Year Groups

Year 5

Autumn Term in Year 5 - Termly letter

English

We have started the term by using the picture book, “The Arrival” as inspiration for a range of writing including narrative, descriptions and diary entries. Later this term, we will be studying the power of reading text, ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty which has great links to our topic. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including narratives, scripts, descriptions and diary entries. In Autumn 2 we will start with a two week focus on performance poetry. Children will have the opportunity to practise and learn a poem from memory and perform it in class with the best performers moving into a house competition and a chance to represent our school in Wandsworth. Following this, we will look at another ‘Power of Reading’ text, ‘Clockwork’ by Phillip Pullman. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including descriptive writing, writing in role and non-fiction writing. We will continue to have Guided Reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions to support your child’s literary development.

Maths

In Autumn 1, we will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focusing on place value (including, looking at numbers up to 100,000, rounding, negative numbers, Roman numerals) and addition and subtraction (including mental and written calculations of numbers greater than 4 digits and multi-step problems in real-life contexts). In Autumn 2, continuing with the mastery approach in mathematics, we will focus on multiplication and division (looking at mental calculation skills, multiplying and dividing by powers of 10, formal written methods, multiples and factors of numbers, squared and cubed numbers and solving problems in a practical setting) and revisit statistics (reading and interpreting information in tables, including times tables and solving problems by reading a line graph).  In addition, the children will have weekly times tables tests as the expectation is that all children in Year 5 should have fluent recall of all the times tables up to 12.

Science

In Autumn 1, we will look at Forces. We will investigate gravity and identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces. We will also recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

In Autumn 2, we will continue to look at Forces. We will also recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. We will also link our science and topic learning investigation the great discoveries and inventions of the Victorian age, profiling scientists and engineers from a range of backgrounds including Ada Lovelace and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Computing

In Autumn 1, we will use the coding programme, Hopscotch, to build a virtual model of a Victorian era child’s game. We will also use Google Slides to make a presentation about the knowledge we have learned during our time working with Hopscotch.

In Autumn 2 we will be using the software 2Connect to learn the basics of concept mapping. This unit will give children a basic understanding of how to generate, visualise and connect their ideas and thought processes.  

Topic

Our topic question this term is: “Was Britain really great during the Victorian era?’. This will continue for the entire term. This half-term we will focus on childhood and how the life of a Victorian child differs to ours which will link to our English text, ‘Street Child’. Next half-term we will focus on the technological developments in the Victorian era and how many things we rely on today were first invented during the Industrial Revolution.

Art/DT

We are taking a DT focus this half term where children will create a stitched sampler which links to our topic. In this project children will use existing Victorian-era samplers as inspiration for their own designs, learn how to use a needle and thread safely to create a variety of stitches, make design decisions about their work and evaluate their final piece.

In Autumn 2, we are continuing with our DT focus this half term, completing our Victorian-era samplers. Once these are complete, we will look at other visual arts from the Victorian period including silhouettes and the work of William Morris.

Music

In Autumn 1, our focus will be the song Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. We will listen to and talk about the song Livin’ On A Prayer and other Classic Rock songs; learn and/or build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups learning to sing the song, composing and improvising; and work toward an in-class performance.

In Autumn 2, our focus is on jazz, looking at two tunes, Three Note Bossa and The Five Note Swing. We will listen to and talk about a variety of jazz tunes; learn and/or build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups, learning to playing each tune, composing and improvising; and work toward an in-class performance.

PSHE

In PSHE, we will be developing a healthy, safer lifestyle. We will be looking at healthy lifestyles including the effect of drugs on our bodies; recognising risks in different situations; responding to peer-pressure in our lives; and taking part in the Wandsworth Junior Citizenship Day.

In Autumn 2, we will consider how our feelings affect us and others as well as looking at how to manage anger. Autumn 2 also includes Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. We will be exploring what respect means, how bullying is a behaviour choice, and how to respectfully disagree with others.

Spanish

Year 5 will continue with weekly Spanish lessons building on what they studied in previous years. They will learn to say the alphabet in Spanish and continue to gain confidence in using numbers. They learn how to understand and use names for places in their local area. They follow and give directions, and they describe their route to school. They learn some strategies for keeping a conversation going.

PE

PE will be taught by our sports coaches. 5C will be learning netball and 5M rugby and basketball. Both classes will also have additional lessons with specialist coaches in lacrosse.

RE

In RE we will be learning about Hinduism. We will be looking at Hindu beliefs and the origin of the religion.

Trips and Special Events

Thursday 19/09 Year 5 Meet the Teacher session in 5M (3:40pm-4:00pm)

Friday 11/10 Wandsworth Junior Citizenship Day (9:00am-12:00pm)

Reminders

Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.