Year 5 Long Term Plan

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Topic Title Anglo Saxons The Solar System Lifecycles Ancient Greece Weather Travel
Science Human Lifecycles
Children learn about how humans change as they age.
Earth and space
The children learn to describe the movements of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun.
Plant and animal lifecycles
Children learn about life processes including reproduction in some plants and animals.
Ancient Greek Scientists
Children look at how Ancient Greek scientists have contributed to scientific advancements.
Changing materials
Children learn to group materials based on their properties. The children will explore how some solids can be dissolved to form solutions and then subsequently recovered.
Children learn about forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.
Science AT1 opportunity Investigate limb sizes from across age spans
Children ask questions about the relationship between the size of an individual’s body parts.
Moon phases
The children will ask and answer questions about the phases of the moon through modelling parts of  the solar system on a large scale.
Dissection of flowers at different stages
Children dissect flowers at different stages of life and discuss the similarities and differences they find before recording their findings.
Mini Archimedes screw/bath


Mini water cycle
Children will create a model of the water cycle usingfiltration of different particles. 
Children investigate the effect of wind resistance on different sized parachutes.
History Anglo Saxons
Children learn about the settlement of Anglo Saxons in Britain.
Space Race
Children learn about how humans have explored space throughout  history.
Changing Nature
Children think about how nature has changed in living memory in relation to animal husbandry.
Ancient Greece Children study the achievements of some of the earliest civilisations and evaluate how they have influenced our lives. Famous Scientists
Children have the opportunity to look at the work of notable people from science such as Spencer Silver and discover how they have created new materials.
Children investigate the  history of travel and transport  in Britain.
Geography Settlements
Children develop their understanding of human geography through exploring different settlements.
Children learn how the seasons occur and how seasonality effects the world we live in.
UK plants and animals
Children use maps and aerial images to discover more about how natural resources are distributes around the United Kingdom and the wider world.
European features
Geographical features of Athens and Sparta.
Children use maps to focus on the human and physical geographical features of Europe
Weather patterns
And Materials
Children develop an understanding of the relationship between weather and the clothes people wear in order to keep warm, dry or cool.
Travel around the world
Children use maps to locate the countries of the world and look at the facilities available to tourists in holiday destinations.
Computing Research
Children use a range of technologies to research aspects of Anglo Saxon life and record their findings electronically.E-safety
Computer science
Children continue to develop their understanding of algorithms and coding. They will develop strategies for writing and debugging algorithms.

Plan create and edit an animation
Children create animations that reflect the life cycles of plants

Children develop a clear understanding of what constitutes safe online practice. Children learn about how they can protect themselves online and what to do if they feel uncomfortable in online situations.
Interpret and validate information from a variety of sources Data handling
Chart and databases
Children use databases to record information about tourist destinations.
Art and Design Saxon Design
Children make sculptural self-portraits out of clay..
Chalk Planets
Children develop their techniques with new mediums to create representations of the planets.
Animal Masks
Children plan, design and make animal masks to represent the animals studied as part of the topic
3D Greek Shields and Greek Vases
Children analyse the use of pattern and design in Greek art and apply to their own vases and shields.
Changing Materials
Children create collages that show the properties of materials
Dracula sketches, portraits
Children use sketching skills to create landscapes and portraits associated with Dracula.
Design and Technology A Saxon settlement
Children create models of Saxon settlements using a range of mediums and resources.
Planet mobile
Children use a variety of media to create models of the solar system. 
Shoebox habitats
Children create accurate representations of animal habitats. Children will  use research and planning to ensure accuracy in their creations.
Greek Technology
Children create design, make and evaluate Greek pottery.
Survival Skills
The children look into the dangers of wild food and also design, build and evaluate shelters made from natural materials.
3D sets and props for Dracula silent movie.
Children design and make props for silent movies.
Opportunities for English Non-fiction
Report writing about Sutton Hoo.NarrativeMyths and Legends

Biography on Neil Armstrong.

Recount planetarium.

Letter to Tim Peake.

Chronological report about the Space Race.

Chronograph on phases of the moon


‘A disaster in space’ narrative writing.

Endangered species note taking using Popplets.Persuasive letter about hedgehogs.Explanation text about hibernation. Narrative Planning and writing stories in relation to ‘The Bogle’.
Speaking and listening

Athens v Sparta debate.


