Summer Term in Year 5

We had a GREAT time at The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel.

It was fantastic to find out about the engineering behind such amazing sculptures.






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Much of our literacy work is connected to our Mountain Topic this term. We will be exploring Haiku poetry in relation to the natural world, developing imagery to describe how mountains sit in the landscape. We will also look at a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, to see how he creates a sense of place through language.

We will use a range of non-fiction books and websites to explore mountains. We will find out about the different ways in which mountains are formed, and then we will use this information to create explanation texts.

In SPAG we will revisit modal verbs, relative clauses, the use of dashes and brackets for parenthesis and paragraphs. We will look at the vocabulary of mountain environments. Our daily spelling will follow the Read, Write Inc Scheme

Numeracy  In numeracy, we will be practising our core skills of: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including decimal numbers).

We will also be exploring shape and space. This includes: recognising, measuring and drawing angles; describing properties of shapes; measuring area and perimeter and exploring position and direction in geometry.

Please continue to make good use of Mathletics to support your skills and understanding.

Science  Our science topic is the Life Cycle of Plants – we will identify and name the reproductive parts of flowers.  We will also be thinking about Keeping Healthy. We will investigate how our bodies work and what we can do to keep them healthy and well.  

Geography   Our Geography topic is Mountains. We will be locating them, naming and describing their features, discovering how they were formed and investigating the lives of the people and animals that live in mountainous environments. As part of this topic we will visit the Buttermere Valley.


As the weather is warmer we will complete our canal learning. We will visit the Falkirk Wheel and the Forth and Clyde Canal to travel in a very special barge.


Art We will use painted paper to create collaged landscapes.

Design and Technology: Using modroc and papier mache we will build our own volcanoes.  

ICT  The children will be following an e safety course. We will also be Programming – Using variables to increase program possibilities with LOGO and Lightbot


PE: We will be learning athletics skills with a visiting coach and having Theraputic Treehouse sessions, an exercise programme based upon Yoga moves. we will be having Yoga taster sessions After half term we will also be playing rounders and netball.. Please have an outdoor PE kit in school every day.  


RE: Come and See.

Pentecost – Serving: Transformation

We will be exploring the way that we live our lives, the way we treat people, and by our words and actions to show if we have an attitude of service. As Christians we believe that the spirit of God is active in each person and also in our church community. We will think about how the Holy Spirit transformed the early disciples and helped them to spread the Good News. How can we use our energy for good?

Reconciliation – Inter-Relating

We all live together and have many friendships and relationships with people at home and school. God has given to each person the free will and power to choose; sometimes our wrong choices can damage those ties and we hurt each other. Children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged. We will be thinking about how to say sorry and reconcile ourselves with God and our family and friends.

Universal World – Stewardship

We believe that every human being is created in the image of God and has the special gift and challenge of sharing God’s creation. We ourselves are part of creation and are dependent upon it. We understand that caring for creation is part of caring for ourselves.


Music:   Our clarinet and singing tuition continues. Look out for details of our Summer Concert later on in the term.

We are also very excited to be participating in singing workshops and performances with The Sixteen again.
















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Welcome back to school. We have a busy term ahead with lots of new learning and exciting activities.



In Literacy we will be delving into the exciting world of Viking Legends with tales of daring deeds and heroic feats. Our storyteller will be Terry Jones and his hero - Erik the Viking. We will use these tales to inspire our own Legends, creating monsters and heroes along the way. We will think about how to open a story with a moody description.

We will use Non Fiction books, film and websites to research about Vikings and their lives. We will write an information text about what made the Viking Boats so special.

Our Guided Reading will be based upon Viking Legends. We will also look at non-fiction books about Viking life and The Earth, Moon and Sun.


We will continue to practise formal methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our main focus is fractions and decimal numbers. We will also explore quadrilaterals and angles. 

Please continue to go on Mathletics to support your learning. Can we add to our 5 Gold Certificates?


Our topic is The Vikings. We will use a variety of sources to investigate these infamous traders and raiders. We will find out more about their lifestyles; why they left Scandinavia; the nature of their attacks from historical accounts and their many Gods.

As part of our topic we will visit Tullie House.

In Geography we will locate and describe the landscape of Scandinavia.

Art and Design and Technology

In Art we will be experimenting with pastels and making marks with paintbrushes.  We will make Viking brooches and sword hilts.

Design and Technology. We will use our Viking theme to practise our DT skills.

In Science we will be exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon. We will be finding out about their shape and size and how they move. We will be exploring shadows and the calendar. 

As part of this topic (and to link in with our Mountains topic after Easter) we will be visiting ‘Our Dynamic Earth’ museum in Edinburgh.

In ICT the children will be learning how to create algorithms. We will also be using MS Logo to explore how to use algorithms to draw shapes. (MS LOGO is free to download if you wish to experiment at home.)

PSHE The children will also complete this terms E Safety work with the support of a visit from NSPCC. The children will also participate in Bikeability Scheme.

