Years 5 and 6


CYCLE A 2018-2019

Autumn term- WWII

During the Autumn term, Year 5 and 6 will be learning all about World War II. We will be exploring what it was like to be a child living in war time conditions, experience evacuation and rationing and live through the bombings of the Blitz-including hearing a first-hand account from a WW2 survivor. We will have the opportunity to learn about significant historical figures, such as the British war time prime ministers Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill and the Nazi dictator Hitler, who’s courses of leadership and decision making changed the course of History. During a trip to the Holocaust Centre, we will learn about what the Holocaust was and explore the theme of persecution through the diary of Anne Frank.  In Science, we will learn all about different technological advantages made during WW2 to advance the causes of both British and foreign forces, including the vital role of the Royal Air Force, which had a strong presence in Lincolnshire. In Geography, we will learn about allied and enemy forces and the location of key battles and events throughout the course of the war, thinking about why these areas were targeted or used to position armies. Linking to our Christian values, we will also remember the lives that were lost during WW2 and why it is important to pay our respects, especially during Remembrance Day.


Years 5 and 6- Autumn term- WWII 1

Years 5 and 6- Autumn term- WWII 2

Year 5 and 6 – Autumn term- WWII topic homework


Spring term- Innovative Inventions

During the Spring term, year 5 and 6 will be learning all about ‘Innovative Inventors’. We will be studying people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally, ultimately changing the way we live. Being inspired by their achievements, we will then try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. These role models will hopefully inspire us to dream of what we might achieve in the future. In History, we will focus on famous inventors from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early and Late Twentieth Century and modern day, with inventors ranging from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs where we will explore how their inventions changed aspects of everyday life. We will meet inventors from history, discuss and order their inventions on a timeline and start to ask ‘inventor questions’ that lead to inventions. In Science and DT, we will create technical drawings, design and build models and write tenders in role as inventors before presenting our inventions to the class.


Year 5 and 6 – Spring term – Innovative Inventions 1

Year 5 and 6 – Spring term – Innovative Inventions 2

Year 5 and 6 – Spring term – Innovative inventions topic homework


Summer term- The Holiday Show

During the Summer term, Year 5 and 6’s topic will be called ‘The Holiday Show’. We will be taking a trip around the world to some of Earth’s most spectacular tourist destinations and how some of these are now becoming threatened by environmental changes, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Colosseum. In Geography, we’ll be finding out about the main physical and human features and environmental issues in tourist destinations around the world and how the geographical features of particular locations influence the nature of human activities within them. For example, we will investigate which locations would be more suitable for trekking, rafting, quad biking etc.

We will collect and record evidence to answer geographical questions using appropriate geographical vocabulary to describe and interpret the surroundings.

We will also learn how to make plans and maps and about how and why people seek to manage and sustain their local environment and the cultural heritage within it.

In History, we’ll be finding out about aspects of the past, from a range of sources, that led to some tourist destinations becoming world heritage sites or classed as ‘wonders’ and the reasons for and results of, historical events, situations, and changes in the period and locations they have studied.


Year 5 and 6 – Summer Term- The Holiday Show 1

Year 5 and 6 – Summer Term- The Holiday Show 2


CYCLE B 2017-2018

Autumn term- The Great, The Bold and The Brave 

In this topic, the children will be learning about the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome, and the impact of these classical civilisations on both the past and the present. They will find out about the Greek city states or Athens and Sparta, learn about the role of the Greek chorus and write their own songs, create their own Greek or Roman styled piece of art and find out about the effects of invasion on countries around the world.


Years 5 and 6- Autumn term- The Great, The Bold and The Brave 1

Years 5 and 6- Autumn term- The Great, The Bold and The Brave 2


Spring term- Space Explorers

This topic gives the children a chance to learn more about space and astronomy. They will make pinhole viewers to record the size of the sun and the moon, find out about nebulae and how they can capture their shape, colour and patterns in art, find out about the technology that is being used to explore Mars, find out about the International Space Station (ISS) and find out about what people used to think about the Earth, Sun and Moon in the past. They will also be enjoying a trip to the National Space Centre and a visit from the planetarium.


Years 5 and 6- Spring term- Space Explorers 1

Years 5 and 6- Spring term- Space Explorers 2


Summer term- Active planet

In this topic, children have a chance to learn about earthquakes and volcanoes. They will find out about how the Earth is formed, about Pompeii, about hot and cold colours, what makes buildings strong, how to use different sequences of movement to show the story of volcanoes, about legends associated with volcanoes, what happens when a volcano erupts, about international organisations that work after natural disasters and how to use instruments to make sound pictures.


Years 5 and 6- Summer term- Active planet 1

Years 5 and 6- Summer term- Active planet 2

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