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, Mrs Manchester, Mrs Pearson and Miss Devlin

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



Our first Whole Class Reader is ‘Arabel’s Raven’ by Joan Aiken.

After week 1, the children will bring their own reading books home along with their Reading Challenge Books. In Year 5 the children are expected to read for at least 15 minutes in their own time. They can do this homework either before or after school.

It would really help the children to enjoy their books if they read to somebody at home at least once a week. There is a record sheet at the back of their reading books for you to sign when this has been done. Don't forget to ask your child all about book they are reading.  Each signature is rewarded with a house point.

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.

Our Guided Reading will be based upon Viking Legends. We will also look at non-fiction books about Viking life and The Earth, Moon and Sun.


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, film and websites to research about Vikings and their lives. We will write an information text about what made the Viking Boats so special.

Film Reviews

As part of the INTO Film festival we will be learning how to write a film review and record it for our classmates to listen to. We will look at how to mix reporting with opinion, how to use paragraphs to collect our ideas together and how to write a synopsis (precis) of a story.

The children will study Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar as set out in the Year 5 expectations.


We start with Place value of 4,5 and 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

Please try to use Mathletics as much as possible. It is a great way to support your learning and boost your confidence for our maths lessons. We will also have random times tables tests so please take time to learn your table facts and fact families.

Maths homework is given every week. It is given on a Friday and due in on a Wednesday morning. Don't forget about Homework Club!


Throughout the year we will be exploring how plants reproduce. This term we will be looking at fruit and seed dispersal and using Branch Diagrams to organise and retrieve information. We will also study sound - how is it made and how does it travel.

After half term we will be exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon. We will be finding out about their shape and size and how they move.


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 The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, where they are hosting a display in conjunction with Jorvik Viking Museum.

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

Art and Design and Technology

In Art we will be experimenting with printing to make collage paper to create Viking characters with. 

Design and Technology. We will make Viking brooches and sword hilts


We 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  We will be working with a sports coach on a Friday morning. Please make sure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on a Friday morning. Don't forget your uniform to change into!

We will take part in Therapeutic Yoga sessions on Thursdays.

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.

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 Christ who comes each day. They also wait in joyful hope for him to come in glory at the end of time.


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 music theory and singing skills.

Throughout the Year, the children present 3 concerts to showcase their learning. They are normally towards the end of each term and are well worth attending. Look out for dates in the School Newsletter.