Year 5 - Spike Milligan Class

Miss French and Miss Alexander welcome the 2016/17 Year 5 class.

Dear Parents/Carers,


This is a brief summary of the curriculum that will be covered in Milligan Class this term. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask


Our Power of Reading book this term is Shackleton’s Journey by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, illustrated by Christina Balit.

This retelling of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus’s return home to Ithica from fighting in the Trojan wars. His journey is beset by danger, challenges and tragedy. Each of the stories in the book would stand alone as short stories, but they also work as a complete sequence, in which Odysseus tells the story of his travels and then finally returns home to yet more challenges. The stories cover themes of good and evil, the nature of heroism and taking responsibility for our actions within a classic voyage and return narrative.


Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

  • To explore  
  • To develop children’s skills as storytellers

Teaching Approaches:

Reading aloud,  Visual approaches,  Drawing, mapping and annotating,  Shared writing,  Writing in role,  Roleplay,  Readers’ theatre,  Storytelling,  Debate and argument

Writing Outcomes:

Information posters, Letters, Annotated storyboards, Diaries, Speeches, Notes for a debate, Story writing, Newspaper articles


The children will have the opportunities to develop skills in the following areas:

Number and place value

  • Use mental strategies and number facts to add several amounts of money with 2 decimal places.
  • Use mental and written methods for addition and subtraction.
  • Use grid method, short multiplication and long multiplication to multiply 4 digits by 2 digits.
  • Locate negative numbers on a number and use them in context.

Fractions, decimals and percentages

  • Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa.
  • Multiply fractions by whole numbers
  • Understand tenths, hundredths and thousandths
  • Order and compare 3-place decimals
  • Multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 to give answers up to 3dp.
  • Round 2-place decimals to the nearest whole number.


  • Draw and construct 2D shapes with given dimensions and angles.
  • Know and use the properties of a square and rectangle and deduce related facts.
  • Make 3D shapes from nets.
  • Identify 3D shapes from 2D representations.
  • Use coordinates to describe positions on a grid.
  • Identify and describe position of a shape following a translation or a reflection.

Problem solving and reasoning

  • Use mathematical reasoning to explain findings, patterns and relationships.
  • Identify patterns, devise and test rules and use them to make predictions.


Our Science topic this term is Living things and their habitats.

The children will:

  • describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.


The children will also be revisiting some of the objectives covered earlier in the year whilst studying our topic of Antarctica. This will allow them to study the plants and animals that inhabitat Antarctica as well as use their knowledge of materials and their properties to carry out scientific and DT related tasks.


Our topic theme is Antarctica. This topic links with our Power of Reading book (Shackleton’s Journey). Through Art, DT, History and Geography lessons, the children will find out about Antarctica’s location within the world. They will be tracing Shackleton’s journey across Antarctica (during his expeditions). The children will find out about other expeditions and the hardships that were faced by the explorers. The children will be undertaking some cooking activities.


Indoor: Fitness skill & Team building activities 

Outdoor: Swimming

Swimming will be on Wednesday and indoor PE will be on Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school on these days.


Children will :

  • use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint with increased skill and confidence to produce a variety of presentations on Greek life. they will learn to present effectively, edit and proofread, cut and paste, organise information, use hyperlinks and import pictures, sounds and video clips
  •  learn to assess their own work and others, suggesting improvements through peer and self-evaluation
  • learn to type more accurately and with more speed
  • learn about the importance of staying safe online


This term our theme for RE will Buddhism. The children will be looking at the Buddha's teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Five Moral Precepts and Buddhist stories. Discussions will focus on responsible attitudes towards ourselves and others and behaviours that cause suffering. The children will also be gaining an understanding of the importance of pilgrimage in Buddhism (and other faiths) and how this differs from a holiday. They will reflect on the concept of the Three Jewels and identify 'three jewels' in their own lives.


The theme of Relationships. The children will consider how other people see themselves and how this might lead to feelings of embarrassment. They will continue to explore their understanding of how thoughts can influence their feelings and their behaviour and how embarrassment can lead to other emotions, such as resentment, hurt, anger and shame. The children will explore how they might avoid an embarrassing situation and consider how they might manage their feelings of embarrassment.



We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. If your child has some work to research, please support them in selecting relevant information to aid their learning.


By the end of the term, we hope your child will have achieved all of their learning targets and that they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom.



Year 5 - Spike Milligan Class

Year 5 - Spike Milligan Class