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Year 5 Curriculum

In RE we follow the Curriculum strategy of the Archdiocese, ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God.  We compare stories of Creation and reflect on the talents God has given us. Building on previous work on Miracles we develop this further by identifying how Jesus’ actions brought change to people’s lives, and recognise some of the places of pilgrimages in our world today. The children hear, read and explore Bible stories, with particular focus on Jesus’ Baptism, the meaning of his parables, plus the work of the Apostles. The importance of the Sacraments in our lives has an important emphasis; Baptism, the Sacrament of the sick, Marriage and Holy Orders. Throughout the year the children deepen their faith and understanding by celebrating and learning about the key events within the Liturgical year; Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. We attend Mass regularly and the children have the chance to lead mass on several occasions during the academic year. The children also have the opportunity to learn about a different religion in our world; we explore the people, celebration and festivals of the Islamic faith.

Throughout the year the children will be given the opportunity to explore in depth a wide variety of texts. They will look at features of non-fiction texts; persuasive writing, explanation and information texts and use key features when writing independently. In fiction they look closely at stories from other cultures, books written from a particular author, texts written long ago and poetry in many different forms. Developing children’s written style and improving their sentence construction is an important focus. We will be varying word order, adding adverbs and connectives within a sentence for effect and use metaphors and similes to enhance imagery. Over the course of the year some of our work will be linked to books; Autumn term – Street Child by Berlie Doherty, Spring Term – The Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, Summer Term –traditional Mexican stories. This provides many rich writing and reading opportunities, analysing the characters and text in detail. Children will be reading a wide range of books independently, as well as reading as a group in guided reading sessions.

In Year 5 the children will become more confident and accurate in their use of the four operations. They will extend their knowledge of multiplication tables and their understanding of place value including decimals. We will work on mental strategies for multiplying and dividing by 10,100 & 1000, and will also use the column method to multiply HTU x U and TU x TU. Our work on the number system will include negative numbers, number sequences and patterns, multiples, factors and square numbers, plus improper and proper fractions, and percentages. In shape, space & measures we will be using formulae to calculate area and perimeter of shapes, identify the key properties of 2d and 3d shapes; recognising different types of angles, convert measures ie; grams to kilograms, cm to mm, mins to hours. We will develop the children’s understanding of reading and analysing information in bar and line graphs, plus identify the mean, median and mode of data. Mathematical Investigations and word problems linked to everyday life will a continuous part of our learning.

During the course of the year some of our science is linked to our theme work. However, units that do not link are taught separately. In the ‘Space & Beyond’ unit of work children will the planets in our universe, the reasons for day and night, seasons etc.... In ‘Sounds Around Us’ the children investigate how sounds are made and how to muffle sounds, testing various materials. ‘It’s a gas’ and ‘Changing State’ are linked to our theme on water. We explore ‘air’ and other gases in our world; we look at the key differences between solids, liquids and gases and the reasons why these 3 states of matter can change and the water cycle. The importance of healthy living is the key focus in our unit ‘Healthy Hearts’. Children will learn about the importance of eating a healthy diet, the effect of exercise upon on the body and the dangers of smoking, plus understand the jobs of the major organs in our bodies. In ‘Life Cycles’ our focus is on plants; naming plant parts, investigating germination, pollination and plant reproduction. 

During Computing we will be developing the pupils skills in understanding how computer systems work, practising safe and responsible search techniques and internet habits, understanding algorithms and using them when programming. We will develop these skills through the following activities.

  • Creating a 3d Gallery
  • Exploring Cryptography
  • Creating Digital Art
  • Building a developing websites and blogs
  • Designing a computer game

During the course of the year History is linked to our theme work. We explore the lives of people and children in ‘Inventive Victorians’,  with a particular focus  on the remarkable changes that took place in the world of transport, technology, medicine and factories.  We study famous Victorian people and the significant changes they made in this era. A trip to Hartlebury Museum, dressed in Victorian costume, provides the opportunity to experience life as a school child, boot boy and scullery maid. ‘All aboard the Titanic’ links our ‘water’ theme and is used throughout the curriculum in the spring term.

Our main theme in Geography is water. We explore the importance of water in our lives, identify its uses, understand the water cycle and learn about some of the major rivers in our world. We develop our map skills by looking at variety of maps; political and physical, plus read grid references and OS co-ordinates to locate key places. We identify the continents, major cities, seas and rivers in the world. We learn to read maps with different scales and draw our own maps to scale, representing key places with symbols. Year 5 theme is Mexico in the summer term. We compare and contrast the country and the lives of people with our own.

Invasion games and net & ball games is an important focus in Year 5 as it develops the children’s  skills in co-ordination, ball control, plus positioning for attack and defence. In gymnastics the children will use a range of apparatus to perform various rolls, balances and body shapes. They will focus on flight and travel, aiming to create a sequence of movements showing accurate posture and control. The children will swim on Friday mornings at Sansome walk Swimming baths for half the year.  Developing different strokes, building stamina and confidence in the water are key aspects of our lessons. Our dance units of work will encourage the children to think creatively when moving to music to produce their own sequence. In Athletics, building the children’s strength and stamina are important in order to improve performance. They will complete in sprints, including relays, and develop their throwing and long jump skills.

Singing and performing in rounds, creating our own lyrics and melodies, and performing to others using a variety of percussion and tuned instruments are all key elements of the Year 5 music curriculum. In addition, Key Stage 2 pupils have the opportunity to learn a variety of songs with a specialist singing Teacher on a weekly basis.

Our DT work is linked to our themes. Children explore different moving toys from the Victorian era with cams. We explore how they work, then plan, design and create our own toy with a moving mechanism. Key skills of measuring, cutting, marking, joining are a key focus to ensure quality is achieved. In our unit ‘Gases around us’ we design and create a rocket. Children plan and build their design in pairs, thinking carefully about the use of materials needed and the importance of air to launch their rocket. Keeping with the water theme the pupils will also design and make their own Archimedes screw. As part of our Mexico unit children research and make various traditional foods for our themed ‘Mexico day’ . Throughout the DT tasks children will continually evaluate their work, recognise changes needed during the making stage and identify improvements for next time.

Children will develop control of tools and techniques needed for painting, pencil drawing, collage work and sculpting. They will study the work of William Morris; experimenting with colour and symmetrical patterns in order to create their own tile design. The work of Monet is a focus for our work linked to water. Exploring different mediums, shades and tones are key aspects of our work. In addition, we will produce collage landscapes of water, working with various types of materials to create different effects. Using mod-rock to produce a ‘Day of the Dead skull’ is part of work linked to Mexico. Children will examine different styles of Mexican art, and use this knowledge to help them make their own. Reflecting and evaluating their finished Art work is an important part of the learning process for children.

Developing learner skills, knowledge and attributes form part of our learning for PSHE during the course of the year. Our work is based on a scheme called ‘Building Bridges’. Many group activities involve opportunities for the children to develop their communication and co-operation skills, build confidence and self-esteem, work as part of a team and take ownership of their own learning. Children will explore the factors that affect learning, and will influence the recognition for having a positive attitude. Children will also learn about puberty; the changes that happen to boys and girls as they grow up.