Year 5 begins with a trip back in time to the Victorian era. Through this topic the children learn about the reign of Queen Victoria, the lives of working children, schools in Victorian times and of the many life changing inventions that originated from this time. The children also focus on the life and work of the painter, William Morris. After studying his work, they create their own masterpieces in the style of William Morris. In English, the children focus on the fantastic stories of Street Child, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol.
In the Spring term, the children move across the world and study India. Through this topic, the children learn about cultures and beliefs of many of the people in India. They learn about its rich wildlife and study the classic story, The Jungle Book. After half term, the topic changes to Ancient Greece. The children learn about the huge impact that this ancient civilisation had on the world that we live in today and about the daily lives of the people that lived in this era. The children also compare life in Ancient Greece to life in modern Greece. In English, the wonderful Greek myths and legends are used to inspire the children’s writing.
The year ends with the topic, The Earth and Beyond. In this topic the children will investigate the planet Earth, its topography, habitats and the effect that pollution has had on it. They will also expand their knowledge and understanding of the sun, moon and planets in space. One of the most exciting events of year 5 happens in this term – the residential to Goodwood. Over the three days that the children are away, they visit an RSPB centre (either Pagham Harbour or Pulborough Brooks) to learn about different habitats and the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust in Arundel to find out about adaptations in animals. They also get the amazing experience of staying on the Goodwood Estate, visiting the farm at Goodwood and building shelters in the woods.
In PE across the year, the children take part in lessons about gymnastics, netball, football, athletics, dance, stoolball and rounders. They also learn how to become young play leaders.