Year 5 - Spring 1

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Curriculum Overview

Unit Overview

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.

During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape.

At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth? Finally, we’ll invite you to our ‘Visitors’ centre’ and share our knowledge with you.


We will be launching our very own rocket!


Children will present their learning through an 'expert lecture' at the end of the unit.


The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.

The unit will be enhanced through Design Technology.


The class will be reading Cosmic by Frank Cottrall-Boyce.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing descriptions of aliens and writing sci-fi stories.


In this unit of work we will be using the outdoor space to draw scaled versions of the Sun and the planets. We will also use the playground to launch our rockets.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Select increasingly appropriate vocabulary and sentence structures for the genre of writing. (Writing)
  2. Use relevant scientific vocabulary to report on their findings, answer questions and justify their conclusions based on evidence collected, identify improvements, further questions and predictions.
  3. Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies and use this knowledge to understand the phases of the Moon and eclipses.
  4. Use the idea of Earth's rotation to explain day and night, and the Sun's apparent movement across the sky.
  5. Describe or model the movement of the Moon relative to Earth.
  6. Describe or model the movement of the planets in our Solar System, including Earth, relative to the Sun.
  7. Take increasingly accurate measurements, in standard units, using a range of chosen equipment.
  8. Explain that objects fall to Earth due to the force of gravity.
  9. Plan and carry out a range of enquiries, including writing methods, identifying variables and making predictions based on prior knowledge and understanding.
  10. Within a group, decide which observations to make, when and for how long, and make systematic and careful observations, using them to make comparisons, identify changes, classify and make links between cause and effect.
  11. Gather and record data and results of increasing complexity, selecting from a range of methods (scientific diagrams, labels, classification keys, tables, graphs and models).
  12. Explain why an aspect of world history is significant. (History)
  13. Analyse and compare a place or places using aerial photographs. atlases and maps. (Geography)
  14. Describe, using evidence from comparative or fair tests, why a material has been chosen for a specific use.
  15. Explain how the design of a product has been influenced by the culture or society in which it was designed or made.
  16. Identify, demonstrate and compare reversible and irreversible changes.