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Year 5

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Autumn 1


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 PE, this half terms focus will be dance and orienteering where we are very fortunate to have the expertise of coaches for both sports.

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.


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.

In RE we will explore the special journeys that people make. It will include 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.


In Computing we will use software and digital devices for recording sound based around the theme of a Radio Station. It will be interviewing, making adverts and using jingles as well as writing scripts and designing additional advertising for our Radio Station


Autumn 2

Keep Calm and Carry On – WW2

In History and Geography we continue learning all about World War II. We will investigate what it would have been like to be a child during the war, in particular, we will discover all about evacuation and the effects of the blitz on children’s lives. 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 the D-Day landings and locating key places in France/Beaches and think about what would military have had to consider? Finally we will explore how the war affected Europe and what other places in the world were affected by the war?


This half term we will be developing our taking off and landing, throwing with accuracy and combining running and jumping in athletics. We will also be developing our racket skills through badminton and tennis.


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


In art, we will think about how WW2 makes us feel and we will produce a piece of artwork to reflect the feelings and emotions about a particular aspect of WW2.


In music, we will learn to sing a song in 3 parts, perform the C Jam Blues which was written during the Second World War and learn about the types of music people were listening to during the 1940's.

Spring 1

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 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 RE, we will explore what is meant by forgiveness and the role forgiveness plays in world religions. We will learn about Jewish beliefs about forgiveness, finding out more about Yom Kippur and we will also develop an understanding of Buddhist beliefs about forgiveness. We will use our knowledge of the beliefs held by Jewish people and Buddhists to help us draw comparisons regarding views on forgiveness.


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 Mental health and emotional wellbeing and dealing with feelings. We will learn about a wide range of emotions and feelings and how these are experienced in the body. We will think about times of change and how this can make people feel. Finallly we will learn about the feelings associated with loss, grief and bereavement and how to deal with these feelings.


In PE we will be developing our gymnastic skills.

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 2

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 be focusing on how humans change as they develop to old age. This will be linked to SRE - 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 use creative media software to create a narrated big book for a younger audience incorporating sound.


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 attacking and defending skills through football and tag rugby. We will also have a Judo coach this half term.

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 Geography we will look at the features of rivers and explore the journey of a river. We will learn the names and locations of major rivers of the UK and the world. Link with our science topic, we will also collect and accurately measure information about our local area (e.g. rainfall, temperature, wind speed, noise levels etc).


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.


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. In gymnastics we will be concentrating on action, balance and shape to perform sequences.


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

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 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 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 PSHE, we will be discussing Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing: Borrowing and earning money. We will that money can be borrowed but there are risks associated with this, about enterprise and what influences people’s decisions about careers.


In PE, this half terms focus will be gymnastics concentrating on making complex and extended sequences. We will also be developing our fielding skills through rounders and cricket.


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