Horndon-on-the-Hill C. of E. Primary School

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 5

Class 5 Curriculum Evening

Class 5 Summer Term 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter Break! Spring has sprung and the Summer term is here. In this letter you will find an outline of the areas of learning that will be covered during this term.


Year 5 will be studying the Ancient Greeks this term, with a focus on their everyday life, architecture, literature, mathematicians, scientists and the legacy they left behind. Where possible, links across the curriculum will be made to this topic in literacy, geography, art and design and technology.


In reading and writing we will develop skills over a range of genres, including ancient Greek myths, poetry and reviews. Links will be made to our Ancient Greek topic as children will read and compare a range of ancient Greek myths. The myth we will begin reading is King Midas and The Golden Touch. Running through these units, we will focus on revising skills in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.


During this term the children will be focussing on developing their ability to add, subtract and multiply fractions. They will also be learning how to use long multiplication and long division. In addition to this, year 5 will be learning how to calculate the area and perimeter of shapes as well as exploring how to find the volume of 3D shapes. Throughout these units children will be using and applying their mathematical thinking during reasoning and problem solving activities.


Through our scientific studies we will be concentrating on ‘Earth and Space’ and ‘Living Things’. Children will continue to develop their scientific enquiry skills as they record and present results using graphs and use these to draw conclusions.


This will be taught by Mrs Sheppard. The children will be learning about spreadsheets and animation.

Religious Education:

This term we will be exploring the question: ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain?’

Art and Design and Technology

In Art we will be focussing on ‘Ancient Greek mosaics’ as we create our own mosaics of famous Ancient Greeks. Children will also be taste testing a range of Greek food and making their own Greek recipes.

Physical Education:

We will be developing our striking and fielding skills in cricket and rounders this term. Year 5 will also be practising their outdoor athletics skills as they learn about ancient Greek and modern day Olympic sports. Although our PE days are on a Friday, it is important that children have their full PE kits in school each day.


This will be taught following the Rigolo scheme, providing the children with a basic knowledge of French. This term we will be focusing on the topic of ‘Daily Routine’ and ‘Hobbies’.


This term, children will continue to learn how to play the clarinet. This is an amazing opportunity provided by Thurrock Music Services.


Personal, Social and Health Education:

Alongside our focus on the core values and code of conduct, we will be concentrating on ‘Changes’ and ‘Relationships’ this term.


Each week the children will continue to be given Maths, Literacy and Spellings homework on a Friday for completion by the following Thursday. A spelling dictation will be completed on a Thursday as well.  Other subject areas may be given occasionally throughout the term. Pupils are expected to read at home at least three times a week as stated in the home/school agreement. Please ensure your child continues to do this now they are in upper KS2 and encourage them to take greater responsibility to ensure their diary is kept up to date.

Children will not be expected to spend more than two hours per week on homework.

Areas to practise at home with your child throughout this term could include:

Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents

Calculating equivalent fractions

Rapid Recall of times tables up to 12 x 12


Thank you in advance for your support.


Miss Hill – Class 5 teacher                                     Mrs Heapy (LSA)