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Autumn Term 1


During maths lessons in Autumn 1, we practised the following:

  • Place value skills including: comparing and ordering numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000; and finding the value of digits in numbers. 
  • Adding and subtracting up to 4 digit numbers using the formal written method. 
  • Multiplying and dividing up to 3 digit numbers using the formal written method. 
  • Identifying 3D shapes and describing 3D shapes; working out their names, faces, edges and vertices. 
  • Identifying and measuring acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles. 
  • Measuring and calculating the area and perimeter of polygons and rectilinear shapes. 





In Autumn 1, we read the famous novel 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. We analysed the text by looking at characterisation, the development of settings and revised the features of a narrative text. We completed the topic by writing our own short stories based on the adventures of Alice in Wonderland.


We are now moving on in literacy and are learning about Explanation texts. We are linking this to our topic of Space! 


This term the children will be learning about the Solar System as part of their science unit. We will discuss and explore the amazing facts about the solar system, the sun, moon and the planets.


We started by looking at the order of the planets relative to the Sun. We have recently investigated the distances of the planets in our Solar System relative to the Sun. 





A fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity has arisen where Year 5 have the opportunity to interview an Astronaut from NASA, Sunita Williams. This will be an inspirational learning opportunity for Year 5, who are currently learning about Earth and Space. In addition to this, we will be completing an engineering activity which involves answering the key question, ‘If you were an Engineer, what would you do?. ’ We experienced great success last year with the Primary Engineer programme and hope to replicate this again this year

Sunita L. Williams (Suni) was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998 and is a veteran of two space missions Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33. She is currently training for the first postcertification mission of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft – the second crewed flight for that vehicle – and her third long duration mission aboard the International Space Station.


Education: Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts, 1983. Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, U.S. Naval Academy, 1987. Master of Science in Engineering Management, Florida Institute of Technology, 1995.


So far this term the children have been looking at developing their shading, sketching and printing skills. Using the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel as inspiration, we learnt about the invention of the printing press to mass produce illustrations for books. 


Taking inspiration from Tenniel's drawings, the children then used shading techniques to develop their own character. The children used their character to create a printing block of their own.