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Class 5

Welcome to Class 5

Miss O Grocott

Autumn Term 2022


I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the Autumn Term. I certainly am! Please see below for details about what the children will be studying throughout the term.


If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to message me on Class Dojo.

Our Class Saint


Year 5's class saint is St Teresa of Calcutta. We will be celebrating her feast day (5th September) on Friday 9th September 2022. More details will be sent out via Class Dojo soon!





The children's first English unit is Instructions. The children will be exploring a range of different instructions and examining their effectiveness by following the instructions. The children will also explore the organisational and structural features of instructions. Using their new and developed understanding, they will then draft, edit and publish their own instructions. We will also be exploring poetic style and writing poems about significant black individuals to celebrate Black History Month in October.



Guided Reading


In Guided Reading lessons, the children will be exploring a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They will be developing their understanding from previous years focusing on the VIPERS skills.

  • Vocabulary - To give/explain the meaning of words in context.
  • Inference - To make inferences from the text and justify them using evidence from the text.
  • Prediction - To predict what might happen from the details stated and implied.
  • Explanation - To explain the author's choices including their choice of words and phrases.
  • Retrieval - To retrieve and record key information/key details.
  • Summarise - To summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph.


Year 5's first class novel is 'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans. This is a fantastically, funny book which links to the children's Spring term History unit: The Ancient Greeks.





These are the units that the children will learn about in the first half term. Underneath the unit title is a list of objectives that the children will cover in that unit.


Place Value within 1,000,000

  • Find the value of each digit in numbers to 1,000,000
  • Partition numbers in different ways
  • Compare and order numbers up to 1,000,000
  • Represent numbers in different ways, including with Roman numerals
  • Identify the position of a number on different number lines
  • Round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000


Addition and Subtraction

  • Add and subtract numbers with up to five digits
  • Use the column method for addition and subtraction
  • Round numbers to estimate answers to problems
  • Add and subtract mentally
  • Solve problems involving addition and subtraction





Year 5 will be beginning their RE learning with a Creation Unit. During this unit, the children will be building on their knowledge of Creation from previous years. The children will be examining the two stories of Creation in the Book of Genesis. They will also be exploring the meaning of being made in the image and likeness of God and our responsibility to use our God given talents. Finally, the children will begin to explore reasons for praising God, the creator of the world.




Please see the document below to find the prayers that the children will be exposed to throughout Year 5:

Year 5 Prayer Booklet



In science, the children's first unit is forces. They will be investigating a range of forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction and exploring their impact through a range of interesting experiments. The children will also be investigating the effect of mechanisms such as levers, pulleys and gears. 





Up until October Half Term, the children will be attending swimming at Cheadle Leisure Centre. This will take place on Wednesday afternoons and the children will be accompanied by Mrs Morrison and Mrs Cooper. The children should come to school in their PE kit on Wednesdays and should bring their swimming kit with them.



History will be taught by Miss Ridge. In the Autumn term, the children will be exploring the Victorians. They will be learning about when the Victorian Era took place, what significant changes took place during this time, how schooling has changed since the Victorian Era, what workhouses were like for children, how life was different in the town than the countryside and how transport changed throughout the Era. In particular, the children will be applying their understanding of the Victorians to our local area and explore significant individuals from our area during this period. The children will conclude by using their historical interpretation to answer: Were the Victorian times a Dark Age or Golden Age?





Geography will be taught by Miss Ridge. In the Autumn Term, Year 5 will be studying coasts and deserts. They will begin by exploring what a coast is, identifying coasts and beaches around the UK on a map, and studying why and how these change over time. Children will also be exploring the physical and human geographical features in these areas. In the second half of the unit, the children will be exploring what a desert is, examining how a range of desert formations and locating deserts throughout the world. They will also be exploring how humans use the deserts and the people who live there. They will finish the unit by learning about the causes and effects of desertification. 





Computing will be taught by Mr Johnson. In the Autumn Term, the children will begin by studying online safety which is incredibly important as the world becomes more digital. The children be learning about how they can stay safe online using the SMART rule. Ask your child if they know what it stands for! They will then move onto the spreadsheets unit. The children will explore what a spreadsheet is and examine how they are used in the real world.



In the Autumn Term, the children will be studying the famous painter, Lowry. They will explore his life and work, before experimenting in his style. For their end of unit piece, the children will be painting a landscape of our local area in the style of Lowry. It may be St Filumena's Church, Bet 365 Stadium, Alton Towers, the possibilities are endless!





Miss Stanton will be teaching the children DT. At the start of Year 5, the children will be making their own pop-up books. Throughout the unit, they will be developing their understanding of moving mechanisms to create their book. They will also be adding captions and decorative features such as structures, levers, sliders, layers and spacers.





In the Autumn term, the children will be developing and building on their learning from Years 3 and 4. The children will begin by exploring the question ¿Tienes una mascota? which means 'Do you have a pet?' The children will be developing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to answer this question and learn the names of a range of exciting pet names! The children's next unit is called 'La Fecha' (the date). The children will learn how to say and write the date in Spanish, including their birthday!





As in Year 4, Miss Gould will be teaching the children music. The children's first unit explores how does music bring us together? The children will be focusing on orchestral and gospel genres. They children will be developing a range of musical skills, such as singing, playing instruments, improvising and composing.



In the Autumn Term, the whole school focus for our Vehicle is developing cultural awareness. In Year 5, we learn about the Maori Culture. This includes their history, where they live, their language (Te Amo), the Haka, traditional masks and so much more! I can't wait to share the children's learning with you!