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Welcome to Year 5

Miss Fowler and Miss Jones 


Autumn 1


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 using book ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes to inspire our writing. We will be focusing on descriptive writing and improving our basic story telling skills using drama. After analysing the story and Ted Hughes’ style, we will be writing our own sequel book! We will also be studying and identifying figurative language in the poem, 'The Coming of the Iron Man' by Brenda Williams. Towards the end of the half term, we will be learning about persuasive writing and formal and informal letters.




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. Before this lesson, the children will be taught an additional Year 4 Roman Numeral lesson which they missed last year. This unit is usually a two-week unit but this year it will be a three-week unit to allow the children time for the missed Roman numeral lesson and consolidation time. 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 will be, ‘Marvellous Mixtures’. We will be answering the following questions: How can we separate mixtures? What happens when we mix liquids and solids? What makes a difference to how fast sugar or salt dissolves? How can we get drinkable water from seawater?

How can we clean up contaminated water?

We will then move on to a unit called, ‘All Change’, where we will be answering these questions: Are all the changes that happen around us reversible or non-reversible? What happens when a candle burns? How much gas can be produced by a non-reversible change?




Home Learning and Reading Books

The children will not be bringing home learning or reading books/reading records home this week. We will update you again next week. Please do however, encourage your child to read any books they have at home as this week’s home learning. Thank you for your support.





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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