Staincliffe CE Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 5

Teachers - Miss Parkes (5P), Miss Eatwell (5E), Miss Hardy (5H) and Mrs Lavery (5H - Friday).

Teaching Assistants - Miss Sadiq, Mrs Ali, Ms Khot.

Below is the SUMMER TERM overview - this covers everything that your child will be working on throughout the summer term in Year 5. 

For the full year overview of all subjects covered across this year group, please click on the Long Term Plan link below:

Year 5 Long Term Plan 2023 - 2024

PARENTS' OVERVIEW - SUMMER TERM 2023/24 (downloadable doc)


PARENTS' OVERVIEW - SPRING TERM 2023/24 (downloadable doc)


PARENTS' OVERVIEW - AUTUMN TERM 2023/24 (downloadable doc)




During summer term year 5 children will learn about:

  • Multiplication and division including prime numbers
  • Negative numbers and Roman Numerals
  • Adding and subtracting large numbers including multistep problems
  • Diagonals and problems involving angles
  • Working with fractions
  • Decimals and fractions
  • Perimeter, area and scale drawing
  • Percentages
  • Problems involving percentages
  • Addition and subtraction of money
  • Long multiplication and division with remainders involving money
  • Using tables and line graphs

Year 5 follow a progressive approach to maths where children are provided with experience of mathematical concepts in blocks of one or two weeks. Children will revisit these concepts throughout the year to ensure they have mastered the knowledge and understanding taught.  We encourage the children to be independent learners in maths and utilise their Maths Toolkit to support their learning when required. 




Year 5 will begin the summer term with a week of performance poetry where children will have the opportunity to write poetry in the similar style to Roger McGough before performing their final pieces. Year 5 will then begin reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo where children will develop their writing in role skills. Later, myths and legends will be a focus where children will develop their tension and suspense skills writing about Theseus and the Minotaur which will also include writing a character description of a mythical creature they have designed. Finally, children will spend three weeks writing a story called ‘The Ridge’. This will give children the opportunity to showcase their new and improved writing skills learnt throughout the year. We can’t wait to read their stories and see how much progress they have made!



Physical Education


5P literacy set will be developing their social and creative skills as part of their PE curriculum. This will require children to develop their organisational skills by sharing roles and responsibilities. Balance and counter balance skills will also be developed. Children will also have to show an awareness of space and others to make good decisions. Coordination and footwork skills will also be a focus.

5E and 5H literacy set will continue with their swimming lessons every Friday afternoon until the end of summer term.




Summer will begin with the children learning about forces. Children will learn how to: explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object; identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and frictions, that act between moving surfaces; and finally, they will learn how to recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller to have a greater effect.

Children will also have the opportunity to learn about Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei.

Year 5 will then learn about animals including humans. Children will learn about the human timeline and different life stages – birth to old age.




Summer term will be a time for children to ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’. Children will listen to and appraise classical music. They will sing, play, improvise, compose and share their performances. The sounds along the Year 5 corridor will definitely be exciting!



Modern Foreign Languages 


Our Year 5 summer topic is ‘Shopping in France!’ Children will develop their French vocabulary by asking for items and quantities, numbers to 100 and beyond whilst working with Euros. Children will also develop an appreciation of a range of French writing.



Word Processing Skills

Children will continue to use Purple Mash and the tool ‘2Connect’ to create a basic concept map. They will then use ‘2Connect story’ mode to create an information text linked to a history or geography topic studied this year - of their choice. Children will develop their word processing skills by inserting images whilst considering copyright consequences. Editing images, adding text and presenting using tables will also be explored.

3D Modelling

Children will be introduced to the 2Design and Make tool and explore the effect of moving points when designing. They will then design a 3D model to fit certain design criteria before refining their design and printing ready to assemble to 3D.



Personal Social Health Economic Education


Our summer 1 unit is ‘Relationships.’ Children will learn strategies to build their own self-esteem and the positive and negative impact of online communities. Consequences of too much ‘screen time’ will also be explored.

Our summer 2 unit is ‘Changing Me.’ Children will learn about how bodies change and the importance of looking after both physical and emotional health and well-being. Children will think about changes they want to make for next year and strategies to achieve this.



Religious Education


Over the summer term, children will be exploring the big question: What values are shown in codes for living?

This unit enables pupils to identify values in human life, and think about their own values, with special reference to the values of Christians, Humanists, Jews and Muslims. The focus is on the way in which stories communicate values, and the ways in which values make a difference to our lives. Pupils are enabled, by various conceptual and active learning approaches, to think for themselves about questions to do with what matters in life. The unit works towards an understanding of the values peoples share, and the fact that not all values are shared. Pupils are encouraged to consider what can be learnt from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Humanist ideas for themselves and at every point to explore examples and teaching referring to their own values, in the light of other people’s ideas.


