Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Year 5 Da Vinci

Class teacher: Mrs Chaplin



This term our STEAM focus is Science, and we will be answering the question ‘Can I develop an understanding of the living world around me?’ 

Through our project, the children will design and bake their own cakes, adapting a basic recipe to use ingredients of their choice. 

Through this term’s STEAM project, we will be covering the disciplines of Science, DT, Geography and History. Throughout our learning journey we will: 

  • understand the relationship between ingredients and a final product (DT) 

  • understand how a range of living things reproduce (Science) 

  • understand the lifecycle of a plant (Science) 

  • use a range of sources to understand changes over time (History) 

  • understand where our food comes from (DT) 

  • explore land use across the UK (Geography) 

  • adapt a recipe (DT) 

  • use tools appropriately and safely (DT) 

To help with our STEAM project, we would like to ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 per child to help us with funding. Your donations will be used to purchase materials for the investigations that the children will conduct. 


We will begin this term by looking at multiplying whole numbers and fractions. This will involve thinking about: 

  • repeated addition of proper and improper fractions can be expressed as multiplication of a fraction by a whole number 

  • repeated addition of a mixed number can be expressed as multiplication of a mixed number by a whole number 

  • finding a unit fraction of a quantity can be expressed as a multiplication of a whole number by a fraction 

  • a non-unit fraction of a quantity can be calculated by first finding a unit fraction of that quantity 

  • if the size of a non-unit fraction is known, the size of the unit fraction and then the size of the whole can be found 


We will begin this term begin by writing first person narratives inspired by famous myths (not Ancient Greek). We will learn to: 

  • identify the features of a myth 

  • demonstrate the difference between language of speech and writing 

  • write dialogue that is appropriate for the characters speaking 

  • use relative clauses to add information 

  • understand the structure of a narrative 

  • plan a cohesive narrative, drawing on ideas from reading 

  • explore characters' personality and emotions 

  • accurately punctuate speech 

  • describe a character 

  • balance description and dialogue in the opening to a story 

  • write an effective ending 


This term in Computing, we will be continuing to develop the skills of programming through selection in quizzes. 

In this unit, the children will develop their knowledge of selection by revisiting how conditions can be used in programs and then learning how the If… Then… Else structure which can be used to select different outcomes depending on whether a condition is true or false. We will represent this understanding in algorithms and then by constructing programs using the Scratch programming environment. The children will then use their knowledge of writing programs and using selection to control outcomes to design a quiz in response to a given task and implement it as a program. 

HRE (Health and Relationships Education) 

In HRE this term, the children will learn: 

  • to recognise reasons for rules and laws; consequences of not adhering to rules and laws 

  • about the responsibilities they can expect from different adults; about their responsibilities to the wider community in relation to rights 

  • ways of carrying out shared responsibilities for protecting the environment in school and at home; how everyday choices can affect the environment (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling; food choices) 

  • to identify different groups they and other people can belong to; how this may change over time 

  • to identify contributions made by different groups in their community; to identify how they can contribute in their communities 

  • about some of the different ways information and data is shared and used online, including for commercial purposes 

  • rules surrounding distribution of images 


This term, we will be continuing to work with Mr Probert. Our Brass Band is sounding amazing, and he has been so impressed with the progress that the children have made this year. Throughout this half term we will be building our repertoire of pieces in preparation for the concert next term. We will also be learning to play in harmony as a band.  


This term in PE, we will be learning to play the game of cricket. We will begin by working on our throwing and catching skills in the context of this game. We will then think about the skills of batting and fielding, thinking about our positions and the way we work as a team.  

MFL - French 

This term we will learn vocabulary and sentences related to ‘Our School’. The children will learn to:  

  • read, listen and respond to vocabulary 

  • demonstrate their understanding with actions 

  • ask/answer questions (in short phrases). 

  • choose the appropriate indefinite article (un/une) 

  • express an opinion 

  • listen to commands and follow instructions 

  • know the French for familiar places 


Across the school this term, we will be exploring the big question “Is there a higher power?” in our RE assemblies. 

In our RE lessons in class, we will learn to: 

  • explain Christian beliefs about relationships and marriage 

  • explain Muslim beliefs about relationships and marriage 

  • explain Jewish beliefs about relationships and marriage 

Our PE days this term: Monday and Friday

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