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Year 5

Year 5 @ Mount Street Primary 


Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 5!


This is going to be a short but busy term. History is our driver, and we will be finding out all about Early Islamic Civilisation in Baghdad.  Our understanding and knowledge will be embedded not only in our History lessons, but through reading, art and English.


Class Book 

We will be continuing to develop our love of reading and this term’s whole class novel will be ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’  by Onjali Q Rauf. 




Home learning: This will be set at the following times:

Maths and English – Monday to be handed in on Friday.

Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is handed in at least once per week. This is a whole school focus this year!

Spellings: There will be weekly tests.

Times Tables:  TT Rock Stars daily. This is very important as it will help us in our Maths this term. Please make sure your child is practising their times tables.


Games and PE:

Children will need their PE kit in school all week however, PE is on a Tuesday and Thursday. Children MUST have P.E. kit to take part for health and safety reasons.  Children with long hair must have it tied back for PE lessons and stud earrings must be covered with tape or removed.


Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue/black shorts, football/trainer socks.

In colder weather, a plain tracksuit may be worn outdoors for games.


Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary as cloakroom space is limited.  Please keep your PE kit in school and we will ensure that it is sent home each half term for washing.


As ever, if you have any questions or queries, please do get in touch via Dojo or the school office.  We will always do our best to answer any questions as soon as possible.

Mrs Clement-Stallard and Mrs Blatchford


In English this term, we will be developing our writing skills across a range of genres including, playscripts, a balanced discussion and stories from another culture. Complementing our creative writing will be grammar sessions looking at key tools, such as relative clauses, and expanded noun phrases.  We will develop our use of devices to build cohesion within a paragraph and consider ways that we can link ideas across paragraphs.  We will also continue to embed our use of brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis and the use of commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity.  We will continue to focus on learning the Year 5/6 spelling words as well as different spelling patterns including prefixes and suffixes.


Whole class reading activities will be a part of each day. The texts we will look at will be topic based and include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. During these sessions we will further develop our vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequencing and summarising (VIPERS) skills.


This term we will start by further developing our understanding of multiplication and division.  We will develop our understanding of fractions from finding equivalent fractions to converting between improper and mixed number fractions.  We will then further our fraction knowledge by adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators and ones with common multiples. We will extend our fraction knowledge by multiplying fractions by whole numbers and build confidence with problem solving involving fractions. We will also be building upon our prior knowledge of decimals and introduce percentages.


This term we will learn about Forces and Earth & Space.  This first half term focuses on Forces and we will investigate air resistance, water resistance, gravity, friction and look at how levers, gears and pulleys are used to move objects using less force. The second half of the term will focus on Earth & Space, learning all about what the universe contains and about the planets. We will also look at orbits and moon phases.



This term we will be studying mosaics, which links to our History. We will explore symmetry in Islamic art and use this knowledge to create our own mosaic tile.



This term we will be covering Kapow computing units and they will include Online Protection – exploring various aspects of being online and how to keep safe. Later in the term, we will be looking at Mars Rover 2, which will look at using software to create graphics, designs and visuals.



This term we will be focussing on cookery in our sessions. To link with Islamic Civilisation we will be celebrating culture and seasonality. Our bread focus will be cheese & onion plait.



This term we will be following the iLanguages programme by developing our vocabulary around a range of subjects including numbers up to 69, revising the months and learning school subjects, giving our opinions and preferences. We will also learn traditional French stories and how the French celebrate Easter.



This term we do not have a specific geography topic but will use our map skills for our History topic.



This term we will be continuing to learn to play the guitar.  Ms Price will continue to develop our knowledge of chord sequences and scales as well as developing our musicianship.  We will continue to develop our singing opportunities in class and whole school singing.



This term we will be focussing on invasion games of hockey and rugby. We are also very fortunate to have cricket coaching this term. We will also be developing our dance skills.



Following the Jigsaw programme, this term we will be looking at Dreams and Goals (our own and others from different cultures) and Healthy Me – looking at the impact of smoking and  drinking on bodies and how social media impacts our own views of body image.



This term we will be asking the question “Where do Muslims get guidance for living?” We will look at the 5 pillars of Islam, focussing on zakat and Hajj. Later in the term, we will be asking the question “Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah?” We will look at incarnation and what a saviour is.

Useful Information


As so many of us are spending more and more time online, it is important that the children have a secure knowledge of how to be safe.  We will discuss various issues regarding this each week.  If your child or yourself have any questions linked to their online world, then please do not hesitate to get in touch or have a look at some of the links below.

Useful Links

Maths Calendar