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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 5

Autumn Term 2018


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 5 curriculum for the Autumn Term 2018.



This term we will be reading ‘Varmints’ by Helen Ward.

‘Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen — until the others came to fill the sky with buildings and the air with a cacophony of noise.’ Varmints tells the story of a world in need of protection and of the souls who love it enough to ensure its regeneration.


Later on in the term, we will be immersing into the text ‘There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar.

"Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you." That's Bradley Chalker for you. He is the oldest child in the class. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has "serious behaviour problems." No one likes him - except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself.


We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • Proof - reading for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Describing characters, settings and atmosphere as well as including dialogue in our narrative writing.

As part of literacy lessons we will also focus on:

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Improving reading comprehension skills.



We will be using the Kangaroo Scheme of Work as well as Numicon and will be focusing on:

  • Numbers and the number system
  • Counting and comparing
  • Developing calculating skills
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Problem solving
  • Developing our fluency
  • Calculating
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Investigating properties of shapes
  • Visualizing and constructing
  • Time
  • We will use reasoning and manipulatives throughout.



In Science we will be finding out about ‘Working Scientifically’. We will focus on:

  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions
  • Recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • Taking accurate measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • Recording data and results using scientific diagrams
  • Using tests to make further predictions and set up further fair tests
  • Make scientific conclusions and use findings as evidence


Later on in the term we will look at Earth and Space. We will focus on:

  • Describing the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system.
  • Describing the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth.
  • Describing the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies.
  • Using the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. 



In computing our topic is 'We are game developers' and ‘We are cryptographers’. We will:

  • Create an original artwork and sound for a game.
  • Design and create a computer program for a computer game, which uses sequence, selection, repetition and variables.
  • Detect and correct errors in our computer game.
  • Use techniques to improve our game.



Our topic will be ‘North America’. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Learn about various regions of North America
  • Find out about physical and human geography.
  • Look at urban and rural areas.



Our topic will be 'Vikings vs Anglo-Saxons'. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Explore what Britain was like before the first Viking invasions.
  • Find out about the Viking invasions.
  • Find out about the Viking settlement of Britain and how this affected the Anglo-Saxons.
  • Find out about 'Alfred the Great'.
  • Explore what life was like for Vikings living in Britain.
  • Find out when and how England became a unified country



Our topic will be 'A sense of place'. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Collect visual information to help develop ideas about the environment
  • Compare ideas, approaches and methods in the work of a variety of artists
  • Look at how artists use perspective and investigate ways of recreating images accurately
  • Use ideas gathered to inform a piece of artwork
  • Create a piece of landscape art based on a previous design
  • Evaluate a finished piece of artwork and describe what we think and feel about it



Our topic will be 'Fashion and textiles'. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Investigate and analyse items made using textiles: the materials used and how they are made
  • Explore some ways in which textiles are joined and decorated
  • Design an item made using textiles, and draw pattern pieces
  • Use pattern pieces to measure, mark and cut fabric; to sew design elements according to a design
  • Join fabric pieces by hand sewing
  • Sew hems on an item made using textiles; to add design details



Our topics will Handball and Basketball. In these exciting topics, we will:

  • Develop methods to outwit opponents

  • Have a clear idea of how to develop our own and others’ work

  • Use self-awareness of space and others to make good decisions


Later on in the term we will look at ‘Static Balance – Seated’ as well as ‘Static Balance – Floor Work’. We will focus on:

  • Control - minimum wobble
  • Holding balance without strain/pain
  • Controlling balance and shape while transferring objects



Our topic for PHSCE will be ‘Being Me’.

We will focus on:

  • Helping others to feel welcome.
  • Trying to make our school community a better place.
  • Thinking about everyone’s rights to learn.
  • Caring about other people’s feelings.
  • Working well with others.
  • Choosing to follow the learning charter.




In RE we will be finding out:

  • Why is Muhammad and the Quran important to Muslims?
  • How is Christmas celebrated around the world?