The sections below detail the curriculum for Year 5 pupils at Hexham Middle School.

Should you wish to know more about the curriculum followed at HMS please contact admin@hexhammiddle.org.uk. Your query will be passed to the relevant Curriculum Leader and we will endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

Autumn 1 & Autumn 2

Materials

  • Exploring and using different forms of artists’ materials.

Spring 1 & Spring 2

Colour

  • What is colour?
  • Blending colours using pastels.
  • Harmonising and complementary colour.
  • Project: Hybrid dinosaurs

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Believable Space

  • Believable space in picture making.
  • How do artists create the illusion of depth?
  • Overlap drawings.

Autumn 1

The Computer

  • Word processing.
  • Internet research & communication.

e-Safety: Strong passwords

Autumn 2

We are Game Developers

  • Scratch: developing games.

e-Safety: Digital Citizenship Pledge

Spring 1

We are Artists

  • 3D Modelling using Sketch Up.

e-Safety: You’ve Won a Prize!

Spring 2

Controlling Devices

  • Controlling devices using Flowol.

e-Safety: How to Cite a Site

Summer 1

We are Web Developers

  • Internet research and web design.

e-Safety: Picture Perfect

Summer 2

Amazing Bedrooms

  • Using and applying skills.

e-Safety: Picture Perfect

The Colours of the Wind

  • Designing a wind chime product suitable for a domestic setting.

Environmental Design and Structures

  • Using the school environment as a design context for pupils to explore, develop a masterplan and create a prototype model of a structure that will be value and benefit to the school community.

Autumn 1 & Autumn 2

Modern Fiction

Holes by Louis Sachar

  • Persuasive writing – persuasive leaflet
  • Narrative – persuasive letter
  • Reading comprehension

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG): Adjectives, synonyms, homophones, nouns, noun phrases, complex sentence structures, idioms, palindromes, commands, verbs.

Spring 1

Narrative Poetry

The Highwayman 

  • Figurative language
  • Writing verse
  • Rhyme schemes
  • Reading comprehension

SPaG: Spelling patterns, syllables, figurative language.

Spring 2

Illustrated Texts

The Journey (fiction) and Shackleton’s Journey (non-fiction)

  • Writing a diary entry
  • Writing a letter in role
  • Creating a CV
  • Recounting events in order

SPaG: Speech punctuation, clauses, use of colons, semi-colons and pronouns.

Summer 1

Traditional Tales

Just So Stories

  • Narrative – understanding features of a genre
  • Creation of an original ‘Just So’ story

SPaG: Speech punctuation, clauses, use of colons, semi-colons and pronouns.

Summer 2

Poetry for Performance

  • Reading and understanding meaning within poetry
  • Figurative language
  • Writing own poetry and performing poetry creatively

SPaG: Verb tenses, adverbs, use of the full range of punctuation.

Autumn 1

Frozen Kingdom

  • Features of the Polar region.
  • Polar Explorers (including a visit from Conrad Dickinson).
  • Geography skills (using an atlas, longitude and latitude).
  • Emigration in the early 1900s.
  • French – weather and climate.

Autumn 2

Hola Mexico!

  • Where is Mexico?
  • The human and physical features of Mexico.
  • Ancient Maya Civilisation.
  • The Spanish invasion.
  • An introduction to Spanish.

Spring 1

Beast Creator

  • Extreme earth.
  • Rainforests and deforestation.
  • Global warming.
  • French – colours and animals.

Spring 2

Off With Her Head!

  • Crime and punishment.
  • The Tudors.
  • French – classroom commands.

Summer 1

Stargazers

  • Significant historical figures (Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton).
  • The 1960 space race.
  • Recognising geographical features from space.
  • French – shapes.

Summer 2

Scream Machine

  • Tourism in the UK.
  • Theme parks around the world.
  • Design a rollercoaster.
  • French – ordering food on holiday.

Autumn 1

  • Place value to 1,000,000
  • Ordering and rounding
  • Negative numbers and Roman numerals
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multi-step problem solving
  • Mental calculations
  • Time and timetables
  • Graphs and charts

Autumn 2

  • Multiplication and division
  • Multiples, factors, primes
  • Square and cube numbers
  • Perimeter and area
  • Measurement, conversion with problem solving and reasoning

Spring 1

  • Written methods for the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions: comparing, ordering, equivalence, calculations, mixed numbers and problem solving

Spring 2

  • Decimals: comparing, ordering and rounding (with 3 decimal places)
  • Problem solving with decimal numbers
  • Working with percentages

Summer 1 

  • Identifying missing angles
  • Geometry: 2D and 3D shapes
  • Geometry: transformations and coordinates

Summer 2

  • Statistics problem solving and an introduction to pie charts
  • Introduction to volume
  • Four operations: problem solving with money
  • Summer project

Autumn 1

The Percussion Family

  • Composing music for effect
  • Group composition and performance
  • Music theory
  • Listening tests

Autumn 2

 Instruments of the Orchestra 

Spring 1

Carnival of the Animals (Saint Saens)

  • Composition and performance
  • Music theory

Spring 2

Rhythm, Pitch, and Dynamics

  • Music theory relating to music notation including dynamic markings

Summer 1

Music Notation

  • Writing music using western musical notation
  • Composing melodies in the treble clef
  • Composing music for effect
  • Group composition and performance

Summer 2

Performing Melodies

  • Using keyboards or tuned percussion instruments

Autumn 1

  • Central Net Games:
    • Tennis
  • Team Invasion Games 1
  • Swimming Rotation 1

Autumn 2

  • Athletics:
    • Run 4 Fun
  • Indoor Activity:
    • Gymnastics
    • Dance
  • Swimming Rotation 2

Spring 1

  • Indoor Activity:
    • Gymnastics
    • Partner Work
  • Dance
  • Swimming Rotation 3

Spring 2

  • Invasion Games 2:
    • Hockey
    • Rugby
  • Swimming Rotation 4

Summer 1

  • Athletics:
    • Quadkids
  • Orienteering
  • Top-Up Swimming

Summer 2

  • Striking and Fielding:
    • Cricket
    • Rounders
  • Target Games:
    • Golf
  • Top-Up Swimming

Autumn 1

Being in my World 

This covers understanding rights and responsibilities as a British citizen.

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

This covers racism, cultural difference and bullying.

Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

This covers jobs and careers as well as future aspirations.

Spring 2

Healthy Me

This covers the topics of smoking, alcohol, first aid and body image as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Summer 1

Relationships

This covers getting on and falling out, relationships and technology.

Summer 2

Changing Me

This covers self-image and puberty.

Autumn 1

  • What does it mean to be part of a community?

Autumn 2

  • Why are religious festivals important to those who have faith?

Spring 1

  • Christianity around the world
  • Epiphany

Spring 2

  • Who is Jesus?
  • Holy week

Summer 1

  • What is the importance of human rights?

Summer 2

  • What is the importance of family life?

Autumn 1 & Autumn 2

Materials World

  • Properties of a broad range of materials.
  • Reversible changes including evaporating, filtering, sieving, melting and dissolving.
  • The processes of melting and dissolving.

Spring 1

Growing Up and Growing Old

  • Stages in the growth and development of humans.
  • Changes experienced in puberty.

Spring 2

Out Of This World

  • The sun, Earth and planets.

Summer 1

Let’s Get Moving

  • Forces and air resistance

Summer 2

Circle of Life

  • Life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
  • Life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • The school environment.