Year 5 – What am I learning now? (Term 3 2022-23)

How the World Works

Central idea

Human invention can impact the availability of resources.

Lines of Inquiry – an inquiry into

  • The reasons for water scarcity (causation)
  • The quantity and quality of water is dependent upon locality (connection)
  • How humans can impact water usage now and in the future (responsibility)

Subject Focus

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Art
  • DT
  • Music
  • Computing 


All pupils will have a bottle of water each and they will need to think about the importance of the water over the day. They will need to think about whether they wash their hands, prepare food, water plants etc. Once the water is gone, it’s gone!

Home Learning Opportunities

Children will keep a record of how much water they use at home. Pupils will reflect on their water usage as the term goes on and take action to become more sustainable.

Class Novel

  • Song of the Dolphin Boy – Elizabeth Laird

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Thinking Skills
  • Research Skills 
  • Social Skills

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Sharing resources (water). Seeing the world from others point of view who are less fortunate (empathy). Being fair and making the correct moral choices (sustainability).

Key Vocabulary

Commodity, sustainable, scarcity, fair, irrigation, agriculture, filter, hygiene, sanitary, location, hemisphere, states of matter, solid, liquid, gas, dissolve.

Career Links

We are…

  • Inventors
  • Politicians
  • Water Efficiency Analysts

Sharing Success

During the term, children will be able to request a selfie of their work to be uploaded onto their Class Dojo profiles. Home learning and actions will be shared with peers and promoted on school displays to promote sustainability and encourage others to take action actions.


Pupils will attempt to create a world changing invention that will either save or purify water. Children will reflect on their water consumption at home and make adaptations to the way they live as well as encourage family members to do the same.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Writing a formal letter, narrative, comparative text and persuasive writing
  • Use formal/informal language
  • Convert nouns and adjectives into verbs using suffixes? E.g -ate, -ise, -ify
  • Use comparatives and superlatives
  • Indicate degrees of possibility using adverbs or modal verbs
  • Begin to use commas for parenthesis
  • Use of commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity
  • Identify active and passive verbs and active/ passive voice
  • Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling
  • Understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically
  • Use my reading skills in a range of contexts.
  • Use a growing range of vocabulary
  • Experiment with different artist styles
  • Experiment with water colours paints
  • Artist of the Term: Banksy
  • Find possible answers to my own geographical questions
  • Explain why water is such a valuable commodity
  • Explain the human causes and impacts of water scarcity
  • Discuss what a place might be like in the future, taking account of issues impacting on human features
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate to create a product with a purpose
  • Explore properties and changing materials
  • Work scientifically to carry out a fair test
  • Use instant messaging and video chats to communicate with others
  • Search for information about an individual online
  • Explore how information about anyone online can be used by others to make judgements about an individual and why these may be incorrect
  • Look at the impact Vikings had on Britain.
  • Exploring ‘God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?’
  • Explain about the music of an early opera.
  • Developing fundamental skills, OAA and Kwik Cricket.
  • Learn about keeping healthy.