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Kings WorthyPrimary School

Y5 Autumn 1 2020

Our first topic is 'Raiders, Traders, Invaders' – a historical study of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era.

Key Questions for this unit:

  • What do objects from the past tell us about the people who lived at that time?
  • Who were the Saxons/Vikings? When and why did they come to Britain? Where did they settle?
  • Where the Vikings raid? How did they trade? Why did they invade?
  • What was everyday life like for a Viking?
  • Who was Alfred? Was he really great?
  • What happened at the Battle of Hastings?


  • Using Michael Morpurgo's text Beowulf as a stimulus for saga writing, focusing on describing settings, characters and atmosphere. 
  • Writing a Saxon kennings to describe a battle scene in Beowulf, with a focus on using figurative language and hyphens to create two-word phrases.
  • Writing a non-chronological report about a dragon (based on Dragonology by Dugald Steer) and using correct organisational features to structure the text and guide the reader.


  • Revision and catch-up from Year 4
  • Place Value - reading, writing, comparing numbers up to 1 million; decimals - tenths and hundredths; negative numbers


  • Explore the process of scientific enquiry through a range of experiments
  • What does it mean to be a scientist?
  • Applying accurate scientific vocabulary to investigations


  • Investigating the components that make up a computer
  • Using Scratch to generate kennings poems using coding
  • E-safey - understanding the importance of not sharing personal information online

Art: Textiles

  • Study the work of Grayson Perry to create a class tapestry inspired by the Bayeux tapestry

RE: Salvation

  • Our RE day is Monday 19th October
  • What is the Christian story of salvation?
  • What can we learn from it?

PSHE: Physical well-being in the media

  • Our RE day is Thursday 22nd October
  • Messages in the media can be misleading, including food adverts, role models and image manipulation