Year 5 Spring Terms 1 & 2

‘Anglo-Saxons and Vikings’ & ‘Materials’


  • A Viking Day
  • Visit to Yorvick or The Collection
  • A Warhammer Day


In Maths, we will be:

  • Developing knowledge of place value
  • Adding and subtracting using formal written methods
  • Multiplying and dividing using formal written methods
  • Problem solving and reasoning using all operations
  • Multiply and divide mentally using known facts
  • Finding factors, multiples and square numbers
  • Solve problems using information from graphs
  • Complete, read and interpret tables


In English, we will be:

  • Studying word classes
  • Reading, researching and writing report texts
  • Writing descriptive imaginary settings and character studies for narrative writing
  • Recounting special activities
  • Develop spellings through investigating patterns
  • Sharing a range of texts including Space information, Roald Dahl books and class readers


In Science, we’ll be finding out how to:

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

Art & Design

In Art, we will be finding out how to:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]


In Computing, we will be finding out how to:

  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology, we will be finding out how to:

  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures


In Geography, we will be finding out about:

  • locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities
  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water


In History, we will be:

  • Completing a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • Studying the history of Space travel


Languages are not covered in this topic


In Music, we will:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression; appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from great composers and musicians
  • Learning to play trumpets and trombones; listening to Holst’s Planets and deciding which planet each piece of music represents

Physical Education (PE)

In PE, we will:

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In PSHE, we will be:


Religious Education

In R.E, we are following the Lincolnshire syllabus and covering:

Christian Beliefs and Lifestyles:

  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain and their associated beliefs, experiences and practices.
  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of some of the influences of life experiences, beliefs, values and faith traditions upon individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
  • Developing awareness of some of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them.
  • Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, and to their own understanding and experience.
  • Reflecting on their own beliefs, values, perceptions and experiences in the light of their study of religion.
  • Develop positive attitudes of respect toward other people who hold views and beliefs that are different.