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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y5 Curriculum

Autumn 1 2023

This is what Year 5 will be covering in the first half of the Autumn Term.


This term we are focusing on a small story writing task where the children will retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They will also create a Newspaper report about a Natural Disaster where they will use their researching skills to find detailed facts. Finally, the children will read the book 'Escape from Pompeii' and learn the key skills to write a diary as if they were in the book themselves. 


We will start our maths off with becoming confident with place value and being able to read, compare and order numbers up to 10,000.

They will focus on their addition and subtraction skills by mentally, formally and using estimating of values up to 10,000.

In order to become more confident with their multiplication ability, the children will know times tables (up to 12 x 12), powers of 10, factors, multiples and prime numbers up to 50.  They will also be able to multiply 4-digit numbers by 1-digt numbers and powers of 10. Using these skills, the children will then learn how to divide numbers with known number facts

Through daily maths sessions we will develop time skills, mental arithmetic and graphs. In all areas of maths, we will be applying our knowledge to word problems and reasoning questions.


Our first History topic will be focused on gaining a better understand of where we live and all things Harlow. 


Our first Geography topic of Year 5 is all about Natural Disasters. We will explore what natural disasters are and how they occur before looking at some well known Natural Disasters. We will also be gaining a better understanding of how humans can help prevent natural diasters from happening. 


We will be focusing on Marvellous Mixtures where we will understand different types of materials. 


This half-term we will begin our Sketching human form topic. We will start by beginning how to draw key facial features before becoming confident in drawing human figures. 


In RE our first enquiry is 'Is believing in God reasonable?'  We will explore different beliefs of God and use our questioning ability to understand other peoples views of God and analyse these. 


The children will continue their recorder skills where we will be learning the song 'Make you feel my love'. 


The children will be developing their skills of Basketball and Floor Gymnastics.  Our PE days will be on Monday's (outside) and Friday's (inside). 


We will be developing our Spanish vocabulary in Day to Day. 


In wellbeing, we will be focusing on relationships and becoming confident in understanding what makes a positive and happy relationships.