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Y5 Summer 1 2021

Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter for Summer 1 2021


Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas.  The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas.   If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Miss Ferguson and Miss Owen


Learning Challenge:  What was the impact of the Roman invasion on Britain?

Year 5’s topic this half term is ‘What was the impact of the Roman invasion on Britain?’ We will start this topic by looking at where the Roman invasion of Britain fits into our chronological timeline compared to other historical topics we have studied so far in school. We will be going on a trip to Murton Park. This trip will allow pupils to be fully immersed in the working culture of Roman Britain and enable them to develop an understanding of the Roman army, as they become Roman soldiers for the day. Back in the classroom, this learning will be developed through historical enquiry investigations where the children will use sources to learn some of the most famous events in Roman history, in particular the Roman invasions of Britain beginning with Julius Caesar’s first invasion. Following this, children will learn about the reaction of the Celts and begin to look at ways that history was recorded during the Roman period by looking at historical reports of Boudicca, the formidable Celtic queen. Throughout this topic, children will develop a good understanding of how historians analyse sources to create theories and make observations about how we used to live.



In English we will be writing a historical narrative based on the daily life of a young child working in Roman Britain. We will be recapping on grammar techniques we have learnt over the course of the year including accurate use of direct speech, subordinate and relative clauses and parenthesis to add extra information to our stories. As well as this we will be challenging ourselves to write a variety of text types within our narrative and reminding ourselves of how to write newspaper articles, diary entries and letters. The class novel for this half term is one of Caroline Lawrence’s Roman Quests: Escape from Rome. The children will be using this to develop their understanding of what life was like for a Roman child living under the fierce rule of ruthless Roman emperors.





Year 5 will continue learning about decimals this term and link it to knowledge of fractions and percentages. We will look at different ways of representing decimals using counters, place value grids and hundredths squares. Building on from our year 4 learning, we will learn about the thousandths column and apply this in calculations including addition and subtraction. Towards the end of this half term, we will begin to look more at shape and space. We will look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and practise sorting these in a variety of ways including Carroll and Venn diagrams. The children will also explore practical ways to understand volume by working with, and filling, a range of different containers. Whilst learning all these skills, we will have a focus on problem solving and introduce the children to a range of different questions types where they can show off their reasoning skills, including missing number and ‘what went wrong’ style questions.



Science this half term will focus on children’s understanding of materials and their properties. Throughout this topic, we will be practising and developing our scientific enquiry skills and completing a range of exciting investigations. The children will explore and compare the properties of a broad range of materials, including relating these to what they learnt about magnetism in year 3 and about electricity in year 4. Throughout this we will explore reversible changes, including, evaporating, filtering, sieving, melting and dissolving, recognising that melting and dissolving are different processes.



RE over the summer term focuses on ‘codes for living’ and understanding how both religious and non-religious people decided what is right and wrong. Throughout this we will be attempting to understand how people decide what values are important to them and asking ourselves the same question. In order to look at this from varying perspectives, children will be recapping their knowledge of Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Humanist beliefs. 



History is being taught through our learning challenge this half term.



In Art this half term, children will be creating learning about the art work of the Roman times!  We will be creating a mosaic inspired by the work of Gaudi. Children will practise a number of skills before using small tiles/pieces of pot to create organic patterns relating to those seen throughout the Roman Empire.



PE this half term will focus on athletics as our outdoor sport. We will be continuing with swimming where we will be practising a range of strokes and looking to build up our stamina and speed.   



During Summer 1 children will be discussing the question ‘Why do we work?’ This involves children learning about their economic wellbeing and beginning to understand how diverse the jobs market is, as well as demonstrating how to look after and save money.



This half term we will work on using the iPad to create iMovies. We will learn more about the different styles of shot and work together to creative interesting movies relating to our Roman topic.  



In Music this half-term, we will be focused on learning and understanding a song: Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas - a Motown song from the 1960s. We will be listening closely to the song to understand the pulse and using a variety of percussion instruments to add to the song.



This half-term in French, the children will revise some previous vocabulary and grammar points. They will revise some vocabulary related to food which they learnt in Year 3 and will enjoy some French stories linked to this. They will learn some new vocabulary related to a French breakfast and will take part in some role-play activities.