Curriculum Guides Year 5



  • Apply knowledge of morphology & etymology when reading new words
  • Reading & discuss a broad range of genres & texts
  • Identifying & discussing themes
  • Make recommendations to others
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Draw inference & make predictions
  • Discuss authors’ use of language
  • Retrieve & present information from non-fiction texts.
  • Formal presentations & debates


  • Secure spelling, inc. homophones, prefixes, silent letters, etc.
  • Use a thesaurus
  • Legible, fluent handwriting
  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose
  • Develop character, setting and atmosphere in narrative
  • Use organisational & presentational features
  • Use consistent appropriate tense
  • Proof-reading
  • Perform own compositions


  • Use expanded noun phrases
  • Use modal verbs
  • Use relative clauses
  • Use commas for clauses
  • Use brackets, dashes & commas for parenthesis

Speaking and Listening

  • Give well-structured explanations
  • Command of Standard English
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints
  • Use appropriate register.


English homework will be set once a week. This may take the form of a comprehension, spelling, handwriting or grammar exercise. The children might also be asked to plan a story or add a paragraph to a story; prepare a topic to speak about in class; learn by heart some vocabulary, spellings or poetry. The Homework should take no longer than 45 minutes. It is also expected that some time will be set aside each day for reading with an adult or independently.


There will be an assessment at least once a term in English. This will consist of a reading comprehension test and a grammar, punctuation and spelling test. Writing is continually assessed throughout the year and the children have specific writing targets they are working on.



  • Secure place value to 1,000,000
  • Use negative whole numbers in context
  • Use Roman numerals to 1000 (M)
  • Use standard written methods for all four operations
  • Confidently add & subtract mentally
  • Use vocabulary of prime, factor & multiple
  • Multiply & divide by powers of ten
  • Use square and cube numbers

Geometry and Measures

  • Convert between different units
  • Calculate perimeter of composite shapes & area of rectangles
  • Estimate volume & capacity
  • Identify 3-d shapes
  • Measure & identify angles
  • Understand regular polygons
  • Reflect & translate shapes


  • Compare & order fractions
  • Add & subtract fractions with common denominators, with mixed numbers
  • Multiply fractions by units
  • Write decimals as fractions
  • Order & round decimal numbers
  • Link percentages to fractions & decimals


  • Interpret tables & line graphs
  • Solve questions about line graphs


There will be Maths Homework once a week. This will take the form of an exercise which should be familiar to the children in the form of revision of a concept already covered in class. The children are expected to play the online maths games on a regular basis to practise skills. The children will also be practising the multiplication tables.


Maths will be assessed on a regular basis, usually once every 5 or 6 weeks. These assessments will be on the material covered during those weeks and are designed to inform the teachers whether the child has grasped the concepts or whether more work is needed. There will probably be multiplication and/or Mental Maths tests on a weekly basis. All of these test results, alongside the teachers’ knowledge of the child’s progress, will form the basis of the Grades on the school reports.



  • Life cycles of plants & animals (inc. mammal, insect, bird, amphibian)
  • Describe changes as humans develop & mature


  • Classify materials according to a variety of properties
  • Understand mixtures & solutions
  • Know about reversible changes; identify irreversible


  • Understand location and interaction of Sun, Earth & Moon
  • Introduce gravity, resistance & mechanical forces


Homework for Science may take a variety of forms. The children may be expected to comment or answer questions on an experiment carried out in class; they may have to research a famous scientist; they may be asked to carry out an investigation of their own; label a scientific diagram or to learn the definitions of scientific vocabulary.


Teachers are constantly assessing the children on their knowledge and interest. However there will be a short, written test at the end of each scientific topic in order for teachers to pinpoint areas for improvement.



  • Leer en voz alta con corrección y con el ritmo adecuado, utilizando la entonación correcta y respetando los signos de puntuación.
  • Leer en silencio textos literarios e informativos, comprendiendo su contenido.
  • Reformular, resumir y responder preguntas sobre dicho contenido.
  • Utilizar el contexto para comprender una palabra y para comprobar su significado en el diccionario.
  • Efectuar investigaciones en obras documentales, tanto en papel como multimedia.
  • Utilizar distintos programas digitales para realizar tareas y ampliar información.


  • Planificar la escritura teniendo en cuenta propósito y receptor.
  • Componer textos narrativos en los que se incluyan descripciones de personas, de lugares y de ambientes.
  • Componer textos expositivos en los que se incluyan descripciones objetivas de hechos y de procesos.
  • Componer sencillas escenas de teatro.
  • Componer poemas breves utilizando el ritmo y la rima, siguiendo modelos de referencia.
  • Cumplimentar formularios y cuestionarios sencillos propios del contexto escolar.
  • Leer sus propios escritos para comprobar contenido, ortografía y puntuación.
  • Usar sinónimos para evitar la repetición.
  • Cuidar la organización y presentación del trabajo escrito, tanto para facilitar su lectura a los demás como para el propio estudio.

