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Chestnut - Year 5

Welcome to the Autumn Term 



Our learning for this term - OUR PLANET!


Are we damaging our planet?


Term 6 learning

The children will be taking inspiration from the wonderful and inspiring David Attenborough non - fiction books entitled 'Our Planet', 'Planet Earth' and 'Blue Planet'. We will be considering how our behaviours impact the world around us and how we can leave a positive legacy to the generations that follow us. We will be focussing on sustaining our existence through reducing our damaging behaviours, thinking what changes we can make that will save the world of tomorrow. Our journey of discovery will take us to the Oceans, most specifically... the unforgotten continent.


"Nowhere is more powerful and unforgiving, yet more beautiful and endlessly fascinating than the ocean." Sir David Attenborough



Our text this term will 'Paddington' by Michael Bond. We will be comparing and contrasting the stories through the ages and uncovering hidden messages behind the text. Paddington will be our inspiration for narrative and non - fiction writing and more closely, the destination of Peru. We will be creating a holiday brochure, travel fact files as well as seeing the world through the eyes of Paddington in our adventure and suspense story writing. 



Spelling lists have been sent home in your child's journal book. The lists have been carefully selected to improve key areas of weakness that have been identified. Weekly tests will be on Thursdays.



Our Maths learning this term will be focussing on Fractions, decimals and division. In addition to this, cross curricular learning of measure and shape will link with our topic.

With reference to arithmetic, daily sessions are timetabled to focus on the application of prior knowledge in all areas of the curriculum. These tasks enable the children to embed their learning of recall into context.




Our unit of study for Science this term is ‘Living things’. This area of learning will take place in both the classroom and our wonderful outdoor learning spaces. Therefore please can I ask that the following items are kept in school at all times in a labelled bag. 

Your child will need:

  • Long trousers
  • Long sleeved top
  • Waterproof layers
  • Suitable outdoor footwear


If you have any hand tools that your child can use for this project, we would invite the children to bring them into school at their earliest convenience. Please ensure that they are labelled clearly.




Please can I ask that a PE kit remains in school all week. 

PE specialist sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons but an additional session will be taught during the week at another time.



It is vital that homework tasks are completed and available for collaborative review sessions, which will be on Thursday afternoons. The homework tasks are set to support in class learning and we are grateful of your support to assist with these opportunities. 

Additional home learning tasks should be:

  • Daily reading and comprehension
  • Times tables: ALL children by the end of Year 4 should know their times tables. Please ensure the fluency and recall of these facts are automatic and time is dedicated to the rehearsal of these. 


As always, Chestnut class operate an open-door policy, please do come and speak to us should you require any further support or clarification.


Kindest regards


Mrs Connolly and the Chestnut team


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