Year 5 Curriculum Projects

Below is a brief outline of each of our Year 5 curriculum projects. These projects help practitioners to create an engaging and creative Year 5 (or mixed age) curriculum.

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Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs)

Alchemy Island

NC topics: States of matter; Soundtracks; Composing music

Explore the mysterious sounds and hidden treasures of Alchemy Island in this pre-planned Year 5 music project. Our high-quality teaching resources help children to compose, edit and create music and develop an understanding of musical scores.

Subject focus: Music, English.

Also covered: Computing; Design and technology; Geography; Science.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Allotment

NC topics: Plants; Gardening; Nutrition; Plant life cycles; Reproduction

Develop children’s knowledge of plants, agriculture and where food comes from with our pre-planned, comprehensively resourced Year 5 geography project, Allotment. Our high-quality teaching resources help children learn about plant reproduction, cooking, nutrition and land use across the world.

Subject focus: Geography, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Computing; Design and technology; Mathematics; PSHE; Science.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Beast Creator

NC topics: Minibeasts; Food chains; Habitats

Develop children’s knowledge of living things and their habitats with our pre-planned Year 5 science project, Beast Creator. Our high-quality teaching resources help children learn about identification keys, food chains and some of the deadliest beasts on the planet.

Subject focus: Science, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Computing; Design and technology; Geography; Mathematics; PSHE.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Off with Her Head!

NC topics: Tudors; History beyond 1066

Develop children’s knowledge of the Tudor dynasty with our pre-planned and comprehensively resourced history project, Off with Her Head! Our high-quality teaching resources help children learn about Henry VIII and his marriages, life and legacy.

Subject focus: History, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Computing; Geography; Music; Physical education; PSHE.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Peasants, Princes & Pestilence

NC topics: 14th century plague; Health and hygiene; History beyond 1066

Develop children’s knowledge of 14th century England with our pre-planned Year 5 history project, Peasants, Princes and Pestilence. Our high-quality teaching resources help children learn about life in medieval times, including the effects and impact of the Black Death.

Subject focus: History, English.

Also covered: Computing; Design and technology; Geography; Mathematics; Music; Physical education; Science.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Pharaohs

NC topics: Early civilisations; Ancient Egypt

Develop children’s knowledge of ancient Egypt with our pre-planned and comprehensively resourced history project, Pharaohs. This Year 5 project and accompanying resources teach children about life on the Nile, the great pyramids and the powerful rule of the ancient pharaohs.

Subject focus: History, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Design and technology; Geography; PSHE.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Scream Machine

NC topics: Forces; Roller coaster design; Mechanisms; Fairgrounds; Materials

Use our pre-planned Year 5 science project, Scream Machine, to teach children about mechanisms and forces. Our high-quality teaching resources help children develop their knowledge about the properties of materials, pulleys and prototypes.

Subject focus: Science, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Computing; Design and technology; Geography; Mathematics; PSHE.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Stargazers

NC topics: Space; Space travel; Significant individuals

Develop children’s knowledge of the Solar System with our pre-planned and comprehensively resourced science project, Stargazers. This Year 5 project and accompanying resources teach children about the Moon, planets and significant individuals including Galileo and Newton.

Subject focus: Science, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Computing; Design and technology; Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; Physical education.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Time Traveller

NC topics: Human life cycle; Great artists

Develop children’s knowledge of human change with our pre-planned and comprehensively resourced art and design project, Time Traveller. Our high-quality teaching resources help children learn about human gestation, ageing and changes over time in the local community.

Subject focus: Art and design, English.

Also covered: Computing; Design and technology; Geography; History; Mathematics; Physical education; PSHE; Science.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Special Projects

Fallen Fields – First World War

NC topics: First World War; History beyond 1066

Develop children’s knowledge of the causes and effects of the First World War with our pre-planned and fully resourced special history project, Fallen Fields. This Year 5/6 project teaches children about significant battles, people and the impact of this devastating war.

Subject focus: History, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Computing; Geography; Music; PSHE.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Firedamp and Davy Lamps

NC topics: The Industrial Revolution; History beyond 1066

Develop children’s knowledge of the coal mining industry with our pre-planned, fully resourced Year 5/6 project, Fire Damp and Davy Lamps. It teaches children about the history of coal mining, the impact of industrial action and the legacy and future of coal mining in the UK.

Subject focus: History, English.

Also covered: Art and design; Geography; History; PSHE, Science.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Broad Oak Primary School
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Westwood Farm School
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Hockley Heath Primary School
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David Hall, Head Teacher
Brackensdale ER Junior School
“Cornerstones allows us to be creative and explore exciting themes through a robust teaching framework.”
Dominic Broad, Acting Deputy Head Teacher
Barry Island Primary School
“Cornerstones gave us all a fresh start and we've never looked back.”
Jill Bramwell, Deputy Head
Blackrod Primary School
“My daughter is totally engaged with the curriculum and coming home so happy ”
Karin, Parent of Year 5 pupil
St. Michael's RC Primary