Off with her head!

Cornerstones Topic

Our first year 5 topic is ‘ Off with her head!’ Within this topic we will learn about the Tudor dynasty and what Henry VIII did to his many wives. During this topic we will cover lots of Geography, History, Art & Design, PE, Music and PSHE objectives.

Power of Reading

During the Autumn term, we will be reading “My Friend Walter” by Michael Morpurgo. The writing we produce throughout the weeks will be topic related. Ensuring that all of our writing is cross curricular will help us to get to know the Tudors even better and the main characters from our Power of Reading text. Within our English lessons we will be writing a persuasive letter, newspaper report and a narrative story to name but a few activities!  


In Maths, we will be looking at place value and the basic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. During the Autumn half term we will be ensuring we know the place value of numbers up to 6 digits making sure we can read and write them accurately. 


We will be learning lots of different songs during the Autumn term and we will perform them in assemblies. We will listen to the song “Greensleeves” which is often connected to Henry VIII.  We will also make Tudor music to dance along to.


This half term we are focusing on Tudor dance which links to our topic ‘Off with her head!’


In Science, we will be looking at the topic of space. We will learn about the planets, moons and the galaxies around us looking at the forces that keep the planets in the correct places. 


In R.E. we will be focusing on the following key questions: 
What is God like and how does believing in God influence people’s lives? (Emphasis on Hinduism and Sikhism).
Why do believers often see life as a journey and what significant events mark this journey? (Emphasis on Muslim and Sikh faiths).
What special food is associated with Christmas and why?


This half term we are focusing on designing space buggies using Lego, this will also link to our science and music.