Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Spring Term

During the spring term in English we will be looking at flashback and suspense stories for fiction writing and newspaper and letters for non-fiction writing. We will be learning about the features of each genre and using our grammar sessions to apply our knowledge in our writing. We will also complete comprehension work on each genre to ensure we understand what they should look like.


In maths we will be learning about multiplication and division and how they are the inverse of each other. We will be learning about methods which will help us to complete our work and problem solve. We will be learning about how to add and subtract fractions and what an improper fraction is. We will also be learning how to work out decimals and percentages.


Our science unit is materials and their properties and how they can change. We will be completing experiments and what they tell us. Our other unit is living things in their habitats, we will be learning about life cycles and flowers.


In history we will be learning about Anglo Saxons and scots, this will include their everyday life, facts, timelines and artefacts.


Our geography unit is the similarities and differences between the UK and Europe. This will include human and physical features. We will be comparing Italy and the UK.


Our music unit is life cycles, we will explore the human life cycle with music by Johannes Brahms, Luciano Berio, Franz Liszt and Claudio Monteverdi. There is a wide variety of musical moods, styles and genres inspires singing, performing and composing using new techniques and structures.


In art we will be painting mixing and matching colours to create atmosphere and light effects. We will learn how to control the types of marks made and experiment with different effects and textures. We will learn about shades and tones and research the work of an artist or designer and use their work to replicate their style.

Design and Technology

Our Design and Technology unit is structures, we will be learning how to make a frame structure and how to make it strong.

Modern Foreign Languages

French in unit 10 we will be learning about French cities, giving and understanding basic directions, talking about the weather and places in France. For unit 11 we will be shopping for food, asking and saying how much something costs, talking about activities at a party and giving opinions about food and various activities. clothing and clothes and colours.


In PSHE we will be learning how friends can communicate safely and becoming independent. We will also find out how to stay safe online. Our other PSHE unit is what decisions people can make about money. We will learn how to make decisions about spending and saving.

Religious Education

Our R.E. unit is Religious Diversity (Happiness)We will explore the diversity of a range of religious traditions and identify and reflect on similarities and differences. Our other R.E. unit is Easter, we will learn about suffering and hardship and investigate and reflect on a range of religious responses to suffering and hardship.

Physical Education

In P.E. we will continue with our swimming lessons, our indoor P.E. sessions include hockey and netball, we will learn the different skills needed to play these games effectively.


Our computing unit we will explore conditions and selection using a programmable microcontroller. We will also be learning about File Data Bases, Flat-file databases and using a database to order data and create charts to answer questions.