Year 5
Robin, Swan and Swift
WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
CURRICULUM PLAN
Spring Term Curriculum 2024
YEAR FIVE CURRICULUM PLAN
Week beginning: 

Monday 8th – TAD
Tuesday 9th January

In English, we will be exploring poetry in the form of sonnets. We will look at various sonnets including Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and William Wordsworth’s Lines Upon Westminster Bridge. We will focus on the themes, rhyming scheme and structure such as iambic pentameter. Children will work towards writing and performing their own sonnets. In Maths, we will be revisiting formal methods of multiplication, multiplying threedigit numbers by twodigit numbers. In Science, we will be studying forces. We will explore what gravity is and its impact on our lives. We will also compare gravity on the Moon and Earth to highlight this. We will also build an understanding of the terms weight and mass, while using Newton meters in comparative testing. In History, we will be learning about the Ancient Islamic Empire. We will learn what the House of wisdom was and what went on there and about the Prophet Muhammad and his association with the Golden Age. 
Monday 15th January

In English, we will be exploring biographies. We will compose a biographical account based on research about Katherine Johnson. This will link to our work the following week in science. We will focus on collecting and using research, as well as using relative clauses, commas, brackets and adverbs of time. In Maths, we will move onto multiplying fourdigit numbers by twodigit numbers. We will be looking at word problems that involve multiplication. In Science, we will be studying forces. We will identify and know the effect of friction. Children will identify how the surface material of an object impacts friction and the distance/ speed something travels through a comparative, pattern seeking and fair testing. In History, we will continue learning about the Ancient Islamic Empire. We will be considering how the civilization impacted our lives today and learn about the role the golden age had in improving health care and education. 
Monday 22nd^{ }January
Science Museum trip – 23rd January 
In English, we will continue our biographical account about Katherine Johnson. We will focus on collecting and using research, as well as using relative clauses, commas, brackets and adverbs of time. In Maths, we will move to the formal written method of short division, initially dividing 2 & 3digit numbers by a 1digit number before moving to dividing a 4digit number. In History, we will continue learning about the Ancient Islamic Empire. We will be making comparisons to what life was like in Britain at the time and why the Golden Age came to an end. In Science, we will be studying forces. We will identify and know the effect of air resistance. Children will carry out a comparative and Fair Test using a ‘helicopter’ paper template. 
Monday 29th^{ }January 
In English, we will be exploring dystopian fiction using Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick as inspiration. Children will be working towards writing a narrative that will include dialogue, a setting description, and an alternative ending. We will focus on the rules of speech, using complex sentence structures with a range of conjunctions, descriptive language, a wide range of openers and adverbial phrases. In Maths, we will conclude this unit by dividing with remainders, using division methods efficiently and solving word problems where the children will have to assess whether to use multiplication or division. In Design Technology we will be exploring the field of textiles. We will design, make and evaluate a product. Children will identify a user, make creative design decisions and ensure it is functional for its purpose. We will be combining different fabric shapes to make our intended outcome product of a hat. Children will learn backstitch and use this in the making process. In Science, we will be studying forces. We will identify and know the effect of air resistance. Children will carry out a comparative and Fair Testing by identifying how the surface material of an object impacts friction and the distance/speed something travels. 
Monday 5th February
5th February – Parent book look
9th February – Valentines Disco 
In English, we will be exploring dystopian fiction using Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick as inspiration. Children will be working towards writing a narrative that will include dialogue, a setting description, and an alternative ending. We will focus on the rules of speech, using complex sentence structures with a range of conjunctions, descriptive language, a wide range of openers and adverbial phrases. In Maths, we will multiply unit & nonunit fraction by an integer (whole number), with children making links to knowledge of multiplication as repeated addition. We will build on this to multiply a mixed number by an integer. In Design Technology we will be exploring the field of textiles. We will design, make and evaluate a product. Children will identify a user, make creative design decisions and ensure it is functional for its purpose. We will be combining different fabric shapes to make our intended outcome product of a hat. Children will learn backstitch and use this in the making process. In Science, we will be studying forces. Children will build on their knowledge of friction with identifying and understanding the effect of water resistance. Children will be testing how changing the shape of an item can affect water resistance. 
Wider Curriculum In Reading (DR), the children will use our core text of Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick to explore the reading skills of prediction, inference, questioning, clarifying, summarising, and evaluating. This will also link to some of our English writing towards the end of the halfterm. We will explore nonfiction texts towards the end of the term. In Music, the children will be learning about classical music. In PE lessons with the class teacher, the children will do circuit training to develop strength and stamina. With PE staff, the children will develop their control, flexibility, agility, and coordination in gymnastics. Swan Class will be swimming. In Computing, we will be learning about flatfile databases. Children will be using a database to order data and create charts to answer questions. In PSHE, the children will share their dreams and goals and how they might need money to help them achieve this. They will consider the jobs that people they know do, look at the fact that some jobs pay more money than others and reflect on what types of jobs they might like to do when they are older. The children will also look at the similarities and differences between themselves (and their dreams and goals) and someone from a different culture. In French, we will be learning how to talk about the weather. 

