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Y5 Peace class

Bishop John Robinson Church of England School
Curriculum Newsletter Summer Term
                         Peace Class

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our Summer Term newsletter. This academic year is just flying by and I can’t believe we are entering our final term! We have so much to get through this term and I’m really eager to get going. To help me with this please make sure that your children are in school by 8:45am for Early Work as this really sets us up for a day of learning.

Please continue to read with your child regularly as I discussed with all of you at our recent parents’ meetings. Remember at this point in UKS2 we are looking at understanding and deeper reading not just mechanical decoding of words. Please see below for more details of what we will be covering in class this term but as always if you have any queries or anything you would like to discuss with me please come and see me before or after school on the door. If you would like a longer appointment please book this in via the office or put a letter in your child’s bag - Thursdays are the best day for me.

Summer Term – Nature Detectives

Core Christian Value: Trust

Termly Christian Values: Respect and Wisdom

Class Values Assembly:Tuesday 12th June 10:15am

Exploring Peace.



Poetry: Goodnight Stroud and Last Night, I saw the City Breathing. Children will be looking at imagery, vocabulary and personification. The non-fiction part of this unit will explore Persuasive Writing

Classic Fiction: The Hobbit

Children will continue to look at imagery and vocabulary through this classic text. Children will write a missing chapter for the book.


We will be looking at Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (FDP) for a large chunk of the term. We will look at equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. We will be adding, subtracting and multiplying FDPs. We will then look at the properties of shape. We will also look at position and direction. We will finish the term looking at units of measurement and converting between units.


Living things and their habitats

We will look at the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and

asexual reproduction. Finally, the children will explore the life cycles of birds, and will write and star in their own wildlife documentary comparing the life cycles of different living things.

Scientists and Inventors – Jane Goodall

Children will study Jane Goodall’s work and life.


Religious Education:

How has the Christian message survived over 2000 year?

  • How the Christian message spread in the past;
  • The Ascension;
  • What persecution is and why it might inhibit the spread of a message;
  • Pentecost;
  • How the Christian Message spread after Jesus’ Ascension and the 1st. Pentecost;
  • What Pentecost shows about The Trinity;
  • How Confirmation contributes to the spread of the Christian message;
  • How Christians believe that the Holy Spirit equips them to share the Christian message and how the confirmation ritual shows this belief.


Physical Education:

Children will need to bring PE kit on Tuesdays.

This term the children will be looking at Multi-Skills, Street Dance. They will then focus on Athletics in preparation for Sports Day.

Topic (History/Geography):

History: The Stone Age to the Iron Age

Children will learn about how the Stone Age to Bronze Age period impacted on life in Britain. They will learn about how early man survived in a harsh environment, why Skara Brae was important for understanding life in the Stone Age, how copper mining was crucial to the Bronze Age and why Stonehenge was built. Children will also learn about why Iron Age people developed hillforts and how important Druids were in Iron Age Britain.

Geography: Magnificent Mountains

Children will find out about the major mountains of the world and the UK. They find out the different ways in which mountains have been formed, and how different features of mountain ranges have been shaped over time. Children will have the opportunity to consider what the weather is like in a mountainous environment and to evaluate the impact that tourism has on a mountainous region.

Art and Design

Plants and Flowers:

Children will learn about how to use pencil, colour, Hapa Zome printing, sculpture and paper modelling to create quality art work that shows progression in their skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of India Flint, Alexander Calder, David Oliveira and Henri Rousseau.

Super Seasonal Cooking:

Children will learn about the importance of buying seasonal food. The first part of the unit provides an opportunity for children to learn where, when and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. Children will then have the chance to sample some spring seasonal food before designing their own balanced seasonal meal. They will learn how to cook with the seasonal ingredients following their own recipes and using a wide range of preparation and cooking techniques. Finally, children will evaluate their product against their design criteria. Children will learn appropriate hygiene rules for handling meat and fish and safe preparation skills.



Children will select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

Outcomes:Children will be able to enter text and numbers into a spreadsheet.Identify and refer to cells by row and column. Begin to enter formulae with the SUM function.



In our PATHS lessons we will continue to explore our feelings and how to make sure we are managing them rather than them managing us.


Ukulele lessons will continue on a Thursday with a focus on performance and improvisation this term.


Modern Foreign Language (KS2):

French: School Life

Children will learn the key vocabulary related to objects, subjects and prepositional language. There is a Maths lesson which teaches the children the names of 2D shapes. In the last two lessons in the Unit, children will learn questions and answers which they would use at school.

Trips and events:

School Photographer: 27th April

Closed for Polling: 3rd May

Bank Holiday: 7th May

SATS KS2: 14th May, KS2 21st May

½ term Holiday: 28th May

Year 1 Phonics Check: 11th June

My Money Week:11th June

Science Week: 25th June

Sports Day: 5th and 6th July (TBC)

Thamesmead Birthday Festival: 12th and 14th July

Reports to parents: 13th July

Leavers’ Service and Last day of term: 20th July


Cycle Training for Year 5

Trip to Museum of London


Will be given out on a Friday (either on paper or on the Google Classroom) and will be collected on Wednesdays. It is vital that children complete homework as it provides you with an opportunity to see what your child has been learning in the week.


With all thanks for your continued support

Zoe Renner-Thomas

KS2 Leader and Year 5 Class Teacher