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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 identifying different biomes and an in-depth study into rainforests. We will be studying the Muslim religion and what is it like to be a Muslim living in Britain today as well as studying the history of Baghdad.  Our art lessons will focus on shading techniques to create mood and feeling. In computing, children will learn how to create and manipulate vector graphics. Throughout this term, we will be reading Rickshaw Girl where Naima is struggling to come to terms with the expected role of women in her small Bangladeshi village and challenges the old stereotypes. In English, we will write a transformation story and learn how to write persuasively. For a fantastic finish, we will be creating 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.

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 Autumn 2 - Secret Key to the Universe

WOW! Factor: VR experience

Fantastic Finish:  Moon buggy making

Book: George’s Secret Key to the Universe Author: Lucy and Stephen Hawking

During this term, we will be studying the topic of space. Pupils will be investigating our Solar System including the planets, the moon’s phases and how Earth orbits the sun. We will take an in-depth look into how Black Holes are formed.  In music, we will be looking at the composer Gustav Holst and his compositions relating 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. Our class book is about a boy called George, who travels through a portal into space. So we will use this theme to write portal stories and non-fiction information texts on planets. We will create our own planet landscapes in computing using 3D programming software. At the end of the term, our fantastic finish we will be designing moon buggies.

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Spring 1 - Lone Wolf

WOW! Factor:  Animal Mask Making

Fantastic Finish: Inuit throat singing

Book: Lone Wolf Author: Kathryn Lasky

Our work for this unit will focus on wolves. Lone Wolf is about a Direwolf living during the Ice Age in North America. Our writing topic is based on the character flaw story The Boy Who Cried Wolf as well as an explanation text about Dire Wolves.  In Geography, we will be studying mountains and comparing living in Northern Canada to that of the UK. This term, children will be using physical computing equipment to stimulate the Northern Lights using Crumble Controllers. In Art, we will focus on improving our sketching skills and will produce a range of wolf-inspired images using pencil and charcoal.

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Spring 2 - Kensuke's Kingdom

WOW! Factor:  Japanese Crafts

Fantastic Finish: The Great Wave artwork.

Book: Kensuke's Kingdom Author: Michael Morpurgo

We will begin this day with an exciting day of Japanese-themed activities, including art and crafts. During our Computing lessons, we will be creating databases of living creatures in countries that Michael has seen in the book. Our science work will be based around Living things including sexual and asexual reproduction of plants and in DT we will design and make our own fishing equipment from recycled materials. Our writing for this term is to write a journey tale and our non-fiction unit is a discussion text on whether Michael should be allowed time off school to travel around the world? We will finish the term by recreating The Great Wave painting by Japanese artist Hokusai.

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Summer 1 - Who Let the Gods Out?

WOW! Factor: Greek Clay Pot Making

Fantastic Finish: Greek feast.

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

This half term our book is historically focused, so we will be researching and learning about life in Ancient Greece and its influence on the modern world. 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 for the end-of-term feast. During our science and PSHE lessons, we will be discussing the topic of puberty and the emotional and physical changes that may be experienced. The focus for our writing this term is also Ancient Greek themed where the children will write a defeat the monster tale, based on the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa. We will also be writing a diary entry about the Siege of Troy.

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Summer 2 - Beowulf

WOW! Factor: Trip to West Stow Anglo Saxon village.

Fantastic Finish: Medieval Banquet.

Book: Beowulf Author: Michael Morpurgo

Our last term of the year starts with us going back in time to the Anglo-Saxon village of West Stowe. There, the children will study how the timber-framed houses were constructed in order to plan and make their own model versions back in school. We will research the life of the Anglo-Saxons and compare them to the Vikings. In Science, we will be investigating the properties and changes in materials and will be conducting a range of fair tests. The children will be fascinated by our class text (Beowulf) where a murderous monster stalks the night. Therefore, our story writing is focused on a warning tale. We will finish the year by having a medieval banquet.

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