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Year 5 Summer Term


We focus on two novels which link to our water topic: ‘Ahmed’s Secret’ and ‘This Morning I Met a Whale’.  We discover how authors develop the characters alongside the action and continue to find different ways to make our writing engaging for the reader. 


We explore a wide range of mathematical topics.  These include:  place value, calculation strategies, securing number facts and developing our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages.


Children learn about life cycles.  They make observations and from this draw conclusions using scientific language.  In the second half of term they also develop their understanding of how animals including humans change from birth through to death.


In R.E. children research what weddings are like in various religions and compare the similarities and differences.  After half term we consider how to put faith in action by thinking about how Christians help their community.


We continue with our Roots of Empathy programmes. During our circle times we think about our relationships with family and friends and how to respond to changes.


We develop our learning on how to code and program and we use the computers to research water.



Swimming lessons continue this term. On Tuesdays the children have lessons with a specialist P.E coach, where they learn cricket and athletics.




In Geography we recognise water on a global and national level, looking at local maps and making a key. We learn how water is cleaned, pumped and used. We look at the water cycle and investigate how rivers work.  We link our topic learning with our science and research water habitats and marine animals. In addition to this we investigate water shortage in Developing Countries.


In DT we will be examining water wheels and then designing, building and evaluating our own. 


In Art the children look at shade and light in pictures of water.  They then create their own using oil pastels. They draw angular fish (making links to shape in Maths) and study pictures of stormy seas, shipwrecks. They then create their own textured pictures with different techniques: e.g. sand in paint


As well as our weekly singing assemblies, we create our own music, understanding the concept of pitch, with glass. We listen to different water sounds and in groups improvise using different instruments. We look at established composers and their use of water as inspiration. Through this we consider different elements of music, including dynamics, timbre and pitch. Having looked at these we compose our own pieces using water as a stimulus and write our melodies on the bass and treble clef, using correct notation.