Spring 1


Dear Parents /Carers,
We have had a strong start to Year 5. The children should all be proud of everything they have achieved. We are looking forward to continuing our exciting curriculum next half term. This letter outlines the topics that Year 5 will learn about in Spring 1.
Next half-term, children will study Oranges in No Man's Land, a brilliant novella by Elizabeth Laird, set in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War, as a stimulus for writing narrative and a charity appeal advertisement. Following this, children will read the powerful poem, The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, as a prompt for writing a persuasive letter.
Year 5 will start the Spring Term by learning about fractions. This will involve finding equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions as well as multiplying fractions by whole numbers. They will then learn about decimals. The children will learn to compare decimals, write fractions as decimals, add and subtract decimals and finally how to round them. Towards the end of half term, Year 5 will learn about geometry and how to solve problems involving angles.
Science – Reversible and non-reversible changes
We are really excited to learn about how materials can change. We will start by investigating which materials are the best thermal conductors and the best insulators. We will then conduct enquiries into how quickly something dissolves and whether this is a reversible change. This will lead us to examine the different changes which can happen and which of them are reversible.
Geography – Climate and Biomes
Year 5 will be learning about climates and biomes. We will begin by analysing the different geographical aspects of the world. We will use this to understand different climate zones and what they are like. After we understand the link between climate zones and biomes, we will then research which ones are under threat and we can reduce those threats.
RE – Buddhism
This term, Year 5 will learn about the key beliefs of Buddhism and how Buddhism influences their lives. They will also learn about Siddhartha Gautama and his role in forming Buddhist beliefs. We will learn through reading Buddhist stories and conducting our own research.
PSCHE – Keeping Ourselves Healthy and Safe
This term, Year 5 will learn lots of different ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, as well as different ways to stay safe.
Music Year 5 will be exploring the symphony finale (excerpt) by Ravi Shankar. We will be learning about the composer, the main features of the piece, the main aspects of Indian music (such as: raga, tala & drone) and the main motif from the excerpt to perform in a small ensemble. We will also compose our own music in the style of this composer using garage band tracks, learn how to input music digitally and how to change and manipulate the sounds using the features in GarageBand.


In P.E., we will build on team work through invasion games, focusing on fundamental movement skills for attack, defence, dodging and spatial awareness. Pupils will improve their skills of passing, receiving, aiming and tactics. They will work in small groups both cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on team skills, fair play and good sportsmanship.

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This term in French, year 5 will learn about:
• Naming hobbie;s • Talking about types of music and giving a variety of opinions; • Saying what musical instruments they play; and • Talking about different types of film
Computing/Art Project
In ICT, the children will be focusing on re-creating famous pieces of art by David Hockney using iPads and ‘Brushes’. This will allow them to explore different techniques and develop their own particular style to create textures and marks.
English ( - fortnightly) and maths ( - weekly) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday.
Children will continue to be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home, using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class in the following week.
In the Reading Record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school (in the Wider Reading section). We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend at least 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence.
Children will need to bring their Reading Record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen their reading homework.
Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
Some children are given mobile phones to let their parents know they have arrived/left school when they go home alone. All phones should be switched off when they come onto site and given to their teacher at the start of the day.
We strongly recommend that your child has a simple, cheap phone for this as expensive smartphones can unfortunately make them a target for street robberies.
Children should not be bringing smart watches to school for any reason and will be asked to hand these in if they do bring them.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between Home and School
In Year 5, many children start to come to school by themselves. If you would like your child to go home alone, please give written permission to your child’s class teacher.
At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher before leaving the school premises.
In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else provided you have clearly given advance permission to your child’s teacher or the school office. It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please ensure that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and current.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
Yours faithfully,
Year 5 Team


Download the Year 5 PSCHE letter