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Year 5

Spring Term 2024


Do we always appreciate everything we have?

This term focuses on geography and our planet. We will focus on sustainability and the human impact on our planet. We will explore deforestation, plastic pollution and the damage we have caused to our planet.

We will then learn how we can try and fix some of the problems we have caused. There will be a focus this term on the oceans and ocean currents. What they are, what creates them and examples of gyres.

We will also study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and learn about Biomes around the world.


How we'll be doing it...

Authentic outcomes
We will write letters to local plastic company Wham, explaining what we have learnt in the topic and asking if we can visit this local industry. They are one of the country’s biggest suppliers of plastic containers. We will learn about how they encourage sustainability and how policy has changed to help big companies take responsibility for our environment.

Wow day
We are lucky enough to work and go to school in a beautiful rural environment. The purpose of our wow day is to open the children’s eyes around the beauty that surrounds us. In the morning, we will learn about Landscape art before walking down to The Dog Inn. Here is a beautiful landscape looking out towards The North Sea. On a clear day you can even see the Isle of Man. We will sketch the landscape, take pictures and then walk around Belthorn taking in some of the beautiful scenery. In the afternoon, we will take part in a litter pick. Unfortunately, Belthorn is a hot spot for fly tipping. Hopefully, this will start to make the children see how humans can negatively affect our environment.

Spring Trip
This half term, we will hopefully visit the Wham factory. (letters to be sent asking for an invitation. We are also booked on to visit a local Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral as part of our RE programme.

Core Subjects

In Maths the children will be looking at multiplication and division before moving on to fractions. Fractions is quite a tricky topic so there will be extra support and work uploaded to the Dojo.

In science we will look at how we can use aspects of STEM to work practically. The children will look at Climate change and learn how science can help slow down the effects of global warming

We will also study forces, animals and humans.


In response to the question of ‘Do we always appreciate everything?’ – concepts such as care and stewardship will be a prominent feature during these lessons. The topics we will study are titled, ‘Health and Well Being’ and ‘Safety and the Changing Body.’

In our PE units we will continue to learn about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and what this looks like. We will also participate in; Football, Boxercise, Dance and Gymnastics.

Through our RE days at school, the children learn about their own and other’s beliefs. Our question this year is ‘Where can we find guidance in our lives.’

Over the term we will cover:

Christianity and Buddhism

Children will use computer programmes to create digital artwork about our ‘Carbon Footprint’. We will also look at recording our own music which will be played behind presentations about climate change. We will also design and learn how to build our own website using WIX.

In French, the children will listen more attentively and for longer to French dialogue. Children will join in to show understanding, communicate on a wider range of topics and themes. We will also start to decode meaning of unknown words using cognates, linguistics and content. Our units are titled ; ‘What is the date?’ and ‘The Weather.’

The children will design and make digital artwork. The artwork will include elements of climate change and make people question their own carbon footprint. These posters will be posted online. We will also look at artwork created by AI.

Our DT units are titled Levers and linkages which is a construction unit. We will also design and make T-Shirts in a textiles-based unit. The children will practice safe and accurate use of tools, use mechanical systems such as cams, pulleys and gears.



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