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Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 - Rickshaw Girl

WOW! Factor:  Bollywood Dance

Fantastic Finish: Alpana painting presentation

Book: Rickshaw Girl Author: Mitali Perkins

We will begin this topic by studying Bangladesh and why it floods. We will look at the causes of flooding and how people have adapted to it. We will be studying the Muslim religion and what is it like to be a Muslim living in Britain. Our art lessons will focus on Alpana patterns where we will be making our own alpana paste to use as a medium. These will then be shown in an Art gallery in school, where visitors can come and view our wonderful work.

 Unit 1 Topic Plan

Autumn 2 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

WOW! Factor:  Refugee day

Fantastic Finish: Film and snacks

Book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Author: C.S. Lewis

Our work for this unit will be based around the theme of ‘winter’. We will study how materials can change and whether these changes are reversible or not. Our art lessons will focus on collages and using various mediums to create a ‘Narnia’ style wintry scene. During computing lessons, we will be cracking codes and learning how to debug programs.

Unit 2 Topic Plan

Spring 1 - Kensuke's Kingdom

 WOW! Factor:  Survival Day

Fantastic Finish: Boating Race

Book: Kensuke's Kingdom Author: Michael Morpurgo

We will begin this day with an exciting survival day to prepare us for life on a desert island. During our Geography lessons, we will study countries from around the world that was visited by Michael in the book. Our DT project will involve us designing and making our own model boat from recycled materials which we will then take down to the River Lea, to see if they float or sink!

Unit 3 Topic Plan

Spring 2 - Lone Wolf

WOW! Factor:  Wolf Dress Up

Fantastic Finish: Art Day

Book: Lone Wolf Author: Kathryn Lasky

Our work for this unit will focus on life in Alaska, where our story is set. We will be looking at the life of the Native Alaskans and using our reading lessons to develop our understanding of how different their life is. In this unit, we will also focus on improving our sketching skills and will produce a range of wolf inspired images using pencil and charcoal.

Unit 4 Topic Plan 

Summer 1 - Who Let the Gods Out?

WOW! Factor: Egyptian Day

Fantastic Finish: Greek feast and musical performance

Book: Who Let the Gods Out? Author: Maz Evans

This half term our book is historically focused and we will be researching and learning about life in Ancient Greece. We will take part in our own mini Greek Olympics and sample a range of Greek food. We will use our taste testing to design and create our own Greek menu. During our science and PSHE lessons, we will be discussing the topic of puberty and the emotional and physical changes that may be experienced.

 Unit 5 Topic Plan

Summer 2 - Secret Key to the Universe

WOW! Factor: Papier mache planet making

Fantastic Finish:  Astronomy Day

Book: Secret Key to the Universe Author: Stephen Hawkings

In the final half of the summer term, we will be studying the topic of space. Pupils will be designing and making their own ‘new’ planet and thinking about what life would be like if they lived there. In music, we will be looking at the composer Gustav Holst and his compositions related to the planets. In RE we will be considering the different views of how the world was created and pupils will take part in a scientific and religious debate.

Unit 6 Topic Plan