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Year 5 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Autumn term (2020).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year.

Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

Autumn Term


This unit outlines key beliefs about the creation of human beings and the creation of the world. It introduces the children to the story of creation as a way of explaining that God is creator, rather than a re-telling of the order of the created world
Miracles and the sacrament of the sick
In this unit children learn about some of the miracles of Jesus and the work of the Church to heal and care for the sick in Christ’s name.
This unit explores the role of John the Baptist in Jesus’ Baptism and provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of the signs, symbols and prayers associated with it.


Stories by significant authors – Roald Dahl. Children will learn to plan, draft and edit effective stories, with an especial focus on grammatical accuracy as they begin working towards the Year 6 SATs.
Poetic Style- Pupils will experiment with poetic style such as dialect poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Aesop’s Fables- Children will analyse Aesop’s fables and plan to create their own didactic tales.
Instructions. Pupils will develop their use of vocabulary and understanding of written and planning structures in order to produce effective instruction texts.
Classic/narrative poems – Highway Man, Choral/Performance, pupils will memorise and perform work from important poets adapting their ideas in their own writing


Number: Place Value
Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1000000 and determine the value of each digit.
Round any number up to 1000000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000
Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
Number: Addition and Subtraction
Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy. Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
Number: Multiplication and Division
Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers.
Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3)
Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes.



Children will:

Explore our solar system and its planets

Find out about heliocentricism and geocentricism

Research famous scientists: Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler (among others)

Find out about concepts like night and day


Bollywood dance: the national curriculum has a focus on dance.  The children will also be going swimming once a week on a Friday for ten weeks. 

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

History – Baghdad and the British Empire.
Art - drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
Geography – spatial sense and mountains of the world.
I.C.T. – digital literacy and computing
P.S.H.E.: - Conflict resolution


Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on a Friday.


Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.