Year 5

Year 5 Curriculum


At Scotch Orchard Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Within our English lessons, we ensure that children ‘write for a purpose’ and focus on one writing genre each half term.

We have a book-led English curriculum with challenging and engaging texts used in all Key Stages. This includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day and book fairs to further enrich our English curriculum. We also have Reading Cafe sessions throughout the year for our KS2 pupils. 


In Key Stage 2, Scholastic Reading Pro is used to ensure children are reading a range of books appropriate to their individual lexile level.  Shared reading takes place within English lessons to provide enriching experiences through more challenging texts. Teachers also regularly share stories with the class, displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader. 


At Scotch Orchard, we believe that every child should have access to high-quality maths education through a ‘teaching for mastery’ approach. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school coherence that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering Maths. Our aim is to develop confident mathematicians who acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

We use ‘Power Maths’ to support us in ensuring children are proficient in their ability to fluently recall facts and prior knowledge, reason confidently and problem-solve independently. Children spend time becoming true masters of content: applying and justifying their knowledge in multiple ways. Please click here for an overview for Year 5. 

Foundation Subjects

ScienceEarth & SpaceForcesProperties and changes of MaterialsLiving Things & their HabitatsAnimals, including Humans
HistoryWhy was the ‘Golden Age of Islam’ golden?Black History Month:Katherine JohnsonHow significant was the Tudor period in British History?How has crime and punishment changed over time?Local History Study:Why was Edward Wrightman burned at the stake in St Mary’s Square, Lichfield?
GeographyNorth America: Human & Physical characteristicsClimate ZonesRivers: BrazilEnvironmental Sustainability
ComputingSharing information
Video production
Physical computing
Flat file database
Vector drawing
Selection in quizzes
P.EHockeyNetballGymnasticsOutdoor Adventurous ActivitiesAthleticsRounders
REExplore a variety of sacred books and investigate a range of religious teachings

Explore the symbolic use of a wide range of objects, sounds, gestures and make suggestions to intended meanings
Explore diversity of a range of traditions and reflect on similarities and differences

Investigate and reflect on a range of responses to suffering, hardship and death
Explore the origins of sacred writings and consider their importance to believers today

Investigate the life of a person who has been inspired by their faith and make links between belief and action
MusicWhole class guitar
BBC ten pieces: Holst – Mars
Whole class guitarHow does music connect us to our past?
BBC ten pieces – Heitor Villa Lobos
MFLSport and hobbies
Y5 mastery of conversation
FamilyDescribing other people
ArtPrinting inspired by textilesDrawing movement and reflectionsSculpture from existing forms
DTStructures: frame structuresFood: celebrating culture and seasonalityElectrical systems: monitoring and control of switches, and circuits