Conocimiento de la lengua

  • Utilizar del diccionario con independencia.
  • Distinguir entre palabras simples, compuestas y derivadas.
  • Distinguir el prefijo y el sufijo en las palabras.
  • Reconocer nombres propios/comunes, individuales/colectivos, animados/inanimados, concretos/abstractos y contables/no contables.
  • Utilizar correctamente los tiempos verbales y mantener la concordancia verbal.

Comunicación oral

  • Relatar acontecimientos con orden y coherencia.
  • Describir con precisión objetos, lugares y escenas.
  • Responder preguntas sobre ideas explícitas e implícitas tras escuchar un texto o una conversación.
  • Participar en coloquios y conversaciones, expresando opiniones propias, aportando explicaciones y argumentos, y respetando los turnos de palabra.


Habrá deberes una vez a la semana, consistentes en práctica ortográfica, cuya duración no será superior a 45 minutos. También se espera la práctica diaria de la lectura, en compañía de un adulto o en solitario.


La evaluación será continua, complementada con pruebas trimestrales de comprensión lectora, puntuación y ortografía.

  • The Victorian era
  • Ancient Greece, i.e. A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world


There will be History homework set on a regular basis.


There will be no formal assessment test.


  • Name & locate counties, cities, regions & features of UK
  • Understand latitude, longitude, Equator, hemispheres, tropics, polar circles & time zones
  • Study South Africa
  • Understand biomes, vegetation belts, land use, economic activity, distribution of resources, etc.
  • Use 4- and 6-figure grid references on OS maps
  • Use fieldwork to record & explain areas.


There will be Geography homework set on a regular basis.


There will be no formal assessment test.

Art, Design and Technology
  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record, review, revisit & evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers
  • Use annotated sketches, cross-section diagrams & computer-aided design
  • Analyse & evaluate existing products and improve own work

  • Design & write programs to solve problems
  • Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs
  • Detect & correct errors in programs
  • Understand uses of networks for collaboration & communication
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content



At Runnymede the pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment of music by learning how it is constructed, produced and influenced. The aim in key stage 2 is to extend pupils' musical experience and knowledge, and develop their appreciation of the richness of different styles of music. Music appreciation is a part of class music and pupil performances are staged within the school. A wide variety of instrumental classes are available including piano, violin, viola, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone and percussion. Runnymede is a recognised centre for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams and pupils who wish to take these exams can take them in school on two occasions during the school year.

The pupils understanding and enjoyment of music is developed through activities that bring together requirements from Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. Pupils are taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
    The first wind instrument was introduced in year 4 when the ocarina became part of our studies. It is now extended and the descant recorder is introduced as a second wind instrument ; consolidating the children knowledge of breath control, dynamics, accuracy and fluency. Both tuned and untuned percussion are used to support the instruments and ensemble playing is again encouraged within this year group.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
    Children are taught to create music which relates to the environment, using rhythmic patterns and repeated themes to indicate a particular characteristic or feature. This is then represented as a musical form as a drawn musical score score or graphic score in which the children's ideas are formulated. Films and music theatre are used to help understand how a mood or a theme is introduced and how an idea can be developed.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
    Recalling sounds with attention to rhythmic recall and word supported games is introduced at this stage. Attention to the pulse in a piece of music is studied and how across music genres pulse and the beat ae important contributors to the structure of a piece. At this stage simple analysis of pop music is included; working with the combination of verse and chorus using historical work songs, folk music and current pop songs as a basis for research. Songs are learned from memory at this stage and children are encouraged to audition for membership of the school choir and band.
  • Use and understand stave and other musical notations
    Various graphic score usage is extended at this level and children are continuing to use treble clef music notation , both for the recorder and for the ocarina.


Homework is limited and on an occasional basis in year 5 to include:

  • Music theory related to the music played in class.
  • Practical: a piece set for the recorder or ocarina to practice at home
  • Music history: background to pieces listened to in class.
  • Project work on topics introduced in class.


Assessment consists of classroom performances as solos and in groups. Short evaluations take place throughout the year, with full performances at the end of term and the end of the the school year. Project work is brought in and graded according to the guidelines given.

Resources and Materials


Internet based resources including, Grovemusiconline (,,


The Music express, Opus and Cambridge Music series of books


Instruments: piano, keyboards, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, ukuleles, violins, recorders (bass, treble and descant), percussion from drum kits to clave, tuned percussion including glockenspiels, xylophones and chime bars

Physical Education
  • Use running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, applying basic principles
  • Develop flexibility & control in gym, dance & athletics
  • Take part in Outdoor & Adventurous activities
  • Compare performances to achieve personal bests