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Year Group: 5


TERM: Spring


Dear Parents,

Below is an overview of the curriculum areas we will be covering in Year 5 throughout the Spring term. We look forward to introducing the children to some exciting new topics. Also, we have the Alton Castle residential trip to look forward to. For more information about this, please visit;



If you have any questions or wish to discuss about any aspect of year 5 please get in touch. We are always happy to help.


Thank you for your ongoing support.




Spring 1:

‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz. (1 week)

Children will be planning and writing their own ‘gadget’ spy story following on from reading the book and watching the film in the autumn term.


Myths linked to Ancient Greece. (2 weeks)

Children will be reading Ancient Greek myths and writing their own based on the knowledge they have learnt.


‘The Demon Headmaster’ by Gillian Cross

Children will be reading the book as a class, identifying techniques used by the author to develop characterisation, create cohesion and describe events effectively. Children will be writing their own narrative in the style of Gillian Cross. Spring 2:


Persuasion (2 weeks)

Children will learn persuasive techniques and write a persuasive piece about the Rainforest. This will be published online for others to read.


Biography (3 weeks)

Children will be identifying the key features of a biography and they will be researching the life of a person and writing a biography using the features. These could be written about a famous Olympian or Scientist.



Ongoing throughout spring:


Spelling lessons based on spelling targets for the need of the children and the expectations of the year group.


Grammar – using relative clauses in sentences, using a range of verbs tenses, use paragraphs to order and sequence writing, use descriptions to provoke a response, use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, recognising relative pronouns and using commas, dashes and parenthesis.


Weekly comprehension activities that are differentiated according to children’s needs.




Spring Term 1:



Negative numbers

Order and compare


Addition and subtraction:

Mental calculation

Formal written methods


Multiplication and division:

Factor pairs

Mental calculation

Geometry – properties of shape:

Diagonal and parallel lines

Properties of rectangles




Add and subtract

Fractions of amounts


Spring Term 2:



Roman Numerals


Multiplication and division:

Formal written methods



Conversions – metric and imperial


Fractions and decimals:

Conversion between

Equivalence between


Geometry- direction and movement:








Pupils should be taught to:

-Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object


-Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces


-Recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect


Properties and changes to materials:

Pupils should be taught to:

-Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets


-Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution


-Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating


-Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic


-Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes state are reversible changes


-Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.


Unit D Christmas

Unit E Baptism

Unit F Parables and Sayings of Jesus

Unit G Lent

Unit H Holy Week


Also, children will be participating in Mass, class prayer service, collective worship and daily prayers.


Spring Term 1 -Coding 2 – Random numbers and simulations

Children will continue to enter codes using Espresso coding.

Spring Term 2: Spreadsheets Gold Award.

Children will be opening a prepared spreadsheet, enter simple data use ‘sum’ to find total, enter, label and calculate. Create a graph.


Throughout the year, children will always be looking at E-safety and how to report any problems they see.


Also, children will be using the computers and iPads to research topics.



Ancient Greece:

Children will be taught to:


Chronologically sequence historical events.

Compare life and traditions from Ancient Greece to the present day.


Ask and answer questions about change, causes, similarities and differences in historically periods.


Study the Greek alphabet and understand word origins.


Look at the lives of the Spartans and Athenians.

Understand Ancient Greek achievements and the impact it had on the Western World.




Ancient Greece:


Children will be studying famous Greek artists and complete their own Greek inspired sketched.

Children will be making Greek pots.


Children will be continuing to learn the Steel Pans weekly, learning songs, reading music and recognising minor and major scales.

They will be participating in a weekly hymn practice to learn new songs.


Children will be participating in and learning songs in Alton Castle.


Dance with Ricky where children will be learning a new routine each week.


Class 11 – Swimming lessons weekly on a Thursday.

Class 12 – P.E. lessons with Mr. McConville



Spring Term One 

Autumn Term Two

Autumn Term One