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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


Teachers: Mr Turnbull and Ms Place 


Learning Assistant: Mrs Underhill

Here's what Summer Term in Year 5 looks like:


Our class text for this term is 'Children of the Benin Kingdom' by Dinah Orji. This is an adventure story set in the Ancient Edo kingdom of Benin in which the hero, Ada, and her friends, embark on a great journey through the rainforest to discover her true destiny. It is described as, "A fast paced adventure bringing to life one of Africa's most fascinating civilisations."

We will also read a children's version of the 'Tempest' and use it as a focus for our art project.

The main writing units will be an extended information text on Benin, biographical writing and recounts. Over the term, there will also be opportunities for diary writing, narrative writing, play scripts and book reviews.  

On Fridays, we will continue our spelling lessons and learn more about vocabulary, punctuation and grammar. Our weekly spelling lists will be posted on Google Classroom and can be practised using the Twinkl Spelling app. We will also use to consolidate our learning. (Usernames and passwords for both these websites are in the front of our Reading Records.)



In number work, we will be focusing primarily on decimals, fractions and percentages.  We will also revisit all aspects of measurement, including time, with an accent on problem solving.  There will also be a large geometry component involving types of angles, 3D shapes, and reflection and translation of 2D shapes on a grid. Some useful websites for practice are: Maths Frame and Top Marks.



Our RE topics for Summer Term are: Easter, The Acts of the Apostles and Marriage and Holy Orders.

All children will also have the opportunity to plan and lead a whole class collective worship session each week. 



To begin with, we will be learning about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds in our ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ topic. After the half term break, we will start our 'Animals including Humans' topic, which focuses on the changes that human beings experience as they develop to old age. It tackles some sensitive subjects including puberty and death. 

Find out more about these topics here: BBC Bitesize Science.



Our topic for this term is the African Kingdom of Benin.  Apart from studying the obvious geographical and historical aspects of the topic, we will create clay sculptures.



Our main art project for this term is to create a model set design for the Shakespeare play, 'The Tempest'. This will done over a special two day period.



We will continue to use Purple Mash (accessed through the WeLearn365 portal) and our summer term topic is 'Game Creator'. In this unit, we are introduced to the 2DIY 3D tool to design, make and share a game.


Design and Technology

This term's D.T. unit on 'Food and Nutrition' fits in nicely with our topic of 'Benin': we will cook some (basic!) ancient recipes.



P.E. will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays - please remember to bring in your P.E. kits!  Better still, keep them at school except for washing.


Please ensure your child reads at home every evening (unless they complete a Bedrock lesson) and that their reading record is signed daily.