Year 5

The theme for our learning this term is ‘Invaders and Settlers’- an exploration of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions. The Anglo-Saxon age in Britain was one of the most mysterious and fascinating in British history. But who were the Anglo-Saxons, and what legacy did they leave behind which is still evident today in 21st century Britain?


Beginning with the Anglo-Saxons we are using a text from the ‘myths and legends’ genre to begin our learning this half term— We will be reading ‘Beowulf, which is the oldest surviving long poem in Old English. Many scholars believe that Beowulf was written between 975 and 1025 BC. Through the dramatic arts we will be learning about this important English text and exploring the many intricate relationships between the characters.


We begin this term by developing our knowledge in Number and Place Value, focusing on decimals. We shall be ordering, comparing and rounding decimals up to 3 decimal places. Using these skills we shall be investigating various word problems involving decimals. As we progress through this first half of the new term we will move onto exploring the area and perimeters of various rectangles. Finally, just before the half term break, we shall be comparing and classifying shapes and measuring, and then moving onto measuring and drawing angles.


Linked to our topic, ‘Invaders & Settlers’, we will be looking at what Britain was like prior to the invasion of the Vikings. In addition, we shall be investigating what Viking settlements looked like and how they changed the social demographics of the country. To complement our learning a trip to The British Museum is planned so that we can see some historical artefacts.

Religious Education

We continue to look at different faiths from around the world. During this half term we shall be furthering our understanding of Sikhism. We will consider the important beliefs of this world religion and look at some of the key figures, such as Guru Nanak, who have helped lead and teach Sikhism around the globe.


Building on previous learning, we shall be looking at Forces and Friction. We will be investigating the effects of friction between different moving surfaces. We will also be asking ourselves, how can we identify the forces which act on materials and effects they have. Later on, we will be comparing and grouping everyday materials on the basis of their properties.

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2016

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