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Year 5

We have two Year 5 classes

Miss Carr Mrs Harris  
5C Class 5H Class  

Topic Summer 1 - Alchemy Island

We’re going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Alchemy Island.

This half term, a mysterious visitor will arrive to present us with artefacts from the island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story openings. We’ll manipulate digital photographs, adding fantastical special effects. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Alchemy Island, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write soliloquies and poems inspired by the island’s magical powers and dramatic landscape. The coding programme Scratch will help us to plot and correct errors in our route, and we’ll use technology to create beautiful digital images. We’ll compose raps and use sound effects and mood music to reflect the atmosphere on Alchemy Island.

At the end of the project, we’ll perform songs about our amazing adventure and present what we have learned. We’ll design a map for a new app and a board game based on our adventures.

Help your child prepare for their project
Start your mysterious journey to Alchemy Island at home! Why not investigate foods together that change state when they are heated or cooled? You could also visit the library to find a book to read together which is set in a fantasy world. Alternatively, create a map of your own fantasy island – what landmarks will you include?

Memorable experience Chief Alchemist's riddle
Innovate challenge Game soundtrack
English Fantasy narratives; Non-chronological reports; Soliloquies; Poetry; Lyrics
Music Composing; Recording and editing software; Music; Graphic scores
Computing Photography; Debugging programs; Gaming
D&T Electrical circuits; Designing a board game
Geography Map reading; Using coordinates; Human and physical features
Science Properties and changes of materials; Working scientifically
Science investigations Can you clean dirty water? Do all solids dissolve? Will it erupt? Which materials conduct heat?

Topic Summer 2 - Time Traveller

Time stops for no man – not even us!

This half term, we’ll meet people from different generations to find out what life was like in the past and we’ll predict how things might change in the future. Using real portraits from the past for inspiration, we’ll write character descriptions about the people in them. We’ll create a timeline of our lives and watch a time-lapse of human development. By taking close-up photographs, we’ll be able to create our own Andy Warhol style prints and experiment to see how photographs can be changed and enhanced. Smile, please! We’ll write adventure stories about the fascinating subject of time travel. Our science work will focus on puberty and why hygiene is important. We’ll also create clock artwork based on the style of Salvador Dali.

At the end of the ILP, we’ll make collages to represent our hopes and dreams and create an electronic time capsule that represents life in the present day.

Help your child prepare for their project
There’s a wealth of knowledge about history in your own home. Why not look back at photo albums to see what your parents and grandparents looked like at your age? What clothes did they wear and what toys did they play with? You could also ask family members about their favourite memories and what school was like when they were a child. Alternatively, you could visit your local museum to look at toys, packaging and other objects from the past.

Memorable experience Interview people of different generations
Innovate challenge Build a time machine!
English Character studies; Adventure narratives; Leaflets; Free verse poetry; Quotations and poems
A&D Photography; Great artists – Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali; Collage
Computing Digital portraits; Data logging; Research
D&T Selecting materials
Geography Local community
History Changes over the last century
PE Physical activity
PSHE Puberty; Meeting and talking with people; Reflecting on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues; Setting targets; Feeling positive
Science Animals, including humans; Living things and their habitats; Working scientifically
Science investigations Do we slow down as we get older?