Year 5

This half term, we are learning about the continent of North America. In geography, we will be carrying out a locational study, focusing on the country of the United States of America. We will be learning about population distribution and how the human and physical features of a country affect land use and settlements.


In science, we are learning about space. Children have visited the Science and Media Museum and were amazed to see images from the Webb telescope. We will be learning about the different planets in our solar system and how they move, what causes day and night, and the orbit of Earth’s moon.


In English, we will be reimagining the classic fairy tale ‘Cinderella’ by sending her back to 1920s New York City! Children will publish their own story, complete with illustrations inspired by the artist, Georgia O’Keefe. At the end of the half term, we will use all of our knowledge of the USA to produce a piece of travel writing persuading our audience to visit the country.


In maths, we will be extending our knowledge of number by exploring numbers up to 1,000,000. We will be partitioning, ordering and rounding numbers in order to develop our understanding. When we are secure with place value, we will be working on addition and subtraction using larger numbers. Times tables continue to be very important so please keep practising them at home! Remember to use TT Rockstars.

Reading Challenge

There is so much to learn about North America and Space. Do your own research using these links:

DK Findout - Solar System

Kids Britannica - North America

DK Findout - North America

Creative Challenge

Can you teach your family about the solar system? What are the names of the planets? How far away are they from the sun? What colours are they?

Family Challenge

Can you learn the Horrible Histories song ‘The Earth Goes Round the Sun’ with your family?