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Summer Term 1

Welcome back! We hope that you had a lovely Easter holiday.

Last term, we had a fantastic history focused term learning about the History of Astronomy. We learned how belief can change over time and how astronomers challenged people to believe in new things with their discoveries.

We also loved World Book Day, and dressed up as our favourite book characters to celebrate our love of reading for pleasure.

We look forward to a brighter and warmer term (hopefully) which will be focused around our new geographical enquiry question “Where did it all begin?”

Summer Term 1 Topic: Explore - City

We will be learning:

  • About cities and settlements around the world
  • Map reading and sketching
  • Human and physical geography
  • Timezones
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Sustainability
  • Life in Europe, North and South America


Our project concepts this term are: power, change and sustainability

English Learning

In English, we will be studying Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs.

We will be learning:

  • About the themes and motifs in the book
  • About poetic devices including meter and rhyme
  • How words can make an impact on writing
  • Advanced grammar including colons, semi-colons and parethesis


Mathematical Learning

This half term we are looking at:

  • Different types of angles, naming these and estimating them
  • Measuring angles using a protractor
  • Consolidating understanding of the four formal operations
  • A range of fraction questions, their equivalent decimals and percentages.


PSHE Learning

We will continue to learn about Citizenship, thinking about Responsibility, Community and Democracy. We will also be engaging with:

  • Anti-bullying
  • Staying safe online
  • Keeping Britain tidy

French Learning

In French we will be learning about Cafes and how to order food and drink.  

Scientific Learning 

Our topic this half term will be Life Cycles and habitats. We will learn:

  • About the different types of life in our world
  • How different animals are suited to their habitats
  • About the life cycles of different animals from different classes of the animal kingdom
  • To dissect and learn about flowers
  • To study human life and life cycle

Art Learning

We are learning to use different media and artistic techniques with Mrs Miles.

Music Learning

We will be working through our next Charanga module, composing and chords. We will link pieces of classic and popular music and enjoy learning and performing pieces of music.

Faith and Wonder Learning

We will be looking at ‘The people of God’ and thinking about our big question, ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?’ 

Computing Learning

We will be looking at the BBC Micro:bits, how they work and learning how to programme them to demonstrate different skills using coding.

PE Learning

Amberley will be focusing on Athletics this half term.

We will be working on our jumping, throwing and running techniques.

Lewes will be working on their teamwork skills and knowledge of first aid with Mr Mayne.

How can you help?

    • Continuing to read regularly at home to an adult, with lots of discussion about the books.
    • Supporting your child with learning their spellings, discussing the meanings of words, putting them into sentences and reviewing spellings from previous weeks.
    • Lots of regular times table testing and quick maths skills following the instructions indicated on the home learning sheets. The faster the response, the better!
    • All of this will be on the weekly home learning sheets.

Events/Trips planned for this half term

    • Wednesday 22nd May – Class photos
    • Wednesday 22nd May – May Day celebrations
    • Week beginning 27th May – Half term
    • Friday 21st June – Juniors Sports Day


    Further dates and information may come out from the Office throughout the half term.

    If you have any resources you are happy to loan to us or have any particular knowledge about any of our focuses, please let us know.

    Class emails:

    The Year 5 team