Mrs Parkinson’s Year 5 Class

Year 5      Term: Summer 2

On this web page you can find out about all the exciting things taking place in Year 5 this term!

Teacher: Mrs Parkinson


Twitter: @MrsJParkinson

Our learning this term:

English: This term, the children will be focusing on a range of different types of writing. First, we will have a look at a balanced argument, then go on to write our own about ‘screen use’. We will then go on a look at the book ‘Computer Dad’ by Jane Considine and write our own version of the story with our own characters. Lastly, the children will go on and write a diary, after studying Scott of the Antarctic.

Maths: This term, the children will be looking at shape. We will first be looking at area and perimeter of a range of polygons, then will continue to recognise and measure angles with accuracy. We will look at decimals and negative numbers.

Science: Animals including Humans – Why are people living until a later age in the modern day? In this topic, the children will explore the changes a human goes through from birth to old age, comparing the life-cycles and gestation periods to other animals, not only humans.

Geography: we are looking at the world of maps and how to create our own maps and routes to the park. The children are excited for our geography trip at the end of term.

Art: Architecture: Dream Big or Small. In this topic, the children will explore the role of an architect and how they help design our world.

Computing: We are coders! The children will be exploring how to use code and algorithms to allow a program to create an interactive quiz game.

Music: We are continuing to practice for our concert and production at the end of summer term. We have been practising some songs to perform together.

RE: How are women viewed and treated within the main religions? Through discussion and research, we will be exploring how women are viewed in a range of different religions, comparing them with one another towards the end of the term.

PSHE: Our key focus this term is ‘It’s my body’. This term, children will explore how to keep healthy and clean and understand how to report a problem if they do not feel comfortable. The focus is to understand that their body is their own and understand their rights.

Spanish: Spanish this term will cover clothes. We will be creating sentences using all the new vocabulary we have looked at so far!


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 Century due before Wednesday of each week – set on Friday.
  • Read at home at least 3 times.
  • Access TTRockstars twice for 10 min.
  • Access Lexia twice for 10 min Lexia (for those who use it).



This term, some children will be attending swimming classes every Friday afternoon.

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 Thursday and Friday.


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