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Year 5

Curriculum Overview – Year 5





  • Apply knowledge of morphology and etymology when reading new words
  • Reading & discuss a broad range of genres and texts
  • Identifying & discussing themes
  • Make recommendations to others
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Draw inference and make predictions
  • Discuss authors' use of language
  • Retrieve and present information from non-fiction texts.
  • Formal presentations and debates



  • Secure spelling, including homophones, prefixes, silent letters, etc.
  • Use a thesaurus
  • Legible, fluent handwriting
  • Plan writing to suit audience and purpose
  • Develop character, setting and atmosphere in narrative
  • Use organisational and presentational features
  • Use consistent appropriate tense
  • Proof-reading
  • Perform own compositions



  • Use expanded noun phrases
  • Use modal & passive verbs
  • Use relative clauses
  • Use commas for clauses
  • Use brackets, dashes and comes for parenthesis


 Speaking and Listening

  • Give well-structured explanations
  • Command of Standard English
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints
  • Use appropriate register




Number and Calculation

  • Secure place value to 1,000,000
  • Use negative whole numbers in context
  • Use Roman numerals to 1000(M)
  • Use standard written methods for all four operations
  • Confidently add and subtract mentally
  • Use vocabulary of prime, factor and multiple
  • Multiply and divide by powers often
  • Use square and cube numbers


 Geometry and Measures

 Calculate perimeter of composite shapes and area of rectangles

  • Estimate volume & capacity
  • Identify 3D shapes
  • Measure and identify angles
  • Understand regular polygons
  • Reflect and translate shapes



  • Compare and order fractions
  • Add and subtract fractions with common denominators, with mixed numbers
  • Multiply fractions by units
  • Write decimals as fractions
  • Order & round decimal numbers
  • Link percentages to fractions and decimals



  • Interpret tables and line graphs
  • Solve questions about line graphs





  • Life cycles of plants and animals (including mammal, insect, bird, amphibian)
  • Describe changes as humans develop and mature



  • Classify materials according to a variety of properties
  • Understand mixtures & solutions
  • Know about reversible changes; identify irreversible



  • Understand location and interaction of Sun, Earth and Moon
  • Introduce gravity, resistance & mechanical forces




 British History (taught chronologically)

  • Study a theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066, e.g. the impact of World War Two


 Broader Study

  • A study of the achievements of the earliest civilisations - Ancient Egypt
  • A local history study focussing on 'change


Art and Design

  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record, review, revisit and evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about a range of artists, craftsmen and designers



  • Design and write computer programs to solve problems
  • Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs
  • Detect and correct errors in programs
  • Understand uses of computer networks for collaboration and communication
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content


 Design and Technology

  • Use research criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose and aimed at specific groups
  • Use annotated sketches, cross-section diagrams and computer-aided design
  • Analyse and evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products, including programming
  • Cook savoury dishes for a healthy and varied diet


Modern Languages

  • Listen and engage
  • Engage in conversations, expressing opinions
  • Speak in simple language and be understood
  • Develop appropriate pronunciation
  • Present ideas and information orally
  • Show understanding in simple reading
  • Adapt known language to create new ideas
  • Describe people, places and things
  • Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender



  • Physical geography including climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts, rivers and mountains
  • Human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
  • Use maps and atlases, globes and digital computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • Locate the world’s countries concentrating on key physical and human characteristics
  • Identify the position and significance of longitude and latitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones



  • Perform with control and expression both solo and in ensembles
  • Improvise and compose using dimensions of music
  • Use and understand the basics of staff notation
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music, including great musicians and composers


Physical Education

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, applying basic principles
  • Develop flexibility and control in gym, dance and athletics
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Compare performances to achieve personal bests


Religious Education

  • Continue to follow the locally-agreed syllabus for RE

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