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Year 5

Autumn Term

In Topic this term, Year 5 will be completing units entitled ‘Brilliant Brains’, in which the children will explore how our brains work, how we all learn differently and what we can do to make learning easier, and ‘Super Space’, where the children will learn about the history of our solar system, who made important discoveries and how courageous space exploration has changed our views on the galaxy around us.

In Literacy this term, Year 5 will be reading ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz and ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’ by the late Professor Stephen Hawking. The children will be writing recounts, poetry, stories, newspaper articles, debates, letters advertisements and journals. Your children will need to read their AR books for at least 25 minutes every day (sometimes aloud to you) and practise spellings that are sent home weekly.

High expectations are set for handwriting and presentation in all subjects. Spelling is also a priority this year, so look out for the practise lists sent home each week. Separate sessions are taught for grammar and punctuation and also for reading comprehension; ensuring children are capable of reading analytically and critically.  To support children in this, we would ask you to encourage your child to read at home daily for at least 20 minutes.


In Maths this term, Year 5 will be revising the four operations and exploring word problems linked with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will consolidate their skills using Accelerated Maths. Year 5 focus heavily on learning multiplication tables and associated division facts – ask your child which times tables they’ve been learning! The children will also be learning about percentages, fractions and decimals, and real-life problem solving and reasoning. Every child has a Mathletics username and login. These should be used daily


In Science this term, Year 5 will be learning about what makes an organism ‘living’, and studying our two units called “Micro-organisms” and “Earth, Sun and Moon”. We will also be learning about some influential scientists, their work and their impact on our lives today. Please encourage your child to read around these subjects at home.


5LM have PE on Mondays, 5K and 5M on Wednesdays and 5HW on Fridays. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days.


5HW and 5K swim on a Tuesday, 5LM and 5M on a Thursday. Please also try to take your child swimming to help them practise the skills they’ve learned.