Autumn Term 2 2020

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term and feel rested and ready for another fun half term together! We have lots of exciting things planned this half term including our preparations for Christmas during Advent. I was so proud of every single child in Year 5 as they were all so excited to be back in school and wow, we worked hard! They really pushed themselves to achieve their very best and I can’t wait to see them come back to school fresh faced and ready to learn more and most importantly, have more fun!

Collective Worship

We will begin collective worship this half term by thinking about and understanding the importance of peace in the world. We will pray for those who died fighting for our country in the war and also pray for their families. This year, Remembrance Sunday will take place on Sunday 8th November and Remembrance Day will be held on Wednesday 11th November.

Remembrance Day

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Year 5 all decorated their own poppy which we then turned into a class wreath. Year 5 learnt why poppies are a symbol of Remembrance Day and their significance. We held a mini service in class where we remembered those who had fought and lost their lives in order for us to live in a free and peaceful world. We also remembered anyone in our own lives who perhaps is not with us anymore. We read bidding prayers and listened to a hymn that gave us time to reflect and speak with God. We held our 2 minute silence at 11am and listened to the Last Post before and after our bidding prayers. Year 5 were really thoughtful and respectful throughout and really enjoyed our Remembrance Day service in class. Throughout the day, Year 5 were able to place their own prayer intentions in the middle of the wreath. This will be added to for the rest of the week during our worship.

RE: God’s Covenants & The Ten Commandments

This half term we will learn about some of God’s covenants but specifically the covenant he made with Moses when he gave him the Ten Commandments. We will learn about the importance of the Ten Commandments and how they can inform how we behave and how we live our lives. Towards the end of the half term, we will then begin to start preparing for Christmas during Advent, where we will consider the importance of Christmas time in our religion and why the Jesus’ birth was so important for the world.

We started our learning journey this half term by developing our knowledge of the key vocabulary that we need throughout the unit. Vocabulary is at the heart of everything we do so this is always a good start to any new topic. Year 5 then started to make connections with their previous experiences either at school, in Church or at home, their previous learning, knowledge and understanding about Moses. We soon realised that many of us in Year 5 weren’t quite sure who Moses was or why he was important in the Bible.

We then enjoyed watching clips from the film ‘The Prince of Egypt’ to learn more about Moses’ life and how he came to be the Prince of Egypt and why he is so important in the Bible.

We then learnt about the covenant that God made with Moses when He gave him the ‘way of living’ through the Ten Commandments at the top of Mount Sinai. Watch what happens when Moses receives the Ten Commandments from God.

Year 5 then enjoyed using freeze frames and drama to retell the Ten Commandments and develop their understanding of what each commandment means. Some of the language in the Ten Commandments is quite tricky so this was really crucial in order for Year 5 to understand these. Year 5 were really surprised to learn that “Love thy neighbour as yourself” isn’t one of the Ten Commandments. We will continue to explore this throughout this half term.


Bubble Closure

During our 2-week bubble closure, Year 5 completed a range of RE lessons whilst remote learning from home. They really deepened their knowledge and understanding of the Ten Commandments and were able to consider how the Ten Commandments really shape their own lives. Year 5 used their previous learning and knowledge of Moses and the story of when he receives the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and their own understanding and experiences of how to put these into action. They completed an activity to consider how people may behave, who they may upset with their actions and how they should behave instead. They then used this activity to help them to write an acrostic poem (where they applied their English skills) about how the Ten Commandments shape their lives and behaviour. Year 5 also wrote questions they would ask if they got the chance to speak to Moses and God about the Ten Commandments.

Here is a sample of Year 5’s work from their time learning at home:

To show understanding of the symbols and actions at Christmas time.

Year 5 enjoyed learning about all of the symbols and actions around Christmas time and why they have become so important and such a tradition around the festive season. Some of the symbols they learnt about were:

  • bells
  • Christmas tree
  • star
  • Advent wreath (and the pink/purple/white candles)
  • mistletoe
  • Father Christmas
  • carols (singing)
  • candles
  • candy cane
  • gifts
  • Nativity scene
  • angels

To show understanding of the importance of the Incarnation and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Year 5 enjoyed a creative lesson in RE today where they used role play to explore where in the Bible, angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she is going to have a son. Year 5 had to work well as a team and had to include as many key words as they could from the story into their role play. Their focus was on what angel Gabriel told Mary. This will help them with writing a letter in our next RE lesson.


English – Myths & Legends

Pandora’s Box: Greek Mythology

We are now moving on to our new stimulus in English: Pandora’s Box. The children enjoyed hearing the story up to the moment before Pandora opens the box because this is what we are going to be writing about.

Description, Action & Dialogue

Year 5 have been using their reading skills to explore description, action and dialogue within texts as they will be beginning to interweave this into their own writing. We read a range of texts, including from our class text ‘Who let the gods out’ and other examples to evaluate the use of description, action and dialogue. Year 5 had to identify the each aspect within the text and comment on the effectiveness of this technique within writing. The children were able to comment that through using this technique, it makes the writing more interesting and gives the speech between the characters more purpose. We are now going to develop this in our own writing.

