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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 5

Spring Term


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This page outlines the Year 5 curriculum for the Spring Term 2019.



In English this term, we will be delving into the text ‘There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. Later on the second half term, we will be immersing into the novel ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. We will be uncovering specific details about the characters, such as the main character Bradley Chalkers and the mysterious creature Skellig. We will look at various forms of writing including descriptive, diary entry, letter writing and role play.


We will focus on writing skills such as:

• Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.

• Proof - reading for spelling and punctuation errors.

• Describing characters, settings and atmosphere as well as including dialogue in our narrative writing.


As part of literacy lessons, we will also focus on:

• Spelling, punctuation and grammar.

• Improving reading comprehension skills.



In mathematics, the focus will be on long multiplication and methods for carrying out short and long division. We will also briefly look at the concept of time, identifying the difference between analog and digital clocks. Later on in the term, children will learn to calculate fractions, decimals and percentages as well as identifying patterns and sequences in mathematics.



For this term, pupils will be learning about forces. We will conduct a variety of experiments to identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces. Children will be able to explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object. We will also explore how to use a variety of mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears, to allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. The lessons will encompass carrying out research using various resources, including iPads and books from the library. They will work collaboratively in groups and in pairs to present their ideas creatively.



In computing this term, children will take on the role on being web developers. We will be creating a website about e-safety where we will be discussing ideas for creating our own websites, planning how to create our websites, adding artwork, audio and video to our pages as well as reviewing and improving each other’s pages.



In geography, pupils will be looking at extremities of earth including its climate and its weather conditions. Pupils will learn about the water cycle and the distribution of water across the earth, and investigate what causes earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.



In this unit, children will learn about the Kingdom of Benin from a range of historical sources. Children will find out about the characteristic features of the society and period, through historical enquiry.



Children will be learning about the work of Leonardo Di Vinci and pupils will create their own art pieces inspired by this well-known artist.



In design and technology, pupils will investigate and compare different types of biscuits. They will move onto looking at sensory characteristics of biscuits. Pupils will make biscuits according to their design specifications.



In PE this half term, children will be working on Outdoor Adventure Activities. Children will be focusing on improving their communication skills through a range of challenges performed with a partner and as part of a team. There will be a particular emphasis on map reading and basic orienteering. Next half term children will be focusing on net/ wall games in particular the skills associated with the sport of tennis.



The key focus this term will be on pupil’s self-development through focusing on their dreams and goals in life. Questions will be raised around careers, life ambitions and achievements. Later on in the term, they will focus on heathy living and what this means to them and making healthy lifestyle options, including mental and physical wellbeing. We will also be looking at puberty this term and the changes in the human body.


Pupils will be focusing on the key six religions of the world, this includes; Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Pupils will focus on each strands belief on what is god, their sacred symbols, festivals and stories with key morals.