Year 5 Summer Term 1

Curriculum – Allotments – Geography Focus

To kick off our allotment topic we have a visitor who will explain all about allotments and the types of produce grown there. The following week we have an exciting visit the Botanical Gardens in Leicester to learn about sustainability. Over 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 actually travels. Using secondary sources will identify land-use across the different geographical regions of the UK and then compare our land-use with another country.

RE – Beliefs and Actions

We will focus on the work of two charities to explore how beliefs and their impact on followers of that religion. After making comparisons to identify the similarities and difference of a religion in action, pupils will reflect on their own beliefs, developing their understanding of community and to relate what they learn to their own questions of value and commitment.

English – 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:

  • Read, write and order numbers with up to 7 digits and understand the place value of each digit
  • 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 rules of
  • identity prime numbers; revise finding factors of numbers; find squares and square roots of square numbers;
  • 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;
  • convert from grams to kilograms and vice versa, from millilitres to litres and vice versa, and from metres to kilometres and vice versa;
  • use a written column method to add amounts of money in pounds and pence; add 2-place decimals using written column addition;
  • subtract decimal numbers

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.

Year 5 Spring Term 2

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

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.


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.


Our French lessons develop language learning skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We will learn songs and rhymes by heart.  We will be looking at how sentences are put together and will focus on determiners.

When speaking, we will practise sentence building and begin to add 2 or more adjectives correctly, thinking about where they are placed in the sentence and considering the gender of the noun.

We will be learning to recognise, say and spell the months of year and will use Linguascope to help us to learn independently.

PSHE – Dreams and Goals

The six areas we will explore during our Jigsaw sessions are:

  • When I grow up – understanding the need of money to achieve some dreams.
  • Investigating jobs and careers – know about a range of jobs and appreciate the contribution made people in different jobs.
  • My dream job (and the steps to get there) – identify a possible job, understand what motivates us and what we need to achieve our goal.
  • Dreams and goals of young people from other cultures - describe dreams and goals of young people in a different culture and reflect how this may relate to my own.
  • How we can support each other – understand ways of supporting each other and appreciating the similarities and differences we have in our aspirations.
  • Rallying support - discover how to make a positive contribution to supporting others. 

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