Sandown School

Year 5 2019/2020


Welcome to the Year 5 page! The teaching team in Year 5 consists of Mrs Hubbard (5H), Mrs Slaughter (5S) and Mrs Skinner

This year our topics are:

Term 1: Ancient Egypt

Term 2: To infinity and beyond

Term 3: Violent Volcanoes

Term 4: What’s the Deal?

Term 5: Capital Mystery

Term 6: Astonishing Africa

Throughout these topics we will be exploring many different texts related to our topics and will share these with the children when the topics begin.


Term 1

Ancient Egypt

Possible enrichment

  • Maths: Whole numbers, Whole numbers 2, Four operations- Written methods.
  • Literacy: Setting description, character description, diary entry, narrative writing, Non-fiction fact file.
  • Topic - Geog/Hist: River Nile, Settlements and land use, economic activity including trade links, achievements of earliest civilisation.
  • Science: Forces
  • ICT: Digital Literacy
  • RE: God – What does it mean if God is loving and holy?
  • Music: Livin’ on a prayer
  • PE: Hockey/Swimming & Fitness
  • French: At the Café
  • Art/DT: Skill – drawing. Canopic Jar Egyptian architecture
  • PSHE: New Beginnings

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Possible Egyptian history workshop

Term 2

To infinity and beyond

Possible enrichment

  • Maths: Fractions, fractions 2, area of a triangle, ratio
  • Literacy: Non-fiction biography, narrative(complete the adventure), Non-fiction (Cosmos) fact file, Space poetry
  • Topic – Geog/Hist: Chronological history of space travel, use of globes
  • Science: Earth & Space
  • ICT: Computer Science
  • RE: Incarnation – Was Jesus the Messiah?
  • Music: Classroom jazz
  • PE: Hockey/Swimming & Dance
  • French: The weather
  • Art/DT: Skill – drawing. Chalk solar system, Design and make a solar system mobile and evaluate once made.
  • PSHE: Getting on

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Greenwich Observatory/ planetarium

Term 3

Violent Volcanoes

Possible enrichment

  • Maths: Decimals, Measurement, men (average), Percentages
  • Literacy: Description of eruption, Narrative (own version of escape from Pompeii), Newspaper report, poetry.
  • Topic – Geog/Hist: Locate Europe and North and South America, Equator, volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Science: Properties and changes of materials
  • ICT: Computer Science
  • RE: People of God – How can following God bring freedom and justice
  • Music: Make you feel my love
  • PE: Handball & Gymnastics
  • French: Clothes
  • Art/DT: Skill: 3D. Making erupting volcanoes, Sketch of erupting volcano.
  • PSHE: Going for goals

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Term 4

What’s the Deal?

Possible enrichment

  • Maths: Angles, Properties of triangles and 4 sided shapes, Geometrical construction
  • Literacy: Persuasive writing, description, comparisons, Smuggling story.
  • Topic – Geog/Hist: Name and locate; counties, regions, cities in UK. How some features have changed over time, physical characteristics, compass, grid references and symbols.
  • Science: Living things and their habitats
  • ICT: Information Technology
  • RE: Salvation – What did Jesus do to save human beings?
  • Music: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • PE: Netball & Multi - skills
  • French: My Home
  • Art/DT: Skill – printing. Print of Deal landmarks.
  • PSHE: Good to be me


Term 5

Capital Mystery

Possible enrichment

  • Maths: Volume of cubes and cuboids
  • Literacy: Narrative writing, newspaper report, letter writing, interview report
  • Topic – Geog/Hist: Compare London with New York similarities and differences human and physical.
  • Science: Animals including humans
  • ICT: Computer Science
  • RE: Judaism – What does it mean to be Jewish in Britain today?
  • Music: Dancing in the Street
  • PE: Cricket & Dodgeball
  • French: Revision-what’s the date
  • Art/DT: Skills: painting Stephen Wiltshire artwork. London eye story artwork, skyline of London.
  • PSHE: Changes


Term 6

Astonishing Africa

Possible enrichment

  • Maths: Revision/ Power maths recaps of areas needing revisiting.
  • Literacy: Letters to African School about life here, Narratives.
  • Topic – Geog/Hist: Benin AD 900 – 1300. Equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, climate, Tropics of cancer and Capricorn.
  • Science: Animals including humans
  • ICT: Information technology
  • RE: Is it better to express your beliefs in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
  • Music: Reflect, rewind and replay
  • PE: Athletics & Rounders
  • French: Revision
  • Art/DT: Illustrations in the Tinga art style.

African drumming


Lion King in London or Port Lymnpe



General Information:  PE is timetabled for Monday and Games for Thursday. Although in Year 5 we are lucky enough to go swimming at some point during the year. Children will need indoor kits (Plimsolls, T-shirt and shorts) for Monday and outdoor kits (trainers, T-shirts and shorts and tracksuit-type trousers for when it is cold and a sweatshirt) for Thursday. If children do not have the correct kit, they will not be able to take part in the sessions. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings either need to be taken out or ‘taped’ with micropore tape brought from home. For swimming sessions, children will need to ensure they have their swimming costumes/shorts, a towel, and a swimming hat for those with long hair. Please also bear in mind that verruca socks must be provided and worn for those with verruca. Children should have their PE kits in school every day, in case we have any visitors leading workshops or changes to our timetable.

Homework: An important skill for everybody now is rapid recall of times tables.  Knowing their times tables in any order is the aim and to this effect children are expected to practise their times tables at home. As you know we have been using Times Tables Rock Stars since last year. This is somewhere where children can practice their times tables skills in a fun way online. Each term, children will receive a homework sheet for the term. This will have a key maths skill for them to practice and the expected year group spellings attached for children to practice. Both of these elements of children’s home learning will be assessed at the end of each term through a short quiz. We also offer suggestions of any project style homework that children would like to produce and bring in to share with the rest of the class. This can be art work, fact files, posters, models and any other creative ideas the children have to show us what they have learnt during the term topic.

Reading Records: Reading is a vital part of children’s learning and something that will hold them in good stead for the future. We encourage children to read both independently and out loud at school and children are expected to do the same at home at least 3 times a week. We would appreciate it if an adult could sign the reading record each time their child reads at home, whether that be out loud or independently. Spelling Shed: As you will know from last year, children each have a log in to Spelling Shed. They will be given a list of words each week in a blue folder. These will be brought home every Monday for children to practice their spellings on the sheets. These folders need to be returned every Friday at the very latest. Children will be tested on their weekly words on a Friday.

Children can access their spelling words that they are learning for the week on their area. They can also play games and earn points on the programme.

As well as weekly spellings, in their blue folder they will also have a grammar task each week. This grammar task will be taught and started in school, however, if it is not completed, children are expected to complete it at home. By sending these grammar tasks home, we hope that you will be able to discuss the use of correct grammar when children are reading or writing outside of school.

Please do come and speak to us on the playground if you have any questions, queries or worries. We will be more than happy to help.

We are really looking forward an exciting year.



Year 5 PESE information for Kent Test and Year 7 2020







Year 5/6 Spelling list