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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 5

Our topic this term is Europe



In English this term, we will be looking at biographical writing. The children will look at examples of biographies of famous people and identify the features of this style of writing. They will then research, plan and write a biography of their own. After half term, the children will be using their geographical knowledge on mountains to write an information text. Alongside this, the children will learn how to use brackets and commas to add extra information for the reader. In reading, we will continue to develop our inference and prediction skills. This term, our class read is the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.



In our mathematic lessons, 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.


Other Subjects

Our topic this term is Europe! We will find out where in the world Europe is and consider its different countries and their history. Our topic work reaches right across our curriculum. In Art and D.T., we will look at the influence and style of European artists. Computing lessons will involve using the software programs Inkscape and Scratch to fuse geometry and art and in R.E. we’ll examine ‘Beliefs in Action in the World’. For P.E. we will be practising our fundamental skills and apply them to game situations. We will be learning to play tag rugby and have an inter-house tournament at the end of the term. In music, we will study a piece by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, as well as exploring the different periods within western classical music. In Spanish we be learning Spanish phrases and using them in conversations. In geography, we will be considering the question ‘Why are mountains so important?’


PE Days

P.E. is on Wednesday and Thursday, but the children will need a full PE kit in school every day.


Key Dates and General Reminders

  • Reading books are needed in school every day. Homework is given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday.
  • Spellings will come home on Friday and are tested on Fridays.