Year 5 Summer Term 1

Curriculum – Allotments – Geography Focus

To begin our allotment topic, we have a visitor who will explain all about allotments and the types of produce grown there. We will then have an exciting visit to the Botanical Gardens in Leicester to learn about sustainability. Over the course of the unit, we will learn where our food comes from and use maps, atlases and technology to learn more about these places. After planning a meal we will calculate the food miles to appreciate how far some of food travels to reach us. Using secondary sources, we will identify land-use across the different geographical regions of the UK and then compare our land-use with another country.

English – The Village that Vanished

We will be continuing our unit on ‘The Village that Vanished.’ During the unit we will use a wide range of drama techniques to explore character’s thoughts and feelings. Ending the study with a choice of writing outcome: retelling the story from a different point of view; continuing the story; creating a new story about courage or changing the problem writing a new resolution and ending.  

 Film Narrative

We will view a range of visual film shorts and explore characters in a range of settings using a variety of drama techniques. During learning will explore how to use make inferences about the story shown. The writing outcome will be creating the narrative for one of the film shorts.


This term will we cover the following area in Maths:

  • know angles are measured in degrees
  • estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles.
  • draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (o)
  • identify angles at a point and one whole turn (total 360o)
  • identify angles at a point on a straight line
  • identify ½ a turn (total 180o) as well as other multiples of 90
  • identify 3D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2D representations
  • understand place value in decimal numbers as tenths and hundredths; multiply and divide by 10/100/1000/10 000 using a place-value grid;
  • rehearse mental addition strategies for decimals and whole numbers;
  • solve missing number sentences;
  • use mental strategies to solve multi-step word problems;
  • use mental multiplication and division strategies; relate mental division strategies to multiples of ten of the divisor
  • know properties of equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled triangles;

Science - Earth and Space

In this unit pupils will describe the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. Also describe the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies.

Pupils will use the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky and also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time. When working scientifically, they will have the opportunity to plan an enquiry using a shadow stick and look at changes over time, taking accurate measurements of the shadows formed, deciding how to record them and present their findings.


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.


In RE, we will be exploring two different elements of Christianity: Church and Jesus. When looking at the Church, we will be finding out about Holy Communion and why it is important to so many Christians. We will also be exploring the origin and meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. Whilst exploring Jesus, the pupils will be looking at and reading Biblical narratives of the birth of Jesus and some of the miracles Jesus performed. They will be learning about stories told during Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost and understand how these relate to Christian’s believes about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (Trinity).


In PE, pupils will be developing their athletic skills. These include a range of running, jumping and throwing events. In running, pupils will be competing in long and short distance events. In jumping, pupils will be developing their long jump and triple jumping skills. In throwing, pupils will be developing their skills of throwing the shot-putt and javelin.

Year 5 Spring Term 2

Curriculum – Pharaohs – History Focus (continued from Spring 1)  

We will continue to travel 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.  We will be unravelling the secrets of the ancient tombs, using historical sources and artefacts. Through, research we’ll find out about powerful pharaohs and gods. We’ll also find out 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.  


This unit 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.  

Using a range of drama techniques and the text ‘The Village that vanished’ we will learn to use our inference and deduction to answer questions about the story and predict what might happen. The writing outcomes include : a setting descriptions; a prayer, a motivation speech; a dialogue between two of the characters and retelling the story from a different perspective.  


This term will we cover the following area in Maths:  

  • Use the grid method to multiply 2-digit by 2-digit numbers and solve problems in which n objects are connected to m objects (distributive law)
  • Use short division to divide 3-digit by 1-digit numbers with no remainders
  • Use short division to divide 3-digit by 1-digit numbers with integer remainders
  • Use short multiplication to multiply 3 or 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers
  • Understand fractions as operators and relate this to division; find non-unit fractions of large numbers
  • Understand that 2D shapes with straight sides are polygons and so identify polygons
  • Identify parallel and perpendicular lines in 2D shapes
  • Compare and classify acute and obtuse angles; order angles up to 180°
  • Compare angles up to 360°, including reflex angles
  • Compare and classify quadrilaterals according to their properties
  • Recognise that angles on a straight line total 180° and angles round a point total 360°
  • Choose and use appropriate standard units to measure lengths and heights in any direction
  • Choose and use appropriate standard units to measure weights (mass) and capacities. 
  • Understand and use basic equivalences between metric and imperial units; express these in approximate terms
  • Count in fractions, including equivalents
  • Place mixed fractions on a number line to compare fractions with the same denominator
  • Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa
  • Multiply fractions by whole numbers

Science – Types of change 

In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can you make a meal from a mixture?’ They will design a recipe and identify the types of change used throughout the menu. Some of the activities will cover: 

  • dissolving by seeing how many drops of water it takes to dissolve the same amount of different substances and will use the terms solute and solvent. 
  • use evaporation to recover dissolved solutes and will recognise that these are reversible changes. 
  • recognise which changes of state are reversible changes. 
  • find examples of irreversible changes 

They will learn that in these changes new materials are made and that these new materials are often in the form of gases.  

Whilst working Scientifically, children will use evidence gathered from their own and others’ investigations into dissolving and evaporation to draw conclusions and offer explanations. They will apply previous understanding about melting to predict and investigate which substances will melt. They will plan, carry out and review a complete investigation related to the action of acid on bicarbonate.