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Year 5 Curriculum

Autumn 1

For our first half term, we’re going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Alchemy Island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story openings. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Alchemy Island, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write setting and character descriptions from fantasy stories, a non-chronological report about our chosen fantastic beast, and instructions to slay a vampire. We’ll learn all about the composition of music, and have a go at writing our own pieces, inspired by those from fantasy films we know and love.




Autumn 2

Lock your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded ‘Great Pestilence’ is here! At the start of this half term, we’ll meet a strange character and use a range of source materials to research the symptoms of the Black Death. Our geography skills will help us understand how the black death came to Britain and why it spread so quickly. We’ll investigate the effects of bacteria on the human body and find out about disgusting and dangerous plague ‘cures’. Our personal plague journals will record the horror of the Black Death and we’ll write descriptions, diary entries and narratives about the experience, as well as advertise our own plague cures. We’ll learn about different social classes, understand the reasons for the Peasants’ Revolt, take part in a mock battle and learn what it was like to be a knight. At the end of the term, we’ll find out about the Black Death through history and make a timeline of outbreaks around the world. Observing live domestic rats will help us to learn about their characteristics and life cycles.




Spring 1

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and write a newspaper report about his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write a space crash story. At the end of the project, we’ll invite you to school and share our knowledge with you, gazing at the stars and constellations together.



Spring 2

Time stops for no man – not even us! This half term, we’ll travel through different periods of time to find out about ancient civilisations, significant people of the past, and literature of old. We’ll write adventure stories about the fascinating subject of time travel. In Ancient Egypt we will find out about the gruesome subject of mummification and write non-chronological reports. We will journey back to Shakespearean England to act out the play Hamlet through Active Storytelling, and write tortured diaries and letters from the characters of Hamlet and Ophelia. Through a flashback narrative, we will tell the memories of an old war hero, and explore Tom’s Midnight Garden with him. Our science work will focus on the human body. We’ll also create clock artwork based on the style of Salvador Dali.



Summer 1

Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods. Minibeasts come in all shapes and sizes! This half term, we’ll handle a range of minibeasts and small creatures. Taking photographs, making notes and listening carefully to expert explanations will help us to understand how minibeasts move, what they eat and where they live. Using what we’ve learned, we’ll write an interesting minibeast report. In science, we’ll learn how to categorise minibeasts and investigate woodlice habitats. We’ll make detailed drawings of our minibeasts, present data about them and make maps to show the route of our minibeast hunt. Using wood, stones, garden canes and other natural materials, we’ll create ‘minibeast hotels’ and write adverts to attract minibeasts to stay in them. We’ll use interesting vocabulary to write minibeast poems and find out about Minibeasts’ homes and their life cycles. At the end of the project, we will meet real live minibeasts and see if our hotels were successful!


 Summer 2

Let’s travel back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors. During our final half term in Year 5, we’ll meet a very important figure from history who will give us a problem to solve. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people of the period, and we’ll use source materials to create a Tudor timeline. Tudor portraits will provide us with the inspiration to create royal paintings; we’ll learn about the Tudor Rose and make our own. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor London to present day London and plot Anne Boleyn’s journey to her execution. Internet research will help us learn more about Henry’s life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic Church. At the end of the year, we’ll create and perform a rhyme to help us remember key dates from the Tudor period and find out about Tudor crime and punishment. For our trip, we’ll learn some Tudor games, how to be a knight, and how to use herbs as medicine.

Curriculum overview 18-19 Year 5

Year 5

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



(Imaginative Learning Project)


Alchemy Island

(Music focus)

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

(History focus)

Star Gazers

(Science Focus)


Time Traveller

(Art & Design Focus)

*Include week on Ancient Egypt to cover ancient civilisation

Beast Creator

(Science focus)


Off With Her Head!

(History focus)


Memorable Experience

Meet the Alchemist - Map, riddle etc

Meet pestilence - rat? Medicinal herbs? Cross?

After school stargazing

People visit - meet people from different generations and interview

Minibeast experience - Invite a company in. Go to park

Meet Elizabeth I


English texts

And Text Types


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (LTR) C S Lewis

The Wizard of Earthsea Ursula le Guin

Shadow Forest Matt Haig


W1 - Setting description - Alchemy Island (range of sentence structures)

W2 - Non-chron report- Fantastic beasts (range of punctuation)

Poetry - cinquain

Instructions - Slay a Vampire (adverbials, expanded noun phrases)

Narrative - Text-based (correct tense consistently)

Soliloquay - Chief Alchemist (conjunctions)

Children of Winter (LTR)

Palaces, Peasants and Plagues Richard Platt





Narrative - Black Death

Diary - BD (figurative and emotive lang)

Description - knight’s battle (conjunctions)

Persuasion - King’s Speech (cohesive devices)

Advert - BD treatments (modal verbs)

Northern Lights (LTR) Philip Pullman

The Usborne Official Astronauts Handbook Louie Stowell




Myths & Legends - moon/Greek/Roman (shifts in formality)

Poetry - Gravity rap

Newspaper Report - Moon Landing (range of punctuation higher level)

Narrative - space disaster

Letter - from space


Tom’s Midnight Garden (LTR) Philippa Pearce

Mummies and Pyramids Sam Taplin




2 week: Shakespeare & his times

Active Storytelling – Hamlet

Letter to Ophelia

Ophelia’s diary (range of sentence structure)

1 week: Ancient Egypt

Non-chron report - Mummies

1 week: Flashback narrative - The Piano (conjunctions, sentence structure including relative etc)

1 week: Setting description - Tom’s Midnight Garden (expanded noun phrases)


Charlotte's Web (LTR)

Nonsense Limericks Edward Lear






Non-chron report - Beasts (range of punctuation)

Poetry - Limericks & kennings

Instructions - Bug hotel (expanded noun phrases and adverbials)

Letter - Charlotte? (cohesive devices)


Treason Berlie Doherty (LTR)

Henry VIII (Extraordinary Lives) Jane Bingham




Biography/nonfiction - Henry VIII

Poetry - Riddles

Newspaper report - Anne Boleyn death (shifts in formality)

Persuasion - plea:stay of execution (language choices?)

Diary or letter - Catherine Howard (modal verbs)




(Let’s Investigate)

Properties and Changes of Materials


Can you clean dirty water?

Do all solids dissolve?

What materials conduct heat?

Why does milk go off?

Will it erupt?

Working scientifically



How many potatoes can you grow?

Will it erupt?

Earth and Space, Forces


Can we track the sun?

How do rockets lift off?

Why do planets have craters?

How do we know the earth is round?

How does the moon move?

Animals (including humans)


Do we ‘slow down’ as we get older?

How clean are your hands?


Living things and their habitats


How do worms reproduce?

What is the life cycle of mealworm?

Why do birds lay eggs?


Any left-over - Forces



What do pulleys do?

How do levers help us?

Why are zip wires so fast?

Why does a compass always point north?





Sikhism - Guru Arjan Gurpurab

Judaism - Passover

Christianity - Pentecost

Islam - Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Hinduism - Holi Festival of Colours

Buddhism - Dharma Day