Year 5 (Razorbills)

Class Teacher – Mrs Vanderford

Welcome to our Curriculum Parent Overview for Auumn Term 2017!

We hope that the information below will give you a picture of what will be going on in Razorbills Class this term and will maybe even lead to some interesting discussions around the dinner table!

Miss Jackson will be teaching Puffins Class all day on Mondays, and on Tuesday mornings until break time.


We are beginning the term looking at a short story called ‘The Mouth-organ Boys’. We will be learning and remembering the text, and will be working on writing our own stories using a similar structure. Our aim is to remember and apply all the Literacy skills we have learnt so far! Later in the term we will be completing units of work in non-fiction and poetry.

The children will have regular opportunities to read independently, as well as Guided Reading sessions working in a small group with an adult. All the children will take their ‘Star Test’ for Accelerated Reader during the next two weeks and will continue to choose books from their reading range. We will be reviewing their quiz results at regular intervals.

Even if your child is a confident reader now it is important to continue hearing them read as often as you can. Ask them questions about what they have read and talk about their choice of reading books. You could also ask how they are getting on with their Accelerated Reading quizzes. We will be sending out AR Home Connect letters again soon, so that you can easily track your child’s AR progress at home. Handwriting continues to be a focus for us this year, so it would be helpful if you could remind your child about forming letters correctly and trying to join their writing (especially when they are completing homework!). We will be sending handwriting homework sheets this term, which will show you the letter formations and joins we teach in school.



This term we have begun with Number Sense, developing our understanding of place value and rounding. We have also been focusing on times tables, making sure that we have a secure knowledge of these as they are very helpful in lots of our other work. Later in the term we will cover Additive Reasoning, practising formal written methods and solving problems; Multiplicative Reasoning, identifying multiples and factors and solving problems in a range of contexts; and Geometric Reasoning, particularly 2D shapes and angles.

Please support your child by helping them to have a sound knowledge of number facts and times tables. They will also have maths homework which you can help with. Please also encourage your child to access their DoodleMaths activities regularly – 10 minutes a day really does make a big difference. If you have trouble accessing this at home, please let us know.


This half term we will begin by learning more about living things and their habitats, including knowing about the life cycles of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals and the processes of reproduction in some of these. After half term our topic is ‘Animals including humans’, where we will be learning more about the changes as humans grow and develop.

Please help by relating the topics to everyday life, and supporting your child in finding out extra information.


We will be developing our coding skills, using an online coding course to write short programmes using blocks. We may progress to see how we can apply these skills to simulate controlling real-world systems. After half term we will be learning about using hyperlinks to create interactive models.

If your child has access to a computer, they could develop confidence by practising keyboard skills and exploring different programs. If you do not have Internet access at home the computers at school are often free immediately after the end of school, which would be a good time to work on them with your child.


After half term we will be learning about Ancient Greek life and achievements, and the Ancient Greek’s influence on the western world.

Please talk to your child about what they have learnt.


Our topic titles are ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion/belief system?’ and ‘’Why do religious books and teachings matter?’ We will be learning about how members of the Jewish faith celebrate and live out their beliefs, as well as exploring writings and stories which are important, exploring moral messages that can be found in these writings and thinking about how we can express our own beliefs.

Please encourage your child to think about different points of view and beliefs and continue to develop their own ideas.


Our Geography topic is ‘Brazil. We will be learning about geographical similarities and differences between the UK and Brazil, and also within the country of Brazil itself. We will study the physical and human geography of Brazil, including climate zones and urbanisation.

Please talk to your child about what they have been learning, and help them make Geographical connections with things they see on television or hear on the news.

D + T

After half term we will be exploring the use of frame structures for building, and designing our own structures.



Our Art focus this term is drawing and sculpture. We will be working on self-portraits and drawings of others as well as making modroc sculptures. We will be looking at the work of impressionist artist Alberto Giacometti as a stimulus for our work.

We are in need of some new painting aprons. Old adults’ shirts or t-shirts are perfect if you have any to spare.


Miss Jackson will be taking Puffins Class for French this term. They will start by reviewing what they already know and practising basic vocabulary.


During the first half of term we will be improving our teamwork skills in Outdoor and Adventurous activities and practising our Gymnastics. After half term we will be developing confidence in Invasion Games, specifically Basketball, and developing our Dance vocabulary.

Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times, and check that their P.E. shoes are the right size.



The children will be developing their music skills with Miss Jackson. We are fortunate to have a set of I-pads on loan this term, so the children will be exploring making music using the Garage Band app.

Talk to your child about the music they hear at home, and encourage them to begin forming their own opinions about what music they like and why.


During the first half of term we will be thinking about ‘New Beginnings’, exploring the changes that take place as we move through school and thinking about our new responsibilities. After half term our topic is ‘Getting on and falling out’.


Your child will have weekly homework, which as far as possible will be set on Friday and handed in on Wednesday. The homework will cover a range of different areas, including reading, Maths or Literacy activities and activities linked to the topics we are studying. Please support your child in these activities as far as possible and enjoy sharing your own experiences with them.