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Year 5

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Autumn 1

Incredible Egyptians

In history, we will be learning about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived. We will investigate what was important to their daily lives, who Tutankhamen was and how mummies were made. We will also be learning about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.


In art we will be focusing on using different mediums to create faces, including self portraits and Egyptian masks. We will be using refine our skills in pencil, pen and charcoal, before moving on to create clay faces and papier mache models. We will also be looking at the work of Leger, Hockney and Man Ray.


In PE, this half terms focus will be gymnastics concentrating on developing our flexibility and strength. In games we will be developing our racket skills through tennis, badminton and squash.

In Music, we will celebrate achievements of the ‘Amazing Egyptians’. Wey will explore 20th Century minimalist music inspired by the story of Akhenaten and compose music using a layered pyramid structure.

In French we will be revising our French greetings and personal details such as our name, age, favourite colour and hobbies. We will then progress onto introducing members of our family.


Autumn 2

Mission X

In Science we will find out fascinating facts about the Sun, Moon and Earth and develop an understanding of day and night, the four seasons and the Moon’s phases. The Sun and the planets making up our Solar System will be investigated, along with the other stars in their constellation.

In Art we will be looking at the art work of Peter Thorpe. We will then create our own art work in the style of Peter Thorpe, using an abstract art background and space feature in the foreground. We will work with a variety of materials and components with some accuracy, paying attention to quality of finish.

In RE we will explore the special journeys that people make, including pilgrimages and spiritual journeys as well as metaphorical journeys through faith. We will also look at where these journeys are to and why and what people learn from them. We will look at the sacrifices that people make in order to carry out the journeys and how this enriches people’s lives.


In Music we will listen and respond to a range of music about the Planets and Space. We will perform our own composition on this theme to an audience.

In PSHE we will learn about stereotyping, including gender stereotyping. We will also learn about prejudice and discrimination and how this can make people feel

In PE we have the expertise of a dance coach on a weekly basis with the sessions being focused on Street Dance.

We will also be improving our strength and agility through NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut Programme. We will be participating in activities modelled on the real-life requirements of humans travelling in space.

Spring 1

What Was Life Like For Children in a Victorian Wetherby?

In History we will conduct a local history study of Wetherby through the question: What was life like for children in a Victorian Wetherby? We will place the Victorians on a timeline and consider what life was like for children in this period. We will find out what life was like for poor children in Victorian Britain and investigate life in Wetherby Workhouse. We will understand some of the changes that took place for poor children in the 19th century and how would the work of Bernados and Shaftsbury have changed life in Wetherby? We will investigate how does Deighton Gates compare to schools in Wetherby during the Victorian times? We will find out about daily life for children in Victorian

Britain and research what the high street in Wetherby have looked like during the Victorian era.

In Science we will investigate balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. We will find out about Isacc Newton and his discoveries. We will look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects using Newton metres. Furthermore, we will work collaboratively to investigate air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best boat and parachute.

In computing, we will build on our E-Safety knowledge ensuring that we understand and can avoid the potential risks of providing personal information in an increasing range on online technologies both within and outside school.


In Design Technology we will investigate Punch and Judy puppets and look at why they were so popular in the Victorian era. We will evaluate a range of Punch and Judy puppets from the time before using this to design our own puppets. We will then use a pattern to cut and sew the costumes for our puppets before constructing them. We will then evaluate our puppets against out design brief.

In PE we will develop our running, throwing ad catching skills through Indoor Athletics. In games we will be developing our ball skills through Basketball and Netball.

Spring 2

Raging Rivers – who has been sharing your drink?


In Geography we will find out why rivers are so important to the towns and villages that have developed on their banks. By looking at the features of rivers, and the natural and human ways rivers change over time, we will explore the journey of a river. We will also learn the names and locations of major rivers of the UK and the world.


In Science we will be focusing on how humans change as they develop to old age. This will be linked to SRE – Changes During Puberty and Healthy Relationships and How a Baby is Made. We will investigate and order the stages of human development. Demonstrate our understanding of how babies grow in height and explore how we are changing at this stage in our lives.


In computing, we will build on our coding knowledge to create our own Minecraft games.


In Art we will be concentrating on line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement. We will be creating our own charcoal sketches of figures taking part in water sports.

In PE we will play tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. We will compare our performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve our personal best. We will take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team, where our focus will be orienteering.
Summer 1

Nature Detectives – Spring Watch


As scientists we will be observing, describing and comparing the life cycles of plants and animals in our local environment with other plants and animals around the world; asking pertinent questions and suggesting reasons for similarities and differences.


In computing, we will be focusing on visual media, creating stop motion animations, short films and developing our skills in capturing still images.


As artists we will be exploring the work of contemporary designers like Orla Kiely, creating patterns from the natural world and creating printed textiles..


This half term our outdoor sport will be athletics, where we will be developing our taking off and landing, throwing with accuracy and combining running and jumping. We will also be developing our clarity, fluency and accuracy in dance; composing our own dances in a creative way.


In French we will learning how to describe different types of weather. We will use this to write and perform our own weather forecasts for different areas of France.


In PSHE we will learn about the risks associated with smoking drugs, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, shisha and cannabis. Learn about different influences on drug use – alcohol, tobacco and nicotine products and learn strategies to resist pressure from others about whether to use drugs – smoking drugs and alcohol

Summer 2

Keep Calm and Carry On – WW2

In History and Geography we will be learning all about World War II. We will learn when and why World War II began and find out about the key individuals and countries involved. In addition to this, we will discover all about evacuation; learn what it was like to live with food rationing and explore the contribution made by women to the war effort. Furthermore, we will learn important facts about the holocaust and investigate events that were key turning points in the war, such as the Battle of Britain and the German invasion of Russia.

In Geography we will focus on human and physical geography of European (including Russia) countries. We will investigate why was World War II called a ‘World’ war? On a world map locate countries on German and British sides. Use colour coded key to distinguish between Allied and Axis powers.

In Science, we will be investigating different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. We will sort and classify objects according to their properties and explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to create our own experiments to investigate, the best electrical conductor, best thermal insulator, and to explore dissolving and separating.


In PE, this half terms focus will be gymnastics, where we are very fortunate to have the expertise of a gymnastics coach. Our outdoor games will be rounders and cricket.

In Computing, we will be learning about data handling. In particular looking at the use of Excel.

In DT, we will look at ration amounts available in WW2. We will then research recipes that we could make using these ingredients. We will create a menu to feed a family during WW2 and create one of the dishes from our menu.