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Y5: What are we learning this term?

At St Michael’s our aim is to provide a rich curriculum and a wide range of opportunities that will build the habits of ambitious, capable learners.

Due to safety measures and restrictions that are currently in place, we are starting our year a bit differently than how we usually do things. However, we will do our very best to provide the children with the best possible experiences and will work tirelessly to support the children to flourish in their potential at our school.

Here is an outline of what the Year 5s will be learning during the Autumn Term.


We will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills by studying the book ‘Journey to Jo’burg’, using a whole class reading approach.

In writing, the children will be writing a fictional ‘journey tale’ (based on ‘The old man and the donkey‘) as well as non-fiction writing, linked to their topic of Africa.


In addition to embedding the children’s mental maths skills, through our daily CLIC programme and BMBT (Big Maths Beat That), we are following the White Rose Maths curriculum, which covers the whole content of the National Curriculum. This term the focus will be:

  • Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Statistics
  • Perimeter & Area

The children should also know all their times tables off by heart.

TOPIC (History/Geography)

In Geography, as part of our whole school theme of ’Seven worlds, one planet’, Year 5 will study the continent of Africa and in particular Kenya. The learning will include using maps, atlases and globes to focus on key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. In the second half term, the focus will be on History and their topic will be West Benin – an ancient Kingdom which is now Southern Nigeria.

Science: ‘forces’

The aim of this unit of study is to teach the children about types of forces such as gravity, friction, water resistance and air resistance as well as the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys.  We want the children to look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects, using newton meters to measure the force of gravity. The children will have the opportunity to develop their scientific skills when investigating air and water resistance and when exploring friction.

Religious Education

In RE we learn about the 6 main religions in the world, and this term our focus is on Christianity. Our topic is Beliefs and Practices and we will be exploring the key question: ‘What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

We will also be dedicating some time to deepen our understanding of our school values of ‘Respect’, ‘Love’ and in the second half term ‘Peace‘.


The children’s PE slot is on a Thursday. This half term the children will be focusing on athletic skills – children will have the opportunity to develop their existing running and jumping skills, as well as learn new skills. They will be running for speed and endurance. The children will be trying to achieve their personal best in different types of jumps and will be given opportunities to take part in socially distanced activities and games.


In addition to all the learning already outlined, the children will also be given ample opportunity to do Art and DT (linked to their topic, but also a whole school art project), to participate in Music lessons, to take part in drama & dance activities, to develop their personal, social, citizenship and health education (PSCHE), to learn computing skills, including online safety and to learn a language other than English, which will be Spanish. As the children enjoyed the Spanish lessons during lockdown so much and as it is the second most spoken language in the world, we have decided to continue with the teaching of Spanish as our Modern Foreign Language at St Michael’s.

HOME learning

Following the positive feedback from using CLASSDOJO during lockdown, we will continue to set homework via our dojo platform.

Your child will be sent home with their log in details for classdojo; the log in is in the form of a QR code.  Past experience has taught us that it is easier to scan the QR code for tablets and smartphones, but if using a laptop, typing the log in details are a better option.  If you would prefer this option, please contact us via our school email,  so we can send this to you.   Please note that their existing log in details, given during our period of lockdown provide access to your child’s former year group class dojos.  Therefore if you already have this set up on a device, you will need to repeat the process for your child’s current class .

Can we also remind you that in order to refresh the screen and see additions to the page, your child must log out at the end of each session and then log in again when required.

Home learning will include:

  • Mathletics (login and password card will be given to them)
  • Weekly spelling words to learn (children will be tested on a Friday)
  • The children will also be given a fortnightly comprehension (written) task on a Monday, which must be completed and handed in two weeks later on Friday. The date for handing in will be written on their comprehension homework.

Children will be awarded DOJOs points for completing their homework.

stay in touch

Despite the current restrictions about entering our school premises, please do not let that stop you from staying in contact with us. If you wish to speak to us, please contact the school office via and we will be happy to address any concerns you may have.

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