Year 5 Curriculum
In Year Five we believe that every moment counts. That’s why we link all of our subjects to one overarching topic to fully immerse the children in their learning and understanding.
We aim to involve the children at all stages of the planning of these topics:
Local Victorian history
During this unit children will explore the dynamic history of our school and the surrounding area. Children develop an excellent understanding of how our school has changed since it opened in 1852. We also look at contrasting social demographics, by visiting Alexandra Palace and the Ragged School – where the children get to dress up and experience what it would have been like to be a child in the Victorian era. This links in with our classic literature and narrative poetry unit.
South and Central America
South and Central America is an overarching theme for most of Year 5. Within this unit we cover:
- Ancient Maya
- Comparing South America and France.
Focusing on the Amazon, we examine the geographical features of the source, main course and mouth as well as learning how a river is created and the water cycle. This then leads on to our Rainforest topic. The children will learn about the importance of the rainforest on the world’s ecosystem. Children will examine animals and people of the rainforest as well as covering important issues like deforestation and migration. Next, we examine the history of the region, focusing on the Ancient Maya. Children analyse a range of primary and secondary sources to draw conclusions. We finish our studies of South and Central America by comparing a region of South America to one in France. We use the knowledge that we have gained from all of this to debate and write persuasively.
The final topic covered is the Ancient Greeks. Children will use a range of sources to examine warfare, the Olympics and daily life. This links to our English unit where children create shadow puppet myths which are filmed and edited during computing lessons. Children also get to experience an exciting Ancient Greek workshop, where they dress up and experience a day in the life as an Athenian.
We finish the year by creating a unique topic based around a book that is chosen by the children during our persuasive unit.
Where possible maths is linked to our topic. Children will also build on what they learned in Lower Key Stage Two by developing their knowledge and understanding of number, fractions, place-value, statistics and geometry. Every week we leave the classroom for an active-maths lesson. This helps to enhance the curriculum and to explore maths in different contexts. There is a focus on problem-solving and maths investigations in order to develop children’s reasoning skills.
Religious Education is a fundamental component of our curriculum and ties into everything that we do. As well as covering range of Christian topics, we also spend a term looking at the practices and teachings associated with Buddhism.