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Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 5

Our topic this term is Ancient Greece!


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The children will be learning about Greek mythology this term. We will study a number of different myths focussing on plot, characterisation of Greek gods and goddesses, as well as story structure. The children will then write their own myths inspired by the Greeks. In addition, the children will be working on their grammar and punctuation skills and take part in daily handwriting sessions. Reading lessons will involve guided reading sessions and the teaching of skills such as prediction, summarising the text and learning to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.




This term the children will be refining their understanding of place value and number by interpreting negative numbers in context, counting forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero.  They will also be reading Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognising years written in Roman numerals.  The children will also be adding and subtracting whole numbers with more than four digits, including using formal written methods.  The children will also be exploring multiplication, division and statistics, as well as studying their times tables on a daily basis.




Our Science topics this term are animals including humans and living things and their habitats.  The children will learn about the features of living creatures and the human life cycle. They will also learn about the different habitats that exist on Earth and how creatures have adapted to live in them.  They will carry out a range of practical investigations and experiments and will learn how to record their results and present them to the class.


Foundation Subjects


We will be studying Greek life, their achievements and their influence on the western world. In addition to this, we will be considering their worship of various Gods and learning about myths and legends. In music, the children will be learning to sing songs with increasing control of breathing, posture and sound projection. In art, the children will be looking at Greek architecture comparing this to modern styles. They will also study Bridget Riley, a famous artist, who is known for her abstract paintings. For our computing lessons we will be focusing on E-Safety and programming a computer game using Scratch. In R.E. we will be exploring ‘faith and the arts’ and will be studying how people express themselves in different ways. P.E. will see us learning invasion games, improving our fundamental skills as well as working with Plymouth Argyle on our Sport 2 Move Project. We will also be improving our knowledge of Spanish within our modern foreign languages lessons.




Reading books will be needed in school every day. Homework will be given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday. Spellings will come home on Friday and will be tested on Friday. P.E. is on Wednesday and Thursday, but the children will need a full PE kit in school every day.


Trips & Events


  • Year 5/6 Ancient Greece Day
  • Life Education Caravan
  • Heatree residential
  • Travelling By Tuba performance


Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.