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Welcome to Year 5 

Miss Fowler and Mrs Parfitt 

Autumn 1


Our main driver this term is History and we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Over the course of the 12 weeks, our history lessons will be based around different enquiry questions 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 four enquiry questions the children will answer are:

1. 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.

2. How well did the Anglo-Saxon and Vikings get on with each other? The children will be reading stories of Viking raids and then comparing their findings to the Saxons during this enquiry.

3. Was life better in Anglo-Saxon or Viking Britain? 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. 

4. What did the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings leave behind? 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 using the book ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo to inspire our writing. We will be basing our reading lessons on this text too. We will be covering a range of genres over the half term, starting with persuasive writing. We will then be moving on to learn about setting descriptions and the children will be writing a setting description based on the feast in the book. After this, we will learn about character descriptions and the importance of including the character’s personality as well as appearance. The children will then be writing a character description of Grendel or Beowulf. Next they will then be learning the key features of an informal letter, before writing one from Beowulf to his father explaining what has happened. Finally, towards the end of the half term the children will have a go at writing their very own chapter of Beowulf. In Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons over the half term, the children will be focusing on: co-ordinating and subordinating clauses, commas and their uses, relative clauses, direct and indirect speech, parenthesis and modal verbs.





In Maths our first unit will be, ‘reasoning with large whole numbers’ where the children will learn to read, write, order, round and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000. The final lesson in this unit explores Roman numerals to 1000 and compares them to our base 10 number system. Our second unit is called ‘problem solving with integer addition and subtraction’. During this unit, the children will learn to add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction) and will solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems. Towards the end of the half term, we will start the unit, ‘line graphs and timetables’.





In Science, our first unit of work is called, ‘Get Sorted’. We will be answering the following questions during this unit: How can we compare and group materials? Is a solid always hard? Is a liquid always runny? Are all metals the same? Are all plastics the same? Why are different sports balls so different?  Which is the best carrier bag?




In RE, we will be exploring a focused enquiry question: How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?




In PSHE this half term the children will consider many aspects linked to the unit, ‘Being Me In My World.’ During this unit, the children will consider things like: their goals for the year ahead, their rights and responsibilities, how there are rewards and consequences for behaviour and how individual’s behaviour can impact on a group.




Our first Computing unit is online safety. During this unit, the children will learn about: their responsibilities when online, the SMART rules to keep them safe online, how to protect their privacy when online and how to cite all sources when researching.



Design and Technology

In Design and Technology this half term the children will be making their own Anglo-Saxon house using a frame structure.  The children will complete a range of focused tasks to support them with their designs, including practising using triangulation to add strength to a 2D structure, reinforcing and strengthening 3D structures and finally they will learn to accurately join framework materials together. Using the knowledge they have learnt through the focused tasks the children will then design and make their frame structure (in the style of an Anglo-Saxon house).





This half term the children will be learning the skills to support them to play football. In their other PE lesson they will be developing the skills to play handball. P.E will be taught on Tuesday and Wednesday every week. The children will need to come dressed in the following on PE days (Tuesday and Wednesday):


  • School sweatshirt or cardigan
  • White T-Shirt
  • Black tracksuit bottoms 
  • Clean training shoes




Home Learning




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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