Year 5

Curriculum - Year 5 – Summer Term 2

We would like to welcome you back to the second half of the summer term. We hope you all had a restful half term. We cannot believe that we are into our final half term already!


EnglishIn lessons this half term, we will be writing and delivering persuasive speeches inspired by Greta Thunberg. We will then use two short films as inspiration for our detailed descriptive writing.
MathsThe children will be further exploring geometry– specifically the properties of shapes.  This will include finding missing angles and lengths. We will also be revisiting our understanding of co-ordinates and using this to help us translate and reflect shapes. After this, we will be revisiting some topics from earlier in the year and consolidating our learning in preparation for year six.
ScienceThe topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’ will be explored further this half term. The children will then learn about ‘Animals including humans’. They will describe the changes in the human life cycle (including puberty, which will be covered in SRE lessons). The children will also have opportunities to analyse and interpret patterns in data related to life expectancy in humans and gestation periods in animals.
GeographyThis half term, as part of our geography topic, the children will be learning about the UK. We will be exploring the question: How is our country’s landscape changing? As part of this we will be learning about geographical differences in the UK and how they have influenced agriculture. We will also investigate changes to the coastline of the UK and the development of the UK’s cities through time.
REUsing the guiding question, ‘Why are some journeys and places special?’ We will be learning about different pilgrimages that people go on with a focus on Islam.
PSHEWe will continue to develop our understanding of how to build and maintain positive relationships to start the term. We will also be teaching RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) towards the end of the term. You will be invited to view the resources that we will be using nearer the time.
ComputingWe will be looking at ‘How can I help myself and others be positive and have fun while playing online games?’. We will then be developing our Scratch skills further by exploring variables in games.
ArtThe children will be using watercolours to create landscape paintings linked to landscapes in the UK. We will also be developing our understanding of foreground, middle ground and background when creating an art work.
PEIn PE we will be developing our skills in cricket including throwing accuracy and catching skills under pressure. We will also be improving our ability to return the ball using a variety of strategies to outwit an opponent.  In football we will develop our ability to dribble, pass the ball and we will also develop our defensive skills.
Suggestions for parents

Maths – Please support your children with practising their times tables and mental maths skills, recalling facts quickly in any order. As well as set assignments, explore other areas of Mathletics too.


English – Please try to read with your child as often as you can and ask them questions about the text they are reading. Please refer to the questions which were shared at the parents’ workshop (available on the school website).

Share stories and poetry at home. Don’t forget to include reading non-fiction and information texts e.g. signs, maps, catalogues and cereal packets.


Computing – Discuss e-safety with your children to reinforce the safety messages we give at school.


Art– Visit one of the many free art galleries in London! These include: Tate Britain, Tate Modern and The National Gallery. Discuss the key vocabulary of foreground, middle ground and background when you are out and about!


PE – Now the weather is brightening up, spend some time practising throwing, catching and kicking skill outside.


Homework will continue to be set via Google Classroom on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. Children will still be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths homework. The children will receive spellings each week which they will be tested on during the following week and an assignment will be set for them on Spelling Shed. In addition, the children will also have a written or alternative task linked to what they have been learning about during the week.

If your child requires any support with their homework, please speak to your child’s class teacher.


It is important that children continue to develop their reading skills throughout the rest of the year and we would appreciate your support in encouraging them to read for at least 15 minutes each day at home, and signing their reading record at least once a week. A reminder that children should be completing at least three entries per week. Please support your child in remembering to bring it to school every day with their reading book. Reading records should be handed in every Monday please.



Important dates


Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair

Tuesday 18th June – Sports Day

Monday 8th July – Reports sent home

Thursday 11th July – Parents evening

Friday 19th July – Last day of term

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Rokesly Junior School
Rokesly Avenue,
London, N8 8NH

Phone: 020 8348 0290

Headteacher: Bola Soneye-Thomas