Year 5 Autumn Term

Groundbreaking Greeks - Autumn 1
(Ancient Greeks)

The topic will start with a range of fun and hands on activities: using the Greek alphabet to write their own name, designing a Greek vase, matching information cards –mythical creatures, ancient Greek word search, use QR codes and find 10 facts about ancient Greeks.


Children will locate Greece on a world map, make a simple sketch map, identifying features such as islands, seas and mountains. In history, children will identify key events that happened during the Ancient Greek period. They will understand and identify democracy/dictatorship in Athens and Sparta. 

They will learn that children have not always had the same rights as they do today. At the start of each academic year we create new class charters, which is a set of expectations or promises that children and teachers have agreed on. They are created to help children understand that they have certain rights in the classroom. These rights are important, as they help to keep them safe and happy while they receive their education. Class charters also help children to develop a sense of responsibility, as they have to do their part in keeping the classroom fair for everyone.
By the end of this topic the pupils will know about the developments and changes over six periods of ancient Greek history, focusing on the city state of Athens in the Classical age, and exploring the lasting legacy of ancient Greece.
In science, pupils will look at forces. They will explore falling objects and raise questions about the effects of air resistance. They will discover the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes and sycamore seeds fall. They will experience forces that make things begin to move, get faster or slow down. Pupils will experience the effects of friction on movement and find out how it slows or stops moving objects. we will explore the effects of levers, pulleys and simple machines on movement.
By the end of this science topic, pupils will be able to explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object, identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces, recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.