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Welcome to Year 5

Miss Fowler and Miss Jones 


Autumn 2


This term we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Over the course of the 12 weeks, our history lessons will based around different enquiries in order for us to have a deepened understanding and be able to answer our overarching question, ‘Who Invaded Britain after the Romans left?’


In History lessons, the children’s first enquiry will be: What happened to Britain when the Romans left? At this point, the children will learn where the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Scots came from and where they settled. After this, they will develop their understanding of why they came to Britain, what kind of people they were and what challenges they faced in establishing settlement. The children will then begin their second enquiry: How well did the Anglo-Saxon and Vikings get on with each other? During this enquiry, they will investigate the question by reading stories of Viking raids and then comparing their findings to the Saxons. The children will then move on to their third enquiry: Was life better in Anglo-Saxon or Viking Britain? During this enquiry, the children will find the differences in the lives led by both considering Saxon/Viking farmers, warriors, women, children, slaves, using a range of evidence such as artefacts, pictures, IT to allow children to make deductions. Finally, enquiry 4: What did the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings leave behind? In this enquiry, the children will firstly consider the reliability of surviving evidence of the Saxons and Vikings (considering artefacts, stories, myths and legends). The children will then consider a range of surviving evidence to establish how much from Saxon and Viking times we use today.



In English, we will be reading ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo and basing our writing on this legend. Firstly, the children will be learning the historic background of the epic poem before creating a persuasive poster to advertise for a hero to save Hrothgar and his people. After this, we will be writing a recount from the perspective of Hrothgar. Next, we will be learning how to write a good setting and character description and the children will be writing a setting description of the mead-hall and character description of Beowulf. Then, the children will be writing an informal letter from Beowulf to his father explaining what has happened. Finally, after studying the key features of a heroic legend, Beowulf, the children will be writing their own heroic legend. In Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons the children will be learning how to use: semi-colons, relative clauses, parenthesis and modal verbs. They will be encouraged to use these in their writing where appropriate.




In Maths this half term, we will be finishing our current unit ‘Line Graphs and Timetables’ and then moving on to our next unit called ‘Multiplication and division’. During this unit the children will be learning about multiples, factors, prime numbers, how to multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and how to multiply and divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two-digit number using a formal written method. We will then start our next unit called ‘Perimeter and Area’ where the children will measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres and calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares). They will also learn to estimate the area of non-rectilinear shapes. Finally, the children will complete a one-week unit called, ‘2D Shapes and Symmetry’. This is a Year 4 unit, which the children missed last year. This will involve the children comparing and classifying: 2-D shapes, quadrilaterals, right angled and equilateral triangles, isosceles and scalene triangles. They will also learn how to identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes.






In Science, we will be learning all about forces with our unit ‘Feel the Force’. We will be investigating how we can measure force, why objects fall, how we can slow falling objects down, how levers work and how they reduce the force required to move objects.





Home Learning


Please read with your child at least 3 times a week, make any comments in their reading record and sign it. Please ensure your child brings their reading record to school every Friday.



  • Mathematics Mastery Home Learning books: usually a page will be set to be completed weekly, on a Friday, and due in the following Friday. However, if we have not covered all the content of the next page in class the children will not be set a page to complete that week. Please check the weekly letter each week to see what has been set. 


  • Maths with Parents: a new topic will be released every fortnight for your child to complete. Please check the weekly letter every week for more information. 



  • Every week on the weekly letter there will be 6 spellings for your child to practise at home that week. 






The children will be involved in an extra PE session each week, which will be Fitness and Wellbeing. Therefore, PE will be taught on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this half-term. The children will need to come dressed in the following on these PE days:


  • School sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Polo top – either their house group colour or their white polo top.
  • Black tracksuit bottoms or suitable black leggings
  • Clean training shoes



Useful Links to Practise Key Skills





Oxford Owl- provides access to free e-books (you have to create a free account to view them) 




Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. 






Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?


On the Pobble 365 website, there is a different image everyday for you to use. If you click on 'Pick a Day' in the right hand corner of the Pobble 365 website you can select an image from any day. 




This blogger has compiled a list of children's authors with great books to read, each author has a few reading based activities on their website. 


Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.


KS2 Bitesize English is a fantastic resources to revise SPAG, different types of text and reading.




This website has lots of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning. 



Maths Mastery have produced lots of fantastic free resources for children to use at home.






This website has lots of interactive Maths games. 


This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.





Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.




This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.


Other Subjects:


This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning. Children you can watch the '60 Seconds News' following this link (the same as we watch in class!). 


Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You have been given, in the front of your exercise books, a username and password for this website. 


With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London. 






This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.



Find out information and take quizzes using this link.




These games are the first steps of computer programming, they are very engaging for children. 




This is a typing game for children.


Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has a series of 5 minute videos aimed at children. He is also running a 30 minute PE session every morning at 9:00 on his YouTube channel (The Body Coach).




This website has fun movement videos for children

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  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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