BerkswichCE Primary School

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Autumn One



Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When her closest friend disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search.

Following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. For beneath the dry rivers and smoky mountains, a fiery legend is stirring from its sleep…


Our Reading Adventures text this half term is full of rich and challenging vocabulary with twists and turns that will keep the children on the edge of their seats. The children will have lots of opportunities to discuss and evaluate the author's (Kiran Millwood Hargrave) use of language, considering the impact on the reader. They will be encouraged to share their views on the story and its characters, justifying their thoughts about the text with evidence. We will have a large focus on reading aloud, evaluating our own progress in terms of fluency, intonation and pace. 

There will be lots of new words for the children to discover the meanings of and begin to use in their own creative writing. Please see our vocabulary page for current vocabulary across the curriculum that the children are learning, should you wish to discuss further at home. 




Linking to our Ancient Greece history unit, we will be exploring Greek mythology whilst revising and learning all of the various ways to use a comma. At the end of the half term, the children will have applied their knowledge of myth features and characteristics and produced their very own, linked to our class reading book 'The Girl of Ink and Stars'. Children are consistently encouraged to evaluate their own writing, ensuring that it is purposeful and has the desired impact. We are always asking ourselves: 'What effect do we want to create? Why do we want to create it and how are we going to create it?' 


Spelling and Grammar:

As mentioned in writing, we will be focusing heavily on comma rules, revisiting and learning the following:

  • compound and complex sentences 
  • 2a phrases
  • various types of lists
  • avoiding comma splicing
  • using parenthesis
  • relative clauses 
  • commas for clarity
  • direct and split speech
  • fronted adverbials
  • questions tags
  • addressing somebody by name

We will also be revisiting sentence types and their features and practising the Year Five spelling list. There will be a heavy focus on spelling in Autumn Two, where the children will be investigating homophones and silent letters. 



I'm very excited for the first few days back, as the whole school will be diving into the wonderful world of maths by exploring various mind-tingling books! What do you think ours will be about? I bet only a fraction of you will guess! Grab your best detective hats and come ready to solve criminal acts of greedy mathematics.



During this half term, the children will be securing their understanding of the number system, focusing heavily on place value.  We will be representing numbers in a variety of ways, rounding numbers, interpreting negative numbers and delving deeper into Roman numerals.  Along the way the children will need to apply their learning to solve problems and challenges.


Before we break up for half term, the children will be solving addition and subtraction problems in different contexts, appropriately choosing and using number facts using mental and written methods. They will be explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.


Religious Education:

The children will be considering what it means if God is holy and loving focusing on how we describe God and what the Bible says about God and his character.  We will be studying Bible texts about God and making connections between these and how Christians put these beliefs into practice in worship.  



This half term, the children will be learning about computer systems and networks. This will involve:

· Understanding what a computer is, and how its constituent parts function together as a whole.

· Understanding computer networks, including the internet, and how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web.

· Understanding the opportunities that networks offer for communication and collaboration, and how they come with associated risks.

· Using search technologies effectively

· Appreciating how results are selected and ranked, and being discerning in evaluating digital content.


Physical Education:  

"I just want to push the barriers and see what I can do and how far I can go. I am just determined and driven."  Usain Bolt


Throughout our PE lessons, the children are going to build up their fundamental skills and understand what components contribute to a healthy lifestyle. From balance to jumping for distance, the children will be able to vocalise their areas of strength and those for improvement.


We will also be focusing on Target and Tag games. These lessons will provide the children with opportunities to practise hitting a variety of targets, defend targets and learn how to adapt their technique depending on the progress of the game. Children will have the chance to improve their throwing skills, referee a game and understand the importance of positive support and feedback to others. 




We are rocketing into Science with a bang as we explore 'Earth and Space'. During this topic, the children will be learning all about our solar system, focusing primarily on the Earth's movement, both in relation to the sun and how it gives rise to our seasons. We will also be investigating the phases of the moon, how the moon's movement affects the tides of oceans on Earth and how we can predict times of high and low tides. The children will be diving deeply into why planets and moons are not completely spherical and exploring terms such as 'equatorial bulge'. We will also have to opportunity to make our own sundials!



Linked to our Science unit, we will be learning about Gustav holst and his music - a British composer best known for his orchestral suite 'The Planets'. We will also be studying trailblazer Hans Zimmer, whose music I'm sure the children are familiar with from their love of films. 



This half term, we will be learning the following in Spanish:

  • To greet people in different ways by saying hello at different times of day, using formal and informal language appropriately and using gestures to support the conversation.
  • To exchange names in Spanish by introducing themselves to someone else, asking another person their name and using gestures to support their conversations.
  • To discuss how we are feeling by using ‘¿Qué tal?’ as a question and choosing the appropriate phrase to say how they feel.
  • To choose appropriate phrases for the situation by saying goodbye in a variety of ways and replying to greetings with the appropriate answer.
  • To recognise and repeat the numbers 0-10 in Spanish by saying the numbers 0-10 in Spanish, listening and repeating carefully, joining in a song that counts in Spanish and using music to help them to remember new words.
  • To apply number word knowledge to make sentences by asking how old someone is, saying their own age and using number words in their sentences.



The Power of LOVE! We have a wonderful way of starting the school year of positively by studying artists who use love as an inspiration for their artwork. The children will be exploring Gustav Klimt and Auguste Rodin and analysing their work carefully, focusing on emotion and mood through colour and shape. They will have the opportunity to create paintings that depict the immortality of love between two people such as a parent and their child, explaining their use of symbolism and colour and developing their own symbols of love. 



This half term we will first be exploring what design technology is in detail, understanding the design process, the importance of 'Think, Make, Break, Repeat' and how DT differs to art. We will then go on to explore arch structures, investigating the features of an arch, describing elliptical, parabolic and catenary arch structures and explaining how they are made. Children will be given the opportunity to make their own, experimenting with a variety of arches and completing the whole design process of: completing a product outline, arranging and annotating a mood board and experimenting with design diagrams before making, testing and improving their product. 



This half term, we are focusing on the legendary Ancient Greece. Developing the children's timeline knowledge from previous years and enhancing their understanding of how Ancient Greece has impacted life today, including modern politics, will be our core focuses. The children will also be exploring the Titans and Olympians and the purpose of myths, linking to our writing unit.