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Year 5

Summer Term 2024


What is true beauty according to you?

This term, Year 5 will focus on learning a range of skills across the curriculum. Learning will be based on the shifting cultures in Britain from the 1960’s. Through time there have been some tragic events but can beauty be found in the darkest times? The children will find out and answer the question of what is beautiful to them. Art and creativity are prominent features of our summer project. Year 5 will look at architecture and how building designs have changed/developed through the decades. There will be many opportunities to be creative as we delve into installation art. The children will learn that not all artwork is carried out on paper; hopefully giving the children a deeper understanding of what art is.

Year 5 will explore new concepts including:






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Authentic Outcomes

As well as developing a breadth of skills, the children will work towards an authentic outcome which is designed to encourage real ownership of their learning. This term, there will be plenty of opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. For our ‘WOW day’, Year 5 will invite parents and guardians in for an art competition (The Great Belthorn Paint Off!). We will invite an artist or external judicator to judge the winner. Also, children will record a short podcast discussing what they have learned in the topic. They will work with year 6 children to record some interesting discussions on our topic.




In English, the children will look at important events and figures who have played a part in the shifting cultures through time.  We will produce non-chronological reports, information text, letters, stories from other cultures, and narrative poetry. Our class novels will be ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin and ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.


In Maths the children will be looking at shape, position and direction, decimals, negative numbers, converting measures and negative numbers.


Through our RE days at school, the children learn about their own and other’s beliefs.

In year 5, the RE question is ‘Where can people find guidance in their own lives?’ Our RE days will include lessons on- Sikhism, Buddhism, and Islam. Lessons will incorporate some of our concept words (Independence, Beauty, Creativity, Passion, and Influence).


We will focus on fashion and culture post-WW2. Children will learn how Britain took time to re-build. Once Britain had restabilised itself, culture, music, fashion and philosophy began to change. We will look at how something awful influenced great periods in time. The children will explore cause and effect. We will discuss how important events have shaped our culture and the communities we live in.


Geography will be incorporated in various lessons as we look at how America have influenced British culture and vice versa. We will look at how the development of trade also has influenced various cultures.


In our music we will cover a variety of different genres. Children will use a variation of instruments to play along with songs and also create their own. Children will learn to improvise with instruments including their vocals. We will innovate songs and explore looping and mixing using various programmes and software.  We will also look at how artists such as The Beatles shaped fashion and culture in the 1960’s


This unit focuses on architecture, guiding pupils through observational drawing, printmaking, and building design. It encourages children to explore architectural elements, analyse Hundertwasser’s work, and create meaningful monuments, enhancing their understanding of composition, design, and art appreciation. We will also learn about installation art, including identifying and comparing art installations, exploring space and scale in 3D art, problem-solving in construction, planning installations to communicate ideas, and applying knowledge to develop and present installation art pieces effectively.


In response to the question of; What is true beauty according to you? We will look at how certain events in time have affected and influenced certain fashions and cultures.  We will also study safety and the changing body, citizenship, and economic well-being.


Children will explore textiles in our DT unit. Year 5 will design and innovate T-shirts and use sewing, cutting and fabric colours to create their final item of clothing. Their product will be designed for a friend or relative so will need to take into consideration size and what their consumer would like to wear.


In science we will look ‘Chemical Changes’. Using aspects of STEM children will be taking part in lots of practical investigations.  There will also be an opportunity to take science outside the classroom in our ‘Outdoor Science Week’.  Along with lots of fun practical investigations, we will be asking STEM ambassadors and people who use aspects of STEM in their work, to speak to the children


Geography will be incorporated in various lessons as we look at how America has influenced British culture and vice versa. We will look at how the development of trade also has influenced various culture. In our outdoor science week, elements of fieldwork will also be incorporated.


The children will learn about the 1966 World Cup and how Sport has been used to bring people together. We will be doing lots of athletics in preparation for Sports Day. Year 5 will go to Darwen Leisure on a Thursday for swimming lessons.


Children will use ICT to create digital artwork. We will use iPads/tablets to create some amazing pieces of artwork used in various aspects of life. We will also use video editing software to create videos showing the beauty around us.


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