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Welcome to Year 5J

Spring 1

Please read this page to keep up to date with our focus for learning throughout the year. We are going to be asking, 'Where are we going and who will we meet?' throughout every unit of work. We will be travelling around the world and meeting many significant individuals. I am sure you will really enjoy the topics this year. I will share our learning further on our ClassDojo page.


All of our Spring 1 learning is listed below. If you have any questions do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school or send a message on ClassDojo during school hours.


Mrs James, Mrs Hanson and Miss Kavanagh.



We will be using Maths No Problem resources and focusing on fractions

  • Equivalent fractions
  • Comparing fractions
  • Ordering fractions
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Adding and subtracting mixed numbers
  • Multiplying whole numbers by fractions and mixed numbers
  • Fractions of amounts






5J will begin Spring 1 by reading and analysing the poetry of Jaqueline Woodson. We will be using the book Locomotion to write and perform our own poems.


In grammar and punctuation lessons, we will be focusing on the year 5 objectives using lessons from The Natural Curriculum which involves going all around the world and meeting many unusual animals and living things. 





We are going to continue to learn about living things and their habitats. This includes describing the differences in life cycles of mammals, insects and birds.  We will meet Jane Goodall an English primatologist and anthropologist.



Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

When and why did the Vikings invade Britain?

Compare the significance of Anglo-Saxon kings.

Who was King Ethelred II? When and why was Danegeld introduced?

Explain key aspects of Viking life.

How did the legal system work in Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain?

How did the last Anglo-Saxon kings shape Britain?




In Spring 1, our RE lessons are going to be focusing on Christianity. How do Christians decide how to live? What would Jesus do?



We will be learning about citizenship. This includes looking at the role of the police and the justice system, our rights and responsibilities, looking after the environment and recognising the contribution people make to the community .


Design and Technology

This half term we will be looking at structures with a focus on bridges. We will design and build our own bridges.



The children all have a home login for Times Tables Rock Stars. Please encourage your child to access the website at home as this will give them much needed practice of the times tables they are unsure of. Children will be taking part in TTRS in class every day.


Please click below to assess the TTRS website


This year, our P.E lessons will take place on Monday afternoons.  5J must come to school wearing their full PE kit every Tuesday. Earrings must be removed and a water bottle and outdoor coat will be required.

This term's focus is dance.




Every Friday, your child will be given their new spelling lists. Please take time to help your child learn these spellings each week. They will be tested on the following Thursday. The children will be introduced to different methods to help them to learn the spelling rules. To help your child learn their spellings, please encourage them to recap the meaning of words and write them in sentences. Spelling lists will be put on DoJo every week.



We are going to listen to, appraise and perform music by Adele starting with 'Make you feel my love'.



This will be taught by Technola every Monday. Look on DoJo for further information and photographs of our activities.




Reading books

5J will continue to use Accelerated Reader. They will complete a quiz on every book they read and then receive a new reading book. Please make sure your child reads with an adult every day after school. The children will also be able to choose a school library book which they will be able to change every Friday. It is essential that your child engages in reading for pleasure, this helps to improve vocabulary and comprehension skills. Please support your child to join in with our 'read around the world' reading incentive by encouraging them to read for pleasure for at least 10 minutes every evening.




If you have any questions or are able to support us in any of our curriculum areas, please speak to us before or after school. We are always here to help.






Spring 1 Medium Term planning

  • St Thomas's C.E. Primary School
  • Pimhole Road, Bury
  • United Kingdom, BL9 7EY
  • tel: 01617 647565
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