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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery

Year 5

The Curriculum and School Trips

We have lots of exciting topics planned for this year.

In the autumn term we will learn about the Victorians. We learn about aspects of Victorian history, what life was like for a Victorian child both in school and in the workplace. We will also learn about Local History (Sheffield) and write stories based on this genre.

In the spring term our topic will be Brazil. We will focus on the rainforest, habitats and what life is like for local people. We will also be learning about Space and about the relative movement, shapes and sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon-the Solar System and human exploration of space.

Some of the websites below may help with children's research:

During the summer term we will be finding out about the Romans. We will also link the Ancient World with the modern, when we make a comparison with life in Rome today. Our final focus is upon the achievements of the early civilisations and the Mayans.

Along with our leading topics we also have some fantastic science units and will be learning about forces, properties of materials, changes of materials, living things and animals, including humans.

Special Events

Autumn term

In November the Year 5 children had the opportunity to put their learning into practice with a trip based on life as a Victorian child in the workhouse. Photos are available in the galleries section.


Spring term

Linked to our topic on Earth and Space the children will have the chance to visit the Space Centre in Leicester in March.

The children will have the opportunity find out everything they need to know about Space including: how Stars are formed, what is gravity like on other planets and what is it like to be an Astronaut. As part of our visit we will also have a Planetarium Show included. In the 360 degree Planetarium we will experience one of the amazing shows all about Space and finally complete an interactive workshop.

January 2020

As part of our literacy work we have been reading 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell about four children who had an aircraft accident and got stranded in the Amazon Jungle. The book tells a story about how these four kids survived in the jungle. In class we built shelters, like the children in the books,  and wrote adverts to sell them.

Please see the galleries section to view more photos of our day.

Amazon ShelterAmazon Shelter

Curriulum Matters

Year 5 Curriculum Matters Autumn 2 2019

Year 5 Curriculum Matters Spring 1 2020


Summer term

To launch our Roman Topic the children will have the chance to become a Roman for a whole day.

Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in Roman activities and dress up as a Roman character, even the teachers!

During the year there will be lots of other special events such as Science Week, Sports Week, our residential visit to Mount Cook (1st-3rd June) and much more which will all help to make this a very exciting year.