Art and Design


The year 5 art topic for summer term is ‘Design for a Purpose.’

Children will become proficient in drawing/painting craft and design techniques. They will design a ‘coat of arms’ and a design for an empty room. We look forward to seeing their imaginative and creative designs!.


Design Technology


What Could be Healthier?’ is the title of the DT topic.  Children will adapt and improve a recipe, and learn about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Children will learn about where our food comes from and how it arrives on the supermarket shelves – farm to fork. Finally, children will have the opportunity to make a healthy spaghetti bolognaise. The importance of food hygiene will also be explored!





Children spent the whole of Spring term studying the Victorians. The focus in summer term is now Geography.




Children will begin the summer term with the big question: Why does population change? Children will be investigating why certain parts of the world are more populated than others; exploring birth and death rates; discussing social, economic and environmental push and pull factors and finally learning about the population in Britain and its impacts.

Children will finish Year 5 with the big question: Would you like to live in the desert? Children will have the opportunity to explore hot desert biomes and learn about the physical features of a desert and how humans interact with this environment.



We follow a spelling programme provided by Spelling Shed. Children can then use the website to practise their weekly spellings choosing the level of support they need. Children will be given a weekly spelling test to consolidate their spellings.


The children can then use the website to practice their weekly spellings choosing the level of support they need. Each child in Year 5 has a copy of the spelling lists in their school book bag. They will be given a weekly spelling test to consolidate their spellings.




Every week, Year 5 children will be given homework on Friday (due in the following Wednesday):

  • be given a maths activity, either linked to their learning that week or revisiting a previously taught skill
  • be expected to read their reading book and get their reading record signed x3 weekly
  • play on TTRockstars and Spelling Shed
  • learn their weekly spellings (each week has a different list focus that the children have been practising in school that week)

Each half term, Year 5 children will:

  • be set their black book homework tasks. They need to choose AT LEAST 3 activities to complete which will be shared with with their class and teacher. It could include art work, writing, computer presentations, 3D models, posters etc.

Summer 1: You have been studying forces in Science this half term. Choose at least 3 activities from the list below to complete over the half term and during the half term holidays (due in Monday 3rd June). You are going to share all your homework with your class mates and teacher. It could include art work, writing, computer presentations, 3D models, posters etc. You will have to explain to the class what you have done.




Homework for research


Create a rocket using a drinks bottle. You could google some instructions or ask your teacher to print some off for you.
Explain the forces acting on it.


Research how to make different paper aeroplanes. Try flying them against each other. Which designs fly better? Why is this?


Try sliding across a smooth floor in your shoes. Now try to slide across it in socks. BE VERY CAREFUL! How does it change how you move? Explain why this happens


Think about our lessons on air resistance or water resistance. Design a boat or a submarine that will move through the water quickest. What shapes to they need to be to help counteract water and air resistance?

Follow the instructions on this link to make a hovercraft.

Follow this link to create some paper spinners. Explain how air resistance helps them fall slowly.


Research how forces help a rocket to enter space.


GO OUTSIDE Fill a bucket with water and slowly spin it around. Can you spin it over your head without it spinning? Research why this happens.


Design your own invention using gears, levers and pulleys. How do these help your machine to move?


Visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. It’s free. Write down everything you can find out about forces.



Summer 2: You have been studying desert biomes in Geography this half term. Choose at least 3 activities from the list below to complete over the half term (due in Monday 15th July). You are going to share all your homework with your class mates and teacher. It could include art work, writing, computer presentations, 3D models, posters etc. You will have to explain to the class what you have done.




Homework for research


Choose a desert and explain what you have found about its geography. Include: location co-ordinates (latitude), climate, type of biome.


Bake a suitable snack for a long walk through a desert. It will need to provide you with energy and be suitable for a rucksack. Write the recipe down and take a photo of what you’ve made.


You are going on a long walk through a hot desert. Firstly, pick your desert. Knowing about the climate, what would you pack in your rucksack? Either write or draw them in your rucksack. Make sure you explain why you have chosen what you have…


Some people live, work and go on holiday to the desert. Create a leaflet/ travel guide for a Desert location. Explain what there is to do there, what can you visit, what is some local food, what is the climate…


Make your own map of deserts throughout the world. It could be a 3D model to show the terrain or a collage using scrap paper, foil, sweet wrappers and other junk around the house.


Compare a hot desert biome to a location of your choice, think about similarities and differences (weather, attractions etc). Draw a picture for each comparison.