Frizinghall Primary School

Frizinghall Primary School

Year 5 Spring 1 Theme


Dear Parents/Carers


Our next theme unit is the Wonders of Ancient Egypt! This will allow the children to learn about the fascinating history of the Egyptian culture from the hieroglyphs, the process of mummification, the use and purpose of make-up and jewellery to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Egyptian Pyramids!


This unit will allow the children to develop their geographical skills locating Egypt, its neighbours and geologically unique features, such as the River Nile. The children will use traditional and digital maps to study the area of the world where Egypt is located.


Studying Ancient Egypt will allow the children to explore the rich history of that period in human history. Children will learn where the Egyptians ‘fit in’ chronologically in history, securing their knowledge and understanding of world history and how their achievements shaped the world over time. The children will see how archaeologists have pieced together the lives of Ancient Egyptians using an array of sources from hieroglyphs; Howard Carter and burial sites, which of course include the pyramids!


Our new unit also includes, and builds on, our recent science work on forces. Excitingly, we are inviting parents into school during our science week (the week of 9th of March) to help their children create pulleys and levers, so that the children better understand how the pyramids were built. This will incorporate designing and evaluating our designs for moving heavy objects using pulleys and levers. Please look out for more details on this towards the end of February!


We will also explore Ancient Egypt through the arts. We will use art and dance to learn more about hieroglyphics by ‘Dancing like an Egyptian,’ and sculpting scarabs out of clay.


Our oracy work will focus on participating in discussions, presentations, role-play and debates. This work will focus on Howard Carter and relaying research they have learnt on topics such as the River Nile and other aspects of Egyptian life.


We will also be going on our residential trip to Kingswood Peak Ventures at the end of the term.


In English, we will be writing a non-chronological report and an adventure story based the Secrets of Sun King.


In Maths, we will be learning about fractions. Fractions are an important but challenging aspect of maths. This will include comparing and ordering fractions. To identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction. Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and to convert from one form to the other and to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number.


We will continue our RE unit ‘Pilgrimages,’ which will last the remainder of the term, as will our computing lessons, where will continue our topic on  digital media.


On Monday mornings, the boy will begin their swimming lessons and girls will start PE and French (Dans l’école and Mon Monde).


Helping at home:

As well as ensuring that your child completes their weekly homework, you could:

  • Research space and space travel on the internet or at the library.
  • Use Purple Mash to explore coding in 2code.
  • Use Purple Mash to explore the topics on aliens, space and forces.
  • Take a family trip the Science and Media Museum – it is well worth a trip and entry is free.
  • Why not take a look at the following websites:


If you have any questions or would like to help, please call in to see us.

Miss Wetherall, Mr Palmer and Mr Flynn