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Autumn 2

Roman Britain

In Autumn 2, we continue our learning about the Romans, keeping our attention on the Romans in Britain.


Our stimulus for writing in Autumn 2 will be Roman Britain, in particular 'The Thieves of Ostia'. We continue following Flavia and her friends as they sleuth their way through an intriguing mystery set in AD79. Packed with accurate detail of everyday Roman life, it will further our understanding of the everyday lives of Romans and their culture. This will enable us to tackle writing our own warning narrative, and a persuasive text encouraging time travellers to visit Roman Britain. To further support our writing, we will look at a range of non-fiction texts in our Guided Reading lessons, and, of course, our previous History lessons on Roman Britain will be invaluable for accessing our prior knowledge of all things Roman (rotten or not!).

Our Grammar focus for the term will be to develop our understanding and range of narrative tenses, as well as developing our repertoire of 'language of persuasion'. Learning to edit and attention to neat, cursive handwriting will play a crucial role in this too. 

Pupils should continue to use Bedrock at home to support with their vocabulary - it is also our aim to access this resource daily in school.

Vocabulary: narrative, character, setting, atmosphere, action, dialogue, persuade, support, word class, noun phrase, noun, adjective, verb, modal verb, adverb, adverbial, preposition, conjunction, co-ordinating clause, co-ordinating conjunction, subordinate clause, subordinating conjunction, causal conjunction, inverted commas, hyphen, ambiguity

Guided Reading - Reading for Inference

We will use a variety of texts - both fiction and non-fiction - about the Romans to enable us to apply our learning to a range of question types, and to make links between different books and our own ever-growing general knowledge. We will use text annotation as a method of exploring a text, and will build on our retrieval and inference reading skills. In order to support your child with both their grammar and reading at home, please use the following links:


This term, we will further our Maths fluency by working closely on our Multiplication and Division skills, as well as on Fractions. Times tables and generating new facts from those already known will be a focus within our morning task time. It is imperative that pupils are able to recall these facts in order to access the Year 5 curriculum thoroughly. We will be using Number and Lightning as the basis of our knowledge to support our arithmetic skills. Pupils will be taught operations in depth, and will be tasked with using these in a variety of different contexts. 

Vocabulary: multiplication, multiply, division, divide, fraction, numerator, denominator, multiple, factor, prime, square, cube, equivalent, unit fraction, convert, improper, mixed

Homework will continue to be set via the MyMaths Website in conjunction with Seesaw.  In order to support your child with their times table knowledge at home and with arithmetic in general, please use the following links:

Science: Forces

We will be learning about forces this term, looking at the effects of gravity, air resistance and friction. We will also learn to recognise and understand some mechanisms e.g. levers, pulleys and gears.

Vocabulary:  forces, gravity, air resistance, friction, invisible       

History: Christianity in 3 Empires

We will learn about Christianity in the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Aksumite Empire.

Vocabulary: Bethlehem, three wise men, frankincense, myrrh, miracles, forgiveness, converted, baptised, sins, shepherd, persecution, persecute, incense, disloyal, suspicious, amphitheatres, memorial, martyrs, official religion, Constantine, rivals, vision, Byzantium, Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, harbour, culture, cultures, mosaic, Goths, Huns, Visigoths, sacked, marble, hippodrome, stadium, Justinian code, innocent, law courts, rights, Empress Theodora, court, halo, baptismal font, Aksum, plateau, terraces, lowlands, Adulis, caravan, export, ivory tusks, perfumes, Yemen, mints, state, Ethiopia, preserve, perilous, hewn, saints, sacred, rock-hewn, shipwreck, Ezana, bishop, patriarch, erected, stela, Professor

Geography: Tourism

We will be learning about different types of tourism this term, and how tourism is changing, including sustainable tourism, a topic close to our hearts in Year 5 as Sea Savers. 

Vocabulary: seaside, pier, amusements, Llandudno, paddle, deckchair, sandcastle, Punch and Judy, promenade, hotels, guest houses, tourists, tourism, activity, cultural, income, souvenirs, tourist industry, Matterhorn, minimum, maximum, skis, ski-slope, ski-lift, advantage, disadvantages, environment, destination, airports, airlines, sunshine, holiday, mainland, travel agencies, package holidays, accommodation, apartments, air pollution, services, economy, sustainable, sustainability, coral reef, ecotourism


In RE, we will be considering the Big Question - ‘Was Jesus The Messiah?’

Vocabulary: Jesus, Christianity, Christians, messiah, worship, belief, believe, follower


We will be focusing on Health and Fitness skills in our outdoor PE lessons. In our indoor PE, we will be developing our Gymnastics ability and skills.

Vocabulary: health, fitness, energy, agility, stamina, mental, physical, gymnastics, jump, leap, squat, controlled


In Autumn 2, we will be applying programming skills to create sounds and melodies leading to a Battle of the Bands performance!

Vocabulary: Scratch, tinker, predict, programming, music, typing, spacing, performance, coding, tutorials, error, commands, instructions, debugging, loop, mind map, pitch, rhythm, tempo, timbre, soundtrack, repetition


Our PSHE learning this term will focus on Health and Wellbeing. We will consider the importance of sleep, sun safety, healthy eating, relaxation and managing feelings, as well as learning about setting goals and embracing failure. 

Vocabulary: yoga, relaxation, meditation, thoughts, quantity, sleep, rest, relax, quality, failure, fail, succeed, try, overcome, resilience, experience, goal, achieve, plan, steps, destiny, choice, feeling, emotion, calories, healthy diet, food groups, Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), serving, portion, obesity, responsibility, risk, weather, UV rays, sunburn, 'slip, slap, slop'


We will learn to identify the pitch and rhythm of written notes, and then experiment with notating our own compositions in different ways. 

Vocabulary: features, notation, repeating, repetition, unison, composition, structure, melody, tempo, ensemble, minor key

MFL - French

In Autumn 2, we will be learning French adjectives of colour, size and shape. We will also be practising language skills and developing confidence through games and creating animal and Christmas artworks inspired by the cut-outs of French artist, Henri Matisse.

Vocabulary: couleur/colour, c’est de quelle couler? / what colour is it? un cercle/a circle, un triangle/a triangle, un rectangle/a rectangle, un carré/a square, petit/small, grand/ big, vrai ou faux/true or false

Art and Design

This term, we will be exploring painting and mixed media art to create portraits.

Vocabulary: portrait, collage, identity, mixed media, monoprint, multi-media, photomontage, self-portrait

Design and Technology

In D&T, we will be investigating how mechanical systems work. We will learn about mechanisms including pulleys, gears and levers.

Vocabulary: mechanism, mechanical system, direction, speed, pulley, gear, lever, input, process, output

Important dates for this term: 

Term begins                                        Monday 31st October, 2022

Halloween Disco                                 Monday 31st October, 2022

Individual and Sibling Photos            Wednesday 2nd November, 2022

Bonfire Menu                                      Friday 4th November, 2022

Cross Country Event                          Wednesday 9th November, 2022

Anti-Bullying Week                           Monday 14th – Friday 18th November, 2022

Norwood’s Got Talent Auditions       Tuesday 15th November, 2022

Children in Need Day                         Friday 18th November, 2022

Consultation Evenings                        Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th November, 2022

Christmas Jumper Day                       Thursday 8th December, 2022

Norwood’s Got Talent Final               Thursday 15th December, 2022

Christmas Lunch                                 Tuesday 20th December, 2022

Term end                                            Wednesday 21st December, 2022