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Year 5

We are all really excited for the summer term ahead of us, where we will embark on our new Topic ‘World War 2’.

Learning Challenge:

Our Learning Challenge during the Summer Term is heavily focussed on History and Art. Our overriding question is ‘What was it like to live during World War 2’? Already, our topic has got off to a magnificent start and the children have truly ‘wowed’ us with the effort and time spent putting their World War Two homework projects together. Thankyou!

During our Learning Challenge lessons, we will focus on the following questions:

LC1: How did World War Two start?

LC2: How does a parachute work?

LC3: What was the Holocaust?

LC4: Who was Winston Churchill?

LC5: How did Reginald Mitchell help to win the Battle of Britain?

LC6: What was it like to live as an evacuee?


Our English stimulus this term is ‘Carries War’ by Nina Bawden. It is a war narrative based on the main character ‘Carrie’ and her little brother ‘Nick’ who are evacuated to Wales to live with cross old Mr Evans and his timid mouse of a sister. Gradually Carrie and Nick begin to settle in their new home, but then Carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life…

Our writing this half term will include writing a World War Two interview, writing our own war narrative, diary entries and letter writing. Because it is our final term in year 5, we will revisit many of the genres studied over the course of the year. As usual, our writing will be fabulous!


We are now in our final term of the school year, which means we are getting ourselves ready for Year 6. We are focussing on consolidating our knowledge learnt so far and we are now trying to deepen our reasoning and understanding of key mathematical areas. Some of the key objectives we will focus on this half term is as follows:

  • Multiplying 2 digit numbers by a 1 or 2 digit number (including long multiplication)
  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Recognise the % symbol and solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents
  • Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares) and using standard units.
  • Know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse, reflex angles


Our exciting Science continues this half term with a kick start from Trentham High School. The children have really loved the Science transition work we have been able to do so far with the high school and we will continue to work closely with Mrs O’Connor to ignite our talents as Scientists.

In Science this term, we will be learning all about animals and humans with a heavy focus on Biology. We will learn all about the changes humans experience as they develop and progress into old age, the gestation period of animals and compare this with humans and finally exploring the question ‘Do we all grow at the same rate?’


Children will continue this term with Swimming and ASM sports. The focus this half term is on team sports such as Cricket and Rounders.

All children are required to have a full PE kit in school; PE is a core part of the school curriculum.

Dates for the diary:

  • Monday 22nd May, 2017 – Year 5 trip to Churnet Valley Railway – children are welcomed to dress in ‘old clothes’ for this trip to really take on the role of a War child.
  • Magic Maths – Year 5 has just begun a Magic Maths club full of exciting abstract activities to get children’s brains ticking, this club runs from 3.15pm – 4.15pm.
  • Swimming lessons – Every Friday morning – Can we ask that ALL children have their swimming kit in school please

Once again, let us thank you for your continued support. We are certain that the summer term is going to be the most exciting term for the children in Year 5 – and the teachers!

As always, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to make an appointment at the school office to pop in and see us.

Many thanks,

The Year 5 team