 PE  We will be working with a sports coach. Please make sure that your child has an outdoor kit in school all of the time.

Music.   Mr Tugwell will continue to teach the children how to play the clarinet, how music works and a range of great songs. Look on Charanga and keep practising at home! We have made amazing progress this term. There will be another super Clarinet concert this term.

RE: Our RE topics are:

Mission. Our Local Church Community. The Christian family is made up of smaller Christian families called Dioceses. Each is led by a bishop who continues the work of the twelve apostles.

Memorial Sacrifice. The Eucharist, the living memorial of Jesus.

Year 5 will be performing ‘The Stations of the Cross’ at Easter



Cake Sale on Wednesday 23rd January

Bikeability will take place on 11 to 15 February

Our Dynamic Earth – Thursday 28th February

Robinwood Information Meeting – Wednesday 13th March, 3.30 – 4.30

Robinwood – March 25th to March 27th






Autumn Term in Year 5

Welcome back to school. I hope that you have had a good summer. We have a busy term with lots of exciting topics and new learning ahead. We're really looking forward to working with you all.

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Manchester

Don't forget to sign up......Muddy Boots will continue until October.



Our first Whole Class Reader is ‘Arabel’s Raven’ by Joan Aiken.

After week 1, the children will bring their own reading books home along with their Reading Challenge Books. In Year 5 the children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes in their own time. They can do this homework either before or after school.

We will also read the classic narrative poem ‘The Pied Piper of Hamlyn’ by Robert Browning. We will be studying the old-fashioned language in this unnerving tale. We will use drama to explore the action and characters in the poem as well as the rhyme, rhythm and mood. The children will learn sections and recite it to the class. We will use the story in the poem as a template to write our own versions of the tale.

We will be learning how to write a Film Review, how to mix reporting with opinion. We will look at how to use paragraphs to collect our ideas together and how to write a synopsis (precis) of a story.

In non-fiction work, we will learn about the features of an information text and create a PowerPoint presentation.

The children will study Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar as set out in the Year 5 expectations.

Homework will be set for spelling and reading. I would encourage you to join your local library. The library at Morton Manor is a super, well stocked but compact library. It is bursting with great books to read.


 In our maths lessons we will be using Big Maths to develop our mental maths skills and. Please take time at home to learn your LearnIts.

We start with Place value of 6 digit numbers, including multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000.

In our number work we will be learning formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will use them to solve problems.

We will explore multiples, factors, square and cube numbers.

In our statistics work, we will use line graphs and timetables to present and explore data

Please try to use Mathletics as much as possible. It is a great way to support your leaning and boost your confidence for our maths learning.

History / Geography

In History we will be thinking about how historians find out about the past. Our focus will be our local area and we will be looking at maps, paintings, photographs, newspapers and other sources to see what Carlisle was like in the past and how it has changed. We will investigate the history of transport and in particular, Carlisle Canal. As part of this topic we will visit Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Art and Design and Technology

We will use watercolour pencils to sketch the natural world in autumn. We will explore how to draw and sketch 3d shapes using shadow and shading.

Design and Technology - After Half Term we will research, design, make and evaluate space buggies.

Throughout the year in Science we will be exploring how plants reproduce. This term we will be looking at fruit and seed dispersal and using Branch Diagrams to organise and retrieve information. We will also study sound - how is it made and how does it travel.

After half term we will be exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon. We will be finding out about their shape and size and how they move.

In ICT the children will be learning how to create PowerPoint Presentations.

We will also be using MS Logo to explore how to use algorithms to draw shapes. (MS LOGO is free to download if you wish to experiment at home.) The children will also complete this terms E Safety work.


Please make sure that your child has a PE kit in school every day

We will be working with a Sports Coach on attacking and defending skills. After half term we will learn how to play Netball. We will also be exploring Sound through a dance called Connect It.


In Year 5, the whole class learns the clarinet. It is a fabulous opportunity and I would encourage your child to practice at home to get the most out of these lessons. The sessions are led by a county music teacher called Mr Tugwell. He will also work with the children on music theory and singing skills.

Throughout the Year, the children present 3 concerts to showcase their learning. They are normally towards the end of each term and are well worth attending. Look out for dates in the School Newsletter.

RE Our RE topics are:


Ourselves. Created in the image and likeness of God.

We are all made in the image and likeness of God. It is important to know ourselves and appreciate that our value and uniqueness is central to our well-being.


Life Choices. Marriage, commitment and service.

Through baptism the Christian is called to a life of holiness and to the mission of spreading the Good News. That life may be lived out in different ways. For some it will be through marriage. Whatever life choices are made, the Christian is called to a commitment of holiness and service of to others.

Hope. Advent; waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; the promised one.

Advent focuses on Jesus’ coming in history and encourages believers to prepare for the Christ who comes each day. They also wait in joyful hope for him to come in glory at the end of time.