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Autumn Term in Year 5

Welcome back to school. I hope that you have had a good summer. We have a busy term with lots of exciting topics and new learning ahead. We're really looking forward to working with you all.

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Manchester

Don't forget to sign up......Muddy Boots will continue until October.



In English we will learn about the features of an information text. We will create a PowerPoint information presentation linked to our science topic of Earth and Space.

Our first fiction book is the tale of 'Arabel's Raven' by Joan Aiken.

We will read the classic narrative poem ‘The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. We will study the old-fashioned language in this unnerving tale and use drama to explore the action and characters in the poem as well as the rhyme, rhythm, and mood.  It is a dramatic poem and we will see how the author uses similes and metaphors to create a mood. The children will learn sections and recite it to the class. In our writing we will write letters in role and think about writing from another character's viewpoint.

We will dip our toes into Shakespeare by studying a section of Romeo and Juliet. We will use drama to explore speech and character.

The children will also study Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

I would encourage you to join your local library. The library at Morton Manor is a super, well stocked but compact library. It is bursting with great books to read.

Homework will be set for vocabulary research and reading.

Reading Diaries will be sent home during the second week of term. Please encourage your child to read for at least 10 minutes each night and ask them to tell you about their books. Even though your child is in Year 5, it is still lovely to sit and share a book with them.


 In our maths lessons we will be using Big Maths to develop our mental maths skills and. Please take time at home to learn your LearnIts.

We start with Place value of 6 digit numbers, including multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000.

In our number work we will be learning formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will use them to solve problems.

We will explore multiples, factors, square and cube numbers.

In our statistics work, we will use line graphs and timetables to present and explore data.

History / Geography

In history we will be thinking about how historians find out about the past.

Our focus will be our local area and we will be looking at maps, paintings, photographs, newspapers and other sources to see what it was like in the past and how it has changed.

We will investigate the history of Carlisle Canal.

Art and Design and Technology

We will use LOGO software to create pattern.

Design and Technology. We will research, design, make and evaluate space buggies.


We start by thinking about how sound is made and how does it travel?

Then a quick investigation of the fruit and seed dispersal section of the plant life cycle.(This will include the use of decision trees to organise information) 

Finally,we will be exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon. We will be finding out about their shape and size and how they move. We will be exploring shadows and the calendar.

In ICT the children will be learning how to create PowerPoint Presentations.
We will also be using MS Logo to explore how to use algorithms to draw shapes. (MS LOGO is free to download if you wish to experiment at home.)

PE  We will be playing Quick Sticks Hockey and, after half term, we will also improve our gymnastic skills.

PE days are Wednesday and Thursday.

We will continue our running at least 3 times a week. Please make sure that your child has an outdoor kit in school all of the time.

Music.   In Year 5, the whole class learns the clarinet. It is a fabulous opportunity and I would encourage your child to practice at home to get the most out of these lessons. The sessions are led by a county music teacher called Mr Tugwell. He will also work with the children on their singing skills.

RE Our RE topics are:

Ourselves. Created in the image and likeness of God.

We are all made In the image and likeness of God. To know ourselves and appreciate that our value and uniqueness is central to our well being.

Life Choices. Marriage, commitment and service.

Through baptism the Christian is called to a life of holiness and to the mission of spreading the Good News. That life may be lived out in different ways. For some it will be through marriage. Whatever life choices are made, the Christian is called to a commitment of holiness and service of to others.

Hope. Advent; waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; the promised one.

Advent focuses on Jesus’ coming in history and encourages believers to prepare for the the Christ who comes each day. They also wait in joyful hope for him to come in glory at the end of time.

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Visits to Newman RC Secondary School and Morton Academy

We have been sampling lessons in secondary school. 

(Don't forget that you can download Scratch and Lightbot to use at home.)

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Summer Term in Year 5

Literacy: We will be developing, writing and filming our own adventure story. This is based upon ‘A Tale Unfolds’ project.

We will be exploring Haiku poetry in relation to the natural world, with a link to our mountains topic.

We will use a range of non-fiction books and websites to find out how mountains are formed. Then we will use this information to create explanation texts.

In SPAG we will revisit Modal verbs, speech punctuation, parenthesis and relative clauses. We will look at the vocabulary of mountain environments. Weekly spelling tests will take place on Fridays.

In the first half of the term we will visit Carlisle Library where the children may join and borrow books.

Numeracy: In numeracy, we will be practising our core skills of: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including decimal numbers). We will also be exploring shape and space. We will have weekly Times Tables and Learn it tests, so keep up your practice.

Science:  Our science topic is the Life Cycle of Plants and Living things and Their Habitats.

