Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 page!

Below you will be able to discover all about Year 5's latest activities.

Creative Curriculum

Summer term year five:                                            

Wow, this year if flying by so fast! We have finished our space topic and are on to pastures new.

This term we are learning about the Rainforest and Mountain environments and which is the hardest to survive in for humans.

This is a geography based top that enables us to explore Maps and The geography of the world. We have explored where in the world the rainforests are found and which characteristics those countries have that enable that habitat to thrive.

We will go on to explore:

  • How to use appropriate geographical vocabulary.
  • How to confidently use atlases, globes and maps.
  • Identifying physical features of a rainforest.
  • Find out about the people and animals living in the rainforest.
  • Explore why we should protect the rainforests.
  • Learn about the structure of the Earth and how mountains form.
  • Identify different types of mountain.



We will be investigating the habitats that we come across while learning about the animals.

  • We will research the differences in their life cycles. We will specifically look at mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
  • We will describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
  • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
  • Research rainforest habitats.



In DT will be designing and making our own rainforest drinks. We will investigate products that are designed for different consumers.

  • We will generate a design.
  • Health and Hygiene.
  • Making final decisions.
  • Drawing and sketching rainforest animals
  • Creating a class project.



We will be exploring Buddhism:

  • To learn about the story/ life of Buddha.
  • To understand how Buddhism was formed.
  • To appreciate what Buddhism is about.
  • To investigate how Buddhists live their life.


Develop our own ‘Journey around our planet’ compositions.

We will listen to a piece of music that was written for purpose, create a class sketch of musical ideas and rehearse and perform our piece.




Internet research on rainforests leading to a poster or presentation.

Exploring websites linked to geography topics.

Research Buddhist monks and mountains environments.



This is our last term in year five, we have stressed the importance to the children that they really get their heads down and concentrate on their writing. We have worked very hard on improving the structure of our big writing and making sure that we edit all of our work.

We have embedded the teaching of Grammar in all of our topics and the class are becoming more confident in including these skills in their independent writing. The children need to continue to practice their basic grammatical skills as it will help prepare them for their spelling and grammar test in year six.


In literacy this term we will be:

  • Exploring the traditional story ‘The Hobbit’.
  • Learning all about the rainforest whilst writing newspapers.
  • Working hard on being persuasive.
  • Investigating rainforest poetry.
  • Writing recounts about life in the rainforest.



This term we have practiced using protractors to measure angles and recognise different types of angles. All of the class could do with extra practice in this and it would benefit them to own a protractor to practice with at home.

  • We have explored data handling and the children have developed their skills in this area and are quite confident in interpreting data and displaying data in different forms.
  • We will review time and time problems, this is always an area that needs revision and children should be practicing at home on a regular basis. Using timetables to find information is an invaluable skill and one that is easy to practice.
  • We will explore chance and probability.
  • Fractions
  • Divisions
  • Problem solving in all the areas that we have taught.


Homework/ spellings:

Homework is given out on a Wednesday and collected in on the following Tuesday. It will usually be marked and returned to the children within a week. Homework will be marked in relation to effort and presentation. Please encourage your child to take time and care in the presentation and completion of their homework. We feel that this helps them to take responsibility for meeting deadlines and presenting work of a good standard that they can be proud of. 

Homework is prepared to support the learning in class, it will either reflect the same subjects we have been working on that week or will be revision of topics we have done recently. Please remember that some children work in a different way when they are at home compared with when they are at school. We set the level of the homework based on what children are able to achieve in class. If they are finding it too easy at home then we may need to find out why they are not finding this the case at school. 

On occasion we will give out project work. The children will have longer than the standard week to complete this and will be encouraged to complete their own research. They can then present their work to be marked on the allocated date.

Each week children will have spellings to practise at home and will be tested on them in school.

Please also make use of the mathletics website that each child has their own log in for. Each time children submits a task the teachers at school can see the result.