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Year 5 Curriculum

Literacy

In Year 5 we follow the New National Framework for English.  By year 5 the children should now be able to read a wider range of poetry and books written at an age-appropriate level with accuracy and at a reasonable pace.  They should be able to read fluently and to pronounce unfamiliar words with automaticity. They ought to be able to summarise and present a familiar story in their own words.  Children should be reading widely and frequently both at home and in school for pleasure and information; thus being able to discuss what they read. Grammar, spelling and punctuation should be broadly accurate, especially spelling words that they have been taught.

Our aim in Year 5 is for pupils to gain enjoyment and understanding of language, especially vocabulary to support their reading and writing.   Pupils’ knowledge of language, gained from stories, plays, poetry, debates, non-fiction and textbooks, will support their increasing confidence in reading, facilitate their ability as writers and advance their comprehension skills.

 Programme of Study

  • Spoken language  (cognitively, socially and linguistically)
  • Reading
    • Word Reading
    • Comprehension (both listening and reading)
  • Writing
    • Transcription (spelling and Handwriting)
    • Composition  (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

For more information and a detailed programme of study please refer to the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf

Reading

It is hoped that by Year 5 most pupils are becoming independent readers who are able to gain pleasure from their reading. However, it can also be at this stage that many children reach a ‘plateau’ with their reading. Our aim in Year 5 is to encourage pupils to read as wide a range of books, at their reading level, as possible. We hope that by Year 5 they are able to choose books independently and are able to express their preference for certain authors and genre.

To encourage, and give time for reading in Year 5 the pupils undertake the following activities.

ERIC (Everyone Reading in Class)

From 7.45 am for approximately 15 minutes the whole class read their own books silently. This is also an opportunity for children to visit the library to change their books. Please ensure that your child arrives promptly in class everyday so that they do not miss this valuable reading time and start to the day.

Shared Reading

The whole class read the same book together. The pupils take it in turns to read aloud and are read to. Time is also taken to discuss the text in depth.

Reading Skills

The pupils undertake an in depth study of a range of extracts and texts. These are read, discussed and questions are then answered in writing.

Library

The library is open from 7.30am to 1.30pm. Year 5 pupils can visit the library both before and after school and during break times to change their books. Pupils not doing recorders have an additional period in the library for changing books and quiet reading.

Whilst every opportunity is taken within the school day for your child to further their reading, children also need to continue to be given time for reading at home.

Pupils are encouraged to choose their own reading material from the library or home. It is important that they find material which they fully comprehend and enjoy. If your child is having difficulties finding appropriate reading material, please talk to the librarian who will be able to give you advice.

Please take time to discuss the books that your child is reading; visit the Library either before or after school and value all reading. Not all children enjoy reading longer fiction books, if this is the case, encourage their reading of non-fiction books where they do not have to read the whole book, magazines and reading on the computer.


Mathematics

At The Junior School we follow the national curriculum for mathematics with the purpose of providing “a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”

Upper key stage 2 – Year 5

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Year 5 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.  With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. It is also important that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.  Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Programme of Study

  • Number
    • Number and place value
    • Addition and subtraction
    • Multiplication and division
    • Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
    • Properties of Shapes
    • Position and direction
  • Statistics

For more information and a detailed programme of study please refer to the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf


Themed topics ( History, Geography, Science, Art and ICT)

Themed topics allow learning to be more meaningful and exciting, as cross-curricular links are made between science, history, geography, art and language especially. Emphasis is placed on developing important skills as well as knowledge. Pupils will be undertaking independent projects which promote research and presentation skills.

Some of our topics include:

  • Earth and Space
  • The Tudors
  • Where in the World are We (Geography themed)
  • 500 years ago in Cyprus: In search of the Venetians. Lusignans and Ottomans (local history)
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • The Invaders (Saxons and Vikings)
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Religious Education (Islam)

Computing

In Year 5 we follow the new Primary National Curriculum framework for Computing.  Our aim is to ensure that pupils become digitally literate, which means to be able to use, express themselves, and develop ideas through information and communication technology.  There is added focus on basic programming and coding, so that children not only know how to use software but to also understand how to build programs.  Additionally, children learn how to use computers ethically and responsibly.  Ipads are used in the classroom to support children’s learning across the curriculum.

Greek

Greek is taught seven periods a week. Children are divided into native and non-native Greek speakers depending on their level of acquisition.

Music

Music is taught once a week by the music specialist teacher. Pupils have the choice of undertaking recorder lessons if they wish.

Physical Education (P.E)

Pupils enjoy being active and using their creativity and imagination in physical activity. They communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. Pupils develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle