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Hello and welcome to Year 5!

Year 5 - Summer Term 2019




 Mrs Chaudry and Ms Linfield (5P), Mrs Czapla (5H) and Miss Pankhania (5A)



This term we are taking a thematic approach to learning. Our across all our subjects will be linked to our theme which is 

A World of Plastic

The children will learn about how much plastic we currently have on the planet and the effects to the environment of this. We will look at ways to reduce, re-use and recycle our plastic.






mail Geography:


Our geography topic is rivers and mountains.The children will learn about how rivers and mountains are formed and how rivers erode and transport material. To link with our topic, we will learn about what happens when plastic gets into our oceans and water cycle, the effect on climate and why people seek to manage and sustain their environmet. 





Our Science unit for the first half term is forces. In this ‘Forces’ unit we will teach your children about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. The children will identify forces and complete force diagrams. They will find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity, completing a comprehension about his life and his work.

After half term we will move onto the unit called 'Animals including Humans'. This unit focuses on the changes that human beings experience as they develop to old age. It tackles some sensitive subjects including puberty and death. Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. They will learn about the changes experienced during puberty and why these occur. The final investigation will be about the changes to the body as humans get older, as well as comparing the life expectancy of different animals.





In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing (genres). Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing.

Curriculum Content

Speaking and Listening

Children will be taught to discuss their learning and to develop speaking skills. They will become more familiar with and confident in, using language in a variety of situations, for a range of audiences and purposes. They will, for example

  • Develop their understanding of a subject through discussions, learning to give their opinions and listen to other viewpoints.
  • Speak clearly and in different ways for drama, formal presentations and debate.


This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.

In year 5, pupils will be reading aloud a wider range of poetry and books written at an age-appropriate interest level with accuracy and at a reasonable speaking pace. Children will be expected to read frequently, outside as well as in school, for pleasure and information. They will have the opportunity to listen frequently to stories, poems, non-fiction and other writing. At this stage, word reading will not be directly taught, except where individuals need support. Instead the focus will be on the teaching of comprehension skills.

They will, for example:

  • Retrieve, record and present information from a text
  • Summarise the main ideas of a text e.g. ‘loneliness’ or ‘friendship’
  • Predict what may happen based on evidence and clues given
  • Discuss and evaluate the text and justify their views
  • Use clues from the text to work out characters’ feeling, actions or motives
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Identify how language, structure and presentation add to the meaning
  • Compare different texts

We are able to provide you with lists of age appropriate texts to support the learning.



Writing is developed through teaching the following:

Spelling: Children should learn to spell new words correctly and have opportunities to practise spelling skills. They will be taught spelling patterns and conventions, and draw on their knowledge of word families and roots to help them spell new words correctly. They will practise and use the words included in Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum for years 5 & 6. Children will be expected to use a dictionary and thesaurus.

Handwriting: Pupils will continue to be taught handwriting in order to increase speed, fluency and legibility.

Composition (structure): This includes vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. To develop their composition skills, the children will be taught to

  • Plan, draft, compose, edit and evaluate their writing
  • Use a wide variety of punctuation and grammar features
  • Select the appropriate grammar and vocabulary to develop the effectiveness of their writing
  • Use a range of techniques to build detail into their writing and link ideas within and between paragraphs
  • Adapt writing for a range of purposes and audiences as part of their work across the curriculum. 


Grammar will be taught throughout the writing process and teachers will follow the terms and concepts of Appendix 2 of the National Curriculum.


Should you wish for a more detailed explanation, please follow this link to the Primary National Curriculum document;

This term we will be writing raps and persuasive texts linked to out theme A World of Plastic. This children will also write explanation texts, linked to what they have learned in Geography about rivers and mountains and towards the end of summer term, we will be reading the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's  Dream 





In maths, we are developing our knowledge and understanding of number and how numbers work together, learning to solve a variety of problems using efficient skills.  We will be making cross-curricular links with other subjects, for instance learning to use tally charts in science to form tables in Excel which then turn into bar graphs or line graphs depending on whether the data is discrete or not - maths in real life! 

It is important that children know number facts and multiplication tables in order to be successful in maths in Year 5 and Year 6 (and beyond) therefore please continue supporting your child with these. 



PE lessons will be taught once a week. They will be focused around traditional outdoor field sports. PE lessons will be on Tuesday during the week, we advise that your children bring in their PE on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. This will ensure that they have PE kit for any clubs they attend and for Sports Day. 5P will be swimming this term.





In music, children will be furthering their knowledge of the use of sounds and instruments. In addition to this, we will be learning a variety of songs in different genres in our singing assemblies.



Over this term we will be looking at how did Jesus’ teaching challenge people and how do Christians know what happened at Easter?



In computing we will be doing a whole day to cover each topic every half term.




French will continue to be taught by Mrs Little. She will be consolidating knowledge talking about the weather and the children's hobbies. This will allow the children to become more fluent in speaking the language.


Important Reminders...yes


*Children should bring their homework in on a Wednesday and it will be set on a Friday.

* Children should also bring in their reading books and home-school communication books in with them daily. These will monitored by the teachers to help assess how much reading children are doing. 


*We strongly recommend children bringing their PE kit in on a Monday and taking it home on a Friday.   Jewellery MUST be removed for PE and Swimming for Health and Safety. This includes earrings (if your child struggles to remove them, please take them out on PE days if possible.)


*All dinner money and school trips should now be paid through Parent Pay.





Children are expected to Read daily at home and record this (20 minutes minimum).  Each day they should practise spellings and cracking times tables for a brief period to help consolidate this knowledge. 


Children in Year 5 will be given homework that is linked to the learning that they are completing in class in that week.  This homework is very helpful for both Y5 and Y6 to progress children in moving forwards into secondary school.


Science and topic homework will be given out periodically at the teacher's discretion.


Should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher.  Please speak to us on the playground for a brief chat or make an appointment via the School Office if you require a meeting.  


We look forward to continuing to work with you and your children.

Mrs Chaudry, Mrs West, Mrs Czapla and Miss Pankhania. 

Homework and spellings

There is no English homework this week as it has been assessment week. Mathletics homework has been set as there is a March Challenge that our school has been entered into.

Information from 'Meet the Teacher' 2018


First day of term: Thursday 3rd January 2019

Last day of term: Friday 15th February 2019

Half Term: Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2019

First day of term: Monday 25th February 2019

Last day of term: Friday 5th April 2019





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  • Ryvers Primary School,
  • Trelawney Avenue,
  • Slough,
  • Berkshire,
  • SL3 7TS