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Year 5 - Newsletter - Autumn 1

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Year 5 - Homework - Autumn 1



In English, we have been reading Julius Zebra, a story about a Zebra who gets captured in his home in Africa and taken to Rome to compete as a Gladiator for Emperor Hadrian himself!

We have been practising writing direct speech. We have been building on our knowledge of subordinate clauses from year 4 and challenging ourselves to use them in our writing. We have written a narrative and a formal letter of complaint from Septimus to Emperor Hadrian, ensuring we include formal language and modal verbs!


We started off our year with Place Value, where children continued to build on previous knowledge of numbers. 


• count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
• count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero


• read, write, (order and compare) numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
• read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals

Use and compare

• (read, write) order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit 


• interpret negative numbers in context
• round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
• solve number problems and practical problems that involves all of the above


Our topic this half term is Roman Britain. We will be learning about the Romans and their impact on Britain and their historical legacy. So far we have used our mapping skills to map the expansion of the Roman Empire. We used the old maps paired with modern-day maps to identify which modern-day countries were part of the Roman Empire. We have investigated and become acquainted with many of the Roman Gods. We used our new knowledge to make a 'Top Trump' card game.


Our topic is 'Properties and Changes of Materials'. We have been identifying the properties of different materials and linking that to our previous knowledge - such as understanding whether something is a conductor of electricity based on its properties. We investigated thermal conductors by carrying out an experiment using various different cups containing boiling water. We measured how quickly the temperature of the water decreased over a period of time. We then chose the data of one of the cups to display on a line graph.



To start off the Autumn term, we participated in our school's annual art week. The theme this year was 'Flower Power'. We studied a variety of artists such as India Flint and Henri Rousseau. We developed our skills in drawing, 3D form, and printmaking, We used our exploration of artists to develop our ideas and plan for final individual and collaborative pieces. 


In computing, we have been developing our understanding of computer systems and how information is transferred between systems and devices. We have been considering small-scale systems as well as large-scale systems. We can explain the input, output, and process aspects of a variety of different real-world systems. We have also been discovering how information is found on the World Wide Web, through learning how search engines work (including how they select and rank results) and what influences searching, and through comparing different search engines.


Our current unit is "What do religions believe about God? All faiths and world views". We are considering what faith means and the different ways in which Christians and followers of other religions describe God. We have also been thinking about meanings of stories from sacred texts about people who encountered God and why there are many ideas about God.