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Year 5

Over the course of the Autumn Term, we travel back in time to experience what life was like in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times. We explore daily life and discuss how society has progressed and changed over time. Great emphasis is placed on discovering how battles were won, seas were travelled and much more! In English, we continue this theme by creating our own newspaper reports based on a Viking invasion. As well as this, we create our own battle war chants, which are performed alongside our battle dances learnt in our P.E. lessons.


Science – Animals Including Humans / Livings things and their habitats

Art and Design / D&T – Art Unit TBC / Model Viking ships

R.E. – Creation stories / Islam (Autumn 2020)

Computing – Coding / Spreadsheets / Online Safeguarding


During the Spring Term, we travel to Colombia in South America and explore its incredible culture! From researching the Andes to travelling across the Amazon River, we learn about all the riches the country holds. After gaining an understanding of the landscape itself, we begin to look more closely at the lives of Colombians. During this time, we make comparisons between our culture and theirs and learn about the charity, Fairtrade, and how important fair work is to the smallholders in Colombia.

Our English work is closely linked to our Colombia topic at the start of the term, when the children write biographies on important Colombian celebrities. We then start to explore two classics: Danny the Champion of the World and Oliver Twist.


Science – Materials and Forces

Art and Design – Market bags / Arepas

R.E. – Ahimsa and Veganism

Computing – Databases / Game Creator


During the Summer Term, we focus on the Roman civilisation**. The children have the opportunity to study Roman soldiers and their armour, the daily life and role of women and children and the successful invasion of Britain. The children also get to visit Fishbourne Palace, where they have the opportunity to stroll around the recreated Roman gardens and residence, as well as enjoy the largest collection of Mosaics in situ in the UK. 

Towards the second half of the year, the children focus on local geography and rivers. Both within and outside of the classroom, the children will explore the features of rivers, river restoration and pollution. Our English work will allow the children to explore the poem Inch Rock and take part in a debate based on river pollution.


Science – Earth and Space

Art and Design / D&T – Artist study (Kandinsky) / Beach Buggies

R.E – Sikhism and Moral Values

Computing – 3D Modelling and Concept Maps


** For the Summer Term 2020 only, Year 5 will study the Tudors.