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Year 5

Summer Term 2023


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 around 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.

Year 5 will explore new concepts including:

  • Independence
  • Beauty
  • Creativity
  • Passion
  • Influence

How we'll be doing it...

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 learnt in the topic. They will work with year 6 children to record some interesting discussion 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 form 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


Children will look at many artists who have been influential through the 60’s, 70’s 80’s 90’s and 00’ . Artist such as Jackson Pollock, LS Lowry, Andy Warhol, Banksy will all feature as we attempt our own versions of some of the great pieces of artwork. We will also look at photography and our local environment. Can we find true beauty in Belthorn?  We will  develop skills in drawing, painting and using different media to create some fantastic pieces of art.


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 wellbeing.


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, in to speak to the children


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 culture. In our outdoor science week, elements of field work will be 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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