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Year 5 Summer Term 2022

Welcome back to the Summer Term in Year 5! We all hope that you had a thoroughly enjoyable Easter break and are ready to take on the challenges of a new term.


Our main Learning Unit theme for this term will be ‘A Tale of Two Cities’– encompassing Geographical enquiry, English, Maths, Art and DT. We will be exploring Geographical knowledge of England before narrowing down to our home city of Portsmouth and then doing some geographical exploration of South America before focusing in on the city of Lima in Peru. We will learn about both physical and human geography and will be exploring similarities and differences between the two cities, including food, education and climate.


To fit in with our geography topic, which focuses on the city of Portsmouth, we shall be exploring the life and works of Portsmouth-born author Charles Dickens.  We will research this eminent author and apply our newly-learnt facts when we write our own Charles Dicken’s biographies.  Having learnt how to write a biography, the children will then have an element of free choice, where they can write a biography about a person of their choice.  Later on in the term, also linked to our geography topic, we shall explore the poverty that exists in areas of lima and this inspire a non-fiction charity letter followed by a narrative unit based on the theme of ‘child in poverty’.     


In Maths, as well as continuing to consolidate the concepts we have already explored earlier in the year, such as fractions, decimals and written methods of calculation, we shall move on to look at properties of shape, position and direction and converting units of measure.  As well as teaching new skills and concepts, we will develop children’s application of previously learnt skills and encourage them to apply these to new contexts.  We are still finding that for many of our pupils, lack of timestables fluency is proving to be a barrier to their Maths learning.  Therefore, we would like to send out a plea for as much help as possible with encouraging your child to practise their timestables.  The TopMarks ‘hit the button’ timestables internet game, which requires no subscription, is a great way to see just how fluent your child is.

 As a guide, over 25 correct answers in a minute will show a good degree of competence; many of our more fluent children are scoring over 35!  We also have timestables rockstars which is another good way of allowing children to regularly practise in a fun way.





For the first part of the summer term, we shall be continuing with our Forces topic.  This is a very practical Science topic with plenty of opportunities for hands on investigation.  We look forward to exploring air resistance and water resistance, as well as continuing to build on the work we began before Easter which looked at gravity and friction. To end the year, our Science moves away from physics, and onto biology with a look at life processes.


Home learning will be uploaded to Teams on a Friday and handed in by the following Friday. We hope that by providing a whole week for both sets of homework, this enables you to structure the home learning around your own busy home routines.  Spelling lists and Times tables will also be uploaded every Friday and tested the following Friday. We will provide reminders to enable the children to organise themselves and become more independent in their learning. We would like the children to carry on with their HOME READING which should be recorded in their Reading Records.  The children should be reading a minimum of 5 times per week.   We hope that we can continue to rely on your support, so that together we can help your child reach his/her full potential.


Later in the summer term, we will hold a week of sessions where the children will be focusing on SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION – “Body Changes”. Information regarding this will be sent home via a letter,  the time, along with details of a parents’ information that will be provided in advance.


P.E. P.E. (games, gymnastics and dance) will take place twice a week. For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Additional safety precautions during PE: Earrings need to be removed or covered with plasters or tape (to be supplied from home) and long hair needs to be tied back. No watches or rings please. Pupils should still come to school in their P,E kit on their P.E days which will remain on a Wednesday (outdoor Games) and on a Thursday, (indoor P.E with Mrs Brook). For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Children are encouraged to wear black shorts and or jogging bottoms; their school jumper; their house coloured PE t-shirt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear, such as trainers.


MOBILE PHONES - If you wish your child to have a mobile phone at school, please complete a mobile phone permission form from the office. These will then be stored in class during school hours.


We are really looking forward to starting the Summer term together with you all; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email:

Yours Sincerely

The Year 5 Teachers

Miss Smith, Miss Fear, Miss Parsons