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Year 5

Autumn Term 2021 


This term in Numeracy, we will begin by recapping on the four operations, learning and consolidating new methods to solve more challenging calculations. During the term there will be an emphasis on improving our mental maths skills and abilities in problem solving. Children will be expected to continue to learn their times tables in order to rapidly recall these facts. Other areas to be covered are fractions, shape, data handling, patterns and sequences.


We will use books and texts, linking with our topics of Explorers and Water to create cross curricular links. This will allow the children to practise a range of different text types for different purposes and audiences. Throughout the term we will continue to work on our reading skills, placing a further emphasis on inference. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be a key focus within writing and lesson time. We will pay attention to spelling rules and patterns to help us build our confidence in using ambitious vocabulary in our independent writing.


This term the children will be investigating materials and how they change. First, we will begin by testing the properties of a range of materials, before looking at how some dissolve, what a solution is, and evaporation. Finally, the children will compare reversible and irreversible changes. We will be conducting many experiments and investigations and consider what speeds up the processes of dissolving and evaporation. We will also look at ways of reversing a process.


Our Topic lessons start with a history focus looking at those people who choose to explore the world. We are thinking about the reasons why explorers choose to travel to new places and what they do when they get there! We are researching famous explorers, where they went and what they discovered. In the second half term we will consider all things linked to water. We will look at the different stages of a river and also how it reaches our taps all ready for us to drink, cook and wash.


Our RE focus this term is Christianity and the Bible. We will investigate the way that the Bible is presented and consider some of the key stories that can be found within its pages. We will also consider the different genres of stories that are in the Bible and the lessons it provides to Christians on how to live their lives.


We will be focusing on the topic of friendship this term. The children will look at what makes a good friend, how to deal with fallings out and understanding their own emotions alongside their peers. We will also consider ways to build up our network of support and how to offer help to others in a constructive way. This will include thinking about places and people to go to for good advice.



In our Art lessons we will investigate the world of architecture and look at the work of a number of famous architects. After considering and evaluating the designs of buildings we will move onto creating our own designs as inspired by the work that we have investigated. We will then link our Art to the Water topic, investigating artists who have incorporated water into their pieces. We will also use watercolours to produce our own pictures and paintings.


Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our teamwork and individual skills in netball and tag rugby. Meanwhile, for indoor PE we will work on a variety of physical skills under the theme of fitness, learning how exercise affects our bodies. Finally, the children will have the chance to create their own dance routines while taking part in a second unit of work in indoor PE.


In our Design Technology unit this term we will become bridge builders, looking at the designs of bridges around the world and making decisions on the types of materials and designs we could use for our own model. We will then develop ways of testing our design to ensure that it is fit for purpose. 


Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to looking at Computer Systems and Networks. This will of focus on the sharing of information and ways of working collaboratively online. Our work will then move to the world of computer-generated vector drawings, looking at ways to combine simple shapes and lines to create more complex patterns.