Year 5

Year 5 - Elm and Oak 

Spring Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 5

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have had a fabulous Christmas and are ready for the New Year! We certainly are!

This term the children in Year 5 will be following a topic about…

 What did the Romans do for us?


In guided reading this half term, year 5 will be studying Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. We will use the texts to hone the children’s’ retrieval and inference skills as well as  developing their reading stamina of longer texts. As well as Whole Class Reading we encourage all children to read at home regularly; they should be reading at least three times a week at home – staff will be monitoring this every week.

The children will begin the term by writing and performing their own cinquain poems. The story of Romulus and Remus will be the stimulus for narrative writing where we will focus on the grammar and vocabulary that is taught in upper key stage 2. We will finish this half term writing biographies and autobiographies where the children will aim to become confident of the tense and the person they are writing in.


This half term we will begin with multiplying and dividing decimals before moving on to percentages. Following this, we will be converting fractions and decimals to percentages. We will study regular and irregular polygons followed by measuring and calculating perimeter. Children will learn to round ever larger numbers, divide with remainders and to decimal places and multiply by more than 1 digit. As always, we will continue to develop skills involved in solving one and two step problems. Arithmetic continues to be a focus and will be taught separately in short, daily sessions. It would be an enormous help if you were to help and encourage your child to learn their tables.


Our topic this term is history based. We will be looking in depth at the Roman invasion of Britain, the lasting legacy left by the Romans and what life was like in Roman Britain.


In geography this half term, the children will learn to locate the main cities and towns in England. Then, to link with our topic, we will use maps to compare land use in Roman Times with land use today. We will also use the eight points of a compass,  four-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom  in the past and present.

DT / Art

In DT and Art this term we are going to use malleable materials to create a detailed mosaic. The children will examine Roman Mosaics and spend time planning and designing their own before producing their own mosaic in the Roman style.

We will also be using paper mache to create realistic helmets as worn by Roman soldiers.


Homework will continue in the same vein as last half term. All children will be expected to do 20 mins on TT Rockstars, Bug Club and Mathletics every week. As well as this, they will be given spellings homework on a Friday which should be returned by the following Wednesday. We thank you for your continued support with completion of homework tasks and diligence in this is rewarded every week.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are available in the playground every morning and evening. We are also happy to answer telephone queries and set up face to face meetings.

 The Upper Key Stage 2 Team