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Year 5

Autumn 1 - Great, Bold, Brave

The history of western civilisation begins with the Greeks and the Romans. Their expanding empires helped to spread ideas about architecture, food, entertainment, literature, science, medicine and politics across the globe. As their empires ended, other cultures rose to prominence, absorbing and passing on their own ideas and cultures – creating the world we know today.

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Autumn 2 - AD900

What holds an empire together? Perhaps it is faith – a belief in a single god or many different gods. Perhaps it is dependency – a need to work together and to help one another. Or perhaps it is leadership – strong individuals whose power and wisdom are admired. These bonds help to make empires strong. But the bigger they become, the more difficult they are to hold together...

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Spring - Mission to Mars

One day, humans may need to leave Earth and settle on another planet. Mars is our most likely destination – a world that we believe once harboured life and, with our intervention, may do so again in the future.

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Summer 1 - Weather and Climate

Differences in weather and climate affect our lives and our lifestyles. We cannot control our weather and climate, but they can control us - influencing where we live, what we can do, what we wear, even what we eat! In this unit we will be finding out about the differences between weather and climate, and the important role they play in the lives of everyone on the planet.

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Summer 2 - Going Global

At a time when transport and communication can connect the world in more ways than ever before, what we buy and what we consume can have a profound impact on the lives and societies of people around the world. To be a global citizen is to become a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Each of us has a responsibility to the communities of which we are a part – to respect each other’s cultures and needs, to support one another and ensure that we work together locally, nationally and globally.

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