Year 5 - Spike Milligan Class

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


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW                                                   YEAR 5 - SUMMER 2017


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. A copy of this is also available on our website.


Regards, Miss French.

Year 5 teacher - Milligan Class.




(Continuation from Summer 1)

Our Power of Reading book this term is Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill.


William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's epic journey to Antarctica in this beautifully illustrated book. His skilful use of coloured pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition. His well-researched drawings, rich with detail, fastidiously reproduce the atmosphere of the expedition. This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience.


Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

  • To appreciate why stories are memorable and characters exciting.
  • To consider how particular situations make individuals behave as they do.
  • To explore dilemmas, empathising with characters.
  • To learn about the differences between information and fiction texts.
  • To produce a range of writing to respond to text through role play and dramatisation.


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

Number: Division

  • Use short division to divide 4-digit by 1-digit numbers with integer remainders
  • Understand that division can result in integer remainders, mixed numbers or decimal remainders
  • Identify factors and multiples, and begin to find common factors

Fractions and decimals

  • Recognise the equivalence of simple fractions and decimals
  • Use equivalence to compare and order fractions that do not have the same denominator


  • 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.
  • Pursue a line of enquiry



(Continuation of Summer 1)

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.



(Continuation of Summer 1)

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: Team games 

Outdoor: Team building activities

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


This term, the children will learn about the importance of e-safety. They will take part in an Online Safety workshop. The children will understand why it is important to protect their identify when online. Aside from internet safety, the children will continue to create presentations using PowerPoint and Word.


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.

Year 5 - Spike Milligan Class

Year 5 - Spike Milligan Class