An overview of the curriculum in Year 5


Texts studied: The Best Christmas Present Ever – Michael Morpurgo; Friend or Foe – Michael Morpurgo; Oranges in No Man’s Land – Elizabeth Laird; Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare; The Sweetest Fig – Chris van Allsburg; non-fiction texts on animals and explorers; poetry anthologies of Michael Rosen and Charles Causley. Poem compositions, letter writing, narrative fiction writing, persuasive writing, instructional writing.


Place value, ordering, partitioning and rounding whole numbers and decimals. Solving one or two step problems. Written and mental methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Cube, square and prime numbers. Working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Estimating and measuring using metric units, reading from a scale, equivalences between metric and imperial units. Properties of 2D and 3D shapes, translating and reflecting. Making graphs and answering questions about the data. Working with timetables and calendars, knowing 24 hr times. Measuring and drawing angles, working out the area and perimeter of shapes.


Earth and space: our solar system, movement of the Earth and Moon. Properties and changes of materials: solids, liquids, gases; reversible and irreversible changes. Forces: gravity, air resistance, friction. Living things: life cycles of animals, reproduction in plants and animals. Animals including humans: growth and development of humans, puberty.



Research using websites for the enquiry based topics carried out this year of Tudors, The Amazine River and Mayans. Support in mathematics using web-based programmes. iPad presentations on different topics. Computer programming using Microsoft Kodu, Espresso Coding and Sphero. Database use with Google Forms. Video and image creation and editing. E-safety.

Enquiry based learning

Tudors: learning about Henry VIII and his wives, what England and the rest of the world was like during this time in history, the Spanish Armada, making a Tudor portrait, looking at portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and the symbols involved in Tudor portraits, making a Tudor portrait. Visits to Hampton Court and The National Portrait Gallery.

The Amazon River: key physical and human features of the Amazon river, comparison between the Amazon river and the river Thames, using maps, rainforest art.

The Mayans: learning from artefacts, daily life, religion, cities and temples, food and drink, number system, decline of the Mayan empire, making Mayans masks.


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Year 5 PE Curriculum overview


Singing sessions from Wandsworth Singing Strategy tutors in Spring term. Vocal warm up exercises. Group singing with two and three part harmonies. Performance at the Royal Festival Hall. Adapting and composing own songs for whole class performances.


The Christian festival of harvest. Christian buildings and key features that are used in worship. Muslim prophets and their teachings – Abraham, Noah, Moses. Judaism – learning about different customs and the main features of a synagogue. Buddhism – finding out about the story of Buddha, the most important signs and symbols used in Buddhism, and visiting a Buddhist temple. The significance of pilgrimages in different religions.



They will revise the vocabulary and grammar covered in the Year 3 and 4 curriculum and continue their learning by covering the following topics: Nationalities, hobbies, telling the time, festivals and dates, instructions, numbers, saying where you are going, directions, weather, food shopping, asking how much something costs, simple opinions, countries, saying which languages you speak, clothes and colours. They will be able to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English