Year 5

Year 5 Autumn Term

Invaders and Settlers has been our topic in Year 5 this term. We have learnt about the Viking homelands – Norway, Denmark and Sweden, and their invasion of Britain. We expanded our knowledge on Invaders and Settlers when learning about Anglo-Saxon kings. The children researched several kings and created a portrait of their favourite. One of our favourite (and most interesting) lessons was learning about the Anglo-Saxon crimes and punishments. Did you know that children who stole sheep were sentenced to death?! However, our justice system does have similarities to the Anglo-Saxon justice system – people went through courts and trails back in those days as well!


In maths we have been focussing on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication. In order to work on our times tables, we have played a multiplication football game, which of course Mr Carter made!!! We have also looked at patterns in our times tables to help us learn them. We found out that both digits in the 9 x table add up to 9… 1 x 9 = 9

                                                                                                                        2 x 9 = 18 (1 + 8 = 9)

                                                                                                                  3 x 9 = 27 (2 + 7 = 9)

Each week, we complete an Assertive Mentoring worksheet. This gives us an opportunity to focus on all our maths skills as it involves twenty-five questions covering each area of maths.

A highlight for Year 5 already this term has been the performance put on by Quantum Theatre, who presented 'The case of Captain Half Inch and the Mathematical Miscalculation’. The children loved seeing maths calculated in front of them in a dramatised manner… Miss Stephens is now going to dress up as a pirate for every maths lesson!





In literacy we began the term by reading ‘Leon and the Place Between’. This book gave us an opportunity to work on our literacy skills through an exciting, magical book. At the end of the book, we really enjoyed writing our own ‘_________ and the Place Between’ stories. To engage the children further and to give them a ‘writing buzz’, we watched an animation called ‘The Piano’. We found this animation very moving and emotional which resulted in us taking great pride in writing thoughtful extracts.


In PE last term we focussed on perfecting our football skills, working on defending and attacking. During indoor PE, we all LOVED dance! Miss Harland taught us all (including Miss Stephens and Mr Carter) the Macarena, Saturday Night and of course the ‘Whip and Nae Nae’!!! This term we are really enjoying dodgeball during indoor PE and having Mr S teach us hockey.