The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Summer term 2017

Curriculum information 

Dear Parents,

We look forward to working with you and your children during the rest of the academic year. This term we will be learning about a whole range of new topics, as detailed below.

5JP staff

  • Mrs Coppinger – Teacher (Monday, Tuesday)
  • Mr Jones – Teacher (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Mrs Emms – Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Hobbs - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Smith - Support Teaching Assistant

5S staff

  • Ms Poet – Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon)
  • Mrs Goodman – Teacher (Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday)
  • Mrs Hobbs – Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Walker - Teaching Assistant

 Curriculum overview


Spelling – statutory word list and spelling lists according to group teaching. Words tested as ‘list test’ and as dictation on a cycle as follows:

  • Week 1 - pattern taught and words to learn
  • Week 2 - list test
  • Week 3 - dictation testing Week 1’s pattern (and Week 2’s list test)

Children are in one of 3 groups according to their spelling needs. Tests take place on a Monday and new words are sent home on Monday or Tuesday.


  • Relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or an omitted relative pronoun
  • Indicating degrees of possibility using adverbs (eg perhaps/surely)
  • Devices to build cohesion within a paragraph (eg then, after that, this, firstly)
  • Linking ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (eg later)
  • Dashes/commas to indicate parenthesis
  • The use of commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity
  • Using semi-colons and colons to mark boundaries between main clauses
  • Punctuating with bullet points consistently
  • Direct and reported speech


  • Mystery and suspense
  • Instructions
  • Fiction from our literary heritage

Comprehension - comprehension texts matching each week’s focus genre


  • 5JP – recognising, estimating and measuring angles. Solving problems using knowledge and understanding of angles.
  • 5S – Imperial and metric measures – converting, measuring and problem-solving using these units of measurement. 3D shape.


  • Fractions – adding and subtracting fractions/problem solving
  • Place value – rounding 6 digit numbers
  • Multiplication and division – common multiples/short division

Fluency activities and reasoning about maths - ongoing

Mental Maths – using and applying number knowledge to solve quick fire problems

Times tables - set once a week. Children are tested on Tuesday; books are sent home on Tuesday or Wednesday with tables to learn indicated. Once times tables have been learnt through to 12 x tables children will work on their division facts.


Materials and their properties, including:

  • 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
  • Dissolving in liquid to form a solution and recovering a substance from a solution
  • Separating mixtures by filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • Give reasons  for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • Knowing that some changes are irreversible


 Data matters


 Ancient Egypt

Art & Design/Design Technology

Sarcophagus tomb paintings



Religious education (RE)

Judaism and Christianity - exploring the different faiths and beliefs, the ‘Rules for living’ which underpin these faiths and exploring how rules impact on the way we live our lives.


Quelle est la date aujourd'hui? - learning months of the year in French; asking and saying the correct date in French; asking when somebody has their birthday in French and telling them when you have your birthday.

Quel temps fait-il? - learning vocabulary connected with the weather.

Physical education (PE)*

Competitive games, swimming

*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.  All items of uniform must be labelled.

Personal, social, health & economic education (PSHE)

Mutual respect



Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:

  • decode unfamiliar words themselves
  • use expression
  • use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding

Also, ask them questions about their reading. Any reading should be recorded in the Homework Diary; parents are encouraged to comment in their child's Diary. On Wednesdays we will check with the children that reading is being completed and recorded appropriately. PLEASE check your child has always got a suitable reader and reads daily.

It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.

English (2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes)

Spellings will be tested in class; at home you may wish to spend time with your child learning and testing individual spellings.

Spellings will be set on a weekly basis. The spelling book MUST be brought into school every Monday for the test, and will be taken home each Monday. The test will be written at the back of the book so you can monitor your child’s progress.

Our Library day is Tuesday this half term, so please can your child bring his/her book in to change every Tuesday, whether it is needed to be changed or not. 


Differentiated multiplication tables with related division facts. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11,12 to the 12th multiple.

Mathletics - up to 3 activities/tasks will be set weekly.

Research Projects

One large project or several smaller projects will be set over the course of each half term. It is recommended that children spend at least 30 minutes/week on the project, although children and parents are often motivated to devote further time to their research.

Home learning must be kept a positive, enjoyable and manageable experience.

Additional homework

Children may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs.


As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions.


Year 5 long term plan: 2016/2017















Properties and changes of materials


Living things and their habitats


Earth and space

Animals including humans


Data matters

Robotics and systems

Morphing image 


Ancient Egypt 


Local history


Victorians (railways/Swanage/ industrial revolution)



Desert biome

Maps, atlases, globes and digimapping.


Maps, atlases, globes and digimapping.


Fieldwork on local area (human / physical features)

8 point compass, 4/6 fig grid ref

Symbols/OS maps

Maps, atlases, globes and digimapping.

Topography – Corfe Castle


Railway – changes to land

Landuse - holiday


Competitive games


Competitive games


Competitive games


Competitive games

Gym / dance

Competitive games



Competitive games



Art and Design


Tomb paintings


Objects and meaning








Bread making - savoury dishes


Moving toys


Bridges (Brunel)


Judaism / Christianity

Rules for living


Light as a symbol

Celebrations related to key figures


Leaders of religion

Creation stories and questions





The Rule of Law

Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty

Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs

British Values – ‘Celebrations’ (launching Summer 2015)