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Tyndale Primary School

Year 5

Pharaohs, Tombs and Mummies 

Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.

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Is it a common mistake to call the ancient Egyptian civilization the  Pharaonic civilization? - EgyptToday

Planetary Pioneers 

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape.

Our knowledge organisers show the children the content, facts and vocabulary within their topic and are used throughout to guide learning. 

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The Smallest Planet and Largest Planet in the Solar System - Sky & Telescope

Critters 

Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods. Minibeasts come in all shapes and sizes! This half term, we’ll handle a range of minibeasts and small creatures. Taking photographs, making notes and listening carefully to expert explanations will help us to understand how minibeasts move, what they eat and where they live. Using what we’ve learned, we’ll write an interesting minibeast report. In science, we’ll learn how to categorise minibeasts and investigate woodlice habitats. We’ll make detailed drawings of our minibeasts, present data about them and make maps to show the route of our minibeast hunt. Using wood, stones, garden canes and other natural materials, we’ll create ‘minibeast hotels’ and write adverts to attract minibeasts to stay in them. We’ll create a comic about deadly creatures and use interesting vocabulary to write minibeast poems. Minibeasts’ homes and their life cycles will amaze us and we’ll watch the fascinating process of stick insects hatching.

Our knowledge organisers show the children the content, facts and vocabulary within their topic and are used throughout to guide learning. 

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insect - Insect fossil record | Britannica

The Mystery on Sorcerer's Shores 

We’re going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Sorcerer’s Shores. This half term, a mysterious visitor will arrive to present us with artefacts from the island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story openings. We’ll manipulate digital photographs, adding fantastical special effects. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Sorcerer’s Shores, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write soliloquies and poems inspired by the island’s magical powers and dramatic landscape. The coding programme Scratch will help us to plot and correct errors in our route, and we’ll use technology to create beautiful digital images. We’ll compose raps and use sound effects and mood music to reflect the atmosphere on Sorcerer’s Shores.

Our knowledge organisers show the children the content, facts and vocabulary within their topic and are used throughout to guide learning. 

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The Landscape of Pandora - The World of Avatar - Photo 1 of 28

Six! 

What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad? Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history. Discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour – and even swifter falling of heads. Develop you painting skills in miniature, solve riddles and remember to protect your precious neck with a large white ruff – if you want to survive at Tudor Court! Flex your detective muscles and become a criminal investigator! Will you find out the facts or will the evidence from the past bemuse you? How will you find the accused – Innocent or guilty? It’s your turn to take part in one of the most famous trials the world has ever known.

Our knowledge organisers show the children the content, facts and vocabulary within their topic and are used throughout to guide learning. 

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The six wives of Henry VIII by LadyEmilyStrange on DeviantArt

Scream If You Wanna Go Faster! 

Roll up, roll up! We’re going on a day trip to a theme park! This half term, we’ll write poems to capture the excitement of riding a roller coaster and investigate the wonders of centripetal force. After carrying out fair tests to investigate the materials used to make roller coasters, we’ll create prototype rides of our own. Let’s hope we choose the right materials! In our computing work, we’ll upload photographs of rides and examine online theme park maps. Then, we’ll use advanced techniques and commands to search for information on the internet. In English, we’ll write stories, signs and emails about theme parks and investigate forces by making a ride. We’ll design a roller coaster using software such as Scratch and look at online advertising.

Our knowledge organisers show the children the content, facts and vocabulary within their topic and are used throughout to guide learning. 

Please click here to view the 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster!' Knowledge Organiser.

Roller Coasters and Placental Abruption