Welcome to Year 5


Children in Year 5 draw on crucial knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2 in order to progress further. Year 5 is a year when children grow in maturity– more so than in their final year of primary. They gain greater confidence and become more independent for taking responsibility for their learning.


This is a taste of what we learn!





  • We enjoy daily whole class reading that exposes us to good quality texts and discussions.
  • An assortment of reading skills are taught alongside the text which provide the skills to understand a variety of genres.
  • We appreciate the value of reading through reading together, aloud and sharing different books.
  • We learn to make comparisons and develop our own interest in books, with guidance and advice from peers and adults.
  • In tackling new and challenging texts, we demonstrate a range of independent strategies in order to read for enjoyment, performance and meaning.
  • We read a range of texts by different authors, both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Our class text sometimes links with a subject area that gives us a stimulus for writing.



  • Every week, we complete a written task for a range of purposes- writing to entertain; to inform; to persuade; to discuss, whilst selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader.
  • We write alongside ‘example texts’ using them as a model to write from.
  • We learn about the text type and purpose as well as understand the audience we are writing for.



  • We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. This supports our development of reasoning and problem solving, alongside fluency to ensure we are challenged and ambitious in our maths.
  • There is an emphasis on fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • There is also an expectation that we will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.



  • In science we learn about: living things and their habitats, Earth and space, forces, properties and changes of materials, animals including humans, as well as scientists and inventors.



  • We focus on research skills and finding accurate information.
  • We look at potential online dangers and safety.
  • We explore data bases, PowerPoint and programming.


Design and Technology

  • We cover three main design and technology projects- structures, mechanisms and nutrition.
  • We follow the ‘research, design, make, evaluate’ process.
  • We design and make toys, part of an instrument.
  • We make bread and biscuits.



  • We learn what other parts of the world look like, how other people live and how it is changing through nature and the result of human impact.
  • We study Iceland and Italy as our European countries.
  • We learn about Trade and Economics, Settlements and migration.



  • We develop a chronological understanding of key time periods in history and learn why these times are important and their impact on the world as we know today.
  • These include: World War II, Tudor Times and Ancient Greece.



  • We learn Spanish.
  • We talk about interests and hobbies.
  • We write short messages in Spanish.



  • We perform, listen to, review and evaluate music through historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • We learn to sing and to use our voices, to create and compose music.
  • We understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.



  • We explore our feelings and emotions, celebrate differences, our relationships with others, the world around us, our dreams and goals and keeping ourselves healthy.
  • We look at the value of friendships.
  • We explore health and body.
  • We understand democracy, law and money.



  • We have PE lessons twice a week building fundamental skills, improving stamina and understanding different types of exercise these included fitness, team building, movement invasion games, ball skills and athletics.



  • We learn Sikhism.
  • We also spend time recapping on crucial knowledge of Christian celebrations at the appropriate time of the year.