Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Year 5 Learning - Spring 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 text will be The London Eye Mystery and in response to this text we will write predictions, character analyses, diary entries, letters 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 make fractions, order and compare fractions and carry out calculations involving the addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions.

We shall continue our work on place value to involve decimals and we shall be adding and subtracting numbers including decimals.

We shall use percentages to compare quantities, relating percentages to fractions and decimals and calculating percentages.

We will learn to recognise and name types of angles, measure angles and solve geometry problems involving angles.



We will be studying two science topics this term. In Life Cycles we will describe the reproduction process of various plants and animals and compare different lifecycles. This will be followed by Earth & Space where we will describe the movement of the Earth and Moon in relation to the Sun, explain the seasons and day and night and explore how our understanding of the solar system has changed throughout history.



We will be using maps and research materials to learn about weather and climate including extreme types of weather, climate zones and environmental issues including pollution and climate change.


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, we will be looking at two key works: Storm Interlude from Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten and Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra by Prokofiev. We will be learning about the structure and key melodic features, then focusing on pitch, tempo and texture to work on composition tasks and music technology.



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)                   

In our topic Bridges we will learn about various types of bridges and exploring how the strength of structures can be affected by the shapes used, and then we will create our own bridge and test its durability using woodworking tools and techniques.


Physical Education                   

Gymnastics – we will be continuing to develop confidence in gymnastic skills; we shall work in pairs and small groups to create sequences of movements.

Dance – we will perform different styles of dance fluently and clearly; we shall also be developing and refining routines to showcase space, rhythm and expression.

Games – we will continue to develop ball skills.

Swimming - Orion Class will swim from 17th to 21st January. Supernova Class will swim from 24th to 28th January. 



We will be learning key vocabulary and phrases through the following topics: Salut Gustave! and A l’ecole.


Religious Education (RE)

We will continue to learn about Christianity in our topic Leading a Christian Life and then we shall be learning about Islam, in particular, the important festivals at Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.


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

In Belonging to a Community we will be learning about how to protect the environment and how to show compassion towards others.

When studying Money & Work we will be identifying job interests and aspirations; what influences career choices and questioning workplace stereotypes.

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



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

  • Open Evening – week beginning 7th February 2022.
  • Half Term break - Monday 14th to Friday 18th February 2022.



  • 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 often cold at this time of year and the children will go out to play if there is light rain. It is important that your child has a waterproof coat, gloves, hat and a scarf. 
  • 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.