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Leighton Primary School

Year 5

Here you can find out the curriculum expectations for Year 5 and learn about what they will be doing this term.


The focus of our work in Year 5 this term is the Victorians. We learn

all about this significant time period in British history and how it impacted the world we live in today. The children will compare what life was like for children then to today. We will be visiting Stibbington for a Victorian day, including a Victorian lunch. Within the Victorian theme, geographical skills will be developed and there will be a map skills workshop at the end of January.

In English, our work will be based on the novel Street Child by Berlie Doherty. The children will be writing across different genres, including narrative and a biography, which will provide the children with ample opportunities to demonstrate their writing skills.

Maths has begun with two weeks of teaching and learning about area and perimeter and our main focus will now be fractions. Children will continue to consolidate their understanding of number and applying them to a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions.

Our RE focus is Buddhism and there will be a visit to the Buddhist centre in Leicester in February.

Later on in the term, our Science work will be on forces. This will involve lots of practical investigations, which the children always enjoy.    

Summer term

The focus of our work this term will be based around our topic 'The Great Outdoors'.

In English, we will study the classic Canadian novel 'Hatchet'. This will be the prompt for a range of writing opportunities. We will visit 'Sherwood Forest' to learn about survival skills and shelter building.

The topic ties in well with the Year 4/5 drama production of 'Robin Hood' at half term. 

Our main focus in Maths will be on the development of reasoning skills and problem solving, applying these across the Year 5 maths curriculum.