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Thomas Harding Junior School

Achievement Through Aspiration

Year 5



We have two classes in Year 5:  In 5CB, the children will be taught by Miss Betts and Mrs Collins and in 5D, the children will be taught by Miss Davies.

We will be supported in our learning by our Learning Support Assistants who are Mrs Scott and Miss Bath. 


Autumn Term 2021



Welcome back to school!



This half term, we are focusing on persuasive reading and writing. We will be looking at the features of a persuasive argument and will be having a go at writing our own, linking to out STEM project and the environment.  We will also be having lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities, such as discussion around the theme of preserving the planet.

We will be looking at a range of texts during whole class reading and will be reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar as our class novel in 5CB and ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio in 5D.



These are checked regularly. Children must aim to read at least 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes. If reading on their own, we expect children to be writing in questions about the text or words they don't understand into their reading records. Our new reading record launch will take place on Monday 20th September.


In Maths, we will begin with our place value focus where we will look at recognising numbers up to 1,000,000; comparing and ordering numbers; rounding and to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and also begin work on Roman numerals and negative numbers. At the end of the half term we will move to formal addition and subtraction methods and finish with some work on statistics.



In this half term, our geography topic will be mountains. Within this unit we look at how mountains are formed (including work on tectonic plates), the different types of mountains you would find around the world and where major mountain ranges are located. We will study Mount Olympus, which links well with our Greek history topic in Autumn 2. Then finally, we will look at how humans use mountains and how this has changed over time.



Our Science topic is ‘Forces’ - a fantastic link to our Full STEAM Ahead project. We will develop our awareness of environmental issues surrounding global warming and the need for sustainable power. During the project, we will use our scientific knowledge of forces, gears and pulleys to design and make a prototype electric car.



Our PE days are now *Monday, Wednesday and Friday.



Wednesday - Orienteering

Friday – Tag Rugby



*Monday - Swimming

Wednesday  -  Tag Rugby  


*5CB will be swimming after February Half Term.


On these days, children will need to bring in their PE kit in a named bag. We recommend that kits are taken home over the weekend to be washed.
Children are required to have both plimsolls and trainers in their PE bags. 



Spellings - Your child will be given their spellings on the Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Homework - Your child will be given their homework books on a Tuesday and will be expected to hand this back in on the Following Monday. They have been given a tic-tac-toe grid and are expected to complete one task each week. As well as this, reading comprehension exercises will be given for the children to complete at home which will then be looked at and marked together in class. 

In addition, Maths homework will be set using the MyMaths website, the homework will link to learning covered in the week or to prepare children for future lessons.