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Summer 2

The Romans

In Summer 2, we continue our learning about the Romans, turning our attention to the Roman Empire. As we learn about the Emperors and the Empire, we may yet again ask ourselves, 'Were the Romans really rotten?!'


Our stimulus for writing in Summer 2 will continue to 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 own narrative writing on Roman life. 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 be reading 'When The Mountains Roared' by the fantastic author Jess Butterworth.  This will help us with our discussion text on environmental issues facing Planet Earth.

Our Grammar focus for the term will be to continue to develop our understanding and range of narrative tenses, as well as further developing our emerging repertoire of 'language of discussion and opinion'. 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, character, setting, atmosphere, action, dialogue, 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, inverted commas.

Guided Reading - Reading for Inference

We will use a variety to texts - both fiction and non-fiction texts about the Romans and environmental issues- to enable us to apply our learning to a range of question types, and to make links between different books and our 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 investigate and build on our emerging knowledge of properties of shapes, including a range of 2-D and 3-D shapes. We will also learn about position and direction. Finally, we will focus on converting units. 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: angle, protractor, triangle, quadrilateral, regular polygon, irregular polygon, 3-D, position, direction, grid, quadrant, translation, coordinates, line of symmetry, reflection

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 final Science exploration will be on animals, including humans. We will describe the changes animals, including humans, experience as they develop to old age.

Vocabulary: life stages, life cycle, fertilisation, prenatal, gestation, reproduce, reproduction, infancy, childhood, adolescence, puberty, adulthood, life expectancy

History: The Roman Empire

We will learn about who Julius Caesar was, the early emperors of the Roman Empire, the Jewish-Roman war, Christians in Rome and Pompeii and its destruction.

Vocabulary: survival, peninsula, province, governor, centurion, legion, height, rebel, frontier, forts, Julius Caesar, Gaul, foreign, Brutus, Ides of March, descended, cunning, Augustus, Emperor, Claudius, Proclaim, Advantage, Aqueducts, Nero, Colosseum, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Vapour, Pliny, Debris, Judea, Rebellion, Imperial.

Geography - Population

We will be exploring the question ‘How do populations differ from place to place?’. We will learn about characteristics of population, multicultural London and Cardiff, Welsh language and culture and national identity.  

Vocabulary: population, high/low population density, sparsely populated, densely populated, population distribution, migration, rural, urban, ethnic, diverse, census, ethnicity, Welsh, Cymraeg, Eisteddfod, Wales, British, identity


Our learning this term will focus on exploring a new Big Question: Why do some people believe in God, and others not?  We will consider religious and non-religious responses to the idea of a God. This will build on our earlier learning about God in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and consider our learning on Humanists when we consider a non-religious perspective.

Vocabulary: theist, theism, atheist, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism


We will be enjoying swimming lessons every week, building our confidence and stamina in the swimming pool.


In Summer 2, we will further our understanding of the importance of online safety. We will consider online protection, online communication, online reputation, online bullying, and online health.

Vocabulary: accurate information, advice, Apps, App permissions, application, bullying, communication, emojis, health, in-app purchases, information, judgement, memes, mental health, mindfulness, mini-biography, online communication, opinion, organisation, password, personal information, positive contributions, private information, real world, strong password, summarise, support, trusted adult, wellbeing

Design & Technology

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

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


Our music learning this term will focus on South and West African music. We will learn to sing, play and dance to a traditional song sung in Ndebele, the language spoken by the Bantu people.

Vocabulary: chord, chord progression, major chords, break, call and response, a cappella, soloist, duo


The focus of our RSE learning this term is Safety and the Changing Body. We will consider online friendships, and staying safe online, drawing on our Computing learning. We will also learn about puberty, discussing emotional change in puberty and changes to the body, including menstruation. We will take about first aid, considering bleeding. Finally, we will discuss making choices about alcohol, drugs and tobacco

Vocabulary: puberty, genitals, menstruation, period, ovary/ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, scrotum, sperm duct, testicles/testes


This term's topic is the environment/L'environnement. 

Vocabulary: the weather/le temps, the pond/l'etang, the garden/le jardine, rubbish.les ordures

Important dates for this term: 

Term begins: Monday 6th June

Swimming lessons commence: Monday 6th June (and run every Monday upto and including 18th July)

World Ocean Day: Wednesday 8th June

PiXL assessments: during weeks beginning 13th and 20th June

Year 5 Playleader training: Thursday 23rd June

Sports Morning: Wednesday 29th June

Race for Life: Friday 8th July

Summer Fayre: Wednesday 20th July 

End of term: Thursday 21st July