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In the spring term our theme is geography centred.  We will be looking at the continent of North America, its varied landscape and its animal life.  

Locational knowledge

We will locate the continent and countries of North America and identify its place in the world using maps.  We will explore environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics and major cities.                         

Place Knowledge    

We will understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom (Hampshire) a region in a European country (Normandy) – linked to D-Day landings and VE day -, and a region within North America.                                                                      

Human and Physical geography                

We will explore the physical and human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources.          Geographical skills and fieldwork                                                                               We will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.                                                                                                     We will use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps).                                                                We will use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.


We will be reading the novel Holes by Louis Sachar and our writing will be inspired by the events, characters and situations within it.  


We are studying Earth and Space this half term and Forces next half term.


We will be cooking a range of recipes throughout the term and discussing seasonalilty.


We will be researching Native American artwork and painting in a similar style and we will be making a collage of a North American landscape after drawing it.  


We will continue to extend our mathematical strategies to solve problems and reason.  

Our theme for the autumn term in year 5 is "Rich and Poor". We will be learning how society has changed since the Bronze age up to the present age with a focus on the Victorians. We will be visiting Fareham town centre and Westbury Manor Museum to help us with our learning and will also be dressing up as Victorians later in the term! On this day (28th November), parents are invited in to see your child's work and hear what we have been learning in music.


Our 1st class novel this term is "Street Child" by Berlie Doherty which is a great tale of a Victorian boy trying to escape poverty. Later in the term we will be reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.


In science we will be learning how we change from babies to old age and about life cycles of humans, animals and plants.


Year 5 Curriculum Document