Annie Lennard Primary School

Year 5 Phoenix (Miss Dixon)

Year 5 Autumn Term 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! For those parents/guardians who I have not had the opportunity to meet, I would like to introduce myself as your child’s year 5 teacher and Mrs Rai as our learning support practitioner.  I hope you had a lovely summer holiday and you are ready to begin working hard in year 5. We have some exciting learning coming up during this term, below is the key curriculum information for this term.


We will be exploring a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts during the autumn term.

Each week children will do an extended piece of writing to practise the process of planning, drafting and making improvements to their own work as well as their peers. Writing will also be developed through the curriculum.

Guided reading will continue to take place each week and home reading books will be allocated to each pupil. Children will have a weekly reading comprehension session in order to develop their understanding of texts. Please remember to record any reading in your child’s reading record where possible.

Spag (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) will be also be taught once a week. There is a huge emphasis on spelling in the year 6 SATs and we want to prepare the children well in advance therefore it is crucial that children are learning their spellings at home each week.

Handwriting will be practised throughout the week in school with the focus letter joins changing. Handwriting pens will now be given out by Mrs Crozier and Mrs Rogman. When I feel your child is ready for a pen they will have to prove to Mrs Crozier and Mrs Rogman that their handwriting is consistently neat with the correct joins across all subjects. Handwriting pens can also be taken away from children if their handwriting becomes inconsistent.


The topics that will be covered in maths during the autumn term are:

  • Place value

  • Addition and Subtraction

  • Multiplication (Prime numbers)

  • Multiplication and division

  • Fractions

  • Decimals

  • Percentages

  • Measurement

  • Geometry

Each week children will have mental arithmetic tests and timestables tests.


Our autumn term topic will be the Ancient Egyptians. The children will learn about the Egyptians and important events that happened throughout this period in history. The children will also be exploring Egyptian society, including the pharaohs and pyramids, as well as creating their own Egyptian food and artefacts. They will then explore the geographical features of the River Nile and its importance to the Egyptians for transportation.


Forces – The children will be looking at a range of different forces, including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. They will also be developing an understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces and their effects. Later in the topic they will investigate how mechanisms, like levers, pulleys and gears, can help us to use smaller forces.

Materials The children will compare and group together every day materialson the basis of their properties. They will know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated. Children will explore reversible and irreversible changes.


Children will learn to pronounce, write and read French vocabulary based around the themes ‘on holiday’ and ‘eating out’. Children will engage with language through catchy songs and illustrated stories.


PE will be led by our PE coach Nathan and will take place on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning. It would be appreciated if you could ensure that your child has their PE kits in school on these days as PE is a compulsory part of the curriculum.


During music this term children will be using their voices and percussion instruments to create different styles of music as well as learning lots of new songs. Themes we are going to cover include;

‘Our Community’ and ‘At the Movies.’


This term the children will explore the different aspects of the Jewish religion including their place of worship, why they pray and festivals significant to their religion. They will then explore the Jewish community and how it contributes to the wider community


To begin the new term the focus in PSHE will be based on the theme of ‘Being me in my world’. This will support children in settling back into school after the summer as well as supporting children to adapt to year 4.  We will then move onto learning out celebrating difference.


This term the children will be learning how to develop their own “choose your own adventure” story using Microsoft PowerPoint. The children will begin the topic by being introduced to flowcharts and will be using, available free at, to help them create their flowcharts to plan their story and the different options they could take. They will then begin programming their own prototype which can be developed after testing to improve the functionality of their story.


Homework will be handed out on Fridays and should be returned by the following Wednesday.  Children will be given a spelling test every Thursday and new spellings will be sent home every Friday with their homework. It is important that children practise their timestables on Timestable Rockstars and maths homework will vary between paper homework and it being set on MyMaths but I will let you know each week.

Please ensure that your child brings a drinks bottle to school with them.

If you have any questions or concerns about year 5 please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to the year ahead.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Rai