Year 5

Autumn 1 - The Terrible Tudors


Come with us on a journey back to the Tudor times and discover what life was like during this infamous period in British history. We will begin our journey on the battlefield as we discover how the Tudor reign began and imagine we were there to witness the events of the Battle of Bosworth.

In English we will write diary entries in the role of Henry VII as he triumphs over Richard III as well as a motivational speech as the new King addresses his kingdom. Moving forward in time we will explore the life of Henry VIII, learning about his many wives as well as the impact he had on modern day life in Britain.

Alongside this, we will be exploring the meaning of marriage across different religions and considering its importance in the modern day. Throughout this half term we will be reading ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ and drawing on the text to write persuasive letters, play scripts and an alternative ending to the story.

The journey does not end there, in PE lessons we will be working together to practise and perform Tudor dances and in art we will be designing and constructing 3D Tudor houses using a visit to the famous Blakesley Hall as inspiration for our designs!


Mathematics Chest 
place value in 5-digit numbers – add and subtract 10, 100 and 1000 onto a 5-digit number – using mental strategies for addition – column addition and subtraction of 4-digit numbers – place value of numbers with up to 2 decimal places – multiplying decimals by 10 and 100 – mental multiplication strategies – analogue and digital time – measuring length using cm and mm


Autumn 2 - Tudor Explorers


WTime to delve even deeper into the Tudor reign as we move our focus away from Henry VIII and onto the powerful, pioneering monarch, Elizabeth I. We will consider different portraits of the Queen as we aim to understand more about her life and personality and will draw on our findings in English to write a detailed character description of the monarch. We will also be learning about the bold explorers of this period, including Sir Frances Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Christopher Columbus, and all about their exciting discoveries around the world.

As well as explorers, in Science, we will learning about ‘Super Scientists’ whose discoveries have, and continue to, have incredible impacts on modern day society. Throughout the half term we will be reading Michael Morpurgo’s story, ‘My Friend Walter’ and will draw on this in PSHE lessons when considering how to solve moral dilemmas.

To end the topic we will be writing our own ‘End of the World’ adventure stories, be ready to use word publishing in Computing to create a story which looks as good as it reads!

By Christmas you’ll be desperate to set sail and explore the world for yourself!


Mathematics Chest 
identifying factors of numbers – understand the difference between prime and composite numbers – comparing and identifying equivalent fractions – simplifying fractions – convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers – multiplying a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number using long multiplication – division using chunking - measuring angles using a protractor – comparing angles using the terms acute, obtuse and reflex – parts of a circle – identifying decimals that are equivalent to fractions 

Spring 1 - To Infinity and Beyond


Ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Well now’s your chance! As we journey through space we will be learning about our Solar System and all the planets within it.

In English we will be writing an information text all about the different planets and you will be journalists for the day as we report on the recent Rosetta Mission travelling beyond even our Solar System. As well as far away planets, we will also be focusing on our own moon. In Science we will learn about the different phases of the moon and will imagine landing on the satellite as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did back in 1969.

We hope you’re feeling creative as in Art we will be using chalks and pastels to create our own space themed pictures thinking about the light source to create shadow within our work.

Of course we can’t journey through space without considering whether there may be life out there, so in Computing we will be using the SCRATCH computing program to create our own aliens and will be instructing them to move around the screen!

We hope you’re ready to lift off into outer space and join the adventure! 


Mathematics Chest 
place value of 6-digit numbers, involving place value additions – adding two numbers with 2 decimal places – subtracting by counting up to find the difference between two numbers – use and apply rules of divisibility – identify prime numbers up to 19 – identify square numbers up to 100 – use and apply mental multiplication strategies - identify different types of triangles – calculate a missing angle in a triangle – solve worded problems involving measurement – use a calculator to solve mathematical problems – column addition of decimal numbers, involving money – calculating change



Spring 2 - Rainforest Adventure

Take a deep breath as we embark on an adventure through the rainforest! You will be trained as botanists as we learn about the different layers of the rainforest and the plants and animals which dwell within each.

