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Autumn 1

The Victorians and The Industrial Revolution



Our first topic is about The Victorians with a particular focus on The Industrial Revolution and is a history based topic. Over the half term we will be learning about:

  • Queen Victoria and her reign
  • The impact of the Industrial Revolution and its positive and negative effects.
  • Child labour during the Victorian era
  • Workhouses
  • Children’s lives during the period


Talk for writing – Is a warning tale called the The Caravan.


  • write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed
  • using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
  • using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader [for example, headings, bullet points, underlining]
  • proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning
  • ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing
  • recognising vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing, including subjunctive forms
  • using expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
  • use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them
  • use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • use a thesaurus
  • Use punctuation for direct speech

Maths - To begin the half term we will be taking a closer look at numbers and place value.  We will then look at using formal written methods for addition and subtraction. 


  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0
  • round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits,including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
  • use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why


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