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Year 5 Curriculum

Welcome to the Year 5 Curriculum page. Year 5 have already took an active role in to the new curriculum and have demonstrated a lot of resilience and determination.


During the year, the children will explore a wide range of genres and texts. Each term we will focus on specific genres to ensure full coverage across the year. These genres will include:

Poetry – Poetic Style, Classic/Narrative Poems, Choral and Performance
Older Literature
Persuasive Writing
Stories from Other Cultures
Film Narrative
Dramatic Conventions
Emphasis on the Contrary Argument

In Year 5, the children will explore a number of whole-class novels. The novels will provide the children with opportunities to enhance their grammar, spelling and punctuation. In addition, each novel is based on a different theme which makes clear links to a variety of subjects. The whole-class novels that have been selected for study in Year 5 are:
Autumn 1- Journey to Jo’burg (Beverley Naidoo)
Spring 1 - Goodnight Mister Tom (Michelle Magorian)
Summer 1 – Outlaw (Michael Morpurgo)


As the new curriculum focuses heavily on spellings, we are encouraging children to practise their spelling rules at every opportunity. Children are encouraged to read whenever possible, to expose themselves to new and more adventurous examples of vocabulary that they will be able to use in their own writing. Every child in Year 5 has access to IDL Cloud which is a fantastic programme which enables the children to practise spellings in a range of different ways. The children will take home spellings each week which they are to practise as much as possible as this will be extremely beneficial to their progress. In addition, the children will also take part in daily spellings lessons to learn new rules and techniques.


The children in Year 5 truly understand the importance of reading and the remarkable impact it can have on their learning. We promote reading in school through our DEAR time - drop everything and read! During this time, the children get to choose a book that they like and read for pleasure. In addition, Year 5 take it in turns to read to the younger children. This is something that I have found the children to be very passionate and excited about and something that will continue throughout the year.

The children have Guided Reading sessions which last for the duration of 30 minutes. During Guided Reading, the children are taught reading skills and receive time to work with myself to answer questions based on the text. The rest of the class will work on a variety of reading activities based on their reading book, or a comprehension activity which will help them develop their understanding of the text focus for that week.

We encourage you to read at home with your child whenever you can. The children will take home their Reading Record each night where you can comment on how your child is reading at home.


This year, the children will revisit multiple mathematical domains which will be spread across the school year. This will provide the children with ample opportunity to learn, practice, apply and enhance their different skills. The mathematical domains that will be covered over the school year include:
Number and Place Value;
Addition and Subtraction;
Multiplication and Division;
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages;

In addition, the children will also participate in weekly arithmetic tests. This will provide the children will the opportunity to become familiar with test papers and will provide ample opportunity to practise their arithmetic skills.  The results will be recorded and monitored and the tests will be taken home each week for the children to revise from. If the children are finding any of the questions to be too challenging, they are to encouraged to come and see me during the morning and we can work through these together.

Furthermore, the children in Year 5 have been given their Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars login details where the children are encouraged to complete Maths activities to improve their mental maths skills and fluency of times tables.

Religious Education

In Year 5, the children will cover different topics in RE throughout the year. The children shall be following the schools ‘Come and See’ programme. The topics that the children will cover include:
Life choices;

Memorial sacrifice;
Freedom and responsibility;

In addition, the children will also learn about different faiths and understand the importance of respecting other faiths. The children will take an active part in daily collect worships sessions at the end of each day. Within the collective worship sessions, the children will have the opportunity to plan and deliver the session to their peers within the classroom. Furthermore, each week there will be a new ‘Prayer Leader’ who will lead our prayers throughout the day.


Throughout the year, the children in Year 5 will be learning about a range of different scientific topics including: Forces; Animals including humans; Living things and their habitats; Earth and Space; Properties and changes of materials. As well as researching the different areas and learning the correct scientific vocabulary, the children will be taking part in a variety of practical investigations and experiments to extend their learning even further. During each practical investigation, the children will plan and hypothesise, make predictions, record results and evaluate their result appropriately.


The children we be taught three different history topics this year. These include:
Autumn 1 -Anglo-Saxon Settlement and impact on Britain.
Spring 1 - WWII - How could Hitler have convinced a nation to follow him? 

Summer 1 - Ancient Egypt - Life/achievement/their influence on the western world. Where/when they first appeared. 



The children we be taught three different geography topics this year. These include:
Autumn 2 - Countries - Map skills and change over time
Spring 2 -  South America - Time zones concentrating on environmental regions.
Summer 2 - Biomes and vegetation belts. Minerals and water. 


Art/Design Technology

In Year 5, the children are going to be working closely with Miss Kronenburg this year in their Art and Design Technology lessons. The children will be focusing in detail at paintings, combining different fabrics, looking at a range of famous artists, looking at 3D sculptures and participating in a Design Technology project using mechanics. The Art and Design Technology lessons with link with history and geography topics wherever suitable. 

Physical Education

Throughout the year the children will participate in multiple sports including: Rugby Tots; Swimming; Gymnastics; Athletics; Dance and different outdoor activities. Throughout each PE session, the children will develop skills and learn how to work as part of a team. The children will also learn about the importance of maintaining good health and fitness through eating healthy and participating in regular exercise.



Year 5 will be taught Music following a scheme of work called ‘Charanga’. During the year, the children will learn a range of new songs from different parts of the world. The children will have the opportunity to accompany the songs using different instruments and playing a variety of rhythms. Furthermore, during the second half of the Autumn term, the children will be preparing for their Christmas Carol Service. The service is a perfect opportunity for the children to showcase their beautiful singing voices and immense musical talents.


British Values

Throughout the school year the children will be taught about ‘British Values’. The children will practise this in a variety of subjects across the curriculum. It is an important aspect of their learning, and will include focus on; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The children in Year 5 have taken part in an election of school councillors and ambassadors that will represent our class on the school council and for different subject areas. This exposed the children to democratic practice; the children who wished to be elected presented a speech to the rest of the class. The class then voted for the children they wanted to represent their class within the different areas of school life.

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