This Term

Below you will find information about what the classes in Year 5 and 6 are learning about this term.  You might also like to view our Homework page for ways that you can support learning at home. 

Summer 2024


In the Summer term, Year 5 will begin with studying a non-fiction unit based on an explanation text ‘Why did dragons become extinct?’ The children will look carefully at the features of explanation texts, including the use of subordinate conjunctions and clauses, the language of explanation and parenthesis to add extra information. The unit finishes with the children writing their own explanation text about their chosen animal and why it is endangered, using the writing skills they have learnt. Following that, the Year 5 children will then move on to narrative writing. The children will learn the text in small groups and in their writing tasks focus on using parenthesis, appropriate and effective vocabulary and a variety of sentence openers. Finally, the children will create their own story based on a legend using what they have learnt during the unit. During the first part of the Summer term, the Year 6 children will continue work in groups preparing for SATS. These sessions will focus on; securing reading comprehension skills and grammar knowledge and writing in different genres using the specific targets set, and will continue until May half term.

In the second half of the term, Year 5 and 6 will study the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’. Work will focus on preparing and performing poems to read aloud showing understanding of the audience through intonation, tone and volume. Written work will involve poetic features such as; onomatopoeia, rhyming couplets and creating a rhythmic structure in their own poem, using the structure and pattern of the original poem.


The Year 5 children will begin the term by applying their knowledge of number and place value to solving a range of number problems. They will then move onto revising different methods for addition and subtraction, reasoning problems, methods for multiplication and division, identifying different fractions and reading and writing decimal numbers. In addition to the number focus; children will also work on consolidating their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, identifying angles, converting units of measure, solving data problems and presenting data.

During the first part of the Summer term, the Year 6 children will continue work in groups preparing for SATS. These sessions will focus on; securing arithmetic skills in all areas of number, solving reasoning questions and developing confidence when working through test papers.


Over the course of the first half of Summer term our focus in topic lessons will continue to be ‘Would you visit the Lower Wortley fairground?’  (started in Spring 2). This is a DT based topic where the children will be working in groups to design their own fairground.  They will look at the theme they will choose by carrying out market research, design music to be played within the grounds and for marketing campaigns, design and bake tantalising goodies to sell in their fairground and finally, making a scaled down version of their fairground rides using gears or a pulley system to make a moving model.  They will have to work as a team to design and develop their ideas and then create a plan to make their design.  They will be using corrugated plastic for the majority of their model and will be taught how to use hand saws to cut any wood used to strengthen their models or for other elements.  We purposely have a more practical unit this half term, as the children will be working extremely hard on the lead up to SATs and end of year assessments and we believe that this gives a good balance to their well-being.

 After May half term, our topic will be geography focussed answering the question, ‘How do the physical and human features of the Yorkshire Dales compare to North East USA?’ This topic will start with a trip to Bolton Abbey estate in the Yorkshire Dales (just before May half term), to enable the children to use the first-hand experience of visiting the area to make geographical comparisons. During the topic, the children will carry out map work locating each place on a world map, identify physical and human features of both locations and locate key features on a map. They will compare and contrast the two locations, considering the positive and negatives for both.

Further information about this terms topics can be found on the topic pages.


Our Science topic for the first half of the Summer term will be ‘Animals including humans.’ Work will include identifying the main stages of human growth, finding out about the gestation periods of different animals, recording data using scientific diagrams and labels and presenting conclusions and being able to recognise and explore key milestones in baby and child development.

During the second half of the Summer term our Science topic will be ‘All living things and their habitats’. Children will learn to explain the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird, compare and contrast the life cycles of birds, insects, amphibians and mammals, to be able to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and to be able to use scientific diagrams and labels.



During the first half of the Summer term, the children will spend one of their PE lessons learning the skills needed to play badminton. They will learn how to control a shuttlecock with a racquet, have an effective rally with a partner and learn the rules of a badminton match. The second PE lesson each week will be cricket. The children will need to throw and catch a ball with skill and accuracy, use a bat to effectively hit a ball and use the skills learnt to play a cricket match.

During the second half of the term, one of the PE lessons will be athletics during which the children will develop skills in running, jumping and throwing and prepare for sports day. Year 6 will also be rehearsing for their leavers show during this time.  The other PE lesson each week will be OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) which will enable the children to work with others and use a range of problem solving skills to meet challenges. 


In R.E, we will spend the term considering the question ‘How do Jews remember the Kings and Prophets?’. This unit focuses on what it is like to be Jewish and the covenant with God, exploring beliefs about God; about how ideas of God are expressed in stories, celebration, ritual and action; about David as a key leader in the Jewish tradition; about the prophets, about the great festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Purim and Hanukah, illustrating how Jewish people try to live. 


In the first half of the term the children will continue to learn how to play the ukulele and in the second half we will focus on the Charanga unit of work ‘You’ve got a Friend’.  


Our focus for the first half of the term will continue to be a unit connected to the Fairground topic ‘Au parc d’attractions’. They will design their own Fairground and label it in French, stating what the ride is called, how many Euros it costs and the height details.

During the second half of the term, children will learn vocabulary related to ‘En route pour l’ecole’ – on the way to school. Children will learn how to say various words and phrases describing what you would see in your local environment, and give directions to these places.


In the first half of the Summer term, we will focus on technology skills during our Design Technology topic ‘Would you visit the Lower Wortley fairground?’ (see Topic information) In the second half of the Summer term, the focus will be on Environmental Art based on the work of Any Goldsworthy. They will begin the unit by studying Andy Goldsworthy’s work before recreating a piece of art using different media. The children will then work in small groups to plan and create a piece of environmental art using appropriate materials from the school grounds.

Life Curriculum

This term we will focus on the importance of mental well-being and managing feelings, pressures and stress (including Mindmate Monday themes and Zones of Regulation work) as well as developing the children’s understanding of challenging racism in our weekly life curriculum sessions.  


During the first half of the Summer term, the Year 5 children will revise using the key skills needed to create a PowerPoint and the Year 6 children will complete the next coding unit using Espresso. Following this, we will learn how to create a database using Textease Database. The children will learn how to input given data into fields and records, how to search a database for specific data, and how to create a complete database about a chosen subject.