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Year 5           Mr Round        Spring Term         2019         Overview

During this term your child will be studying a number of modules from the 2014 NATIONAL CURRICULUM. We believe in the importance of partnership between home and school. To further develop this relationship we feel it is important that you are fully aware of the topics your child will be covering during this term. We know that we can depend on you to support your child completely in tasks undertaken.



Ø Earth, Sun and Moon

Ø Forces in Action




In this unit children learn about the shapes and relative sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon. Using models they learn how the three bodies move relative to each other and how these movements relate to night and day.

In this unit children apply their knowledge of a variety of forces, including magnetic attraction, gravitational attraction and friction. Children learn about the changes in motion which occur when forces act on an object. They consolidate their understanding that forces have direction and can be measured.


Ø Mayan civilization


Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study by learning about the ancient Maya civilisation and understanding who they were and when and where they lived.


Ø The mountain environment


In this unit the children consider what a mountain is, they look at different mountain environments and their associated weather conditions, as well as the impact of tourism on these fragile environments. They will use a range of resources to help them research the above areas.


Ø Objects and Meaning


In this unit children select, arrange and present objects in a still-life painting. They investigate the work of artists who have used the theme of still life in a variety of ways to convey ideas and feelings. They develop skills of observation and recording, and knowledge and understanding of colour, tone and composition.


Ø Bread


This unit develops children's skills, knowledge and understanding of food, building on the previous units in which children prepared food products using simple processes. The children learn how to adapt a basic recipe to develop a product with specified criteria. Investigation of existing products from other cultures will inform design ideas.




Ø Netball

Ø Football

Sports may change over the course of the term 


Please ensure that your child comes every Monday with a Games kit and the appropriate foot wear (trainers, football boots or plimsolls) regardless of the weather, as this often changes over the course of a day. It is also important that kit is washed regularly.


Ø Memorial sacrifice

Ø Mission

Ø Giving


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Ø We are artists


In this unit pupils use vector and turtle graphics to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from the work of Escher, Riley and traditional Islamic artists, as well as experimenting with complex “fractal” landscapes.


Ø Roundabout - Exploring rounds


This unit develops children's ability to sing and play music in two (or more) parts. They explore the effect of two or more pitched notes sounding together - harmony. They play drones and single note accompaniments.




Year 5 has a focus on Decimals, Fractions and Percentages and their relationships to each other. Tables knowledge, as in all year groups, is very important so regular practice at home is essential. 




Genres covered include: the work of a significant author, instructions, myths and legends, stories from other cultures, play scripts, poetry, including performing, persuasive text, explanations and letters.


We hope you find this information useful and if you have any questions about the work being covered by the class during the term please feel free to see me at the end of the day.

Additional Information

Home work should remain fairly constant ie spellings in on Friday, Maths or English in on Wednesday.

Please check with your child, what their homework is, ensure that it is completed to a satisfactory standard and handed in on time. ( It is better to do a little each night , than to leave it all until the night before. A timetable can be a useful tool to help establish a manageable routine.) Reading and revision of times tables should be regularly practised at home and recorded in your child’s contact book.

Year 5 along with Year 4 will be performing a passion play for Easter which will be performed for the school and for parents in the evening.

Useful Items That your Child Could Bring In

Items relating to the solar system, photo of your child and their family for the passion play.