Staincliffe CE Junior School

Staincliffe CE Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 5

Teachers - Miss Parkes (5P), Miss Eatwell (5E), Miss Hardy (5H).

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

Below is the SPRING TERM overview - this covers everything that your child will be working on throughout the spring 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 - SPRING TERM 2023/24 (downloadable doc)


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




During Spring term year 5 children will learn about:

  • Negative Numbers
  • Long multiplication, square and cube numbers
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Calculating with fractions
  • Reflections and translations
  • Line and comparative graphs
  • Mass
  • Capacity
  • Adding and subtracting with mass and capacity

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.




In Literacy over the Spring Term, Year 5 will be looking at a two texts. We will continue with ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty where children will write a news report.

Discursive writing will follow with a focus on stories from other cultures – ‘Pied Piper’. Finally, children will write a letter of complaint linked also to the ‘Pied Piper’.



Physical Education


5P literacy set will continue with their swimming lessons until February half term. Afterwards they will be developing their cognitive skills as part of their PE curriculum. They will learn to develop methods to outwit opponents, recognise and suggest patterns of play to increase their chances of success and learn how to develop their own work as well as helping others with theirs. They will do this through various small team games involving throwing and catching balls where they will work collaboratively by catching, dodging and throwing to earn points in the games. As well as this, children will be taking part in various level challenges to help improve their ball skills and co-ordination.

5E and 5H literacy set will begin spring term by developing their social skills as part of their PE curriculum. Through a range of small group activities and games, children will help organise roles and identify responsibilities to help guide each other through a task. They will be expected to develop their cooperation skills with patience and give feedback to each other. After February half term, 5E and 5H literacy sets will attend swimming every week at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre where specialist swimming teachers will teach the children to swim. More information to follow.




Year 5 will begin spring term learning about ‘Living things and their habitats. This unit builds on work from previous years and deepens the children’s understanding of life cycles, reproduction and animal characteristics. New concepts are introduced such as metamorphosis to help the children understand how life cycles are constantly progressing, whilst pre-existing concepts are continually referenced and built upon to aid recall and scaffold learning. A blend of science and creativity will capture the children’s imagination, where they will have the opportunity to dissect an egg and pretend to be David Attenborough as they research their favourite creature.


Our second unit – ‘Changes of Materials’ takes children through six lessons where they learn how to: describe how to recover a substance from a solution; demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes; and finally, they will learn how to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.




In Music this term, all learning is focused around one song: Livin’ On A Prayer. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, and pitch), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other classic rock songs.



Modern Foreign Languages 


Our Year 5 spring unit is called ‘Meet my Family’.

It introduces family and relations vocabulary, the possessive adjective ‘my’, and how to express likes and dislikes. Children will be describing members of a family, their looks, their ages, their birthdays and their likes and dislikes.

They will write French sentences based on this. We can’t wait to hear all about their family members in French!




Children will be learning about what a database is and its various uses. They will learn the different ways to search a data base and use this to answer questions correctly. Children will learn what a field is and, as class, will create and add information to a shared database.


Game Creator

Children will be learning about computer games and what makes a ‘good’ one before using this knowledge to create their own. They will design a setting and characters for their game, then select appropriate actions to increase playability. Children will learn how to write clear instructions to allow others to play their game. They will evaluate their own and peers’ games to help improve their games in the future.



Personal Social Health Economic Education


Our spring 1 unit is called Dreams and Goals where children will compare hopes and dreams with those of young people from different cultures. They will reflect on these hopes and dreams and explain how they make them feel.

Our spring 2 unit is called Healthy Me where children will learn about the different roles that food and substances can play in people’s lives. They will also learn about how people can develop eating problems (disorders) relating to body image pressures and how smoking and alcohol misuse is unhealthy. Children will learn to respect their body.



Religious Education


Over the spring term, we will be exploring the question: Should We Forgive Others?

Children will explore the ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation. Learning will support the children to understand stories of forgiveness and are a guide to values and commitments. They will begin to understand the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation and values. Children will be encouraged to consider what can be learned from given examples, referring to their own experiences, beliefs and values.


Art and Design


During spring children will be learning about ‘Formal elements: Architecture’.

Children will learn how to draw a house from observation; interpreting the details accurately and drawing what they see rather than what they think it looks like. Based on a section of this drawing, they will then create a monoprint using ink. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the role of an architect and will be challenged to consider why houses look the way they do and if there is scope to change and improve them.


