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Year 5

Our Year 5 team for September would like to introduce themselves to you!


Autumn Term

The first half term of Year 5 is full of exciting activities, opportunities and responsibilities.  We study the topic, Follow the Pharaoh, where the children immerse themselves in this ancient History topic learning about daily life, the River Nile and gods and Pharaoh’s as well as learning about Bible stories set in Egypt. The children use their work on the quality text, ‘Don’t Wake the Mummy’ as inspiration for their writing and publish an exciting Egyptian adventure story to share with others. As well as this, children learn how to mummify a body and write a set of instructions to inform others. During the second half of the term, our focus switches to space in a Science led learning journey. Our core text is ‘Wonder’ by R Palacio. This has a strong PSHCE link which examines inclusion and friendships. Our art is based on abstract rocket art through a variety of media. In PE, invasion games and gymnastics are the topics for the term. In Maths we will build on previous learning with a strong emphasis on written calculation strategies.


Spring Term

This term, Year 5 focus on the Terrible Tudors.  During this topic, children have the chance to dress up as a Tudor, learn about the way of life and significant events of the period.  In DT, we teach the children how to make a traditional Tudor house, using wood and tools to plan and make their houses. We focus on the text, ‘There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar, where we learn how to compare characters and their evolution through a story.  We also study Shakespeare's play, ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’, which is brought to life by a visit from the Young Shakespeare Company. Within PE we learn traditional Tudor dance, using a range of resources to help with ideas and movements.  It is a very exciting topic and we hope all the children will love learning about the Tudors. In R.E. we explore what Christians believe about God, particularly The Trinity. Holbein, the Tudor artist inspires pastel portraits of Tudor monarchs.


Summer Term

During the Summer term, Year 5 study rivers in our Go with the Flow topic.  Our main focus is the River Arun, with an exciting trip to Pulborough Brooks. We study the geographical structure of our local area and the history of the River Arun.  Our quality text for the first half-term is the ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson, where we focus on descriptive writing.  Within the second half term, we concentrate on performance poetry using ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. During our Art topic, we focus on paintings inspired by water and Monet, the children use a range of artistic techniques, including ink, water colours and oil pastels. P.E. lesson include striking and fielding games, and in preparation for Sports day, children work on athletics skills. In Science, we study life cycles of flowering plants, various animals and humans.

See here for our Curriculum Overview.

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