In English you will reflect on the sights and sounds of the rainforest as you write a detailed and engaging setting description. During our adventure we will be reading Lynne Cherry’s story ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ and you will be writing your own prequel for the tale.

We will also be learning about the different animals which reside in the rainforest and in Science explore their different life cycles. As well as the life cycle of animals, we will also be naming the different parts of the flower and be learning about their role in the fertilisation process.

You will be creating unique and colourful rainforest tessellations during computing lessons and in PSHE we will also consider the wider issue surrounding the importance of protecting our rainforests and its wildlife.

This rainforest adventure will come to life at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens as we delve deep into the tropical houses and marvel at the magnificent plants and animals there. 


Mathematics Chest 
bus stop division, including remainders – grid multiplication of 2 and 3-digit numbers - find fractions of 3-digit numbers – solving worded problems involving fractions - multiplying numbers using short multiplication – identifying the properties of polygons – draw polygons accurately – use scales to measure weight – convert between measurements of weight – compare metric and imperial units of measurement – convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa


Summer 1 - It's all Greek to me!


Time to step back in time again… but this time we are travelling back to Ancient Greece to learn all about life thousands of years ago. Mythical beasts, wooden horses, enchanted wings, magical twine………we will discover all about these as we explore Ancient Greek myths and the morals within them.

In English we will report on the events of the Trojan horse legend, as well as writing mythical battle scenes and our very own Greek myths. We will explore Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy and consider how this has shaped our lives today.

We will discover the truth about the past through close observations of Ancient Greek vases and in Art create our own spectacular designs portraying the legendary myths. Enjoy sport? Fasten your laces as we will be competing in our own version of the Olympics whilst discovering the gruesome events held during the first Olympic Games.

Money mattered in Greek times and in R.E we will be considering the different views people hold on wealth and poverty, and how these are sometimes linked to their religious beliefs.

Be ready to bring this ancient civilisation to life as we don our togas for ‘Greek Day’!.


Mathematics Chest 
- multiplying fractions by a 1-digit number - using a column method to subtract 4-digit numbers – solve worded problems involving subtraction – adding two amounts of money using mental methods – calculating change – using money in real life situations – short multiplication of a 3 or 4-digit number by a 1-digit number – multiplying two 2-digit numbers using a written method – place value of numbers with up to 3 decimal places – multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 - negative numbers – plotting coordinates in the first two quadrants – translating shapes using reflection and rotation – identify 3D shapes from 2D representations


Summer 2 - Life Down Under


G’day Mate! Pack your suitcase as we jet off to the other side of the world to visit Australia! We will discover the beautiful landscape and famous landmarks from across this vast country and in English describe the Great Barrier Reef alongside the Sydney Opera House.

We will be learning about the different wildlife native to Australia and write a detailed information text about the different animals. Be ready to persuade people to visit Australia as we create travel brochures for the country and act in the role of travel agents! As well as learning about modern day life, we will also uncover Australia’s past as we consider the traditions and culture of the Aboriginal people indigenous to this land.

As part of this we will be learning about the unique instruments developed by the Aborigines as we aim to recreate their traditional sound in music.

To celebrate the summer we will be designing and making healthy vegetable kebabs fit for an Australian BBQ, as we learn about staying healthy as we grow older in Science. Hopefully we’ll return from our journey in time for the summer holidays!


Mathematics Chest 
- identify factors and multiples of numbers – recognise equivalent fractions – add and subtract fractions with the same or related denominators – bus stop division including remainders – multiplying a 3 or 4-digit number by a teens number using short a written method – calculate area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and irregular shapes – find the volume of cubes and cuboids – relate volume to capacity – comparing fractions and percentages – identifying equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages – Roman numerals – identify square and cube numbers – draw and interpret line graphs – reading information off timetables – solve problems by scaling measurements