We started by exploring the use of powerful verbs in writing. We analysed and evaluated two pieces of writing where we had to comment on their choices of verbs. Year 5 concluded that sometimes, the choice of a verb can really help the reader to imagine ‘how’ something is done. They then had a go at re-writing a passage from Pandora’s Box to improve the use of verbs to add impact for the reader. Our worthy word wall has continued to build with ambitious vocabulary and this now includes many ambitious, powerful verbs.

Creating dialogue

Before Year 5 worked on writing their own dialogue between Zeus and the other gods at a meeting (taken from the story of Pandora’s Box), they enjoyed role play to explore what the characters might have said during the meeting. This then helped Year 5 to plan their own dialogue and then using their previous learning of how to punctuate speech correctly to write this accurately.




We will begin our half term by identifying multiples and factors of numbers to support our mental recall of key multiplication and division facts. We will then move on to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and beyond. Then, we will have a focus on measurement where we will learn how to measure and calculate perimeter and area. An exciting half term in Maths!

Year 5 have worked their little socks off during their first week back after half term and have recapped written methods for addition and subtraction as well as answering a range of reasoning and problem solving questions linked to both AND then learning how to solve multi-step addition and subtraction problems! Wow! What a week!

Multiples & Factors

We have now moved on to learning about multiples and factors and key facts that can help us. We recapped odd and even numbers and patterns that are associated with these numbers.


Year 5 then learnt what a multiple is and learnt a brand new word: product. They enjoyed a fun and active Burn2Learn lesson where they practised finding multiples of given numbers before they applied this skill in written questions in their Maths books.

Prime Numbers

Year 5 enjoyed a physically active, outdoor orienteering Maths lesson today. They had to apply their map skills, their teamwork skills and their prior learning of multiples and factors to complete the task. This progressed their confidence and understanding of prime numbers further (they had initially learnt about prime numbers during their time learning at home during our bubble closure). Check out Year 5 in action!

Cube Numbers

Year 5 enjoyed a fun, outdoor, physically active lesson in Maths today. This lesson consolidated prior learning from their time remote learning at home. They had to run to the box, take a ball, run back to their partner and think of how many ways they could represent a cube number. E.g. 5³ = 5 x 5 x 5 = 125

The children had to find all numbers 1-12 and complete their table to show this. Then, we went back to class and talked about how we could work out what the cubed numbers were. We had to multiply the number by itself 3 times.


Please click on the button below to see what key instant recall fact targets we are working on this half term. Last half term, Year 5 worked SO hard to achieve a BULLSEYE! I can’t wait to see them work even harder this half term to do the same.

Year 5 Autumn 2 KIRF Targets

We have really enjoyed practising our KIRFs this half term in a range of ways! Our favourite is any kind of activity that takes us outdoors! This week, we have really enjoyed a range of Burn2Learn games to help us to practise our KIRFs. We are focusing on adding 2 digit numbers really quickly using our existing knowledge of partitioning and number bonds. Year 5 absolutely loved this game. We all had very rosy cheeks after being out in the chilly air whilst playing this KIRFs game!



We will start the half term by spending some time consolidating all of our new knowledge and understanding from our prior learning last half term in Space. Then, we will begin the first half of our Materials topic where we explore mixtures and solutions. We will explore how to separate mixtures and recover substances from a solution using our knowledge of solids, liquids and gases.

During a bubble closure, Year 5 completed two Science lessons whilst remote learning from home. To begin with, they explored new subject specific vocabulary linked to our new topic (Mixtures & Solutions) through a word search. They then made links with their previous learning from Year 4 where they revised the states of matter and solids, liquids and gases through a sorting activity.

Here are some samples of the activities Year 5 completed at home:



During a bubble closure, Year 5 completed an Art lesson whilst remote home learning where they applied previous sketching skills learnt in Year 5 to draw a realistic picture of an Ancient Greek pot, making links with our History topic. This will help them as we progress through our Art project this half term where Year 5 will need to take inspiration from the Ancient Greeks to plan and design their own Greek pot. This lesson will help them to draw and design their pot before moulding it using clay.

Here are some samples of their work whilst learning at home:

Evaluating Ancient Greek pottery for inspiration

Pottery was important to the Ancient Greeks for storage. Everything from wheat to wine was stored in pottery. Pottery was made by shaping clay, decorating the pot and then heating the clay in a kiln. In early Greece, pots were decorated with geometric designs. Year 5 had to decide which shape of vase they preferred the most and the least and explain why. They also had to consider what techniques they thought they would need to use in order to create their own pots and which shape would be the most difficult to create.

Year 5 then evaluated geometric patterns and designs that are seen on Ancient Greek vases. They had to choose their preferred geometric pattern and design and comment on the following:

  • Use of shape
  • Use of lines
  • Use of colours

…as well as why they liked the designs and patterns, what parts of the vase they liked and how they could recreate something similar when creating their own vases.

