Main Topics

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Key learning in writing

Composition of writing aims:

  • Make decisions based on the audience and purpose of the text
  • Uses other similar writing as models for their own
  • Notes and develops initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • Selects appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • In narratives, describes settings, characters and atmosphere and integrates dialogue to convey character and advance the action.
  • In narratives use the 5-part story structure – introduction, build up, problem, resolution, ending.
  • Uses a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Uses further organizational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader (e.g. headings, bullet points, underlining).
  • Assesses the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing, proposing appropriate changes
  • Ensures the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Ensures the correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural.
  • Understands and uses metaphor, personification and onomatopoeia.
  • Proof-reads for spelling and punctuation errors.

Grammar writing aims:

  • Write appropriately for formal texts
  • Uses passive verbs
  • Uses expanded noun phrases
  • Uses modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility. E.g. perhaps, surely, might, should, will, must
  • Uses relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that
  • Uses commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing.
  • Uses hyphens to avoid ambiguity.
  • Uses hyphens to join a prefix to a root word. Eg, cold- hearted
  • Uses brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis.
  • Uses a colon to introduce a list.
  • Punctuates bullet points consistently.

Transcription writing aims:

  • Uses prefixes and suffixes – spelt correctly!
  • Spells some words with ‘silent’ letters, e.g. knight, psalm, solemn.
  • Use correct homophones
  • Correctly spell tricky words and Year 5 curriculum spellings
  • Uses the first three or four letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these, in a dictionary.
  • Uses a thesaurus.
  • Writes joined up, legibly and fluently.
  • Chooses the writing implement that is best suited for a task (e.g. quick notes, letters).

Key Maths skills (with scanned samples):

  • Children are expected to know their times tables to x12. This knowledge is essential for Year 5 so that they are able to fully access learning in other maths topics.

Some Key National Curriculum Aims for Year 5:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers
  • know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (nonprime) numbers
  • multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
  • recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3)
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
  • recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal

Recommended reading books for the year group:

In Year 5 we place a high importance on reading and expect children to be doing at least 20 minutes of reading each night and completing 5 Reading Journal Entries per week. As well as having access to class reading corners and the Primary Library, children in Year 5 are also allowed to visit the Secondary Library on Mondays and Fridays during lunchtime 12.35 – 1.00. Below, please find a reading list for books related to our topics throughout the year.

Ancient Greeks

  • Who let the gods out? By Maz Evans
  • Beasts of Olympus: beast keeper by Lucy Coats
  • The ancient Greek mysteries by Saviour Pirotta & Freya Hartas
  • Greek gods and heroes by Sylvie Baussier & Almasty
  • Hopeless heroes: here come Hercules! By Stella Tarakson & Nick Roberts
  • Fleeced! By Julia Wills
  • Mythological: an encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece by Dr Stephen Kershaw & Victoria Topping
  • The Iliad and the odyssey by Marcia Williams
  • So you think you’ve got it bad? A kid’s life in Ancient Greece by Chas Strathie & Marisa Moera
  • The Orchard book of Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • A visitor’s guide to Ancient Greece by Lesley Sims
  • Avoid entering the Ancient Greek Olympics! By Michael Ford
  • You wouldn’t want to be a slave in Ancient Greece! By Fiona Macdonald
  • Mission to marathon by Geoffrey Trease
  • Tales of the Greek heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Alexander the Great (in library, graphic novel)
  • Alexander the Great and his claim to fame (in library, biography)
  • Ancient Greece by Anna Claybourne (in library, 938)
  • The girl of ink and stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (in library)
  • Percy Jackson and the Greek heroes by Rick Riordan (in library)

The UK

  • Step inside homes through history by Goldie Hawk & Sarah Gibb
  • Stone age bone age! A book about prehistoric people
  • William Shakespeare: scenes from the list of the world’s greatest writer by Nick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • The Brontes: children of the moors by Nick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • Viking longship by Nick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • The story of Britain by Nick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • Books, books, books by Nick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • Harry Miller’s run by DSavid Almond

20th Century leisure and entertainment

  • Happy poems by Roger McGough
  • One boy and his dog by Eva Ibbotson
  • The lightkeeper’s lunch by Rhonda Armitage & David Armitage
  • At the beach by Roland Harvery
  • Katie Morag’s island stories by Mairi Hedderwick
  • Town is by the sea by Joanne Schwartz & Sydney Smith
  • How does a lighthouse work? By Roman Belyaev
  • The secret of Spiggy Holes by Enid Blyton
  • Seashore: 100 facts by Steve Parker
  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • Five go off to camp by Enid Blyton
  • Amerlia Earhart (little people, big dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Maria Diamentes
  • Holiday, film, radio and television, cinema, scouts

Settlements around the world

  • Secrets of a sun king by Emma Carroll
  • A world of cities by James Brown and Lily Murray
  • Atlas of world history by Jeremy Black (in library, 911)
  • Awesome archaeology by Nick Arnold (in library, 930)
  • Barmy British Empire (horrible histories series) by Terry Deary (in library, 909)

Ancient Islamic Civilisations

  • The kingdom of Benin by Philip Steele
  • Kingdom of Benin short stories by Fiedelia Nimmons
  • Diary of an Edo princess by Fidelia Nimmons
  • The history detective investiages: early Islamic civilization by Claudia Martin
  • Daily life in the Islamic golden age by Don Nardo
  • Sinbad the sailor by Marcia Williams
  • Aladdin and the enchanted lamp by Philip Pullman
  • Usborne illustrated Arabian nights
  • 1001 inventions and awesome facts from Muslim civilization
  • Explore early Islamic civilization
  • Tales from Africa by Kathleen Arnott (in library)
  • Ancient civilizations: discovering the people and places of long ago by Phillip Brooks (in library, 909)

Any other specific year-group information?

In Year 5 we place a high importance on experiences outside of the classroom to broaden the children’s view of the world and to bring our topics to life! Here are some of the amazing trips we have had so far this year!

Greek Workshop

In our Greek Workshop we learned about what like was like in Ancient Greek times. We got to dress up and explore artefacts from the past!

Science Museum

To bring our Space topic to life, we visited the Science museum. We watched an IMAX movie about what life is like for astronauts living in space stations. Then we went to the Wonderlab where we got to try lots of different experiments and see Science in action!

National Gallery

As part of our art and Ancient Greek topic, we visited the National Gallery. As well as exploring the gallery, we learnt lots about Greek mythology by looking closely at paintings.

Wembley Library

As part of our literacy we went to Wembley Library to meet a real author! She acted out and retold some of her stories from her new book.

50 Things Trips

At Ark academy we believe it is vital for children to experience the great outdoors. We plan trips throughout the year for children to complete the 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ . We visit the Ruislip Lido, Cassiobury Park, Fryent Park and Hampstead Heath, as well as planning opportunities to explore our local area.