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Mrs Wicks and Mrs Rogers - Class 5

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Curriculum Overviews

Welcome to Class 5


This page has useful information about the day to day running of Class 5 and about what we get up to in our busy, exciting classroom. 


We work alongside Miss Wilkinson, our teaching partner.


Summer term


English: Based on our class text ‘Bloom: The Surprising Seeds of Sorrel Fallowfield’ the children will:

  • write a persuasive letter
  • continue a narrative
  • write a set of instructions
  • write a diary entry
  • write a story opening
  • present an information fact file
  • create a newspaper report
  • write from a different viewpoint
  • write a letter to the author.

Maths: Using White Rose, children will focus on: 

  • Shape (Week 1-3)
  • Position and Direction (Week 4-5)
  • Decimals (Week 6-8)
  • Negative Numbers (Week 9)
  • Converting units (Week 10-11)
  • Volume (Week 12)

Science: Children will know:


  • A life cycle shows the changes an animal or plant goes through until the reproduction of a new generation when the cycle starts again.
  • All living things must reproduce for the species to survive.
  • Sexual reproduction requires two parents whereas asexual reproduction only requires one parent.
  • There are different processes plants and animals use to reproduce (asexual and sexual reproduction).

History: How did the Maya civilisation compare to the Anglo-Saxons?

Children will:

  • Describe the key physical features of the Maya civilisation.
  • Sequence the key periods in the Maya civilisation.
  • Identifying periods that were happening in Britain at the same time.
  • Name the features of the rainforest.
  • Explain the challenges facing the Maya in the rainforest.
  • Explain how the Maya settled in the rainforest.
  • Name the features of Maya houses.
  • Identify the similarities and differences between Maya and Anglo-Saxon houses.
  • Explain the Maya creation story.
  • Identify the characteristics of important gods or goddesses.
  • Make deductions about cities.
  • Name the features of Maya cities.
  • Create a plan of a Maya city, including the main features.
  • Explain the reasons for the decline of the Maya civilisation.
  • Evaluate the reasons for the decline of the Maya civilisation.
  • Identify similarities and differences between the Maya civilisation and the Anglo-Saxons

Geography: Children will:

  • Identify the lines of latitude where hot desert biomes are located.
  • Describe the characteristics of a hot desert biome.
  • Locate the largest deserts in each continent.
  • Describe ways the Mojave Desert is used.
  • Name and describe the physical features found in a desert.
  • Identify how humans use the desert.
  • Explain how human activity may contribute to the changing climate and landscape of a desert.
  • Recognise that the Mojave Desert has a different time zone to the UK.
  • Describe some of the threats to deserts.
  • Give the benefits and drawbacks of living in a desert environment.
  • Identify characteristics of two contrasting biomes and compare land use.
  • Discuss if a desert environment is hospitable and why.

Art and Design: Frida Kahlo

Pupils will :

  • Create own abstract pattern to reflect personal experiences and expression
  • Draw upon work of others to make design own prints
  • Produce increasingly accurate drawings of people
  • Explore the use of texture in colour

Design and Technology: Cooking and nutrition: Developing a recipe

Pupils will:

  • Describe the process of beef production.
  • Research a traditional recipe and make changes to it.
  • Add nutritional value to a recipe by selecting ingredients.
  • Prepare and cook a version of bolognese sauce.

Music: We will be:

  • exploring melodic layers, scales, intervals and chords
  • creating and playing harmonic accompaniments (drones, chords and basslines)
  • combining lyrics, melody and harmony.

Computing: Using Sphero Programming, children will:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. 

RE: We will explore 2 big questions:

  • How are religious and spiritual thoughts and beliefs expressed in arts and architecture and in charity and generosity? 
  • What can we learn from inspiring people in sacred texts and in the history of religions? Jesus, Mohammad, Moses.

Young Leaders: We will follow the programme set by the Archbishop of York's Trust

Forest Schools: Pupils will:

  • Help maintain the FS site
  • Weeding etc before beginning
  • Team work games / Fauna
  • hunt / Signs of Summer
  • Team work games / Flora hunt / Tool work – knife use / Stick mobiles
  • 8 point compass / 4 grid reference
  • Tipi Shelter - Design and make using required knots
  • Fire circle / Roasting food
  • Orienteering with OS Map


If you have/would like to share any information or expertise on any of the above, please let Mrs Wicks know!


Please follow us on 'X', formerly Twitter, @AslocktonSchool to see us in action on our incredible learning journey in Class 5.




Spring term 




  • vocab rich description
  •  written narrative in first person past tense
  • third person descriptions of the scene (including pathetic fallacy)


  • written analysis of Greek myths to show their conventions (structure and characters)
  • retell and compare versions of Daedalus and Icarus,
  • myth scene from a different perspective

Maths: Children will focus on: 


Multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages. 