Practising skills

Year 5 have spent time developing their knowledge and understanding of sculptures and their skills in clay. To begin with, we studied a range of sculptures from around the world and discussed what materials these sculptures might be made from. We were nearly right about most materials and found out what the sculptures below were made from. We then worked really hard during our Art lesson to practise the skills and techniques needed to handle clay. These skills and techniques will be applied when we create our own vases and pots inspired by Ancient Greek pottery.

Now Year 5 have practised the skills and techniques to handle clay, they have created their vases. Next, they will be decorating their vases so that they are really in keeping with an Ancient Greek style. Please check back here soon to see pictures of their final pieces….

Here is a sample of some of Year 5’s finished pieces. Once they had decorated their vases, they evaluated their artwork and considered how they would further improve next time and the skills they have developed during this art project.


Design Technology

To evaluate and describe the taste and textures of foods.

Year 5 enjoyed tasting a range of modern foods from Greece.

They tasted:

  • Green grapes
  • Red grapes
  • Green olives
  • Black olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Bread

We talked about where we experience different tastes. Check out the foods we tasted!

Year 5 were extremely mature with this activity and even if they weren’t keen on one of the foods, they tried the next food without hesitation. There was lots of encouragement from peers and it was lovely to see the children congratulate each other when they’d tasted the foods.

To follow a recipe, measure ingredients to the nearest gram accurately and prepare ingredients hygienically using appropriate utensils, assembling ingredients together at the end.

Year 5 really enjoyed creating their own homemade tzatziki dip. We talked about hygiene first and why it is important to prepare your workspace before cooking. Year 5 learn to prepare the workspace before handling foods, to wash their hands thoroughly, to roll their sleeves up, tie their hair back if they have long hair and ensure that all equipment is clean and ready to use.

However, all of Year 5 said the best part of the lesson was tasting their tzatziki dip! Yummy! 


During a 2-week bubble closure, Year 5 continued to enjoy their French learning at home. They continued to practise counting to 100 in French and also enjoyed learning animals in French. 


Les Couleurs

Year 5 enjoyed a physically active Burn2Learn activity in their French lesson today where they had to recall and pronounce the colours in French correctly. Before this activity, Year 5 had spent time thinking of ways they could remember which word meant which colour in French.



This half term, we are working on developing our skills in iMovie – an application to help users create their own movies or trailers. The skills we will develop over the half term are:

  • Choosing the most suitable applications and devices for the purposes of communication.
  • Recording, uploading sounds and editing them.
  • Adding effects such as fade in and out and control their implementation.
  • Changing the position of objects between screen layers (send to back, bring to front).


Online Safety

At the beginning of each lesson, Year 5 discuss how they can be safe whilst using technology and the internet. This is also taught explicitly throughout the half term. Today, we talked about what we use the internet for and what we should and shouldn’t do online. The children had the chance to discuss this in partners, then in groups and then we had a whole class discussion. Year 5 had all the right answers so we talked about how we can put this into practice in real life situations. We remembered our motto to help us stay safe on the internet which is STOP, BLOCK and TELL!


Our class discussion:

Year 5 have enjoyed working on their iMovie. They were very excited to create their very own ‘documentary’ based on all of their learning in Ancient Greece. They are creating their documentaries on Ancient Greece lifestyles including information on food, education, toys, roles and more. We watched a video to consider how we would create our documentary using the iMovie app. Year 5 were able to identify the use of images that panned and zoomed, text, voice overs and backing tracks.

Year 5 planned their iMovies and then got stuck into creating them using all of the technical features of iMovie, including Ken Burns. They had to safely conduct an image search, save images and then input them into their iMovie.


Bubble Closure

L.O: To ask historical questions.

During a 2-week bubble closure, one of the lessons that Year 5 had whilst remote learning from home was to ask historical questions. They had to choose 4 areas of History to ask questions about. Some of the questions that Year 5 asked were very inquisitive indeed!


L.O: To compare and contrast the lifestyle of boys and girls in Ancient Greece.

Year 5 explored the similarities and differences between the lives of boys and girls in Ancient Greece whilst remote learning at home. They applied their mathematical skills and used a Venn diagram to present their findings. Year 5 were encouraged to use their existing knowledge from their previous learning and experiences as well as new research if they needed to extend this.

L.O: To describe the religious diversity of the past.

Year 5 worked really hard to continue to expand their knowledge and understanding of Ancient Greece whilst remote learning at home. Before planning and writing a non-chronological report and applying their writing skills, Year 5 conducted a thorough research project to find out more about religion in Ancient Greece. They researched the following: Ancient Greek beliefs, Ancient Greek gods and goddesses and how religion was celebrated in Ancient Greece.

Ancient Greece Themed Day

Year 5 absolutely loved their Ancient Greece themed day and came dressed up in fantastic costumes. We saw Ancient Greek boys and girls, gods and goddesses, Spartan hoplite soldiers and even Medusa! Check us all out!!

Year 5 enjoyed using role play and and freeze frames to recreate an Ancient Greek inspired war. Check it out!