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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Autumn – History Focus

Ancient Egypt

To start their Year 5 adventure, the children will be learning all about the ancient Egyptian civilization. They will travel back 5000 years and learn all about mummies, pyramids and the gods as we focus on the ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife.

Disposing of the brain, removing organs and wrapping the body in linen – all steps involved with the procedure of mummification. We will be writing our own set of instructions to help anyone become an expert in the art of mummifying a body.

Just like the famous archaeologist, Howard Carter, the children will explore the intricacies of the pyramids. Through enquiry and child-led exploration, the children will investigate and discover how the Egyptians managed to build such magnificent structures.

Anubis, Horus and Ra are just some of the names with which the children will become familiar as they delve into the realms of the ancient Egyptian gods. They will use information texts and internet sources to research the gods and learn all about the Egyptian beliefs.

We know the children will enjoy their learning journey along the banks of the River Nile!

Off with her Head!

After the half term, we will be transported to the 1500s when the terrible Tudors reigned. From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, the children will uncover the truths of the menacing monarchy that ruled throughout the Tudor period.

Children will try not to get their heads chopped off as they learn all about the infamous Henry VIII and his six wives. Through the use of research, note-taking and presentations, the children will become experts in the lives (and deaths) of each wife.

There was nothing the Tudor monarchs loved more than having their portraits painted. During art lessons, the children will use line drawings to create self-portraits in the style of a Tudor monarch.

To consolidate their history-based skills, children will be applying their knowledge of chronology by creating Tudor timelines. They will also experience life a real historian when they judge and evaluate a range of sources of evidence.

Spring – Geography Focus

Seeking Refuge

Throughout Spring term, Year 5 will be exploring and discovering areas of the world. They will do so, through the eyes of a refugee child. Focusing on the book, ‘Sami’s Silver Lining’, children’s tasks and activities will be immersed in the life of a refugee and the daily struggles which they face. Stepping into a refugee child’s shoes, children will write persuasive speeches and create diary entries from the view of another.

In curriculum, Year 5 will focus on geographical locations from the book. Children will also explore the forces which act upon an object and the effect which this has on people seeking safety. We will also explore the effects that humans have on the environment and we will delve into the issues linked to war and seeking refuge.

Summer – Art & DT Focus


During Summer term, Year 5 will be exploring the literature of R.J. Palacio through reading the book, ‘Wonder’. The children will be writing character descriptions as well as developing inference skills based on characters feelings and thoughts. This will be further explored through PSHE lessons linked to the book. In art and DT lessons, the children will be looking at the work of the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh and what inspired him. The children will be developing their drawing, shading and perspective skills through observational drawings of flowers. They will be experimenting with using a range of media in order to bring their drawings to life. The children will be using watercolours and chalk.

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