Years 5 and 6

Shakespeare, Tolkien, Austen, Bronte and Dickens Classes

The Year 5/6 Topics

Our curriculum is taught through three main topics each year (one per term) and cross-curricular links are utilised wherever possible. We follow the National Curriculum, full details of which can be found HERE. 

Year 5/6 work on a two year cycle so all children will be taught all of the topics listed below but some children will be taught these topics when they at in year 5 and others when they are in year 6. The topics have been carefully planned to ensure that all children are able to access the content. All Year 5 and 6 children receive Spanish and music lessons once a fortnight, taught by specialist teachers, and the children also receive 2 hours of PE each week.  Class trips are often organised to enhance a topic and support the learning taking place at school.


Click the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:



Click the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:



Objectives for Years 5 and 6

At the end of year 5 / 6, in order to achieve Age Related Expectations, children need to be able to:

Reading – Year 5

  • Read aloud fluently and understand the meaning of new words that they meet.
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing. 
  • Discuss their understanding and explore the meaning of words in context. 
  • Summarise the main ideas drawn from more that one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas. 
  • Draw inferences and justify with evidence from the text.
  • predict what might happen from details stated and implied. 
  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views. 
  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction. 


  • Use spelling knowledge to spell words correctly.
  • Understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically. 
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed. 
  • Build cohesion within and across paragraphs in a variety of ways. 
  • Draft and write in narratives by describing settings, characters and atmosphere. 
  • Use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text e.g. headings, bullet points, underlining. 
  • Integrate dialogue in narrative to advance the action and convey character.
  • Ensure the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing. 
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors. 


  • Read,  write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Count forwards and backwards with positive and negative numbers, including through zero    
  • Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using columnar addition or subtraction.
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers.
  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a 1 or 2-digit number using a formal written method    
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.  
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams 
  • Read and write decimal numbers as fractions (e.g. 0.71 = 71/100).  
  • Read,  write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places    
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of shapes in cm and m.    
  • Calculate and compare the area of squares and rectangles including using standard units, square cm and square metres
  • Estimate the area of irregular shapes.    
  • Draw given angles and measure angles in degrees  
  • Identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation and know that the shape has not changed.  
  • Read, interpret and complete information in tables, including timetables.

Reading – Year 6

  • Read age-appropriate books with confidence and fluency (including whole novels).
  • Make comparisons within and across books.
  • Read aloud with intonation that shows understanding.
  • Work out the meaning of words from the context.  
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read.  
  • Draw inferences and justify these with evidence.   
  • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied.
  • Summarise main ideas
  • Identify key details and use quotations for illustration    
  • Evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader  
  • Retrieve information from non-fiction


  • Write for a range of purposes.
  • Use paragraphs to organise ideas.
  • In non-narrative writing, use simple devices to structure the writing and support the reader.
  • Spell most words correctly from the year 5 / year 6 spelling list.
  • Use a dictionary to check the spelling of uncommon or more ambitious vocabulary.  
  • Maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed.
  • Write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Select language that shows good awareness of the reader.
  • In narratives, describe settings, characters and atmosphere.    
  • Integrate dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action.    
  • Select vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires, doing this mostly appropriately.
  • Use a range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Use verb tenses consistently and correctly throughout their writing.   
  • Use the range of punctuation taught at KS2, mostly correctly. 


  • Demonstrate an understanding of place value including large numbers and decimals.   
  • Calculate mentally, using effective strategies such as manipulating expressions using commutative and distributive properties to simplify the calculation.  
  • Use formal methods to solve multi-step problems – column addition, column subtraction, short and long multiplication, short and long division.  
  • Calculate using fractions, decimals and percentages,  recognise the relationship between them and express them as equivalent quantities.   
  • Substitute values into a simple formula to solve problems.  
  • Calculate with measures.
  • Use mathematical reasoning to find missing angles.