Year 5


Children have:

  • Maths support with Anne Etchells, ‘Reaching 5th Gear’ programme with other schools in the borough, maths challenge group with Anne.

They learn to:

  • multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 or 1000 using mental and written methods
  • understand that multiplication is the inverse of division and use this to check results
  • compare and order numbers on different types of numberlines
  • use decimals and percentages and recognise equivalent fractions
  • solve simple problems using ratio and proportion
  • read, write and partition 4 digit numbers, understanding the value of each digit
  • understand how to input information into a calculator
  • solve problems relating to time and make estimations using units of time
  • use closely related facts to solve multiplication problems
  • continue to develop and refine written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Approximate first and explain their method
  • classify triangles based on their properties
  • measure angles with a protractor
  • calculate the area and perimeter of simple shapes
  • understand capacity
  • group problem solve using ENRICH, encouraging children to work systematically and explain their findings.



Children have:

  • RML for EAL child, reading for meaning – with a small group – and reading volunteer.

They learn to:

  • read and respond to a variety of persuasive texts
  • think about the intention of the author when reading texts
  • read and respond to a variety of creation stories
  • use evidence from across a text to make predictions and explain events
  • perform poetry and read stories making use of dramatic conventions
  • understand and use the features of instructional writing
  • understand information texts about Paris monuments

Books that are used:

Navigator series, First News, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Clockwork by Philip Pullman, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson


The children have:

  • Anne Etchells’ planning support for independent writing session.

They learn to:

  • present written information clearly and use paragraphs to help structure ideas
  • write sentences using correct grammar and punctuation
  • create narratives using storyboards and story planners
  • carefully select language to convey mood and atmosphere for an assembly script
  • write persuasive texts and explanation texts
  • spell words with less common prefixes and suffixes
  • reflect on their own writing and edit and improve it
  • adapt handwriting for specific purposes, including the use of italics
  • write sentences using correct grammar and punctuation, including the use of speech marks and apostrophes
  • explore poetic forms and devises such as Kennings, hyperbole and metaphor
  • use self assessment checklist and peer evaluation.
  • Use Ottobah Cugoano scheme of work used to explore slavery.

Religious Education

In Year 5 children focus on Christianity and Hindusim:

The children:

  • begin to understand the impact of Hinduism on people’s lives and their actions
  • recognise the significance of water in Hinduism
  • recognise the value of illuminated texts and try to recreate the features of illuminated texts in some of their displays
  • begin to understand the impact of Christian belief on people’s lives and their actions
  • begin to understand Hindu beliefs on life and death
  • explore the Christian perspective on forgiveness.

Physical Education

The children are taught to:

  • develop concentration and coordination during martial arts exercise
  • Understand that they have the right to learn and the responsibility to help others to learn through their actions
  • develop ball control skills in hockey and basketball.
  • practice giving encouragement to others and learn how to receive encouragement
  • work as part of a team and develop tactical skills
  • develop overall fitness and muscular control though circuit training
  • link body movements through gymnastics and dance

They also have a football inter-school tournament with Marvin.


The children are taught to:

  • understand that the Earth, Sun and Moon are spherical
  • understand night and day
  • begin to understand why we have different seasons
  • recognise the differences between solids, liquids and gases
  • understand that temperature is a measure of how hot or cold things are
  • understand the part played by evaporation in the water cycle.
  • understand the importance of fair testing, evaluate results and give explanations.


In the Geography classes, the children:

  • learn about the water cycle and identify the wettest and driest places around the world
  • think about how water is used by people
  • appreciate the process used to treat water before it can become usable
  • research water charities and consider the importance of clean water for the health of people around the world
  • learn about what life is like in other localities around the world.


The children:

  • Learn about the transatlantic slave trade
  • Explore what life was like for Victorian children.


Children learn to:

  • use I.C.T resources to research and present information
  • use I.C.T to develop design ideas
  • create an stop motion animation based on a historical figure
  • begin to use a simple computer programming resource.

Art and Music

The children learn to:

  • explore illuminated manuscripts and use this as a stimulus for their own bookbinding work
  • perform poetry to an audience using a clear and audible voice
  • draw inspiration from illuminated texts to create a small embroidered square
  • develop their performance skills using their musical instruments
  • write a piece of music based on Morse Code

There are regular singing assemblies with Adrian.

Design & Technology

Children are taught to:

  • make their own book, by using accurate measuring techniques
  • create a scale model based on Victorian homes and inventions
  • work in textiles to create an African hat and pattern.


The children learn to:

  • begin to understand the importance of Human Rights
  • think positively about themselves and the role they play in families and the community
  • begin to understand the changes that occur during puberty in Sex and Relationships Education lessons
  • understand the importance of looking after our bodies in Drug Education lessons.

Educational Visits

The children are able to:

  • visit the winter shelter at Holy innocents
  • spend a day in Paris, visiting their pen-pals
  • visit Africa Adorned at the British Museum
  • see Victorian pictures and clothing at the Museum of London.

Modern Foreign Languages (by Carolyn )

  • Communicate with French pen-pals

    Booster clubs