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

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 5

Class 5- Autumn Term 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to year 5 and the new school year. This letter outlines the areas of learning that we aim to cover this term.


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 topic- The Anglo Saxons- and we will be reading ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will also be focussing on the key skills of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, these will be incorporated within our English Lessons.


During this term the children will be focusing on securing their understanding of number and place value, including fractions and decimals. Year 5 will also focus on mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction. We will 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.


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


Through our scientific studies we will be concentrating on ‘properties of materials’ and ‘reversible and irreversible changes’ whilst developing scientific skills of: enquiry, planning and carrying out investigations. We will make observations, record measurements and draw 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.


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 by developing skills through invasion games. Please ensure PE Kits are always in school.


Our study of a Modern Foreign Language is French and is taught using the Rigolo scheme, providing the children with a basic knowledge. This term we will be focussing on the topic of ‘Food’ and ‘Hobbies’.


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

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

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 and English homework on a Friday for completion by the following Thursday. Spellings will go out on a Wednesday to be tested on the following Wednesday. Pupils are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week, as stated in the home/school agreement. Please ensure your child continues to do so. As they are now in upper school they are able to write in their reading records themselves, but,  will need an adult signature also.

Thank you.


Mrs J Matthews- Class 5 Teacher and Mrs Phillips (Learning Support Assistant)