This year we will continue to follow the exciting Inspire curriculum. Our topics cover English, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music. There are 9 topics that we look at over the year in Year 5:
The Space Race
The Circle of Life
The Point of no Return
The Empire Strikes Back
The Voyage of Lifetime
Our topics in the Summer term shall be: Mayancraft, The Empire Strikes Back and The Voyage of a Lifetime.
In this unit, we will be looking at the Ancient Mayan civilisation; when and how they lived as well as studying their artwork. We will be thinking about how many of the things that we still learn in school had their origins in Mayan civilisation. We shall be looking at their innovative, sustainable farming techniques and considering how we could use them today.
The children will study Mayan ritual music during the first term, examining how they would chant and dance in different ways. They will then compare this to similar “ritual” songs in modern society.
Finally, we will be looking at the ways their lives are different to our lives nowadays, but how some of our items and systems were created by the Mayans. Yes... this will include chocolate!
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
As part of this unit, we will examine the formation of the British Commonwealth and locate the different countries on globes, maps and atlases. We shall look at their climates, terrain and exports. We shall discuss how the Commonwealth was developed after the end of the British Empire, as well as designing stamps as part of our artwork. We will also discuss the Commonwealth Games, and how the games have changed over the years , incorporating several different cultures.
During this unit, we will also look at the structure of modern pop songs through the Commonwealth song “Sing.”
THE VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME
In this unit we will continue to use the geographical skills developed in the previous unit to explore using maps, atlases and globes.
We will compare two locations: The Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Grampian Mountains in Scotland. We shall be examining the physical processes behind them, the environments they created and the problems that pioneers faced when crossing such inhospitable terrain. We will also be comparing them to different mountain ranges around the world. The children will discuss what the rocks are made of, looking at the hardness of them and how their properties differ from one to the next.
They will also be singing several traditional American songs as part of an ensemble.
As part of our Art, we will look at different Navajo designs, exploring the weaving they used to create different rugs.