Year 5 Autumn Term 1


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.


Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

This humorous adventure is seen through the eyes of twelve year old Liam Digby a ‘gifted and talented’ child whose physical appearance ages him beyond his years. We will follow Liam and his friend, Florida Kirby on this humorous, action packed adventure exploring the ups and downs of being a parent and the consequences of a ‘little white lie’.

By the end of the unit pupils will have experienced a narrative structure that is carefully crafted to be thought-provoking; well-drawn character descriptions and settings that will enable them to write their own persuasive writing, debate and to structure written arguments.

 Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

  • To enjoy exciting stories with memorable characters
  • To consider how particular situations make individuals behave as they do
  • To explore dilemmas, empathising with characters
  • To build an imaginative picture of a fantasy world, based on real life experiences.


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


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


Two of our classes will participate in the brass project.  Mr Macfarlane (from NMPAT) teaches the children how to play the cornet and at the end of term parents and carers will be invited to watch their performance.

(The other two classes will complete the project during the Spring term)


Our French lesson address many skills:

  • Developing reading, listening, speaking and writing.
  • Language learning skills
  • Appreciation of songs and stories
  • Developing sentences – name age, where they live, age
  • Consolidate numbers 1 -100
  • Months of the year
  • Days of the week
  • Alphabet
  • Gender and parts of speech

 PSHCE – 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


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 ball skills and developing our teamwork skills in game situations through netball and hockey.