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Year 5 - Topic Overview


Jet Class      

Teacher: Mr Blanchet

HLTA: Mrs Heywood

TA: Mrs Wysner

Indigo Class

Teacher: Mrs Coleman

TA: Mr Moore




TERM 1 - Pharaohs


Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt.

Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts.

Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part! Become an apprentice and work for Ramose; he’s the chief embalmer and the Beautiful House.

Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the door way to ancient Egypt- who knows what treasures you will find?

Subjects covered in this topic.

Maths- Place Value; Decimals and Negative Numbers; Multiplication and Division.

English– Chronological Reports; Fact Files; Research Skills/ Travel Brochures; Stories; Poetry. 

Science- Human Development.

History- Ancient Egypt.

Art & Design- Drawing Artefacts; Hieroglyphic Amulets; Silhouettes and Reflections.

D&T-Working with Clay.

Geography- The River Nile; Rivers.

PE- Circuits and Swimming.


TERM 2 - Off With Her Head!


Meet the tragic figure of Queen Anne Boleyn speaking from her room in the Tower.

She has been arrested and is about to stand trial in front of 2000 spectators.

Find out who she thinks has framed her and what she thinks of her husband King Henry VIII.


Next, Henry has his turn to speak and present his case.

He wants you to support him and rid both him and his country of this wicked traitor who has borne him no heir.

Whose side will you take on this reopened case?

Subjects covered in this topic.

Maths- Shape; Angles; Fractions; Roman Numerals and Time.

English- Narratives; Biographies; Monologues; Poetry; Play Scripts; Diary Entries.

Science- Living Things.

History- The Tudors.

Art & Design- Portraits; Tudor Fashion; 3-D Modelling.

Computing- Research and Presentation.

Music- Performing In A Group.

PE- Dance and Swimming.



TERM 3 - Stargazers


Journey through space, the final frontier…

Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system! Investigate the eight planets- Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity… and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different place on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure!

Get in a spin, making simple models of the solar system and listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs. Then it’s three, two, one… BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?

Subjects covered in this topic.

Maths- Prime and Composite Numbers; Factors; Data Handling; Time; Coordinates and Translations.

English- Poetry; Science Fiction Narratives; Newspaper Article

Science-Earth and Space

Art & Design- Mixing Colours To Create Mood; Collages; Experimenting With Textures and Overlays and Evaluating Against Outcome.

Computing- Animations.

Geography- Identifying Geographical Locations and Features.

Music- Staff; Notation; Composition.

PE- Cricket.



TERM 4 - Allotment


Let’s grow! A crispy carrot, a luscious lettuce or a tasty tomato. Dig deep and put your back into it, making your own tubs and planters and nurturing your greens. Harvest your crops and make sounds and dished of seasonal foods that taste delicious. Learn about farms and where food comes from, writing reports on world wild produce. Discover which allotments are closest to your school, and open the door to the secret garden. Then establish your own farmers’ market, harvesting your crops and selling local produce. Include garden crafts and work out your prices, be sure to make a profit not a loss! After all that hard work have your fingers gone green?

Subjects covered in this topic.

Maths– Fractions; Angles; Perimeter, Area and Volume.

English- Non-Chronological Reports, Instructions, Narrative, Letters.

Science- Plant Reproduction and Lifecycles; Lifecycles of Mammals, Amphibians, Insects and Birds; Working Scientifically.

Geography- Map Skills; North America; Coasts

D&T- Cooking and Nutrition; Making a Bird-Feeder; Farm To Fork Workshop.

Computing- Algorithms; Debugging; Search Engines; Design and Create Content For An Audience.

PE- Netball and Gymnastics.



TERM 5 - Alchemy Island


It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island! Can you find the gold hidden deep in the Island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the Island’s team of ace alchemists! Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there was a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, co-ordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination! Got your suitcase read? Then let the journey begin…

Subjects covered in this topic.

Maths- Percentages and Statistics.

English– Fantasy Narrative

Science- Properties and Changes of Materials; Working Scientifically

Music- Composing; Recording; Atmospheric Music.  

Computing- Digital Photography; Debugging Programs; Gaming

D&T- Designing a Board Game

Geography- Human and Physical Features.

P.E.- Rounders and Gymnastics.



TERM 6 - Scream Machine


Roll up, roll up! You’re going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shapes as a loop the loop. Design your own theme park and show your ideas on a digital map testing, testing! Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news! The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death- defying new drop ride for a theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff! Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!

Subjects covered in this topic.

Mathematics- Measures (Money)

English- Short Narrative with Dialogue; Adverts; Poetry;

Science- Forces; Properties of Everyday Materials; Mechanisms; Working Scientifically.

Art & Design- Photography and Image Editing.

Computing- Safe and Respectful Use of Technology; Online Discussion;

D&T- Ride Design;

Geography- Theme Parks in the UK and Overseas.

PSHE- Discussion and Debate.

PE- Athletics.


Curriculum Overview