Welcome to the wonderful world of Year 5C!!



Autumn 1


Key dates 

P.E day - Wednesdays (inside and outside)

Class Mass at church: 13th October 2022 at 10am

Year 5's Class Assembly will be on Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 9am in the school hall.


Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2 - I hope you all enjoyed the wonderful weather over the last 6 weeks and have recharged your batteries, ready for Year 5!

On our class page you will be able to find information about this half term's learning.

At the bottom of this page I have attached this years topic overview, homework and spelling sheets.








During our English lessons this half term, we are going to be beginning with a focus linked to our mental health and well-being. We will be using a range of materials to gather ideas, such as 'Inside out', 'The colour monster' and 'Paddington'. Our final piece of writing will be a non-chronological report about our mental health and well being and how we can look after it, both at school and at home.

We will also be studying Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This is an exciting story all about a young boy named Michael who finds himself washed up on a remote beach - which links to our topic this half-term on coasts.


We will continually be revising all our Year 5 reading skills through our guided reading sessions this year. This half term, we will be focussing on:

- Using the context of a sentence to work out the meaning of a word

- Reading aloud with intonation that shows understanding

- Make predictions based on details that have been read



In Maths this half term, we will be learning about place value and also addition and subtraction.

First, we will be learning to read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1 million. We will also interpret negative numbers and understand rounding.  As we go through the autumn term we will also investigate the written formal methods of addition and subtraction.


Don't forget a really easy way to practice your times tables at home is by using TT Rockstars. Knowing your times tables up to 12x12 helps with a lot of different units in Maths!


Here are some useful websites:





Our Topic for this half term in 'The Vikings'. Throughout this unit, we will be:

- Using a timeline to sequence events from the past

- Comparing and contrasting different Viking Gods

- Giving an overview of life in Britain during the Viking rule

- Discussing the similarities and differences between the rights of children today and those of Viking children

- Comparing and contrasting law and justice during the rule of the Vikings with modern day punishments


We will also have opportunities to develop our writing skills further by writing about significant events from the past.

We will also learn about coasts as part of this unit. We will begin by understanding what a coast is and how they are formed. We will then explore the physical features of coasts and the processes of erosion which affect them. In addition we will use maps and secondary sources to research and describe coastal areas and finally describe how changes in land use will affect people and the environment in different ways.






Our Science topic for this half term is Space and the planets. The topic will begin by learning to name, order and describe the features of the planets. We will also be learning all about the movement of the Earth and other planets and explaining night and day.  Finally we will be investigating of the Moon and its phases.

Year 5 have been learning this song to help remember key facts about the planets




Our Topic in RE for Autumn 1 is .  The topic will begin by looking at how we are equal in God's eyes, are loved and that we have been given a special gift for the world. We will also be investigating how each person is unique and irreplaceable  - everyone matters!  In addition, we will be exploring what it means to be a peacemaker and also understanding how we can further develop our gifts and qualities.


Some key questions:

Who am I?

What are my gifts?

How do we find the gift that God has given us?



PSHE and Mindfulness


PSHE and Mindfulness

Interweaved throughout all of our topics is the importance of self-care and reflection. At home we encourage you  to use a  journal to write down our thoughts, feelings and emotions which is key to regulating how we are throughout each day like we do in class. Additionally, we will post some online meditation and yoga you can practice at home.


Homework-  Here are the Home Learning tasks that pupils should complete each week. If you need any support accessing these resources, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


1) Reading - Pupils should be reading for 10-15 minutes every night. Pupils can change their books as and when they need to in the Class Library or the KS2 Library. Year 5/6 pupils are welcome to bring in books from home. Please help your child to record their reading in their Reading Record. Listening to your child read can support their fluency, develop their comprehension skills, and help them to progress. Here are some recommended reads - how many of these books have you read?


2. Reading Eggs – Children have a weekly comprehension assignment to complete on Reading Eggs.

Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.


3. My Maths  - Children have a weekly assignment to complete on MyMaths that will help them to practise the skills we have been learning in school.

Pupils can also access Mathseeds (using their Reading Eggs login) and TT Rockstars for fluency practice.


4. Spellings – practice daily

Pupils have 10 spellings to learn per week, on which they will be tested every Friday. A copy of the spellings is available below. 


5. Learning logs –  In Autumn 2 (November - December), pupils will have a home learning project to complete. At the end of the half-term, they will bring in their project to share and celebrate with their peers.


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