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East Sheen Primary

Upper Richmond Rd West, London, SW14 8ED

Year 5

What a year we have in store! Year 5 is an action-packed time, with so many opportunities to learn and have fun, both in and out of school.

In the Autumn Term our focus is the Vikings. We learn about where they came from, why they invaded (and then settled in) England and how far they travelled, as they explored and traded their way round the known world. From why they didn’t have horned helmets to how effective their dragon ships were; from village life to Viking burial rituals; from Odin and Thor to Leif Eriksson and King Canute: we discover what the Vikings were really like. The topic really comes to life on Viking Day where we enjoy activities and workshops, either side of a Viking feast!

The Spring Term’s topic is all about Fair Trade and through this we look at and develop our knowledge of the world and explore what impacts trade has on helping people out of poverty and into a position where they can provide for their families. We consider the benefits of Fair Trade and how we can play our part – partly through the annual Fair Trade Fortnight and other associated campaigns. The children design t-shirts in preparation for a Fair Trade fashion show that takes place at the end of term.

As summer approaches, we come closer to home and investigate our city: London. By considering the River Thames and the impact it has had, from Tudor times to present day, we look at how its people, places and buildings have both shaped and been shaped by England’s most famous river. A highlight of the topic is our trip to Hampton Court Palace where we find out about: Henry VIII and his court; visit the Tudor kitchens and Royal apartments; explore the gardens and grounds. The topic ends with a Tudor Day during which we dress up in Tudor costumes and take part in various Tudor activities – including eating many of the delights a Tudor man or woman might enjoy.