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Year 5

Autumn - Brainwave

We will be learning about the brain and neuroeducational research, connecting the science of the brain to the art of learning. We will be exploring ways in which we can use our brains to learn lots of new and different things every day, enabling us to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve the way that we learn, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us. We will need to be metacognitive learners, scientists and internationally minded. How can we use our knowledge of the brain to help us improve our own learning? 

Autumn - Space Scientists

We will be learning about Earth, the planet we all call home: its relationship with the Sun and Moon; what it is made of, and how our understanding of the solar system has changed over time. Is earth the best planet for human survival? Why? We will be scientists, historians, designers and artists to understand more about the planet where we live. What do you think makes our planet special?

Spring- The Great, The Bold and The Brave

The history of western civilisation begins with the Greeks and the Romans. Their expanding empires helped to spread ideas about architecture, food, entertainment, literature, science, medicine and politics across the globe. As their empires ended, other cultures rose to prominence, absorbing and passing on their own ideas and cultures – creating the world we know today.

Spring - Roots, Shoots and Fruits

We will be learning about the life cycle of a plant following its journey from a seed to pollination, to fertilisation, to germination, to the growth and then back to seed again. We will become scientists as we investigate what plants need to grow well and the role that bees and butterflies play in plant life. As designers we will create our own devices to aid in sowing seeds in a way to support healthy growth. We will investigate questions such as:  What would happen if there were no insects in the world? What are the most important factors affecting seed germination and why do seeds need to be dispersed in different ways? 

Summer - The Holiday Show

We will be learning about our responsibilities as tourists, and the impact that our choice of holiday and travel destination can have on the human and physical environment. We will need to be geographers to compare and contrast countries as tourist destinations. What are the positive and negative impacts of tourism on different places in the world?

Summer - Being Human

We will be learning about the human body and how it works with a focus on taking care of one’s physical and mental health. We will need to be scientists as we research into the inner workings of the human body. We will also learn to be responsible for our health and wellbeing by knowing how to take care of ourselves at different stages in our lives. How does knowing your body and its inner workings help you to understand the connections between human behaviour, the choices we make and our health?