Year 5 Curriculum
Sharing Meeting
Expectations and
Homework is set weekly on a Thursday: one piece of
literacy and one piece of maths. These are due
the following Tuesday.
Homework diaries are checked on a Friday morning.
Please ensure they are signed.
Spellings are set weekly but tested at the end of
the half term.
Reading is still important in Upper School. We
encourage the children to read to an adult 3-4
times a week and record this in their
homework diaries.
Being prepared!
Children should come to all lessons prepared. This
includes having the correct equipment with them.
A small pencil case is allowed including a
handwriting pen (not a fountain pen or biro),
pencil, ruler and rubber.
Children should have their homework diaries in
school every day as they are a great way to
record messages and notes as well as homework!
Literacy is taught in classes.
Our Literacy curriculum covers a range
of narrative, non-fiction and poetry.
Each text type lasts between 2 – 3
weeks including reading of the text
type, spoken language opportunities
grammar and punctuation and written
Guided reading is taught separately to
literacy although is based around the
text type being studied
Spelling and handwriting skills are also
taught separately to the main
literacy lesson although opportunities
for the skills to be
transferred are included.
There are 5 Maths sets taught in year 5.
• Set 1 taught by Miss Carroll
• Set 2 taught by Ms Marshall
• Set 3 taught by Miss Hunter
• Set 4a taught by Mrs Sherwood and Mrs
• Set 4b taught by Mrs Askew
There are five core units of Science studied in Year 5:
• Living things and their habitats
(describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird)
• Animals including humans
(describe the changes as humans develop to old age)
• Materials and their properties
(compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their
hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, and response to magnets)
• Earth and Space
(describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system;
describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth; use the idea of the Earth’s
rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky)
• Forces
(identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving
surfaces; recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and
gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
Geography/ History
Geography is taught in the Autumn term and the end
of the summer term. History is taught in the
Spring and Summer terms.
• Europe: South of France
• Rivers
• Anglo-Saxons and Scots
• Ancient Mayan Civilisation
DT and Art are taught in rotation, each unit lasting
a half term.
• Cooking: Quiche
• Designing and making a bird box
• Gears, levers, pulleys, cams and linkages
• French Art including changes through the
• Anglo Saxon Art
• Water and water colours
Children have 2 PE lessons a week. In the Autumn
term and early Spring term, all children in Year 5
have a further 10 weeks of swimming lessons (as
part of their allocated indoor PE).
Indoor PE is taught by Winger Sports coaches
including gymnastics, dance and basketball.
Outdoor PE includes netball, football, hockey, tag
rugby, tennis and kwik cricket.
In the summer, all PE takes place outdoors
and also includes athletics (taught by Sports
Children will continue their French tuition focusing
on three main areas:
• A dark, dark tale: identifying furniture and using
• Weather: weather phrases and compass points
• A town trail: places in a town and directions
Children will cover 3 core topics.
Other opportunities are made for children to use
computing in other curriculum subjects such as
through the use of the ipads.
Digital Literacy- Data storage and search engines,
Programming – Games Developers
Podcasts and blogs
The RE curriculum continues to follow the Essex
Agreed Syllabus
• Christianity including Bible Explorers
• Life changing experiences for founders of
different religions
• Judaism
• Sikhism
PSHE is taught fortnightly.
• Feelings, friends and friendships
• Me and my relationships
• Anti-bullying
• Managing risks
• Drug awareness
• Political literacy and citizenship
Music is taught fortnightly by Mrs Cripps following
the Music Express scheme.
Children continue their recorder tuition as well as
developing opportunities to perform together.
Important dates
Thursday 10th September: Individual photographs
Friday 2nd October: Harvest
Monday 2nd November: Year 5 test week
Monday 9th November: Visit to the Royal Observatory
Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th November: Parents’
Monday 23rd November: Maths Parents’ Evening Drop-ins
Tuesday 15th December: Year 5 Performance - 2pm
Wednesday 16th December: Year 5 Performance - 7pm
Thursday 17th December: Carol Service
Further dates and information
will be sent home via Parentmail
Thank you for coming!
Any questions?

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