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Summer 1

The Romans

In Summer, our focus turns to History as we travel back to truly fascinating civilisation that was Ancient Rome.   As we will discover, the Romans have influenced our lives in a phenomenal number of ways. We will also think about the Romans and their time in our local area. 


Our stimulus for writing in Summer 1 will be 'The Thieves of Ostia'. We will join the characters as they sleuth their way through an intriguing mystery set in AD79. Packed with accurate detail of everyday Roman life, it will further our understanding of the everyday lives of Romans and their culture. This will enable us to tackle our discussion text on Romans. To further support our writing, we will look at a range of non-fiction texts in our Guided reading lessons, and, of course, our History lessons on the Roman Republic will be invaluable for building our knowledge of all things Roman. We will also concentrate on poetry in Summer 1, and will be reading Lewis Carroll's fantastical 'Jabberwocky'.

Our Grammar focus for the term will be to continue to develop our understanding and range of modal verbs, as well as furthering our repertoire of fronted adverbials and the use of a range of conjunctions, including causal conjunctions, 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: poetry, poem, rhyme, verse, syllable, perform, discussion, opinion, balance, support, contradict, word class, noun phrase, noun, adjective, verb, modal verb, adverb, adverbial, preposition, conjunction, co-ordinating clause, co-ordinating conjunction, subordinate clause, subordinating conjunction, causal conjunction.

Guided Reading - Reading for Inference

We will use a variety to texts - both fiction and non-fiction texts about the Romans- 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:


This term, we will continue to build on our emerging number fluency around decimals. We will also learn about the properties of shape, covering angles and a range of 2-D and 3-D shapes.  Times tables and generating new facts from those known will be a focus within 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: decimal, decimal point, complements, decimal sequences, angle, protractor, triangle, quadrilateral, regular polygon, irregular polygon, 3-D

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 fourth Science exploration will be on properties and changes of materials. We will build a systematic understanding of materials by exploring, comparing and grouping them by their properties, including hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. We will also form a solution and reverse the process; understanding reversible and irreversible changes will be an integral part of this.  Separating mixtures through filtration, evaporation, sieving and distillations will be the focus of another step inpour journey through this fascinating area of Science.  Finally, we will investigate the process of burning and how this creates new materials.  

Vocabulary: properties, materials, exploring, comparing, grouping, hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), response, solution, reverse, reversible, irreversible, separate, filtration, evaporation, sieving, distillations.

History: The Roman Republic

We will continue our journey through the Ancient world with a visit to the Roman Republic.  We will be learning about Romulus, the first king of Rome, followed by investigating and building our knowledge of the Roman Republic. We will witness Rome's battle with Carthage, and marvel at Hannibal’s dramatic attack on Rome (and yes, there will be many elephants!). Our attention will then turn to how Scipio saved Rome.  Finally, we will delve into the culture of the Roman Republic. 

Vocabulary: Romulus, Remus, Tiber, shepherd, omen, Rome, senators, unity, toga, temples, cunning, Sabine, signal, religious, seven hills, Tarquin, Tarquin the Proud, Brutus, senate, represent, consuls, republic, SPQR, peninsula, surrendered, Carthaginians, Punic Wars, heavy fines, Hannibal, camp, cavalry, battlefield, ambushed, Scipio, Scipio Africanus, patrician, plebeians, elect, representatives, overrule.


In Geography this term, we will extend our knowledge about the waterways of the world, learning about River Rhine and the significance of the city of Cologne and of Rotterdam in the story of this changing river. We will (figuratively) dip our toes into the Mediterranean Sea before we learn about the Suez Canal.

Vocabulary:  Alps, North Sea, tributary, Upper Rhine, Lower Rhine, confluence, Cologne, banks, flooding, flood walls, port, harness, importing, exporting, canal, wetlands, drained, lock, strait, enclosed sea, peninsula, mainland, Suez Canal.


Our learning this term will focus on exploring a new Big Question: Kingdom of God - What kind of king is Jesus? We will make connections between biblical text, and consider different possible meanings for those texts. We will make clear connections between belief in the Kingdom of God and how Christians put their beliefs into practice in different ways. 

Vocabulary: kingdom, Bible, biblical, verse, qualities, hymn.


Our indoor and outdoor PE sessions will focus on athletics in Summer 1. We will learn about the skills involved in relay running, long jump, vortex throwing and high jump.

Vocabulary: athletics, athlete, technique, relay, baton, pass, jump, vortex.


In Art, we will be creating our own Roman-themed mosaic masterpieces - how exciting! We will draw our inspiration from a myriad of sources, including our History learning this term and previous learning on Pompeii and Alexander the Great.  Our inspirational artist this term will be Antoni Gaudí, the renowned Catalan Modernist architect whose stunning mosaics adorn many of his fabulous feats of architectural design in his native country of Spain. 

Vocabulary: mosaic, tile, design, symmetry, repeating pattern, theme, Antoni Gaudí, Modernist, architect, architecture.


In Summer 1, we return to Mars with our second learning unit on the Mars Rover. We will understand how bit patterns represent images as pixels, and be able to explain how the data for digital images can be compressed. We will learn to identify and explain the ‘fetch, decode, execute’ cycle. Finally, we will be tinkering with 3D design software: CAD.

Vocabulary: 3D, algorithm, binary image, CAD, compression, CPU, data, drag and drop, fetch, decode and execute, ID card, input, JPEG, memory, online community, operating system, output, pixels, RAM, responsible, RGB, ROM, Safe.

Design & Technology

This term, we will be using CAD in textiles, linking perfectly with our CAD learning in Computing.

Vocabulary: CAD, textiles, fabric, lettering, text, graphics, innovative. 


Our music learning this term will focus on looping and remixing. We will learn about body percussion loops, and about mixing loops and creating a remix of a well-known song. 

Vocabulary: layers, loops, remix, fragments, melody line, structure, backbeat, accuracy, timing, confidence.


The focus of our PSHE learning this term is economic wellbeing. We will be developing an understanding about income and expenditure, borrowing, risks with money and stereotypes in the workplace.

Vocabulary: discrimination, expenditure, giving back, income, expenditure, interest, repayment, loan, stereotype, workplace.


This term's topic is A School Trip (Une excursion scolaire). We will be learning a catchy tune - Les roues du bus (The Wheels on the Bus), then furthering our knowledge of prepositional language in French and work on narrative tenses (past and present).

Vocabulary: en route (on the way), a travers la vitre (through the window), au musee (at the museum), à la campaign (in the countryside).

Important dates for this term: 

Term begins: Wednesday 20th April 2022

Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2022

Class photographs: Thursday 5th May 2022

Half-term holiday: Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June 2022

Spring Bank Holiday Platinum Jubilee: Thursday 2nd June 2022

Bank Holiday: Friday 3rd June 2022