Year 5

English Overviews

Reading Overview

YEar 5.pdf

Writing Overview

Writing 5.pdf

Mathematics Overview & Support

We are proud to work with the Maths Hub for 2020 - 2022 to develop a mastery approach when teaching mathematics. 

Termly Overview

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS)

Topics & Overviews



Forces & Mechanisms

This project teaches children about the forces of gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction, with children exploring their effects. They learn about mechanisms, their uses and how they allow a smaller effort to have a greater effect. 


Earth & Space

This project teaches children about our Solar System and its spherical bodies. They describe the movements of Earth and other planets relative to the Sun, the Moon relative to Earth and the Earth's rotation to explain day and night. 


Dynamic Dynasties

This project teaches children about the history of ancient China, focusing primarily on the Shang Dynasty, and explores the lasting legacy of the first five Chinese dynasties, some of which can still be seen in the world today. 


Investigating Our World

This essential skills and knowledge project teaches children about locating map features using a range of methods. They learn about the Prime Meridian, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and worldwide time zones and study interconnected climate zones, vegetation belts and biomes. Children learn about human geography and capital cities worldwide before looking at the UK motorway network and settlements. They carry out an enquiry to identify local settlement types. 


Tints, Tones & Shades

This project teaches children about colour theory by studying the colour wheel and exploring mixing tints, shades and tones. They learn about significant landscape artworks and features of landscapes before using this knowledge to create landscape paintings. 



This project teaches children about the significance and art of the taotie motif, including ancient and contemporary casting methods. 


Moving Mechanisms

This project teaches children about pneumatic systems. They experiment with pneumatics before designing, making and evaluating a pneumatic machine that performs a useful function. 


Creative Composers - Pulse and Rhythm 

In this unit, children will learn about the pentatonic scale and how this was used during ancient civilisations to create music. The children will compose their own pieces, using the glockenspiel, considering rhythm.


Notable Notations - Composition and Notation

Children will learn to compose and write notation for a soundtrack that could be played as part of the upcoming Hindu ‘Holi’ festival. Children will explore how different sounds can represent spring and record their notation using some musical notation symbols.


Green Screen
Video Manipulation

This unit will teach children how to create their own videos using green screen. They will learn how to do this through using an app called ‘Doink’. The children will learn to crop, resize, split screens, change backgrounds and add text as well as evaluate and improve their creations. 


Christmas Quizzes

In this project, children will learn how to create simple algorithms, using a programme called ‘scratch’ to create quizzes for their friends. Children will learn how to create commands and sequences of commands to enable their audiences to select an answer.


Core - Cognitive

In this unit, children are taught to develop their cognitive skills by making decisions when working in teams and independently.  They will focus on developing stance and footwork and learn how this can help them to improve their performance. 


Core - Creative

In this unit, children will learn how to be creative, changing tactics, rules and tasks to make activities more fun and challenging. They will focus on developing their seated balance and floor work.



Properties & Changes of Materials

This project teaches children about the wider properties of materials and their uses. They learn about mixtures and how they can be separated using sieving, filtration and evaporation. They study reversible and irreversible changes, and use common indicators to identify irreversible changes. 


Dig for Victory

The children will learn about how food was rationed during WW2 so communities were encouraged to use their gardens, allotments and common spaces to grow and harvest vegetables.  


Sow, Grow & Farm

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas. 


Line, Light & Shadows

This project teaches children about the visual qualities of line, light and shadow. They explore the work of Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt and are introduced to a range of shading techniques. They take black and white photographs and use pencil, pen and ink wash to reimagine their photographs in a shaded drawing. 


Nature's Art

This project teaches children about the genre of land art. They work outdoors to sketch natural forms and explore the sculptural potential of natural materials before working collaboratively to create land art installations. 


Eat The Seasons

This project teaches children about the meaning and benefits of seasonal eating, including food preparation and cooking techniques. 


Comparative Composers -Significant People 

During this term, the children will study significant composers from the Baroque period, such as Vivaldi. The children will apply their listening and appreciation skills to compare the composers, as well as explore why they were significant in the composition of music during this time period. 


Heavenly Harmonisers - Music Appreciation and Listening 

This unit teaches children to sing in rounds and harmonize together, forming their singing parts for the end-of-year production. They will improve their vocal skills and collaborate to create a successful performance. By the end of the unit, they will be able to perform in rounds and harmonize effectively as a group.



In this project, children will learn to use VR and AR to create an interactive display to showcase their learning. They will learn how scanning a picture can bring it to life on an ipod or smart device and how this can be used to advertise and showcase ideas to many people. 


Fantastic Formulae
Data handling

Children will learn how to use different formulae to total and record data. This will link to their Maths Statistics unit. Google sheets will be used for this unit. 


Gym - U1

During this unit, children will learn how to use different apparatus and sequences, such as rhythmic and climbing sequences. 


Dance - U1

Children will learn to develop their dance skills, such as performance, partner work, musicality and creating dances (choreography). 



