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

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 5

Class 5 Curriculum Evening

Class 5 Spring Term 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break and are looking forward to the new year. Class 5 have set themselves some new year’s resolutions so be sure to ask your child what they aim to do this year. This letter outlines the areas of learning that will be covered during the Spring Term.


Year 5 will be studying the Vikings this term, with a focus on where they came from and how they travelled. 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 narrative writing - building suspense and mystery, report writing to create information leaflets and performance poetry. Links will be made to our Viking topic and the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. We will also continue to read ‘Beowolf’ by Michael Morpurgo this term. 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 choose whether mental or written methods are best to use when solving addition and subtraction problems. They will also be comparing and ordering fractions (including improper fractions and mixed numbers) as well as finding equivalences and percentages of numbers. Year 5 will also be revising their knowledge of prime, square and cube numbers. In addition to this children will be identifying 3D shapes and  exploring how to reflect and translate 2D 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 ‘Living things and their habitats’,  ‘life cycles’ and ‘Forces’. Children will continue to develop their scientific enquiry skills as they make predictions, carry out fair tests and analyse results.


This will be taught by Mrs Sheppard. The children will be learning about E-Safety, how the internet works and Coding. We also hope to attend the ‘Walk Online’ Roadshow this term where children will learning more about how to stay safe online.

Religious Education:

This term we will be exploring the question: Why go to a place of worship? Through their learning children will be reflecting on how Christians apply their beliefs to their everyday lives.


In Art we will be focussing on ‘impressionism’ as we recreate paintings by famous impressionist artists including Monet, Cezanne and Matisse. Children will apply impressionist techniques as they paint mountainous scenes.

Physical Education:

Children begin swimming this term on a Friday morning. Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit to school and that they arrive promptly. We will be developing our indoor athletics skills this term as well. 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 ‘Physical Features’  and ‘Telling the Time’.


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 ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Good To Be Me’ 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:

2D shape names up to a decagon (10 sided shape)

3D shape names

Square, cube and prime numbers


Thank you in advance for your support.


Miss Hill – Class 5 teacher                                     Mrs Heapy (LSA)