Class 5 – Summer Term

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Throughout our topic of The Ancient Greeks, we learn all about who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire. We will learn how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigate the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today. The children also compare and contrast the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events and use their mathematical skills to present their findings in the form of a Venn diagram. They also learn about and order events from the Battle of Marathon and write in role to present the events from a specific viewpoint. In addition to this they learn about Ancient Greek religion, research information about a variety of Greek gods and write their own Greek myth. Finally, they use historical evidence to find out about the Trojan War and use the information to write and re-enact scenes from it.


Fractions: We will be learning to connect equivalent fractions, connect multiplication by a fractions, extend their knowledge of fractions to thousandths and connect to decimals and measures. We will be practising adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and learning to read and write proper fractions and mixed numbers.

Decimals and Percentages: We will be looking at and making connections between fractions, decimals and percentages and relate that to finding fractions of.

Properties of Shape: Children will become fluent in drawing lines and finding horizontal, parallel and perpendicular lines as well as investigating and measuring angles.

Measure: We will be learning to use knowledge of place value, multiplication and division to convert between standard units, use all four operations in problems involving time and money, including conversions.


In English, we will be looking at different types of narrative 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.

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.


Our text for our Whole Class reading sessions is Who Let the Gods out by Max Evans where we will focus on retrieval, inference and authorial choice style questions.


In the first half term we will be looking at Properties and Changes to Materials we will learn about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will sort and classify objects according to their properties. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best thermal insulator to make a lunch box, making predictions and forming conclusions. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the best electrical conductor, in the context of making floodlights brighter. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore dissolving, identifying the different variables in their own investigations. They will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in two exciting investigations to create new materials, including casein plastic and carbon dioxide.

In the second half term our Science topic is ‘Animals including Humans’ where this unit focuses on the changes that human beings experience as they develop to old age. It tackles some sensitive subjects including puberty and death. We will have a visit from our school nurse Emma Martin where she will talk to us about the changes (a letter will be sent out about this closer to the date). Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. They will learn about the changes experienced during puberty and why these occur. The final investigation will be about the changes to the body as humans get older, as well as comparing the life expectancy of different animals.

Homework Expectations

Please remember that Homework is still an important aspect and is compulsory that your child completes it.

English: Complete the activity set on, read at least 3 times a week and practice your spellings. Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Maths: Go on TTRockstars at least 3 times a week, Complete the activity set on My Maths.

Homework is due on a Wednesday and is set again on Thursday.