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Sandown School

Year 5 2022/2023


Welcome to the Year 5 page! The teaching team in Year 5 consists of Mrs Uppal, Mr Law, Mrs Cagan and Miss Black

Year 5 will be having PE on a  Monday and Wednesday. Please can children wear their PE kits to school on these days.

We also visit Green Zone every term. Have a look at the Green Keeper Blogs to see more of what we get up to.

Year 4 explore Green Zone


Term 2 Topic Overview

Year 5 and 6 Spelling 

Term 2 Home Learning

Welcome to Year 5



Term 1

Astonishing Africa


·Maths: White rose- Place value, addition and subtraction

·Literacy: recount, Narratives and poetry. 

·Topic – Hist: Benin AD 900 – 1300. (Possible historical comparison).  a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – Benin . What sort of a place was Benin 1000 years ago and how do we know. Discovery and trade-power and influence (Slavery).

·Science: Living things and their habitats 

·Computing: Being Safe Online- Unit A 

·RE: Hinduism- What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God?  Theme- Prayer and worship

·Music: Charanga-get started with music tech  

·PE: Football/multi skills 

·French: Review presenting myself/previous knowledge and At the Cafe 

·Art: Illustrations in the Tinga art style.  African artists(tradition of artist working from the land) use a variety of media- research, Colour mixing, collage and drawings. (Articulation)

·PSHE: Being Me in my world

African drumming 



Port Lympne 


Term 2

To infinity and Beyond

·Maths:  Multiplication and division and fractions A.

·Literacy: Non-fiction biography, narrative (complete the adventure), Non-fiction (Cosmos) fact file, persuasive letter to NASA.

·Topic – Geography/History: Chronological history of space travel.

·Science: Earth & Space

·Computing: information technology radio stations

·RE: Is the story of Christmas true? Christianity/incarnation.

·Music: Charanga emotions and musical styles.

·PE: Handball/ Dance

·French: The Planets

·Art: Skill – drawing. Chalk solar system, Design and make a solar system mobile and evaluate once made. (Making, Sketch books)

·DT: Design, make and evaluate a cross stitch mission patch (textile).

·PSHE: Celebrating difference


Term 3

Violent Volcanoes

·Maths:  Decimals and percentages Perimeter and area Statistics 

·Literacy: Description of eruption, Narrative (own version of escape from Pompeii), Newspaper report.

·Topic: Geography -What are the benefits of living near a volcano? Locate Europe and North and South America, Equator, volcanoes and earthquakes, Ring of fire and especially Italy/ Hawaii.

·History: Romans link Pompeii previous year knowledge. Historical importance of Pompeii.

·Science: Properties and changes of materials

·Computing: Information Technology 3D modelling

·RE: Hinduism- How can Brahman be everywhere and everything? Theme- Hindu Beliefs.

·Music: Exploring key and time signatures.

·PE: Gymnastics/Kiwik Cricket

·French: What is the weather?

·Art: Skill: 3D. Making erupting volcanoes, Sketch of erupting volcano, use modrock. (Making, Sketchbooks)

·PSHE: Dreams and goals


Term 4

Ancient Egypt




·Maths: White Rose- multiplication and division, Fractions B,

·Literacy: Setting description, character description, diary entry, narrative writing, Non-chronological report, instructions.   

·Topic - Geography/: What impact can rivers have on settlements? River Nile, Settlements and land use, economic activity including trade links.

·History-The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of Ancient Egypt. How much did the Ancient Egyptians achieve? Power influence (Gods), religion and conflict. achievements of earliest civilisation. (Compare 2 historical periods explaining things which changed and stayed the same, how Britain may have learnt from these civilisations). 

·Science: Forces 

·Computing: Espresso coding refresher level 5

·RE: Salvation – How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die? 

·Music: Introducing chords

·PE: OAA/Tennis (coaching)

·French: Clothes

·Art: Skill – drawing. Canopic Jar Egyptian architecture.(architects and Artist)

·DT: – wood work- Shaduff designs and making.  

·PSHE: Healthy Me

Ancient Egyptian Performance

Term 5

Capital Mystery 




·Maths:  negative numbers, converting units and volume.

·Literacy: Narrative writing, newspaper report, letter writing, interview report

·Topic – Geography/History: Would you rather live in London or New York? Compare London with New York similarities and differences human and physical. Plan a journey from Deal to NY.

·Geography: How diverse is Africa? (Biomes) Equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, climate, Tropics of cancer and Capricorn, Prime Meridian, Savannah and Tundra. Use compass map work and how does climate affect the plants and animals.

·Science: Animals including humans

·Computing: Espresso coding, year 5

·RE: Hinduism- Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives.

·Music:  Glockenspiel stage 2 unit on Charanga 

·PE: indoor review term or swim/ Athletics

·French: My Home

·Art Skills: painting Stephen Wiltshire artwork. London eye story artwork, skyline of London.

·PSHE: Relationships


Term 6



·Maths: White rose shape, position and direction, decimals

·Literacy: Narratives, Poetry.

·Topic – Geography/History: Equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, climate, Tropics of cancer and Capricorn.

·Science: Animals including humans

·Computing: Espresso coding year 5

·RE: What is the best way for Christians to show commitment to God? Christianity- Prayer and worship    

·Music: identifying important musical elements  

·PE: indoor review term or swim/ outdoor review term

·French: Revision and Review: Big Write/Presentation

·Art: collaging technique to create Skellig, screen printing (Printmaking).

·DT- Food technology- picnic in the park-market research, designing and evaluating savoury dishes (pasta and sandwiches)

·PSHE: Changing me

Picnic to share DT products