Curriculum Newsletter Autumn Term 1 2017 Year 5


The Reading Challenge will continue to run this term. Pupils should read at least three times each week using their home reading book at least once.

Only one read per day will count towards the Reading Challenge.

It is important to read a variety of texts including fiction and non-fiction to improve your child's vocabulary.

Also, asking the children questions about the text that they have read will improve their comprehension.

Last term, the children who achieved the Reading Challenge thoroughly enjoyed the rewards. I hope that this continues and you will encourage your child to read at home.

Reading will be monitored daily with each new week beginning on a Monday through to Sunday.


Maths and English homework will be set on a Thursday and should be handed in the following Monday.


Indoor and outdoor P.E. kits should be kept in school at all times. P.E. will be on a Thursday.

Please Remember:

  • P.E. kit on a Thursday;
  • Planners;
  • Home reading book and record.

Useful Websites:

Maths is fun -
Horrible Histories -
Maths Games -
Grammar -


I will be learning:

  • To identify the features of recounts texts in the form of letters.
  • To orally rehearse texts and recall them from memory using symbols and actions.
  • To apply my English skills in a piece of cross-curricular work.
  • To identify the features of a story and use a range of sentences to make my story exciting.
  • To identify the organisational and language features of non-chronological reports
  • To improve my presentation by practicing my handwriting.
  • About different spelling rules and how to apply them.
  • To create complex sentence using relative clauses and fronted adverbials.
  • To select the correct tense for a piece of writing.
  • To use a range of punctuation accurately.
  • How to edit and improve my own writing.


I will be learning to:

Number and place value

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above

Addition and subtraction

  • To add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods.
  • To add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers.
  • To use rounding to check answers to calculations.
  • To solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts.

Multiplication and division

  • To multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.


  • To recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other.
  • To add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number.
  • To multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

Fractions (including decimals and percentages)

  • To compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.
  • To recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements.
  • To recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.


I will be learning:

  • The difference between being proud and boasting.
  • Strategies to manage feelings.
  • How to make good choices.

Additional Information

Year 5 will begin to use planners this term to note down important information and homework. Children should bring these to school every day. Parents are asked to sign the planners weekly and leave any comments regarding your child's education.

When necessary the class teacher will leave a comment regarding your child's week at school.

These will be distributed to pupils in the next couple of weeks.



As a musician I will be learning:

  • To play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using my voice and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • To listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • To identify different genres and composers
  • To understand how a variety of musical elements are combined to create an effect


As a historian I will be learning:

  • About the cause of WWII and its links to WWI
  • About the chronology of WWII including significant dates
  • The effect it had on civilians and children around the world
  • The impact of rationing, evacuation and the holocaust
  • About influential people involved in the most significant events of the war
  • About the events leading to end of the war and the aftermath around the globe


As a geographer I will be learning:

  • To develop my locational knowledge of places in the UK, using an atlas
  • To develop my atlas skills further by locating countries around the world using indexes and coordinates


I will be exploring:

  • The ways that people show their belief.
  • The symbols of faith worn by Sikhs and Christians and the significance of these items.
  • Some of the ways that different religions express their belief in a God and how they respond to religious experiences.


I will be learning:

  • About computer networks including the internet; and the opportunities it offers for communication and collaboration
  • To use specific software (Serif Draw Plus) to design and create their own character


As a scientist I will be learning to:

  • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their solubility, transparency
  • Use my knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated
  • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests,
  • Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials


As a linguist I will be learning:

  • Food-fruit, veg, meals
  • Food-opinions, ordering food
  • Christmas
  • Dictionary skills


I will be exploring:

  • The difference between being proud and boasting.
  • Strategies to manage feelings.
  • How to make good choices.


As an artist/designer I will be learning:

  • To develop my sense of perspective through sketching
  • To blend colours from a palette and use these to create effect in my drawing
  • To use my knowledge of materials to plan and make a functional item

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