Year 5 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2022-23)

Where we are in place and time

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 will be making 3D model solar systems as part of their provocation. We will look at the order of the planets which will lead into how the solar system works.

Home Learning Opportunities

Children will complete research activities about current space discoveries.

Class Stories

  • The Jamie Drake Equation – Christopher Edge
  • 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

  • Writing a non chronological report, biography and narrative.
  • Create cohesion by linking paragraphs
  • Use figurative language in standard form
  • Use inverted commas to punctuate dialogue.
  • Write using past/ present/ future tense.
  • Use modal verbs
  • Planning and draft before writing.
  • Use dialogue to indicate character and event
  • Describe characters, settings and plot
  • Summarise a piece of writing
  • Spell words with the full range of suffixes and prefixes
  • Develop a style for speed and using pen breaks.
  • Using my reading skills in a range of different contexts.
  • Pose questions to my peers
  • Identify when additional information is required
  • Use a growing range of vocabulary
  • Import and present images using IT
  • Experiment with different artist styles
  • Experiment with acrylic paint to create textures, mood and expression.
  • Artist of the Term: Peter Thorpe
  • Use linear and area measurements on a digital map
  • Name/ locate rivers and Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn
  • Make a product that looks at how to strengthen and reinforce a 3D framework
  • Make a product that includes an electrical circuit
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate
  • Explore Alhazen
  • Describe and explain the movement of the sun, moons and planets
  • Explain how seasons are created
  • Research and construct shadow clocks and sundials
  • Use presentational skills to create an information poster including sounds, images, videos.
  • Use the word count tool and presentational devices such as bullet points and numbering.
  • Explore online bullying, its affects and how to report it.
  • Explore online relationships and recognising strangers.
  • Appreciate  how historical events have shaped our country today. 
  • Understand how crime and punishment have changed over the years.
  • Research the life of one person who has influenced how Britain is divided.
  • Know about and understand why people believe in God.
  • Listen to music, learning about texture, whole tone scale and melodic ostinato
  • Perform a rap using texture
  • Create a musical background for a song
  • Developing Fundamental Skills, Dance, Gymnastics.
  • Learn about types of relationships.