Year 5

Earthquakes and Volcanoes!



This half term we will be continuing to develop our non-fiction writing using ‘talk for writing’ to help us. We will be using our theme of Earthquakes and Volcanoes to write information texts about natural disasters. We will be using National Geographic texts to see how it should be done and learn the techniques we need to include in our own writing to ensure our reports are interesting and informative to the reader.  


Monday - Grammar/Reading comprehension  (to be submitted by Wednesday).

Wednesday – Maths (to be submitted by Friday).

Friday – Writing / Reading Activity (to be submitted by Monday).  


 This half term we will be continuing to use ‘Inspire Maths’ to look at 3D shapes and their properties. We will be constructing nets of shapes, looking at the language of shapes including: vertices, edges and faces and we will be looking at translating and reflecting shapes using coordinates to help us.

Later in the half term, we will be looking at metric measures and converting between different units of measures. We will also familiarise ourselves with different measures so that we can make appropriate estimations to check our calculations.

To help your child, please ensure that you regularly practice and test your child with their times tables. By Year 5 children should know all tables up to the 12 times table. It is always useful to practice all tables as this really helps the children with a range of maths work in school.  




Extra Practise!

It would be fantastic if all children could regularly play educational games online. Here are some great sites to try:

BBC Science Challenges

BBC Grammar Challenges

BBC Maths Challenges


Grammar Skill Games

Top Marks Maths Games

ICT Games

Even more games!



In science we will be learning about 'Living things and their habitats'.

This half term we are learning amazing things about our planet! In particular we will be concentrating on natural disasters: Earthquakes and Volcanic eruptions! We will be transported back to 79AD, living in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius to learn about what happened in Pompeii and why. We will become detectives to use primary and secondary sources to get a well-rounded picture of what happened in the weeks before the eruption and the devastation that was caused because of it.

Our focus in RE this half term will be learning about Jesus's last days on Earth and that Christians believe Jesus restored the relationship between God and humankind. 

As part of PSHE we will be thinking about 'What if we knew how to get out of the learning pit?' This  theme will allow us to learn how to extend our active learning and deal with conflict and negative feelings.  We will try to  overcome the difficulties, solve problems, access deeper learning and celebrate our successes.



You might have already noticed that this year we are doing projects a little differently. Your child receives a 'learning log'  just before the holidays.  The tasks in the 'learning log' are due to be completed in time for the new theme so that your children come into school ready to delve into a new theme with a good basic knowledge already! 



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