Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Creating a community with open hearts and open minds

Ryland Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 3NE



Term 6: What is the significance of our counties?

Golden Thread: Ambition and Aspiration

Big Idea: Sustainability, Similarities and Differences

Theme Overview

Science: Life Cycles - Knowledge Organiser

Geography: Counties of the UK - Knowledge Organiser

PE Days this term: Mondays and Wednesdays (please send your child into school in their PE kit).

Class Novel(s): Phoenix by S. F. Said and Wonder by R.J. Palacio


This term, Year 5 will be researching and exploring the geography and counties of the United Kingdom. They will have the opportunity to produce an independent project based on their research of their chosen county by looking into its major cities, famous landmarks, agriculture and history. The children will also use the intricate map skills gained in our geography learning this term to explore maps of the United Kingdom and their chosen county. Alongside this, we will focus on the agriculture and wildlife of the United Kingdom to support our learning of Living Things and their Habitats in Science.

Term 5: What are the wonders of the universe?

Golden Thread: Ambition and Aspiration

Big Idea: Beauty

Theme Overview

Science: Earth and Space - Knowledge Organiser

PE Days this term: Mondays and Tuesdays (please send your child into school in their PE kit).

Class Novel(s): Phoenix by S. F. Said


This term, the children will be exploring the many fascinating elements of our planet, the 8 planets of solar system (Pluto was reclassified as a ‘Dwarf Planet’ in 2006) and our moon. They will be introduced to why we have day and night, how the planets orbit the sun and how moons orbit their planets. The children will also explore how the ideas about the solar system have developed through history, understanding how the geocentric model gave way to the heliocentric model by considering the work of scientists: Ptolemy and Copernicus.

Key Date: Wednesday 19th May 2022 - the Planetarium comes to school!

Term 4: What are the causes and consequences of earthquakes?

Golden Thread: Change and Continuity

Big Idea: Consequences, Similarities and Differences

Theme Overview

Geography: Earthquakes Knowledge Organiser

Class Novel(s): The Hobbit


This term, Year 5 will explore the science and geography behind… EARTHQUAKES! We will look at the significance of the Earth’s structure in causing the movement of tectonic plates and seismic waves. This theme of learning will expand across the curriculum, and we will be writing non-fiction and narrative texts relating to earthquakes in English and exploring Richter scales through our learning of decimals in Maths.

Tudor rose - WikipediaTerm 3: What is the legacy of the Tudors? Tudor rose - Wikipedia

Golden Thread: Change and Continuity

Big Idea: Legacy, Power, Consequences

Theme Overview

History: Tudors Knowledge Organiser

Science: Forces Knowledge Organiser

Class Novel(s): My Friend, Walter by Michael Morpurgo and The Diver's Daughter by Patrice Lawrence


This term, Year 5 will be immersed in the significant historical events of Tudor England. We will be exploring the breadth of Tudor history, starting with how the period began with the unification of the Houses of York and Lancaster in 1485, right up until the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.

We will discover all there is to know about the renowned King Henry VIII and what really happened to all of those wives of his!

Looking through the lens of our Golden Thread and Big Idea this term, we will discuss and evaluate the significance of the Tudor period in relation to the impact it has had on the England of today.

If any ruling family could argue their legacy - there’s no dispute; the Tudors certainly left one behind…

Term 2: What can we learn from a World at War?

Golden Thread: Equality and Diversity

Big Idea: Power, Consequences, Community

Theme Overview

History: World at War Knowledge Organiser

Science: Properties of Materials Knowledge Organiser

Novel Study: Goodnight Mister Tom, by Michelle Magorian


This term, Year 5 will explore the historical significance of World War I and World War II. They will immerse themselves in understanding what it was like to be a solider during wartime, as well as understand what life was like for those on the Home Front. Through their analysis and exploration of numerous historical sources, the children will have a greater understanding what it was like to be evacuated, to ‘Dig for Victory’, to ‘Make do and Mend’ and to fight for King and country.

Term 1: What does it mean to 'Fight for your Right'?

Golden Thread: Equality and Diversity

Big Idea: Protest, Prejudice, Discrimination

Theme Overview

History: Fight for your Right Knowledge Organiser

Science: Properties of Materials Knowledge Organiser

Class Novel: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling

This term, the children will be immersed in the British and American protest history. They will learn about the Suffrage movement of the early 20th century, as well as the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century and how both of these movements have had an everlasting impact on the world we live in today. The children will also have the opportunity to consider and discuss how these movements echo in today’s society and how the themes of these social histories can be seen in modern day protest movements.

Arts Week: Exploring the styles and techniques of Banksy to convey our own messages to society

Year 5 at Dunholme is full of fun and excitement! Take a look...

Click here to view Amelia's amazing eBook Project about her Great Grandad in the war: 


P.E. Kits 

Please can you ensure PE kits are WORN into school on our allocated P.E. Days. This kit should be appropriate for outdoor P.E. and should include appropriate outdoor footwear. 

An outdoor PE Kit of school colours, including an appropriate sweatshirt, t-shirt and either shorts or jogging/tracksuit bottoms should be worn into school during PE days.


  Reading is an integral part of the primary curriculum so please ensure you are reading every day and recording it on your Reading Record Bookmark. 

Guidance on How to Use the Reading Record Bookmark

Take a look at the Year 5 Recommended Reading List for ideas on age appropriate texts!



 Spellings will be given on the Friday of each week and will be tested on the following Friday. 

Alongside this, we will also be focusing on our statutory spelling list for Years 5 and 6 this year, so each child will be given 20 spellings from this list per term and 5 extra from the Year 3/4 list and will then be tested at the end of that term. Please ensure that the weekly spelling rule, the 6 weekly spellings and the 25 termly spellings are being practised regularly.

It is also important that children know the meaning of the words they are learning to spell... as we might ask you to put one into a sentence!




Everyone will be given homework on the Friday of each week, which will be due on the following Thursday. Children will be given:

  • a Maths task, which links to their learning from that week.
  • a Grammar task linking to the skills we have focused on in that week. 

Please make sure that if you are struggling with your homework, you come and see Miss. Tingle or Mrs. Calvert as soon as you can!

Key Documents and Helpful Websites


Here are some handy websites for you to look at at home to help you with your learning. If you find any others, let me know!