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Welcome to Year 5


In schools in England, Year 5 is for children 9–10 years old, and is the third year of Key Stage 2. Children will be encouraged to take on more responsibility and become more independent. In this year schools will often start to focus on getting your child ready for transition to secondary school. This is often a year when children grow in maturity – sometimes even more so than in their final year in primary. They gain greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in their learning – encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.

Although there is no statutory test at the end of Year 5, your child’s teacher will assess your child throughout the year to make sure that they’re at the expected level in English and maths. Whilst writing, there is a greater emphasis on grammar and the more technical aspects of the subject. In Maths, children will start to explore broader mathematical concepts such as percentages, negative and positive numbers and, depending on ability, may develop an early understanding of algebra.

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What to expect in Year 5

A year of calm study and independence. Find out what your child can expect in Year 5. Find out more >

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English in Year 5

Find out more about the Year 5 curriculum for English.

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Reading in Year 5

Find out more about the Year 5 curriculum for reading.

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Maths in Year 5

Find out more about the Year 5 curriculum for maths.

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Recommended books for Year 5

Activity books

Develop core skills in English and maths with these activity books from Bond.

Bond SATs Skills Age 8–9

Dictionaries for Year 5

Find the right dictionary or thesaurus for your child.

Children’s dictionaries

Creative writing

Inspiration for writing your own story, from Christopher Edge.

How to Write your Best Story Ever!

Riddle of the Runes

Who doesn’t love a Viking adventure? Perfect fiction for age 9+.

Riddle of the Runes