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Year 5

Autumn term - Literacy

This term, Year 5 have revised basic grammar skills and created a 5 part narrative based on a film clip of an adventure. Children revised punctuation, connectives and the use of challenging vocabulary to interest the reader and keep suspense high. After reading Tuesday, a book by David Wiesner, writing focussed on police style reports which were then developed into a newspaper report oabout a plague of pests at the school. Later this term, children will be identifying the features of biographies and autobiographies, completing some research on a famous personality so as to write a short biography. Charlotte's Web is the focussed text for the end of this term

Autumn Term - Maths

After consolidating place value, children have learnt more refined methods of addition and subtraction, using both Base10 and place value counters to aid in the understanding of the shorter methods. Perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes was measured and then calculated using rulers, grids and then by using a formula. Children learnt more about multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. Multiplication and division methods will also be refined, allowing children to use all four operations successfully. Square and cube numbers will follow work on factors and multiples. Passport skills remain a focus and the children have been practising every morning.

Autumn Term - Science

Children have learnt more about living things and their life cycles. The life cycles of mammals, amphibians, birds and insects were investigated and studied and comparisons were made between each of the animal types. Children were able to identify similarities and differences between the animals in terms of their life cycles and were able to discuss the different life cycles of plants too.

Earth and Space allowed the children to revise the planets in the solar system, identifying the four rocky planets and the four gas giants. After looking at the sizes and distances involved, children focussed on phases of the moon, day and night, different time zones and then studied how the orbit and tilt of the Earth causes seasons.

Autumn Term - Other Curriculum Areas


Children learnt more about locating places on maps using latitude and longitude. This developed into understanding 4 and 6 figure grid references.



after learning more about internet safety such as not sharing passwords or personal information, children learnt basic animation skills, using written posters, clay animation and toys to recreate the messages on e-safety for a Year 3 audience.


Design and Technology

Healthy eating and changing ingredients to a more healthy alternative saw the children learn more about beef farming and how the welfare of beef cattle is ensured. A recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese was adapted to make it more healthy after the children had tasted three different versions. Once their own recipes were finalised, the children had the opportunity to prepare and cook their healthier option which was taken home for a delicious meal.