Year 5


  • Sonia Peacock – Assistant Head for UKS2
  • Kiran Samrai – Class Teacher
  • Tillie Muca – SEN TA
  • Sam Barber – SEN TA

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

Our whole school topic this half term is Our World. In Year 5, we will be looking at the continent of Asia focusing on the country of China looking at how settlement types and lifestyles differ across the country and are linked to geographical factors. See the Topic intended knowledge map for further details.

We will continue to complete our work in English through a chosen text. This half term, we will read the text ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ by Beverley Naidoo. Using this story, we will complete short writing activities, comprehension, grammar activities and complete longer pieces of writing using a plan, write, edit sequence of lessons. Handwriting lessons and spelling lessons will continue throughout each week. Guided Reading will continue every day for all the children.

In Y5 this half term we will be consolidating the conversion of units of measurements and using this in single and multi-step problems, area and perimeter, ratio and scaling and recapping equivalent fractions and fractions of a number (including within multi-step problems)

Year 5 will be continuing the Science unit ‘Life Cycles’ this half term. We will be exploring and investigating similarities and differences between the life cycles of different animal groups.

Other Curriculum Areas
RE – Looking at the key question: What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century?
Art –Looking at the work of Manchester sculptor Barbara Hepworth and recreating their own set of clay sculptures inspired by her work
DT – Making a CAD Pet Monitor
Music – Charanga unit, Ukeleles or Digital music-learning to compose a piece using Garageband.
PE – Outdoor Games
PSHCE – Zones of Regulation and ‘Keeping Safe’
Computing – Sharing Information
French – Les Habitats (Habitats)

Important Dates
Monday 26th February – Children return to school 8:45am
Tuesday 27th February – Y6 Trip to the Imperial War Museum
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
w/c Monday 11th March – UKS2 Spring Assessment Week
Friday 15th March – Comic Relief Day
Wednesday 20th March and 27th March – Progress Meetings
Thursday 28th March – Yellow Day/School breaks for Easter 2pm

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others