Year 5 Curriculum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.