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YEAR 5 CURRICULUM

Out of This World

Is there any other life out there in space? What if our world were different? What will the future hold for us all?  As scientists we will be discovering the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon; comparing planet sizes and their order and discovering the Earth’s place in the solar system.  We will become artists and use different techniques and materials to create mixed media pieces depicting our own fictional planets. 

As readers and writers we will delve into the majesty of the Science Fiction genre, opening our minds to endless possibilities and author imaginations.  Using this inspiration, as well a selection of carefully calculated planetary mathematical data, children will write their own comparative reports to compare Earth to their own fantastical terrestrial creations.

Groovy Greeks

What was life like through the timeline of Ancient Greece?  How different were the roles of women, men and children?  As Historians we will be researching the life and legacies of a young Greek Soldier. The children will discover how he lived (housing, education, food); what he believed in (gods, legends, democracy) and how he fought (Athenian/Spartan soldiers). 

As readers we will look at Greek myths and legends, including Theseus and the Minotaur and the Twelve Labours or Heracles.  We will then take inspiration from these stories to create play scripts which we will then perform in groups. For our non-fiction unit, we will be researching similarities and differences between Athens and Sparta which we will then use to write an explanation of life in Ancient Greece.  Some of our work from English, History and our other foundation subjects will be on display as we create and show a Greek Exhibition. 

WW2

Air raid shelter

We will be discovering how the people of Brighton and Hove were affected by the Second World War by exploring concepts such as: rationing, bombing, evacuations and adjustments to home life. We will visit Newhaven Fort as part of this project, visit our very own Air raid shelters and build modernised Anderson shelters in DT. 

As writers we learn to write in the style of the author Richmal Crompton and develop stories, act out scenes and create our own scripts using the language of the 1920s; ensuring their versions of Just William are as authentically naughty as Crompton’s originals!  Later on in the term, we will be using our history knowledge of World War Two when writing our own poems about being evacuated.  We will then be working in expert groups to research and write about a certain area of the history topic which will be published into a collaborative newspaper.

Brazil - Rainforest to Carnival

As Geographers we will be finding out about life in Brazil, including using maps to locate areas and using the information we have discovered to build our own 3D relief maps of South America. We will be considering how humans have impacted on and use the land.  We study the Amazon river and life along its banks, comparing it to other rivers around the world.   Through map work and research we will learn about river features and the effects they have on the landscape.  We will look at the water cycle, how rivers erode, transport and deposit materials and characteristics of a river system. 

As artists we will be studying Rousseau’s Rainforest paintings and will be experimenting with mixed media to create our own Rainforest artwork.  As designer chefs we will be investigating Brazilian street food and designing our own dishes to be sampled for our carnival. 

As writers we will use persuasive language to encourage visitors to the join the fun of the colourful Rio Carnival (which we will be recreating at the end of the year!) We will create radio broadcasts incorporating our musical learning, using jingles, drums and percussion with our music specialist Ms Rusbatch.