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St Edmund Campion

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Year 5

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Welcome to Year 5!


An Overview

In Maths we follow the White Rose objectives for the year but use a variety of different schemes to prepare and plan activities. During each maths lesson, basic skills are applied to reasoning and problem-solving.


In English, we study a range of text types linked to our Viking and Anglo Saxon theme including; poetry, diary entries, letter writing and advertising. During the spring term, we will be reading two books – ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Graeme Baker-Smith and ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross Mackenzie. Throughout this term, there will be a particular focus on recounts and descriptive writing. Our focus in the summer term will be on the books; ‘The Man who Walked Between the Towers’ and ‘Journey to Jo’burg’. We will be studying a range of text types linked to our ’Breaking Down Barriers’ topic including poetry, persuasive writing and letter writing.


Throughout the Autumn term, in Science, children will complete a series of investigations on materials and forces. The children will classify materials and test for properties including solubility and thermal conductivity. In Geography and History, children will learn about Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. In the Spring the children will complete a unit on the ‘Earth, Sun and Moon’. They will describe the movement of planets relative to the Sun in the solar system, explore the Earth’s rotation and describe the movement of the Moon. During the summer term, we will complete topics on ‘Ourselves’ and ‘Healthy Lifestyles’, including that of other mammals, reptiles and plants. Through Geography and History, children will learn about the partition of Germany and how Europe has changed through the 20th century to the present day.


In the Autumn term, we will study Anglo-Saxon and Viking art, as the children develop their creative skills, through the use of various mediums such as ink, charcoal, and collage. During the spring term, we will undertake many different projects including making our own rocket and planets, as well as making a replica of the moon’s surface. In Art, we will be inspired by Robert McCall to create our own versions of Space Art. During our ‘Germany’ topic, in the summer term, we will be looking at a range of mediums to create our own graffiti art. The children will create work for the Berlin Wall and we will also use computing to create digital art.


Throughout the year, the children will continue to build on their fundamental skills needed for operating computers and word processing. They will also complete plugged and unplugged lessons to build on their coding skills. In the summer term, there will be a particular focus on programming characters and design landscapes for computer games through and Kodu