Year 5

Welcome to Sycamore Class!

A very warm welcome to our class page! We can’t wait to share with you all of the engaging learning that we are going to be covering this year.

We have no doubt that you will all make tremendous progress and you will amaze us with lots of hard work, positivity, enthusiasm and most importantly by living the ‘Flying High’ values you carry with you and that make our school a very special place to be in.

Fly high. Soar on wings like eagles. 

Miss Mason

Summer Term 2023-2024 

Connected Curriculum Theme: Environmental Sustainable Development

Attitudes: Developing a concern for the environment and commitment to sustainable development . Understand people’s dependencies on the environment. Develop a basic understanding of climate change (causes and effects)  


Why is the rainforest biome so valuable and how is it being damaged?

What made the Mayan civilization unique and what was the impact of European’s arriving?

Our Big Question: Should exploration cost the earth?

Brave Changemaker Outcome: Rewilding Project

As Geographers children will focus on studying the Amazon rainforest – considering the unique features of a rainforest biome. The focus will then be on the value of the rainforest environment and the damage that is being done to it by humankind carrying out unsustainable development. They will look at what is being done to protect these environments and to make developments more sustainable.

 As Historians, children will learn about the native civilizations that already existed in South/Central America, focussing on the Mayans. They will learn how this civilization thrived in a very different environment and how it ultimately collapsed due to European interference (looking at the role of the conquistadors and Hernan Cortes).

Year 5 Connected Curriculum Environmental Sustainable Development Term 5 and 6

Spring Term 2023-2024 

Victorian Britain

As Geographers, we will study urban and rural life and land use in (Yate/Chipping Sodbury/Thornbury) verses urban and rural life during the Victorian era. We will learn how settlements changed during this time on account of the Industrial Revolution and the impact this had on rural Britain. We will look for evidence using maps and undertake fieldwork studies in our own locality. We will begin to develop an understanding of how societal factors can impact on the migration of populations.

As Historians, we will focus on the period of reign of Queen Victoria and explore this period in a local context. We will learn about daily life and the differences in living conditions between rural and urban Victorian society. This will extend to learning about the inequalities and unfairness that existed during the Victorian period before completing our final project, ‘The Victorian Issue’, which will examine our big question: How fair was Victorian Society?

We will also carry out a case study looking at the impact of George Muller, who is one of our Brave Changemakers, and the Muller Orphanages.

As Artists, we will be learning about the work of the expressionist artists, Joseph Turner and his use of colour to express mood and emotion. We will learning about different watercolour techniques and applying them to our own work. In Design & Technology, we will be researching and exploring bridge construction before creating our own and evaluating their success.

Year 5 Connected Curriculum Term Social Justice T3 and T4 2024

Home Learning and Connected Curriculum

Summer Term 5 and 6 

Connected Curriculum Overview Year 5 Term 5 and 6

Spring Term 3 and 4

Global Curriculum: The global curriculum theme for the Spring term is Rights and Responsibilities. Our Big Question is ‘How do we make our voices heard?’ We will be using the Ancient Greeks as our learning context.

We will learn about Ancient Greek culture, discovering where, when and how they lived, making our own Greek jugs and Greek food. We will also consider the legacy of Ancient Greek civilization, including the Olympics and philosophy. In Geography lessons, we will locate Greece and compare the geographical features of modern-day Greece to Ancient Greece. In reading and English lessons, we will explore Ancient Greek religion and will be reading and writing some Ancient Greek myths.

To answer our Big Question, ‘How do we make our voices heard?’, we will focus on the development of democracy and how Ancient Greeks made their voices heard, reflecting on whether all citizens had their voices heard or not and comparing to our present-day democracy and how people make their voices heard today. We have invited our local MP to talk to us about how his constituents make their voices heard and how he acts on this and the children will be able to ask him their own questions!

Connected Curriculum Year 5 Term 3 and 4

Home Learning and Connected Curriculum Term 1 and 2

Our Connected Curriculum theme across the school is Peace and Conflict. In Year 5 and 6, our Global Curriculum theme is Peace and Conflict and we will be considering how conflict can be avoided and resolved. To help understand this, we shall learn more about World War 2 and how this conflict changed the lives of so many people. We will then go on to consider the roles that people have had and can have in bringing peace to the world.

Our English, History and Art learning will be linked to this topic. Please see our Curriculum Overview to find out more about what we are learning in other subjects.


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