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Year 5 Autumn Curriculum

Welcome to Year 5!

We wish you all a warm welcome from all the staff in Year 5. We hope you have had a fabulous summer and we are really excited for the year ahead. We have some amazing activities and topics planned that we hope the children will love. If you want to keep updated on what is going on please keep checking our school twitter page, where we will share the children’s’ work as often as we can.



In Autumn term we will be studying two texts in a lot of detail, with some short writing blasts and discrete grammar activities in there as well. Our first text is ‘King Kong’ by Anthony Browne. Throughout this unit, the children will be becoming investigative journalists by: asking questions, conducting interviews in role and eventually writing their own newspaper article. Our other key text is ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. During this unit, children will study; the layout of a play script; the language techniques Shakespeare uses; performance techniques and eventually write their own play script and some will be able to produce an iMovie trailer for theirs.



In Year 5, we are trying to encourage children to gain a love of reading and we really appreciate your support with this. Children will be given a home reading diary to record any reading they do at home. We kindly ask that you sign their diary when your child has read with an adult or older sibling at home. These reading diaries need to come back into school every Tuesday, where their reading will be recorded by Miss Ambrose. For every 5 times the children read at home, with an adult, they will earn a Class Dojo.



Maths during this half term will be based around number. We will have a large focus on place value, rounding, addition and subtraction. Times tables are massively important in Year 5 as they are the key to a number of the topics we cover so if you could please practice times tables at home it would be hugely beneficial. There is a website that has times tables games that you can do with your child (the link will be posted below) but if you do not have regular access to a computer or an iPad, feel free to ask your child’s class teacher and they will print some of them out for you.



Our topic for Autumn term is ‘The Forest of Kings’.

Geography- Study of South America

History- Maya civilisation

Art- Creating joined thumb pots

D.T.- Designing and creating an alternative South American flag

R.E.- Creation stories

We would love children to bring projects in based on anything to do with our Topic. This is optional and completely down to your child but we will have a project day, where we present what we have done, during the last week of this term but would ask if any projects could be brought in by Thursday 12th December please.


We have P.E. on Wednesday and Thursday so children will need their P.E. kits in school on those days. The children should have a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of pumps or trainers (for outdoor activities).

If your child is being picked up by an adult not on the data form, please let us know in advance.


If you have any queries or worries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the Junior Office.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to having a wonderfully, successful year J


Mr Cunliffe, Miss Nelson, Mrs Jones and Miss Ambrose

Year 5 Activities

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