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 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 'Billionaire Boy' by David Walliams. 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. 

Curriculum matters Autumn 1