Year 5 Curriculum Projects

Here is an overview of all of our Year 5 curriculum projects. Although they are aimed at Year 5 children these projects are designed with differentiation in mind. The difficulty level can be increased or reduced to suit different ages or abilities making them ideal for teaching mixed or single age group classes.

Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs)

Alchemy Island

It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island!

You’ve got your map, co-ordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination!

Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin...

Main focus: Music; English.

Also covered: Computing; D&T; Geography; Science.

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

Let’s grow! A crispy carrot, a luscious lettuce or a tasty tomato. Dig deep and put your back into it, making your own tubs and planters and nurturing your greens.

After all that hard work have your fingers gone green?

Main focus: Geography; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; 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

A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks… Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out!

But I know an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly… perhaps she’ll die?

Main focus: Science; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; 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

How did it feel to work in a coal mine? How has the coal mining industry changed over the years and does it have a future? Explore these questions and more in this special project about the coal industry and its impact on the UK.

Focus: English; Art & 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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Off with Her Head!

What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad?

Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history.

Discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour – and even swifter falling of heads!

Main focus: History; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; Geography; Music; PE; PSHE.

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

Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded and deathly ‘Great Pestilence’ is here! Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to King and country!

And if you smell a rat, my friend – get out of there!

Main focus: History; English.

Also covered: Computing; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; Music; PE; Science.

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

Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?

Main focus: History; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; D&T; Geography; PSHE.

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

Roll up, roll up! You’re going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair.

Learn about the science behind roller coasters.

Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!

Main focus: Science; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; PSHE.

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

Journey through space, the final frontier... Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!

Investigate the eight planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or is there other life forms out there?

Main focus: Science; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; PE.

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

Tick, tock, tick, tock... the hands on the clock never stop. From the moment we are born, from toddler to teen, middle age to elderly, time stops for no man.

Find out what happens to our bodies and brains as we grow older, and how do we cope with these changes.

Tick, tock, tick, tock… the hands on the clock never stop!

Main focus: Art & Design; English.

Also covered: Computing; D&T; Geography; History; Mathematics; PE; PSHE; Science.

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

Fallen Fields – First World War

Known as 'the war to end all wars' the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world.

What started this global tragedy? How was a fragile peace finally achieved? Remember the heroes and heartbreak of the First World War and learn the lessons of war and peace.

Main focus: History; English

Also covered: Art & 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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