Year 5

To see the parent information video sent out at the start of September, please click HERE.

The Year 5 Topics

Our curriculum is taught through three main topics each year (one per term) and cross-curricular links are utilised wherever possible. We follow the National Curriculum, full details of which can be found HERE. 

 The topics have been carefully planned to ensure that all children are able to access the content. All Year 5 children receive Spanish and music lessons once a fortnight, taught by specialist teachers, and the children also receive 2 hours of PE each week. Class activity days are organised to enhance a topic and support the learning taking place at school.

Click  the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:

Objectives for Year 5

At the end of year 5, in order to achieve Age Related Expectations, children need to be able to:


  • Read aloud fluently and understand the meaning of new words that they meet.
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing. 
  • Discuss their understanding and explore the meaning of words in context. 
  • Summarise the main ideas drawn from more that one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas. 
  • Draw inferences and justify with evidence from the text.
  • predict what might happen from details stated and implied. 
  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views. 
  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction. 


  • Use spelling knowledge to spell words correctly.
  • Understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically. 
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed. 
  • Build cohesion within and across paragraphs in a variety of ways. 
  • Draft and write in narratives by describing settings, characters and atmosphere. 
  • Use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text e.g. headings, bullet points, underlining. 
  • Integrate dialogue in narrative to advance the action and convey character.
  • Ensure the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing. 
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors. 


  • Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Count forwards and backwards with positive and negative numbers, including through zero
  • Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using columnar addition or subtraction.
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers.
  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a 1 or 2-digit number using a formal written method
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all 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 (e.g. 0.71 = 71/100).
  • Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places    
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of shapes in cm and m.
  • Calculate and compare the area of squares and rectangles including using standard units, square cm and square metres
  • Estimate the area of irregular shapes.
  • Draw given angles and measure angles in degrees
  • Identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation and know that the shape has not changed.
  • Read, interpret and complete information in tables, including timetables.