Year 5 Spring Term 1

Curriculum – Pharaohs – History Focus

We’ll be travelling back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruising along the Nile to enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Unravel the secrets of the ancient tombs, using historical sources and artefacts. Research to find out about powerful pharaohs and gods.
Learn about the how to prepare the body of Pharaoh ready for its journey to the afterlife.

RE - Whose World Is It?

We will be exploring the question about how the world was created and issues around the relationship between humans and the environment.
Over the term we will consider the teachings of a number of religions as well as pupils own beliefs. Learning about the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus as well as exploring scientific views about how the world began.


To link with our work on Pharaohs our first unit of work will use the text ‘The Egyptian Echo’ (non-fiction). Throughout the unit we will explore poetic structures and then perform the compositions considering the use of intonation, tone, volume and actions.
Using drama and role play we will develop and sustain different roles to inform and enhance our writing including: a persuasive leaflet; an agony Aunt letter; a balanced argument; newspaper report and an advert.

Our second unit only takes us back to the Victorian era when we take a closer look at some of the amusing and entertaining Rudyard Kipling ‘Just So’ stories. By listening to these stories read aloud we will explore the way he played with language to create a sense of fun. The writing outcome for this unit of work is composing our own ‘Just So’ stories and then sharing them with others.


This term will we cover the following area in Maths:

  • measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
  • calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²) and estimate the area of irregular shapes
  • multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
  • compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
  • recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number [for example, 2/5 + 4/5 =6/5 = 1 1/5]
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places

Science – Separating Mixtures

Separating mixtures gives us the opportunity to learn about the separation techniques of filtering, sieving and evaporation. There will be investigations to discover which substances dissolve in water and which do not. 

Using evaporation we will learn how to separate a dissolved solid from a solution.
Working scientifically, we will formulate our own question about dissolving before planning how they will answer it, predicting possible outcomes and carrying out a fair test. Results will be recorded in tables and graphs, and the results interpreted, using evidence to support or refute predictions.


Our French lesson address many skills: speaking, listening, responding, singing and performing.
We will learn several songs and rhymes and work to add actions or dances to them.
When speaking will be practise sentence building and begin to add 2 or more adjectives correctly. We will be learning to recognise and say the months of year.


PSHCE – Relationships

The areas we will explore during our Jigsaw sessions are:

  • know how to keep building my own self-esteem
  • recognise how friendships change, know how to make new friends and how to manage when I fall out with my friends.
  • know how to stand up for myself and how to negotiate and compromise.
  • understand that relationships are personal and there is no need to feel pressurised into having a boyfriend/girlfriend
  • recognise the feeling of jealousy, where it comes from and how to manage it.
  • know how to stay safe when using technology to communicate with my friends.
  • recognise and resist pressures to use technology in ways that may be risky or may cause harm to others.

Computing – We are Artists

This unit allows pupils to use a variety of software to design and create digital content in the form of geometric art. The unit provides an opportunity to develop programming skills, draw on sequence and repetition ideas and use logical reasoning and algorithmic thinking and debugging.

PE – Premier Sports will lead our PE sessions. This term we are focussing on ball skills and playing both Handball and Dodgeball.

Year 5 Autumn Term 2

English - Fox written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks
The book supports the study of character development, encourages the deepening of reader response through the exploration of the issues and dilemmas expressed in the story and provides opportunities for reflection on themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, loss and hope.
The overall learning aims of this teaching sequence are:
  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book 
  • To study the language and writing style of an author in order to broaden knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and inform understanding of how effective application can determine the quality of a text 
  • To consider the ways in which illustrations can deepen and enrich the meaning of a text and enhance the reader experience 
  • To explore the actions, choices and motivations of characters and draw inferences to aid our understanding of them 
  • To explore narrative plots and characters through role-play in order to deepen our understanding of and connection with the characters and themes of the book 
Zedd Stache (Music Video) 
Using a music video as the narrative this unit allows pupils to engage in discussions about the text by posing and answer questions and making predictions.  Using observation and inferential skills they will write a diary entry, a chronological report and create a possible story ending.
Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence are:
  • To be able to draw inferences such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, justifying inferences with evidence. 
  • To be able to use fronted adverbials.  
  • To provide reasoned justifications for my views.  
  • To be able to use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with.  
  • To be able to predict what might happen from details states and implied. 
  • To use a range of sentence openers.
This term will we cover the following areas in Maths:
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • Complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables
  • Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers 
  • Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers
  • Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³)
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
  • Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²) and estimate the area of irregular shapes
Science - Materials
In this unit children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets and electrical and thermal conductivity.
  • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular use of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.
  • Working scientifically, classify materials in different ways explaining their classification criteria. 
  • Plan, carry out and interpret an investigation in trying to answer a question about the most suitable material for a given function.
Topic - Who were the Tudors?  (Music Focus) 
We will learn about different aspects of life during Tudor times including: a case study of Henry VII, exploring what we can learn about Henry VIII from portraits of him, discovering what instruments were played in Tudor times, exploring historical crime and the punishments, composing a Tudor melody and exploring the similarities and differences between a Tudor and modern Christmas.
RE - Hinduism
What can we learn from some aspects of the Hindu religion?  This term we continue learning about Hinduism. 
Our French lesson address many skills: speaking, listening, responding, singing and performing.  We will learn several songs and rhymes and work to add actions or dances to them.  
PSHCE – Celebrating Difference
  • understand that cultural differences sometimes cause conflict 
  • awareness of my own culture 
  • understand what racism is 
  • awareness of my attitude towards people from different races 
  • understand how rumour-spreading and name-calling can be bullying behaviours 
  • explain the difference between direct and indirect types of bullying 
  • know some ways to encourage children who use bullying behaviours to make other choices and know how to support children who are being bullied 
  • compare my life with people in the developing world 
  • appreciate the value of happiness regardless of material wealth 
  • enjoy the experience of a culture other than my own 
  • respect my own and other people’s cultures
Computing - We are cryptographers
  • The pupils learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret)
  • investigate early methods of communicating over distances
  • learn about two early ciphers
  • consider what makes a secure password
This term the children will be developing a range of skills in their multi-skills lessons and learning a dance linked to our Tudor topic.