Autumn Term 1 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have enjoyed meeting all the children and we are starting to get to know each other. It can be difficult starting a new year, with a new teacher, but your children have been incredibly kind and are settling well. We are going to have a great year! 

Autumn Topic: This term we will be studying the Anglo Saxons.  We will be learning about how the Anglo Saxons settled in England, how they lived and the impact they have had on the present day.

English:   We will be studying Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Bryce. This will link with our science topic this term. Lots of our topic, art and grammar will be linked to this. We shall focus heavily on grammar this term and the correct use of punctuation. Reading will be taught daily through the core English texts, short stories and comprehensions.

Later in the term we will be studying Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo linked to our Anglo Saxon topic.

Maths: In year 5, we are looking at larger numbers up to 1 million. This term, we will be looking at: approximating, place value, decimals, ordering positive and negative numbers on scales, measures, distances, interpreting percentages as fractions and decimals. 3 D shapes and co-ordinates in 4 quadrants. We will also look at prime numbers.  In addition, we will be reviewing the four operations and calculation policy and we will apply these to problems.

Times Tables: All children should now know all  their times tables – but I suspect this is not the case, so we will continue with times tables tests weekly this term until everyone is secure.

Science: We are looking this term at Earth and space and working scientifically.

RE: We will be following units from ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’, starting  with the story of  creation and God’s covenants.  

PSHE: This term we will be focusing on what it means to be a friend and being kind. We will look closely at what strategies we can use to ensure we know how to deal with bullying

Homework: The home work will be given to children on Fridays.  There is a general homework book (orange), but I will also be checking to see that the Reading Record (blue) is being completed.  Children are expected to read for 20 minutes, at least 5 times a week. When they read they should record the date and page numbers in their books. When they finish a book, they must write at least a page explaining why they liked or did not like a book or complete one of the activities in their reading journal.

There will also be spellings set on Fridays for a test on Wednesday. 

I will set my maths which is online (  to consolidate what we have been learning and times tables practice. This is to be the main maths homework resource. However, I will occasionally set other maths problems in the orange book, if I think it is appropriate.

Homework consolidates work we have done in class and encourages independence. However, if your child is unable to complete homework for any reason, such as a family trip, please just write a note to this effect in the homework book. Your child should not spend more than 20 minutes on any homework.

Class Routines:

Monday                                   PE

Tuesday                                  Drama

Wednesday                             Spanish

Thursday                                  Science and PE with Mrs Peake  

Friday                                      Music and Singing

Dates for your diary:

27th September                        Greenwich Planetarium

11th October                            Harvest Festival

14th November                       Museum of London

13th December                         Christmas Performance (2pm)

18th December                        Unicorn Theatre 

Contact with teacher:  You can talk to me about any queries or concerns you have, at the end of the day.   I’m also happy for you to email on the address below.  Please bear in mind you will not get an instant response as I will likely be in class or preparing for lessons.  I will reply within 24 hours.

I am looking forward to a great year with your children. Please give them all the support you can and encourage them in their studies. 

Best wishes,

Annette Gordon –