Year 5

Maths

The maths papers below illustrate a cross section of the type of topic which pupils in this age range might encounter. Pupils in this year need, not only to work correctly, but to prepare for future examinations by working to time with speed and accuracy. They should be confident with the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide), using 3 and then 4 digits. They also need to be able to show the process used and how they reached the answer. This is important because marks are often given for the method used to obtain the correct results. Learning will include fractions, decimals, percentages, area and perimeter of shapes. Pupils will learn to convert units of measurement, to draw and measure angles and calculate the size of missing angles.

These worksheets demonstrate typical year 5 work.

English

At this level your child will be taught many aspects of English which will include: accurate comprehension (including inference of character's actions and feelings) of written passages, thinking about figurative language and how it is used. Correct spelling (including prefixes and suffixes) which indicates a good grasp of English vocabulary, use of all the tenses (and time connectives) and the ability to use imagination in both story writing and descriptive work are all important.

The papers below illustrate a cross section of this work which you can follow up with other pages from the site.

Science

Living things and their habitats Pupils should be taught to:
• describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
• describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
Animals, including humans Pupils should be taught to:
• describe the changes as humans develop to old age
Properties and changes of materials Pupils should be taught to:
• compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
• know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
• use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
• give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
• demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
• explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda
Earth and space Pupils should be taught to:
• describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
• describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
• describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies
• use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky
Forces Pupils should be taught to:
• 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

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