Year 5

English Overviews

We're currently revising our English curriculum content for 2021-2022 to ensure it meets the needs of our children. Class teachers will be able to provide you with more information if you'd like it, just send them a message or call the office. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Reading Overview

YEar 5.pdf

Hold a Sentence

Writing Overview

Writing 5.pdf

Hold a Sentence

Mathematics Overview & Support

We are proud to work with the Maths Hub for 2020 - 2022 to develop a matery approach when teaching mathematics. For

Termly Overview

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS)

Topics & Overviews

Alchemy Island

Topic Description

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?

Topic Overview 2021.pdf
Alchemy Island knowledge organiser.pdf

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Dynamic Dynasties

Topic Description

In Dynamic Dynasties, your child will learn about periods of ancient Chinese history. They will explore a timeline of the first five Chinese dynasties and learn about the legends surrounding the beginning of Chinese civilisation. They will take a deep dive into the history of the Bronze Age Shang Dynasty and explore evidence found in the ancient city of Yin. They will study oracle bones, learn about religious beliefs and explore bronze artefacts that set the Shang Dynasty apart from other civilisations. They will also study the hierarchy of the Shang Dynasty and discover who was powerful and who was powerless. They will look at warfare and find out how bronze technology gave the Shang Dynasty an advantage over their enemies. They will learn about the life of the great military leader, Fu Hao. The children will then look at significant aspects of life after the Shang Dynasty, including the work of Confucius in the Zhou Dynasty, the short but significant reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty and the importance of the Silk Road created by the Han Dynasty. To end the project, your child will find out how ancient China’s lasting legacy can be seen in the world today.

Topic Overview.pdf
Dynamic Dynasties knowledge organiser.pdf

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser


Topic Description

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.

Stargazer new.pdf
Stargazer knowledge organiser.pdf

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Groundbreaking Greeks

Topic Description

In the Groundbreaking Greeks project, your child will learn about different periods of Greek history, exploring the earliest civilisations, the devastation of the Dark Age and the breakthroughs and developments of the Archaic and Classical periods. They will understand how the geography of Greece affected the development of city states and explore Athens, learning about the structure of the government and society. They will get to know some of the most significant Athenians and understand why Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics were so significant. Your child will learn about the leadership of Alexander the Great and discover how ancient Greece became part of the Roman Empire after the Hellenistic period. They will explore how the Romans respected and developed Greek ideas, making them their own and spreading them throughout the Roman Empire. To end the project, your child will decide which was the ancient Greeks' greatest idea, and explore how the legacy of ancient Greece affects their lives today.

Topic Overview 2022.pdf
Groundbreaking Greeks knowledge organiser.pdf

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Sow, Grow and Farm

Topic Description

In the Sow, Grow and Farm project, your child will learn about allotments in the United Kingdom and how the government encouraged people to have them to support food rationing during the Second World War. They will learn about food webs and animal life cycles, including how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat. They will investigate the different ways that plants reproduce and will dissect flowering plants to identify the different structures. They will have the opportunity to learn about farming in the United Kingdom and the techniques used in modern farming, including the challenges that farmers face. They will learn about the benefits of eating seasonally and about the pros and cons of importing food. They will also learn about world farming and how the different climate zones affect where different foods can be grown.

Topic Overview 2022.pdf
Sow, Grow and Farm knowledge organiser.pdf

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Time Traveller

Topic Description

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.

Topic Overview 2021.pdf
Time Traveller knowledge organiser.pdf

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Religious Education - Love To Celebrate!

We look at six celebrations from across the major religions of the world


Guru Arjan Gurpurab

Autumn 1

Gurpurabs are special celebration days that commemorate the lives of the Sikh Gurus.

Guru Arjan achieved many things during his lifetime. He completed the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1604 and promoted the Sikh principle of dasvandh, giving 10% of earnings to help others as an act of service to God who Sikhs call Waheguru. He also collated the hymns and teachings of the first five Gurus and created the Adi Granth, the book that would eventually become the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Arjan also became the first Sikh Guru to be martyred for his faith.

