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Year 5 curriculum

 Autumn - Can the earth shake rattle and roll?

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and understand the key aspects of volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Understand that the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes follows a pattern Learn about the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’

Skills Objectives:

Maps to locate volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide, plate (tectonic) boundaries involving maps of the world’s oceans as well as land, interactive map and satellite imagery of Ecuador.


This unit creates a good opportunity to introduce children to the main groups of rocks – sedimentary (e.g. sandstone and limestone), igneous (e.g. granite) and metamorphic (e.g. slate and schist). Discover which of these are present in your local area and visit appropriate localities. Volcanic rocks are a sub-division of igneous. Pumice stone is one light and bubbly form of volcanic lava which you may have in your bathroom. A museum with a good geological display would be worth a visit to see a wider range.

Cross-curricular opportunities:

English: reading an Earthquake short story by an Australian primary pupil; reading Willard Price’s story Volcano Adventure, learning about Greek and Roman mythology

Maths: learning about measurement of temperature and earthquake scales; using +ve and –ve and large numbers Science: learning about change of state – melting and solidification of rock (lava, magma)/heating and cooling (of water and ice for reversibility)

Art: looking at and creating paintings of volcanoes (e.g. JMW Turner, Church) Drama: dramatising a volcanic eruption with explosive movement and lava flows; performing a volcano safety drill

History: researching famous volcanic explosions of the past, including Vesuvius (Herculaneum and Pompeii)

Music: for volcanoes, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks; for earthquakes, children creating drumming music.

Spring - Where should we go on holiday?

Learning Objectives:

  • Use maps to focus on countries, cities and regions in Europe
  • Be taught to understand a region of another European country
  • Be taught to understand some of the physical and human processes that shape a region • Extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include Europe. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.

Skills Objectives:

This unit has numerous opportunities for using both physical and political maps and globes, particularly during Lesson 1. The children will use maps to locate the Alps and identify the physical features of the region. They will also use base maps to create their own maps of the region


This unit focuses on a distant location, but you could create opportunities for local fieldwork. The children could investigate the local tourist industry, and consider the impact on the region. You may also wish to compare the topography of the Alps to that of the local area, e.g. by visiting the highest local peak.

Cross-curricular links:

English: writing discussion texts on tourism in the Alps Science: learning about forces and friction in mountain formation Art & design: modelling the Alps in 3d, designing local alpine houses, designing an ec0-resort, modelling avalanche management, simulating an avalanche

Computing: creating a digital book with photos and ¬captions on mountain formations, creating mobile apps to inform tourists about the Alpine region, and their own area

Modern foreign languages: French, German and Italian are spoken in the countries studied.

Summer - What is it like in the Amazon?

Learning Objectives:

  • Extend their knowledge and understanding beyond their local area to include South America
  • Develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge Locate the world's countries using maps, and concentrate on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in South America
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computing mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Skills Objectives:

This unit has lots of opportunities for both using and creating maps at a range of scales. During this unit, children will begin with world maps, before moving on to maps of South America and Brazil. This allows them to develop their skills in locating and describing features studied.


The Amazon is a little too far for fieldwork: however, this unit does lend itself to opportunities for local area fieldwork. Children can investigate their local area, considering its change in their locality, as well as studying any protected areas using the same enquiry process as their study of the Amazon region.

Cross-curricular opportunities:

English: speaking and listening: poetry: research skills, note-taking, non- chronological reports

Maths: direction and compass points, distance

Science: habitats and adaptation, states of matter – properties of liquids

Computing: making an animation, e-safety - using the internet safely and effectively for research

History: exploration, food and farming