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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 5

Our topic this term is North America

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We will be looking at non-chronological reports at the beginning of the spring term and considering the features that are evident within them. This will be linked to our ‘Mountains’ geography unit. We will also be looking at the five-part story structure that is evident in all westernised literature which will be linked to our topic on ‘North America’. This will include working on characterisation and setting linked to the discovery of America. Finally, we shall then move onto look at poetry and consider structure and rhyme schemes.




This term the children will be consolidating their understanding of place value, revising addition, subtraction, multiplication & division as well as focusing on fractions. In fractions, they will be finding equivalents, adding and subtracting fractions, converting fractions into improper fractions and mixed numbers. The children will have the opportunity to use their reasoning skills and problem-solving skills within their lessons as well as work in pairs and small groups on investigations. We are also practising our times tables every day and will be consolidating all of the times tables that we have learnt this term.





In science this term, we will be looking at properties and changes in materials. We shall consider ways of separating materials using sieves, colanders, magnets and filter paper before considering what materials dissolve and investigate our ideas on this. After the February half-term, we shall explore forces and spend time looking at gravity as well as the effects of air resistance and water resistance. The children will take part in a range of exciting experiments and investigations.



Foundation Subjects


In topic this term, we are learning about North America.  We are starting by learning that North America is a continent and the countries that make it up.  Then about the settlement of Native Americans and the ‘Gold Rush’ in California. We will then move onto studying the American Civil War, considering the viewpoints of Union and Confederate states. Next, we will move onto New Orleans, Louisiana, where we will study extreme weather conditions followed by Houston, Texas, to learn more about the ‘Space Race’. In R.E., we will be considering beliefs in action in the world.  In P.E., we will be practising our fundamental skills and applying them to game situations. We will also be learning how to play tag-rugby as well as take part in Outdoor Adventure Activities (archery, den-building and slacklining). In music, we will be learning all about the Blues and Jazz. Computing lessons will involve using the software programs Inkscape and Scratch to fuse geometry and art.  In Spanish, the children will be learning about opinion phrases.





Reading books will be needed in school every day. Homework will be given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday. Spellings will come home on Friday and will be tested on Friday. P.E. is on Wednesday and Friday, but the children will need a full PE kit in school everyday.




Pizza Express

Outdoor Education (Mount Batten)

Theatre Royal


Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.