Manor Field Junior School

Manor Field Junior School

Developing Confident, Responsible Learners...

 Year 4/5


Summer 2 - Arizona - wonder of the World?

Throughout the half term, the children will be investigating Arizona and making comparisons with the UK, before coming to the conclusion about whether tourists should visit Arizona. This will provide the children with a context to create an informative and persuasive leaflet about Arizona. The children will apply their knowledge of the American state to write their own factual reports and persuasive leaflet to contribute to an information board, which will be displayed for staff and parents. Furthermore, this topic will give them an opportunity to experience maps and the wider world, focusing on the physical geography of Arizona, comparing it to England. Additionally, this topic will inspire geographical enquiry and enable them to not only develop their knowledge of the world and places, but also understand the importance of tourism. They will experience physical geography first hand by carrying out fieldwork at The River Loddon in Old Basing.

There will be many opportunities for the children to be curious by asking questions, hypothesising and discussing ideas about where Arizona is and why people visit. As the children will be exploring Arizona closely, they will have ownership of the outcome and therefore be motivated to make decisions about the key questions they investigate to create their information boards.

Summer 2 Overview

Summer 2 Rationale

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Summer 1 - Viking Invasion

Throughout the half term, the children investigated the period of history when the Vikings raided and then invaded the British Isles (AD793 – 1066). They considered why the Vikings thought it was necessary to come to England and why, despite being defeated on numerous occasions, they continued to invade various parts of the British Isles before conquering it in 1066. They also considered what life would have been like for those people already living in the British Isles, what they did to defend themselves and finally what happened to allow these two communities of people to live in peace. To conclude what they have learnt, the children have written a recount about what life was like to be a Viking and shared this with the year 2's through a Viking experience day, where they were able to dress up as a Viking. 

Summer 1 Overview

Summer 1 Rationale

Summer 1 Key Questions



Spring 2 - Is this the end of the world as we know it?

This topic encouraged the children to take ownership of their impact on our planet and explore the ways that they can make a positive difference to the future of the world. During the topic, they became familiar with different species of animals that are endangered, learnt about the impact humans are having on the Earth and built an awareness of the small changes we can make that can help save our planet.  Our trip to Marwell developed pupils’ understanding of the concept of conservation and we celebrated the fantastic animals we saw through our art.  We looked at different animal and plant life cycles and the importance of these in the future sustainability of the species. To conclude our topic, the children presented information in ‘The Experience Box’ in the Mocktail Bar to inform their peers of why it is important to look after the world we live in.


Spring 2 Overview

Spring 2 Rationale

Spring 2 Key Questions


Spring 1 - Who are the rogues?

During this topic, the children explored how the choices we make in life can impact on other peoples' opinions of us. The children explored and asked questions throughout the topic about the perceptions they make and hold of others. They used poetry to build on their performance skills and the visual text Pirates! An adventure with scientists to develop their narrative writing. Throughout the topic, the children developed their confidence when speaking and performing to others. To celebrate their achievements, the children performed or presented a piece of work, chosen by them, to an audience of their peers and parents. The children created their own costumes, using wax resist art, to wear at the performance.

Spring 1 Overview

Spring 1 Rationale

Spring 1 Key Questions