Primary School

Year 5 Curriculum Overview Spring 2014 – 2015

Curriculum Information for Parents and Carers in Year 5

Subject and content Ways you can help
In English we will be studying the famous author Jeremy Strong. Children will be writing a new episode based on his story – ‘This is not a Fairy tale.’Children will need to– Write sentences that are accurately punctuated including using commas, speech marks, question marks and exclamation marks.- Vary sentence starters including adverb openers e.g. Slowly he crept…..

– Use a range of conjunctions to extend or link sentences.

– Use adjectives, adverbs and well thought out vocabulary choices to help the reader create a picture of what is happening.

– Read with your child from time to time- using books/ magazines/ newspapers (special newspapers for children can be borrowed from Year 5 on request)- Ask your child to re-tell you the Jeremy Strong story ‘This is not a Fairy Tale.’- Write a “boring” sentence and ask your child to show you how they can improve it.- Practise your child`s weekly spellings with them.

In maths we are looking at:

– reading and writing decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71?100]

– recognizing and using tenths, hundredths and thousandths and relating them to decimal equivalents.

– adding and subtracting decimal numbers using formal written methods

– using rounding to help check answers mentally.

– solving addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts e.g. problems involving money, measures etc.

– solve problems involving numbers up to three decimal places

– Challenge your child with random times table facts – they need to become very good at this!- Practise quick fire number bonds to 10, 20 50 and 100. E.g. When practising bonds to 10 if you say 3 they must reply 7 (3+7=10). For bonds to 50, if you say 35 they must reply 15 (35+15=50).- Make up problems for your child involving money- e.g. when in a shop buying a 65p chocolate bar ask them how much change they will get from £1 or how much two bars would cost.- Write addition and subtraction problems for your child to solve then ask them to check their answers. Ask them to explain how they worked out the answer.
This term our science topic is Space.We will be:- Describing the movement of the Earth and other planets in the solar system, relative to the Sun- Using a selection of sources of information to find out about planets.

– Using digital technologies to compose, edit and refine a piece of music based on the composer ‘Holst’.

– Finding out why we have day and night.

– Investigating the position of the sun as it appears to move throughout the day.


– Use the internet to research about space.- Get children to look up at the sky at night and describe the position of the moon as well as its shape.- Ask children to give you the scientific explanation of why the sun appears to move during the day. Observe the sun at different times of day and ask your children where the sun sets/rises.- Learn the order of the planets by using the short sentence of:

My Very Easy Method Just Suits Us Nicely

The first letter of each word represents a planet

e.g. My= Mercury Very- Venus


Year 5 Darwin’s Theory of Evaluation

Year 5 have been working with Miss Burns, investigating Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural selection. He believed that all animals and plants had to compete in order to survive. For example In England in the 1880’s, soot covered much of the landscape. One species in particular – moths which lived in trees covered with the soot survived in greater numbers as birds couldn’t see them to eat them. The class carried out an experiment to find out what it would be like for a bird hunting the black moths! Unfortunately they remained hungry as the moths were camouflaged extremely well!


Year 5 Celebrate Shakespeare!

Children in year 5 performed extracts from Shakespeare’s greatest works at King James Academy. Together with other local schools they have been working alongside professionals from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to create trailers for plays including The Tempest, Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth. The event is aimed to encourage more children to discover a love of the Bard. Mr Stockill along with organisers were extremely impressed with year 5’s acting talents and their understanding of Shakespeare.

He said “The children absolutely loved it and should be proud of their fantastic performance. Well done year 5!”


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