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Year 5 Curriculum

Year 5



Children in Year 5 currently follow the new national curriculum (2014) where they study a variety of text types. They learn to write in different styles appropriate to the genre and have weekly extended writing sessions where they can work on current writing targets. Children also have daily Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling sessions to reinforce rules and technical accuracy in phrases, clauses and sentences.


Reading is integral to success in writing. All children are encouraged to read regularly both at school and at home. Year 5 children have weekly guided reading sessions and regularly read to an adult. Paired reading with Learning Partners is also utilised and the children enjoy this. Comprehension skills are practised regularly.


Spelling is taught as part of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling daily sessions but is also emphasised in all areas of the curriculum. Children are given differentiated spellings that they complete through their fast spelling work daily.


Key Stage 1 and 2

The Programmes of study for mathematics are set out year by year for Key Stages 1 and 2 in the new National Curriculum (2014). The programmes of study are organised in a distinct sequence and structured into separate domains. Pupils should make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Upper Key Stage 2

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

By the end of Year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.


Science in Year 5 covers a number of units: Life Cycles of plants and animals, animals and their habitats, Forces, properties and changes of materials and Earth and Space. There is an emphasis on practical and investigative work and using the outdoor environment where appropriate. Computing is also incorporated, for example with the use of data loggers to measure sound, light and temperature.

Religious Education

We follow the Derbyshire Syllabus for RE 2014. In RE we study what we can learn from the Muslim way of life, what we can learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong and we ask: What do religions say to us when life becomes hard?

Physical Education

Children in Year 5 have a weekly swimming lesson and a weekly fencing lesson. In addition, they have termly blocks of gymnastics, dance, invasion games, striking and fielding activities and athletics. All children are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities.


Children improve their art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials, for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay. The children use these techniques for artwork based on the novel, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’, making sustainable bags and in the study of storytelling through African art.


In Year 5 children analyse data and ask questions using complex searches, study cryptography – safe passwords, web design, game developing through Kodu (coding software) and film animation, Communication through blogging and learn how to create a virtual space. Computing is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum and used for research and presentation. E-safety is an integral part of all computing planning.

Design Technology

In Design Technology, through a variety of practical activities, children research, design, make and evaluate different designs before creating different products.


In Year 5 children develop their awareness of the United Kingdom and Europe. Children study Scotland in detail and learn about its human and physical geography. In contrast they study Southern Europe and look in detail at the country of Greece.  Children also learn about the water cycle and explore biomes and vegetation belts such as forests, grasslands, ice and deserts. They will learn to locate such places on a world map. Links with other areas of the curriculum, for example history, are made where appropriate.


Year 5 children learn about Britain after the Roman withdrawal and the fall of the Western Roman Empire. They learn about invasions and settlements in Britain by Anglo-Saxons and Scots. Children also find out about place names, village life and art and culture in this period. In comparison Year 5 also study Ancient Greece looking at Greek life, achievements and their influence on the Western World. Pupils also explore the legacy of Greek culture on later periods in British history including the present day. There is an emphasis on historical enquiry using artefacts and other sources, so children understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed.


Children in Year 5 learn how to use signs and symbols to represent pitch and duration of notes, and create and compose music of their own and with others.


In PSHCE children study aspects of citizenship, going for goals, feeling safe, relationships and difference and diversity. In addition, in Drugs Education they learn about the dangers of alcohol, and in Personal Relationships Education they are taught about body changes in puberty and personal hygiene.

Modern Foreign Languages – French

Children in Year 5 consolidate learning from Years 3 and 4. They learn the French for items of clothing, transport and supermarket items, speaking about them in simple sentences and beginning to write some of them. The children make links with a school in France and correspond with penfriends.

For further information on any of the above please speak with your child’s class teacher.

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