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 one one of the following writing genres each half term: 

Writing to Inform 

Writing to Entertain 

Writing to Persuade 

Writing to Discuss

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
Computer ScienceDesigning programmesEmotional ManipulationComputer NetworksGame DevelopsNegativity online
P.EHockeyNetballGymnasticsOutdoor Adventurous ActivitiesAthleticsRounders