Year Five – Summer

Summer is here!

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Acropolis Parthenon Temple,Athens,Greece

Year 5 and 6 will be learning about the Ancient Greeks in this Summer Term Topic of

‘Chariots of Fire’.


We shall start by comparing the timelines studied last term of the Stone and Bronze Ages in Britain. Once we understand more about the Ancient Greeks we aim to focus on Design Technology, designing and building some of our own chariots.

We shall need some help with this project and so call on any parents who have expertise in carpentry, design or DIY. Please talk to either Mrs Fowkes or Miss Cosgrove if you can help in any way. In the meantime, if you have any resources which you think could be useful such as: old pram wheels, pieces of wood or chipboard please could you store them at home until needed in school.
Our ultimate aim is to have a ‘Chariot Race’ as part of our WOW assembly – date to follow.
There will also be an end of year performance by Years 5 and 6 and so we shall start to learn some of the songs for the production, “Go for Gold”.

In addition to daily reading, weekly maths and literacy homework, please try to complete at least one activity from the Summer Home Learning Grid each week. All the activities link to the topic of Ancient Greece. We shall share our homework in the week ending 20th May, which is in the second to last week before the half term and you should have at least five pieces of homework from the grid to present.

We shall continue to read our Year 5 Class Book, the ‘Boy with the Bronze Axe’ by Kathleen Fidler.












Topic Title - History of British Battles Since 1066

Our new topic is called, ‘Ut! Ut! Ut!‘ – the (possibly last in England) war-cry of the Anglo-Saxons, which they roared out at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

We are going to look at (some of) the battles that Britain has fought since that great fight broke out between the Anglo-Saxons and Normans in 1066. We will look at some of the differences between the different battles and find out which period in British History they fall into.

Once we have looked at some of the differences between battles, we will choose a period in British history that we want to learn more about. Perhaps it will those French-speaking Normans or the blood-curdling Tudors?

New Curriculum Overview


We will have focused lessons on grammar and sentence construction as well as learning new spelling strategies. We will then apply these skills to writing historical recounts, poems and scripts about British battles. We will focus on improving our answers to inferential reading comprehension questions and make better choices when using evidence from the text.


Numeracy will be taught in cross-year groups and will stand alone. We will look more at multiplication and division methods, finding percentages of amounts, and solving multi-step word problems.


We will learn more about life cycles of plants and animals, including humans and find ways to sort and change materials.


Every week we will learn different social and emotional skills in PSHCE, following the SEAL units. In RE we will continue to look at different faiths and how they compare to Christianity.


Art and DT will focus on creatively communicating our history and science learning.


In addition to carrying out research for our topic, we will continue to develop our coding skills using Scratch and learn what a network is.

 History / Geography

We will firstly take a general look of British historical periods since 1066 then focus more specifically into how British battles have changed over this period. We will then choose a more focused period, either Norman, Tudor or Stuart, depending on the children’s interests.


We will use a range of percussion instruments to improvise and compose music. We will use and understand musical notation to record our compositions.



In Year 5 we look at tennis skills, athletics and fielding games.


Linking with our Science learning, we are going to visit the Severn Trent Sewage Treatment Works in Cheltenham on Tue 21st April. cancelled

Trip to The Edward Jenner Museum


Miss Cosgrove’s Maths Group – Spring Term 1 Homework

Maths homework this term will concentrate on revising times tables, double and half facts. These will be tested each Wednesday.

mult square

You will also have home practise work to consolidate the learning you are doing each week in class. You must complete at least one page on each topic but would benefit from finishing as much of each topic as you can:

W1 due Friday 17th April –Rounding & Square numbers.
W2 due Friday 24th April – Multiplication & division methods.
W3 due Thursday 30th April – Area, perimeter& perimeter challenge.
W4 due Friday 8th May – Naming angles & calculating angles.

Y5 Summer Homework Grid

1. Keep an observation diary for the term of the growth of flowers, trees or plants at home. What do you notice about the changes? Sketch the plant(s) each week.

2. Have a go at making your own water filtration experiment.

3. Create a piece of armour out of cardboard or other modelling materials for a soldier of your choice and research how and when it was used. Perhaps you could create a Anglo-Saxon helmet for one of Harold’s army, a Norman bow and arrow for one of William’s archers, a Lancastrian or York sword for Richard III’s or Henry Tudor’s soldier, or a Pike for a Civil War royalist or roundhead.

4. Create a fact file on a famous monarch during the Norman, Tudor or Stuart periods that were involved in a great battle. Explain some key facts about that king or queen, what battle they were in and what the results of the battle were. Try researching battles such as Hastings 1066, Bosworth 1485 and Naseby 1645.