This year we will continue to follow the exciting Inspire curriculum. Our topics cover English, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music. There are 9 topics that we look at over the year in Year 5:
The Space Race
The Circle of Life
The Point of no Return
The Empire Strikes Back
The Voyage of Lifetime
Our topics of the Autumn Term will be: The Space Race, Groovy G(r)eeks and Poles Apart.
The Space Race
In this Unit we will be looking beyond the Earth and considering where and how our planet fits into the solar system. We will also investigate the Sun, explore the phases of the Moon and look closely at the seasons. As part of the Art aspect of this topic, we shall be looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh, particularly his Starry Night painting, and attempting to recreate small sections of his work.
In our second unit, children will study aspects of the Ancient Greek civilisation and reflect on how our civilisations are connected through sport, art, philosophy, architecture and theatre. The children will also have a chance to explore areas of personal interest, create games, design and make pots and write their own myths. In Geography, the children will have a mystery suitcase activity for visiting the Aegean islands and The Hebrides to compare the similarities and differences between two groups of islands.
This unit has an emphasis on Science, particularly examining forces; looking at friction, gravity and drag through a range of investigations. The children will experiment with levers and gears to see how a small force can be turned into a large force.
Within their geography lessons, pupils will have the opportunity to explore the use of key vocabulary relating to the identification of areas of the world and understanding of time zones. This work will allow them to understand the enormity of the scale of Amelia Earheart’s achievements.