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Year 5

Welcome to our Year 5 Class Page.  

Curriculum Information for Parents and Carers – Year 5 Summer Term 2023

The Summer Term is here and we would like to share with you a summary of what your child will be learning in class.  We would also like to share some ways that you can support your child at home.

Detailed information about the topics can be found in the Knowledge Organisers at the bottom of this page.  The Knowledge Organisers contain the key vocabulary and learning for each topic and you can look at these with your child over the course of the term. 


Summer Half Term 1: Our class text will be How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.  During our English lessons, we will be analysing characters carefully and will retell the story from different perspectives.  We will also write instructions using a wide range of vocabulary and organisational devices.  Throughout the half term, we will be relating their text to their history learning by comparing it to Norse Myths and Legends.

Summer Half Term 2: Our class text will be Michael Morpurgo’s The Giant’s Necklace.  During our English lessons, we will be converting a narrative into a playscript.  We will also be writing a persuasive text linked to our Geography topic.


Decimals: This term, we will be exploring decimals in more depth.  We will recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.  We will read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places.

Statistics: We will learn to create, interpret and complete line graphs and tables.

Perimeter and Area: We will learn to estimate and calculate the area and perimeter of regular and compound shapes.

Geometry: We will identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations.  We will distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles.  We will estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles.  We will draw given angles and measure them in degrees.

Properties of Shapes: We will use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles.

Position and Direction: We will identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following reflection or translation.

Measurement: We will convert between different units of metric measure and solve problems converting between units of time.  The children will also estimate and measure volume and capacity.


Summer Half Term 1: We will learn about Pentecost and make links to show how feelings and beliefs about the use of transforming energy affects their behaviour and that of others.  We will also describe and show an understanding of the transformational power of the Holy Spirit through the scripture accounts of The Road to Emmaus and Saul’s transformation.

In our other faiths topic, we will learn about Islam and will explore how religious belief shapes the way some people live out their lives and look at special festivals.

Summer Half Term 2: We will learn about the Universal Church.  We will be able to make links to show how feelings and beliefs about caring for the earth affect their own behaviour and that of others.


Summer Half Term 1: We will learn about 'Amazing Changes.’  We will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.  We will explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials and this kind of change is not usually reversible. 

Summer Half Term 2: We will explore the topic, ‘Growing up and growing old.’  We will describe the changes as humans develop to old age.


We will be learning about The Vikings and considering the reasons why they raided and then settled in Britain.


We will explore the topic, ‘Where should we go on holiday?’  We will learn about the Alpine region of Europe, how the Alps were formed and how homes are adapted to the climate.


In Computing, we will be learning about stop motion animation where we will be storyboarding ideas, taking photographs and editing to create a video animation.  In the second half term, we will be learning about potential online dangers and safety.


In French, we will learn to describe the features of the classroom as well as describing ourselves using length, texture and hair colour.  We will also learn to recite the Hail Mary in French in readiness for the month of May.


Summer Half Term 1: We will be developing our Music Technology skills using Bandlab, with a particular focus on recording in tracks using the midi software.

Summer Half Term 2: We will be preparing for the School Production!


Athletics: We will think about how to achieve our greatest possible speed, height, distance or accuracy and learn how to persevere to achieve our personal best.  We will learn how to improve by identifying areas of strength as well as areas to develop in preparation for the KS2 Sports Day.

Swimming: We will focus on swimming more fluently and with increased confidence and control.

Rounders: We will be developing the quality and consistency of our fielding skills and understanding of when to use them such as throwing underarm and overarm, catching and retrieving a ball.  We will learn how to play the different roles of bowler, backstop, fielder and batter and to apply tactics in these positions.


This term, we will be learning how to design something for a purpose, for example, a coat of arms or a hospital room and we will be creating new products.

Design and Technology

We will be exploring food technology and deciding what foods are healthier for us and preparing these.

RHE (Relationship and Health Education)

In RHE this term, we will learn about our bodies and the physical changes that take place during puberty.   We will also understand that good choices regarding rest, sleep, exercise, personal hygiene and diet will have a positive impact on our health.

Information will be sent to parents ahead of the RHE sessions.

Educational Visits

Barnes Literary Festival.

Morden Mosque.

How you can help your child at home

Daily reading and questioning your child about what has been read.

Providing support for half term projects.

Times tables practice if your child is not confident up to 12 x 12.