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Year 5

Welcome to the Summer Term in Year

Our topic this term is ‘The Maya Civilisation




In English this term, the children will read and respond to a range of Maya myths and legends, learn stories off-by-heart using a story map and develop their understanding of character and plot to write their own story. In addition, the children will be writing an information text on Maya ruins and the Tikal National Park. We will continue with our grammar sessions with a focus on relative clauses.



Each week we will be completing daily reading sessions in order to develop the children’s super seven reading skills. We will be focusing on a range of skills, including; vocabulary, prediction, inference, retrieval, explanation, summarise and sequence. We will be exploring a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in order to apply these skills.



The children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. We will then recap on the four operations (x, +, - and ÷). After that, we will learn how to draw, recognise, compare, estimate and measure angles. We’ll also work on identifying a range of 2D & 3D shapes and describe their properties. Furthermore, we will also be calculating and comparing area and perimeter. In addition to this, we will be learning about a range of measurements and how to convert them.



In science this term, we will be looking at ‘Properties and Changes in Materials’. During our lessons, 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. As always, the children will be taking part in a range of exciting experiments and investigations.




Other Subjects

In History and Geography, our topic is The Maya Civilisation. We will learn where in the world the Mayan people lived and consider the different elements of their culture. For computing we will be writing a blog and creating a virtual space. In R.E. we will be reflecting on what matters to ourselves and what matters to others. We will also recap on The Golden Rule and what it means to us and others. For Art and D.T., we will research, design and make Mayan masks.  In P.E. we will learn a Maya inspired dance and also participate in striking and fielding activities. We will also be preparing for Sports Day in our athletics lessons. In S.M.S.C we will consider the British values and look at how the choices we make impact on our relationships with others. Spanish will see us learning about the colours of the rainbow and saying sentences about them. In Music, the children will be learning the ukulele and creating music inspired by the Maya.


PE Days

Sports kit will be needed for P.E. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Key Dates and General Reminders

Homework books will be handed out on a Friday. It is to be completed by the next Thursday.


Spellings will be given out each Friday, to be learnt by the following Friday.


Please put names into your child’s clothes/belongings.