Year 5

Autumn Term Two – November 2018

Penguins: Year 5

Here is what we shall be learning in our second half term this autumn.

Our topic is “Marvellous Maps” (Geography)

Marvellous Maps allows children to further explore the range of maps available to geographers and to develop their understanding of the key features of maps. They will study a range of maps and atlases, including digital maps, and compare their features. The will learn to use the eight compass points to give directions and give grid references to locate places on a map. By comparing maps of the same place, children will learn about the way that places have changed over time.

English – Jabberwocky

In this topic, the children will learn all about narrative poetry. They will use the Jabberwocky poem to learn, perform, plan and write their own imitation poem. They will also learn how to structure and write non-chronological reports.

In addition we shall be working on sentence structure.  The children will learn about compound and complex sentences and be able to use co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions correctly.  They will understand the two types of clauses used in sentences.


  • to identify multiples and factors
  • to find all factor pairs of a number and recognise square numbers
  • to solve problems using knowledge of factors, multiples and square numbers
  • to establish if a number less than 100 is prime
  • to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 (with whole number answers)
  • to multiply and divide number mentally using doubling and halving
  • to multiply and divide mentally using derived facts
  • to use knowledge of multiples to divide
  • to solve problems using a range of calculating strategies
  • to use a written method to multiply
  • to solve problems using knowledge of factors
  • to use a written method to divide
  • to solve problems involving division with remainders
  • to calculate the perimeter of rectilinear shapes ensuring the length of all sides are included.
  • to use multiplication to calculate the area of rectangles.
  • to use different strategies to calculate the area of rectilinear shapes.
  • to calculate the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes.
  • to give reasonable estimates of non-rectilinear shapes on a grid.


In Year 3 children learned about how contact and non-contact forces make things start and stop moving. This module builds on these ideas and develops an understanding of how forces including gravitational attraction and drag forces – friction, air resistance, water resistance, and upthrust in water – affect movement. Children learn how mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect, and they use this knowledge in different investigations. When working scientifically, children plan and carry out fair test and pattern-seeking investigations, observe carefully, record accurate measurements, and construct different mechanisms. They look at scientific ideas from the past and carry out an activity to find evidence to support or refute famous scientists’ ideas. They make predictions as a result of carrying out simple activities and go on to plan new investigations. There are opportunities to develop graphing skills as well as communication and presentation skills.




Blocked swimming lessons.

Children will need to bring their swimming kit and towel to school every Thursday.


Our art work shall link to our class artist Munch and Christmas activities.


This unit builds on the previous unit in Year 4 (Questions and Quizzes) using Scratch to build and edit algorithms for simple games. The unit is designed to help children develop their skills in writing their own algorithms as well as editing and debugging existing codes.


Music Scheme: Livin’ On a Prayer


Reading – Children need to read 20 times per month. Reading records are checked EVERY Thursday.

Children in KS2 are expected to read at least 20 times in the month. For reading 20 times they will get a GOLDEN TICKET.

Please continue to read with your child their school reading books and any books/magazine from home – READING is FUN!!

Spellings – Given out every Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday.

Maths– Given out Fridays. To be handed in by the following Friday – at the LATEST.

Topic homework– one quality piece of work to be completed from the sheet sent home for PRIDE.

If you have any worries or concerns please come and see me as soon as possible; no worry is too small.

The best time to do this is after school at 3:30pm on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thank you.

Mrs N. Clemitshaw