Year 5 Curriculum


Within year 5 English children are given a wide range of opportunities to look and study at different texts and
genres both in reading and writing. The children are encouraged to discuss these texts and to express their feelings and opinions. In creative writing sessions, the children plan their work first, often sharing their ideas with others before writing. In all writing sessions, they are encouraged to then edit their own, making improvements to what they have written, before working alongside others. The children draft their work, which allows them to make any necessary changes before presenting their work. The children have opportunities to write across the curriculum where they should consider their audience and purpose for writing. Children read on a daily basis, whether individually, to a partner, in a group or to an adult. They have 15 weekly spellings, which are individual to each child, and they are tested on these each week. The children also have sessions of drama and speaking and listening, whether as part of an English lesson or in other curriculum subjects,
where they can take on roles and express themselves verbally. This may be as part of playwriting lessons.


In year 5 the children will continue building on their knowledge of the four operations using them in
problem solving within number, algebra, measures, and data handling. They learn about the relationship between different units of measures. They will use fractions and decimal notation and will investigate the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will further their understanding of time, properties of 2D and 3D shapes and coordinates. They will learn to present and interpret data in a number of different ways, including line graphs and pie charts and will use this data to calculate averages and probability. They will also be introduced to the terms ratio and proportion, angles within a circle and measuring angles.


Through the year the children will build on their knowledge of keeping healthy, the Sun, Earth and Moon, Sounds,
Plants, gases all around us and changing states. In addition they will focus on practical aspects and develop scientific skills such as observation, planning tests and fair testing, sorting and classifying, predicting and hypothesising so that children can solve problems more scientifically. Children will be are encouraged to work independently as well as in groups.

Design and Technology

We are emphasising the practical skills of technology through various projects. The children will cover differ aspects of DT throughout the year from textiles to mouldable materials and food technology. They will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate whilst learning key skills such as cutting and joining.

Information Technology

Throughout ICT the children are taught different skills and how they can be incorporated into their work. They have opportunities to make plans and maps using publisher, Using formulas in excel, using sketchUp to create 3D designs, make a virtual pet using Scratch, work together to create an advert and finally become photographers, learning how to enhance and edit photographs.


We will be studying life in Britain from 1930 to present day, including major events and personalities and the
influence they had on the world and how they have contributed to life today. We will develop the children’s understanding of chronology and importance of evidence used to explain the past. The children will also be encouraged to speak to family members about their childhood in order to get firsthand accounts of history.


We will focus on researching mountain environments, including volcanoes, naming and comparing these areas, as
well as developing vocabulary. We study London looking at how its land use has changed over the year and cover themes such as urban heat islands and the structure of cities ( CBD) A river study links to London looking at the Thames and river formations as well as comparing rivers throughout the world. The children study the local area and undertake field work over a period of weeks. The continent of Europe is covered in detail, linking to the history topic World War 2.


Throughout the year we will cover different skills in art from, including printing, collage, textiles, drawing and painting. The children will have the opportunity to explore the different media, look at work of other artists as well as expressing their own thoughts and ideas.


In class lessons the children have the opportunity to play a variety of classroom percussion instruments and learn to play in time, recall patterns, they also create sequences and combine sounds. They create music to describe pictures and scenes. They learn to read standard and graphic notation and have the opportunity to represent sounds using simple standard and graphic notation. They listen to their performances and suggest improvements to their work and are beginning to evaluate their own and others’ work using appropriate vocabulary. They sing in tune, in time and with expression. Some are confident to perform individually and in groups, all can sing songs in 2 parts and rounds in up to 4 parts. They listen to a wide variety of music from different genres and cultures. They are given the opportunity to talk about music they have heard and are encouraged to use appropriate musical vocabulary.

Physical Education

The children will engage in a number of different sports over the year. In dance and gymnastics
they are encouraged to create, refine and evaluate sequences. In games the children learn about attacking and defending skills as well as good sportsmanship. The children have half a term of swimming and tennis, building on skills they have gained previously.

Religious Education

In RE the children learn about the Bible, including the different books and how you can use
chapters and verses to find passages. The children learn about prophets, prayer and how the Christian church began.