Year 5 Curriculum Notes Autumn Term

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another year at Little Sutton Primary School.  We hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and we look forward to working with you and your child this year. 

These curriculum notes are intended to give you an idea of the topics your child will be studying during the Autumn term.  We have also written a reminder with regards to dinner money, medication and equipment needed in school.  Details with regards to homework are also included. 

We hope that these notes will enable you to support your child with the work they are carrying out at school by providing them with opportunities to extend their knowledge of the subjects.  We would also appreciate you supporting them to complete homework to a high standard and return it on time as well as ensuring they have all the equipment they will need.  

Below is an overview of all the subjects and topics your child will be covering in the Autumn term.


The first topic is Place Value, which includes exploring numbers up to 1,000,000. We also focus on Multiplication and Division up to 4 digit numbers and including decimals. Addition and Subtraction of 4 digit numbers using the column method will also be explored in the Autumn term.   

Times table tests will be completed on a weekly basis. Please ensure that your child practises their numeracy passport target as they will be tested frequently on these.


We are very excited to be starting a themed curriculum entitled, ‘The Earth and Beyond.’  To maximise enjoyment and learning all of the English covered this term will be based on this theme.  The following genres will be taught: persuasive letters, diaries, newspaper reports, short adventure stories and descriptive writing.   We will also be starting a reading project based on the book ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce.  After half term, the English focus will be War poetry which will run alongside Remembrance Day together with studying visual and written texts on The Christmas Carol in the weeks before Christmas.


The pupils we be learning all about The Earth and Beyond.  Children will undertake an independent Space topic during 2nd half of this term; more details to follow.


E safety as well as spreadsheets based on the solar system, planets and the Apollo Missions.


Geography will be taught after half term. The pupils will be refining their Atlas, map and flag skills in order identify the different continents and countries around the world.


The Space Race will be our history focus to begin with, followed by a study of World War One and life in the trenches following half term.

Art & Design Technology

The children will be making their own Space pictures using marbling techniques to create the varying planet surfaces.  We also plan to have a DT day where the children will design and make their own moon buggies.


PE is timetabled for Monday and Friday.  We will be doing rugby and improving our fitness, as budding astronauts, through circuit training sessions. 


During the autumn term, the children will be focusing on three musical elements: listening/appreciating; using and applying notation; composing/rehearsing/playing. They will develop an understanding of how music works and how it makes us feel, relating to ‘Living on a Prayer’.


We are looking at caring for others, animals and the environment through Buddhism; being generous through Christianity and Sikhism (1st half term); being hopeful and commitment through Christianity (2nd half term).


Homework for maths and English will be given weekly and will vary according to the group your child is in. 

A list of spelling words is given on a Friday and children are tested on the previous weeks on a Friday.

Reading should take place at least 3 times per week.

Dinner Trips/ Clubs money etc.

Dinner Money is £12.00 per week and should be paid for on ParentPay.  Details for trips and clubs etc. are sent out separately but will generally be paid for through ParentPay unless otherwise specified.  If you do not have access to ParentPay yet please ask for details at the office, or you may send correct amount by cheque or cash in a named envelope. 


Please ensure that inhalers and/or relevant medicines are in school and in date. 

Class information 

If you wish to add comments or queries in the diary please do so as this acts as a useful form of communication.

On a Wednesday afternoon while the Y5 staff use time for planning, preparation and assessment the children will enjoy one hour of art and one hour of French when the children will be exploring space related vocabulary etc. working towards extended paragraphs.

Many thanks for your continued support throughout this year. 

Mrs L’Homme, Miss Foster, Miss Kaur and Mrs Ilott