Year 5

There are two classes in Year 5. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to find out more


While we are teaching English, other languages are always encouraged and home languages are celebrated.

With the help of the teacher or teacher assistant, students select from a wide range of books a reader which is appropriate to their own reading level. They are required to read everyday for a minimum of twenty minutes at a time. The reading record and book should be in school everyday. A parent/guardian should sign the reading record every time the child has completed a book. Please take time to read and discuss the book with your child. Books that are not signed will not be changed.
Writing is a life skill. Students will write in for a range of purpose and audience. They will experience shared writing, guided writing and independent writing. They will use their ‘draft’ books to plan their work, to edit and revise. We aim to improve grammar and spelling; to widen vocabulary and expand the imagination.
Students are encouraged to participate actively in oral class discussions, games and drama activities. They will play a range of ‘voice games’ to develop clear and precise pronunciation. Listening skills will be developed through games, songs and CD’s. Students should feel free to speak about their own beliefs and experiences and understand that they may be different to other people.


Maths is not always about paper and pencil. It is a very practical subject.

The written curriculum covers all the number facts and computation skills. While memorising and reciting number facts is beneficial; the process in which an answer is discovered is of greater importance. Students will be asked to explain their methods and thinking regularly; this will improve understanding and develop mathematical vocabulary.
Other areas of mathematics are just as important as number and computation. Students will learn about shapes, describe shapes, directions, positions and increase their vocabulary.
Students will learn how to design and interpret a range of data. This area of mathematics will be taught within our units of inquiries and the school computer facilities will be utilized.
A wide range of measures will be explored. This area of maths is used in everyday life, so please encourage your child to look out for different measures, to be aware of the time and it passing, look at the weight of food on packaging, watch the weather forecast to find out about temperature and so on (weight, length, capacity, time, angles, temperature).


The PYP is a philosophy and not a written curriculum. In keeping with the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately 6 weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate.

The Organizing Themes with Central Ideas for Year 5 are:

Central Idea: Awareness of human rights helps uphold human development and survival.
An inquiry into: Human rights and children’s rights, Threats to these rights, The responsibilities of society to uphold these rights.
Central Idea: Past civilizations are still influencing our world.
An inquiry into: Characteristics of civilisations, Processes involved in collecting, analyzing and validating evidence, Aspects of civlisatoins that have survived .
Central Idea: Through the arts people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings.
An inquiry into: Diverse ways in which people express themselves, How everyone can express their uniqueness through the arts, The role of arts in cultures and society (vice versa).
Central Idea: Our knowledge and interaction with space may influence our lives.
An inquiry into: Exploration of our solar system and natural laws, Human interaction with space, Heat and light energy provided by the sun.
Central Idea: Trade relies on systems of production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.
An inquiry into: The role of supply and demand, The distribution of goods and services, Roles and responsibilities within the trade system.
Central Idea: It is our responsibility to find solutions for environmental conflicts. An inquiry into: Causes of environmental conflicts, Solutions to environmental conflicts, Our role in maintaining the balance both for today and the future.

Teachers and students will generate questions that have a conceptual base and are relevant to the context of the unit. Learning engagements will be planned to accommodate and facilitate student learning.

The classroom will become a centre for inquiry where students can acquire and practice skills and build new knowledge. The assessment of students’ learning will be focused on the quality of the students’ research and the breadth and depth of their responses to the set questions driving the unit. Students are asked to assess their own work and that of their peers.

Group work

Recent research has shown that most educational institutes will look for ‘team players’ and students who have well developed social skills. Students will work with each other in small groups and as a class. They will need to become good communicators, listeners, open-minded and prove that they can be adaptable.

Projects and presentations

Throughout the year, students will work on a range of projects both independently and as part of a group.


Art and Design classes embrace a wide variety of expressive forms and many different teaching tools are used, from technical demonstrations to critique sessions, gallery visits, videos, presentations and discussion. Due to collaborative nature of art, students develop crucial skills in cooperative decision-making, leadership, clear communication and complex problem solving while working with others. The skills will include cutting, sticking, coloring and painting. We will also be looking at differentiate between 2-dimensional shape and 3-dimensional form. We have 2 lessons of art per week.


This year the class will incorporate rest values such as crochet, minim and semibreve to their rhythms. Their composition activities will also focus on marrying text and rhythm where as they will also be introduced to a wider range of instrumental methods such as the drum roll and the ruffle on the drum, interpretation of chord charts and fingering of ukuleles. Listening, playing, singing and composing will be our main activities.


The focus this year will be on students developing their presentation, research, word processing and desk top publishing skills using various software programs. They will consolidate their knowledge of Google Apps, as we feel it is vital for students to improve their collaboration and Web 2.0 skills. All other I.T work will be in conjunction with the Unit of Inquiry.


We would like to remind and encourage students to come to school with the recommended kit on PE days. As the season is getting hotter, students are reminded of the importance of bringing water to school.


Since reading is important, we would like to encourage the students to read every day. Students are allowed borrow 2 books per week.


In Year 5, students are expected to carry out significant research and hands on activities while covering our units of inquiry: “How stories allow us to explore who we are and connect with others“, “The power of language and how it enables us to move situations in time”, “The uniqueness of human beings through their ways of expression”, “French and Spanish are based on rules and principles”, “Living off the land” and finally “The market place”. Via these units, students are exposed to relevant French and Spanish. Reading and comprehension skills are also emphasized in Year 5 and we strongly encourage independence (home readers, online language activities).


Zambian Studies has been introduced this academic year to celebrate the culture and heritage of the host country Zambia. Students will be encouraged to develop communication skills in Chinyanja using different strategies. These will be integrated within the organising theme.


It can be fun too. Students should be reading every evening for about 15-20 minutes and spend no more than 30-40 minutes on their homework each evening. Homework will rarely be given on a Friday. Homework may not always be about putting pen on paper. It could be that they are asked to play a game or make one up. It could be dramatic, musical and/or creative.

We look forward to working together with you this year and wish everybody a most enjoyable and fruitful year.