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Church of England Primary School

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Deal, Kent, CT14 8DD

Dolphins Year 5 

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Dolphin Class Curriculum Letter - Autumn Term 2019

Dear Class 5 Parents,

I am writing to give a brief outline of the work we will be covering this term in each curriculum area.


We will be using and building upon our existing knowledge of the number system, ensuring we understand negative numbers and numbers up to a million. We will be investigating patterns to help us count in 10s, 100s and 1000s from any number, as well as rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. The Dolphins will secure their knowledge of using formal methods for addition, subtraction, and multiplication, then using this and applying this knowledge to a range of problems and situations, including finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes.



In Term 1, we will be linking our learning with our History topic of the Ancient Greeks by looking at Greek Myths and Legends. We will use our white and green hats to explore the ingredients of a myth or legend and recreating some famous Ancient Greek myths. We will also write a playscript based upon a famous Ancient Greek myth. In Term 2, we will gear up for Christmas by studying the classic tale of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. The term will build towards a piece of writing based upon ‘A Christmas Carol’, where the children will use a wide range of descriptive devices learnt over the term.

In Guided Learning, we will work collaboratively and independently to analyse two texts. Firstly, ‘Clockwork’ by Philip Pullman, a gothic fantasy packed full of excellent description we can ‘magpie’ for our own writing. The second book we will study is ‘The Lying Carpet’ by David Lucas. We will discuss and apply strategies for finding information in the text to help us answer questions.



In Term 1, will be learning all about Earth and Space, including the movement of Earth and the planets relative to the Sun. We will be exploring historical theories about the solar system, and discussions about whether the Earth is flat or spherical. We will be learning about the lunar cycle (using Oreos to assist us!) and we will create sundials and simple shadow clocks to support our understanding of Earth’s rotation. In Term 2, we will study forces with a range of scientific investigations. We will investigate air resistance, water resistance and friction and explore how the use of mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, can allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


The children will be learning about Ancient Greece, and investigating the question: what did the Ancient Greeks contribute to today? We will begin by becoming archaeologists for an afternoon, seeing what treasures we can find and what they might tell us about Ancient Greek times. We will be learning about Ancient Greek warfare and making comparisons to modern day. We will be studying and discussing roles of men, woman and children, as well as religion in Ancient Greek times. The children will also be learning about the origins of the Olympics and discussing how it has changed over time and if any of the events still exist today.



In Term 2, we will be learning about different biomes around the world, including savanna, deserts and tundra biomes. We will be finding the similarities and differences of these biomes, learning the types of animals that can be found there and discussing why they might be suited to that biome. We will explore the physical geographical features of the different biomes, with all of this information helping to inform our decision when discussion our overarching question: which biome would you most like to live in and why?



The children will be looking at giving clear and specific instructions to prepare them for coding programmes. We will be progressing through different coding programmes, learning the importance of regularly evaluating and de-bugging what we have done so far.




This term we will be recapping the meaning behind the different sections of the Big Frieze, particularly focussing on Creation and Incarnation. The children we be discussing different ways of describing God and creating illustrations to show this. We will also be discussing whether it is more important for God to be loving, holy, or a balance of both. We will explore how the Church and Christians show that God is worth worshipping. The children will discuss what they think God would love and dislike about the world today.



In PE we will be thinking about how to effectively travel with a basketball and thinking about skills from other sports that we can transfer to basketball. We will discuss both attacking and defensive tactics we could employ in basketball and try to apply these to match situations. In gymnastics, we will be learning about ways we could move across a variety of equipment and working collaboratively to create sequences of balances and rolls. We will be analysing each other’s movements.

In Games we will be familiarising ourselves with the rules of Rugby and Hockey, before discussing and applying skills and tactics from other invasion games that we can use. Skills will include hand-eye coordination, dribbling, passing as well as marking and evading opponents.



We will be using our knowledge from our English and History lesson to design, create, paint and evaluate sculptures of mythical creatures and Gods/Goddesses.



In Term 1, we will be developing our ability to perform rhythmic patterns confidently and with a strong sense of pulse. We will learn about cyclic patterns used in African drumming, identify how patterns can fit together and invent simple rhythmic patterns to perform. In Term 2, we will develop our ability to sing and play music in two (or more) parts. We will explore the effect of two or more pitched notes sounding together – harmony. We will experiment with clusters of pitched notes and discover which combinations are ‘comfortable’ (concords), and which ‘clash’ (discords). We will sing rounds and experiment with melodic ostinati to provide accompaniments. We will play drones and single note accompaniments.


Homework will be given every Friday and collected in for marking on the following Tuesday. Homework will be from two areas of the curriculum and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete per piece. Spelling lists will be handed out at the beginning of each term and tested every Friday. They can also be found on dBPrimary. Children should also practise their times tables as there will be a random times table grid to complete every Friday morning.


Children are expected to read on a daily basis and record this in their school diaries. If you listen to them read please write in their diaries how much they have read and how they did. Their diaries will be collected weekly to monitor reading habits and tally reading points for their houses.


P.E. will be on Thursday and Games will be on a Friday. Please ensure your children have the appropriate kit on these days. Whenever possible, PE will take place outside, so children should have trainers with them every lesson, as well as warm clothing in the winter. Football boots will be required for Rugby on the field when the weather starts to deteriorate. Children are required to take part in these lessons unless they have a written note from a parent.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see me.


Thanking you for your support,


Mr Summers

Class Teacher