St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Year 5 Curriculum Overview


Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of Standard English.

Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.

Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.


Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.

Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.

Learn poetry by heart.

Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories,

Modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.

Take part in conversations about books.

Read and listen to whole books.



Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.

Write stories of adventure.

Write stories of mystery and suspense.

Write plays.

Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


Write instructions.

Write persuasively.

Write explanations.

Write non-chronological reports.

Write biographies.

Write in a journalistic style.

Write arguments.

Write formally.


Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.

Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor).


Count and calculate in increasingly complex contexts, including those that cannot be experienced first-hand.

Rigorously apply mathematical knowledge across the curriculum, in particular in science, technology and computing.

Deepen conceptual understanding of mathematics by frequent repetition and extension of key concepts in a range of engaging and purposeful contexts.

Explore numbers and place value so as to read and understand the value of all numbers.

Multiply and divide using efficient mental and formal written methods.

Use the properties of shapes and angles in increasingly complex and practical contexts, including in construction and engineering contexts.

Describe position, direction and movement in increasingly precise ways.

Use and apply measures to increasingly complex contexts.

Gather, organise and interrogate data.


Locate the world's countries, with a focus on Europe and countries of particular interest to pupils.

Locate the world's countries, with focus on North and South America and countries of particular interest to pupils.

Locate the geographic zones of the world.

Understand the significance of the geographic zones of the world.

Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region or area of the United Kingdom.

Describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle.

Human geography, including: settlements, land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water supplies.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Use the eight points of a compass, four-figure grid references, symbols and keys (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build knowledge of the United Kingdom and the world.

Use a wide range of geographical sources in order to investigate places and patterns.

Use fieldwork to observe measure and record the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies.


A local history study.

A study of a theme in British history.

Early Civilizations achievements and an in-depth study of The Shang Dynasty.

Ancient Greece.

Art & Design

Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.

Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.

Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.


Improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of music separately and in combination.

Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians and composers.

Design & Technology

Design research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups. Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, accurately.

Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.

Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.


Look at the function of parts of flowering plants, requirements of growth, water transportation in plants, life cycles and seed dispersal.

Identify and name plants and animals.

Look at reproduction in plants and animals, and human growth and changes.

Look at the effect of diet, exercise and drugs.

Look at solids, liquids and gases, changes of state, evaporation, condensation and the water cycle.

Examine changes to materials that create new materials that are usually not reversible.

Look at the effect of gravity and drag forces.

Look at transference of forces in gears, pulleys, levers and springs.

Look at the movement of the Earth and the Moon.

Explain day and night.

Work Scientifically.

Physical Education

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball, rounders, cricket, hockey, basketball, badminton and tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

Take part in gymnastics activities.

Take part in athletics activities.

Perform dances.

Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity.

Challenges both individually and within a team.

Swimming and water safety: take swimming instruction.

Personal Development

Study role models who have achieved success.

Religious Education

Study the beliefs, festivals and celebrations of Christianity.

Study at least two other religions in depth. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism.