Year 5 2023 - 2024

Mrs Duvall

Y5 Teacher

Welcome to the Year 5!


Autumn Term 2023

Welcome to Year 5!  Get ready for a fun year of learning!  We will be studying so many different things that I cannot possibly name them all, but here are just a few: the Ancient Mayans, the geography of the United States of America, Earth and Space and so much more!


                                                       St Austin’s Primary School Key Stage 2

                                                           School Timetable – Year 5 Autumn 2


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                        *  Intervention time – Alternating to ensure no permanent loss of subject knowledge



This term, we will be reading Gorilla, which is a short story by Anthony Browne.  We will use this to inspire us to write our own fantasy story.  Following this, we will be writing a balanced argument about zoos.  As we approach the magical season of Christmas, we will be studying the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol and enjoying the narrative poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.


In maths, we will be working with numbers up to 1 000 000. We will also continue to progress with our ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide large numbers.  This will include our ability to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000.  Building on our excellent knowledge of the times table facts, we will be practising our quick recall of all of the facts to 12 x 12. Throughout the term, we will be using our mathematical skills to solve word problems.


This term, in Science, we will be looking in depth at different materials and their properties.  In particular, we will be investigating reversible and irreversible changes.
Other curriculum areas
History - Crime and Punishment - looking in particular at the Tudor and Stuart periods.
Geography - Rivers - where do they come from and where do they go? In this topic, we will be looking at the difference between rivers, seas and oceans.  We will improve our knowledge of the formation of rivers by learning to label each section of a river.
RE - Our Come and See topics for this term are Ourselves, Life Choices and Hope.
Spanish - This term, we will be learning how to describe ourselves in more detail, including being able to describe our clothes.  As we approach Christmas, we will be learning vocabulary and songs that will form part of our Spanish Nativity! 
Music - Using our Charanga scheme, we will be learning about rhythm, melody and notation through well known songs such as 'Livin on a Prayer and various Jazz pieces!
Art - This term, we will be working on photography and printing, using the artist Cindy Sherman as inspiration. 
Design and Technology - To improve our sewing skills, this term we will be using different fabrics and shapes to construct a phone case.
PE - Throughout the term, we will be enjoying perfecting our invasion skills by playing tag rugby and basketball.
Computing - Using Scratch, we will be learning how to make more complex games and analyse games that others have made.
PSHE - This term, we will be learning about how the media can influence our well-being.  We will also learn about prejudice and discrimination.

Reading books need to be in school every day.  Please have your reading record signed each day so that we can make sure that you are reading regularly. You should aim to read between 20 and 30 minutes a night during the week, and at least once over the weekend.  Book quizzes may be completed at home or in school.  If you are using the app at home, then you need to access our school's designated page: Accelerated Reader  

If you are struggling to access this at home please do let me know.



Times Table Rock Stars homework should be completed by Friday each week. Please aim to practise for at least 30 minutes a week.  Alternatively, spend 30 minutes on your Century nuggets.  Century log-ins have been sent home with all students.  Century work is tailored to each child's particular needs and can be completed at home as well as in school.

Comprehension papers to be marked in school will be sent home on Friday to be returned by the following Tuesday.  We will then mark them together in school on Wednesday.  

Spelling homework will also be set on Friday and is to be returned by the following Thursday. 

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