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Year 5

Year 5

Autumn Term 1&2


During the first three weeks of Autumn 1, we will be focussing on Poetry. Pupils in Year 5 will look at poems from the anthology ‘The Rainmaker Danced’ by John Agard. Main outcomes will be : 

  • To gain a greater appreciation of a range of poetry.
  • To learn about, and use different poetic techniques.
  • To analyse a poem, using correct terminology.
  • To write our own poems, based on themes/techniques studied.
  • To increase vocabulary – make a record of new words learnt in poems.
  • To perform own and others’ poems.


We will then move onto 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. 


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 and during the term we will be focusing on: 

  • Identifying multiples and factors, prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers.
  • Reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Reading Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognising years written in Roman numerals.
  • Interpreting negative numbers in context.
  • Adding and subtracting whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction).
  • Solving addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Multiplying and dividing numbers mentally as well as using formal written methods.
  • Multiplying and dividing whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Solving problems involving multiplication and division including using knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes.
  • Using the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles.
  • Distinguishing between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles.


Our topic will be Forces. 

We will:

  • Conduct a variety of experiments to identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces. 
  • Explain why unsupported objects fall towards the Earth.
  • Use a variety of mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears to investigate the impact force.

All lessons will encompass carrying out research using various resources, including iPads and books from the library. We will work collaboratively in groups and in pairs to present our ideas creatively. 


In the Autumn Term, our topic will be ‘We are web developers’. 

We will learn how to:

  • Comment on the features and layout of a webpage.
  • Create a new webpage with a chosen layout and format text in the webpage.
  • Independently search for images that can be used in documents
  • Insert and format an image in a webpage. 
  • Create a hyperlink.
  • Learn how to share a webpage so it can be viewed by anyone.
  • Use the advanced features of Google’s web search.


Our topic in History 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.



In Geography we will consider the following question: ‘Should the High street be closed for traffic?’


In this topic, we will:

  • Investigate what high streets are like.
  • Collect and record evidence about local traffic issues.
  • Analyse evidence and draw conclusions.
  • Undertake decision-making exercises.
  • Explore the impacts of closing the high street to traffic.
  • Discuss an issue using a range of evidence.

Art and DT

We will start off the Autumn term with  'A sense of place'.


In Art lessons, 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.


In Autumn 2, our focus will shift to ‘Art Illusions’, where we will:

  • Explore how artists create perspective in their work.
  • Use perspective to create realistic interiors.
  • Explore how artists use foreshortening to give perspective.
  • Explore how artists use trompe l’oeil to create illusions.
  • Explore how artists create illusions by playing with perspective.
  • Explore and create optical art.


Our topics for the term will be ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Keeping safe’. 


In the first part of the term, we will look at:

  • How to stay motivated during challenging times.
  • How to keep a positive attitude.
  • Why it’s important to set goals for ourselves.


Following this, in the second half term we will be studying the Keeping Safe. In this topic we will learn about ways to keep ourselves safe in different situations. These include:  

  • What appropriate touching is and what to do if someone behaves in an inappropriate way.
  • Knowing that I have the right to my own opinions and thoughts.
  • Explaining why there are some places that I am not allowed to enter.
  • Understanding that there are some things that I don't have to share.
  • Understanding how to manage money healthily.


In Autumn 1, we will be finding out what religions believe about God.

We will: 

  • Consider, link and discuss ideas and themes.
  • Apply ideas from religious and world views thoughtfully.
  • Investigate and explain why religious and world views matter.
  • Enquire into and interpret ideas, sources and arguments.


During Autumn 2, we will look at how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

In this unit, we will: 

  • Consider, link and discuss ideas and themes.
  • Apply ideas from religious and world views thoughtfully.
  • Investigate and explain why religious and world views matter.
  • Enquire into and interpret ideas, sources and arguments.


Our first unit in music will be “Livin’ on a prayer“.


All of the children’s learning is focused around one song: Livin' On A Prayer. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other classic rock songs.


Later in the term, our unit will be “Classroom Jazz 1”. All the learning in this topic is focused around two tunes and improvising: Three Note Bossa and Five Note Swing.

Children will be introduced to jazz music and its history as well as listening to a variety of different pieces of music.


We will start the Autumn term off with ‘Invasion Games’, playing Tag Rugby linked to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. 


In this unit of work, we will focus on:

  • Passing and receiving the ball accurately and safely and speed.
  • Passing and receiving the ball accurately and safely at speed in a game situation.
  • Refining attacking and defending skills.
  • Evaluating my own performance.

Following this, we will move onto ‘Health and fitness’, with a focus on circuit training. 


This term in French, we will be using the Euro Stars scheme of work and will focus on the topic “En route pour l'école” (On the way to school). In this unit, children will be taught simple directions and familiar landmarks in a town. Children will also learn the French alphabet and do further work on telling the time. 


Later on in the term, the topic will be “Le retour du printemps” (The return of spring). In this unit, children will focus on extending familiar language (months, weather, colours) in a new context.


Children will learn to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore patterns and sounds of language, and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; seek clarification and help.
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.
  • Broaden vocabulary and develop ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including the use of a dictionary.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant) feminine and masculine forms; key features and patterns of language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.