Year 5

 A Letter from Miss Aitken

Year 5 Autumn 1 Newsletter


Our Topic 

Welcome back! This half term our learning will be related to our book ‘The Witch of the Sands’ by Jamila Gavin which covers the themes resourcefulness, human needs and charity. Our main topics will be History, Geography and Art. 

In History we will study Africa’s past and Ancient Benin religion. We will also be in role as ‘curators’ and decide which artefacts we want to display in a museum. 

In Geography we will investigate world features including locating the equator, longitude and latitude, the tropics and time zones. 

In Art we will look at and recreate African patterns and become weavers as we create our own placemats. 


Our English for Autumn 1 will be related to the book ‘The Witch of the Sands’. Children will be consolidating what they have learnt in Year 4. We will be creating our own poems, studying features of newspaper reports and writing our own stories!


In Maths we will be focusing on place value and addition and subtraction. Children will be consolidating methods taught in Year 4.


Spellings will be sent home on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. Homework grids will be sent home the beginning of each half term with a variety of learning tasks. Children may bring in their completed homework on a Friday where it will be checked.


Your child will be sent home with a book to read which will be regularly changed. Your child is expected to read on their own or with an adult a minimum of five times per week. Please sign their reading record when they have read. This will ensure your child makes progress in reading in school.

Important Days 

Due to COVID-19 we have had to temporarily postpone curriculum mornings and the harvest festival. We hope to be able to invite you into school as soon as it is safe.

Dates for the diary

Please check the website for advance notice of all school events for the whole year ahead.

Home Learning Activities

If your child is required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 please find below a range of activities and resources that you can access and do at home. Please see the homework grid and activities for your child's class - there is lots on there to keep you busy and some tasks can be done more than once. You can also practise spellings and phonics as well as reading.

In the event of your child's bubble being closed to self isolate more information will be provided relating to online learning and lessons. 

Websites and Apps

Please find below useful websites for games, practise and revision.

Oak National Academy

BBC Bitesize


BBC Bitesize Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Spelling pattern practise, word class, punctuation and grammar.

100 Word Challenge 

Great examples of children’s writing and short focused challenges to have a go at and submit

Oxford University Press - Pie Corbett

Top tips, examples and challenges for young writers



Sign in, play games, tackle challenges, take on others in competition…


Games, questions, challenges for all levels

Nrich - Maths 

Great challenges, games and puzzles to test you, hurt your head and make you think. Good fun too.


Useful for maths games, mental maths, revision of methods taught.

TT Rockstars

Useful for times tables - children have their own login.

Cool Math 4 Kids

Maths games/puzzles


Year 5 love YouTube! Below are a list of YouTube channels that are educational and fun.

National Geographic Kids 

Crash Course Kids

Science Channel

GEOgraphy Focus 

Kids Learning Tube

Free School


Please listen to your child read each day and share the story together. Children could also write book reviews of their favourite books, create posters about their favourite characters or write their own stories/comics. They don’t have to just read fiction books, it could be newspapers, magazines, fact books or anything similar.


If your child has a particular interest in a subject, place, animal or person they could complete a project about it. They can research on the internet and present what they have learnt in many different ways. They can present on paper, they can create a powerpoint presentation, they could make a model – the possibilities are endless!