Year 5

Autumn Term One – September 2018

Penguins: Year 5

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

Our topic is “World War One”

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. As a school we shall commemorate the First World War Centenary by each class reading a different WW1 related book to think about the events that occurred.


We shall be using the book ‘A Bear in War’ as a stimulus for our whole school topic ‘The First World War’. The book will allow us to write a range of pieces from letters, diaries and narratives. In our reading sessions the children will learn more about the war and its significant events.


  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
  • add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables
  • solve problems involving converting between units of time


The Circle of Life

In this module children build on earlier work from Key Stage 1 and from Year 3, where they learned about the life cycles of plants. They extend their understanding of what a life cycle is, and learn about the life cycles of some familiar (and some less familiar) mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. Children compare and contrast different life cycles, identifying common features as well as explaining key differences. They use their knowledge of life cycles to help them as they create a fantastical creature of their own, complete with its own distinct life cycle. They learn about incredible journeys that some animals undertake to complete their life cycles, and about the different ways in which humans are supporting some endangered animals to increase their population numbers.


Hinduism: What is the best way for a Hindu to show their commitment to God?


Blocked swimming lessons.

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


Our art work shall link to our topic of World War One.


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.


Learn songs from World War One


Reading – 10 minutes homework for 5 nights a week!

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 Thursday and tested the following Thursday.

Maths– Given out Thursdays. To be handed in by the following Wednesday -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