Larch Class

Class Teacher: Miss Illingworth
Year 5 Curriculum Map

Summer Term 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all your support and help over the last two terms and I look forward to a successful final term with the class.  I would like to especially thank you for the incredible homework that you and your child have produced.  I look forward to testing their Aztec games soon!


We will start the term off by completing a mystery story in the first few weeks.  This will be taught through our continuing ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach.  This involves learning a text by heart and then adapting it to suit a new purpose. 

We will soon have an Indiana Jones explorer morning as an aid to writing a new story, and then further use this to base some newspaper reports on.  Following on from this, our final writing topics will include reference, non-chronological reports and persuasion genres.

Maths  This year we have changed our method of teaching and learning Maths across the school, choosing to adopt an exciting ‘Mastery’ approach to deliver the National Curriculum. This is based on the ‘Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract’ journey, which encourages children in all year groups to use ‘concrete’ objects and equipment (such as place value counters or cubes) to physically make and perform calculations. They then learn to visualise calculations as pictures (particularly bar models) before moving on to represent them as abstract, more formal written methods.  Please ask me if you would like further information about how ‘Mastery’ works in the class.

Please make sure your child is using the RM Easimaths site as much as possible and practising their times tables recall weekly.

General Reminders

Please label all clothing, shoes, water bottles and stationery;

Homework will be given out on Friday and will consist of spellings and a maths or literacy task;

Homework will be due back on Thursday;

PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday.

Larch Class

Watch this space for upcoming photos of what the class have been up to!

Science  We will be learning about animals including humans and how the body changes throughout our lives.  This will include some discussions on SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) and how the body changes during puberty.  Some of this important topic will be taught by the county school nurse. 

In the final half term, we will be learning about habitats and as part of this we will be hopefully having a trip to Bradfield Woods.  We will also make use of the school pond to collect some invertebrates to study under microscopes and hand lenses. To aid our pond dipping, the class will also have an opportunity to design and make their own nets.

The Awesome Aztecs Illustration


Our topic this term will be a local history of Clare.  Clare has a very varied and magnificent past including; a castle from the time of the Norman Conquest; an Iron Age fort; a disused railway; plus it was an important time for Clare in 2015, as the town had strong links with the Magna Carta.  As part of our topic, we will have some learning walks around the town to explore various places of importance.

Art.  For art and technology, we will be completing some 3D models based on the work of Alberto Giacometti; these will be made from modrock.  We will also try out some sewing techniques to create some simple patterns.

Summer ProductionMove It!

Year 5 and 6 will be teaming up after the SATs, for our very own production of ‘Move it.’ More details will follow regarding help we will need for costumes and props and dates for the play!

At the heart of this innovative street dance musical is the story of one boy's journey out of angry isolation into acceptance and reconciliation. 'Move It!' is totally current, but explores timeless themes: cruelty and kindness, success and failure, commitment and new beginnings. A dynamic, unforgettable experience for all involved. 

If there is anything that you would like to discuss at any time, then please feel free to catch me in the playground after school or call to arrange an appointment.  Finally, if there is anything you can help with, or bring in for any of our topics then please let me know.

Many thanks for your support,

K Woodward