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Autumn Term – Ancient Greece

Dear Year 5 parents and children,

Welcome back to a new school year.

The Ancient Greeks leave a lasting legacy in our world, through literature, ideas and architecture. This term we are so excited to be exploring all aspects of Ancient Greek life. In Geography, we will look at places in Greece using grid references and identifying key human and physical features- please send in photos of these, if you have visited, to add to our displays. Through the exploration of artefacts and the Greek myths, the children will build a picture of life in different parts of Ancient Greece and see how they developed over time. Our trip this term will be to the British Museum, to look at Ancient Greek artefacts, thinking about how they arrived in this country and what they tell us about Ancient Greece. In Art, the children will be creating their own pots inspired by a range of Greek pottery and in Design and Technology, creating textile products inspired again by Greek patterns and clothing.

We are also excited to have an hour and a half First Aid Training run by Mini First Aid for both years 5 and 6: this could literally save your life!


To begin the term, Year 5 are investigating The Lost Words, identifying the structure of a poem and exploring figurative language. We then explore the book ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ by Maz Evans, which will be our class novel to start Year 5, writing descriptive narrative pieces based around the Greek Gods using 3rd person. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in a Scholastic Literary Live (online) event in school with the author.

After half term, we continue to link to our topic by writing a chronological report of key events in Ancient Greece including the Olympus and the onset of democracy in Athens. Moving towards Christmas, we will be writing a persuasive letter to Mr Scrooge, exploring who Charles Dickens was, and looking at poverty in Victorian times.


This half term, our topics are place value and addition and subtraction, and in the second half term, we will focus on multiplication and division, and fractions. The children will have a weekly arithmetic test in which to practise their methods of calculation regularly. We find that completing the arithmetic weekly helps children to understand the methods and consolidate their memory, ultimately helping them to feel more confident about maths.

Throughout all topics, we will use a mixture of concrete, visual and written methods to help the children understand key concepts. We aim to deepen understanding by presenting the areas of maths in different ways and revisit these throughout the year to consolidate the children’s learning and understanding.

Science and RE

In science, we will learn about Earth and space in the first half term, and in the second half term, our topic will be forces.

In RE, our topics are: ‘What do Hindus and non-religious worldviews teach us about the ‘Good life’?’ and ‘How do Christians express their belief about God?’

Additional information about all curriculum areas is in our long-term overview.


Homework will be weekly spellings, a maths task and reading and at various points in the year, a specific one-off Learning Log homework linked to an annual or national event such as World Book Day. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email me, through the office, if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with the completion of the homework.


This half-term, PE lessons will take place on a Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has warm layers for outside sports. Please remind your child to include spare socks so that they have something to change into if their socks happen to get wet or if they are wearing tights.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Holdford and Mrs Peterson

Year 5 News

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