Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome back Year 5! I hope you all had a break over the half term and are ready to start our final term in Year 5! The last half term ended slightly different for our class and we went back to online learning, so it is wonderful to have you all back in class now for this half term! We have got lots of fun things planned for our last few weeks in Year 5!


Below is an overview of what we will be doing in each of our lessons over the next half term and some of the objectives we will be covering. At the bottom of the page, I have put your new spellings for this half term, for you to use to practice ready for our weekly spelling test on Fridays.


Please note: PE is currently taught on a Wednesday and Friday.



In English, we are going to begin Summer 2 by basing our English learning on a book linked with our Mayans topic - Rain Player. ‘A year of terrible drought, the charts and calendars proclaim, and the people resign themselves to starvation – all except Pik, a young ballplayer. He stakes their survival on a game of pok-a-tok with the fierce rain god. If he wins, the rain will come. If he loses, however, all will be lost. The Maya Civilisation is the setting for this original tale of a boy who takes his fate, and his people’s, into his own hands.’


Whilst reading this story, we will be writing a narrative as our first writing outcome, before writing a factual report about the Maya Civilisation towards the end of Summer 2. Throughout both of these pieces of writing, we will be recapping some of the skills we have learnt previously, like punctuating direct speech, as well as covering some new objectives, such as using dashes to indicate parenthesis.



In our Maths lessons this half term, we are going to first be continuing the work on angles we started before the half term, before moving onto measurement. In our measurement units, we are going to be covering converting different units of measure and also learning about area and perimeter.


The objectives we will be covering are:

  • Draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°)
  • Convert between different units of metric measure [for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre]
  • Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metre
  • Estimate volume and capacity
  • Solve problems involving converting between units of time
  • Use all four operations to solve problems involving measure 



Throughout the unit, we will be recapping some key skills from previous learning, and practicing our reasoning and problem solving skills. 


Don't forget a really easy way to practice your times tables at home is by using TT rockstars. Knowing your times tables up to 12x12 helps with a lot of different units in Maths!



Our topic for this half term is The Mayans. During this unit, we will be learning about the Maya civilisation, their religion and gods explaining the religious beliefs of the Maya people, understanding how they worshipped, naming some of the main gods and learning about what they represented to the people. We will be linking our Maths learning with our topic later on in the unit by learning about how the Maya number system works. 



Some of the objectives we will cover are:

  • Gather and present information about a non-European society that provides a contrast with British society
  • Explain the religious beliefs of the Maya people and compare the same aspect of life with a different period
  • Create a timeline of events to compare the chronology of the Maya civilisation with British history
  • Research food eaten by the ancient Maya people and why certain foods were particularly significant


We will also be basing our Art unit on this topic by creating some Mayan masks towards the end of the Summer term!



Our final Science unit in Year 5 is ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’. We will be recapping some of our states of matter objectives from year 4, before moving onto learning all about different materials and their properties. There are lots of fun experiments to do in this unit, including identify reversible and irreversible changes.


Some of the things we are going to learn are:

  • Compare materials according to their properties
  • Investigate thermal conductors and insulators
  • Investigate which conductors make the bulb shine the brightest  
  • Use different processes to separate mixtures of materials


Throughout the unit, we will be conducting experiments and working scientifically to report our findings.


During Summer 1, our topic for our RE lessons is Pentecost. We will be using the bible to learn about the story before telling the story ourselves through a dramatic re-enactment. Further into the unit, we will be using our first-person diary skills from English to write in role as one of the disciples, we will be exploring the symbol of the holy spirit and its impact on people today.

Home Learning


You will be given a learning log at the start of the year with this half term's homework sheet at the front. You can then choose which activity you wish to complete each week from your homework sheet and we ask that this is completed in your learning log and brought back to school on a Monday morning. Our class will have chance to share your home learning with the rest of the class on Monday afternoons, before the books being handed back out on a Thursday.


Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

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