Year 5 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2021-22)

Who we are

Central idea

Discoveries can improve our knowledge

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • The solar system we live in (form).
  • How the Solar System works (function).
  • How discoveries are interconnected with our knowledge of space (connection).

Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Writing
  • Spoken
  • Language
  • Maths
  • Art
  • Computing


Children attend a space camp for the afternoon where they complete a series of activities as part of their astronaut training. In one classroom they will undergo physical training such as sit ups and press ups. The next classroom is a memory test and finally we will test their communication skills to see if they would make suitable astronauts.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Children will complete research activities about current space discoveries.

Class Stories

  • Cosmic – Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System – Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock 

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Research
  • Thinking
  • Communication

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Children will notice the change in seasons and day and night and take observations at home.  Also, they will share their space camp experience with friends and family via Class Dojo. Additionally, they will work with others to present  a stargazing episode and share on Class Dojo.

Key Vocabulary

  • Space: Terrestrial planet, Astronomical unit, Axis, Magnetic field, Geocentric,  Heliocentric, Gnomon
  • Greenwich Mean Time
  • Extravehicular activity
  • Satellite
  • Exoplanet

Career Links

  • Astronomers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Astronaut
  • Physicists
  • Producers and Directors
  • Technical Writers
  • Teacher

Sharing Success

During the term, children will be able to request a selfie of their work to be uploaded onto their Class Dojo profiles. Their space camp designs will be shared with their peers in their class and year group.


Children will be designing their own space camp which will encompass all of the discoveries they have made during the term that have improved their knowledge about space. The best design from each Year 5 class will be made into an actual space camp for the children to participate in.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • I can use dates and historical language in my work.
  • I can draw a timeline with different time periods which show how space exploration has developed over time.
  • I can use my mathematical skills to work out exact time scales and differences.
  • I can describe historical events from the different period/s of space exploration.
  • I can use a search engine using keyword searches.
  • I can capture sounds, images and video.
  • I can consider audience when editing a simple film. 
Maths (Linked to Inquiry journey)
  • I can use all four operations to solve problems involving measure using decimal notation, including scaling by simple fractions (linked to inquiry)
Maths (not linked to inquiry journey)
  • I can add 4-digit numbers with one exchange and more than one exchange
  • I can add whole numbers with more than 4 digits.
  • I can subtract 4-digit numbers with one exchange and more than one exchange
  • I can subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits.
  • I can round to estimate and approximate.
  • I can use inverse operations (addition and subtraction).
  • I can solve multi-step addition and subtraction problems.
  • I can interpret charts, read, interpret and draw line graphs.
  • I can use line graphs to solve problems.
  • I can read and interpret tables and timetables.
  • I can identify multiples, factors, common factors, prime, cube and square numbers.
  • I can multiply by 10, 100 and 1000.
Spoken Language
  • I can pose increasingly thoughtful questions to both my peers and to adults. 
  • I can Identify clearly when I’ve haven’t understood and be specific about what additional information I need.
  • I can use a range of words related to time and measure.
  • I can present information or personal feelings coherently selecting memorable details including specific vocabulary
  • I can use a growing range of vocabulary to speculate and hypothesise