Year 5

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Summer Term Curriculum 2021


YEAR: 5 TERM: Summer
In Y5 we study Europe. This term we take a closer look at Italy and Scandinavia.


We will be writing across a range of fiction and non-fiction genres including: authors from our literary heritage, instruction writing, free verse poetry, persuasive writing and narrative.

Children will be working towards writing at least one and a half pages of writing and using complex sentence structures with a range of conjunctions. We will introduce the use of relative clauses.  They will be using a range of punctuation focusing on commas, exclamation marks and question marks. The children will also be focusing on using a wide range of openers and adverbial phrases.  We aim to further the children’s ability to plan effectively for a piece of writing as well as helping them develop their editing skills.

The children will be reading a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books during our destination reader lessons. Through focused activities, the children will develop their comprehension, inference, prediction, summarising and evaluation skills. Our key texts for this term are ‘Skellig’ by David Almond and ‘Viking Sagas’ by Nigel Bryant. (Which have been adapted into a number of radio plays by the BBC).


Decimals, fractions and percentages: The children will learn how to convert fractions to decimals and percentages, and vice versa. The children will learn how to find percentages of amounts.

Decimals: The children will learn how to apply their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to problems that include decimals.

Measure: The children will learn how to convert between different units of measure. The children will learn how to measure angles correctly and how to work out the value of an unknown angle.

After our maths assessments, we will be looking at areas of significant weakness and planning series of lessons to address these areas.


In our ‘Animals including Humans’ topic, the children will look at how animals and humans grow and change over time. In our ‘Forces’ topic, the children will learn about the forces or gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction, as well as learning about how mechanisms allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


We will learn about the Romans and the Vikings. When studying the Romans, we will focus on how life was different for men and women. We will contrast these differences to life today. When learning about the Vikings we will look at the differences between primary and secondary sources. We will create our own ‘mock’ primary sources to display in a museum that the children will curate.


We will learn about the geographical features of Italy and Scandinavia. We will also learn about the water cycle and about rivers, looking at how they are used and how the Vikings used rivers for trade and for raids.


We will learn about what people of different faiths and of no faith believe about how we should live and who we can look to for inspiration.


We will learn about Renaissance frescoes and produce one inspired by our topic work. We will learn about Impressionism and about key artists from the Impressionist movement.


The children will celebrate culture and seasonality, making their own pizza from scratch. The children will develop their woodworking skills and will construct a miniature Viking longhouse.


With Mrs Vetch, the children will learn and perform a number of Gospel songs.


With Mrs Koupland, the children will spend one lesson a week focusing on strength, conditioning and fitness. They will also have one lesson a week playing a variety of throwing and catching games. In the second half of the summer term the children will develop their skill in a number of track and field events.


We will be spending a much larger proportion of the week on PHSE education. Our main focus will be on how to look after, and value, ourselves. We will also be using the Barnet scheme of work in this subject, where this term we will be looking at drugs and the media. We will be having weekly ‘Time to Talk’ sessions where the children will have the space to talk about current affairs, things that concern them and philosophical ideas.

How parents can be involved in home learning

We appreciate parental support with general reading, spelling and homework.  We want to ensure that all children are proficient in their times tables and basic maths facts, so these need to be practised regularly. Homework will be set on google classroom each Friday. Work should be submitted by the following Wednesday.


English Key Skills
Speaking and Listening

I can read aloud confidently and with expression.

I can listen carefully during discussions, making appropriate contributions.

I can speak clearly with an increasing command of Standard English.

I can ask relevant questions to extend my understanding.

I can use relevant strategies to build on my vocabulary.

I can qualify and justify my own thoughts and opinions.

I can defend a point of view and respect others’ views.

I can disagree politely and respectfully in discussion.

I can give well structures descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.

I can participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisation and debates.

I can work in a group to plan a task and feed back to a bigger group.


I can use knowledge of spelling patterns to read unknown words.

I can read a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, reference books and textbooks, giving a preference.

I know the structures and grammatical features of a range of non-fiction text types e.g. explanations, recounts, persuasion.

I can explore themes within and across text e.g. loss, heroism…

I can make comparisons within a text.

I can identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

I can learn a wide range of poetry by heart.

I can prepare poems and playscripts to perform aloud.

I can check that a book makes sense to me by discussing and explaining the meaning of words in context.

