Year Groups

Year 5

Autumn Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter


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. We will continue to have Guided Reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions to support your child’s literary development.


In maths, 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 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.


In science, 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 computing, 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.


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’.


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.


All the learning in this unit is focused around one 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 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.


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 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 and gymnastics or tag rugby.


In RE we will be learning about Islam. We will be looking at Islamic stories and what they teach us.

Trips and Special Events

Thursday, 20.09.2018 Year 5 Meet the Teacher session in 5M (3:40pm-4:00pm)

Friday, 05.10.2018 Wildchild Parent Meeting (9:10am-10:00am)

Monday, 15.10.2018 Wandsworth Junior Citizenship Day (9:00am-12:00pm)


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