Diary from inside the Trojan horse.

Pandora’s box script.

Theseus and the Minotaur from the minotaur’s POV.


Comparison between modern and ancient Olympics.


Water cycle explanation.

Instructions for making your own mini water cycle.



Mystery stories set in extreme environments.


Whitby recount.

Biography on Sir Isaac Newton.


Narration for silent movie.

Rewriting a chapter of Dracula.

Description of Whitby Abbey.

Description of Dracula using relative clauses.


Opportunities for Mathematics Counting
Children look at Saxon methods for counting sheep.
Distances and large numbers
The children use space exploration as the basis for some work on larger numbers.
Area and Mass
Children discuss the size of different habitats.
Greek Maths
Children think about how maths was developed in Ancient Greece and look to find similarities between thinking then and now.
Tables and graphs
Children use tables and graphs to read and interpret information about the weather.
Children investigate the costs associated with travel.
RE Symbols and Symbolism
Children learn about symbols and symbolism in major religions as well as thinking about how religion was symbolized by the Saxons 
Symbols and Symbolism
As part of their ongoing work on symbolism, the children will visit a local Cathedral to see examples of symbolism in Catholicism.
Sacred Places
Children look at the places and rituals involved in burial.
  Sacred Writings
Children continue looking at sacred places from a range of religions, including those in more remote locations.
MFL Greetings and introductions
Children  develop their knowledge of French greetings and use what they have learned to have simple conversations.
Classroom instructions and Christmas
Children revisit their work on class room instructions and objects.
Colours and countries
Children continue to develop their understanding of the French vocabulary associated with colours and the countries of the world.
Days and months
Children develop their French vocabulary to include time and dates.
Numbers, ages and birthdays
Children develop their vocabulary further by gaining an understanding of numbers, ages and birthdays.
Children learn the French vocabulary associated with family.
PE Sports Hall Athletics



Basketball and Hi 5 Netball



Children think about how Striking and Fielding games fitted in with the Ancient Greek Olympics.
Children create and perform dances to represent the extremes of weather.

Children learn popular holiday sports like tennis and


Music Matilda the musical

Children learn songs from Matilda and prepare a performance for the end of the term.

Matilda the musical

Children continued to work on their singing before performing in the Christmas concert.

Classroom Jazz (Charanga Unit 3) (Charanga Unit 4)

Mash it up! Stage 2

Stop! (Charanga Unit 5) Reflect and rewind (Charanga Unit 6)


PHSCE Health & Wellbeing

The children learn about how to promote a healthy mind and body. The children will also begin to learn more about how their bodies will change as they grow and develop.


Children learn about how to manage and maintain positive relationships. Children also think about what they can and should do when faced with relationship problems.

Living in the Wider World

Children learn about economic wellbeing & being  responsible citizens.

Trips/experiences Anglo Saxon visit

The children will be visited by an Anglo Saxon who will share with them some of the more gruesome elements of Saxon life.

Ballet – Tortoise and the Hare


Children get to experience the solar system through a planetarium experience.

Ballet – Beauty and the Beast


Cathedral visit

  Ancient Greek visitor

An Ancient Greek Visitor shares more about what life was like for people living in Ancient Greece.


The children experience building, lighting and enjoying a fire in the school grounds.


The children have the opportunity to see some of the locations from the novel Dracula first hand on a residential trip to Whitby.

Ancient Greece

This half term, the children in Year 5 have been learning about the life and times of those living in Ancient Greece. The topic started well with two visitors who were able to share with us what it would have been like living as an Athenian or a Spartan warrior.

We were very surprised by the differences in schooling whether you lived in Athens or Sparta. If you survived childhood as a Spartan you were thrown out of your house at seven years old to live at a Spartan school, which was just a field. You were given some cloth to wear and left outside in a field to fend for yourself until you were fifteen! You would have to catch and cook your own food and if it was cold, you warmed up by rubbing yourself all over with stinging nettles.

Making Greek coins out of clay was an interesting experience, especially as it gave us all a chance to get messy in the classroom although using the special tools needed precision. I think you can see that we did a good job!