Human Reproduction & Ageing

This project teaches children about animal life cycles, including the human life cycle. They explore human growth and development to old age, including the changes experienced during puberty and human reproduction. 


Groundbreaking Greeks

This project teaches children about developments and changes over six periods of ancient Greek history, focusing on the city state of Athens in the Classical age, and exploring the lasting legacy of ancient Greece. 


Mixed Media

This project teaches children about paper crafts, papermaking and collage techniques, including paper, fabric, mixed media and photo collage. They use their learning to create a final piece of small-scale, mixed media collage. 



This project teaches children about the Expressionist art movement and the 'Father of Expressionism', Edvard Munch. They explore different ways to portray feelings and emotions in art to create an imaginative self-portrait. 



This project teaches children about how architectural style and technology has developed over time and then use this knowledge to design a building with specific features. 


Blissful Blenders/Perfect performers -Singing/Performance 

This unit helps children improve their group singing performance for the end-of-year production. They will learn techniques to project their voices, adjust tone and volume, and collaborate on harmonizing and blending. By the end of the unit, they will have improved their singing skills and confidence as a group.


Website Designers
Computer Networks

In this unit, children will learn how computer networks like search engines link websites together based on key words and favourites. The children will design their own web page which will rank highly on a search engine based on key words. Children will learn how this can be positive when promoting an idea however content can be shared widely which can also be a risk. 



In this unit, children will learn how to remix popular songs, and compose 4 chord melodies applying their musical skills and knowledge of chords.


Core - Physical

In this unit, children will learn to develop their physical skills, such as jumping and landing and balancing on one leg. 


Core - Personal

In this unit, children will develop their personal skills, such as resilience and confidence. They will practise ball skills and responses and reactions. 



Children will learn a variety of strokes to be able to swim 25m.

Religious Education - Love To Celebrate!

We look at six celebrations from across the major religions of the world


Guru Arjan Gurpurab

Autumn 1

Gurpurabs are special celebration days that commemorate the lives of the Sikh Gurus.

Guru Arjan achieved many things during his lifetime. He completed the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1604 and promoted the Sikh principle of dasvandh, giving 10% of earnings to help others as an act of service to God who Sikhs call Waheguru. He also collated the hymns and teachings of the first five Gurus and created the Adi Granth, the book that would eventually become the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Arjan also became the first Sikh Guru to be martyred for his faith.

Many Sikhs remember Guru Arjan by attending special services in the Gurdwara and serving cooling drinks to others. This reminds them of the thirst Guru Arjan must have suffered and his cool and calm nature as he faced death.



Spring 1

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter. According to the Bible, Jesus had ascended into heaven 10 days earlier and the disciples were waiting to receive power from God to help them spread Jesus' message. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they started speaking in different languages so that the people in the crowd could understand them. That day, 3000 people were baptised as Christians, therefore Pentecost is seen as the birthday of the Christian church.

Today, Pentecost is a popular time for baptism and confirmation services. Church leaders may wear red to represent the flames that settled on the heads of the disciples and some churches may also serve a special cake after the Sunday service to mark the birthday of the church.



Spring 2

Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals. It commemorates the time Moses led the Israelite slaves to freedom over 3000 years ago. The word Passover refers to the final plague of Egypt, when God 'passed over' the houses of the Israelites and killed the first born sons of the Egyptians. After this plague, Pharaoh set the Israelites free and they were led into the desert by Moses. This is known as the Exodus.

The Jewish Passover celebrations last seven to eight days. Families clean their houses, rest, eat special meals together and read the story of the Exodus from the Torah.


Eid al-Fitr

Summer 1

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan. After each day of fasting, many families share iftar, their evening meal, together. All Muslims who are old enough and well enough are expected to fast. School and work life carries on as normal, even though no food or drink is consumed during daylight hours.

Eid al-Fitr comes at the end of the fast and is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims spend time with their families, eat together, celebrate as a community and thank Allah for the help, strength and self-control he gave them throughout Ramadan.


Dharma Day

Summer 2

Dharma Day, or Asalha Puja, is celebrated in July by Buddhists around the world. The word Dharma means teaching and Dharma Day commemorates Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park in Varanasi, India, over 2500 years ago. Buddhists celebrate Dharma Day by studying Buddha's teachings and feeling graduate for what they have learned. 



Autumn 2

Holi is celebrated throughout India and beyond. Bonfires are lit on the first day of Holi to remind Hindus of the story of Holika and Prahlad. Coloured paint is thrown or squirted at friends, family and even strangers on the second day of the festival. This commemorates a story about the young Krishna and his beloved Radha.

The festival also marks the winter harvest, welcomes spring and celebrates love.

P.S.H.E - Personal Social Health Education (Including Relationships & Sex Education)

We follow six key themes in P.S.H.E. that are taught at the same time across the school, below is the specific theme covered. 

Being Me In My World


Celebrating Difference

they can cause conflict


other cultures

Dreams & Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me

body image