Year 5 – Overview for the Winter Terms 2019

Year 5 – Overview for the Winter Terms

Teachers – Mr Pavey and Mrs Parmiter

Does Adversity Always Make Us Stronger?

Our Topic this term will enable us to answer the question “Does Adversity Make us Stronger?” We will begin by exploring what the word “adversity” means by reading stories of how people have faced adversity and how they have overcome it. We will focus in particular on adversity in extreme environments, by finding out about the explorations of Ernest Shackleton. We will write music as a backdrop to his story and will link our learning in Science to his story, understanding how humans and animals have adapted to face the adversities of leaving in extreme environments such as the Antarctic.

In D & T, we will prepare to undergo our own expedition, building carts that will enable us to transport all of the equipment needed to undertake such an adverse experience. We will also prepare our own food and packaging to make sure our expedition runs smoothly.

This term, RE will focus on beliefs and moral values as we learn about Sikh stories and how they can be applied to our own lives.

In PE, we will continue to use the Real PE scheme – with a focus on personal and social skills – in gymnastics with Mrs Englefield.

Circle time will be used to continue unpicking social and emotional situations and negative emotions in our everyday lives.

Linking to our topic, we will begin the year by watching a film, “Lighthouse”, which explores an adverse situation for the characters shown. We will write the narrative to accompany the story, unpicking the emotions that come with adversity. To help us on our expedition, we will write letters to local business and people whose expertise we would like to be able to draw on.

This term will begin with learning about multiplication and division. We will further explore the written methods that can be used to solve increasingly complex situations. To support this, we will continue to practice times tables to 12 x 12 through the 99 Club. Any support that can be given at home with times tables would be greatly appreciated. Following this, we will learn about fractions, including mixed numbers and improper fractions.

We will be learning about the properties of materials and changes that can take place this term. We begin by unpicking some key properties, including solubility and conductivity, understanding how these can cause changes to take place.


Class Information

Class Information

Home learning will be given out every Friday to be completed for the following Thursday. Children will be given a piece of work in spellings and Maths. Please continue to read with and listen to your children read as it has a major influence on their progression in school.

P.E. Kit/water bottle

Please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day. It is vital that they drink plenty of water throughout the day! PE is currently timetabled to take place on a Thursday afternoon, however this may change. A full PE kit must be in school on this day.

Forest Schools

Year 4 will be taking a break from Forest School in Term 3.


We are very excited to be taking part in a cluster event on Monday 4th March. We will be working with a professional Acapella group on the day, before giving a concert in the afternoon.

Important dates will all be listed on our class page on the website