatives

Eadie Williamson & Max Holmes



Summer 1




In RE this half term, we will be learning about the Church’s celebration of Easter through the Easter Vigil. 

The children will be learning about the Church’s belief in eternal life through the Easter story and the story

of Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Whilst recalling the events of Pentecost, we will focus on the transformation

of the Apostles of Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit. The children will discuss the qualities of

the Holy Spirit and know that it is included in the Church’s belief in the Holy Trinity. 


Our virtues and values focus will be Grateful and Generous.

Class Texts



From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him.

He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists

of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.

As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children

may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place.

With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.

Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …


Homework Expectations



Children will continue to receive daily Maths and Literacy homework, which is to be completed each


On Thursdays, children will receive one piece of either Maths or English homework plus one piece

of homework linked to a foundation subject (Art, Science, MFL, Computing, Music, Geography, History etc). 

This will be due in on the following Tuesday. Homework may be set using Microsoft Teams to continue

to develop children’s use of IT.


If you cannot access this due to technological issues then please speak to the school office

so that we may support you.




Our learning over the next term will link to our class text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell.

The children will use the text in conjunction with their knowledge from our Geography unit, which is all about rainforests,

to write their own rainforest poems.


They will focus on descriptive language including similes, metaphors, alliteration and expanded noun phrases.

They will also be working towards writing their own adventure story set in the rainforest,

using the plot from our class story to help them to develop their own ideas.





This half term, the children will be focusing on measure. They will need to:


Convert between different units of metric measure (for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre).

Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints.

Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres.

Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes.

Estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm3 blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water].

Solve problems involving converting between units of time.

Use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling.


It is of great benefit to the children to be able to rapidly recall number bonds and times tables (up to 12x12);

please support your child in practicing these at home.


Times Table Rock stars is a great resource for this

and all of the children have their own login details in their reading diary.



Do all animals and plants start life as an egg?


Children will be learning to:

  • describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird .
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.


We will also be using our working scientifically skills to conduct experiments that will help to deepen our knowledge and understanding.





Should the rainforest be important to us?

In this unit children will:

Know what is meant by biomes and what the features of a specific biome are.

Label the layers of a rainforest and know what deforestation is.

Know how to use graphs to record features such as temperature or rainfall across the world.


We will also be exploring important issues such as deforestation.





Could you be the next games’ developer?


Children will use Scratch to explore the following questions:

Can you design and program a character game?

Can you design your own characters and backdrops?

Can you add features or effects to enhance a game?

Can you create an original animated game?

How do we program costume changes for a sprite?

How do we add point-scoring and levels to our game.





In French lessons the children will:

Learn body parts vocabulary label on diagram

Use the verb avoir with parts of the body to make sentences.

Read and translate a short description

Write a short description 

Learn sports vocabulary

Give opinions about sports including favourite (orally and in sentences)

Learn verbs in the infinitive for carrying out sports

Learn about ‘er’ verbs and use correctly when speaking


Children will also continue to receive a one hour French lesson every two weeks from our specialist French teacher Madame Smith.





Throughout the year,  will be continuing to follow the Ten:Ten ‘Life to the Full’ programme for RSHE.

Please log into the parent portal to access Information about the programme your children will be following, access to resources and suggestions for further activities at home.


You will need the following login credentials for our school:

Username: st-mary-st6

Password: vision24-st6



Design and Technology


Could you help a rainforest creature?

In this unit, children will be designing and making a walkway for a rainforest canopy, linking in with our

Geography topic.


Children will need to:

  • come up with a range of ideas after collecting information
  • explain how a product will appeal to a specific audience     
  • make a prototype before making a final version
  •  suggest alternative plans; outlining the positive features and drawbacks
  • evaluate appearance and function against original criteria
  • use more complex IT program to help enhance the quality of the product produced





This half term, the children will have their PE lessons with Mr Sigley, our PE specialist.

PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays and all children need to be in full school PE kit on these days.




This term, music will continue to be taught by our specialist music teacher Mrs Amison.

They will receive a one hour lesson every 2 weeks on a Wednesday afternoon.




Class Diary


Friday 6th May- Rainforest charity workshop (in school- free of charge)

Monday 16th May- trip to Chester Zoo

Assessment week- 9th May