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During the autumn term, Year 5 begin by taking a journey through the Middle Ages and looking at the impact of the bubonic plague on society through the medieval years. Peasants, Plague and Pong proves popular with the children, with them enjoying some of the more gruesome aspects of history. Geoffrey Chaucer and his Canterbury Tales are used in English to broaden the children’s literacy skills and arouse their interest in some of the most influential writers in English history.

Moving into the spring term, the children take a step forward in history to study the Tudors and focus on their impact in the development of our local area. We look at Shakespeare, study the influence he had on the English language and use him to influence own work.

Finally, in the summer term the children end the year by studying the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. Throughout the year, their learning takes place using cross-curricular links throughout all subjects to deeply immerse them within their learning. In addition to their historical topics the children also cover a vast range of other areas from rivers and volcanoes in geography, to living things, reproduction and space in science.

In addition to all of this exciting and engaging learning, Year 5 are a busy year group outside of the classroom too! Each half term, every child is given the opportunity to take part in the Trustlinks Growing Together project, where they use outdoor learning to inspire the curriculum. They grow their own vegetables, make a variety of food and partake in learning activities outside.

Finally, Thriftwood Scout Camp hosts Year 5 for two nights of camping and three full days of activities including team building exercises, outdoor challenges as well as developing confidence and social skills, ready to take them into Year 6!



Mrs R Bailey

5B - Class Teacher

Mrs C Witt & Mrs E Vine

5VW - Class Teachers

Mrs A Johnson & Mrs P Kipling


January 17, 2020

December 13, 2019

December 6, 2019

November 25, 2019

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