Design Technology


Children will be learning about mechanical systems to create a pop-up book. Children will create a functional four-page pop-up storybook design, using levers, sliders, layers and spacers to create paper-based mechanisms.





n this unit the children will be trying to answer our big question: Who wants to be a Victorian?

We will begin by placing the Victorian era in context and think about the Industrial Revolution, what this was and what impact it had in our local area of Batley and Dewsbury. The children will get to find out about key buildings in our local area and the role they played. We will empathise with the lives of Victorians; how did the lives of the rich and poor differ? The children will then get to see what life was like if you did the wrong thing and didn’t follow the Victorian rules… what punishment would they choose? We will be visiting the National Coal Mining Museum to give children a real life experience of what it was like working in the mines. Children will be able to apply their experiences when considering the various roles children played down the mines. We will learn about some of the local disasters that occurred due to poor working conditions and lack of laws to protect those vulnerable in society.  Children will reflect and consider whether life was good as a Victorian child… given a chance, would children swap lives with a Victorian child?




Geography will not be taught this term. Instead, two units will be covered in summer term.



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.

Spring 1: You have been studying Living Things and their Habitats 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 on Wednesday 21st February). 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


Research vulnerable animals which are close to extinction. Create a poster which persuades people to help save the endangered animals.


Research, illustrate and describe how and why the sun is so important to all living things.


Draw and describe the life cycle of an animal of your choice.

 You could present this in any way you choose. You could even create a PowerPoint presentation.


Write a comparison of two animals from different animal groups. This could include animals that are mammals, reptiles, insects etc. Identify the similarities and differences.


Pretend you are a wildlife presenter like Steve Backshall or David Attenborough, film your own documentary about an animal of your choice.


Plant a seed inside and watch it grow. Can you write down the different stages that your seed goes through? Take pictures of it at different times.


Make a model of a flower. You could use any material from around your house.  Can you include all the different parts?


Bake some living things themed cookies or cakes. They could be plants or animals. Take a picture of your creation.


Go for a walk. What can you see around you? You could go for a few walks on different weeks before the homework is due in. Take pictures or write down what you see. What changes do you notice? Can you see anything begin to grow?


Find out what a NATURALIST does. Can you research significant naturalists? Why are they important? What affect have they had on the world?


Create a poster explaining why it is important to protect nature. What will happen if we don’t?


Go on a bug hut! Have a look in your garden or go for a walk in the woods. Can you find any insects? Handle them carefully and see if you can draw then. Take photos. You could even look at them under a magnifying glass if you have one. Make sure you put them back carefully where they came from.



Spring 2: You have been studying the Victorians in History this half term. Choose at least 3 activities from the list below to complete over the half term and during the Easter holidays (due in on Wednesday 10th April). 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


Use charcoal to create a drawing that is about the mines. It could be a drawing of a child worker or their family down the mine. You could draw a mining disaster…


Research Kings and Queens from the past. Create a bar graph to compare the length of reign of Queen Victoria compared to other Kings and Queens.


Design a Victorian themed menu. Think about the types of food that they ate. You could even have a go at baking/ cooking a recipe from your menu. Take a photo if possible or draw a picture of what you produced.


Design and play a Victorian themed board game. Could you make your own version of monopoly? Instead of ‘Go to Jail’ it could be ‘Go to the Workhouse’! The money could look like Victorian currency…


Research about one of our local mines. Create a factfile all about it. Were there any disasters? Can you find out about what it was like working there? Can you find out about any individuals?


Draw/ trace 2 types of Victorian transport and compare. Create a list of items which we use now that were also used by the Victorians.


Design your own miniature Victorian stamp.


Create an outdoor game that children could have played in the Victorian times. Make sure you explain the game/ write the rules/ draw a picture to explain. You could even try to make any equipment that they might need (in miniature/ small version).


Write an acrostic for the Victorians using these letters: VICTORIANS or your own word that links with the topic.


Create a timetable for a Victorian school day. Can you show some examples of the work the children would have done?


Write a diary entry as either a rich or poor Victorian. What would they have done during the day? Make sure you empathise with the character to let the reader know how they are feeling about their life…


Use the Internet to research where the local mines are in Yorkshire. Draw a map of the local area and annotate to show their Geography location compared to where you live. Are they near/ far?