Year 5 Spring Term 2 Curriculum

Year 5 SPRING 2 – i-Gadget

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

As writers, we will be:

  • Developing our use of persuasive language, including formal letter writing and oral presentations.

As mathematicians, we will be:

  • Deepening our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages.

As scientists, we will be

  • Learning about forces. Starting with the force of gravity, we also explore friction and air resistance through practical investigation. As designers, we will consider how everyday gadgets may evolve in the future.

Confident Individuals


  • Environment Spiritual & Moral Communities Children will consider different aspects of sportsmanship such as fostering team spirit and a sense of fair play.

Responsible Citizens


  • Children will be given the opportunity to explore inventions that have a positive impact on the environment.

Spiritual & Moral

  • Children will be encouraged to develop skills and attitudes which promote healthy relationships with one another.


  • Children will look at the significance of Easter and how it is celebrated in the Christian community.

Year 5 Subject Skills

Literacy Links

  • Narrative Text Study – Variety of books chosen to read


  • distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
  • retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
  • identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary
  • provide reasoned justifications for their views.


  • selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning
  • using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader [for example, headings, bullet points, underlining]
  • in writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed.
  • identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
  • noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
  • selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning


Y5/6 spelling lists from POS

Grammar: using a colon to introduce a list

Word: Converting nouns or adjectives into verbs using suffixes [for example, –ate; –ise; –ify] Verb prefixes [for example, dis–, de–, mis–, over– and re–]


  • 2c Identify and describe reasons for, and results of events and changes.
  • 2d Describe and make links between events, and changes across periods.
  • 4a Use a variety of sources to find out about events, people and changes.
  • 4b Ask and answer questions. Select and record relevant information.
  • 5a Recall, select and organise information.
  • 5b Use dates and historical vocabulary to describe the period.
  • 5c Communicate their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways.

Numeracy Links


  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.

Solving equations:

  • solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates.


  • solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of , , , , and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25.


  • estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm3 blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water]
  • solve problems involving converting between units of time
  • use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling.


  • distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles.
  • identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed.


  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using the information presented in a line graph
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables.


History focus this half term.


We are Traders

  • To develop skills in computer graphics
  • To analyse problems logically to identify a solution
  • To develop programming skills, particularly in
  • relation to interface design and randomisation
  • To use spreadsheets to analyse or model aspects of their game design

Art / D & T

  • 1a Generate ideas after thinking about who will use them and what they will be used for, using information from a number of sources.
  • 1b Develop and explain ideas clearly with design objectives.
  • 1c Plan, suggesting a sequence of actions or alternatives if needed.
  • 1d Communicate design ideas in different ways.
  • 3a Reflect on work in relation to intended use (and users’) and identify improvements needed.
  • 3b Carry out appropriate tests first.
  • 3c Recognise quality depends on how something is made and if it meets its intended use.


Let’s Get Moving – Forces:

  • To explain some of the effects of gravity.
  • To plan, carry out and explain fair tests.
  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

PE / Games

Tag Rugby

  • 1a Consolidate existing skills and gain new ones.
  • 1b Perform actions and skills with more consistent control and quality.
  • 2a Plan, use and adapt strategies, tactics and compositional ideas for individual, pair, small group and small-team activities.
  • 2b Develop and use knowledge of the principles behind the strategies, tactics and ideas to improve their effectiveness.
  • 2c Apply rules and conventions for different activities.
  • 4a How exercise affects the body in the short-term.
  • 4b To warm-up and prepare appropriately for different activities.
  • 4c Why physical activity is good for health and well-being.
  • 4d Why wearing appropriate clothing and being hygienic is good for their health and safety.

MFL Links

Describe people

  • To further develop their understanding and application of grammar

Music Links

  • 2b Explore, choose, combine and organise musical ideas within musical structures
  • 3a Analyse and compare sounds
  • 4a Listen with attention to detail and to internalise and recalls sounds with increasing aural memory
  • 4C Learn how music is produced in different ways and described through relevant established and invented notations

Spring 2 Overview

Spring 2 POS