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Welcome to Year 5J

A huge welcome to all of our children and families. Please read this page to keep up to date with our focus for learning throughout the year. We are going to be asking, 'Where are we going and who are we going to meet?' throughout every unit of work. We will be travelling around the world and meeting many significant individuals. I am sure you will really enjoy the topics this year. I will share our learning further on our ClassDojo page.


All of our Autumn 1 learning is listed below. If you have any questions do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school or send a message on ClassDojo during school hours.


Mrs James, Mrs Hanson and Miss Kavanagh.



This term, we will be focusing on place value. 

We will also be revising addition and subtraction and solving word problems. We will be learning written methods for multiplication and division and ensuring that we are confident with all of our times tables and related division facts.



This term, we will be reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We will be writing a persuasive text, a diary entry and a missing chapter using the book to inspire our writing.


In grammar and punctuation lessons, we will be focusing on the year 5 objectives starting with using modal verbs. 





In Autumn 1, we are going to be learning about the properties and changes of materials. We will be asking if all changes can be reversed. 

We will describe how to recover a substance from a solution and decide how mixtures might be separated. This is a practical topic so we will have the chance to complete different investigations to help our learning.



History will focus on a study of Early Islamic civilizations. We will be asking why the Islamic civilisation of AD900 was known as the Golden Age.




The main skills will be our locational knowledge, geography of the world and place knowledge. We will be looking at North and South America with a detailed study of Peru.




Our first Art topic will be 'Architecture'. We are going to be drawing and designing houses, buildings and monuments. This is a very creative topic so I can't wait to see what you come up with. 




In Autumn 1, our RE lessons are going to be focusing on Islam and why Muhammad is important to Muslims. 



We will be learning about families and relationships. This includes recognising our positive attributes, marriage and choice and safety and happiness in families.



Design and Technology

This half term we will be designing and following a recipe to make a healthy Bolognese sauce.



The children have logins for Times Tables Rock Stars. They can access the app at home on a laptop or ipad. Please encourage your child to access the website at home as this will give them much needed practice of the Times Tables they are unsure of. Children will be taking part in TTRS in class every day.


Please click below to assess the TTRS website


This year, our P.E lessons will take place on Tuesday afternoons.  5J must come to school wearing their full PE kit every Tuesday. Earrings must be removed and a water bottle and outdoor coat will be required.

This term's focus is Basketball.




Every Friday, your child will be given their new spelling lists. Please take time to help your child learn these spellings each week. They will be tested on the following Thursday. The children will be introduced to different methods to help them to learn the spelling rules. To help your child learn their spellings, please encourage them to recap the meaning of words and write them in sentences. Spelling lists will be put on DoJo every week.



We are going to listen to, appraise and perform classic rock songs!



This will be taught by Technola every Tuesday afternoon. Look on DoJo for further information and photographs of our activities.




Reading books

5J will continue to use Accelerated Reader. They will complete a quiz on every book they read and then receive a new reading book. Please make sure your child reads with an adult every day after school. The children will also be able to choose a school library book which they will be able to change every Friday. It is essential that your child engages in reading for pleasure, this helps to improve vocabulary and comprehension skills.




If you have any questions or are able to support us in any of our curriculum areas, please speak to us before or after school. We are always here to help.





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