Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome back Year 5! I hope you all had a break over the Easter holidays! The last half term was very different for all of us, but as always, you showed us how resilient you all are and produced some fantastic home learning. It is a much better start to this term, having you all in class!


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.



We are beginning this half term focussing on the Roald Dahl story – The BFG. In this story, an orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world. Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant.

We will begin this unit by leading up to writing a diary entry and practicing writing in first person as we discuss how Sophie would have felt during different parts of the story. Once we have written our diary entry, we will continue our work on the BFG and as we read more of the story, will begin to look at narratives and letter writing.

Our main grammar focuses for this half term will be:

  • Using brackets to add parenthesis
  • Using and punctuating relative clause to add detail to a sentence
  • Using a wide range of vocabulary to describe characters and settings


We will begin this half term by continuing our decimals unit. Before the holidays, we began linking decimals to fractions, which we will continue with before moving onto adding and subtracting decimals, and solving some multistep problems. After we have finished decimals, we will be moving onto our new unit of measurement. During this unit, we will be covering the following objectives:

  • Convert between different units of metric measure e.g centimetres and millimetres.
  • Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
  • Calculate and compare the area of rectangles and estimate the area of irregular shapes
  • Estimate volume and capacity
  • Solve problems involving converting between units of time


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 'North America'. During this topic, we will be learning about the location and climate of North America, looking at locating the world's countries on a map with a focus on North America. We will also be looking at the environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities in North America, before moving onto locating some of the most famous landmarks. As part of this unit, we will also be choosing a location in the UK to compare with an area of North America, focusing on the similarities and differences of these areas.


Further on into this half term, we will begin our new unit of 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. 


Our Science unit for this half term is 'Forces'. This unit will also carry on into next half term, as there are a lot of fun experiments for us to carry out! Some of the things we will be learning to do are:


- Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object

- Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces

- Recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect


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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