Year 5L

Spring term curriculum newsletter

Spring 1 - Possible Homework Tasks

(not compulsory)

TOPIC - The Vikings

Autumn 1 Knowledge Organiser

In the first half of the Autumn term, we will be looking at different counties within Europe. In order to connect with our Viking theme, one of our countries of study will be Norway.

We will: 

  • Identify and describe human features, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity includng trade links, the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Use the research comparison study below at home, if you wish to complete any extra work. This can be completed in your homework book but is NOT compulsory. 


Viking Longboats


Well done to those children who took part :)

Friendship day.

Year 5L discussed the for and against arguments for this statement. As a school, the majority of children voted AGAINST this statement. Most children believe that online friends are not as good as face to face friendships. 

Friendship day continued...

Children in 5L looked at the artist Leonid Afremov. He has produced lots of paintings, inspired by the theme of friendship. Below, are some of our colourful trees created, this time, with oil pastels.


Daniel S and Daniel X sharing displaying their musical talent on the piano.

SCIENCE - Earth and Space

Spring 1 Knowledge Organiser

TOPIC - Ancient Greece

Spring 1 Knowledge Organiser


The weekly times table test will consist of 20 questions. We will test the children on both multiplication and division problems up to 12x12.

To begin the year we will be looking at the place value of numbers, working with numbers up to 1,000,000. This will include using different apparatus and pictorial representations before working with more abstract problems. 

We will then progress to addition, subtraction and multiplication and division after half-term. 

Throughout all lessons, we continuously work on improving our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in order to secure and deepen our understanding of different concepts. 

In the second part of the autumn term, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction.

We will be practising times-tables on a daily basis. If your child is fluent with times-tables (including related division facts) please extend them by multiplying by powers of 10. For example: 8 x 7 = 56 or 8 x 70 = 560


Some useful websites are:


... not forgetting: Purple Mash!


Gunnar Bjornsson, a Viking, lives with his parents on their farmstead - an idyllic place to grow up.  Gunnar had a happy childhood but everything changed the night the Wolf Men came.  They killed his father and Gunnar escaped after watching Valkyries descend from the sky and take the body of his father to the halls of Valhalla. 

Gunnar vowed to avenge this act by travelling to Valhalla to bring back his father so they could kill the leader of the Wolf Men.  
On his journey, Gunnar was met by setbacks.  Being kidnapped and sold into slavery was not part of his plan.  However, with the help of some loyal friends he makes his was to the Land of Ice and Fire, across The Rainbow Bridge to Asgard and enters the Hall of Valhalla. 

Viking Boy - Useful comprehension style questions.

SCIENCE - Materials

Autumn 2 Knowledge Organiser

Super Science In Action...


Four children practicing their scientific investigation skills, using bananas! Electrical circuits at its finest!

The children presented their experiment at The Brentwood School Science Fair. Their enthusiasm shone through and was commented on by numerous parents, and staff attending. There was a real buzz around the stand.  
They delivered their explanations and answered questions with confidence and were praised by the judges for having a thorough understanding of GCSE level science.  The fantastic handwriting on the display we had created was also noticed by teachers from other schools on several occasions.

Safeguarding Day

PC Rob and PC Craig spoke to year 5 and 6 children about staying safe. Discussions were based around gangs and knife crime and staying safe online. Well done to all children who took part in the workshop - you all listened very carefully and asked some important and appropriate questions.

Metro Bank Trip

Representatives from the Metro Bank have visited 5L and have shared the Money Zone Key Stage 2 programme with the children. The sessions included learning about different types of banking accounts and basic tips on managing money.

During the final session, the children visited Metro Bank in Romford. Here, they met real Metro Bank cashiers, went inside a vault and experienced the Magic Money Machine. Each pupil was given a goodie bag for completing the sessions.