English in Year 5 involves children being able to distinguish between, and write in, formal and informal styles. They will begin to develop cohesion throughout paragraphs and ultimately their whole piece of writing, using a range of sentence structures. Children will practise using an dictionary and thesaurus to broaden their vocabulary and will continue to explore prefixes, suffixes and homophones. New punctuation will be introduced that can be applied through writing character descriptions, descriptive writing, narratives, balanced arguments, persuasive arguments, explanation texts, non-chronological reports, biographies, essays, recounts (diary, newspaper article) and a variety of poetry (Kennings, Narrative, Free-verse and Shape, Dub).
When reading, children develop their familiarity with a range of different text types. Children are encouraged to reflect upon their reading; would they recommend the book? How does it compare to other books that they have read? Did they predict the outcome of the book? Can they summarise a section of the book? Children continue to develop their ability to infer, using evidence to support their point, and a range of new vocabulary is explored within different contexts.
Science captures the interest of the Year 5 children through topics surrounding: plants and animals, materials, forces, and Earth and Space. Children explore these areas through a range of exciting experiments and observations! By the end of the year, children are developing their confidence in designing, planning and conducting an experiment as well as reporting and presenting their findings, alongside developing their understanding of the different types of scientific enquiry and when to use these appropriately. Children are then able to comment on the reliability of their results, which often use more complex methods of data presentation.
Non-core subjects are placed at the heart of the Year 5 curriculum, driving children’s interests and curiosity forward. Through an engaging and challenging curriculum, children explore a number of topics in the subjects of History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music, Computing, French, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. The children’s content knowledge and skills are assessed against our progressive learning journeys lesson by lesson , and these are also used to plan teaching sequences across the three terms of the school year.