Spoken language underpins development in reading and writing.  In Year 5, children will be encouraged to talk at length and with clarity.  Across the curriculum, children will learn how to articulate their ideas by speaking in sentences and learning new vocabulary.  They will learn how to extend and justify their own ideas and opinions, build or respectfully challenge those of others, and vary how they speak for purpose.

In reading, children will enjoy a range of increasingly challenging classic texts such as Mary Poppins, The Borrowers and Stig of the Dump.  By focusing on the four key skills of summarising, predicting, clarifying and questioning, they will develop their ability to obtain a deeper understanding of character and plot and become more familiar with features of different texts.  They will learn how writers choose vocabulary carefully and consider how words create effect.

In writing, children will extend their ability to write for a specific purpose and audience.  They will be taught how to write engagingly for a range of narrative, non-fiction and poetry.   Their writing tasks will vary from exciting suspense stories, to persuasive letters to NASA (for all those budding astronauts!), to writing their own versions of classic myths and legends.  Children will learn how to include relative clauses in their work, and how to vary their sentence structure.  They will explore how to use punctuation to help the reader understand their writing, and how modal verbs such as might, should and could, can indicate degrees of possibility.  Over the year, Y5 children will improve the accuracy and range of their writing skills, in preparation for Y6.

In spelling, children will look at spelling strategies to learn a range of challenging spellings.  They will look at prefixes and suffixes, silent letters, homophones, nominalisation, spelling patterns and tricky words.  Spellings are posted on the blog, so children can practise them in advance (and then be able to learn more challenging spellings!)


Children will learn how to read, write and reason with very large numbers (up to one million!).  They will become fluent in key number facts, including mastering all of their times tables.  Children will also become fluent in mental and written methods for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), and guidance on these will be available on the blog.  After children have mastered very large numbers, they will learn about fractions, decimals and percentages.  They will learn how to add, subtract and multiply fractions, and again, this will be supported by videos on our blog.

In geometry, children will learn how to measure, draw and reason with angles.  They will know the names and properties of a range of polygons (2D shapes) and polyhedra (3D shapes) and be able to calculate and reason with perimeter, area and volume.  They will also learn how to translate (slide) and reflect shapes in all four quadrants.

Children will master telling the time in Year 5, and will use this knowledge to be able to solve problems involving time, such as reading timetables.  They will also learn how to read and use line graphs, which will be supported by work in science.


Children have an exciting science curriculum to look forward to in Year 5.  They will study life cycles of humans and plants, explore at how materials can mix and form new materials, understand the principles of movement, and learn about the solar system.  Additionally, children will learn how to think, talk and write like scientists throughout the year.


PE will be provided by Simon Carson Sports.


Children will begin their learning of Italian by learning the basics of the language including greetings, classroom phrases, colours, numbers, Italian festivals, the alphabet and clothing.  They will be able to access a beautiful selection of Italian storybooks, and will learn about differences between themselves and Italian children.  Additionally, they will learn a range of language learning strategies, which they will be able to use when they start a new language at secondary school.


Children will continue to learn about the Latin language and its influence on English vocabulary and grammar.  They will continue to work through the Minimus course, learning about Roman schools, jobs and more!


This year’s history curriculum takes the children on an enquiry-led curriculum from the end of  Roman rule to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions.  Children will learn how to think, talk and write like historians.  As next year will see Rio 2016, children will also learn about the ancient Olympic games, and compare them to their modern day counterparts.


Our Y5 geographers have an exciting year to look forward to.  They will secure their locational knowledge of the UK, Europe and North and South America, as well as looking at map skills and how to plan a journey.  The children will learn about land use and how rivers have been so important to the development of civilisation.  In human geography, children will learn about the Americas and will enjoy an in-depth study on Brazil.


Children will explore learning about and from Christianity, Islam and Sikhism.  In particular, they will compare and contrast religious festivals.  As RE will be delivered as enquiry-based learning, children will be encouraged to ask questions about others’ beliefs and practices.

Art and Design

In Art, children will explore a range of media and techniques.  They will learn about line and tone through drawing, printing and pattern, painting and colour, drawing and shape, textiles and sculpture.

Design and Technology

Children will have two projects over the year.  Each project will include small, focused tasks where children practise a skill, then apply it to a larger tasks.  In Year 5, these larger tasks will be to build a toy and to design and make a eco-friendly carrier bag.


Children will learn how to follow a rhythm, read and write simple music notation, compose their own songs, and learn how to play the recorder.


Children will learn how to create their own game, crack challenging codes, create digital art, create a website, continue to blog, and how to use computers for 3D design.

Philosophy for Children

Children will be encouraged to develop their spoken language skills through engaging with challenging concepts and thought experiments.  This will refine children’s thinking skills which they will be able to use across the curriculum.


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