Please find below our Year 5 Newsletter for Autumn 1.


Dear parents and carers,


We would like to welcome you all back and hope you have had a restful summer. We are excited to get to know you and your child this year and we hope your child is looking forward to getting started on their learning in Year 5.

Our topics this half term


In maths this half term, our first topic will be on place value, including ordering and comparing numbers, negative numbers and Roman numerals. We will then be looking at addition and subtraction using the column method. Our final topic during the first half term will be statistics, looking at interpreting line graphs and timetables. Alongside our maths lessons, we will be completing weekly mental maths tests and our Multiplication Masters test. ‘Hit the Button’ is a great online game (also available as an app) where children can test their mental maths skills. (


During this half term, we will be writing character descriptions, non-chronological reports and retelling traditional tales. We will be doing lots of work on grammar and punctuation and learning how to write and use relative clauses to improve our writing.

Religious Education

Our first topic in RE this half term is ‘Ourselves’. We will be looking at and answering our big question ‘who am I?’, thinking about our qualities and talents and how we can develop these. We will be learning about Maximilian Kolbe and exploring the Book of Genesis. Our second topic this half term is ‘Life Choices’, looking at the big question ‘Is commitment important?’, where we will be learning about the Sacrament of Marriage.


Our topic in science this half term is forces We will be learning about different forces that act on objects and will be finding out all about Isaac Newton. We will be conducting a number of investigations, including using Newton Metres to investigate gravity and parachutes to explore air resistance.


Our geography topic this half term is ‘Magnificent Mountains’. We will be learning all about the world’s mountain ranges and will be developing our skills when using atlases.


In art, we will be looking at different North American artists. We will be drawing portraits, using our bodies to create art and creating landscape collages.

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) Education

Our PSHE topics this half term are diversity and identities, jealousy and learning about different cultures.


In music this half term our topic is ‘Our Community’. We will be learning and comparing new songs before writing our own lyrics and compositions.


This half term, we will be using Scratch to develop, make and debug our own games using algorithms.


Children will be given weekly homework, consisting of a reading comprehension, spellings and arithmetic. Homework is given out on Thursdays, to be handed in the following Monday. Weekly spelling tests are also on Thursdays. Please can I also remind you that reading diaries and reading books must be in school every day. Your child’s reading diary should be signed as part of their homework each week. Topic homework for this half term will be given our and explained to children next week. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.

Children will have PE every Thursday. Children will need a PE kit consisting of black or navy blue shorts, a plain white T-shirt and black pumps or trainers.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you over the coming year.

Miss Tustain and Mr Corr.