Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Cooper, Miss Presland, Miss Ley

Trainee Teacher: Miss Hashmi


Autumn Term 2019






In Maths, we will begin by ensuring we are confident with the place value of numbers up to a million. Children will build numbers and break them down using pictoral, concrete and numeral representations, for example using place value grids, part-whole models, bar models and number lines.  Children will also compare, round and order numbers up to one million. Before considering how Roman Numerals are used, pupils will work with negative numbers, including in real-life contexts. Throughout the term problem-solving and reasoning tasks will be undertaken.   

The Key Instant Recall Fact we will be working on is to ensure that everyone knows the multiplication and division facts for all the times tables up to 12 x 12. We will have regular timed tests, play games as well as practise on Times Table Rock Stars, 

https://ttrockstars.com/login. Children have their login details in their planners.  





Mountains and Volcanoes. 


Our topic for this term is Mountains and Volcanoes and we will be considering "Are people foolish to live near mountains or volcanoes?" Our starting point will be to understand the structure of the Earth and how these features are formed. We will consider life in both types of regions and discuss some of the most famous events that are linked to both. For example the climbing of Mount Everest and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. 

Our English work will be directly linked to our topic as we read a  text called Running on the Roof of the World. 

"Join 12-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam in a story of adventure, survival and hope, set in the vivid Himalayan landscape of Tibet and India. Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl's thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12." Amazon. 

An exciting adventure, this novel takes us to Tibet. Therefore, children will learn a little about life in Tibet and how it has changed since China took over its rule. The people of Tibet are mostly Buddhists and this links with our R.E. topic this year. Therefore, we will spend some time considering what Buddhism is and how Buddhists live their lives. During our reading of this novel, we will consider writing the narrative from different perspectives before writing a newspaper report of the journey that Tash and her friend Sam take.  

In whole-class reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topic will be studied. 



Our Science this half term is Forces. Children will identify and understand a range of forces including gravity, friction, air resistance i and water resistance. They carry out investigations to explore these forces and they work scientifically, discussing different variables and how the variables not being tested or measured should stay the same. This unit of work also helps children to understand how mechanisms such as pulleys, levers and gears work. Children will also recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.



Please ensure that you read regularly with your child at home and make a note in their planner.  It would be helpful if you encourage children to make predictions about the events and understand characters' feelings.  Spellings are sent home regularly with a test date attached.  Please encourage children to practise them in a variety of different ways - write the words in a sentence, write them as quickly as they can, draw an image for the words. Children can also practise their spellings on the website Spelling Shed and their login details can be found in their planners. www.spellingshed.com 


This half-term children will receive weekly homework, which will either be English, Maths, Topic or Science.  



Children will need their full P.E. kit in school on a Monday.


If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to get in touch. You can send a note in your child's planner or ring the school office. Please ensure planners are signed over the weekend ready for a Monday morning. 

Dates for your diary:

Robinwood Residential - 5th November 2019