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Kings Worthy Primary School

Y5 Autumn 1 2023

Our first topic is 'Raiders, Traders, Invaders' – a historical study of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era (793AD - 1066AD).


  • 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 poem 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 recap of problem-solving strategies to get ready for Year 5 learning.
  • Place Value: reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 1 million; tenths and hundredths; negative numbers.
  • Addition and Subtraction: formal addition methods for up to 4-digits, rounding, multi-step problems and using the inverse operation.

Science - Fossils, Geological Time and Classification: 

  • Learning that the Earth is around 4.2 billion years old.
  • How the Earth has changed through a process of evolution.
  • How fossils help us to learn about evolution.
  • How organisms are classified into groups.


  • Investigating how a computer works as a system, including inputs, outputs and processes.
  • E-safety: understanding the importance of not sharing personal information online.

Art - Textiles:

  • Study the work of Grayson Perry to create a class tapestry inspired by Victoria Villasana and Stuart Morris.

Music - Viking Rock:

  • Listen and respond to Viking inspired music, and perform their own lyrical poem.


  • Our PE days are on a Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor).
  • Outdoor: Tag Rugby
  • Indoor: Rhythmic Gymnastics

RE - Belonging:

  • The first two pillars of Islam: Shahada and Salat.
  • How we the pillars of Islam show belonging for Muslims, and how we can show belonging in our lives.

PSHE - Physical well-being in the media:

  • Messages in the media can be misleading, including food adverts, role models and image manipulation.