Year 5

Mr Peter May


Class Teacher 

Our Christian Symbol



The Holy Trinity

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. 'triad', from trinus, "threefold") holds that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as "one God in three Divine Persons".

Mrs Lynne Stretton


Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Claire Mills


HLTA - Thursdays 

Year Five Curriculum



Land of The Free 

Our Topic this term is all about North America.  

In Geography, we will be looking at and creating maps. We will be drawing world maps from memory and marking on the names of continents, countries, cities and oceans. We will mark the Equator and discuss the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer. On continent maps we will research and mark physical and human geographical features as well as historical & culturally significant places in North America. Finally we will look at maps of New York, comparing aerial photos with street maps and the topological Subway map. We will eventually use these to create our own stylised, pictorial maps using pen and ink. 

In History we will be looking at the way the USA has changed socially and culturally over time, with particular emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement. 

In Art, we will research American artists such as Georgia O’Keefe (landscapes) and Keith Haring (pop art) and create our own masterpieces in their style using paint, collage and mixed media. 

In DT we will be researching some traditional American recipes and then adapting them, before preparing and cooking them. We will also be completing a STEM challenge based on the Hoover Dam

RE and French (MFL)



Term 1 – Creation & Science: Conflict or Complementary?

Term 2 – How can following God bring Freedom & Justice? 


In French, we have been focusing on explaining things about ourselves: labelling parts of the body, explaining physical actions and introducing ourselves to each other as well as learning colours and clothing names. Going forward, we are working to develop our knowledge of food and looking at how we can explain our likes and dislikes within both a personal/home and school setting.



During the first half term we will be reading the book 'Wonder' by the American author R.J. Palacio. As well as reading comprehension and inference activities, we will be using it as inspiration for our grammar, spelling and writing tasks. We will be focusing on understanding language in context, commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, comparing characters, passive voice, informal diary writing and formal newspaper writing. 

After half term we will be looking at the work of Dr Seuss during the week of World Book Day, and then non-fiction texts relating to the American civil-rights movement. We will be finding out about Maya Angelou and performing her poem Still I Rise. We will be learning about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and writing biographies in the style of Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls/Boys Who Dare to be Different. We will be analysing Dr King’s famous I have a Dream speech, and will finally write our own persuasive speeches about causes we believe passionately in. 



Our focus at Pattishall is on Maths Mastery -  meaning that  for each subject, we explore the concrete, pictorial and abstract facets of all of the varying areas of Maths.    

In order to achieve this we use several different schemes, including White Rose and Classroom Secrets, which encourage children, once they have mastered the numerical element to a subject, to understand and explore word problems, so they are able to demonstrate reasoning and problem solving.  The focuses for this term are Multiplication using two or more digits, using several methods, such as column, expanded column, grid and area methods; Fractions and Decimals and Percentages.



Our Spring Term brings with it a focus on new life and as such, we are exploring the topic 'Animals including Humans', which gives the children insight into the human body and allows the children the opportunity to understand procreation - exploring sexual and asexual reproduction and life cycles of different species.

Music and PE


This term, with our exciting 'America' topic underway, we are evaluating and exploring the music of several US Composers. These include Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story', George Gershwin's 'An American in Paris' and John Adams' 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine'.  We will be listening, reflecting and replicating the music using instruments, bodies and voices. The children will also be developing their ability to write music on a stave using musical notation in the Treble Clef.

In PE, our focus this term is on Swimming.  Building upon the work they have done in our smaller school pool, the children will go for an hour lesson once a week to Towcester Pool, where they will be coached by trained swimming teachers to achieve and exceed the KS2 target of being able to swim a minimum of 25m by the time they leave primary school.

Our team sport focus is Hockey, where the children will learn how to properly handle a hockey stick, including skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, positional play, leadership and teamwork.

English and Maths Overviews

English Overview (pdf)


Maths Overview (pdf)


End of Year Expectations

Year 5 End of Year Expectations (pdf)