Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Year 5 Learning - Summer 2022

Welcome to Year 5

Mrs Olding, Orion Class aolding@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk   

Mrs Sanders, Supernova Class ksanders@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.

This term we will be working on the following topics:



Our focus texts will be The Last Wild and The Lion and the Unicorn and in response to this text we will write predictions, character analyses, diary entries, letters, poetry and news reports. We will also be using co-operative improvement to edit and improve our writing.

In our whole class guided reading sessions we will read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. We will focus on a different type of question in each session including retrieval, vocabulary, inference and deduction. We will have a big focus on using evidence from the text to support our answers.

At the end of each day we will spend 10 minutes reading for pleasure. This will vary each day but will include quiet reading, sharing book reviews and teacher led reading.



We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will be learning how to name and plot co-ordinates, describe translations and movements of shapes on a grid.

We shall learn how to convert units of length, mass and time.

We will also be finding the perimeter and area of shapes.

We will learn to learn about volume. This will include finding the volume of solids, finding the capacity of rectangular boxes, converting units of volume and solving word problems involving volume.



We will be studying Properties and Changes of Materials.  This includes grouping solids, separating solids, separating solids and liquids and dissolving. This unit will include lots of exciting practical investigations.  We will be visiting the Royal Institute to learn more about materials on Thursday 7th July (Orion) and Friday 8th July (Supernova).



Our topic this term is World War 2. We will be focusing on how World War 2 started, the key events in World War 2, rationing and evacuation. We have booked an interactive workshop which will take place on Thursday 19th May.


Art & Design                 

In our topic Every Picture Tells a Story we will be looking at the meaning behind art including making ink symmetry prints inspired by Rorschach; we will also explore how to tell a story using emojis and we work expressively outside. 



In Music this term, Year 5 will start by looking at Morse code in Music and the piece of music ‘Overture’ by the female Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz. They will work on compositions focusing on Morse code inspired rhythms. Then they will move onto the timbre and instrumentation of the 1940’s Dance Band, learning to play and sing key songs of the era.​



Our work in computing will include creative media projects. We shall be creating vector drawings and making and editing videos.

We will continue to develop our understanding of internet safety and remember not to share personal information about ourselves with others online.


Design Technology (DT)                   

Our topic this is What could be healthier? We will learn about the farm to fork process, understand the key welfare issues for rearing cattle. Compare the nutritional value of existing sauces and develop a healthier recipe.


Physical Education                   

This term the children will focus on athletics, in preparation for Sports Day. They will also have cricket lessons on a Friday.   



We will be learning key vocabulary and phrases through the following topics: En Vacances and Chez Moi.


Religious Education (RE)

This term our topic is Understanding Faith in Greenwich. This will have a focus on the different religions people follow in Greenwich. We will collect data by surveying children in the school, and then present our findings.


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) / Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)  

This term we will be learning about personal hygiene, the importance of sleep and diversity.

In SRE we will be learning about body and emotional changes during puberty. 


Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Science Workshops – Friday 22nd April 2022
  • Local Elections – Thursday 5th May 2022. Voting takes place in the Sports Hall. The school is open to pupils.
  • Year 5 WW2 workshop- Thursday 19th May 2022
  • Platinum Jubilee: Picnic in the Playground – Friday 27th May
  • Half term holiday – week beginning Monday 30th May
  • First Aid Training for Year 5 – Friday 24th June
  • Gordon Exhibition – week beginning Monday 27th June
  • Open Afternoon – Thursday 30th June
  • Royal Institute Trip Orion Class- Thursday 7th July
  • Royal Institute Trip Supernova Class- Friday 8th July
  • Last day of the Summer Term – Thursday 21st July


  • Your child should read for at least 10 minutes every day. It is also important that an adult continues to read with your child. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their reading book and reading record should come into school every day. Children should be recording in their reading record at least three times a week and an adult should be writing once a week 
  • Your child will have PE on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag. 
  • Your child needs to bring in a water bottle every day. 
  • The weather is getting warmer and the sun can be strong at times. Your child can now wear the school summer uniform. 
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as pencils, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys. 
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised. 
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.