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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 Hollamby, Miss Webber, Mrs James and Miss Pilling. 


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/website links 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; until the 20/21 class teacher emails are set up, please contact the office who will pass on messages to us.


Don't forget to look at the Year 5 Children's Resources Page for the summer project on Ancient Greece!


Autumn 2020

Welcome! We are so excited to have you all back in school smiley


We start the academic year by studying the Ancient Greeks as our history topic. Lots of creative activities will launch the topic in the first few weeks! Watch this space!


This term, our first Power of Reading text is Varmints by Helen Ward. This beautiful picture book explores how easy it is to lose touch with nature and the importance of looking after our planet. This ties in perfectly with our Science topic, Living Things and their Habitats where we will investigate animal life cycles. After half term, we will be reading The Adventures of Odysseus. More on this nearer the time! We hope that these high quality texts will entertain the children, as well as inspire high quality written work such as non-chronological reports, character studies, diary writing, persuasive and instructional writing. 


Of course, there will be lots of Maths too. The Autumn term focuses on place value skills, written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division,as well as developing reasoning and problem solving skills.


We will be starting a new PSHE scheme of work this year and, to begin with, we will be looking at our mental and physical well-being and positive and healthy relationships. Throughout the term, we will have a PE coach for part of our weekly PE lessons. 


Let's get stuck in to our fun-filled Autumn Term!

Spring 2021

In Spring, the children will thoroughly enjoy our texts, Rooftoppers and The Princess Blankets, which will inspire children to write a range of genres, such as Autobiography and Biography, Persuasive writing, Narrative writing, Poetry and Letter writing. 


Our topic this term will be the Amazing Americas, in which we will look at location, physical geography (climate, biomes and vegetation belts) and human geography (for example, settlement, land use, trade, and natural resources). We will identify the physical characteristics and key topographical features, as well as learning about the significance of the prime/Greenwich meridian and time zones including day and night. Our Spanish learning will tie in with this topic and we will learn more about Spanish and Latin American culture and societies. 


The highlight of the Spring term is our 2 day residential visit to Bowles Outdoor Activity Centre. 


Our Science topics this term are Properties and Changes of Materials and Forces. We will be getting outside as much as possible to investigate Forces and will be applying our scientific understanding of Forces to a fantastic DT project where we make our own wind buggies.


The children will also be applying strategic thinking to their PE lessons where they will work on different skills useful to invasion games, which could then be applied to a variety of sports.


It is an action-packed term!

Summer 2021

For the first half of the Summer 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!


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 study a Shakespeare play.


In the summer term, we will be spending some time preparing for the famous ‘Copthorne Junior Storytelling Competition’ ready for the finalists to perform their entries. We will be learning lots of tips and tricks along the way to really help bring our stories to life.


Throughout the term we will be taking part in lots of sport (Cricket, Stool-ball, Athletics and more) as well as developing our stamina during the weekly mile. We will also continue working on our mapping skills and geographical knowledge and understanding as well as continuing to build our computing skills.

2019-2020 Year 5 Geography Field trip to 'The Brook' based on our unit of work 'Rivers'

2019-2020 Year 5 Tower of London and Globe Theatre trip