Year 5

Penguins: Year 5

Spring One 2019

Happy new year to all of the pupils and parents of year 5!

Here is what we shall be learning in our first half term this spring.
Our topic is “There’s a Human in my Bedroom” (

Using the Iceland advert “There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom” as inspiration, we shall learn about the effects of using palm oil on our planet’s rainforests and the consequences for the animals that live there.

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


We shall be using the advert ‘There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom’ as a stimulus for writing. The advert will allow us to write a range of pieces from letters, persuasive writing, non- chronological reports and narratives.


    • To identify, name and write fractions
    • To represent, identify, name and write fractions
    • To identify, name and write equivalent fractions
    • To identify, name and write equivalent fractions of tenths and hundredths
    • To compare and order fractions
    • To read and write fractions as decimal numbers
    • To recognize and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
    • To compare and order decimals and fractions
    • To recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions
    • To read, write and order decimal numbers with up to three decimal places
    • To round decimal numbers
    • To solve problems involving fractions and division


    • To classify, compare and order acute, obtuse and reflex angles
    • To use a protractor to measure acute and obtuse angles
    • To use a protractor to draw acute and obtuse angles
    • To investigate angles at a point
    • To measure and draw reflex angles
    • To investigate angles at a point on a straight line
    • To draw and measure angles with increasing accuracy
    • To investigate angles within shape

Science – Earth in Space
In this module children develop their knowledge of the Earth’s (and other planets’) place in the solar system, and their relationships with other bodies in space, in particular with the Sun.
Children also learn how the Earth’s orbit determines the length of a year and why we have leap years. Children also learn how the Earth’s rotation and tilt affect the direction and length of shadows, and how to use shadows for telling the time.
Children learn about time differences around the world and investigate time differences using resources including the internet. They will find out about how time was standardised around the world, about the need for scientists to choose a starting point in the continuous process of cycles of sunrise and sunset, and investigate longitude. They are introduced to the International Date Line and the Greenwich Meridian.
Children extend their awareness of seasonal changes through the year, which they developed during Key Stage 1, to understand that it is the Earth’s tilt on its axis that causes the seasons. This draws on their learning about the Sun and shadows to develop an understanding of the role of latitude in day length and seasons. When working scientifically, children use models for exploring and demonstrating ideas, first-hand observation made at night either in their gardens or local area, or from visits to local observatories, secondary sources of information (mainly web-based) to answer scientific questions increasingly independently, and diagrams, charts and graphs for recording data. They report and present findings in different ways, including booklets, oral presentations and annotated diagrams, draw conclusions, identify causal relationships and explain their thinking.


Hinduism- How can Brahman be everywhere?


Basketball with Coach Pat. Lessons will take place every Friday.

Children should bring their PE kit to school on a Monday, to be left in school all week.


Expressionism with a focus on our class artist, Edvard Munch


Internet research



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– one quality piece of work to be completed from the sheet sent home for PRIDE.

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.

Mrs N. Clemitshaw