Year 5 Curriculum Booklet Autumn Term 2016

September 12th, 2016

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Published in Letters to Parents, Parents, Year 5




Please note that we are a nut and citrus free school

Welcome back!   We hope you have enjoyed the summer and your children are ready for a new school year.

Meet the team: Miss Ryan, Mrs Townsend, Mrs Zubler, Mrs Khanzadeh and Mrs Fikri.

If you would like to speak to your child’s teachers after school is the best time of day. If there are pressing situations that might affect your child that day, please write a brief note or ask the office staff to pass on a message.



When children come into Year 5, class teachers expect that children will be regularly learning at home:-

  • Multiplication tables
  • Spellings
  • Reading



Please continue to discuss with your child the book they are reading. This helps them to develop good analytical and comprehension skills. Please write a brief comment in their Reading Record and sign each day. It is every child’s responsibility to hand their Reading Record in at school daily and bring it home each afternoon.

As a school we have invested in an online system that allows children to complete tasks within a unique account created for them. Children will shortly receive their ‘Education City’ login details. Once they have this they will be able to access their homework via: This will become available weekly and will need completing within 7 days.

Any children unable to complete their task out of school time will be given opportunities to complete it using the school’s ICT suite.


Water Bottles

We encourage every child to bring a plastic water bottle to school with their name clearly labelled on it. Research shows that good hydration helps children to concentrate in lessons. Please ensure that only pure water is sent to school. Squash, fruit juice or soft drinks are not acceptable.


Children are encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat as a break time snack.

Please be aware that we are a nut and citrus-free school. Please ensure that any birthday treats or sweets

do not contain nuts.


PE Kit

PE is an important part of the curriculum and all children must participate unless a note is received excusing them on medical grounds. Children must have their full PE kit in school all week. They should take it home on Fridays to be washed and return it on Mondays so that they are prepared for lessons.



In Year 5 it is important that children are becoming independent learners. They need to become responsible for their own belongings. They need to have all necessary stationery equipment with them in school at all times. This must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

This includes;


  • Blue handwriting pen (no biros)
  • HB Pencils
  • Ruler-30cm (preferably rigid)
  • Rubber
  • Large glue stick
  • Coloured pencils



Regular Newsletters will keep you up to date with news from school. You can also find information about Iver Heath Junior School on our website. For further information about Iver Heath Junior School please visit


 Year  5   Term 1

Subject Topic
Science Earth, moon and sun –Learning about our planet and solar system.

Forces – investigate moving objects


DT Food Technology – Design and make a balanced meal to serve on a flight.


Geography Study a region of Europe – Learn about modern day Greece including the physical features of the country and way of life
History Ancient Greece – Learn about everyday life in Ancient Greece and the impact on our lives today
Art Great Artists Architects and Designers – Investigate the Victorian designer and artist William Morris. Study his illuminated letter designs and create a clay bas relief illuminated letter; introduction to block printing
Music Improvising and Composing – listen to, appraise and compose a range of genre including Reggae and Seventies pop music
RE Places of Worship – exploring features of a variety of places of worship used by different faith communities

Religion in the Community – the role of religious faiths in supporting the community

PE/Games Gymnastics – sequences at different levels (height) using balances, travelling, jumps, turns

Dance – Use inspiration from Ancient Greek Olympics to create dance sequences

PSHE New beginnings – Making a fresh start

Personal hygiene – keeping clean

Say No to Bullying – links with anti bullying week

French Weather and School Subjects – Learn to say, read and write key vocabulary and phrases for each topic




Year 5 Term 1


Each half term a story will be used to support learning a variety of topics.

The topics may not necessarily be taught in this order.

Story Topic Over the term we will cover



1st half term

Baba Yaga’s Black Geese





Children will write 2 recounts of the same event from different perspectives or audience e.g. close friend or unknown reader.


Myths and Legends

Children will write a biographical account based on research in the form of a diary of an event through the eyes of someone who has been impacted by the Gods.


Slam Poetry

Children will write their own slam poems for a year group slam poetry competition.



1st half term

Theseus and the Minator





Children will write an explanation for the formation of a star.




Myths and Legends

Re-write a Greek legend in a different version.


Slam Poetry

Children will perform their own slam poem for a year group slam poetry competition.


Singapore Maths


As a school we have undertaken an exciting and revolutionary approach to teaching maths from this year onwards. We have adopted a Singapore Maths style approach to delivering the curriculum. A great deal of research has been carried out related to maths teaching around the world. Much of it has found that Singapore schools consistently produce world-class levels of achievement in mathematics.

As a school we have invested significantly in the ‘Maths No Problem’ system. This company is a British company who have developed a Singapore style teaching system for British schools. The programme is designed to deliver the curriculum in a systematically and engaging way which can be accessed by all children.

The concept of teaching mathematics to mastery is to ensure that topics are well developed. Pupils will spend enough time to fully explore a concept before moving on to a different topic.

As idea is well formed they reinforced by ample practice. New knowledge is then used on subsequent lessons so that all ideas build on top of each other and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between the topics. Ideas are revisited in a spiral as pupil’s progress through the years, each time at a higher level.

Children will be taught in mixed ability classes and will each have a textbook, work book and maths journal. Throughout their learning they will use a:


Practical > Pictorial > Abstract


approach to exploring and solving problems. This allows the children to progress at their own pace through the challenge that face them.

For more information about this new approach to maths please visit our website where you will find a set of videos created by one of the maths consultants for Maths No Problem designed specifically for parents.


This term we will be focusing on:

  • Number up to 1 million: place value, ordering, comparing and rounding.
  • Four operations using whole numbers: to develop written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and subtraction as well as finding common multiples and factors, solving worded problems.
  • Fractions: finding equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions, adding and subtracting them as well as multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
  • Graphs: Reading tables and line graphs.  




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