Year 5

Autumn Term 1 (2017-18)

Whole school theme: Who's Who?
Year group theme: Journey or Destination?


The children will be following the Language and Literacy programme:

  • Literacy and Language Unit 5 fiction – a story from another culture.
  • Literacy and language Unit 5 non-fiction – non-chronological report.
  • Core Text – Journey to Jo’burg. Children will be learning about apartheid through this story told by Beverley Naidoo. They will be writing a biography and diary entry.


As well as daily times table practice children will be learning:

  • Reading and writing numbers up to 1 million and the value of each digit.
  • Understand decimals and decimal notation in the context of measures
  • Identifying and generalising about patterns.
  • Mental methods for addition and subtraction.


  • We will be investigating the different places in Africa, locating Africa and geographical features on a map. We will compare Kenya and South Africa, looking at traditions and contrasting geographical features.


Our African adventure will continue into our PE lessons with the children participating in and creating African dances, as well as improving our basketball skills.

Please ensure that your child’s PE uniform is in school every day. 


Children will continue to work scientifically while learning about MATERIALS:

They will learn about:

  • How to compare and group together everyday materials based on their properties
  • Investigate particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.
  • Plan enquiries, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.


We will also be exploring music and the children will have the opportunity to play and create music using drums.


Living in the wider world

Children will learn:

  • Identify own and others skills and strengths and recognise how they complement each other
  • Talk about their hopes for the future and the skills they might need
  • Communicate effectively
  • Recognise influences of their decision making


Why do some people think God exist?

Children will:

  • understand practices and lifestyles
  • explain the practices and lifestyles involved in belonging to a faith community.
  • compare and contrast the lifestyles of different faith groups and give reasons why some within the same faith may adopt different lifestyles.
  • understand values 


  • Introduction to J2E
  • E-Safety

Art and Design

Will be continuing with the topic of Africa during Art and Design and Design Technology to create African artwork, masks and jewellery.

*Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in the following Wednesday.*