Year 5 Autumn Term 1

English/PSHE – Here we are: Notes for living on planet Earth  by Oliver Jeffers

We will use this text as a transition unit to help settle our pupils back into school.

This book and the work around it provides a powerful vehicle for children to reflect on and make sense of the world we are all living in. The words and pictures work together to help children to understand their place in the world and to move forward together in a positive and constructive way. The different learning activities will:

  • provide a framework for children to re-engage socially with each other and their wider community;
  • suggest opportunities to engage positively with the outdoor environment;
  • stimulate thinking and talk about world events and the impact of these events on individuals and the wider world;
  • provide a safe forum to share thoughts, concerns, ideas and personal responses;
  • use art and writing to help children respond personally to experiences they have had.

English - Fox written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks

The book supports the study of character development, encourages the deepening of reader response through the exploration of the issues and dilemmas expressed in the story and provides opportunities for reflection on themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, loss and hope.

Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book
  • To study the language and writing style of an author in order to broaden knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and inform understanding of how effective application can determine the quality of a text
  • To consider the ways in which illustrations can deepen and enrich the meaning of a text and enhance the reader experience
  • To explore the actions, choices and motivations of characters and draw inferences to aid our understanding of them
  • To explore narrative plots and characters through role-play in order to deepen our understanding of and connection with the characters and themes of the book


This term will we cover the following areas in Maths:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
  • estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
  • use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

Science - Forces

In this unit children will learn about a variety of forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.

  • explore how simple mechanisms can be used to make work easier;
  • observe and explain how gravity causes an unsupported object to fall towards the Earth.
  • research the relative effects of the gravitational pull on other planets.
  • carry out a range of activities to identify the effects of friction, air resistance, and water resistance
  • consider ways of reducing water resistance through streamlining.
  • work scientifically to measure force using force meters
  • use results to form conclusions
  • plan how to carry out a fair test

Topic - Scream Machine (Design Technology Focus)

Hold on tight and get ready to roll! During this unit we will learn about the history of fairgrounds and the mechanisms and forces at play on different rides and will:

  • investigate roller coaster carriage designs
  • think about the structures and materials used in construction
  • sketch ideas for our own carriage design using cross-sectional and exploded diagrams to show details and safety features
  • draw a final design before adding colour and decoration to make it look authentic.

RE - Hinduism: What can we learn from some aspects of the Hindu religion?

This unit introduces pupils to some of the key concepts of Hinduism. It looks at the Hindu belief in a Supreme Being (God) and how this belief is conveyed through practices and worship:

  • understand the place of ritual and festival in Hindu life, making links to their own experience of religious or family celebrations.
  • look below the surface of religious story and practice to think about the underlying religious beliefs and ideas.
  • consider Hindu practices and festivals in India and in the UK and how they are similar and different.
  • think about questions to do with identity, diversity, experience and commitments.


Our French lesson address many skills:

  • Developing reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Preparing a performance of a French traditional tale
  • Language learning skills
  • Appreciation of songs and stories
  • Consolidate their learning from Year 4
  • Developing sentences – name age, where they live, family and pets
  • Learning about adjectives
  • Learning the importance of the verb Avoir – to have

PSHE – Being me in my world

  • face new challenges positively and know how to set personal goal
  • understand my rights and responsibilities as a British citizen and a member of my school
  • empathise with people in this country whose lives are different to my own
  • make choices about my own behaviour because I understand how rewards and consequences feel
  • understand how an individual’s behaviour can impact on a group
  • can contribute to the group and understand how we can function best as a whole
  • understand how democracy and having a voice benefits the school community and know how to participate in this
  • understand why our school community benefits from a Learning Charter and can help others to follow it

Computing - We are game developers

The pupils plan their own simple computer game:

  • design characters and backgrounds,
  • create a working prototype
  • develop prototype further based on feedback


This term we will be improving our skills through a range of multi- skills and games based activities. Our PE sessions will be taking place outside.