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Year 5

HT1 - The Struggle for Britain

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During this first term, Year 5 will begin their journey to the 'Dark Ages', where the struggle for Britain began. 

Britain, which was known as 'Briton' during this times, came under attack from Anglos, Saxons, Jutes, Franks, Scots and Picts and later the Vikings. 

Year 5 will begin their studies by looking at Anglo-Saxon civilisations and how the struggle for Britain shaped the world we live in today.

Year 5 Curriculum Coverage

English- Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

During this term, Year 5 will be taking inspiration from Michael Morpurgo's Beowulf. This book brings together three Anglo-Saxon myths linked to the brave warrior - Beowulf. 

Long ago there was a Scandinavian warrior who fought three evils so powerful they could destroy whole kingdoms. Standing head and shoulders above his comrades, Beowulf single-handedly saves the land of the Danes from a merciless ogre named Grendel and then from his sea-hag mother. But it is his third terrible battle, with the death-dragon of the deep, in which he truly meets his match. Lovers of heroes, monsters, and the drama of battle will find this retelling as enthralling as it is tragic.

This tale will provide Year 5 with the inspiration to write narratives, persuasive adverts and recount events. 


Reading is an essential part of the English. Being able to decode, analyse and evaluate a text is really important, not just to reading but also to writing! The more you read - the greater your: vocabulary, grammar and composition. 

The class library has a wide selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction. If you are looking for a good read - come and see me for suggestions.

Remember, reading every night will make a difference to your reading and writing.


To start the term, Year 5 will be recapping on those core skills linked to number and place value - working their way to 1,000,000 using the Singapore Style of teaching.

Here are a few games to help you practice:




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