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Year 5

Stokenham Area Primary School

Outline Planning for Spring Term 2024 Years 5 & 6

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a happy and healthy break.

Listed below are the themes for each subject area that we will be following this term which we hope you will find useful.

Core Subjects

Maths: This term in Year 5 we will be continuing our work on fractions, working on multiplying and finding fractions of amounts. We will then move onto Multiplication and Division, building on the skills we already have of formal written methods. We will be concentrating on multiplying and dividing up to four-digit numbers by one and two digits. It is vital that everyone practises their times tables and number bonds regularly so that they have rapid recall of these facts. We will also be looking at Measurement and Perimeter, expanding our knowledge of how to calculate and compare the perimeter and area of different shapes using standard units.

In Year 6 we will be learning about number; including decimals, percentages and algebra, along with measurement (perimeter, area and volume and ratio). It is vital that everyone practises their times tables and number bonds regularly so that they have rapid recall of these facts. Throughout the term, we will all consolidate our understanding of solving mathematical questions using all four operations quickly and effectively in a variety of contexts by building on the skills that we already have.

English: We will focus on a variety of different texts both fiction and non-fiction. Up to February half term Year 5 will study The Ice Bear. We will identify different features of the text and expand our grammar and punctuation skills to recreate our own narrative story. After half-term, our non-fiction unit is ‘Where my wellies take me’. This non-fiction text will help us to link different ideas between and across paragraphs and include relative clauses in our writing. In Year 6 we will be developing our story telling skills, focusing on detail and change of pace using ‘A word in your ear’ by Tony Ross. We will be building on the skills we already have and becoming more confident in using a variety of punctuation in our writing.  Weekly spellings will be taken from our spelling scheme, and while these will get more challenging, it is important to remember that we are looking at specific spelling patterns as well as the statutory word list for year 5 and 6.

Reading: Our reading curriculum involves daily whole class guided reading lessons based around the class reader and other texts which have curriculum links to our topics. We have planned for progression, diversity and challenge using carefully planned texts that are exciting and relevant to the children’s learning whilst allowing the opportunity for development of key comprehension, fluency, inference, vocabulary and retrieval skills.

History: In Year 5 we will be exploring the topic of ‘The Vikings’ following the key question: Would the Vikings do anything for money? We will be using a range of resources to identify where and why the Vikings settled in England and establishing the difference between facts and opinions. In Year 6, we will be studying ‘Journeys’ and the story of migration to Britain overtime. This unit will be a thematic exploration of how migration has impacted music, art and our society today. We will be covering how migration has helped us to understand about fighting racism and discrimination.


Year 6 are exploring the topic ‘Protecting our environment’ following the key question: Are we damaging our world? They will use a variety of sources to research the threats to our planet and oceans and develop a campaign with possible solutions thinking about sustainable sources. Year 5 will be discovering how trade works within the UK and across the world and the importance of sustainability. We will look at everyday objects and use a variety of sources to research and explain the process of how these items are made and reach the consumer.

Science: This term Year 5 are looking at properties and changing materials. We will be extending our knowledge and understanding of this by comparing and grouping together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including hardness, solubility, transparency and conductivity. We will also be demonstrating how states of matter have reversible and irreversible changes. The children will learn and understand specific concepts and will be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to various situations.  They will be encouraged to record their findings in a variety of ways. Year 6 will be studying the topics ‘Light’ and ‘Electricity’, looking at how the eye works as well as how to affect the brightness of a bulb in a circuit. The children will learn and understand specific concepts and be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to a variety of situations. They will be encouraged to record their findings in a variety of ways. Year 5 and 6 will also take part in a science day during science week in March with the exciting team from The Explorer Dome.

Computing: Year 5 will be looking at selection in physical computing where we will be constructing wiring diagrams to show how components are connected and building a model to support hardware. We will then test out codes using a crumble device. Year 6 will be looking at variables in game. This unit explores the concept of variables in programming through games in Scratch.

RE: For the first half of this term, Year 5 are looking at Hinduism and the question: ‘Why do Hindu’s try to be good’. We will be exploring why atman is so important and why dharma affects the way that Hindus live their lives. We will continue to explore different beliefs and religions. Year 6 are learning about the religion Judaism and thinking about why the Torah is so important to Jewish people. In the second half of term, they will be learning about Christianity and the importance of God with a trip to Exeter Cathedral.

PSHE: This term children will be learning about living in the wider world. They will be thinking about the importance of having compassion towards others, what we can do to contribute to helping the environment and different ways in which we can keep track of money.

ART/DT: For Art this term Year 5 are looking at mixed media land and city scapes. They will be exploring using different painting materials and techniques mix, blend and layer tones. In Year 6, the children are exploring activism through art. They will look at how artists use their skills to make art which speaks about things which matter.

Music: This term children in Year 5 will be learning and appraising different types of rap music as well as looking at some historical elements. The children will be using a range of instruments to support and aid them in their music lessons. Year 6 will be looking at: Gaining Confidence Through Performance - How does music improve our world?


This half term celebrates a wide range of musical styles and looks at the key areas of Listening, Singing, Playing Composing and Performing. Our key question will have us thinking about how music enriches our lives.

French: We will continue to develop speaking and listening skills in lively and practical sessions alongside some learning about French culture. This term, we will continue to learn how to read and write some key French words and phrases used within school settings.

PE: In Year 5, the unit for this term in PE is Dance. The children will be creating and sequencing movements in the style of ‘the circus’. Pupils will be able to distinguish between the different performers through clear movements and expression. Pupils will be able to perform their circus routine as part of a group. In Year 6, the children will be looking at health related exercise. The unit of work will consolidate pupils' understanding of strength, flexibility and the cardiovascular elements of fitness. Pupils will perform cardio, flexibility and strength focused circuits enhancing their own fitness.

Year 6 children will also be developing successful exam techniques to prepare them for the SATs and the next stage of their education.

Homework for both year groups will be given out on a Friday and expected back on the Wednesday to allow enough time for teachers to look through work. We thank you for your continued support with home learning however, we are emphasising to the children that where possible these tasks are to be completed independently to prepare them for secondary school. It is also vital that children continue to practice their spellings, times tables and independent reading at home.

We are always pleased to welcome you into school if you have concerns about your child’s educational or social development or if you would like to volunteer your talents!  Feel free to send messages via your child’s Reading Record.

With best wishes,

Laura Longland and Charlotte Ramsden


This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.