Year 5

Penguins: Year 5

Spring Term Two, 2019

Welcome back, here is an overview of what your child shall be learning in the spring 2 half-term:


This theme will introduce the class to the wilder side of the world with this creative based Geography ‘Extreme Earth’ topic. They will find out all about the Earth’s extremes, from raging tropical storms to violent erupting volcanoes to terrifying towering tsunamis. They can also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes through a series of informative and thought-provoking lessons.

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


Balanced arguments: Zoos

Learning from short films:

The Lighthouse – Reports/formal language/standard English/first person narrative/sentence styles

Dreadful Menace – authors use of language/ appropriate vocabulary and devices (personification) to enhance meaning/ to be able to understand symbolism as a method of figurative language/figurative language/narrative openers/poems


Key Learning:


  • To add and subtract fractions including improper fractions and mixed numbers
  • To multiply a fraction by a whole number
  • To calculate fractions of quantities
  • To understand that percent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’
  • To write percentage as a fraction and as a decimal
  • To solve problems which require knowing percentage, decimal and fraction equivalents


  • To identify and represent the position of a shape on a grid following a translation
  • To use coordinates to describe position on a 2-D grid
  • To use coordinates to describe position (all four quadrants)
  • To identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a translation
  • To identify and represent the position of a shape following a reflection
  • To identify and represent the position of a shape following a reflection using coordinates
  • To identify and represent the position of a shape following a reflection using coordinates (all four quadrants)
  • To identify and represent the position of a shape following a reflection and/or translation

SCIENCE: Reproduction in plants and animals

In this module children learn about reproduction in some types of plants and animals, including humans. As they learn about plant reproduction, children will extend their knowledge from Year 3 of the function of the different parts of

flowering plants. They will also learn that plants can reproduce in other ways, through asexual reproduction. As they learn about reproduction in animals children will find out more about specific mammals, birds, insects and amphibians and how they reproduce.

What is climate?
Where does rain come from?
What kinds of extreme weather can you think of?
What do you think causes tsunamis?
What is the difference between a volcano and a mountain?

Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’- creating a 3D layered version.
Using colour, line and shading to create artistic tornadoes

Music scheme: Charanga

La Jolie Ronde scheme

What did Jesus do to save human beings?-SALVATION

We shall use computers to support our topic work. This shall include internet research, using Power point.

FUNS – PE and Games program continues, therefore children will need to bring their indoor games kit at the start of the week to be kept in school.


Maths– given on Fridays to be handed in by the following Friday


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!

Spellings– Tested each THURSDAY

Reading – 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!!

Spellings– Given out every Thursday and tested the following Thursday.

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

TOPIC homework– see the plan here (to be handed in by FRIDAY 5th APRIL at the latest)

PRIDE in our LEARNINGTuesday 9th April- see you there!

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.

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

Thank you.

Mrs N. Clemitshaw