Class 5 – Autumn Term 2022


We start the school year with the topic The Vikings!

English: Using our class text, Beowulf, by Michael Morpurgo, we will immerse ourselves in the writer’s style, analysing and unpicking his sentence structures and language used to invent our own pieces of writing. We will then move onto looking at other texts, linked to our topic on The Vikings, where possible, and complete lots of creative writing pieces. We will cover a range of writing styles such as story writing, non-chronological reports and discussion broadening the children’s’ skills and interests.

We will continue to follow a scheme of work for whole class reading called ‘Pathways to Read’ and the children will access this daily. The first text we are using is called ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. The sessions allow the children to develop their predicting skills, clarifying new vocabulary, read and retrieve information and read and explain with a mastery focus.

Computing: The children will continue to use Computing as part of their everyday lessons; however, this term we will be looking at designing, writing and debugging programs to accomplish specific goals. The children will be able to explain how some simple algorithms work and be able to detect and correct errors. The children will also continue to learn about online safety.


We begin the term by building on the children’s knowledge and understanding of place value and in particular, their ability to reason and problem solve around the topic area.

The children will then move onto addition and subtraction. The children will apply the formal methods of addition and subtraction to numbers with up to five digits.

In the next unit on graphs and tables, the children will build on statistics work from years 3 and 4. The work covered will also allow children to apply their knowledge of place value and number operations to solve simple problems based on the data presented in tables and line graphs. Children will look at examples of line graphs and dual line graphs. For the first time, children will also make, complete and interpret two-way times tables.

All children will continue to learn their times tables up to 12×12.


In this term, our Science topic will be learning about the ‘Living things and their Habitats. The children will be learning to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. The children will also describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.  

The second part of Autumn Term the children will learn about ‘Animals including Humans’, this builds on the learning from the previous topic.


All children will be taught music lessons using the program ‘Charanga.’ The lessons are structured in a way that allows the children to listen and appraise, focusing on finding the pulse, answering and asking questions about particular music. The children also have the opportunity to complete musical games and activities before learning and performing a range of songs.

Modern Foreign Language:

The children will experience French as a language focusing on how to name and pronounce names of animals, hold a simple conversation in French focusing on describing animals. The children will put their speaking into writing a short passage to describe an animal experiencing how French is written.

Art/Design and Technology:

This term the children will be looking at Viking art and, in particular, they will be making Viking jewellery and Viking longboats. We will also be making our own moving toys ensuring they have a mechanism. The children will also cook and taste some food traditionally eaten in by Vikings.

Wider Curriculum – History and Geography:

Our topic this term is Invaders and Settlers. We will learn all about the raids and invasions by Vikings in Anglo-Saxon Britain. The children will learn who the Vikings were as well as when and where they raided and settled. Significant events from the period will be investigated and ordered chronologically on a timeline. Anglo-Saxon kings who ruled during the ‘Viking Age’ will be researched and we will examine their influence and significance in British history. The children will also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of everyday Viking life, such as exploring types of houses that the Vikings lived in, what clothes they wore and even what types of food they ate.

PSHE: As a new school year starts the children will begin by thinking about ‘friendships’, what determines a healthy friendship and challenges they may face along the journey, the children will understand healthy online relationships. The children will develop their understanding of safe relationships and ensuring they know how to respect themselves and others.  There will also be work on our My Happy Minds programme during the term.

World Religions: September 2022 sees a new R.E. curriculum content, which we will be implementing and more information will follow.  Of course we will be continuing to celebrate the Christian festivals this term. We will be concentrate on Islam, in particular during Y5.

The children will learn to understand their own values and beliefs and their importance of these on their own behaviour.  Please watch out for more information of the changes to this area of learning on our whole school newsletter.

P.E: Swimming at Biddulph Leisure Centre will take place on a Friday morning, your child will need to come to school beach ready, swimming caps with be required. Your child can wear goggles providing they have written permission asking the swimming teachers to allow this but this is at their discretion. Your child can come into school in their Marlfields tracksuit on this day.  Please be aware they do need a PE kit in school at all times during the week in case spontaneous sessions occur.