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St William of York Catholic Primary School

Year 5

 Teacher   Ms Gill  

Teaching Assistant Mrs  Williams  




Welcome to year five!! We have a very exciting and busy term ahead of us as we explore Victorian Britain, with a particular focus upon the lives of working children. Indeed, we will be gaining a ‘hands on’ experience as we visit Quarry Bank Mill and imagine what life was like as a Victorian apprentice. All aspects of our curriculum during the autumn term will link, in one way or another, to the changes and influential figures that represent Victorian Britain.


Local Church – Community – Mission.

Eucharist – Relating – Memorial sacrifice.

Lent/Easter – Giving – Sacrifice.


Novels and stories by significant children’s authors.


The children will be writing in the style of Berlie Doherty - adding a chapter, or changing a chapter, from our class novel.


Narrative poetry - The Highwayman.

The children will read this classic narrative poem, learn sections of it by heart and perform as part of a group. The children will also explore character and motive when writing from the perspective of various characters.

We may also have the time to explore ‘Jabberwocky’ which was written by Lewis Carroll.


Biography and autobiography.

After reading biographical texts (Dr John Barnardo) the children will produce their own biographies for fictional characters who supported the rights of working Victorian children.



Older literature – Film narrative - The Railway children.

After studying and reflecting upon the impact of access to railways during the Victorian period, we will read extracts and watch clips of ‘The railway Children.’ The children will write their own adventure, to be added to the text, with particular attention being given to language choice and sentence structures.


Class novel – Berlie Doherty - Street child.




Place Value: Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1000000 and determine the value of each digit. Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1000000. Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers including through zero. Round any number up to 1000000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000 Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above. Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.

Addition and subtraction: Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers. Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction) Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy. Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph. Complete, read and interpret information in tables including timetables.

Multiplication and division: Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts. Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers. Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared ( 2 ) and cubed ( 3 ) Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes. Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non -prime) numbers. Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19

Measurement: Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in cm and m. Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, cm 2 ,m 2 estimate the area of irregular shapes


Forces – Can you feel the force?

Earth and space. Will we ever send another human to the moon?



Our enquiry question is -

Did anything change to improve the lives of children during the Victorian period?

After comparing differences between the lives of the rich and the poor during victorian Britain, the children will learn about the different jobs children did as well as their conditions of work. They will hear about key characters who campaigned for the rights of children and be aware that various acts were passed through parliament during this time. Historical skills, such as chronology, identifying the difference between primary and secondary sources of information and cause and effect are integrated into our learning.


Focus study - William Rathbone was a philanthropist who introduced district nursing into poor areas of Liverpool during the Victorian period. He corresponded, through various letters, with Florence Nightingale seeking support and advice. We will be looking at some of his letters and reflecting upon his impact on the community,




The children will create, using scratch, a detailed two player game that includes racing cars around a track. The children will set commands for their ‘sprites’ and ensure variables are set to ensure


Website designers.

The children will create their own website using free templates from Wordpress.

The children will present their website to the rest of the class providing a rationale behind choosing the content that they have used which will link to a curriculum area.




PE and games.

  1. - Invasion games. The children will gain a greater understanding of positioning, roles within a game and adaptations of rules during this unit.

Dance - Machines - The children will compose and perform a group dance to represent a machine, possibly a machine which would have been used in a textile mill!! The children will respond to the beat and tempo of a selected piece of music moving from individual, to group, to whole class


Printing - inspired by the work of William Morris.

After studying the work of William Morris, children will produce their own block print based on a similar design.

Children will experiment with design and colour prior to the printing process. Their end task will be to print wallpaper suitable to decorate the drawing room of a Victorian house!


Design and technology.

Cooking and nutrition. Tapas - (links to the MFL curriculum.)

Children will prepare some tapas meals - patatasbravas, Spanish omelette or stuffed peppers - a delicious treat!




Don’t stop believin’

Style: rock



Food and menus.


Pupils will -

Identify vocabulary from a menu or recipe.

Be able to participate in short dialogues of 3-4 exchanges (restaurant.)

Be able to write a short paragraph about their likes and dislikes


Numbers and currency.


Pupils will -

Be able to use numbers from 60-100.

Be able to use quantities and understand currency values.



Year 5 had a wonderful time at Quarrybank Mill exploring life during the Victorian Era and Industrial Revolution. We explored life working in the mill and how children lived and were educated.

Fun learning place value

Fun learning place value 1
Fun learning place value 2
Fun learning place value 3
Fun learning place value 4
Fun learning place value 5

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