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 This term we will be learning…




This term, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful is about a soldier called Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful, who is looking back on his life from the trenches of WW1 in France. Structurally, each chapter of the book brings the reader closer to the present until the story turns to present tense. The story especially underlines the senselessness of war and ineptitude of the commanding officer. During Literacy lessons, this novel will be the stimulus to develop the pupils into imaginative and descriptive writers using a wide range of skills including figurative language.

Private Peaceful, and their learning in Literacy lessons, will link across a wide range of subjects particularly PE, Topic and Art/DT. The final, and exciting outcome for the children, is that they will use their Literacy skills to creative an emotive and descriptive piece of writing, using their own choice of context, about life for a soldier in WW1 trenches. 


Useful resources to use at home:

Please use the links provided below to help support your child in their journey to becoming an enthusiastic and skilled writer.

Figurative Language Glossary

Grammar Terminology

Spelling Rules

To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing.  To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.




During the children’s time in Year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.  We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practice with complex problems.  They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.

This term’s unit will begin by deepening the knowledge and understanding of the four operations – Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide. We will be exploring new and exciting ways to visualise numbers as parts and wholes, looking at a wide range of strategies to solve problems both mentally and in books using techniques such as ‘bar modelling’. Pupils will discover how these operations link together as both inverse and beyond. In addition, they will secure their knowledge and understanding of the four operations as formal written methods. We hope that by the end of the half term, pupils will be able to apply their learning to complex problems – particularly with the ability to visualise how many steps are required and which operations to use in the correct order. 


Useful resources to use at home:

Times Table Rock Stars

Parents guide to the column method of addition and subtraction

Parents guide to short multiplication

Parents guide to long multiplication

Parents guide to short division

Parents guide to long division

Year 5 Whole Year Curriculum – Online Questions



During this half term, we will be learning about Forces. Pupils will explore falling objects and raise questions about the effects of air resistance. We will explore the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes and sycamore seeds fall. In addition, the children will experience forces that make things begin to move, get faster or slow down. Following on from that, we will explore the effects of friction on movement and find out how it slows or stops moving objects, for example, by observing the effects of a brake on a bicycle wheel. Finally, we will explore the effects of levers, pulleys and simple machines on movement.


Useful resources to use at home:

BBC Bitesize – Online Reading, Games and Quizzes

BBC Bitesize – Forces and motion


Topic – WW1 – Life in the trenches

We all might like to play in the mud but how would you feel if you lived in it all the time? In World War One, hundreds of miles of muddy trenches became the home to thousands of soldiers. These long narrow ditches dug into the ground were as busy as a small town where soldiers lived all day and night. These trenches were the only thing stopping the advance of the German army. 

This half term, the children will begin by learning about how WW1 started meanwhile locating all the countries involved on a world map. We will also explore how the physical geography of certain countries both helped and hindered the soldiers from fighting. However, we will focus primarily on life in the trenches which links directly to our class reader Private Peaceful. Pupils will learn about attack and defense strategies, equipment used and most importantly, empathising with the soldiers who suffered in those harsh conditions. Halfway through the term, pupils have an exciting opportunity to visit the WW1 Remembrance Centre to deepen their knowledge of WW1 trench warfare. 

Useful resources to use at home:

BBC Bitesize – Life in the trenches


Human and Physical Geography games

Group Sort –

Whack-a-mole –

True or False –

Maze Chase –

Open the box –



Our class based PE lessons this term will be linked to our Topic study of WW1 in which we will be learning Circuit Training. Pupils will learn a full range of circuit training techniques, similar to those used in military boot camps, including squats, press ups, jumping jacks etc. The outcome for this unit is for pupils to improve their full body strength, stamina and balance. We hope that this unit provides the children with a bank of exercise techniques that can easily be done at home and also inspires them to continue being fit and active as part of their everyday life.  



This term the focus will be around the concept Interpretation and how this impacts on people’s lives as well as how this concept applies to Christianity in particular. This unit will explore the different interpretations of the Christmas Story (The birth of Jesus). This unit will also allow children to begin to think about their own understanding of the concept as well as what people leading a religious life believe and how they express this through their practice. 





This term, our French focus will be Phonics. Exploring phonics will help children pronounce words in French. In the early stages of French conversation, phonetics are possibly the most important element to learn. Giving the pupils a step-by-step guide to speaking in French, this unit aims to ensure that children can pronounce words accurately and fluently, thereby communicating easily in French. The differences between a number of French words might be hard to distinguish now, particularly in vowel-heavy words, but focusing on phonetics will make even the smallest of pronunciation changes clearer.


Useful resources to use at home:


BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary



This term, children will be learning how to read musical notes and experiment with notation with a number of instruments. As part of the music curriculum, we will be exploring the concept of community and how it can be expressed via the medium of music.





PSHE this half term will aim to inform children on how to differentiate between the terms, ‘risk’, ‘danger’ and ‘hazard’. We will deepen pupils’ understanding of risk by recognising, predicting and assessing risks in different situations and deciding how to manage them responsibly (including sensible road use and risks in their local environment) and to use this as an opportunity to build resilience. Finally, children will recognise how their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe.





This half term, Computing will focus on Algorithms.  Computers can’t understand us as they use a different language. Therefore, children will learn how to translate their instructions into code which the computer will then follow to complete a task. This code is written in a programming language which the children will explore and discover. There are many different types of programming languages. Some that the pupils may experience this half term are Logo, Scratch, and Kodu. Each of these languages are suited to different things.



Dates for the Diary!!!

Class Assemblies

5NB – Thursday 17th January 2019

5CB – Thursday 24th January 2019

5DS – Thursday 7th February 2019


Trips and Workshops

WW1 Remembrance Centre Trip

5NB – Monday 19th November 2018 

5CB – Tuesday 20th November 2018

5DS – Wednesday 21st November 2018

(please note: pupils will return to school before 12.30pm therefore lunch will be had at school as normal)

PE kit

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PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.

Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.


On behalf of the Year 5 team, we were absolutely blown away with the huge number of children who created a piece of homework linked to Kensuke’s Kingdom! Even more so, we couldn’t believe how detailed and amazing the pieces of work were by all of the children. We would like to thank the children and the parents/carers for all the hard work put in for the homework project. Therefore, we are really excited to see what’s in store for our Autumn 2 project 🙂

Literacy/Topic – Year 5 Project Homework – Independent Learning Opportunity!

Set: Wednesday 7th November 2018            Due: Wednesday 19th December 2018

In Private Peaceful, our two main characters find themselves in the heart of WW1 trench warfare.

Your task is to create a piece of work linked to Private Peaceful and our Topic learning of WW1 Life in the Trenches.

You could:

  • Create a detailed 2D plan
  • Produce a PowerPoint
  • Construct a 3D model
  • Descriptive writing (poetry, diary, letter etc.)
  • Use technology, such as Minecraft

As this is an extended project, we expect a variety of activities to be done ready to present to the class.  If you need any paper or resources, please ask your class teacher.

(Remember: Year 5 Langtone Learner expectations – well-presented work with legible, joined handwriting!)