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Curriculum Planning - Spring Term 2016


‘Is It Ever Right to Break the Rules?’- this question is the title of our Project this term. In Year 5, we have been looking at rule breaking and famous rule breakers. We started by exploring what rules are and how they are made: from rules within school, to our local area, to nationally and then internationally. We then moved on to looking at famous rule breakers from the past. These include Emily Wilding Davison, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Guy Fawkes and Nelson Mandela.

Our minds were filled with a mixture of passion, curiosity and wonder as we learnt more about why these famous rule breakers broke the rules. It was important for us to understand not only the importance of why rules are created, but also why, sometimes, they are and can be broken. We have made links to our current state of the world and explored how people make their voices heard and stand up for their rights- with or without breaking the rules.

Follow our hashtag #CJSSpeaksUp on Twitter and join us on Wednesday 15th March at 3.00pm to find out more about our journey through this Project!


The Year 5 team.



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Year 5 - Curriculum Planning - Autumn Term 2016

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Project title: What is a treasure?


Teachers: Miss Abdulla, Mrs O’Flynn/Mrs Deacon, Miss Bradley, Miss Qureshi, Miss Sharma


Year group: 5


Key subject foci for the project: English, PSHE, Geography


Essential questions (should inspire, require serious research, relate to real world issues)

* What is treasure to you?

* What do you value?

* Why is your treasure of value to you?

* What is treasure to a child in Malawi?


Project summary:


* Children will be investigating what treasure is – gems, toys, food, water, sight etc.  Investigate how treasure is perceived by the children and other people (compare and contrast). Introduce the country of Malawi and begin to investigate the population of the country, its capital, temperatures (focusing on Geographical features of the country). Children will present what they have found and jigsaw their information. This will lead us to compare treasure for our children to children in Africa. We will link the school with the charity Love Support Unite and invite a representative from the charity to introduce what they do. This will then be reinforced by the volunteer staff who visited Malawi. The children will experience life without water (with a link to Severn Trent to understand how precious our water is), learn about the school Mkhunku and about the small loans project. After a having a deeper understanding of each area (water, education and money) the children will decide which ‘treasure’ is the most important and they will create a persuasive speech to be presented at the exhibition. The audience will then give money to the charity that they feel needs the support the most according to how persuasive the children’s speeches are. 

Launch :

* Chalk talk- children to view a selection of items to decide what they have in common?  Selection of ‘treasure’ on display ranging from rice to gold – children generate questions and links from the experience. 



Final Outcome: What is the product (create, do, write, build, including opportunities to exhibit work and presentations of learning.)

* The final outcome will be a charity campaign persuading people to support their ‘treasure’ (water, education, money) including speeches and posters. 



* A charity ball to be held in the hall (in the evening preferably) with speeches and a black tie event with raffles and prizes, all raising money for Love Support Unite.