I can use skimming and scanning techniques to locate specific information.

I can ask questions to improve my understanding.

I can draw inferences about characters’ feelings, thoughts, motives and justify inferences with evidence.

I can make predictions about what might happen from details stated and implied.

I can summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas.


I can write at least 2 and a half pages of A4.

I can use complex sentence structures with a full range of conjunctions.

I can use a range of punctuation including commas, apostrophes, speech marks, inverted commas, ellipsis, brackets and hyphens accurately.

I can use relative clauses beginning with who, which, that, where, when, whose.

I can use, expanded –ing clause and expanded –ed clauses as starters (e.g. Encouraged by the bright weather, Jane set out for a long walk)

I can use a range of connectives, openers and adverbial phrases to develop cohesion.

I can vary the length of my sentences for meaning and effect.

I can build cohesion within a paragraph (e.g. firstly, then, subsequently…)

I can move chunks (how, when, where) around for different effects. (The siren echoed loudly…through the lonely streets…at midnight).

I can use rhetorical questions.

I can include degrees of possibility using modal verbs.

I can use stage directions in speech (e.g. “Stop!” he shouted, picking up the stick and running after…)

I can produce writing for a range of purposes e.g. storywriting, playscripts, recounts, persuasive, explanations) and use appropriate grammatical features.

I can plan effectively for a piece of writing.

I can edit a piece of work accurately to match the needs of an identified reader.

Spelling (See Appendix 1)

I can spell all the high frequency words for Y5.

I can spell unfamiliar polysyllabic words using spelling analogy and phonics.

I can spell words ending in –ant, -ance, -ancy, -ent, -ence, -ency

I can spell words containing suffixes –able and –ible can spell words with the letter string ‘ough’.


I can spell homophones and other words that are often confused (e.g. advice/advise, affect/effect…)

I can spell some words with ‘silent’ letters, e.g. knight, psalm, solemn.

I can use a thesaurus.


I can write in a clear, neat and legible cursive style at all times.

I can use a handwriting pen.

I can use triple guidelines effectively.

I can present work to a high standard.


Consolidate – punctuation, letter/word, sentence, statement, question, exclamation, command, full stop, capitals, question mark, exclamation mark, speech marks, direct speech, inverted commas, bullet points, apostrophe (contractions/possession), commas, singular, plural, suffix, prefix, word family, consonant, vowel, adjective, noun, noun phrase, verb adverb, imperative verb, tense, conjunctions, connective, preposition, determiner, generalise, pronoun, subordinate/relative clause, adverbial, fronted adverbial, alliteration, simile, synonym.

Introduce – modal verb, parenthesis, bracket – dash, cohesion, ambiguity, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, rhetorical question.

Maths Key Skills
Number and Counting

  • I can count, order and compare numbers to 10, 000, 000 (ten million) and understand the place value of the digits.
  • I know and understand that the actual value of a digit in a number is equal to the digit multiplied by the place value. E.g. the value of the digit 5 in the number 4 657 809 is 5 ten thousands, i.e. 5 × 10 000 = 50 000
  • I know and understand that the value of a number is the sum of the values of each digit in the number.
  • I can round numbers to the nearest thousand.

Multiplication and Division

  • I can multiply and divide by tens, hundreds or thousands.
  • I know all my x tables up to 12 x12, their related division facts and can use and apply them.
  • I can use all four operations to solve word problems.

Whole numbers

  • I know that in a number sentence with brackets the brackets must be calculated first.
  • I can apply the order of operations outlined in BIDMAS (Brackets, indices, division, multiplication, addition and subtraction) in a number sentence.


  • I know the terms like and unlike fractions and that like fractions are fractions with the same denominator and unlike fractions are fractions with different denominators.
  • I can add like fractions.
  • I can subtract unlike fractions.
  • I can divide whole numbers by other whole numbers and know that the answer can be a whole number with or without a remainder or a proper fraction or a mixed number.
  • I know that fractions and decimals are interchangeable and you can convert between them.
  • I can add and subtract mixed numbers.
  • I can find the products of proper fractions, improper and a proper or an improper fraction and of a mixed number and a whole number.
  • I can divide fractions.
  • I can solve fraction word problems.


  • I can find the area of a triangle using the formula of ½ base x height.


