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Blenhein Primary School






 What are Year 5 learning in Autumn 1?



This term, we will be writing our very own poems focussing on ‘thankfulness’ and ‘gratitude’. This will be linked to our RE learning and through this topic, our Year 5 poets will learning about various literary devices, such as similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration and onomatopoeia. 

For the second part of this term, we will be writing our own ‘science-fiction’ story based off the well known text of ‘War of the Worlds’. This will link in nicely with our science learning on the Earth and space. Our Year 5 authors will be developing their own author voice, by learning about fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and varying sentence structures.



Mathematicians in Year 5 will be working hard to cement their knowledge of multiplication and division, these will be presented through written calculations and word problems. Children will be encouraged to use different strategies, including bar models to help solve these.

Having secure foundations such as times table knowledge and number bonds will ensure our mathematicians are confident and successful throughout the year - daily practise on BBC bitesize, Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars will support this.



During our reading lessons this term, we will be focussing on two of the Year 5 core texts. “Way Home”, which explores themes of homelessness and city life, as well as reading “War of the Worlds”, which links in with our science learning for this term on space. In our reading lessons we will also be improving our skills of clarifying, predicting, inferring, evaluating and summarising.

Daily reading and discussions about the world around us will support your child’s understanding, vocabulary and imagination. Please remember to read for 10 minutes every day with an adult and complete your R@Homebook every week.



Our scientists in Year 5 will be immersed in knowledge about Earth and Space. Children will carry out investigations, observations and discuss how the Sun, Earth and Moon rotate and how this links to day and night. Deepening their knowledge even further, children will look at Forces, such as gravity and how this affects how an object falls. 

Later this term, we will be visiting the Science Museum to explore their space exploration exhibition, which will help to further deepen their understanding on space and forces. Make sure you keep an eye out on ParentMail for more information later in the term.


Religious Education

Our Year 5 citizens will be encouraged to reflect on what they are thankful for and show gratitude towards this. They will discuss what different religions believe about thankfulness and ask their own questions to discuss around thankfullness. We will also be encouraging our Year 5’s to keep and maintain a gratitude journal.


Physical Education

In the second half of Autumn term, our athletes in Y5 will brush up on their basketball skills with Ms Greene-Williams, students will gain confidence in controlling a ball, working as a team or individual in a competitive manner. In indoor P.E pupils will complete a gymnastics unit focussing on balances, using apparatus and putting this together in a sequence.


Celebrating Differences is the theme for this half term citizens. Children will reflect and participate in discussions giving their point of view about cultural differences and how to respect other cultures. Children will share their thoughts on racism, bullying, name calling and rumours.


Design and Technology

Our mini chefs will be involved in learning about nutrition and cooking nutritious healthy meals and snacks, as part of a short DT unit at the beginning of the term. Good daily habits such as a balanced nutritious diet, regular exercise and getting enough sleep will support their health and fitness. Getting active together and involving your child in food preparation is beneficial for the whole family! 

P.E Days


Please come to school wearing you P.E kit (jogging bottoms/leggings/white t-shirt, jumper and trainers) .  Take note of the weather and make sure you dress appropriately for P.E.

5J- Mr Jolie

5M- Mr Mallinson

5R- Ms Rahman

Tuesday (outdoor) Tuesday (outdoor)


Wednesday Friday Tuesday (outdoor)


Helpful Links:

  • Develop your maths skills through  Mathletics or Times Tables Rock Stars and fact fluency level you are on. If you have a 123 Maths log in, make sure you log on and practise key maths skills.
  • Practise your spelling by clicking on year 5 and 6, choose the spelling rule, play free games and write sentences with spelling words.
  • Log into your DuoLingo account for Spanish
  • Computing - Touch typing / Create a new game on Scratch
  • Don't forget there are also lots more fun activities on our subject pages!



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