Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Year 5- Da Vinci

Curriculum Overview

Wider Curriculum (Project)

This term our Wider Curriculum focus is Technology, and we will be answering the question ‘can I design and build a structure using my knowledge and understanding of historical periods?’.

Through our project, the children will use their knowledge of forces and different mechanisms to overcome them to make a mechanical device which will move water inspired by the Ancient Egyptians.

Through this learning journey we will:

  • Use testing to develop ideas
  • Order events chronologically
  • Use a range of sources to find out about a historical period
  • Understand changes over time
  • Understand the importance of the River Nile
  • Understand the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians
  • Create a prototype for a component
  • Explore friction and air/water resistance
  • Create a design based on a design brief
  • Create and test a prototype
  • Create a purposeful and functional final product
  • Evaluate a product based on a design brief


Our topics this half term will be:

  • Money (composition and calculation)
  • Negative numbers (counting, comparing and calculating)
  • Multiplication and Division (short multiplication and division methods)


Our first unit this term will a narrative - based around The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore.

During this unit, we will:

  • Add phrases to make sentences more precise & detailed
  • Use similes & personification to provide description
  • Link clauses in sentences using a range of subordinating & coordinating conjunctions

Link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (e.g. later), place (e.g. nearby) and number (e.g. secondly).


In Reading, we will look at Shackleton's Journey – a non-fiction text by William Grill.

This beautifully illustrated book tells of Ernest Shackleton’s incredible expedition as he attempted to cross Antarctica. This is a story of heroism, human endurance and the value of teamwork. The text is clear and informative, but it is the artwork which dominates and allows the reader to engage with and understand Shackleton’s amazing adventures and achievements.


This term in Computing, we will be learning how to create short videos in groups. As the children progress through this unit, they will be exposed to topic-based language and develop the skills of capturing, editing, and manipulating video. At the conclusion of the unit, learners will have the opportunity to reflect on and assess their progress in creating a video.


(Health and Relationships)

In HRE we will be looking at growing and changing.

Children will learn:

About puberty:

  • Explaining the main physical and emotional changes that happen during puberty
  • Being able to ask questions about puberty with confidence

The reproduction system:

  • Understanding how puberty affects the reproductive organs
  • Describing what happens during menstruation and sperm production

Puberty help and support:

  • Explain how to keep clean during puberty
  • Explain how emotions/relationships change during puberty
  • Know how to get help and support during puberty


This term, we will continue to have Brass Lessons ran by Mr Probert. He is going to come into school once per week to begin teaching the children to read music and play a brass instrument. If instruments are taken home, please ensure that they are brought back into school every Monday morning.


Orienteering and Outdoor Adventurous Activities:

  • I can follow an orienteering activities route.
  • I can understand a map and directions.
  • I can create my own orienteering course included resources.
  • I can enjoy trying others orienteering course with others working as a team.
  • I can evaluate my course and map effectively.

Gymnastics: We will be reviewing and extending out gymnastic skills this term and continuing to sequence using the below skills:

  • I can roll, travel, jump, balance and rotate (cartwheel).
  • I can perform a backwards roll.
  • I can use the spring board.
  • I can perform basic sequences on floor and apparatus – 5 – 7 elements.
  • I can evaluate my routine and use a video to support this.

MFL – French

This terms topic is ‘On the Move’, the class will learn to develop their conversational skills via some new topics including:

  • Transport
  • Direction 
  • Movement

They will learn to conjugate the high-frequency verb ‘to go’ and use it in context.


In our RE assemblies this term, we will be exploring the big question ‘Who experiences true freedom?’.

In our RE lessons in class, we will:

  • Explain Christian beliefs about free will
  • Explain how Christian beliefs about free will affect their daily life
  • Explain Christian beliefs about sin