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Year 5 Curriculum

Welcome to Year 5




The Year 5 staff team is made up of class teachers, Dr James and Miss Ainsworth; and LSAs Mrs Batchelor, Mrs Hollamby and Miss Hicklin.


Year 5 is an fun year with lots of great learning challenges and opportunities. Below, you will find a curriculum overview of the year. This provides a description of the learning that takes place in each subject every term. You will also find homework grids and other documents that may be useful to support your child's learning.


To explore previous learning in Year 5, look at the school's Wow Work pages and photographs below, where you can see the range of immersive and exciting activities we have been doing all year!


If you have any questions about Year 5, please contact the Year 5 class teachers who will be happy to offer support and help. You can contact the teachers on the following email addresses:


Dr James - 

Miss Ainsworth - 



Year 5 Knowledge Organisers

Across the school, we use knowledge organisers to summarise the key facts and essential knowledge that children need about a topic or unit of work. The information is broken down into easily digestible chunks. Children refer to these throughout the unit of study. 

What are we learning this year?

Autumn 2021

For the first half of the Autumn Term, Year 5 will be exploring the Tudor period. We will be learning about Henry VIII, Sir Francis Drake, the grim treatment of unwanted Queens, the reason why we are a Church of England school and what it takes to become a Tudor explorer. A visit to a famous Tudor landmark should prove to be one of the highlights of the year! After half term, we will be undertaking a thematic history study of crime and punishment in England.


Our core text for this term will be Bearkeeper, which links nicely into our Tudor topic, as well as our English. We will continue to apply the ‘Power of Reading’ approach to this text, using a range of cross-curricular links such as art and drama to explore characters and story.  We will be diary writing and will also study a Shakespeare play as part of our stunning start on Shakespeare Day!


Our Science topic this term is Living Things and their Habitats, where we investigate animal life cycles. 


As we move towards the end of term, we immerse ourselves in poetry connected to Bonfire Night and Remembrance Commemorations. In December, inspired by the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, the children create their own narrative story of their Christmas Eve. 


Maths in the Autumn term focuses on revision of Year 4 concepts, new place value skills, more advanced written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as developing reasoning and problem solving skills.


In PSHE we are looking at our mental and physical well-being and positive and healthy relationships. We have started a new Modern Foreign Languages scheme of work and are now learning French. Throughout the term, we will have a PE coach for part of our weekly PE lessons. 


 What a jam-packed, fun and inspiring term!