Year 5 Autumn Terms 1 & 2

‘Bright Sparks’ and ‘To Infinity & Beyond’


  • Planetarium
  • Space Sleepover


In Maths, we will be:

  • Developing knowledge of place value
  • Adding and subtracting using formal written methods
  • Multiplying and dividing using formal written methods
  • Problem solving and reasoning using all operations
  • Multiply and divide mentally using known facts
  • Finding factors, multiples and square numbers
  • Solve problems using information from graphs
  • Complete, read and interpret tables


In English, we will be:

  • Studying word classes
  • Reading, researching and writing report texts
  • Writing descriptive imaginary settings and character studies for narrative writing
  • Recounting special activities
  • Develop spellings through investigating patterns
  • Sharing a range of texts including Space information, Roald Dahl books and class readers


In Science, we’ll be finding out how to:

  • Describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • Describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • Describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky
  • Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • Take measurements, use a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • Record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys and tables
  • Describe the functions of the main parts of the brain
  • Compare the size of planets and their distances from the Sun
  • Describe some of the constellations
  • Consider why we have different seasons

Art & Design

In Art, we will be finding out how to:

  • Create sketch books to record observations and use them to review and revisit them
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • Create a model of the brain
  • Draw planets to scale
  • Create an imaginary planet
  • Make constellations
  • Use various media to create artwork of nebulae


In Computing, we will be finding out how to:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems
  • Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Use a coding package
  • Research information about planets using the Internet and decide which information is reliable and up-to-date

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology, we will be finding out how to:

  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Creating Space Stations according to success criteria


Geography is not covered in this topic


In History, we will be:

  • Completing a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • Studying the history of Space travel


Languages are not covered in this topic


In Music, we will:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression; appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from great composers and musicians
  • Learning to play trumpets and trombones; listening to Holst’s Planets and deciding which planet each piece of music represents

Physical Education (PE)

In PE, we will:

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In PSHE, we will be:


Religious Education

In R.E, we are following the Lincolnshire syllabus and covering:

Christian Beliefs and Lifestyles:

  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain and their associated beliefs, experiences and practices.
  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of some of the influences of life experiences, beliefs, values and faith traditions upon individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
  • Developing awareness of some of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them.
  • Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, and to their own understanding and experience.
  • Reflecting on their own beliefs, values, perceptions and experiences in the light of their study of religion.
  • Develop positive attitudes of respect toward other people who hold views and beliefs that are different.