Squirrel Class (Year 5) 2022 - 2023




This half term Year 5 are exploring the text 'Queen of The Falls' by Chris Van Allsburg.

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Throughout this unit of work, the children will learn about the life of Annie Edson Taylor and her incredible, daredevil feat. 

Writing Outcome

By the end of the half term, the children will write a series of diary entries about significinat events in Annie, Edson Taylor's life.

Key Objectives

Organising paragraphs around a theme

Use commas after fronted adverbials

Use commas to clarify meaning and to avoid ambiguity.


Reading text

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Our reading focus text this half term is 'Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls' written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

Throughout our lessons, the children will learn all about the inspirational lives of several women who led remarkable and extraordinary lives and who helped to make changes to our lives today.

Whilst exploring the lives of these extraordinary women, the children will make predictions, develop their understanding of new vocabulary and how this is used in context. They will read and retrieve information from the text as well as drawing inferences, summarising the main ideas from the text, explaining how and why the author has organised information in a particular way.



The first part of the Autumn Term will be spent developing and securing children's understanding of number and place value.

Throughout this unit of work, we will be focusing on the follwoing objectives:


Read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals

Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.

Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000. 

Solve number problems and practical problems involving the above.

Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 

10 000 and 100 000

Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero. 



This haf term, we will be focusing on the topic - Materials. 

Throughout this topic, we will explore the following:

·       Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets.

·       Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.

·       Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.

·       Give reasons, based on comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, woods and plastics.

·       Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.

·       Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate soda.


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Sandyhill Road,
CW7 1JL,
and Darnhall School Lane CW7 1JR
Mrs Sarah Tomlinson, Headteacher
Mr Davie Kindon, SEN Contact