Mrs Parkinson’s Year 5 Class

Year 5      Term: Spring 2

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Teacher: Mrs Parkinson


Twitter: @MrsJParkinson

English: This term, the children will be focusing on two types of writing. To begin, we will write a fantasy story based on the amazing book The Nowhere Emporium. After that, we will explore how to write a balanced argument.

Maths: This half term, the children will be focusing back on decimals and percentages. The children will look at decimals up to 2 decimal places, look at equivalent fractions and decimals and order and compare decimals

Science: We will be looking at properties and Changes of Materials. Focusing on reversible and irreversible Change. We will look at some key people such as Alfred Nobel Beluah and Louise Henry.

Geography: What are the major changes that occur in the development of settlements? In this topic, we will look at a range of settlements and exploring the reasons why they are located where they are.

Design and Technology: Linking to our RE topic, we will design and make a model of a place of worship.

Computing: How can a flat-file database be used to organise data in record? Using chrome books, we develop our digital database skills of inputting, editing and comparing data sets.

Music: What are chords? This term we will be using musical instruments to learn and perform different chords and maybe even a small song. We will also be listening out for chords in a range of types of music.

RE: What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century? Following our topic about morality, and what is considered right or wrong, we will focus on Christianity and explore if and how values have changed.

PSHE: Our key focus this term is ‘Relationships – Be Yourself’. We will discuss our emotional wellbeing and how to look after it, sharing our emotions, and confidence.

Spanish: This term, we will be learning new vocabulary, and practise implementing that into full sentences.

General Class Information:

Reading: Each week, the children read a range of texts through their learning. They also take part in whole class or small group Reading sessions where their decoding and comprehension skills are developed with a different reading skill being focused on each day.

Home reading is to practice and consolidate their fluency, expression and comprehension. Children still being taught phonics will take two books home – 1 decodable book and 1 reading for pleasure book. The decodable book is for the children to practice their fluency and expression as well as to show their understanding through questioning. The reading for pleasure book is for the children to share with an adult and to promote a love of reading. If they are past being taught phonics they will be sent home 1 colour banded book to practise decoding and comprehension as well as 1 reading for pleasure book. Please let us know how your child has got on with their reading books using the reading record. We would like you to write a comment each time you hear your child read. If your child is in KS2 they can write in their reading record after they read 2 out of the 3 times they read it that week.

The children will also be listened to at least once every two weeks on a 1-1 basis with their teacher or teaching assistant. The class teacher or teaching assistant will change your child’s book on the day they are listened to read. We will not change a home reading book unless there is a comment in the reading record. If we do not have a comment or a book is not returned for two weeks Mrs Collins, our English curriculum leader, will contact you.

One child per half term will be nominated for being the Reading Hero for their class based on their commitment to home reading. The child will be chosen based on the evidence seen in their reading record and in class. If your child is chosen to be the class Reading Hero they will be given a prize and a certificate and acknowledged in Friday’s good work celebration assembly.


  • Task on Google Classroom or Century due before Wednesday of each week – set on Friday.
  • Read at home at least 3 times.
  • Access TTRockstars twice for 10 min.


This term, some children will be attending swimming classes and some will have PE sport sessions with our sports and dance coaches.

Please ensure your child comes to school with the appropriate equipment for swimming. All swimming equipment must be tight to the body; girls are asked to wear a one-piece swimsuit and boys are asked to wear trunks or shorts that are as short as possible. Swimming caps must be worn by all children when in the pool. The children will also need a large towel and a separate bag to put everything in.

We ask then PE kits are sent into school at the start of each half term and remain in school until the end of half term. PE kits will be used in PE, dance/gymnastic sessions, and active lessons such as science.

Children should not be wearing any jewellery including earrings for PE. If your child does wear earrings, please could you ensure they are taken out before school on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Snack: Snack is to be a piece of fruit or a cereal bar. No chocolate, crisps or sweets are allowed.