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Autumn Term

Autumn Term 1


Welcome to the Autumn term in year 5 at Marshfield. 

We hope that everyone has had a relaxing break and that all the children are ready to work hard. There are lots of exciting learning opportunities in store.


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In English this term we will be reading a story based on Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone         We will also be learning to:


  • Recognise & use key words/phrases/ ideas to summarise a paragraph

  • Use adjectives & adverbs created by adding suffixes such as –ful & -ly

  • Write a detailed description of settings and characters

  • Hook the reader using opening sentence

  • Use connectives to indicate the sequence of time

  • Plan a story using headings and storyboards

  • Write in paragraphs

  • Use commas to mark  adverbs, adverbial phrases & clauses

  • Respond appropriately to each other’s work



As ever we are continuing to develop our sentence writing skills for instance through teaching Alan Peat sentence types.


This term the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding about:

  • place value and number;

  • ordering numbers

  • rounding to the nearest 10 and 100

  • negative numbers

  • multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100

  • addition subtraction strategies

  • As usual we will continue to have a weekly focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving as well as arithmetic.



















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We do expect that all children read everyday at home with someone.

Each child has a planner that you will be able to write positive comments in about how well your child has been reading and understanding what they have read. Please ask them questions to help check that they have understood.


 Book Bucks.


There are rewards for 20, 50 and 100 Book Bucks.

Please remind your child of the fabulous rewards for achieving these reading milestones and check that they are completing the associated reading activities. ( There is a lovely selection of activities in our homework books, although this is not an exhaustive list).



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One day, humans may need to leave Earth and settle on another planet. Mars is our most likely destination
– a world that we believe once harboured life and, with our intervention, may do so again in the future.
Explaining The Theme
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
About the planets in our solar system
About mass and weight, and the effects of gravity
How to identify a living organism
How to choose the best energy source/s for our Mars shelter
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
About the geographical features of Mars
How we can prove that there was once water on Mars
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
About the technology that has been used to explore Mars
How to design and make a robot to explore Mars
How to design and make a suitable shelter for living on Mars
In History, we’ll be finding out:
About what people in the past used to think about Mars
About space missions in the past
In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
How to ensure we are fit and healthy for our space mission
How to plan and test our own exercises suitable for space travel
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
How to work as a team
Here are a few links to some useful websites;


Homework 1


Following our homework policy ( a copy of which can be found on this site), pupils are expected to:

  • read everyday.  Reading Eggs is perfect for a reading activity at home.
  • learn the times table they are currently working on. All children have access to Mathletics at school and home. Learning activities are set at regular intervals.
  • learn their weekly spellings using look, say, cover, write, check - then to use each spelling in a sentence that makes sense,
  • to continue to work on their IPC project.




Mathletics, Spellodrome and Reading Eggs.


For those children who have access to the internet at home, they have the opportunity to work on activities using these websites which will support the learning we are doing in class. May we remind parents that children are not to share their usernames or password with anyone.


  • In year 5, this is on Tuesday afternoons. Pupils come to school in school uniform, but may go home in P.E kit.

    Kit should only include:

     - Navy blue or black jogging bottoms

     - Plain White T shirt

     - Trainers or pumps (for indoors and outdoors)

     Also, if it has been raining - which, let's be honest, will be most days - children may also need to bring boots or wellies!


    NO LOGOS OR BRANDED CLOTHING (including team strips)


    During our P.E. sessions the children's safety is our priority.

    No jewelry or watches may be worn and headscarves should be secured neatly.


Computing 1

 This term as well as applying our research skills to all relevant topics, our IPC topic is heavily weighted towards using computers.

Watch this space as well as Twitter for updates.