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Year 5

In Year 5 we continue to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that allows for creative thinking and the development of independent skills. We aim to teach this through a range of fun and exciting activities which underpin the learning of key skills across the curriculum. Furthermore, this year there will be a strong emphasis on the development of children’s mathematical and English skills, preparing them for the challenges of the Year 6 curriculum.

Year 5 Curriculum

Below is the curriculum for Year 5. This has been broken down by subjects and then by half-terms:

Summer Half-Term 1:

Year Group Information

Class 5D

Teacher: Mrs Duncan

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anderson/Mrs Smith

PE / Games: Monday

PE / Games: Thursday (WLSP)


Class 5H

Teachers: Mrs Hopkins

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anderson/ Mrs Smith 

PE / Games: Monday

PE / Games: Thursday (WLSP)



Class 5S

Teacher: Miss King

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anderson/Mrs Smith/Mrs McDonald

PE / Games: Monday

PE / Games: Thursday  (WLSP) 

Class 5M

Teacher: Mrs MacGregor

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anderson/Mrs Smith

PE / Games:  Monday

PE / Games: Thursday (WLSP)



All Aboard the Hogwarts Express (Autumn  1)

Quality Text: 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone' by J. K. Rowling

The Year begins looking at the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’ when facing different challenges. Through our quality text,  J.K.Rowling’s 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone', we will look specifically at instructional writing.  Through our creative curriculum, children will hone their art and design skills through drawing and through inventions, whilst as scientists, they will be looking at forces in action. 

Blast Off! (Autumn 2)

Science and the world around us forms the focus for this half term. Children will journey into space, learning about the planets and the effect of the Earth's rotation. This links to their English, where children will access different factual reports in their reading to support their own knowledge and understanding.  Children will then have the opportunity to become real-life newspaper reporters. 

A Greek Oddyssey (Spring 1)

Quality Text: The Usborne Book of Myths

In English lessons, children learn about the power of advertising using their knowledge of Greek Gods and this continues through the themed lessons where, as historians, they learn about the Greek city states and forms of government. 

Who Let the Gods Out (Spring  2)

Quality Text:   'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans

In Spring 2, the children look at how the Greeks have inspired us and society. They study Greek architecture and recognise Greek influences in buildings and monuments . , identifying how a democracy is an effective way of governing a country. The children also learn about the Olympics and influential Greeks.  As authors, they write their own Greek myths putting into practise all they have learned through the quality text this term and their Guided Reading lessons.

River Deep, Mountain High (Summer 1)

Quality Text: A to Z of children's poetry, a compilation by Michael Rosen.

Children are thrown into the wonderful, creative world of poetry and enjoy competing against their classmates in a Slam Poetry competition! As Geographers, children learn about the world around them and the natural landmarks of rivers and mountains, including how they are created and the impact they have on settlers.

'Vile Victorians' (Summer 2)

Quality Text: Vile Victorians, part of the Horrible Histories series of books.

Here, children find out everything they can about Queen Victoria and Britain during her reign. The children are transported back in time for a special 'Victorian Day' in class where they gain first-hand experience of what it would be like to be a child in school during this period. They are able to lead their own learning and research different aspects of this era which interest in them, and complete their own project. In English, they will learn the art of writing reviews of film, music and events.

Home Tasks 


In Year 5, we expect children to read at home with an adult 3 times a week. In addition to this, children should complete independent reading daily and this should be recorded in their Reading Record.


An investigative approach is used in the teaching of spelling in line with the spelling objectives in the 2014 English curriculum. This is supported by the use of the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Spelling sessions take place two or three times per week to ensure children have the opportunity to practise and embed new spellings. This includes the learning of the statutory word lists in the 2014 English curriculum. Planning for Y2-Y6 follows the sequence of Revise, Teach, Practise and Apply/Assess.


We aim to provide children with a range of homework activities to prepare for or consolidate their classroom learning.  Homework will be given out on Friday to be finished by the following Tuesday unless otherwise instructed. Usually, there will be a 20 minute task relating to English and/or our current Theme, as well as a 20 minute Maths challenge.

Times Tables

Times table knowledge is essential as a building block for all maths skills. We expect the children to know all their times tables off by heart, up to 12x12. It is important that the children take time to learn these throughout the week.

Other family learning opportunities

  • Family projects 
  • Playing board games & card games
  • Discussion and debate around topical issues and news items

Practical Maths Activities:

  • Money – counting, going shopping, and calculating the change, currency conversion.
  • Cooking- measuring and weighing, calculating cooking times, calculating total weight, using scales accurately.
  • Telling the time -  5 minute and 1 minute accuracy. 
  • Using timetables for travel. 
  • Calculating time intervals between TV programmes, bus journey’s and car journeys. 
  • Other opportunities for real life maths and applying their number and computation skills for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.