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The Year 5 English curriculum is split into three sections: spoken language, reading and writing. At the end of KS2, children will be tested on their reading and writing abilities in the KS2 English SATs exams. 

In Year 5, children will develop their reading skills by: 

  • reading and discussing a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and textbooks.
  • applying their knowledge of root words and prefixes/ suffixes to new and unfamiliar words.
  • making comparisons between books.
  • recommending books to their peers and providing reasons for their choices.
  • summarising the main ideas of a text.
  • distinguishing between statements of fact and opinion in texts.
  • discussing how an author uses figurative language and thinking about the impact on the reader.

They'll develop their writing skills by: 

  • identifying the audience and purpose of their writing.
  • coming up with changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to improve the writing.
  • proofreading for errors in their writing.
  • learning to use modal verbs and the perfect form of verbs.
  • using expanded noun phrases to convey information.
  • using relative clauses beginning with relative pronouns.
  • using punctuation such as brackets, colons and bullet points.


The year 5 maths curriculum aims to develop children’s understanding further of previously learnt maths material, while also introducing new maths concepts.

In maths lessons, pupils will work on improving their:

  • problem-solving skills;
  • fluency and reasoning;
  • logical and analytical thinking;
  • understanding of how maths is applied in everyday life situations;
  • ability to analyse data and spot trends;
  • and more.

That’s why the curriculum covers a wide range of areas to help children improve these important skills.

History and Geography

This term our focus will be on WWII and The Blitz.

In year 5 we encourage the children to work as a Historian and a Geographer.  They follow an enquiry based approach to the topic, responding to questions which will deepen their understanding of this time period.   For example an early question within the unit is how significant was The Blitz? This encourages children to consider not just the obvious impacts of destruction and decline in population, but also the role Winston Churchill had on the people of Britain's morale.  

The children will also undertake a local history study looking at the impact WWII had on our local community. 

Geography is woven through our history curriculum purposefully identifying the countries involved in the war and how the landscapes changed as a result of The Blitz.  


In Science this half term, we are exploring forces. Using an enquiry based approach, children are asked to plan, carry out, record, present and evaluate scientific experiments. This practical, hands-on approach means that children can enjoy science in an exciting, engaging and relevant way.

We are investigating friction, air resistance, water resistance and gravity.

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