Year Groups

Year 5

Autumn Term in Year 5 - Half termly letters


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, “The London Eye Mystery’’ by Siobhan Dowd. We will also have weekly 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 100000, 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 investigate Earth and space. We will research the planets and moons of our solar system, describe the relationship between the earth and the moon, examine the changing of the seasons and how shadows change over time.


In Computing, we will use the programme Sketch Up to design and create virtual 3D models of Greek temples. We will develop architectural skills in a collaborative way.


Our topic question this term is: “Would you rather live in Ancient or Modern Greece?” This will spread over two half terms and we will learn about ancient Greek culture, legacy and art as well as the geography and tourism of modern Greece and compare various aspects of the two civilisations including the Olympics.


The art curriculum will link with our topic and science work and will include designing Greek pots and creating a planet mobile.


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. This will include numbers up to 100, use of prepositions, (en, sobre, entre, debajo de, detras de), both in writing and speaking and will work on describing their personality (Como soy).


PE will be taught by our sports coaches. 5S will be learning rugby and 5M netball. After half term, this will reverse. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.


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

Trips and Special Events

Thursday, 21.09.2017 Year 5 Meet the Teacher session (3:40pm-4:00pm)

Thursday, 19.10.2017 Wandsworth Junior Citizenship Day (1:00pm-4:00pm)


PE will be on Friday afternoons. Please make sure your child’s kit is in school on this day.