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Year 5

Curriculum Information

Termly Topics
Autumn Spring Summer
Egypt Earth and Space Natural Disasters
Summer Term 2017-18 Subject Overview



We will be starting the term inspired by artwork by Joseph Turner through The Power of Pictures and this will stimulate our writing on newspaper reports linked to our topic on Natural Disasters. Following this, the children will study two Power of Reading texts, new to the Year 5 Curriculum and cover a wide variety of text types.


This term we will focus on multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages, geometry and measurement. We will be applying our previous knowledge to reason and problem solve.


The first half term we will delve into ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’, learning about parts and functions of flowering and non-flowering plants, llife cycles and comparing them to our own. We will also be looking at the work of scientist Jane Goodall.

The second half term, ‘Properties of Their Materials’ will be our focus. We will investigate: dissolving, separating mixtures, electrical conductors and circuits.


Our focus will be creating a presentation using Google Slides to apply for our ambassador roles in preparation for Year 6. This will include: hyperlinks, animation and slide transitions, clear designs.


We will be using basic woodwork skills to make a frame that will display our artwork in.


We will study the artwork by Hokusai called ‘The Wave’, which represents a tsunami. Original artwork will be analysed, different media will be used to create a replica and the final piece will be created using Hama beads. This will then be placed in our DT frames and evaluated.


Our topic for the term is ‘Natural Disasters’. We will be looking at many disasters starting with flooding and comparing parts of Ferry Meadows that flooded over Easter. We will then study: droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis along side a few others. We will consider their causes, effects of the environment and people, safety rules, and major disasters which have happened around the world.

Religious Education

The religion we will be learning about this term is Sikhism. Throughout this unit we will answer and think about many questions related to the faith such as; If you had to choose one of the 5K’s to live by, which would you choose and why? Baisakhi – How would the Sikh celebration of Baisakhi compare to our New Year? and we will finish by looking at some famous Sikhs in society and how they live their lives.


PSHE will incorporate a variety of topics over the Summer term, where discussion based learning and written outcomes will be present. We will begin my looking at how to manage risk and situations that may present risk. We will then move on to looking at how to stay safe and how body images are perceived.


On a Monday we will have a teacher from OBA to teach an outdoor lesson, and this half term will be SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness). Our indoor sessions will be focussed around dodgeball, looking at the rules, tactics, throwing and dodging.


The title of the unit is ‘Then and Now’, where we will be looking at how our city has changed, and learning the vocabulary associated with it. We will also learn how to buy items in a shop using the French language.