Primary School

Year 5 Curriculum Overview Summer 2014 – 2015

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about our curriculum areas and timetable for the coming term.


Subject and content Ways you can help
In English we will be studying a myth called Bling which is a modern retelling of King Midas. The children shall focus on how a dilemma can be the driving force of a narrative. Tasks will include:- Writing a diary entry to explain a characters feelings- Writing an alternative ending for a story.- Writing a newspaper report

– Making links between their own experiences and stories they have read.

Children will also produce a discussion text related to their topic of Endangered Animals.

– Read a variety of appropriate newspaper articles with your child. (There are newspapers in school that are suitable for children which can be borrowed if needed.) – Share some of your child’s book with them from time to time.- Practise your child`s weekly spellings with them.

In maths we are looking at:

– identifying 3-D shapes from 2-D representations

– angles including measuring angles in degrees

– rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000.

– rounding decimals to the nearest whole number

– reading Roman numerals to 100(I to C)

– multiplying and dividing numbers (including decimals) by 10, 100 and 100

– converting between different units of measure e.g. metre and centimetre; centimeter – millimetre

– Constantly challenge your child with times table questions/ challenges- Give your child a number between 1 and 10. Ask them to times the number by 10, 100 or 1000.- Practice number bonds to 10, 20, 50, 100 E.g. for number bonds to 20, if you say 13 they have to reply 7.- Google Roman numeral games and shape games online.
We are beginning a new topic on Endangered Animals titled “Save our Species”.We will be learning about- The parts of plants and their functions.- The life process of reproduction of plants and animals

– Differences in life cycles between mammals, amphibians, reptiles and flowering plants.

We will answer questions as to why animals are endangered and what can be done to help save them. We will develop geographical skills by identifying where different endangered animals are located in the world.


-Use the internet to research animals that are endangered.- Look at a plant in your garden, ask the children to identify different parts that they know. Also ask them what the job is for that part of the plant.- Either using the internet or an atlas, talk about continents, countries and features such as the equator. (Start with the United Kingdom and see if they can identify England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

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