Year 5 - Oak and Ash


Summer – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 5/6



Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great half term. This half term the children in Years 5 and6 will be following a topic entitled:  THE GREAT OUTDOORS


In English we will be looking particularly at writing poetry, instructions and reports.  Year 5s will be learning how these types of text are organised and using them to research and write about the world around us.  Year 6s will be focusing on including the full range of KS2 grammar in their non-fiction writing, incorporating all the writing skills they have learnt during their time at primary school.  Both year groups will also be continuing to read both fiction and non-fiction texts, which will help to increase children’s vocabulary and writing.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home regularly; they should be reading at home at least three times a week. 


Throughout this term, your child’s maths lessons will be focused on measurement, geometry and data.  Year 5 children will be studying the areas and perimeters of different shapes, using co-ordinates and interpreting graphs, charts and tables.  Year 6 children will be using their mathematical skills in these and other areas to work on real-life projects, including planning holidays, designing theme parks and solving financial problems.  It is very important that the children practise their times tables regularly, as instant recall of these key facts is of vital importance both in Year 6 and at secondary school.  Please encourage your child to practise these skills regularly; in addition to regular verbal practise, there are many online resources to support their learning of these key facts.  In particular, we recommend the website 


This term, we will be finding out about light, evolution, inheritance of characteristics, how animals and plants adapt to their surroundings and how humans grow and develop.  Later in the term, children will also participate in their annual ‘Big Talk’ (sex and relationships education) session; more information on this will provided in a separate letter nearer the time. 


This term will have a strong geography focus, with children learning about:

  • UK geography – countries, major cities, counties, rivers and mountains
  • European geography – countries, capital cities, languages, flags and famous sights
  • World geography – continents, oceans, the Equator, tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and Greenwich Mean Time

Foundation Subjects

  • In French Year 5 children will continue to learn about food, writing in paragraphs.  Year 6 children will learn about transport and both talk and write about themselves and their futures. 
  • In Computing, Year 5 children will learn about using computers for design and creation.  Year 6 children will be working in pairs to create their own websites, which will be published online towards the end of term. 
  • In Religious Education, children will continue their study of Christianity and Islam, comparing the two religions’ views on pilgrimage (Year 5) and the purpose of life (Year 6). 

Creative Curriculum

This term’s topic will provide many opportunities for creative work, including:

  • Mechanical systems using pulleys
  • Papier maché globes
  • Party food
  • ‘The Great Willoughby Road Bake Off’
  • Learning, improving and performing songs and musical accompaniments

In addition, the Year 6s will be putting on an end of year performance of ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’, to which their family and friends are warmly invited.  This will be during the evening of Wednesday 12th July; more details to follow nearer the time.  

Physical Education

PE lessons are on Fridays for all Year 5 and 6 classes.  The children need full PE kit (black shorts/leggings, white T-shirt, trainers) for every PE lesson. The children will go outdoors if the weather is suitable. 

Residential experience

On 6th – 7th July, Year 6 children will be going on an overnight camping trip to Primrose Hill Scout Campsite.  We will be providing tents and sleeping bags, so they will not need any special equipment, other than warm clothes, a waterproof coat and blankets.  This will be an own-clothes event. 


Thank you for your support. As always, if you have any concerns or just want to know something please arrange to come and see us after school.


The Year 5/6 team