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Welcome to Year 5 

Miss Fowler and Mrs Harbour 

Summer 1


Our main driver this term is History and we will be learning all about the Elizabethan Times. Over the course of the 12 weeks, our history lessons will based around different enquiry questions in order for us to have a deepened understanding and be able to answer our overarching question, ‘Elizabethan Times: All banquets and fun?”.



In History lessons, the children will start this unit of work by thinking about what they already know about the Elizabethan Times and what they would like to find out.  The children will then examine a picture of the Elizabethan re-enactment. They will consider what it tells them about Elizabethan times and discuss the title of this History unit. They will then consider this question: what do we need to find out to answer the overarching question? Following on from this, the children will learn the fundamentals of the Tudor/Elizabethan era- who they were and how they all relate to one another. Using this knowledge, the children will be given the opportunity to compare what they know so far about this era to previously taught history periods (e.g. The Romans).


The children will then start their next enquiry: What does Elizabeth’s visit to Kenilworth Castle tells us? They will learn why Elizabeth visited and they will explore a map of the castle to see what changes were made in preparation for her visit. The children will then begin their third enquiry: Elizabethan times: How safe was it? During this enquiry, the children will learn about Mary Queen of Scots and the Spanish Armada. They will then use this knowledge to compare this period in history to others- were they more or less safe than other times in the past? Using their knowledge of the Spanish Armada, the children will then start their fourth enquiry: Does the story of Sir Francis Drake tell us all we need to know about the Tudor World? After learning about Drake, the children will then relate Drake’s achievements to a bigger picture of the past by comparing him with Columbus, the Vikings and Neil Armstrong.


Finally, the children will start their last enquiry: Beyond Elizabeth’s Court? What was it like to live in Elizabethan times? At this point, the children will build on their previously taught knowledge of Elizabeth’s Court by exploring ‘ordinary people’ by learning about: rich and poor homes, the roles of women, identifying the treatment of poor people and black people. They will then explore the notion of this period being considered a ‘Golden Age’. Finally, the children will gather all their learning by looking back over all the enquiries covered and decide whether the overarching question of this topic should be changed, ‘Elizabethan Times: All banquets and fun?'       



In English this half term, the children will be focusing on the play, ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. We will be analysing different versions of the play but our learning will mainly be based on the version by Helen Street (Real Reads) as it reflects the depth and power of the original story, and retains vocabulary used by Shakespeare. Due to the Shakespearean language the children will be exposed to, we will be spending time in reading lessons unpicking the meaning and putting the vocabulary in context. The children will be involved in a range of drama activities throughout this unit and will have time to re-enact different scenes. Using The Tempest as the stimulus, the children’s writing outcomes will be as follows: a biography of William Shakespeare, a setting description of the storm, a character description of one of the main characters, a diary entry written from Ferdinand’s perspective, writing a missing scene from the play and finally to write a narrative based on a similar theme to The Tempest.  





In Maths, we will be finishing our ‘Transformations’ unit where the children will learn to identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed. We will then start our next unit, ‘Converting units of measure’ where the children will learn to convert between different units of metric measure (for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram). Finally, we will start our last unit for this half term which is called, ‘Calculating with whole numbers and decimals’. The children will: use all four operations to solve problems involving measure (for example length, mass, volume, money) using decimal notation, including scaling; solve problems involving number up to three decimal places; multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers and finally multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.





Our Science unit this half term is called, ‘Earth and Space’. The children will be answering the following enquiry questions: What’s in space? What is a year? What is a day? How does the sun help us to measure time? What time is it around the world? Why do we have seasons? What are our conclusions about sunrise and sunset times? Why does the moon change shape?




Design and Technology

In Design and Technology, the children will be making soup. Firstly, the children will explore a real-life context for designing and making a soup, pulling together everything they already know about soups.  Following on from this, the children will complete sensory evaluations of a range of bought soups using taught sensory vocabulary. The children will then explore what is meant by seasonal foods (referring to our school allotment and what we have planted). They will consider the benefits of consuming seasonal foods. Afterwards, they will research what food is available in each season in the UK, learning that climate conditions affect when, and where food is produced. Next, using their knowledge of seasonal foods, the children will make a class vegetable soup using vegetables which are currently in season (hopefully using some from our allotment!). They will practise a range of cooking techniques such as peeling, grating, chopping and slicing vegetables safely and hygienically. After this, they will try the soup and evaluate it. In the next lesson, the children (in small groups) will use their knowledge about seasonal foods, their tasting evaluations and skills they have developed to create their own design criteria for their own soup and plan it.  Using their designs, the children, in their groups, will prepare and cook their own soup. Once cooked they will evaluate their soup.





P.E will be taught on Tuesday and Friday every week. The children will need to come dressed in the following on PE days (Tuesday and Friday):


  • School sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Polo top – either their house group colour or their white polo top.
  • Black tracksuit bottoms 
  • Clean training shoes



Home Learning


Your child should read daily and aloud to somebody at least 3 times a week. Please make any comments in their reading record and sign it. Please ensure your child brings their AR book and reading record to school every day. Reading records will be checked every Friday.



Every Friday your child will bring home new spellings to learn. Please practise these spellings with your child using the ‘look, cover, write’ sheet and/or using any other strategies they find helpful. Please ensure your child brings their spelling book in daily. is a brilliant resource for practising answering SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) questions. A short test will be set weekly (please check the weekly letter each week for further details) and will be linked to what we have been learning in class that week.



Learning with Parents: a new topic will be released every fortnight for your child to complete. Please check the weekly letter every week for more information.


Maths Fluency Practice Sheet: a new sheet will be sent home every fortnight for your child to complete. Please check the weekly letter every week for more information.




Useful Links to Practise Key Skills





Oxford Owl- provides access to free e-books (you have to create a free account to view them) 




Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. 






Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?


On the Pobble 365 website, there is a different image everyday for you to use. If you click on 'Pick a Day' in the right hand corner of the Pobble 365 website you can select an image from any day. 




This blogger has compiled a list of children's authors with great books to read, each author has a few reading based activities on their website. 


Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.


KS2 Bitesize English is a fantastic resources to revise SPAG, different types of text and reading.




This website has lots of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning. 



Maths Mastery have produced lots of fantastic free resources for children to use at home.






This website has lots of interactive Maths games. 


This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.





Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.




This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.


Other Subjects:


This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning. Children you can watch the '60 Seconds News' following this link (the same as we watch in class!). 


Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You have been given, in the front of your exercise books, a username and password for this website. 


With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London. 






This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.



Find out information and take quizzes using this link.




These games are the first steps of computer programming, they are very engaging for children. 




This is a typing game for children.


Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has a series of 5 minute videos aimed at children. He is also running a 30 minute PE session every morning at 9:00 on his YouTube channel (The Body Coach).




This website has fun movement videos for children

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  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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