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Year 5

We have two Year 5 classes

Mr Boreham Miss Carr  
5B Class 5C Class  

Topic Autumn 1 - Pharoahs

Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies.

This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.

At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about how the ancient Egyptians contributed to world history, then create and present a guide about ancient Egyptian sites.

Help your child prepare for their project
It’s amazing that a civilisation from 5000 years ago still influences the way we live today, from mathematics to bowling! Why not try a variety of fruits for dessert that the ancient Egyptians would buy from their local market? You could taste juicy cantaloupes, sweet dates or flavoursome plums. You could also visit your local library to learn about the amazing world of ancient Egypt. Alternatively, use online maps to look at famous Egyptian landmarks and track the course of the Nile.

Suggested text

Phoenix Code – Helen Moss

Memorable experience Mummification scene
Innovate challenge Egyptian funeral preparations
English Chronological reports; Fact files; Research skills; Mystery stories; Play scripts
History Ancient Egypt
A&D Drawing artefacts; Headwear; Hieroglyphic amulets
D&T Egyptian food; Making tombs and pyramids
Geography Human and physical features of Egypt; The River Nile; Tourism
PSHE Moral issues; Customs and beliefs; Role play
Science investigations Why does milk go off?

Topic Autumn 2 - Stargazers

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.

During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape.

At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth? Finally, we’ll invite you to our ‘Visitors’ centre’ and share our knowledge with you.

Help your child prepare for their project
The possibilities are endless when you’re thinking about the vastness of space. Why not work together to make a papier mâché model of your favourite planet? You could also watch a science-fiction film or read a book to see how space is presented. Alternatively, visit the local library together to find fascinating non-fiction books about space.

Suggested text

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman; Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea – Michael Morpurgo; Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce

Memorable experience Visit an observatory or planetarium
Innovate challenge Rocket launch
English Mnemonics; Myths and legends; Free verse poetry; Newspaper reports; Descriptions
Science Earth and space; Forces; Working scientifically
A&D Printing; Design
Computing Programming; Stop motion animation
D&T Selecting materials; Research; Structures; Evaluation
Geography Locating physical features
History Significant individuals – Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton; 1960s space race
Music Music; Lyrics
PE Dance
Science investigations How do we know the Earth is round? Can we track the Sun? How do rockets lift off? Why do planets have craters? How does the Moon move?