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Little Leigh Primary School

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Year 5

Summer Term 2019

We have now entered our final term in Year 5; I hope you're all looking forward to this final term or learning in Year 5. 

We will be covering two topics over this term. Our first topic, during the first half term, is based upon the book Malala's Magic Pencil, an inspriing first person recount of one of the most inspiring females to have walked our planet in the last few years, Malala Yousafzai.

 I know that everyone in our class will find the topic fascinating and engaging as there are many lessons we can learn. Children will explore the circumstances relating to individuals seeking refugee in other countries. Malala's fascinating story will provide a foundation for children in Year 5 to aspire to achieve great things.

There is something for everyone. I believe the topic will provide the children with opportunities to produce outstanding writing, debate, form opinions and understand empathy. Below is just a snapshot of the learning that will take place.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Coleclough

Please click here to view this year's curriculum map!




This term will be continuing with our Geography work!  Children will further enhance their knowledge of the World Map, as they explore various locations that refugees have fled from and to. Enhancing their locational knowledge (continents and countries), will be developed through atlas work, map reading skills and computing resources.



Though taken from 2015 research, the map below can give us all food for thought. 



During our Summer term, children will have an opportunity to write biographies and will increase their awareness of refugees. Through this, children will focus on developing coherent writing skills. Children will write from different view points within biographies, including first-person recounts.

As well as this, children in Year 5 will have the opportunities to explore and compare various poems about refugees and their experiences.


This term, children will develop an understanding of materials, including their properties and changes that occur. Children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets.

Art and Design

For our design and technology element, children will be provided with a problem, which will need a resolution. The designing and analysing stage of our process will be thorough and will require children to use their creativity in order to provide appropriate methods of carrying luggage to assist with ease of travel between various countries.


Computing this term will take place through the use of Lego Education. Children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems. Using the these programs will help the children discover science and computing on their own terms by following algorithms.    

Times Tables & Spelling

Please encourage your child to practise their times tables and spellings.  Click on the timestable image below to play! Below the game, is the Year 5 & 6 Statutory Spelling list - feel free to practise these over the course of the year.

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Embedded Calendar


Each week the children take part in a focused guided reading session with the class teacher. We will work together in this session to read extracts of text and develop our deduction and inference skills through specific and targeted questions. A follow-up activity will take place the next day to consolidate the children's learning.

In Key Stage Two, we strongly encourage parents to continue to read with their children regularly (at least 3 times a week) and write comments in the child's reading diary.  I will collect the diaries on Thursdays for marking, and hand them back out on Fridays ready for the weekend.

P.E. Lessons

Two P.E. sessions take place throughout the week in Year 5.  P.E. lessons usually take place on a Monday and Wednesday. However, due to timetabling changes these lessons may alter. Therefore, please ensure that your child brings their P.E. kit with them on Monday morning and they will take them home on Friday afternoon.

During the Winter months, it is advisable that children bring with them warmer clothes for outdoor sessions.

Please ensure that all P.E. clothing is labelled clearly, to ensure that all items are returned to the rightful owner!


Homework is set on a regular basis in Year 5. All children will receive spellings and either an English or maths piece of  homework each week. The homework will outline clearly when the homework has been set and the homework task. Homework, spellings and times tables are handed out every Friday afternoon and are to be returned the following Friday.

Learning log homework is set on a half termly basis. This homework will pose a question for the children to research and answer. The children can present their answer in any form that they wish. If children do create powerpoint presentation, they can be e-mailed to the office onadmin@littleleighprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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