St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Trusting in God; Creating Tomorrow; Helping Today

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Autumn Term 1 - Pharaohs


Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Learn about the preparation of a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?


Our topic this term is called ‘Pharaohs’ and will focus on the study of Ancient Egypt. The children will find out about Howard Carter and his famous discovery, what the role of the Pharaoh was, about the process of mummification and they will discover why the River Nile was important to the Ancient Egyptians.


We all had a fantastic launch day to kick off our topic. The children came dressed in the theme of Ancient Egypt. We had pharaohs, mummies and gods. Some children came with some Anicent Egyptian jewellery too.


During the day, Year 5 took part in many different activities to engage them with their learning. The children took part in a mummification experiment which involved apples. They wrote in hieroglyphs on papyrus. They spent some time preparing and cooking some Egyptian foods. Along with these, there were several other activities that the children completed.




We have had some wonderful topic homework already this term. I cannot wait to see what else arrives in school!




We have added a timeline above our topic display. This timeline includes all the periods of history that Year 5 have learnt about in previous years and the historical periods that will be taught this year.



Our topic in RE is 'Ourselves'. We will be learning about how all people are called by God to be special, the qualities God gave us and how we can appreciate the differences between all people.



We have a wonderful new reading area based on the book 'The Jungle Book'. There are a variety of different books in the reading area and an opportunity for book reviews and recommendations.


We also have an Author of the Term. This term the author is Enid Blyton. We have a selection of different books to read and recommend to others. I am excited to see some of the Enid Blyton books that are brought in from home.

Curriculum matters Autumn 1