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Spring 2

Earth and Space

In Spring, we will look at our planet's place within our solar system, and learn about Earth's place in space. We will travel into the observable universe from the safety of our classroom! 


Our stimulus for narrative writing in Spring 2 will be a fantastic book - 'The Jamie Drake Equation'. We will join Jamie as he sets out to save his astronaut father's mission as he orbits Earth in the International Space Station. We will also look at a range of non-fiction texts to support us with writing an explanation text about Earth's seasons. In our Science, we will be learning about Earth's journey around our Sun ; this will be invaluable when creating our explanation texts. Our Grammar focus for the term will be narrative tenses and modal verbs, as well as furthering our repertoire of fronted adverbials and the use of a range of conjunctions (co-ordinating and subordinating) to vary the structure of and add detail to our writing. Learning to edit and handwriting will play a crucial role in this too.

Pupils should continue to use Bedrock at least twice a week at home to support with their vocabulary - it is also our aim to access this resource daily in school.

Vocabulary: narrative, characterisation, setting, word class, noun, adjective, determiner, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, adverbial, co-ordinating clause, co-ordinating conjunction, subordinate clause, subordinating conjunction, explanation, active, passive.

Guided Reading - Reading for Inference 

We will use a variety to texts - both fiction and non-fiction texts about the solar system- to enable the pupils to apply their learning to a range of question types and to make links between different books and their own growing general knowledge. We will continue to use text annotation as a method of exploring a text, and will build on our retrieval and inference reading skills. In order to support your child with both their grammar and reading at home, please use the following links:


We will continue to focus on honing our times table knowledge and recall skills as we move on to learning about fractions, decimals and percentages this term. Times tables and generating new facts from those known will be a focus within the classroom and during our morning task time. It is imperative that pupils are able to recall these facts in order to access the year 5 curriculum thoroughly. We will be using Number and Lightning as the basis of our knowledge to support our arithmetic skills. Pupils will be taught operations in depth and will be tasked with using these in a variety of different contexts. 

Vocabulary: multiplication, multiply, division, divide, multiples, fraction, numerator, denominator, equivalent, improper, mixed, sequence, integers, decimal, decimal place, decimal point, round, percentage.

Homework will continue to be set via the MyMaths Website in conjunction with Seesaw.  In order to support your child with their times table knowledge at home and with arithmetic in general, please use the following links:


Our third Science exploration will be on Earth and Space. We will learn about the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in our solar system, understanding how they orbit the sun and are kept in order by gravity, thereby drawing on our previous learning about forces. We will also focus our attention on the movement of the moon relative to the Earth. Finally, we will learn how the Earth's tilt causes day and night, and investigate the sun's apparent movement across the sky.

Vocabulary:  planet, solar system, star, sun, moon, lunar, forces, gravity, orbit, tilt.

History: Alexander the Great

We will continue our journey through Ancient Greece this term, learning all about Greece and the kingdom of Macedon. We will meet the force that was King Philip and the legend that is his son: Alexander the Great. We will journey with Alexander from boy Prince to King himself, as he battles to expand his empire, including conquering Persia.

Vocabulary: Macedon, puppet king, hoplite, Philip of Macedon, captured, hostage, sarissa, phalanx, Delphi, oracle, prophecy, prophesy, league, League of Corinth, Bucephalas, assassinated, determined, Gordium, wagon, legend, pledged, loyalty, Issus, Alexandria, Gaugalmela, chariots, retreated, victor, divine, flew into a rage, Ptolemy, founded, scrolls, Euclid, geometry, astronomy, astronomer, Galen.

Geography: Climate and Biomes

In Geography this term, we will be learning about the continent of Europe, climate zones, climate and oceans, climate and biomes, the Mediterranean climate, and the temperate climate of Britain and the Rhine.

Vocabulary: continent, oceans, Europe, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, landlocked, weather, climate, Equator, latitude, tropical, polar, mild currents, Gulf Stream, biomes, savanna, rainforest, tundra, Mediterranean climate, temperate climate, temperatures, seasons.


Our learning this term will focus on exploring a new Big Question: What does it mean if God is Holy and Loving? We will build upon our knowledge of God in different Bible stories particularly Christmas and Easter, and develop our understanding of the Christian belief in the Trinity.

Vocabulary: injustice, forgiveness, Theology, psalm, prayer, omnipotent.


Our indoor PE will continue to develop our knowledge and ability in dance. We will be creating movements and linking these together to perform a choreographed dance routine on the theme of space, using space-themed music, including Holst's Planet suite. Our outdoor PE will be Danish Long Ball, where we will be building on our rounders skills and dodgeball ability.

Vocabulary: dance, choreograph, movement, link, rhythm, co-ordination, interpretation, balance, static, pattern, dynamic, agile, agility.


In Art, we will be learning about the marbling technique and using it to create our own Space pictures. They promise to be out of this world!

Vocabulary: marbling, colour, shade, line, curve, tone, shading, highlight, shadow, perspective

D & T

This term, we will be celebrating culture and seasonality through cooking in our D&T lessons. We will research what is in season locally to us here at Norwood Primary, and will plan and make a healthy, tasty dish featuring seasonal ingredients.  

Vocabulary: seasonality, culture, healthy, local, sustainability, recipe, ingredients.


In Spring 2, we will be creating media using stop motion animation. We will plan, create, edit and evaluate our stop motion projects. 

Vocabulary: animation, still images, moving images, thaumatrope, flip book, zoetrope, frames, digital device, onion skinning, story board, decomposition, character, model, design, animator, background, edit, evaluate, fluid movement.


Our music learning this term will focus on composition to represent the festival of colour - our theme will be Holi - the Hindu festival of colour. We will explore links between music, sounds and colour, building up to composing and performing our own musical composition to represent Holi.

Vocabulary: composition, Holi, celebration, graphic score, synaesthesia, major, minor, layering, pitch, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure, tempo, duration.


This term's topic is The Seasons (Les Saisons), which links perfectly with our Science, Geography and DT& learning. We will be learning about the four seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter, about how to say and write the date, about arts and crafts, and finally how to make a Chinese lantern. Formidable!

Vocabulary: les saisons, le printemps, l'été, l'automne, l'hiver, la date, travaux manuels, faire un lampois chinois

Important dates for this term: 

Term begins: Monday 21st February 2022

Year 5 Tag Rugby event: Wednesday 2nd March 2022

World Book Day: Thursday 3rd March 2022

Parent Consultation Evenings: Monday 7th March and Wednesday 9th March 2022

British Science Week: 14th - 18th March 2022

Term ends: Friday 1st April 2022