Geography:    Our Geography topic is Mountains. We will be locating them, naming and describing their features, discovering how they were formed and investigating the lives of the people and animals that live in mountainous environments. As part of this topic we will visit the Buttermere Valley.

Art: As part of our Mountains study, we will look at the illustrations of Alfred Wainwright. He is famous for writing and illustrating Walk Guides to the Lake District. We will learn how to sketch in his style.  

We will use painted paper to create collaged landscapes.

Design and Technology: Using modroc and papier mache we will build our own volcanoes.  

ICT:  the children will be following an e safety course.

PE: We will be playing Kwik Cricket with a visiting coach. We will also be playing rounders and netball. Please have an outdoor PE kit in school every day.

RE: Our RE topics are: Life in the Risen Lord, Transformation and Stewardship.

Music:   Our clarinet and singing tuition continues. Look out for details of our Summer Concert later on in the term.


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We visited Richard Rose Morton today to take part in some science investigations. We really enjoyed learning about safety in the science lab, chromatography, filtration and evaporation. 





Happy Mother's Day to our lovely mums.

Practising our Netball skills in the Spring sunshine.

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In Literacy we will be delving into the exciting world of Viking Legends with tales of daring deeds and heroic feats. Our storyteller will be Terry Jones and his hero Erik the Viking. We will use these tales to inspire our own Legends, creating monsters and heroes along the way. We will think about how to open a story with a moody description.

We will use Non Fiction books to research Vikings and write an information text about a Viking Boat.

We will be reading and performing poems by a range of poets, including Carol Ann Duffy. We will explore the ideas and language in one of her poems. We will create our own similes and metaphors to write an extra verse.

Author Wes Magee will be visiting the school on 15 February.

Our Guided Reading will be based upon Viking Legends, non-fiction books about Viking life and our science topic Keeping Healthy.

SPAG: Relative pronouns. Brackets, dashes and hyphens. Using adverbs to link ideas across paragraphs.


We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters on World Book Day.


As well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, the children will be studying: fractions, decimals and percentages. These topics all rely on a sound knowledge of times tables and their division facts, so please take time to learn them.

For example: 3 x 5 = 15      5 x 3 = 15     15 ÷ 3 = 5      15 ÷ 5 = 3

In Science we will be investigating Healthy Lifestyles. We will learn about different food groups and learn about eating a balanced diet. We will visit Tesco for a Healthy Eating Trail, part of which will explore how much sugar is in breakfast cereals.

(Go to to look at an Eatwell plate.)  

We will learn how our heart works and how to keep it healthy.


Our topic is The Vikings. We will use a variety of sources to investigate these infamous traders and raiders. We will find out more about their lifestyles; why they left Scandinavia; the nature of their attacks from historical accounts and their many Gods.

As part of our topic we will visit Tullie House and take part in a day of Viking Activities.

Why not try The Viking Quest on 

In Geography we will locate and describe the landscape of Scandinavia.

Art and Design and Technology

In Art we will be using paint and coloured pencils to draw fruit and vegetables. We will design and make printing blocks too.

Design and Technology. We will make Viking brooches and longboat scenes. The children will work in teams to tackle the K’Nex boat building challenge!

In ICT the children will be using MS Logo to explore how to use algorithms to draw shapes. (MS LOGO is free to download if you wish to experiment at home.) The children will also complete this terms E Safety work.

PE:  PE will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will be playing netball and improving our running stamina.

Music:   Mr Tugwell will continue to teach the children how to play the clarinet, how music works and a range of great songs. Keep practicing at home! There will be another super Clarinet concert this term.

RE: Our RE topics are:

Mission. Our Local Church Community. The Christian family is made up of smaller Christian families called Dioceses. Each is led by a bishop who continues the work of the twelve apostles.

Memorial Sacrifice. The Eucharist, the living memorial of Jesus.

Year 5 will be performing ‘The Stations of the Cross’ at Easter.


Bikeability will take place on 27 Feb to 3 March

Robinwood Information Meeting – Wednesday 1st March, 3.30 – 4.30

Robinwood – April 3rd to April 5th

Easter Play – April 7th

                   Playing Tag Rugby.                   

                              We really enjoyed building our skills week by week.                           

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Visit to Carlisle Library.

We met Stephen White the Local History Librarian. He helped us with our Geography topic, The Local Area. He showed us maps, photographs, and aerial photos of the area around our school. He also let us look at newspapers from the 1800s.

Stephen showed us the oldest book in the collection, it was written in 1450. The pages were made from animal skin, called vellum. It was written by a monk using a quill pen and was about St Augustine. We thought it was amazing.