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Year 5

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 5

Our topic this term is The Victorians



The children will be completing a series of ‘mini units’ in order to support the development of their year 4 knowledge which may have been impacted upon due to COVID-19. Within these units, we will look specifically at key spellings, punctuation and grammar. Later on in the term, children will be creating their own biographies and will explore narrative poetry linked to our history. In addition, the children will take part in daily handwriting sessions. Reading lessons will involve whole class reading sessions and the teaching of skills such as prediction, summarising the text and learning to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Our class read this term is Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.





This term the children will be revising previous concepts in both their maths lessons and arithmetic sessions. In addition to this they 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.  Furthermore, the children will 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 regularly.




This term, we will be studying properties and changes in materials. During our sessions, we will be required to compare and group together everyday materials based on their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets. We shall also consider ways of separating these materials using sieves, colanders, magnets and filter paper before considering what materials dissolve and investigate our ideas on this. In our lessons, we will have to give reasons, based on evidence from our comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of these everyday materials.


 Other Subjects

This term, we will be taking part in a local history study linked to the Victorians. We will be considering how the Victorians impacted on Plymouth and will study key people from this time. Furthermore, we will be studying Victorian life, their achievements and their influence on the rest of the world. In our geography sessions, we will be studying and describing human geography. In addition to this, we will be locating the world’s countries, using maps. In music, we will play the accompaniment to a Victorian song on tuned percussion and develop an awareness of how different parts fit together within a piece of music. In art, we will be exploring the impact of William Morris and will use his work to create our own printing blocks. In D.T., we will be designing and creating our own on Victorian automatons. During our computing lessons, we will be focusing on E-Safety and creating a virtual galley using a range of software. We will also be developing our understanding of Microsoft Teams. In R.E. we will be s exploring Christianity and Hinduism. P.E. will see us learning about and improving our fundamental skills. We will also be improving our knowledge of Spanish within our modern foreign languages lessons. In PSHE, we will be look at being me in my world and focus on celebrating differences.


 PE Days

P.E. is on Wednesday and the children will need a full PE kit in school on this day. They will bring their PE kit home every week. Please label all belongings. 


Key Dates and General Reminders

Reading books are needed in school every day.

Children are encouraged to complete a REN quiz once a week. 

Homework is given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday.

Spellings will come home on Friday and are tested on Fridays.

Water bottles are needed every day. 


Thank you! 

Miss Down and Miss McMillan