Half Term 

Monday 19th February
23rd Swift Class assembly 
In English, we will use our time to rehearse our class assemblies. We will focus on ensuring we read aloud confidently and with expression. In Maths, we will continue our work on fractions by finding fractions of amounts and using fractions as operators. We will also start work on our next unit of decimals and percentages. We will look at decimals up to 2 decimal places and the relationship between equivalent fractions and decimals (tenths). In Science, we will be studying forces. Children will explore and explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. In RWE, we will be exploring the theme of ‘Why do religious books and teachings matter? We will be appreciating that individuals and cultures express their beliefs and values through many different forms. We will explore this through Christianity and Islam. 
Monday 26th February
1st Swan Class assembly 
In English, we will be writing a narrative, which contains a setting description, inspired by a picture called ‘The house on Chicken Legs.’ Children will plan for writing and review and edit. Children will aim to use descriptive language and use various sentence types and writing devices that they have learnt so far in Year 5. In Maths, we will continue our work on decimals and percentages, looking at equivalent fractions to hundredths, as well as equivalent fractions (halves, quarters, tenths, fifths) as decimals. We will introduce thousandths for the first time as a fraction and decimal. In Science, we will start our work on our unit of Earth and Space. We will explore the enquiry question of ‘How does our position in the Solar System impact life on Earth?’ Children will know and explain the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun. Children will create models and diagrams to help them to understand the movement of Earth in relation to the sun and moon. In Geography, we will be learning all about the similarities and differences between a Tundra and a Desert. We will explore what is meant by a ‘tundra’ and locate them across the world. We will also look at where the world’s most famous and largest deserts are situated. 
Monday 4th March
8th March – World Book Day
8th Robin Class assembly 
In English, we will be reading a variety of ‘Tall Tales’ (John Bunyan – Johnny Appleseed) and then planning one of our own. We will be focusing on language features such as hyperbole, similes and metaphors, and planning for coherent sentence structure and cohesive paragraphs. In Maths, we will move onto placing thousandths on a place value chart, order and compare decimals with the same number of decimal places, before comparing decimals with up to 3 decimal places. We will also look at rounding to the nearest whole number and decimal point. We will conclude our work on decimals and percentages by looking at percentages as fractions and decimals. As well as equivalent fractions percentages and decimals. In Science, we will continue our work on our unit of Earth and Space. We will explore the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. Children will use secondary sources to find out information about planets in the solar system and create an informative poster. In Geography, we will continue to look at two types of biomes, looking at the main features of a tundra and exploring how people have adapted to live in tundra and deserts. 
Monday 11th March
Parents evening 13th & 14th 
In English, we will be writing and then editing our ‘Tall Tales.’ We will be focusing on language features such as hyperbole, similes and metaphors, and planning for coherent sentence structure and cohesive paragraphs. In Maths, we will look at perimeter and area, focussing on the perimeter of rectangles, rectilinear shapes, and polygons. We will then move onto finding the area of rectangles and compound shapes. Children will also look to estimate the area of nonlinear shapes. In Science, we will continue to study the unit of Earth and Space. We will explore the enquiry question of ‘How Do We Get Night and Day?’ Children will know and explain that the Earth rotates constantly, and a full rotation takes 24 hours. When our part of the Earth is facing the sun, it is daytime, but we keep rotating until we are facing away from the sun, and this is night time. We will also think about how the tilt of Earth leads to the changes in seasons. In Geography, we will conclude our work on our unit by exploring the differences between a tundra and a desert. We will conclude our geographical work by exploring what latitude and longitude is and how we can read them from a map. 
Monday 18th March