Many Sikhs remember Guru Arjan by attending special services in the Gurdwara and serving cooling drinks to others. This reminds them of the thirst Guru Arjan must have suffered and his cool and calm nature as he faced death.


Eid al-Fitr

Summer 1

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan. After each day of fasting, many families share iftar, their evening meal, together. All Muslims who are old enough and well enough are expected to fast. School and work life carries on as normal, even though no food or drink is consumed during daylight hours.

Eid al-Fitr comes at the end of the fast and is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims spend time with their families, eat together, celebrate as a community and thank Allah for the help, strength and self-control he gave them throughout Ramadan.



Spring 1

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter. According to the Bible, Jesus had ascended into heaven 10 days earlier and the disciples were waiting to receive power from God to help them spread Jesus' message. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they started speaking in different languages so that the people in the crowd could understand them. That day, 3000 people were baptised as Christians, therefore Pentecost is seen as the birthday of the Christian church.

Today, Pentecost is a popular time for baptism and confirmation services. Church leaders may wear red to represent the flames that settled on the heads of the disciples and some churches may also serve a special cake after the Sunday service to mark the birthday of the church.


Dharma Day

Summer 2

Dharma Day, or Asalha Puja, is celebrated in July by Buddhists around the world. The word Dharma means teaching and Dharma Day commemorates Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park in Varanasi, India, over 2500 years ago. Buddhists celebrate Dharma Day by studying Buddha's teachings and feeling graduate for what they have learned.



Spring 2

Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals. It commemorates the time Moses led the Israelite slaves to freedom over 3000 years ago. The word Passover refers to the final plague of Egypt, when God 'passed over' the houses of the Israelites and killed the first born sons of the Egyptians. After this plague, Pharaoh set the Israelites free and they were led into the desert by Moses. This is known as the Exodus.

The Jewish Passover celebrations last seven to eight days. Families clean their houses, rest, eat special meals together and read the story of the Exodus from the Torah.



Autumn 2

Holi is celebrated throughout India and beyond. Bonfires are lit on the first day of Holi to remind Hindus of the story of Holika and Prahlad. Coloured paint is thrown or squirted at friends, family and even strangers on the second day of the festival. This commemorates a story about the young Krishna and his beloved Radha.

The festival also marks the winter harvest, welcomes spring and celebrates love.

P.S.H.E - Personal Social Health Education (Including Relationships & Sex Education)

We follow six key themes in P.S.H.E. that are taught at the same time across the school, below is the specific theme covered.

Being Me In My World

  • Planning the forthcoming year

  • Being a citizen

  • Rights and responsibilities

  • Rewards and consequences

  • How behaviour affects groups

  • Democracy, having a voice,


Celebrating Difference

  • Cultural differences and how

they can cause conflict

  • Racism

  • Rumours and name-calling

  • Types of bullying

  • Material wealth and


  • Enjoying and respecting

other cultures

Dreams & Goals

  • Future dreams

  • The importance of money

  • Jobs and careers

  • Dream job and how to get there

  • Goals in different cultures

  • Supporting others (charity)

  • Motivation

Healthy Me

  • Smoking, including vaping

  • Alcohol

  • Alcohol and anti-social behaviour

  • Emergency aid

  • Body image

  • Relationships with food

  • Healthy choices

  • Motivation and behaviour


  • Self-recognition and self-worth

  • Building self-esteem

  • Safer online communities

  • Rights and responsibilities online

  • Online gaming and gambling

  • Reducing screen time

  • Dangers of online grooming

  • SMARRT internet safety rules

Changing Me

  • Self- and body image

  • Influence of online and media on

body image

  • Puberty for girls

  • Puberty for boys

  • Conception (including IVF)

  • Growing responsibility

  • Coping with change

  • Preparing for transition