Summer Term 2-  2017

Body coach Hit class

Here is an overview of what your child shall be learning in this summer half-term in year 5:

World book Day

TOPIC - Mayans (Geography and History)

This unit of work will teach the children all about the ancient Maya civilisation. The children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this they will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will also learn about the Maya number system and have the opportunity to read and write Maya numbers and solve number problems. They will learn about the Maya writing system too and practise writing words using logograms and syllabograms in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people. The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and they will find out about the significance of corn and chocolate, arguing which was most important in a class debate.


Year 5 will take part in weekly reading sessions and shall continue to focus upon spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. We shall begin by looking at persuasive writing then move onto poetry- the power of imagery.



Fractions and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Time and data

Place value

Multiplication and fractions


Big Maths teaching continues across KS2. For Year 5 it will take place each TUESDAY where your child shall be given skills tests at their level, with their Big Maths teacher.



Properties and changes of materials

This 'Properties and Changes of Materials' unit will teach the children about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will sort and classify objects according to their properties. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best thermal insulator to make a lunch box, making predictions and forming conclusions. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the best electrical conductor, in the context of making floodlights brighter. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore dissolving, identifying the different variables in their own investigations. They will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in two exciting investigations to create new materials, including casein plastic and carbon dioxide.


Key question for this enquiry: Does belief in Karma,Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?


To recreate a Mayan mask; to use clay to recreate Mayan art and artefacts and to explore and recreate the Bonampac Murals.

Making Mayan food and drinks!

Art week: self portraits in the style of our class artist: Vincent Van Gough


COMPUTING: (continued)

In this unit the children extend their drawing skills to create 3D models based on using the software Sketch up Make. This is a free application available for download on Windows or OSX (Mac). Children will learn how to create simple and complex 3D models. They will be able to add detail and manipulate 3D models using a variety of tools.


Mondays- FUNS PE

Wednesdays- Swimming


Tuesday: Big Maths Homework (hand in by Friday)

Topic Homework: Choose a task weekly from the topic planning grid. Homework is celebrated on Fridays in class.




We continue to have a huge push on children knowing their times tables. Year 5 need to know all the times tables up to 12 x 12. Your help in learning these will be invaluable to the continued success and progress your child will make in maths throughout their time in key stage 2, therefore your support in this would be most appreciated, thank you.


READING - 5 minutes homework for 5 nights a week!


Children can fill in their own reading record however it needs to be signed by an adult. I expect to see children have read at least 5 times a week. We have discussed in class that children are allowed to read a range of texts as well as their school reading book e.g. home books, magazines, online information. Children who read regularly will be rewarded with a GOLDEN TICKET every time that they reach the top of our class reading tree (20 times). READING is FUN!!




Whole class reading - All classes will read a selection of core stories for their year group which focuses around a key author. In KS2, each class will read together every afternoon at 1.15 for 10 to 15 minutes. The key author for Year 5 is Michael Morpurgo.  The core stories from each class are displayed within their classroom and in the main hall.


If you have any worries or concerns please come and see me as soon as possible; no worry is too small. The best time to do this is after school at 3:30pm.

Thank you for the continued support in helping with your child's learning!


Mrs.N Clemitshaw

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