Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.

Year 5

2017-2018 Termly Overview

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Spring 2017 Termly Review



In Literacy, children will read the novel ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. A heavy emphasis will be placed on reading in connection with developing writing skills. Children will learn the skills of skimming and scanning to retrieve specific data, inference and deduction skills to hone their overall comprehension skills through whole class reading sessions and guided reading sessions. This will develop their reading in order to improve their writing skills. We will continue developing the skills to write character descriptions, diary entries, and introduce dialogue in their writing.

Over the term, we will continue to work on selected grammar skills to prepare the children for the specific grammar test which is now part of the Year 6 SATs Test.

Recommended Reading List – Years 3, 4 and 5


The children will consolidate the mental maths skills that they covered last term by applying them to solving investigations and games. As part of this they will design their own games. They will be covering formal methods of multiplication and short division and then will use their knowledge of the four rules to solve problems with several stages. We will be covering fractions where they will revise and deepen their understanding of equivalent fractions and ordering fractions, and learn about mixed numbers, improper fractions and adding and subtracting fractions with the same and different denominators. The empathis throughout will be on maths mastery skills which involves the children applying their knowledge and understanding to problem solving. We will be concentrating on developing their reasoning skills.


Properties of Materials/ Animals and Humans In these topics, children will learn the key features of different materials and their uses. They will learn about reversible and irreversible processes, applying this knowledge to real life situations. Through practical work children will develop their scientific investigation skills as well as building on their knowledge from maths when having to interpret information from graphs and charts. They will also look at Life cycles of mammals and non-mammals.

Foundation Subjects

This term children will continue their studies of Islam, and then move on to Hinduism in RE order to further develop their understanding of our wider community.

In Humanities the children will study South America and will have the opportunity to discover the history and geographical aspects within this topic. In DT, children will design and make moving picture books, and in PE, will focus on Basketball and dance. In Computing, children will be looking at the weather and using spread sheets and graphs to present data. In Music, children will learn to play the recorder and the ukulele.

Enrichment Activities

  • Fitness Challenge
  • Year 5 visit to The Peacock Theatre –Pantomime
  • The Big Bird Watch            


Children will continue with Brain Building activities this term which focuses on developing the children’s independent thinking skills and research. We have seen the impact of these developing skills which have enriched the children’s class work by helping to improve both their overall understanding, and increase their depth of knowledge. The children enjoy sharing their findings and lessons become more interactive. Please continue to encourage them in both their research and the ways in which they present what they have discovered.


We look forward to working with you to support your child’s learning.