  • I can use ratio to compare the relative sizes of two quantities or sets of items.
  • I can use ratio to compare the relative sizes of three quantities or sets of items.


  • I can express a ratio in its simplest form by dividing the terms by the largest common factor e.g. 12 : 36 is simplified to 1 :3 by dividing by 12.
  • I can solve word problems involving ratio.


  • I can convert decimals to fractions and vice versa.
  • I can multiply a number by multiplied by 10, 100 or 1000, each digit in the number moves 1, 2 or 3 places respectively to the left in the place value chart.
  • When a number is multiplied by 10, 100 or 1000, the decimal place shifts 1, 2 or 3 places to the right.
  • I can solve word problems involving decimals.


  • I can convert between a larger to a smaller unit of measurement (and vice versa) using the principle of direct proportion.


  • I can calculate the mean by finding the total and dividing by the number of data or items.


  • I can use and understand percentage e.g. that 5 out of 100 = 5%
  • I know that a percentage is a specific fraction where the denominator is 100.
  • I can convert fractions to percentages.
  • I can find percentages of amounts.
  • I can solve word problems involving percentages.


  • I know that the angles on a straight line add up to 180°.
  • I know that the sum of the angles at a point total 360°.
  • I know that vertically opposite angles are represented by two intersecting straight lines and that they are equal.

Perpendicular and Parallel Lines

  • I can draw a pair of Perpendicular lines that meet or intersect at right angles.
  • I can accurately draw a pair of Parallel lines and know that they will never meet.
  • I know that the perpendicular distance between a pair of parallel lines is equal at every point on the lines.

Properties of triangles and 4 sided shapes

  • I know that the sum of angles in a triangle = 180°.
  • I can identify and describe the properties, using the correct vocabulary, of right angled, isosceles and equilateral triangles.
  • I can describe the properties of a parallelogram, rhombus and trapezium.



 Geometrical Construction

  • I can draw a triangle accurately having been given only two angles and the adjacent side .
  • I can draw squares, rectangles, rhombuses, parallelograms and trapeziums accurately.

Volume of cubes and cuboids

  • I can represent and draw cubes and cuboids using solid units and isometric dotty paper.
  • I can understand and measure the volume of cubes and cuboids in units such as cm³ and m³.
  • I can calculate the volume of a cube and cuboid using the formulae edge x edge x edge and length x width x height

In Swan Class, we had a lot of fun during science week. We learnt about air resistance, water resistance and gravity and took part in exciting experiments. 

The children created their own Viking family in Swan Class and they even had their own Viking names. They performed a scene where some members of the family were against moving to England, but others very much wanted to travel there for more land, for better land, for honour and for their riches. These were very enjoyable performances! 

Swan Class cooked up a Roman treat for the emperors banquet. We had great fun watching and acting the shows.

Year 5 had great fun with some Roman artefacts which were kindly brought in by children in the year group

Swan Class took part in a history hunt all about The Romans.

Swan Class were busy with experiments this week. In Geography , they learnt about the water cycle and had fun taking part in different experiments.

Swan Class had a lot of fun rehearsing, performing and watching the many talents displayed in our Coldfall’s Got Talent auditions. A big well done to Brodie who won, in second place Jacob and Eva and Sofia in third place. Well done to everyone who bravely auditioned.

Swan Class created their own dystopian worlds. They drew their world and then presented it to the class. 

Swan Class had fun using drama to develop their ideas for a short story based in a dystopian world which they created. They used freeze frames to capture important parts of their story.

Not even lockdown can stop Swift class from being amazing with their Valentine hats

Swan’s are using their prompt cards to act out their European traditional tale. They put on great performances! We had such fun watching all of the shows!

As part of black history month, we learnt about the inspirational Stormzy. Whilst we learnt more about the amazing Stormzy, we also discovered how talented and wonderful our very own Mr Carayol was! Pictured here is his phenomenal painting of Stormzy performing at the Brit Awards.

In science, we looked at the order of the planets in our solar system and the distance between them. The children used food items to represent this, for example Mercury was a peppercorn as it’s the smallest planet in our solar system. The children had a great time learning outdoors.

Mr Descrettes

Year Team Leader

Miss Coleman

Class Teacher

Miss Buckley-Moran

Class Teacher

Mr Lynch

Trainee Teacher

Mr Carayol

Teaching Assistant