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Kings Worthy Primary School

Y5 Summer 1 2024

Our first topic in the Summer term will be 'Marvellous Mayans'. This will be a historical study of the Mayan period in Mesoamerica, which spanned over 3,000 years.

History - Ancient Mayans:

  • Who were the Maya? When and where did they live?
  • What was everyday life like for the Maya?
  • What did the Maya believe in and were they actually civilised?
  • What was happening in Britain during the same period?
  • Was life better for the Maya or the Anglo-Saxons?
  • What happened to the Maya, and why did they mysteriously disappear?

Science - Animals including Humans:

  • Learning about the gestation periods of different animals and considering why some may be longer than others.
  • Describe how humans change as we grow into old age.
  • Exploring foetal development and how we change as we grow older.
  • We will also be understanding the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty. 


  • Interpreting and exploring the poetry of Lewis Carroll (the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and writing ‘nonsense’ poetry based on the work of Joseph Coelho.
  • We will also be writing a Horrible Histories information page about the Maya based on our own research in History and Computing lessons.
  • Our English will focus on embedding Year 5 grammar, spelling and punctuation aims such as semicolons, fronted adverbials, parenthesis and relative clauses.


  • Shape: understanding properties of 2D and 3D shapes, including different triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons. Being able to recognise a 3D shape from the net of this shape, describing faces and vertices.
  • Position and direction: translations on a grid using coordinates, reflecting a shape through a line of refection and describing these changes using coordinates on a grid understanding the position of verticies.
  • Decimals: understanding addition and subtraction with decimals up to 3 decimal places, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 in decimal places through digit shifting.


  • We will be making our own professional presentations about the life and times of the Ancient Maya, using PowerPoint and specific learnt skills including transitions and animation.
  • E-safety: Children will learn how to cite a website from research about the Ancient Maya.

DT - Seasonality:

  • Design and create our own cheese scones using seasonal produce we have tasted and prepared. Year 6 will vote on their favourite which we will sell at the PTFA Summer Fête.

Music - Dance Music:

  • Recognising and creating looped rhythms within dance music using percussion, back-beats and computer programming.


  • Our PE days will continue to be on a Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor).
  • Indoor: Athletics.
  • Outdoor: Cricket

RE - Sacred Place:

  • Exploring sacred places, specifically places of worship, and how these are important to Buddhists and the wider community.
  • Describing how sacred places can affect their own and others lives.

PSHE - Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco:

  • How are we influenced by the media, and how can the media influence the use of drugs and alcohol?
  • What are the risks associated with smoking and the use of alcohol and other drugs?