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Autumn Term 1

Welcome to Year 5! We hope that you had a lovely, relaxing summer holiday and enjoyed a break from the normal routines.

We are very excited to start a new year with our new classes. We are looking forward to getting to know the children, finding out about their hobbies and interests and moving them on. We are confident that the year will be full of new challenges for the children and there will be lots of exciting learning opportunities.

This booklet will outline the topics that we will be covering this half term and subsequent booklets will inform you about the rest of the year.

Autumn Term 1 Topic: The Victorians (History Focus)

We will be learning about:

  • When in the past the Victorians lived
  • The life of Queen Victoria
  • How and why life was different for children in the Victorian times (including schooling, toys, home life, work)
  • Key people in the Victorian times who brought about change


English Learning

In English, we will be looking at poetry and instructional writing in our unit Revolting Rhymes and Recipes. We will learn to:

  • Read and perform different poems
  • Plan, draft and edit our own poems
  • Write our own recipe in the style of George’s Marvellous Medicine


We will then look at the story Street Child as part of our Victorian topic. We will learn to:

  • Answer questions about the text
  • Use drama to show our understanding of character action
  • Write a diary entry from the perspective of the character


Secondly, we will be looking at pirates! We will learn:

  • About jobs on board ship by using our drama skills, writing persuasive letters and interviewing someone for a job
  • To take notes, write these into sentences and produce our fact sheets
  • To continue to edit our writing and publish this


Mathematical Learning

This term we are looking at:

  • Reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 10 000 and beyond, understanding the value of each digit
  • Efficient methods for using the four operations to calculate numbers
  • Revising the times table facts for up to 12 x 12


PSHE Learning

We will be looking at Family and Relationships.

French Learning

We will be learning the names of vegetables in French.

Scientific Learning (The Human Life Cycle)

Our topic this half term will be Properties of Materials.  We will be:

  • Comparing and grouping materials according to hardness and transparency
  • Learning about the electrical conductivity of everyday materials
  • Comparing and group together everyday materials on the basis of whether they are thermal conductors or thermal insulators
  • Learning about how different materials respond to magnets
  • Learning that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution


Art Learning

We will learn about the work of the Victorian artist William Morris. Our work will include creating design pages in our sketchbooks and learning how to print.

Music Learning

We will be using the music program Charanga to learn and perform the rock song ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi.

Faith and Wonder Learning

We will be looking at the unit “What does it mean if God is Holy and loving?”

Computing Learning

We will be looking at how to keep safe online and introducing Sumdog.

PE Learning

Year 5 will be going swimming this term.

How can you help?

  • Encourage your child to read regularly at home, both independently and to an adult. See the children’s home learning sheet for further detail.
  • Lots of regular times table testing including both multiplication and division facts. The faster the response, the better!
  • Support your child with learning their spellings, discussing the meanings of words, discussing the phoneme and any rules and reviewing spellings from previous weeks.


Events/Trips planned for this half term

  • We have a trip planned for this half term as part of our Victorians topic, and we will release details about this shortly.
  • Please read our newsletter for additional dates this half term.

Please note that events may be subject to change due to current circumstances.

If you have any resources you are happy to loan to us or have any particular knowledge about any of the topics we are learning about then please contact your child’s class teacher.

Please come and see your class teacher if you need any further information or have a query. We are available at the end of the day on the playground. Alternatively, please email as at our class email accounts:

We look forward to working with you this term.       

The Year 5 team