Welcome to Year 5! We have a busy but exciting year ahead of us as we enter into our final years of KS2 at Holy Trinity and S. Silas. We will focus on a variety of different topics throughout the year including Anglo-Saxons and Scots, Shakespeare and also celebrating Black History Month. We will be attending class trips and performances to enhance our learning and we will continue to work with Humanutopia to develop our role as Hero Buddies.

Please look at our class blog for updates, including our autumn term assembly!

Year 5 Team

Class teacher: Miss Wainer

Teaching assistant: Mrs Hough


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Autumn 1

This half term, our Year 5 pupils are learning about Anglo-Saxons and Scots. Through the construction of a non-chronological report children will be learning about several aspects of the Anglo-Saxon culture. We will be debating the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons and Scots, and practising creating balanced arguments to support this. Additionally, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf, we will be writing our own poems. During our Black History Month focus in the last fortnight, we will be using our narrative unit to engage and begin to understand the experiences of slavery.

In maths, we will be covering the following concepts:
– number and place value within 1,000,000;
– adding and subtracting whole numbers including the inverse operation;
– creating, reading and interpreting graphs and timetables.

Our science topic is the solar system. We will be learning how the planets are organised, describing the motion of the Earth around the sun, and discovering how the moon orbits the Earth.

We are learning about Hinduism in RE. We will find out about the different beliefs and symbols associated with Hinduism and will compare these elements to other faiths.

Netball will be the main focus of PE, whilst in art children will be mastering their drawing and painting skills through the creation of portraits, as well as studying the work of African and Caribbean artists during Black History Month.

Autumn 2

This half term, Year 5 will be learning all about the Amazon. We will be using our geography skills to investigate what it is like to live in the Amazon, and what issues are facing the environment and people who live there. We will be supporting this by reading the class text ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. To compliment our topic and this book, we will be writing journals and letters about the story. We will also be writing non-fiction reports about the Amazon, using our research skills to investigate more about the land. We will finish off our term learning about a story from another culture, Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli, set in Kenya.

In maths, we be learning the following concepts: statistics, multiplication and division, and area and perimeter.

Out science topic this term is materials. We will be learning about different materials and their purposes, as well as using different chemical methods to separate or combine materials. These will include evaporation, distillation and filtering.

In RE, we will be learning about the Beatitudes, and how art and music conveys Christianity.

Summer 1

Welcome back! We have an exciting summer term lined up. In writing, we are reading the book Kick by Mitch Johnson. It is a story about a football-obsessed boy called Budi who works in a factory sewing football boots. It is a story about childhood, trade and the dark world of child labour. We will be using this to inspire persuasive letters about child labour, and it will be linking to our Geography topic: ‘Trade – where do our belongings come from?’

In maths, we will be revisiting key elements of the Year 5 curriculum that we need to prepare for Year 6. We will be looking at decimals, measurements, multiplication and division and area.

In RE, we will be exploring faith in Camden. We are trying to answer the question, ‘How important is faith in Camden?’

In science, we will be investigating the life cycles of different mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other living things