Horndon-on-the-Hill C. of E. Primary School

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 5

Class 5 Curriculum Evening

Class 5 Autumn Term 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all enjoyed a fantastic summer and are looking forward to the new school year ahead. This letter outlines the areas of learning that will be covered this term as your child enters year 5 at Horndon-on-the-Hill,


Year 5 will be studying the Anglo Saxons this term, with a focus on their settlement at West Stow, which we are planning to go and visit. Where possible, links across the curriculum will be made to this topic in literacy, geography, art and design and technology.


In reading and writing we will develop skills over a range of genres, including poetry, narrative, diaries and journalistic writing. Links will be made to our Anglo Saxon topic and we will be reading ‘Beowolf’ by Michael Morpurgo. Running through these units, we will also be focussing on revising skills in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.


During this term the children will be focussing on securing their understanding of number and place value, including decimals and fractions in the context of distance. Year 5 will also focus on mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction. We will also be exploring multiples, factors, squares and cubes in preparation for our work on multiplication and division. Throughout these units children will be using and applying their mathematical thinking during reasoning and problem solving activities.


Through our scientific studies we will be concentrating on ‘properties of materials’ and ‘reversible and irreversible changes’ whilst developing scientific enquiry skills in planning and carrying out investigations. We will be making observations, recording measurements and drawing appropriate conclusions.


This will be taught by Mrs Sheppard. The children will be looking at creating presentations and programming algorithms (a set of precise instructions needed to complete a task).

Religious Education:

This term we will be learning about the Christian Harvest Festival. In addition to this, we will also be studying units about Journeys and Christmas.


Our art will be linked to our work in history and we will be creating Anglo Saxon prints as well as using different media to recreate our own versions of Anglo Saxon artefacts, including: coins, brooches and shields. We will be making use of our sketch books to record ideas and observations and use them to review ideas.

Physical Education:

Our PE session this term is on a Friday afternoon, we will begin the year developing skills through invasion games. Although our PE days are Friday this term, it is important that children have their full PE kits in school each day.


This will be taught following the Rigolo scheme, providing the children with a basic knowledge of French. This term we will be focusing on the topic of ‘Food’ and ‘Hobbies’.


In year 5, children begin learning how to play the clarinet. This is an amazing opportunity provided by Thurrock Music Services.

Personal, Social and Health Education:

Alongside our focus on the core values and code of conduct, we will be concentrating on New Beginnings.


Each week the children will be given Maths, Literacy and Spellings homework on a Friday for completion by the following Thursday. A spelling dictation will be completed on a Thursday as well.  Other subject areas may be given occasionally throughout the term. Pupils are expected to read at home at least three times a week as stated in the home/school agreement. Please ensure your child continues to do this as they enter upper KS2 and encourage them to take greater responsibility to ensure their diary is kept up to date.

Children will not be expected to spend more than two hours per week on homework.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Miss Hill – Class 5 teacher                                     Mrs Heapy (LSA)