Year 5 Curriculum

The following topics will be covered by the majority of the children during the Summer term. We have provided this information to help you support your child at home, should you wish to do so.

Year 5 Parent information booklet – Summer 2019


Unit A2: Counting, partitioning and calculating.


  • Addition and subtraction – extending understanding by using vertical methods.
  • Addition and subtraction using whole numbers and decimals.
  • Ordering, partitioning and rounding numbers and decimals to 2 decimal places.
  • Solving one- and two-step word problems involving numbers, money or measures.
  • Explaining methods using words, diagrams, graphs, symbols.
  • Know times tables to 10 × 10.
  • Use written methods for multiplying HTU × U, TU × U, U.t × U, HTU ÷ U
  • Using a calculator accurately.
Unit B2: Securing number facts and understanding shape.


  • Extend understanding of written methods for addition and subtraction of decimals.
  • Extend mental methods and recall sums, differences, doubles and halves of decimals.
  • Understand and use factors and common multiples.
  • Explain patterns, relationships and properties of numbers and shapes.
  • Represent a problem using calculations or diagrams.
  • Visualise 3D and 2D shapes and recall and explain their properties.
Unit C2: Handling data and measures.


  • Construct frequency tables, pictograms and bar and line graphs.
  • Continue to use language of averages, including the mode.
  • Collect, organise, present and interpret data to answer related questions.
  • Estimate and measure accurately using different units of measurement.
  • Use ICT to collect and organise data collected.
Unit D2: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape.
  • Be able to multiply and divide by 10, 100, 1000
  • Convert times from 24 hour to analogue clock and read timetables.
  • Solve multi-step problems, using a calculator where appropriate.
  • Estimate, measure and draw angles, using a protractor accurately.
  • Know the angle along a line, in a triangle and around a point.
  • Recognise and draw shapes with parallel and perpendicular lines.
  • Read and find coordinates with accuracy.
  • Identify shapes with more than 1 line of symmetry.
  • Understand and use reflection and translation.
  • Calculate area and perimeter of regular and irregular polygons.
Unit E2: Securing number facts, relationships and calculating.


  • Extend written methods for HTU × U, TU × TU, U.t × U and HTU ÷ U.
  • Represent and solve one-step and two-step problems with whole numbers and decimals, using all four operations.
  • Recognise equivalent fractions.
  • Begin to understand percentages – 100%, 50%, 10%, 20% and 5%.
  • Begin to find fractions and percentages of numbers.



Narrative Poetry

(The Highwayman)


  • Read and explore a narrative poem.
  • Use practical activities and discussion to analyse writer’s use of language to create dramatic effects.
  • Children investigate the different aspects of longer, narrative poetry, including the structure.
  • Work as part of a group to use drama techniques to explore characters in depth.
  • Work as a member of a group to perform the poem using dramatic techniques.
  • Children recount the story in the first person, from the perspective of their chosen character.
Stories from Other Cultures


  • Read examples of stories from different cultures and traditions. Deduce differences in patterns of relationships, customs and attitudes with particular reference to the way characters act and interact.
  • Look at an author’s use of language, for example literal and figurative language for descriptions; to create a comic or dramatic effect.
  • Identify point of view from which a story is told. Select a character and use improvisation and role-play to explore the story from their point of view. Write in role, for example a letter from one character to another.
  • Plan and retell a whole story from an alternative point of view. Discuss and make decisions about how to portray characters and incidents, what detail to include. Vary pace by using direct and reported speech.
Journalistic Writing



  • Children revisit the key features of recount texts, focusing on news reports.
  • Children analyse recounts drawn from a range of media and identify common features and


  • They summarise and present their findings and revise the use of reported speech.
  • Children form news teams and research a topic to report. They produce a plan, carry out

interviews, collate and analyse the information they have gathered and then write an article

or report.



Solids, Liquids
and Gases



Changing State


  • Children will recognise that air is a material and that it is one of a range of gases that have important uses.
  • They will understand that liquids evaporate to form gases and that gases change shape and can flow from place to place.
  • They will learn about the relationship between liquids and solids in terms of evaporation and be able to make distinctions between the properties of solids, liquids and gases.
  • Children will name and describe examples of the main processes of water changing state (evaporation, freezing and melting)
  • They will recognise that these processes can be reversed and be able to explain the water cycle using these terms.





In this unit children identify how people affect the environment and consider ways people try to manage it for the better. They begin to realise the importance of location in understanding water distribution. They will also recognise how the presence or absence of water can change the character of places.

Children will consider how we can improve the environment through water conservation.

They will also investigate the key features of rivers and their impact on both the environment and communities.


Design & Technology


Making Biscuits

We will complete this unit of work by giving the children the opportunity to make their own biscuits, adapting a basic recipe to their own design. They will then taste and evaluate their product and think of any possible improvements they could make.


‘Water Boxes’ using a cam mechanism

Children learn about controlling movement with a cam mechanism as part of a simple toy. The design will be linked to last terms water topic. They develop their designing skills by using information sources to generate ideas and formulate an understanding of how cam mechanisms can be used to produce movement. They extend their making skills by developing techniques in cutting, shaping and joining to combine components and by selecting tools and equipment to measure and cut accurately. Through these activities they will gain an understanding of the working characteristics of the materials and components and how they can be combined to create more useful properties. They will consider both functional and decorative attributes in a finished product.


PSHE Going for goals

This theme focuses mainly on the key aspect of motivation. Children will look at the requirements for successful goal directed learning and behaviour, for example, taking responsibility and building feelings of confidence.


Good to be me

This unit is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses. The children will consider why and how their feelings lead them to behave the way they do. They will also consider self-awareness and also learn to manage their feelings and cope with anxieties.


Art Throughout the term we will be undergoing art-based activities to support our work in other subjects, across the curriculum.


RE Inspirational People

In this topic, the children will have the opportunity to reflect on what is means to be an inspirational person and know how Jesus described a true disciple. They will study the life of a person who showed great love for those rejected by society and consider how we can serve others at home, in school, locally and globally. They will also identify Lent as a time when we can make small sacrifices to show our love for God and others.



In this topic, the children will have the opportunity to reflect on what strengthens our friendship with God and with others and what damages it. They will also recognise times when we have shown or been shown love and forgiveness. The children will learn about the importance of confession and the meaning of making the Stations of the Cross.


PE Outdoor

Netball – practising key skills such as passing, receiving, defending and shooting. Children will also have the opportunity to apply these skills when playing mini-games.


Tennis – learning how to use a tennis racket to hit and control the ball.  They will also learn different strokes such as volleys, ground strokes, forehands and backstrokes.



Dance – In this unit the children will learn why dance is good for their fitness and understand how dance is formed and performed. They will explore, improvise and combine movement ideas fluently and effectively. Finally, they will evaluate, refine and develop their own and other’s work.



ICT Data matters

In this unit the children will build on previous learning about databases.  They will learn about the structure of databases and different methods of searching them.  They will learn how to create graphs from the information contained in a database.  In addition to this they will have experience of creating their own database by collecting the data, setting up the file structure and then reviewing it at the end.