In English, we will be looking at discussion texts in the form of a debate. We will debate our topic, before writing up a balanced discussion, presenting two sides of an argument. We will focus on the structure of persuasive paragraphs, presenting a few points which are backed up with an explanation, evidence, or a quote. Children will also create a questionnaire to collect evidence to be used in their discussion. Our debate question will be: Should zoos be banned? In Maths, we will explore the unit of statistics, focussing on drawing, reading, and interpreting line graphs. Furthermore, we will be reading and interpreting tables and timetables (e.g., train timetable). In Science, we will continue to study the unit of Earth and Space. We will explore the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. Children will use secondary research and diagrams to understand the different phases of the moon and its movement relative to Earth. Children will create models to help understand and deepen their learning. In Art, we will be studying Georgia O’Keefe and her artwork. We will also make comparisons to fellow artist Paul Cezanne highlighting similarities and differences. Children will aim to create a still life piece, inspired by O’Keefe, using pencils, pastels, and chalk. Children will learn and think about shape, line, tone, shading in their final pieces. 
Monday 25th March
Monday 25th March – Trip to London Zoo
27th March Opal stay and play 9.00 – 10.30am
End of term Thursday 28th March 
In English, we will be looking at discussion texts in the form of a debate. We will debate our topic, before writing up a balanced discussion, presenting two sides of an argument. We will focus on the structure of persuasive paragraphs, presenting a few points which are backed up with an explanation, evidence, or a quote. Children will also create a questionnaire to collect evidence to be used in their discussion. Our debate question will be: Should zoos be banned? In Maths, we will finish our unit of statistics. We will look at twoway tables, which show more than one piece of information and explore word problems using statistics. In Science, we will continue to study the unit of Earth and Space. We will explore the enquiry question of ‘How Can Shadows Show Us That Earth Is Rotating?’ Children will know and explain that shadows change throughout the day as the earth rotates on its axis and that the length of shadows varies based on the position of the sun. Children will plan a patternseeking investigation to identify how shadows change throughout the day. Children will take accurate measurements and record results in a table of their own design. Furthermore, we will look to present their data in a line graph to help them identify patterns and draw conclusions that may link to historic views of the movement of the Earth and Sun. In Art, we will be studying Georgia O’Keefe and her artwork. We will also make comparisons to fellow artist Paul Cezanne highlighting similarities and differences. Children will aim to create a still life piece, inspired by O’Keefe, using pencils, pastels, and chalk. Children will learn and think about shape, line, tone, shading in their final pieces. 
Wider Curriculum In Reading (DR), the children will use our core text of Beyond the Frozen Horizon by Nicola Penfold to explore the reading skills of prediction, inference, questioning, clarifying, summarising, and evaluating. We will explore nonfiction texts later in the halfterm linking to our Zoo debate. In Music, the children will be learning about the music style of minimalism. In PE lessons with the class teacher, the children will dance. Children will show ideas through dance as an individual and group, as well as linking movement patterns and sequences to music. With PE staff, the children will develop their control, flexibility, agility, and coordination in gymnastics. Swan Class will be swimming. In Computing, we will be creating vector drawings. Children will learn how to use different drawing tools to help them create images. Children will recognise that images in vector drawings are created using shapes and lines, and each individual element in the drawing is called an object. In PSHE, the children will investigate the risks associated with smoking and how it affects the lungs, liver, and heart. Likewise, they will learn about the risks associated with alcohol misuse. They are taught a range of basic first aid and emergency procedures (including the recovery position) and learn how to contact the emergency services when needed. The children will investigate how body types are portrayed in the media, social media, and celebrity culture. They will also learn about how this can be linked to negative body image pressures. In French, we will be learning how to talk about clothes. Identifying vocabulary for clothes, describing them and what clothes they may wear. 

Supporting Learning at Home Please make sure that you spend time reading with your child at home. As well as listening to your child read, we recommend reading aloud to your child as a regular story time session. Please help your child practise their weekly spellings and help them practise their number bonds and/or times tables. Homework is set on Fridays and is due on Wednesdays. You may wish to use this overview to see what your child is learning each week so that you can discuss this learning with your child at home. 
English Key Skills
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.
Reading
I can use knowledge of spelling patterns to read unknown words.
I can read a range of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, reference books and textbooks, giving a preference.
I know the structures and grammatical features of a range of nonfiction 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.
Writing
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.
Handwriting
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.
Terminology
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 – number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
 count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
 interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
 round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
 solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
 read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
Number – addition and subtraction
Pupils should be taught to:
 add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
 add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
 use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
 solve addition and subtraction multistep problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
Number – multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers
 know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (nonprime) numbers
 establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
 multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or twodigit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for twodigit numbers
 multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts
 divide numbers up to 4 digits by a onedigit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
 multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
 recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared ( ) and cubed ( )
 solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
 solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign
 solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates.
Number – fractions (including decimals and percentages)
Pupils should be taught to:
 compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
 identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
 recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number, for example 2/5 + 4/5 = 6/5 = 1 1/5
 add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
 multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams
 read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71/100
 recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
 round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
 read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
 solve problems involving number up to three decimal places recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal
 solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of ½ , 1/4 1/5 2/5 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 convert between different units of metric measure (for example, kilometre and metre;
 centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre)
 understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common
 imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
 measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
 calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm) and square metres (m) and estimate the area of irregular shapes
 estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water]
 solve problems involving converting between units of time
 use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling.
Geometry – properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify 3D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2D representations
 know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles draw given angles, and measure them in degrees
 identify:
angles at a point and one whole turn (total 360o)
angles at a point on a straight line and 1/2 a turn (total 180 degrees)
other multiples of 90 degrees
 use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles;
 distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles.
Geometry – position and direction
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed.
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
 complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables.
Permission to walk home
Please print off and sign the permission slip below allowing your child to walk to and/or from school unattended and return to the school office. Alternatively, you can email the school office using the wording below to grant permission.
Child’s class: Date:
Parent/carer’s name: Parent/carer’s signature:
Child’s name: Child’s signature:
Mr Mason
Year Team Leader
Ms Grasby
Class Teacher
Miss Kadir
Class Teacher
Mrs Arslan
Ms Zimmermann
Teaching Assistant