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Summer 1

Key Priorities for Summer 1:

Throughout the first part of the coming Summer term we will be focussing on the key skills highlighted below. Starting with what the children already know we will be ensuring they have a solid foundation to build on for the remainder of this term and in preparation for the coming year:


  • It is important for your child to develop their reading stamina.  In school we will be supporting them with this through providing opportunities to read a wide range of texts and to read for extended amounts of time.  We are also working on improving their fluency in reading.
  • This can be easily supported at home by listening to your child read and encouraging them to read regularly.
  • Another area of focus is on comprehension.  In school we are focussing on asking children to explain answers using the text. This will be a skill they need when they go up to year 6.
  • This can be supported at home by discussing your child’s reading with them and asking questions about what they’ve read, including the meaning of any new vocabulary found.

Read aloud and understand the meaning of new words that he/she meets linked to the expectations of year 5 spelling.


Maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what he/she reads by continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.


  • We are focusing on handwriting and working towards correct letter formation and joining of letters so their handwriting is legible and fluent.
  • We are as a class, looking at spellings and ensuring our common exception words are correctly spelt and are legible to read in our writing.
  • In school we will be looking more into the etymology of our words and researching where they originated from.
  • We will be re-capping parenthesis and identifying this skill in text read in class.
  • We will be looking at word endings and correctly identifying which word ending is correct. E.g. ‘ably’ and ‘ibly’.
  • There will be weekly English homework which will be based on skills that the children have learnt in class that week to enable them to practice. These tasks can be accessed through Purple Mash.
  • Weekly spellings will focus on spellings learnt in class, Year 5 statutory spellings and keywords that have been used in certain subjects (eg maths, science and topic).
  • We will be writing our very own newspaper reports based on ‘save the planet’ which the children will publish in class.

Plan his/her writing by identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, using other similar writing as models for his/her own

  • Guided reading we will carry on looking at The Kapok tree where the children will be able to access a different style of text and focus on specific skills.

Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader.




  • We will be learning about fractions during this half term which will cover:
  • Comparing fractions and finding their equivalents.
  • Identify mixed numbers and improper fractions.
  • Add, subtract and multiply fractions


Identify and name equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths.


Write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths.


  • We will also be looking at numbers with up to three decimal places.
  • Place Value knowledge (up to seven digits) is key throughout and will be reinforced at every opportunity.
  • We will continue to practice times tables as this is an important skill in maths and links in with all areas that we learn about.  This is often practised daily and any work at home can only benefit the children.
  • TT Rockstar’s is a good resource to support with practising and improving their times table knowledge as is ‘Monster Multiplication’ on Purple Mash.
  • You can support your child by talking to them about their weekly maths homework.
  • There are many maths-based games on Purple Mash which will improve the children’s learning and understanding.  These will sometimes be accessed in class, either individually or as a larger group, however they will also be occasionally used for homework.

Foundation Subjects - Below is an outline of the main areas we will be covering across the foundation subjects.


  • Science – During the summer term we will be looking into life cycles. Specifically looking at animals and plants. With a practical example of planting our own class plant.


  • Geography  In this subject we will be looking at the effect’s humans have on the environment and ways in which we can prevent them.


  • Art – We will be looking into plastic Art sculptures linked to our Topic ‘Save the Planet’. The Artwork will be underwater pollution scenes/sculptures.


  • RE - Our new concept will be ‘Ritual’ where we be looking at specific Islamic Religious festivals.


  • PSHE - The children will be looking at understanding the importance of living in the wider world belonging to a community


  • PE - The first part of the summer term will see a focus on Tennis and the skills needed for this sport such as; ball control, Agility, Balance and Coordination.


  • Computing - The children will continue to work on their understanding and use of coding.