Perimeter and area



Term 1 Mixtures and Separation

Term 2 Properties and Changes

History: What did the Greeks do for us?

Geography: Why do Oceans matter?

Computing: Data Handling


Art and Design: Drawing: I need space

Design and Technology: Mechanical systems: Making a pop-up book

Music: Inter-related dimensions and musical vocabulary. Exploring jazz. Composing and notating music inspired by lyrics and poetry.

MFL: Verbs in a Week. Meet My French Family.



For our class quality text Mrs Wicks will read ‘Who Let the Gods out?’ by Maz Evans. 


If you have/would like to share any information or expertise on any of the above, please let Mrs Wicks know!


Please follow us on 'X', formerly Twitter, @AslocktonSchool to see us in action on our incredible learning journey in Class 5.


Autumn term 


English: Children will write poems based on those of Pie Corbett, create a space log book and space stories based on a visual Literacy unit 'Invasions'. They will write a letter applying to be an astronaut, and a diary. They will write non-chronological pieces based on the fictitious planet of Pandora and non-chronological pieces based on our class novel Cosmic.

Maths: Children will focus on number and place value, addition and subtraction, properties of shapes, multiplication and division, fractions, position and direction, decimals and measurement (mass).


Term 1 Earth and Space:

Describe the movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon

Explore how the rotation of Earth creates day and night.

Understand how the Earth’s tilt creates seasons.

Learn about the phases of the Moon

Discover how theories about our solar system have changed.

Investigate the planets in the solar system.

Understand how rockets defy gravity and create a fair test

Term 2 Forces in Action:

Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.

Recognise the effects of friction acting between moving surfaces.

Identify and explain the effects of air resistance.

Observe and explain the effects of water resistance.

Recognise that levers and pulleys allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Understand that gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

History: Children will understand what life was like in Tudor England.

Geography: Children will learn what life is like in the Alps.

Art and Design: Sculpture and 3D: Interactive Installation

Design and Technology: Electrical Systems: Doodlers

Music: The children will be exploring time signatures and performing together, performing rhythms expressively, exploring rhythmic texture and creating and notating musical texture.

Computing: Computer Networks and the Internet, App Design, E-safety, Computer Networks and the Internet, App Design, E-safety

MFL: French Monster Pets and Shopping in France


For our class novels Mrs Wicks will read ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce in term 1 and time permitting, 'The Queen's Fool' by Ally Sherrick in term 2. 


If you have/would like to share any information or expertise on any of the above, please let Mrs Wicks know!


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Trips, visits and residentials:


Autumn term: Visit to the National Space centre in Leicester.

Horticultural show, Harvest and the KS2 Carol Service.

Spring term:  DAaRT lifeskills, Bikeability and possible Geography beach fieldwork study.

Summer term: 

We look forward to helping KS1 with potted sports, sports day and being part of the KS2 summer performance.

Our residential is to Condover Hall (JCA Adventure) Wednesday 8th-Friday 10th May 2024.

Useful information:


  • PE: Our PE lessons are on Monday  afternoons.  Children may come to school in P.E kit which should include appropriate clothing and footwear for both indoor and outdoor activities and the weather that day as most P.E lessons will take place whatever the weather.   Please make sure that all items of clothing are named.


  • Homework: Reading, spellings and comprehension form part of weekly homework and any additional homework will be sent home, with an accompanying explanation letter.


  • Spellings will be set on a Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday. 10 new spellings will be sent home every Wednesday to be learned for the following Wednesday. Children should know how to spell the words and be able to use them in a sentence. This is very important and will also be tested. Spelling Frame will be used as a way to practise their weekly spelling rules at home.


  • Times tables will be practised on a Monday and any children needing extra support will have an intervention on Thursdays. Although there will be no weekly times table tests in Year 5, it is extremely important that the children keep practising and increase their speed and their knowledge of derived division facts as so much of the maths in years 5 and 6 requires a solid foundation of these.


  • Reading Comprehension homework will be set on a Friday by Mrs Rogers and marked the following Friday.


  • Reading diaries are now found in the children's Personal Organisers - we would like the children to read at least three times a week and to see the planner signed at least three times a week by an adult please. The reading section of the diary will be looked at every Thursday and take care points for reading will be awarded. There is also a section in the organiser for Reading Bingo- here the children can be rewarded with a 'visit' the The Starbook's Café- ask them for more information!!


  • Outdoor Learning: Where possible we will spend time learning outdoors and will enjoy using the outdoor learning area and the large grounds we are fortunate to have as a school. Therefore please can you ensure that your child has a suitable waterproof coat every day in school. If you wish, you can provide your child with a named pair of wellington boots which they can leave in the outdoor shoe box. This will enable us to provide opportunities to take their learning outside. 

Maths Links

Reading Comprehension Skills

Year 5 non-negotiables

Good Reads for Year Five and beyond!

Parent/ Carer Reading Comprehension Questions