Year 5

Penguins: Year 5

Summer Term Two, 2019


4th June: Building a bee hotel
10th June: Puberty Talk
11th June: Visit to Sheffield Cathedral
26th June: KS2 Sports Day
3rd July: Transition Morning
9th July: Pride in Our Learning

Here is what we shall be learning in our final half term of Year 5:

Our topic is “Who were the Mayans?”– History based

  • To find out about how the Mayans civilisation developed over time.
  • To explore where and when the remains of the Mayan civilisation were discovered.
  • To find out about the city states of the Mayans and how society was organised.
  • To find out about Mayan religion and beliefs.
  • To find out about everyday life for the Mayan people.
  • To explore Mayan writing and calendars.
  • To find out about the decline of the Mayan civilisation.

The project sheet given to pupils with possible tasks can be found here.


Fiction- The Alchemist’s Letter:

Descriptive writing, narrative writing in the first person, symbolism, letter writing.

Non- Fiction

Explanation Texts


Calculating with whole numbers and decimals:

  • multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers

2-D and 3-D shape

  • distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles
  • use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles
  • identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations
  • recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets (Y6)
  • illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that diameter is twice the radius. (Y6)


  • estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm3 blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water]
  • recognise and use cube numbers and the notation for cubed (3)

Problem solving

  • consolidation and application opportunities

Science: Everyday Materials and Marvellous Mixtures

In this module (Everyday Materials) children further develop their knowledge and understanding of materials, achieving an in-depth knowledge of the properties of certain materials and how and why those specific properties make them suitable for particular uses.

In this module (Marvellous Mixtures) children further develop their conceptual knowledge and understanding of how different mixtures of solids and liquids might be separated. They learn that certain solids dissolve while others do not, and how these dissolved solids might be retrieved from a mixture. They explore how the rate at which solids dissolve can vary, investigating variables that might make a difference. They use their knowledge of separating mixtures in solving a number of real world based enquiries, which require them to apply their growing subject knowledge to an unusual context.

RE- Christianity:

Key question for this enquiry: What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

Learning Objectives: We are learning to understand how Christians show their commitment to God and to evaluate if there is a best way.


To use clay to recreate Mayan art and artefacts.

ARTS week (July 1st– Friday 5th)

PE- Striking and fielding/ Athletics

Children will need to bring their PE kit to school every TUESDAY.




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. Enjoy using REFLEX MATHS!


Given out every Thursday and tested the following Thursday.


10 minutes homework for 5 nights a week!

Children in KS2 are expected to read at least 20 times in the month. For reading 20 times they will get a GOLDEN TICKET.

Please continue to read with your child their school reading books and any books/magazine from home – READING is FUN!!

Maths– Given out Thursdays. To be handed in by the following Wednesday -at the LATEST.

TOPIC homework– see the plan here.

Our next PRIDE session will be an opportunity for you to look at the learning your children have been doing this half term.

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 on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

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

Thank you.

Mrs N. Clemitshaw