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Garden Suburb Junior School

Year 5


Click below for an overview of the topics covered in Year 5:

Curriculum Overview


Click below for an overview of the English Curriculum in Year 5:

English Overview Year 5 (Autumn Term)


Click below for an overview of the Mathematics Curriculum in Year 5:

Mathematics Overview Year 5 (Autumn Term)


 Li     Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Science in Year 3.

        Living things and their habitats

Pupils will be taught to:

  • describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals


Animals, including humans

Pupils will be taught to:

  • describe the changes as humans develop to old age


Properties and changes of materials

Pupils will be taught to:

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal) and response to magnets
  • know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda


Earth and space

Pupils will be taught to:

  • describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky



Pupils will be taught to:

  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Computing in Year 5.

We are musicians

In this unit, the children produce digital music suitable for the carnival, to link with their work in English.

We are architects

In this unit, the pupils research examples of art gallery architecture, before using Trimble SketchUp to create their own virtual gallery. Finally, they use the gallery to exhibit their own artwork.

We are cryptographers

The pupils learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). They investigate early methods of communicating over distances, learn about two early ciphers, and consider what makes a secure password.

We are game developers

The pupils plan their own simple computer game linked to the Anglo Saxons. They design characters and backgrounds, and create a working prototype, which they develop further based on feedback they receive.

We are web developers

In this unit, the pupils work together to create a website linked to their work in History.

We are programmers

In this unit the children use programming skills to instruct Lego Mindstorm robots to perform a series of increasingly complex functions.

religious education & British values 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Religious Education in Year 5.

Why are some buildings considered to be special?

In this unit the children will identify key features of a Mandir temple and discover what that makes it special to the Hindu community.

What makes a time special?

In this unit the children will describe how some of the key features of religion are used in festivals. They will be able to describe the significance to believers of Jesus’s birth, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Id ul fitr and Wesak

What motivates people?

This unit will look at what motivates the children to act and what motivates people of faith who have made a great contribution to the world. The children will be encouraged to ask questions about the actions of these people and suggest reasons for their actions. The people that the children will investigate are: Gandhi, Yusuf Islam and Mary Seacole.

Are there any values that we all share?

In this unit of work the children will ask questions about the choices that they make in everyday life and suggest what moral implications may be involved when making those choices. They will examine the choices that can be made in relation to bullying and the moral implication of different codes of conduct. As a result they will be encouraged to build positive relationships within their own peer group.

How can we be responsible for the natural world?

This unit looks at everyone’s responsibility for the natural world and to make them think about how they could act to improve the world and what religions have taught about how they should act. The children will consider what aspects of the natural world are valued in Islam and will have the opportunity to design a paradise garden. They will also be encouraged to work in groups and to use their imagination to think about how they would educate people to look after the environment.

Separation of powers

The children will learn that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence. In particular, the children will learn what police officers do in their jobs and how the courts are there to help find the truth when laws are broken.


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in History in Year 5.

The Tudors

This unit focuses of 1485-1603 and the five monarchs that made up the Tudor Dynasty. The children will focus on Henry VIII, sifting through evidence to form opinions on the infamous monarch whilst learning about his six wives. The children will understand how the different Tudor monarchs help to shape Britain. The unit finishes with a trip to Hatfield House, the former residence of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Reformation

Continuing with the topic of the Tudors, Year 5 will learn about a major turning point in European history: the Protestant Reformation. The children will learn about Martin Luther, giving them the opportunity to place the reformation in its wider context, allowing them to understand how the history of Europe and the wider world, can have a big impact on life in Britain. The children will learn about the dissolution of the monasteries, the resulting riots and how Protestantism changed over time.


This unit starts with the creation of a giant timeline, helping the children to create a chronological understanding of the history of Britain. They will learn what BC and AD mean and the major civilisations that helped forge the nation. They will learn that the Anglo-Saxons arrived in the 5th Century and helped establish monasteries – such as Lindisfarne. Children will create their own Anglo-Saxon rune, learning how language has changed over time. They will begin to understand how we use different sources to learn about the past, including – as they find out about Sutton Hoo - the use of archaeology.


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Geography in Year 5. 

River Study

Children will:

  • use a map to identify water features in the local area

  • understand where the water we drink comes from

  • investigate the geographical features of rivers and their various uses


Study of a non-European country: Brazil

Children Will:

  • identify the geographical features of Brazil and how it differs with the UK

  • explore the impact humans have on the Brazilian natural environment

  • learn about everyday life for children in Brazil

design technology 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Design Technology in Year 5.

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Design Technology in Year 5.

Carnival Costume Headdresses

In this unit, children will create their own carnival costume headdress using a variety of materials which links to their study of Black History Month.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand the history of carnival and look at examples of elaborate head-dresses, discussing what materials they are made from

  • design their own headdress using examples to guide them, measuring how big the circumference needs to be to fit their heads

  • use card and fabric to make the structure of their headdress

  • use a variety of medium and materials to decorate their headdresses


Anglo-Saxon Weaving Looms

In this unit, the children will create their own Anglo-Saxon loom using a variety of patterns and materials. This project links to their Anglo-Saxon History topic.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand the origin and history of loom making

  • design and annotate their own Anglo-Saxon loom using a variety of patterns and material using examples as a guide

  • weave other materials such as leaves and feathers into their loom design

  • generate instructions for loom making

  • use twigs, dowelling and elastic bands to make their loom 



In this unit, the children will design and create a healthy salad.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand healthy eating and how to apply their understanding of nutrition to make a healthy meal

  • design and make their own healthy salad to eat

  • evaluate how healthy their salad was


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Art in Year 5. 

Objects and their meaning

Children will sketch composition of objects from home and will draw holly using all techniques learnt, focussing on light and shade

Pupils will be taught to:

  • explore the work of Georgia O’Keefe

  • explore the use of colour and discuss the work of still life artists

  • collect objects and make sketches of compositions

  • explore light and shade using chalk and charcoal

  • choose their own medium to create a still life picture/painting

  • explore light and shade using a medium of their choice



Children will make a thumb and coil pot out of plasticine. They will then make their final coil pot out of clay.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • explore ideas for designing a container with a geometric pattern

  • make and decorate a unique 3-D container, investigating ways of extending the surfaces

  • become familiar with the nature of clay and small hand tools

  • learn a particular clay forming technique and produce a container using that technique

  • discover how to use different techniques to make patterns on their bowls


Anglo-Saxon runes

Children will Loome- frame weaves inspired by the Anglo Saxons

Pupils will be taught to:

  • research Anglo-Saxons in History sessions

  • look at an artist who use weaves

  • combine Anglo Saxon pictures and patterns that represent them to create a composition making aesthetic choices


Below is an overview of the skills that are taught in Music in Year 5. 

Singing and Performing

♫ Children will be encouraged to sing with confidence by expanding their known repertoire across diverse genres. They will improve breathing in phrases, singing in 2 or more parts. They will begin to explore tonality using sharps and flats, major and minor keys, and increasingly complex dotted and syncopated rhythms. They will perform famous works, traditional and world music using a range of instruments, and will be encouraged to play their own instruments in class projects.

Improvising and Composing

♫ The children will develop an understanding of the “Moveable Do” by composing in different keys. They will learn about polyphony, and will attempt to compose in different styles and traditions such as “Beijing Opera” and “Samba”. They will improvise using the whole range of instruments available in class, as well as experimenting with their own instruments.

Listening and Aural Awareness

♫ Children will learn about musical devices such as syncopation, timbre and form, and will learn how to recognize music from different historical eras by analysing instrumentation, etc. They will learn about famous repertoire and composers, and will learn to identify ensembles such as string quartet, a cappella, choral, symphony orchestra and big band. They will develop the ability to echo and perform dotted and syncopated rhythms and melodies in parts, and will be able to recognize changes in pitch and rhythm.


Autumn 1: Healthy Eating

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Writing statements about healthy eating
  • Writing recipes in Spanish
  • How to use the imperfect tense
  • Writing compound sentences


Autumn 2: Musical Instruments

In this half term children will cover the following topics that have cross-curricular links to Music:

  • Expressing opinions about musical preferences
  • Writing and verbalising simple statements about musical instruments
  • Role-playing a musci contest
  • How to use the future tense


Spring 1: Describing a Journey to School

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Describing their journey to school through role plays
  • Writing about their journey to school


Spring 2: Learning about Spanish artists

In this half term children will cover the following topics that have cross-curricular links to Art:

  • Learning about Spanish artists
  • Writing descriptions of a beach scene
  • Writing poetry about a beach scene
  • Adding adjectives and verbs to their descriptions using dictionaries


Summer 1: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

In this half term children will cover the following topics that have cross-curricular links to Music:

  • Revision of weather, colours and months.
  • Learning new adjectives related to appreciation of music (dictionary work)
  • Preparing a classroom performance.


Summer 2 : Planets

In this half term children will cover the following topics that have cross-curricular links to Science:

  • Planet names in Spanish
  • Writing statements about planets
  • Using role-play to talk about the position of the planets in the solar system
  • Grammar: classifying nouns, adjectives and verbs.

physical education 

Below is an overview of the units that are taught in PE and Games in Year 5.



The children learn a carnival dance based on the book ‘Coming to England’.

Gymnastics (Partner Balances)

In this unit, the children work in pairs to create balances using different points of contact with the floor, eventually creating a sequence of moves.

Gymnastics (Flight)

The children explore different methods of taking off and landing culminating in a sequence of moves.

Gymnastics (Bridges)

The children use different parts of their bodies to make bridges, travelling between each position in new ways.

Sports Day Preparation

The children practise the activities they will be competing in, in preparation for sports day.


Pupils will be introduced to athletics activities and a range of exercises from sports day as well as competing in track and field events such as long jump, sprints and relay races in preparation for athletics tournaments.




Pupils will be reminded of the different positions taught how to apply the basic principles of attacking/defending tactically in small groups.

Outdoor and adventure games – Orienteering

Pupils will re-cap how to use maps and coordinates and begin to use compass directions in order to find various locations.

Invasion and target games – Tag Rubgy

The children will be taught how to hold and pass the rugby correctly as well as the appropriate ‘tagging’ skills.


The children will be reminded of the various different passing techniques as well as learning the correct footwork and match positions.


Pupils will be reminded of the necessary skills for different shots and movements needed in order to sustain a volley.


Pupils will be taught a range of techniques in order to bat and field successfully.