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Welcome to Autumn Term


Welcome to year 5!


This term we will be learning about the history of ancient China, We will be focusing primarily on the Shang Dynasty and explore the lasting legacy of the first five Chinese dynasties, some of which can be seen in the world today.


At the bottom of this page are documents - vocabulary, a knowledge organiser and home learning tasks for these units. The home learning tasks are optional and do not need to be brought into school but will support your child's learning.



We will learn reading, writing, speaking and listening through different units based on high-quality texts. This term the theme of our stories will be ambition and desire. We will begin the term by basing our writing on the book 'The Man That Walked Between The Towers' and create fact files, develop journalistic writing, setting descriptions  and persuasive speeches.



We teach reading through the Destination Reader scheme at Oaklands. Children will be learning the reading skills of prediction, inference, clarification, evaluation, questioning and making links. We will begin this term by reading  'The Firework Maker's Daughter.'



At Oaklands we teach through the White Rose scheme. We will start the year by revisiting place value before moving on to written and mental methods for the four operations and fractions.



Our project this term is 'Forces and Mechanisms' which is all about the forces of gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction, with children exploring their effects. We will learn about mechanisms, their uses and how they allow a smaller effort to have a greater effect.



We use Purple Mash to help with our Computing learning. This term we will be creating programs using coding.



Language Angels is the scheme we use for French teaching at Oaklands. This term we will learn days, months and weeks along with learning about members of the family 



Using Charanga, the children will learn how to: listen and appreciate music; sing in groups and to play along with known songs. They will have the opportunity to improvise using instruments as well. 



In PE, children will learn hockey and gymnastics. P.E. at school will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays where we will continue to wear our PE kit to school. The kit consist of a sky blue polo, royal blue Oaklands jumper, royal blue cotton shorts, socks and suitable sports trainers. For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.




Reading: Every night (15 minutes)Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday and each pupil will take two books home depending on their level of reading ability. Please make sure children have their books available to read every day.


Timetable Rock stars: Daily practise of timetables is strongly recommended. Recalling times tables improves memory skills, which is a transferrable skill that will help throughout school and into adult life. Children will find it easier to solve maths problems and to do mental arithmetic if they have already memorised their times tables.


A piece of homework to support learning in class will be given out every other week on a Friday and will be due on the following Wednesday in homework books.


On Wednesday afternoons, Mrs Bissmire and Mrs Andreas will teach PE and PHSE/RSE. We are lucky to be supported in class by Mrs Vij. If you, or anyone you know, has skills or knowledge that could enrich our in-class learning, we would love to hear from you and see if we can make use of this in our lessons. 


If you have any concerns, or questions regarding your child, please contact the school office ( to arrange a meeting. 


Kind regards,

Ms Mohammed

Year 5 teacher

French and RE subject lead












Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling Words