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Lawford C of E Primary School

High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.

Year 5

Year 5 - 2023/24

Autumn Term


Key Concepts - Identity, change, fairness, conflict, care and power.

Our enquiry question this term…

How can we save the rainforests? 

Not only are we exploring this through Geography but we are also using English, including our class text 'Journey to the River Sea', Science and Music as cross curricular links to deepen our investigation.

Class reading book - Journey to the river sea. 

Art - native birds - working on contour drawings. 


Geography - looking at types of forests biomes, the Amazon River, deforestation and fair trade. 


RE (philosophy) - Is believing in God reasonable? 


Music - musical forests/ body percussion.


DT - forest school frame structures - constructing rainforest shelters from natural resources. 


Science - living things and their habitats, life cycles and process of reproduction. 


Maths - place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division & fractions. 


English - non-chronological reports based on our rainforest topic.


PE - will be on a Thursday and Friday for the first half of the Autumn term. 


Home reading - we will be encouraging the children to read 4 times per week at home where possible.

Homework - this may link to work that has taken place in class and will serve as a source of revision or it may be project based and will link to an upcoming lesson. Some homework will be set online but during the first half term, we will be using paper until the children have been trained on Office 365.




Forest school will be timetabled during the Autumn term as it is linked with our rainforest topic. 

Forest School Clothing includes;

• Waterproofs

• a comfortable pair of trousers, such as jogging bottoms

• a long sleeved T-shirt or top

• a thick jumper 

• wellies or sturdy closed toe shoes, which you do not mind getting wet and muddy.


(A fleecy zip up jacket and a pair of thick wool or fluffy bed socks could be brought in, just in case)


Much like PE kit, children who have forest school that day come to school wearing their forest school clothing.

Banham Zoo Trip



On 10th October we took a trip to Banham Zoological Gardens in Norfolk to enrich our knowledge on lifecycles and to experience the climate of the rainforest. We had fabulous weather and enjoyed various exhibitions and displays that were on throughout the day. 

Junior Ambassador Project

This year we are taking part in the Junior Ambassador Project run by Tendring County Council in partnership with Colchester United Community Foundation. We are learning about different cultures, as Britain is a multi-cultural society, so that we may help alleviate racism and discrimination.

In our programme this year we have the following sessions:

  • African Culture Workshop
  • Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
  • Ukrainian Culture Workshop (new)
  • Author Workshop
  • Artist Workshop
  • Visit to the Princes Theatre for a Celebration Event - parents invited.