Year Groups

Year 5

Autumn Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter


Next term we will start with a two week focus on performance poetry. Children will have the opportunity to practise and learn a poem from memory and perform it in class with the best performers moving into a house competition and a chance to represent our school in Wandsworth. Following this, we will look at another ‘Power of Reading’ text, ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. We will use our text to inspire a range of writing, including descriptive writing, letters, scripts and writing in role. We will continue to have weekly Guided Reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions to support your child’s literary development.


In maths, continuing with the mastery approach in mathematics, we will focus on multiplication and division (looking at mental calculation skills, multiplying and dividing by powers of 10, formal written methods, multiples and factors of numbers, squared and cubed numbers and solving problems in a practical setting) and revisit statistics (reading and interpreting information in tables, including times tables and solving problems by reading a line graph). As before, 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 continue to look at Forces. We will also recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. We will also link our science and topic learning investigation the great discoveries and inventions of the Victorian age, profiling scientists and engineers from a range of backgrounds including Ada Lovelace and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


In computing we will be using the software 2Connect to learn the basics of concept mapping. This unit will give children a basic understanding of how to generate, visualise and connect their ideas and thought processes.


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 the technological developments in the Victorian era and how many things we rely on today were first invented during the Industrial Revolution.


We are continuing with our DT focus this half term, completing our Victorian-era samplers. Once these are complete, we will look at other visual arts from the Victorian period including silhouettes and the work of William Morris.


Our music learning is focused around the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. Children will learn its storyline and listen to its famous arias including Carmen’s Habanera and the Toreador’s song. They will use the themes as inspiration for their own compositions and dances reflecting the Spanish influence of the music. We have been fortunate enough to secure tickets for the children to attend a Schools’ Matinee production of the opera at the Royal Opera House, kindly funded by the PTA.


In PSHE, we are following the PATHS programme. We will consider how our feelings affect us and others as well as looking at how to manage anger. Autumn 2 also includes Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. We will be exploring what respect means, how bullying is a behaviour choice, and how to respectfully disagree with others.


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 will learn some strategies for keeping a conversation going.


PE will be taught by our sports coaches. 5C will be learning rugby and basketball and 5M gymnastics. Our specialist coaching in lacrosse will also continue.


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

Trips and Special Events

Tuesday, 6th November – Trip to Kensington Palace (09:00-14:30)

Tuesday, 27th November – Trip to see Carmen at the Royal Opera House (10:00-17:00)


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