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Autumn Term 2



So far this term the children have been: 

  • Counting forwards and backwards in steps of 10, 100 and 1000. 
  • Learning to read, recognise and write numbers up to 100,000. Some children are even working with millions! 
  • Using the formal written method to add, subtract, divide and multiply. 
  • Revising our multiplication and division facts. 



Our first unit this half term has been Myths and Legends. We started our new English unit by reading a variety of different Myths and Legends from different cultures all sharing different messages.


In preparation to write our own Myth we discussed and read:

  • George and The Dragon.
  • The Giant of St Ives
  • Pandora's Box.
  • Theseus and The Minotaur.
  • The Fabulous Spotted Egg.



In our second unit of work this half term, the children in Year 5 will be learning about Recounts. As part of the unit we will be exploring different diary entries from different cultures and periods. We will be looking at extracts from:

  • Anne Frank's Diary - The Diary of a Young Girl.
  • The Diary of a Ghost.
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Samuel Pepys Diary.



Both Year 5 classes have been reading our chosen text Frogspell by C.J. Busby. 



Frogspell is a Fantasy Story about a budding wizard named Max Pendragon who is desperate to win the Novices' Spell-Making Competition and defeat his enemy Adrian "Snotty" Hogsbottom. However Max accidentally invents the Frogspell, a spell which turns people into frogs! However something much more sinister and evil is afoot as a kidnapping plot threatens Max, his family and the Kingdom of King Arthur! 


Both the children and teachers are enjoying reading Frogspell and as each chapter unfolds, the plot thickens! We can't wait to get to the end of the story! 


The Aztecs


This term, the children will be learning about the Aztecs, who originated from central Mexico during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The children will learn about their social, cultural and religious beliefs, which were quite gruesome! 


On Tuesday 6th December Year 5 will be taking part in an Aztec Workshop were they will learn more about The Aztects, their customs, culture and timeline. Both teachers and children are very much looking forward to our Workshop! 


To support our topic work, all children in Year 5 were given the opportunity to take part in some home learning where the children can choose and select home learning activities to do to bring into school. All the teachers in Year 5 are thrilled with the children's enthusiasm for their learning both inside and outside the classroom. 



The Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan, By Mahrukh Shah 5I.

The Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan, By Mahrukh Shah 5I. 1

Design and Technology


In design and technology the children have been looking at foods relating to Mexico! This has linked our learning in Geography. Over the past few weeks the children have been researching and designing ingredients and cooking methods to make a Mexican Bean Salad. The children have enjoyed taste testing and working with different foods and flavours in order to make a fantastic end product! 



Geography and History


This half term we have also been developing our Geographical and Historiography skills. In Geography the children have been exploring and identifying the human and physical features of North America. The children can define the difference between a human and physical features as well as name all the countries which make up North America. The children have developed their map reading skills and have been able to explain what climate shows us about different North American countries. 



The children have also been exploring Chronologies and have been plotting and planning how to represent key dates and times in chronological order. The children have been ordering and sorting dates and events in World History in preparation for starting the Aztecs. Below is a simple Chronology of The Aztecs similar to the one the children will be using. 



5I Mexican Salad

Still image for this video

In 5I we applied our knowledge of the Aztecs to our DT lessons and participated in food tasting, creating and evaluation lessons based on foods eaten by the Aztecs. We found out that they loved spicy foods and were  the founders of CHOCOLATE!

The slideshow pictures above show us busy creating Mexican Salad. We worked as a collective team, busy chopping and mixing all the ingredients. We had lots of fun.

Year 5 visit to Faith Centre

This half term we had the opportunity to visit the Faith Centre. We learnt lots of facts about the Christmas Story, the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. 


Picture of Ayan (5I) with his homework.

It is a Model of the Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan.