Year 5 CurriculumFor an overview map of what you will learn in Year 5 click here
Autumn Term Curriculum
The Autumn term is packed with exciting opportunities for learning starting with our science topic May The Force Be With You. This topic looks at planet Earth in space – its place in the solar system, its movement around the sun and so on – as well as exploring how the force of gravity acts upon the Earth. Building on this knowledge we develop the skills of scientific enquiry with an investigation into earthly frictional forces. Practical explorations allow children to discover how forces are at work in mechanics looking at pulleys, levers and gears. Finally the topic culminates in researching Earth and Space and the many amazing features of the Universe.
Next we turn our attention to local history in our topic What The Dickens! History is the subject lead in the second half of the term when learning turns to an enquiry of past times in the local area - a study of Victorian Chiswick. As well as a walk around Grove Park to discover the Victorian architecture, there will be a chance to investigate the lives of past inhabitants by studying census records and experiencing a day as a Victorian Strandite.
Spring Term Curriculum
Year 5 have a very busy Spring term! We start by studying history looking at the Ancient Greeks and the Mediterranean as part of our School of Athens topic. The unit includes the physical geography of Greece; historical features such as the origins of democracy, famous battles between the Spartans and Athenians and the use of artefacts to find out about the past. As knowledge builds throughout the topic we will be focussing our attention on answering the question ‘Why is Greece considered the cradle of civilisation?’ During our school of Athens day we discuss the nature of the Strand Values in the style of the great Greek philosophers.
Following this, the learning has a Geographical focus in Ringing the Changes. In particular we learn all about living in Chiswick then compare it to Ringsfield in Suffolk, East Anglia. The highlight of the term is our annual visit to Ringsfield Hall. Here, in the safety and tranquillity of the Suffolk countryside, the children partake in the ‘Earthkeepers’ course. Whilst learning all about recycling, climate change and looking after the environment, the children set off on a quest to earn their ‘Earthkeeper Keys’.
On the Beach at Dunwich
If successful the children earn their ‘K’ and ‘E’ keys at Ringsfield Hall. Whilst in Ringsfield we use the opportunity to compare it with Chiswick, visiting a local school to develop our understanding of similarities and differences between localities and carrying out geographical fieldwork. The main ethos of the Earthkeepers scheme is reducing our impact on the earth and caring for its inhabitants. This is similar then to the key teachings of The Buddha. We study the origins and teachings of Buddhism and end the programme of study with an insightful trip to the Chiswick Vihara. Here we learn to meditate and find out about the life of a modern day Buddhist.
Summer Term Curriculum
The summer term is just as busy. Continuing our Earthkeepers programme we turn our attention to sharing our knowledge of how to reduce, reuse and recycle things in order to lessen our impact on the earth. If successful the children earn their ‘Y’ and ‘S’ keys, completing their set of keys and finally revealing the last hidden meaning of E.M. Planning, making and selling desirable recycled objects at the Summer fair helps them to achieve this.
Finally we revisit life cycles looking at the cycle of birth to old age in humans, and reproduction in plants, humans and animals, including RSE
We finish with Fizz, Bang, Wallop, our science unit which gets us looking at different materials to see the effects of reversible and irreversible changes. Scientific enquiry skills are developed in dissolving, mixing and filtrating different materials and studying reversible and irreversible changes. Using their knowledge children will look at the properties, uses and changes of materials in a range of contexts.