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Y5 Autumn Curriculum Newsletter

Y5 Curriculum Overview 2020-21



Our first PE session will not be until FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER!


Please only bring WATER to drink during lessons!




Dear Parents,


A very warm welcome to Lemurs class page!


I am looking forward to welcoming your children back to school, and starting our learning journey together in Year 5!


Please drop your child off at the entrance to Penguins at 9:05am – I will be there tomorrow morning to point the children in the right direction to our new classroom – and make sure everyone is OK!


Below is some useful information that you may wish to read through with your child over the next couple of days, but most importantly, please ask me about ANYTHING!


Whilst it is difficult to speak face-to-face at the moment, you can still contact the office and I will ‘phone you back as soon as I can.


Autumn 1 learning


We have lots of exciting learning coming up this half term. Here’s a little insight in to what we will be learning about…


The first week and 2 days of term: We will be getting to know each other, discussing our lockdown experiences and recapping some topics from Year 4.


Mathematics: As mathematicians, we will start by learning about numbers to 1,000,000. Don’t worry though, we will get our maths brains warmed up before we start by going over learning from Year 4!


English: As authors, we will be writing non-chronological reports about imaginary beetles (inspired by the most wonderful book: ‘Beetle Boy’ by M. G. Leonard!). Following this, we will be writing a set of instructions on how to care for a beetle.


Science: As scientists, we will be learning about the Earth and Space – and finding out why space exploration is back in the news.


History: As historians, we will be going back in time and learning about the Tudors. In particular, we will be thinking about who the most powerful Tudor monarch was, and why there was so much religious tension during this time. 


RE: As philosophers, the focus question that we’ll be studying is: ‘What do we mean when we say that God is Holy and Loving?’


Art: As artists this term, we will be focusing on formal elements of Art; to begin with – Architecture.


Design Technology: As designers, our focus will be ‘Structures’, and you will be working throughout the Autumn term to design something that will help someone else! All will be revealed in class!


Music: Woaaaah! Livin’ on a prayer! As musicians, we’ll be rock and rollin’ this term, as our focus is Rock music! We’ll also be learning to play the glockenspiel.


French: As Europeans, we will continue your French learning from Year 4, and be learning to ask questions, learning masculine and feminine animal nouns and learning colour adjectives in masculine and feminine forms.


PE: Our PE day is Friday. This term, as dancers we’ll be learning a Tudor Dance! (We will not be swimming initially until further guidance has been received.)

All children should come to school wearing their PE kit on a Friday  from next week. This should consist of plain blue or black tracksuit bottoms or shorts, a plain white T-shirt, their green school jumper or cardigan and suitable sports footwear. This is a risk reducing measure.

C4L: As citizens, we’ll be learning about what makes up a person’s identity.



Useful information


Support in class

Mrs. Heighton (HLTA) is working with children across Year 5. She will be primarily based in Kangaroos with Miss Reed.


Reading at home & school

Now the children are in UKS2, they will no longer have a reading record. We still expect the children to be reading every single day and the expectation is that during a half term, each child reads at least 5 books so please do encourage this at home. At school, children will write in our class ‘Book Tracker’ each time they read a whole book and state whether they enjoyed the book or not. It will be monitored by the Year 5 team regularly to ensure children are reading regularly at home. If your child reads 5 books in a half term they will get a special certificate in assembly. If they read more than 5 books in a half term, they will be awarded a ‘Superstar Raffle Ticket’ which will be entered into a drawer where they have the opportunity to win some special reading goodies!


To help keep us all as safe as possible and to adhere to current government guidelines, we ask that you kindly comply with the following:

  • Mondays will be our ‘Check and Change’ day for all reading books. Children will now only be allowed to change their reading books on a Monday. This is so that we can keep track of any books that have been returned to school and need to be quarantined before they can go back on our shelves. If your child has finished reading their book before a Monday, please read the book again at home as this will support your child’s reading fluency and understanding of the text.


  • Your child will have two separate reading books – one to keep at home and one to keep at school. A colour book-banded book, that is appropriate for their reading level, will go home with your child to read on a Monday. In class, children will have either a colour-banded book or a book from the class book corner, to read both individually and with staff in school.



What should my child be bringing to school?

Children should only bring to school the following items:

  • A named lunch box that can be hung on a peg (lunch boxes in a plastic bag if it doesn’t have a handle)
  • A named water bottle.
  • A named coat.
  • A named book bag/rucksack.
  • No other equipment is needed.



Homework will be set weekly on Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed. Please ensure your child is completing their homework.


Start & end of the school day

Year 5 start the school day at 9.05am and finish at 3.25pm.


Distance learning journals

Please send your child’s distance learning journals back into school. We look forward to seeing what work the children are proud of and celebrating this with them and the rest of the class.


For any further information, please feel free to speak to me outside the entrance to Penguins, before the school day begins or at the end of the day – or telephone the Office and I will call you back.


I look forward to meeting you soon – in whatever way we can manage!


Mr Dickinson


P.S. Please keep checking our class page for updates and snapshots of our learning journey throughout the year!