Elsewhere in Year 5 we have continued to work hard on our reading and writing skills using the Myths of Theseus and the Minotaur, which we wrote from the Minotaur’s point of view and Pandora’s Box which we were able to change from a narrative into a play script before acting out some of the scenes. Who knew that the Minotaur was only killing the Athenians in the Labyrinth so that he could feed his family? Not quite the monster that we have all grown up with.

The classrooms have remained lively and interesting places to work the more we have learnt about everyday times in Ancient Greece, especially when we were given the opportunity to debate the different merits about living in Athens or Sparta. This gave us the perfect excuse to remind ourselves of all that we had learned before deciding in which City State we would prefer to live. It was a surprise to all when 5 Blue decided that they would much prefer living in the Warrior state of Sparta rather than Athens where they would have had far more access to schooling, art, theatre, democracy and debate.

BD5 Literacy Festival Matilda Performance

Year 5 had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in the BD5 Literacy Festival; culminating in a joint performance at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford. Here’s some of the children rehearsing for their performance of Matilda.

They used their experience of performing at Kala Sangam to write some excellent newspaper reports.

We started by generating some questions about life cycles that we wanted to find answers to. We then looked at the life cycles of different animals such as amphibians and mammals.


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During this half term, Year 5 have enjoyed their work learning about the Ancient Greeks. The topic has both enthused and inspired the children, resulting with some very creative pieces of work including:

  • A very lively and interesting debate between the ‘Athenians’ and the ‘Spartans’. The children had to choose to be a ‘Spartan’ citizen or an ‘Athenian’ citizen and debate why their city state was the greatest in the world.  This work helped the children to understand how the rules and values from the Ancient Greeks have impacted on British rules and values of today.
  • Reading and writing about Greek Myths including Pandora’s Box and Theseus and the Minotaur.
  • Creating a narrative dance, depicting the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

The children have also been working hard in their maths lessons, tightening up their arithmetic skills and also becoming proficient with the four number operations.

Well done to the children in Year 5 and keep up all your hard work.



Wow, what a half term it’s been for the children and teachers in Year 5. The term started very well with the new topic of Life Cycles really capturing the childrens’ attention and this was clearly shown with the fantastic Shoe Box habitats that were brought in at the beginning of February. One of which can be seen below. It was lovely to hear from parents and children about how much you had all enjoyed the homework projects again and the amount of collaboration within families was fantastic.

Year 5

One of the many highlights of the half term was seeing the children beginning to really spread their wings with respect to their writing and mathematics as they are using the knowledge and skills that they have been taught and applying those skills through our Literacy, Maths and Topic work.

The children have had the experience of watching some live theatre during the popular BD5 Literacy festival where they thoroughly enjoyed tales of the Boggle and Shapeshifter and used their knowledge of the Boggle play to plan and write the next chapter.

Anglo Saxon

It’s been an amazing start for the children in Year 5 with our exciting Anglo Saxon topic amongst all of the literacy and mathematics that continues throughout the year. We have looked at where the Anglo Saxons are from, why they invaded, the weapons that they used as well as the armour that they wore. To make the topic more hands on we were fortunate in having two Anglo Saxons arrive in school to help us with our learning. The children from both 5 Green and 5 Blue spent the day with our warriors and looked at a variety of artefacts, weapons and armour and Anglo Saxon horns, whilst learning about the Anglo Saxon way of life.

Anglo SaxonIt was extremely interesting to find out about how the Anglo Saxons dealt with crime and punishment and I’m certain that a few of their methods were somewhat of a surprise when compared with today. The children were certainly not too keen on having to hold a red hot piece of iron whilst having to walk for five or so metres before being able to put it down. Perhaps the worst part of the punishment was that if the red hot iron left a burn then you would be put to death as you were clearly guilty of whatever crime that you had been accused of!

Learning about the armour and weapons used during this part particular time in history was the most interesting session of the day as two of the children were dressed in chainmail, a chainmail helmet, sword and shield with the armour alone weighing a mighty 26KG! Poor Kenzie did a fine job of raising his sword whilst wearing this incredible outfit.

The day ended with a competition to find out which member of each class was able to blow the strongest, clearest note. Although the Year 5 children and teachers were mightily impressed with the notes blown, I’m not sure that we have Newby’s first hit record just yet.

The day was a fantastic experience for the children and was a great introduction to our opening topic of the year and has set a high bar already for the coming weeks and months. Well done Year 5.