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Learning in Year 5

Autumn Term


In the first few weeks of the term year 5 will be exploring dragons as a theme, giving us the opportunity to write fact files and create instructions on how to catch the pesky dragon which has been bothering the local area...

Following this we will explore the mythical classic 'BeoWolf'. It is said it may be the oldest surviving long story in Old English and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature. 


In maths the children will be working on place value, extending their knowledge to a million, before going on to work on negative numbers and, of course, ensuring an excellent grip of their timestables and division facts. 


This term, we will learn all about Space and the solar system.  Over the unit children will learn to:

  • Describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • Describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • Describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.


The French Revolution is our topic this term. and the children will:

  • Explore life in France before 1789, and why that made Revolution likely.
  • Learn about the major events of the French Revolution
  • Learn about the rise of Napoleon
  • Explore the events of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Discover why Napoleon was in Exile.


It's all about mountains this term and the children will have the chance to:

  • Explore the formation and erosion of mountains, mountain climate and effects on climate.
  • Learn about the different types of mountains: volcanic; dome; plateau; fault.
  • Learn about different peaks and ranges around the world.
  • Use longitude and latitude to locate specific peaks and mountain ranges.
  • Explore the effects of tourism.


With Christmas on the horizon, we will be exploring Christianity this term. Over the coming weeks the children will:

  • Explore the Holy book of the Christian people and understand how is it used by them.
  • Read and learn about the stories/parables that Jesus told to his followers and think about how they are relevant to us today.
  • Learn about how Christians use their homes to show they are living the faith.
  • Understand the significance for many Christians of the Ten Commandments.


Our focus this term will be on drawing and children will have the opportunity:

  • To use tools & techniques for drawing and explore effects, so they can express their ideas, observations and feelings with increasing proficiency.
  • To notice line, shape and pattern and use these visual qualities when they draw their impressions of people, places, events, objects and animals, real and imagined.
  • To appreciate different drawing styles and discover how significant illustrators have used drawing to express ideas in their creative works.
  • To explore the effect of light on objects and people from different directions.