Year 5 - Elm and Oak


Summer Curriculum Newsletter 

Years 4 & 5 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break. This term, the topic in Years 4 and 5 will be Space.   



In English, we will be looking particularly at writing stories, information texts and poetry.  The children will be learning how to write effective character and setting descriptions to make stories more exciting for the reader, as well as learning about how information texts are constructed.  They will also be focusing on using a range of KS2 grammar in their writing, incorporating all the writing skills they have learnt during their time at primary school and developing new grammatical skills.  They will also be continuing to study the novel Street Child in detail, which will help to increase children’s vocabulary and improve their comprehension skills.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home regularly; they should be reading at home at least three times a week and having their reading record signed accordingly.  The most important aspect of home reading is comprehension; when you read with your child, please ask them some questions about the text, for example: 

  • How do you think the character is feeling?  Why? 
  • What do you think will happen next?  Why? 
  • Can you summarise what has happened in this chapter/book in 5 sentences? 
  • Which alternative word could the author have used? 



Throughout this term, your child’s maths lessons will be focused on decimals, percentages, money and statistics.  Towards the end of the term, the children will also practise applying these skills in various contexts, including shape, space and measure.  It is very important that the children practise their times tables regularly, as instant recall of these key facts is of vital importance in order for them to access the more challenging curriculum of years 4 and 5.  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  


Foundation Subjects 

  • In French, children will learn to speak and write about the days of the week and their sports and hobbies.   
  • In Computing, children will learn about using computers for coding and for using spreadsheets and powerpoints. 
  • In Religious Education, children will study of Christianity and Islam, comparing the two religions’ views on the environment and creation.     


This topic will provide many opportunities for a wide variety of work, including: 

  • Sketching and annotating drawings 
  • Modelling using papier-maché 
  • Using maps, atlases and globes 
  • Identifying major cities in the United Kingdowm 
  • Using an eight-point compass 
  • The history of space exploration and travel 
  • Experimenting with forces including gravity, air resistance and friction 
  • Cooking/preparing savoury foods 
  • Planning, carrying out and evaluating science and technology activities 
  • Understanding the location and importance of lines of latitude, longitude, the tropics, the Greenwich Meridian and international time zones 
  • Making and firing rockets! 

Physical Education 

PE lessons are on Wednesday for all Year 4 and 5 classes.  The children need full PE kit (black shorts/ leggings/jogging bottoms, white T-shirt, trainers) for every PE lesson. The children will go outdoors if the weather is suitable.   


Each week, children will be expected to complete homework: 

  • Read three times at home with an adult and have their reading record signed accordingly 
  • Practise their weekly spelling list (stuck into their reading record) 
  • Practise their times tables – each child will know which table they should be focusing on 
  • Grammar task 
  • Maths task 

Maths tasks for this term have been set on  If your child does not have access to the internet at home, please let their class teacher know so that arrangements can be made for them to access the websites at school.   

Children also have logins for Spelling Shed, Bug Club and Times Tables Rockstars, which can be used very effectively to practice their spellings, reading and times tables respectively.  Please encourage your child to use these resources, as they will have a significant impact on your child’s learning.   

Please ensure that your child brings their reading record to school every day, as they are regularly used in class.    

Thank you for your support. As always, if you have any concerns or just want to know something please speak to your child’s class teacher before or after school.  


Year 4/5 Team