Year 5 curriculum

Programme of study for Year 5


English is taught every day and language developed through other subjects in reading, writing and speaking & listening. Work is differentiated so that all children are challenged and supported as necessary, including ESL support for some children from Susie, in addition to the in class sessions.  We study a range of different text genres, which are new to the children so we practise these skills throughout the year.  Examples include; reports, explanations, persuasive writing.  The children are also taught to improve their writing by learning new grammatical structures and vocabulary.  There is a focus will be on planning, checking and editing writing. 

We  study a variety of texts; some famous and some unknown, as well as exploring drama in a variety of ways to help the children to become confident speakers.  There is an overarching theme of creativity within the Year five level of writing, developing vocabulary and ideas which allow the children to become more and more independent-minded and develop their own style.   Through reading a higher level of texts, the children are encouraged to think about their approach to reading, thinking and the way they answer questions.  This is a skill which is supported throughout the year.



Maths is taught every day. Work is differentiated to ensure that all children are working at an appropriate level and are supported and stretched as required.  We also complete a mental maths test, followed by a lesson in mental maths skills.  We regularly practise times tables in a competitive way to encourage the children to improve their own scores.

The units of work are;



Computing is taught in a variety of ways, during the standalone classroom session, as well as the many types of technology that we use around the school.  As well as learning new, independent computer skills, the children also complete lessons through other subjects using computing.  Our homework may also be linked to the use of computers.



Year 5 Science topics are as follows;


Design and Technology (D&T) 

We complete our main Design and Technology unit by focussing on costume design this Year, linked to our Christmas play, as well as various smaller projects through other topics or subjects.   The children use a variety of design skills and develop their creativity throughout this Year.



We follow a pattern of class study; group study; individual study to learn about the style and lives of a range of artists, as well as to be creative and replicative. We look at a variety of classical and modern styles and cross-curricular opportunities to explore a range of ideas.


Citizenship and World Faiths

Four strands run throughout the Key Stage 2 bi-annual Citizenship programme: 'The World Around Us', 'Relationships', 'Self/Esteem and Self Awareness' and 'Health and Safety Issues'

Year 5 Citizenship lessons see students exploring “A Focus on Relationships” and “The World Around Us” in an age appropriate context.

In World Faiths Year 5 cover work on the following:


Humanities (Geography/History)

We begin by developing Map Skills, Geographical general knowledge and world awareness.  Our second topic is “Water,” in which we be raise money for the school’s charity “Water Aid.”  Finally, we explore the Ancient Egyptians.


Physical Education (PE)

Gym: Weekly lessons include blocks of lessons, rotated between teachers: Gymnastics with our specialist instructor Francesco, fitness and movement with Kate, and dance with myself.

Outdoor sport: Weekly lessons focus on developing the skills required to play a variety of games including net games, rackets, kicking and striking games. Good sportsmanship and teamwork are encouraged throughout.



2 lessons of 1 hour a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Children are divided between Paola and Erica according to their level of proficiency.



The children take 1 class music lesson with Emma on Tuesdays (recorders).

1 singing lesson with Years 3-6 on Friday.



Reading is massively important to children’s learning! At this level particularly, it helps with their creativity and ideas, their fluency in the English language and improves study skills.  Children are taught that reading is a key learning tool as well as an enjoyable activity.  In school, pupils read independently for twenty minutes per day after lunch in school.  Children should also read for at least 20 minutes per day at home. 

To help the children see the importance of reading, we hold a reading competition in Year 5.  When children have finished a book, they complete a ‘book review’ at home (the children design some themselves).  Once they complete the book review, I  check that they have read the book and understand, they earn a star on our class chart and after each 5 stars, they receive a prize.  This way, the children can see who is reading a lot and become a little competitive with their peers about reading and succeeding.


For several years at The New School, it has been a tradition that Year 5 play the main roles in our Primary Christmas Production at a local theatre, which is always a huge highlight of the year.  During our second Autumn Term, we spend a lot of time writing, producing, acting and rehearsing the show.

We use homework diaries to communicate between parents and to help the children develop independence.  The children are given Maths and Topic or English homework as well as spellings and reading to do.

There are trips this year linked to both the curriculum we are following and to self-development and independence.  Some independent for our Year group and some are trips with other Year groups.  This includes a residential trip in the summer term.