Year 5 marks the start of the pupils’ journey into upper Key Stage 2. In Year 5, pupils continue to build on their learning from previous year groups and consider a range of global issues and the impact we have on the world.
During the first half of the Autumn term, pupils learn about the historical achievements of Neil Armstrong and the crew of Apollo 11, through the topic Earth and Beyond! In Science, pupils will be learning about the movement of the Earth and other planets within our solar system. A class visit to Chichester Planetarium will help to deepen pupils’ understanding in explaining the Earth’s rotation and how this causes day and night.
After half-term, pupils will consider the question, Are We Destroying Our Planet? They will learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the devastating impact of plastic in our oceans. They will also learn how we recycle materials by visiting the Ford Materials Recycling Centre, and will debate and suggest how we can dramatically reduce the amount of plastic damaging our environment. Through reading the text ‘Varmints’ by Helen Ward, pupils will then write their own narrative.
During the Autumn Term, pupils have weekly swimming lessons at the Arena.
The Spring Term sees a focus on the rise and fall of the Mesoamerican civilization, the Mayans. Pupils will begin the topic by learning about the artist, architect and explorer Fredrick Catherwood. In learning about the Mayans, they will research many of their traditions, gods and significant achievements. Pupils will also research the impact of European explorers in the trade of chocolate.
Pupils will then reflect and consider the impact of tourism on Chichen Itza, learning about modern day Mexico. In doing so, pupils will make comparisons between England and Mexico.
To conclude the term and building on the theme of chocolate, pupils will learn about the foundation Fair Trade. They will organise, prepare and facilitate their own Fair Trade café with the key purpose of raising the communities’ awareness of the foundation and the role it plays in improving trade deals and working conditions for farmers. Pupils will plan, design and create their own products to sell in their Fair Trade Café, supported by their own TV advert.
During the Summer Term, pupils will deepen their understanding of chronology by identifying when the Ancient Greeks lived. Through drama and other creative approaches the children will explore some key myths and write their own Greek myth style story.
Pupils will use clay to design, create and evaluate their own Greek pottery, before competing in their own Greek Olympic games.
In computing, pupils will further develop their programming abilities by creating their own game linked to the Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’.
In RE, pupils will take part in a Pilgrimage workshop at Chichester Cathedral, discovering what it would have been like to be a pilgrim in medieval times.
To conclude the year, pupils will make comparisons in human and physical geography between Bognor Regis and Brighton, and how they can apply this understanding to increase the number of tourists that visit our town. They will visit Bognor Regis town and make comparisons with Brighton, following a day visit to Brighton in the Summer Term.
Meet the Teacher
Below is the link to the Presentation from the Meet the Teacher afternoon: