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Garden Suburb Junior School

Year 5


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

Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022


Click below for overviews of the English Curriculum in Year 5:

English Overview 2021 - 2022


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

Mathematics overview 2021 - 2022


 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 using the Garage Band app.

We are presenters

In this unit, the children will research and collect information using a range of mediums linking to their history topic, the Tudors. They will then use PowerPoint to present their findings to the class.

We are programmers

In this unit, children will use Espresso Coding to learn how computers use numbers to represent things such as how fast things are moving, and where they are. They will gain skills to create a maze game.

We are game developers

The children plan their own simple computer game on Scratch. They design characters and backgrounds, and create a working prototype, which they develop further based on feedback they receive.

We are coders

In this unit, the children will use Espresso Coding to learn how computers can generate random numbers and how these can be used in simulations.

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.

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

  • use card to make intricate flowers and decorations for their headdresses

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

  • assemble their headdress onto a headband so it is secure enough to wear when dancing



In this unit, spread over two terms, children will take part in a Farming STEMterprise project where they leran each stage of setting up a farm shop business.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Consider seasonality when deciding which crop to grow

  • Grow their own ingredients

  • Consider nutrition when designing their recipes

  • Use market research to test their ideas out with potential consumers

  • Work within a budget when buying additional ingredients

  • Learn knife skills when making their products

  • Calculate expected profit

  • Design responsible packaging


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

Pop art

Children will sketch a portrait of Henry VIII and paint it using pop art techniques.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • explore the work of Andy Warhol

  • explore the use of colour and discuss the work of other prominent artists in the 1960s

  • explore mixing colours on a colour wheel

  • explore using complementary and analogous colours


Clay models

Children will make a Roald Dahl model out of plasticine. They will then make their final model out of clay.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • explore ideas for their character including pose and props

  • make and decorate a unique 3-D model, investigating ways of improving structural strength

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

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

  • discover how to use different techniques to add detail to their models


Anglo-Saxon Illuminated letters

Children will created illuminated letters inspired by the Anglo-Saxons.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • research Anglo-Saxons in History sessions

  • look at a variety of scriptures that used illuminated letters

  • 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. 

To practise the assembly song, click here.

Singing and Performing

♫ Children will be encouraged to sing with confidence by expanding their known repertoire across diverse genres and world cultures.  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 share their own instrumental or vocal studies in class.

Improvising and Composing

♫ The children will will develop an understanding of melodic shape and line through graphic scores, and by reading and writing in steps and skips on the stave. They will learn about compositional devices such as ostinato, phrases and form, and will use these devices when they compose in groups. The children will use rhythmic notation to compose in groups within the un-tuned percussion section. Children will use xylophones to compose using the pentatonic scale, major and minor modes, and to arrange and improvise known songs by ear, and compose their own melodies to reflect story components. 

Listening and Aural Awareness

♫ Students will listen to a variety of compositions, from Renaissance to Contemporary, to develop an understanding of form, melody, rhythm, tempo, style, modes and timbre. They will develop an understanding of the history of music by studying music drawn from different traditions, and from great composers and musicians. Children will be playing in xylophone ensembles as an accompaniment to a variety of musical genres and world music styles.


Autumn 1:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:

Adjectives to describe people 

Adjective-noun agreement

Description essays


Autumn 2:

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

Musical instruments

Expressing opinions about musical preferences

Spanish Pop song “El mismo sol” by Álvaro Soler and Shakira


Spring 1:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:

Places in town


“Mi pueblo imaginario”. Students create their own imaginary town


Spring 2:

In this half term students will cover the following topics that have cross-curricular links to Physical Education:


Conjugation of the verbs “jugar” and “practicar”


Spanish song “El baile olímpico” by Enrique and Ana


Summer 1:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:



Discovering Gloria Fuertes and her poems about the weather


Summer 2:

In this half term students 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


personal, social and health education 

Year 5


They can identify ways to face new challenges. They can discuss some of the bodily and emotional changes at puberty and can demonstrate some ways of dealing with these in a positive way.

Health and Wellbeing

They can identify some factors that affect emotional health and wellbeing. They can identify and explain how to manage the risks in different familiar situations.

· Talking about puberty

· Male and female changes

· Puberty and hygiene

Living in the wider world

Children can respond to, or challenge, negative behaviours such as stereotyping and aggression.



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.