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Curriculum Overview for Year 5

Hakuna Matata/World War 2


  • Read a broad range of genres
  • Recommend books to other
  • Identifying and discussing themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing
  • Making comparisons within and across books
  • Learning a wider range of poetry by heart
  • Preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation.



  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose Writing Genres
  • Letter to explain
  • Characterisation
  • Narrative (and to play script)
  • Diary
  • Setting
  • Persuasion


  • Use expanded noun phrases
  • Use modal & passive verbs
  • Use relative clauses
  • Use commas for clauses
  • Use brackets, dashes & commas for parenthesis Speaking & Listening
  • Give well-structured explanations
  • Command of Standard English
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints
  • Use appropriate register

Art & Design

  • Learn about African art and the art of propaganda
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]


  • Design & write programs to solve problems
  • Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs
  • Detect & correct errors in programs
  • Understand uses of networks for collaboration & communication
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Design & Technology

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


  • Answer and ask geographical questions (such as: What is this place like? What or who will I see in this place? What do people do in this place?)
  • Identify the key features of a location in order to say whether it is a city, town, village, coastal or rural area
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied



  • Secure place value to 1,000,000
  • Use negative whole numbers in context
  • Use Roman numerals to 1000 (M)
  • Use standard written methods for all four operations
  • Confidently add & subtract mentally
  • Use vocabulary of prime, factor & multiple
  • Multiply & divide by powers of ten
  • Use square and cube numbers

Geometry & Measures

  • Convert between different units
  • Calculate perimeter of composite shapes & area of rectangles
  • Estimate volume & capacity
  • Identify 3-d shapes
  • Measure & identify angles
  • Understand regular polygons Reflect & translate shapes


  • Interpret tables & line graphs  Solve questions about line graphs


  • Compare & order fractions
  • Add & subtract fractions with common denominators, with mixed numbers
  • Multiply fractions by units
  • Write decimals as fractions
  • Order & round decimal numbers
  • Link percentages to fractions & decimals

Modern Languages

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures


  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music
  • learn the remainder of the core notes on recorder.


  • Living thing and their habitats
  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. Animals including humans
  • identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.


  • A study of a culture different from ours-South Africa
  • a significant turning point in British history, World War 2.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

Physical Education

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • play competitive games e.g: cricket, rugby and rounders
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns

Religious Education

Non – statutory

  • Sikhism
  • What is the Bible
  • National celebrations
  • Show Racism the Red Card
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