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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


5 Craufurd – Mrs Roberts

5 Field – Miss Law


Along with Mrs McVeigh


Autumn 2


Our topic this half term is: "Land of the Pharoahs"


Join us, ancient explorers, as we head 5,000 years back in time to discover fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt, from its ancient beginnings to Egypt today. We will be learning about the geography and history of Egypt, locating Egypt on a map and investigating exactly what kind of people Egyptians actually were. We will be taking a closer look at what the Egyptians invented and what they believed in too - including how to mummify a pharoah! 






We will be writing a diary entry based on the story 'The Egyptian Cinderella'. We shall be using this text as our our 'Talk 4 Writing' text and this will be sent home with the children for them to learn so that they become familiar with the pattern of the story. Alongside this, we will be teaching key spelling and grammar rules and conventions central to the teaching of writing in Year 5. Children will also be given a set of spellings to learn every week and will be tested on a Friday.




This half term we will be working on multiplication, division, fractions and decimal numbers as well as number calculations, problem solving and reasoning.

Children are encouraged to revise their table facts at home.


Mathletics homework will be set every Friday, related to the work we have been doing in class that week! Mathletics passwords are stuck in the children’s homework diaries. If any children are missing their details, please come and see Miss Law for a replacement password card.



Our PE days will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday and children should always have their PE kit in school on these days.




Doing a some extra work at home can really help with our work in class.

Try to read every day at home. If your child is good at reading independently, you can ask them for a summary of the plot on the days you don’t hear them read. Talk about what you have read and have a competition to guess what might happen next. It is fine to work as a team - it can be fun to read a sentence or page each if it is a challenging book that they are desperate to read.

Optional tasks:

Write some maths questions or word problems to solve using Egyptian number symbols.

Use hieroglyphs to write a message.

Design / make an Ancient Egyptian Mummy Sarcophagus.

Find out some interesting facts about Ancient Egypt and create a multiple choice quiz.

Create top trump cards using Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.

 Imagine you were there when Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered. Write a diary or news report about the event.

Write an acrostic poem using the letters of a key ‘topic’ word e.g. Egypt.

Research the importance of the River Nile and how it was used.

Design a death mask for Tutankhamun.

Write an explanation for how the pyramids were constructed.

Create a fact file on a famous Ancient Egyptian.

Create a project book with on different aspects of life e.g. work, family, religion.

Make a pyramid model. Could you show what it might look like inside?

List ten things that we would see in Ancient Egypt.

Make a 3D model of a typical home during Ancient Egyptian times.

Design a tourist leaflet to encourage tourists to visit Egypt.

Create a word search about Ancient Egypt.

Research and make an Ancient Egyptian game e.g. Senet.

Write 10 questions that you would ask Tutankhamun.

Research the 7 wonders of the Ancient World. You could create a brochure or leaflet to present your information.

Make a set of Canopic Jars.

Write a biography of an Ancient Egyptian God.

Ancient Egypt art

Design and make an Egyptian  cartouche or jewellery.

Write instructions or an  explanation for mummification.

Create your own Egyptian style portrait with your name in hieroglyphs.

Mark Egypt and its landmarks on a world map.

Write a story set in Ancient Egypt.

Make your own mummy and tomb.

Mummify an apple!

Embracing the fullness of life, embedded in a Christian ethos of caring and sharing.