Class 5 – Spring Term

European Explorers


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 We will be looking at different types of autobiographical and biographical writing before creating our own. We will also be delving deeper into areas of SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) with a particular focus on grammar and the editing process.

Within our whole class reading sessions, we will be looking at story ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman where we will look at inference and deduction skills as well as predicting and focusing on enhancing our vocabulary.  

As a class we will be sharing the book ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl that tells his life story.

Reading is still a priority and we ask that you read at least 3 times a week with your child or sign up for our early morning ‘Munch and Crunch with the Reading Bunch’ club.


This term our science topic is going to be ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ where we will learn the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and asexual reproduction. Furthermore, we will find out about Jane Goodall and her work with the now-endangered chimpanzees in Africa.

Geography/ Topic:

This term we will be discovering Modern Europe in this exciting and informative topic. We will understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Travel around, learn key facts and explore the varied countries that make up our European continent as well as developing skills in human and physical geography and further our historical and cultural knowledge of these countries as well!


The children will continue their Wider Opportunities work with Love Music Trust as well as working on the songs which the children will perform at Singfest in March.


DT and Art

In Art, we will continue to work weekly with our school artist Mrs Guildford where we will be making flags of Europe, mimicking the work of Picasso and Dali as well as making models of famous European landmarks.


The children will Identity diversity and belonging Judaism Places of Worship and answering the questions: What is worship for Jews? What does worship do to help Jews live? In the second part of the term, we will focus on Christian values and commitments where Year 5 will be taking the lead during the Easter service.


Weekly homework will be to be set on a Thursday and will be expected complete by the following Wednesday.  Homework will be: My Maths, 10 minutes, 3 times a week on Times Tables Rockstars, Read Theory and SPAG.COM the activities can be completed at school during lunch if you don’t have access to the internet at home.

The children will write their spellings in their planners on a Monday and these spellings will be tested on Fridays. It is expected that the children will practise their spellings at home.

The children are also expected to read at home each night for at least 10 minutes and their planners are to be signed by the adult who has listened to them read at least 3 times a week.