Year 5 Curriculum Coverage


Subject: Art

A key skill the children learn in art is to develop their use of colour.  They do this through exploring seascapes where they begin by identifying the differences in light and shade and creating pencil sketches.  The children identify the different shades of colour in the seascapes which they use to create a palette of colour then reflect this in the threads they use in a weaving.

The children also look at art in the locality through the paintings of Joe Scarborough.  They identify the style of the artist and the images he uses to create his paintings.  Then use these ideas to compose and paint their own paintings of a local scene.

Subject: D.T.

In D.T. the children learn how joining different materials together and using construction techniques can help them to build a more effective structure.  They learn these skills through the Vikings Learning Challenge, where they design and build a strong longhouse. They begin building their longhouse by cutting and joining lengths of wood to make a cuboid and learning how using card triangles to strengthen the joins can lead to a more stable structure.

Through our enterprise Learning Challenge, the children learn to use surveys and research to design and make a lunchbox for our Year 3 and 4 children. The children use what they have found out to finally make their lunchboxes and then the younger members of our school come and vote.

Subject: History

History is taught through the Learning Challenges which are based around the topics of the Vikings, Local History and Explorers.  Each Learning Challenge begins with a question in order to stimulate the children’s interest and to encourage them to think about what they would like to know.

Throughout all of the Learning Challenges the children use both primary and secondary sources to investigate the past, thinking about the people, events, changes and beliefs of the time. Whenever possible we also use role play to help the children empathise with and deepen their insight into people’s lives.

At some point in every Learning Challenge we try to enhance the children’s learning through an educational visit, a themed day in school or by inviting speakers into the classroom to share their experiences.

Subject: PSHE

Through PSHE, the children are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which they need in order to become confident individuals, who can live healthy and independent lives.

It is mainly taught through circle time, where the activities are based around the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) topics, such as ‘Going for Goals.  These activities help the children to think about themselves and consider how their behaviour and attitude can affect themselves and other people.  It also helps them to understand that we live in a diverse society; therefore it is important that we respect and appreciate the life choices of others and how this can only help to make our own lives richer.

The children also take part in fund raising activities such as Red Nose Day, Children in Need and Sport Relief. Thinking about why such events are necessary is also part of our PSHE curriculum.

Subject: Music

Singing songs with confidence forms the basis of our music learning.  The children learn to sing songs in rounds and parts and to do so in time with each other.  They are also encouraged to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments rhythmically to accompany the songs.

The children also have the opportunity to have lessons for playing the violin.

Subject: Spanish

The children continue learning the Spanish language in Y5.  They learn basic phrases in Spanish, such as how to greet someone and ask them how they are. Understanding how to ask and answer questions is also an important aspect of their learning, therefore the children are encouraged to have face-to-face conversations with others.

Simple classroom commands, songs and rhymes in Spanish are also taught, alongside counting, the time and date, colours and the names of some everyday objects.

Subject: Maths

In Y5, maths is taught on a daily basis and aims to build upon the children’s previous knowledge and understanding as well as introducing new concepts.

The children are taught to develop their mental calculation strategies and to have an effective written method to use for all four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  They also learn to check the answer to calculations by using the inverse operation (addition and subtraction are inverse operations as are multiplication and division).  When faced with a calculation the children are encouraged to consider whether they need to use a mental method, make jottings or use a written method to solve it.

Other areas of maths learning in Y5 include:

  • Counting and understanding numbers: this covers areas such as counting and ordering numbers; number sequences; place value; fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Shape, space and measures: this includes the properties of 2D and 3D shapes; the reflection, rotation and translation of shapes; understanding and using measures for mass, length, capacity, angles and time.
  • Handling data: including collecting, sorting and classifying data, constructing and interpreting data in charts and graphs; using probability to explain outcomes of events; using the mean, median, mode and range to describe sets of data.

Throughout all of their maths learning, the children develop the ability use and apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems.  They are also encouraged to confidently use mathematical vocabulary to give oral explanations of the methods they have used and their reasoning.  When tackling a mathematical problem, the children begin to develop the ability to be more systematic and organised in their approach.

Wherever possible the children apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in numeracy lessons to other areas of learning such as science, geography and history.

www.mymaths.co.uk and www.sumdog.com are useful websites to help the children practice their mathematical skills. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/, www.ictgames.com and http://www.mathszone.co.uk/ are also useful sites.

However, the most important aspect of numeracy in Y5 is that the children continue to develop an enjoyment for maths and can appreciate its relevance for their everyday lives.

Subject: Computing

In computing the children learn how to write algorithms for simple programs. This is done through the use of Logo, to draw simple shapes and patterns, and then using Scratch to design and make simple games.

The children also learn how to animate using stop frame animation. During this learning, the children draw storyboards, make backgrounds and scenery and also use techniques such as onion skinning to make their animations smooth and effective.

Throughout the curriculum, the children are able to build on the skills they have acquired by applying them to their learning in other subjects. For example, using the internet safely for research, creating projects on PowerPoint and developing their word processing skills.

Subject: Geography

As part of the Explorers Learning Challenge, the children develop their map reading skills and research the different environments around the world, in order to create an imaginary island. They also look at maps from history and see how they have developed and changed through time.

In this year’s Olympic themed Learning Challenge, the children learn about different countries of the world; comparing and contrasting them using both their physical and human geographical features.

Subject: RE

The Sheffield agreed syllabus for Religious Education forms the basis of our RE learning in Y5. The children develop an understanding of the religious beliefs and customs of Christianity, Islam and Judaism by learning about the different festivals and celebrations.

During each of our topics we aim to foster respect, acceptance and tolerance towards all religions.

Subject: PE

During our indoor PE sessions, the children learn balancing and floor skills in gym and practise combining these to make up their own routines. They also participate in dancing activities as part of our Explorers Learning Challenge, creating different movements and putting them together in a Haka dance performance.

In outdoor PE, the children take part in basketball and netball games where they develop dribbling, passing and shooting skills, before learning the rules of the game. In addition, the children develop Tag Rugby skills, learning how to pass and run with the ball and how to use a tag belt.

Some Paralympic Sports have also been included in Y5 PE this year, including Sitting Volleyball, Polybat, Goal Ball and Boccia.

Throughout the year, the children are able to take part in festivals and competitions, including basketball and orienteering, with other local schools. They also have the opportunity to participate in after school clubs, such as gymnastics and cross country.

Subject: English

In Y5 our daily English lessons help the children to develop their reading, writing and spelling ,punctuation and grammar skills. Whenever possible our English is linked to our Learning Challenge, for example, the children learn how to write a newspaper report during our Volcano Valley Learning Challenge and an information text as part of our Explorers topic.  Writing a Twits story in the style of Roald Dahl inspires the children to develop their use of descriptive language.

The fluency and expression of the children’s reading is improved through shared and guided reading sessions and by reading a range of texts which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  During these sessions we aim to discuss the texts and question the children in more detail in order to enhance their understanding.  Participating in discussions and debates, helps the children to enhance their speaking and listening skills.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ is an excellent resource for helping children with basic literacy skills.

Subject: Science

In science the children learn about the earth, sun and moon; how their movement influences days, years and the seasons and also why it is hotter in certain parts of the earth to others.

The children learn how plants reproduce and how the different parts of a flower are instrumental in this. They also learn about materials in their different states and how our choice of foods can effect our health.