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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.

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