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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!




The curriculum in year 5 continues to be exciting and memorable, and aims to balance both academic and personal development.  Our English focus this term will be on the book ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick, where the children will develop their writing skills as well as embedding and applying key grammar and punctuation knowledge. This text is used as a stimulus for our design technology work on automatas where the children will design, make and evaluate their own moving model. The art curriculum where the pupils sketch and make a puppet also links to this text.  


Our history topic will look at the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. It follows on from the year 4 learning and explores the difficult relationship between these two groups of invaders of Britain before 1066. As our learning journey evolves, pupils will develop their skills of inquiry to understand why foreigners wanted to invade, how they travelled to our shores and where they settled. Pupils will also increase their knowledge and understanding of chronology, looking at when these events occurred and how they agreed to ‘get on’ once settled. The topic ends by looking at how the succession of power was decided in 1066 – the battles that took place between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, the contenders involved, and finally, the victor.


To start our journey of exploration about our planets and solar system in science, and to consolidate our learning on forces which happens earlier in the term, the children visit Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.  This hands-on experience allows the pupils to investigate and ignite their curiosity of the world around them.


As part of our RE curriculum, all children will visit St Mary’s Church and take part in a Christingle service at Offington Methodist Church.   


Poetry is the focus for some of the spring term, where pupils develop their use of drama to explore characters’ viewpoints in the poem ‘The Highwayman’. Through examining the use of figurative language and its effects on the reader, pupils create their own version of the narrative  in a piece where they write to entertain. This text also links to the learning in art where the pupils learn to use chalk and charcoal. 


In history, the children learn about a non-European society in contrast to Britain and do this by investigating the Mayans.  This develops their ability to use a range of sources and they understand who the Mayans were, identify where they lived and why the Mayan Gods were important.  This supports their English work as they use their knowledge to write to inform and will produce a Mayan leaflet.  At the end of the unit, the pupils will create a museum collection to demonstrate their understanding of the Mayan civilization.  


In the second half of the term, the pupils will visit Highdown Hill as part of their geography local study.  The children will use their knowledge of physical and human features of the land to explore West Sussex and why settlements have been built in certain areas; the diverse uses of the landscape; as well as the diversity of the population of the area.


At the start of the summer term, year 5 will launch ‘Busy Bodies’. Pupils will spend the entire day working practically to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how the human skeleton and organs work, as well as learning about the importance of our senses.


The theme for the summer term is focused on the book “Tribes”. This is predominantly an English topic, but links well to PSHE, and art.


A short geography unit will follow, where pupils will look at comparing our climate to that in Antarctica.  They will use talk skills to discuss and debate the pros and cons of living in a less developed country (examples in South America) in contrast to a developed country (USA). 


The children continue to develop their confidence and independence in year 5 and have more opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills across the curriculum.  It is an exciting year that the children thoroughly enjoy!



Mrs. Karen Wise and Mrs. Zoe Borley - Assistant Headteachers