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Year 5

Year 5

Class Teacher: Mr Murray & Mrs Edge Kanat

Autumn Term

This term the children in Year 5 will be learning about life in Victorian Britain in a theme called


The Great British Empire

 Using our skills to explore our theme, we will be focusing on a novel written by Berlie Doherty called Street Child and on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. These stories take us back in time to Victorian Britain and tell the tale of the struggles of family life during this time. We will be looking closely at how people lived, their beliefs and this industrial age which changed the World.

As Writers we will be writing reports, diary entries and letters through role play and writing in role after drama inspired by our novel.


As Readers we will be exploring styles of writing and effective language techniques- using our novel to help us become critical readers. We will also look at famous authors of the Victorian age, including Charles Dickens.

As Mathematicians we will apply our calculation skills and knowledge in order to solve problems related to number sequences and measure. We will use our problem solving approach of Enter, Attack, Review to help us reason and explain our mathematical approaches.

As Scientists we will be observing, predicting and investigating in order to learn about humans and animals. We will also be asking questions about the diseases and sanitation in Victorian times.

As Geographers we will use maps and atlases describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including trade links and land use within the British Empire.

As Historians we will identify similarities and differences between time periods and seek to understand how monarchs’ power as well as social history in Britain has changed.

As Artists and Designers we will be inspired by Victorian architecture and use our local area to study these structures and their intricate features. We will also become designers of our own wall paper prints, exploring batik techniques.

As Theologians we will study the teaching of Christianity to try to understand how different members of our community make sense of the world around us.

As Philosophers we will endeavour to think about concepts beyond a stimulus. We will listen and respond respectfully to the ideas of others and justify our own opinions.