Year 5 Spring Term

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:

  • read, write and order numbers with up to 6 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 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 – 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 – 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.

Computing – We are Artists

This unit allows us to get creative and fuse geometry with art using Scratch and Inkscape.  We begin by creating simple tessellations before progressing to more complex patterns.  Using our new skills we will create some Islamic-style art and also create our art in the style of Bridget Riley.

PE – To be Confirmed

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