Autumn in Class 5

Dear Parents and children,

Welcome to the Autumn term in Class 5.

Here is an overview of what we’ll be learning about.



Reading remains a huge focus in Class 5 and this term we’ll be enjoying a variety of different books – our first being The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. This is a truly magical novel which will take us all to imaginary worlds filled with danger and mystery! Watch this space for examples of how we’ll use this book to enhance our writing and vocabulary!

Please feel free to ask if you would like any good book recommendations – all the children in Class 5 will be very happy to help!


There are so many opportunities for writing in Class 5. We’ll be using class books to give us themes for our writing such as newspaper articles, advertisements, persuasive writing and letters. Wherever possible, the children are encouraged to use their own imagination to write creative stories.

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

SPaG is incorporated into all that we do and is also taught discretely each morning. We focus on different spellings each week – not only from the Key Y5/6 word lists, but also interesting words we come across in our reading. In our morning sessions, we practise punctuation and use the use of correct grammar.

If you would like to see our learning objectives or word lists for SPaG, please let me know.



In the first half of the Autumn term, we spend a lot of time revisiting Place Value and ensuring that our children continue to have a good grasp of number. This term we will specifically focus on the following:

  • Reading, writing and ordering numbers to 10,000,000
  • Rounding numbers and using negative numbers in everyday contexts
  • Developing secure addition and subtraction written methods
  • Common factors, prime numbers, multiplication tables and number patterns
  • Mental Arithmetic skills
  • x by 10, 100, 100 and 10,000

In Term 2 our focus will be:

Number Sense

  • Number and place value
  • Measurement
  • Statistics


Multiplicative Reasoning

  • Multiplication and division
  • Measurement
  • Statistics
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Fractions – decimals and percentages


Geometric Reasoning

  • Geometry – properties of shapes
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Measurement


We use a variety of equipment to support children’s learning throughout maths – even in Year 6!

We also have a huge focus on the development of mental arithmetic skills and helping children build speed and confidence to solve problems quickly.



In Class 5, we try and make special time for scientific investigations. These help children develop thinking skills and promotes questioning and group work. These are often stand-alone investigations.

In the first half of this term,  we will be learning about: Living things and their habitats. 

  • classify living things into broad groups according the observable features
  • Understanding how different living things reproduce, including plants
  • Understanding the lifecycles of different living things.

In the second half of this term, we will learn about Animals including humans.

  • identify and name main parts of the human circulatory system
  • describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • understand the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on how the body functions
  • describe how nutrients and water are transported within animals and humans


Our topic this term will include a little bit of History and Geography combined together!

As part of the History Curriculum, we will be learning about the Mayan Civilisation AD900. Watch this space as your children learn about this early civilisation and what their daily lives were like.


Place knowledge

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the UK, Europe and N & S America

Location knowledge

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including Russia) and N & S America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.
  • Name and locate countries and cities in the UK, geographical regions and identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

As you can see, we have a lot to learn. If anyone has any expertise in any of the areas above, you are very welcome to come and help us is you wish!