Y5 & Y6 Curriculum



Pupils in Y5 & Y6 experience a rich and vaired curriculum. As in other year groups, pupils are asked to evaluate units of work and are part of the curriculum planning process. We feel that this motivates and enthuses the children as they are part of what they are learning about. 

English in Y5 & Y6

At Northway, we promote a love of reading and are passionate about how this love of reading can develop the children's writing skills. By emersing our children in high quality texts, they really gain an understanding of how writing is structured and consider why authors write in the way they do. Because of this our English curriculum is designed around the study of quality novels. Some novels also compliment the topic work for the term which means the children can develop their knowledge further, leading to high quality pieces of cross-curricular writing due to a deepened understanding. 

This year we will be reading these novels: 

Stay where you are & then Leave (John Boyne)       Journey to the River Sea (Eva Ibbotson)    

The Arrival (Shaun Tan)    Voices in the Park (Anthony Browne)

The Man who walked between the Towers (Mordecai Gerstein)

Romeo & Juliet (William Shakespeare)


Alongside these novels, the children will also look at different types of poetry and non-fiction writing that link to the main novels. We use all different types of writing as models for the children, highlighting the features. We call these WAGOLLs - What A Good One Looks Like! 

In addition to our English lessons, the children take part in whole class reading lessons based on different texts, three times per week. We use the reciprocal reading approach in these sessions, along with other teaching strategies, to teach the skills of reading. 

Spelling and handwriting continue to be a focus in Y5 & Y6. All of our children take part in the Read, Write Inc spelling programme in which children have a 15-20mins daily spelling lesson appropriate to their age and ability to ensure they have secured their sounds and age appropraite word lists from the National Curriculum. 

Maths in Y5 & Y6

Our maths curriculum is a fun and engaging one which centres on children being secure in the basic skills of number & calculation and then being able to apply this to a range of problem-solving situations. Our aim is for all of our children to be fluent mathematicians who can use their understanding to reason and think logically. We present work in a range of different ways and teach children how to solve problems using what they already know. We have a range of resources available to the children such as; The Bar Model, online game resources, concrete materials in classrooms, which support children in understanding new concepts. 

Science in Y5 & Y6

The science curriculum we provide in Y5 & Y6 is full of investigations to allow the children to work scientifically. We feel it is vital that children develop enquiry and test out ideas for they have in their science lessons. In Y5 & Y6, children develop their independence and work together to explore new ideas. As well as learning scientific facts and discovering how things work, we feel it is important to inspire the children by introducing them to real-life scientists. Over the year, the children learn about several key "real-life" scientisits that work in the fields they are learning about. This helps the children to understand how important science is in the world today and how the world has changed due to scientific discoveries. 

This year we are learning about: 

Electricity        It's a Wonderful World      Living Things & Habitats     Brilliant Bodies 

Knowledge & Understanding in Y5 & Y6

The main themes of our topics come from the history & geography National Curriculum. There are meaningful links made across other subject areas to maximise learning opportunities and links to our British Values, Rights Respecting Schools, eSafety and Eco work are made wherever possible. This allows us to reinforce key messages in all aspects of our teaching. Our topic work is skills focused and in our lessons we aim to develop the key skills of a historian & geographer.

These are our topics for this year: 

                   World War I              Maya Civilization          Amazing Amazon 

   The Roman Empire & its impact on Britain


Creativity in Y5 & Y6

Wherever possible, we link our creative subjects of art, design & technology & music to our Knowledge & Understanding topics. This ensures the children deepen their understanding of the topic by exploring both the humanities aspects and creative aspects of the topic. In addition, we study different artists, composers and architects from around the world to give the children a rich appreciation of the world around them and encourage them to discuss and critique important pieces of art, music & design. Just like our other curriculum areas, we focus on skills and build on those developed in the younger years, ensuring progression. 

This year we will be learning about: 



Maya Art

Van Gogh

Pastel still life


Clay pottery

Create and paint




Cooking for the community




Frame Structures







Tag Rugby



Total Gymnastics


Dance - Romans



Classical 10 piece BBC


Christmas Production/



Lean on me



Music Express

World Unit

Cup song


Recorders Unit



RE & PSHE in Y5 & Y6

At Northway, the whole child is at the centre of all we do and we continue to develop each child's understanding of themselves and the world around them. Part of this work comes from our PSHE and RE curriculum. We give children the opportunities to learn about themselves and others through our explicit curriculum which is enhanced by our weekly class Circle Time activities. This time is dedicated to talking and listening in which children explore issues they face at home, school or questions they have about the wider world. 

This year, in our RE lessons,  we will be learning about:

                                        Christianity                       Judaism              Hinduism 

This year, in our PSHE lessons, we will be learning about: 

                                  All about me             Friendships               Relationships & Sex


French in Y5 & Y6

The Y5 & Y6 children continue to learn French in the upper junior phase. They build on the vocabulary they have learnt in the younger years and work towards having simple conversations. They also develop further vocabulary by exploring other aspects of life e.g. school, pets, clothes, food etc. 

We use a range of teaching strategies to teach French and children are taught to write basic French phrases and sentences. They are also developing their ability to read French independently. 


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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
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