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Autumn Term

Year 5

Autumn Term



Journey through North America

Hook into learning


Queen of the Falls

The Matchbox Diary




Family, Belonging


Topics within each theme:


Life choices



Talk4Writing using NarrativeKassim the Greedy Dragon

Talk4Writing Non-Fiction:

Persuasive Writing: Conservation

Poetry: The Highway Man

SPAG: Varied Sentence Starters, Relative Clauses, Higher order punctuation, Varied Sentence types.

Spelling Patterns: ough, silent letters, able, homophones, words from statutory Y5 & 6 list




Number Sense: 

Pupils can represent and explain the multiplicative nature of the number system, understanding how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000.Pupils make appropriate decisions about when to use their understanding of counting, place value and rounding for solving problems
including adding and subtracting.


Additive Reasoning:

Pupils can solve addition and subtraction problems
in different contexts, appropriately choosing and
using number facts, understanding of place value
and mental and written methods. They can explain
their decision making and justify their solutions


Multiplicative Reasoning:

Pupils can solve problems involving multiplication and division in differentcontexts, appropriately choosing and

using number facts, understanding of place value and mental and written methods. They can explain their
decision making and justify their solutions.


Geometric Reasoning

Pupils can explain angle as a measure of turn, draw and measure angles and use their understanding of angle to describe the properties of different shapes.

Number Sense 2:

Pupils can make appropriate decisions about when to
use their understanding of counting (including counting
below zero), place value and rounding for solving
problems including adding and subtracting. Pupils
can explain the representation of three-digit positive
numbers as Roman numerals.



Forces  linked to Queen of the Falls

Pupils should be taught to: § explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object § identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.


Animals and Humans

Pupils should be taught to: describe the changes as humans develop to old age.

(Links to Texts on North America)


Living Things and their habitats (Life cycles throughout the year)


Pupils should be taught to: § describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird § describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.


Working Scientifically and using the local environment throughout the year



History of North America from 1900



Study focus on USA and Canada


Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on North America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities

identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)


Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America




Scratch programme where the children will create their own disney animation.

Ongoing independent research

Using across all subjects



Sewing: Mocassins based on Native America



Walt Disney – cartoons

Clay model maps of North America



Musical journey through USA – country music, rap/hip hop, jazz and Motown.

PE - Games




PE – Dance & Gymnastics