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.