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Children in primary education curriculum Year 5 have opportunity to work using a variety of materials and styles through topic work such as

  • still life
  • observation of work of famous artists
  • choosing materials

Children use sketchbooks to record and experiment. They are also used to track progression and skill development.
In design and technology they design and make a toy, a musical instrument and a plate or a mask.



The French language is taught in an interactive way, using songs, games, videos and other audio visual activities.
Pupils in primary education curriculum Year 5 will cover the following topics:

  • Introduce yourself (name, age)
  • Descriptive adjectives
  • Greetings
  • Vocabulary related to school
  • Colours
  • Shapes
  • Numbers 1-20
  • Vocabulary related to Christmas
  • Vocabulary related to Easter
  • Vocabulary related to summer
  • Listening activities
  • Speaking activities
  • Reading and writing activities



During primary education curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the Cyprus and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world.
They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.
In Year 5 they learn through the following topics:

  • Contrasting Locality – Cyprus and Japan
  • Cyprus and the E.U.
  • Water
  • North and South America



Fluent Greek speakers in primary education curriculum Year 5 follow the Ministry of Education Greek curriculum taught in all the government Primary Schools.
Using songs, games, rhymes, flash cards, vocabulary with pictures and lots of oral work and projects we build on the work in Year 4 to

  • Further develop vocabulary
  • Use adjectives which show feelings
  • Use verbs and adjectives in greater depth
  • Tell the time
  • Use seasonal greetings
  • Describe people

We cover topics such as

  • Birthday parties
  • Colours
  • Dates
  • Feelings
  • Time
  • Mythology
  • Nationalities
  • Hobbies



During Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Cyprus and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
In primary education curriculum Year 5 the following topics are studied:

  • The Ottomans
  • The Tudors and the Age of Exploration
  • Native tribes of North and South America



At the American Academy Nicosia we teach English (Reading, Writing and Grammar) based on the outlines given in the English National Curriculum. In addition we follow a grammar scheme of work which builds skills year on year. Guided reading is also an aspect of our curriculum which supports the English National Curriculum objectives.
In primary education curriculum Year 5 the children are taught:



  • Apply knowledge of morphology & etymology when reading new words
  • Reading & discuss a broad range of genres & texts
  • Identifying & discussing themes
  • Make recommendations to others
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Draw inference & make predictions
  • Discuss authors’ use of language
  • Retrieve & present information from non-fiction texts.
  • Formal presentations & debates




  • Secure spelling, of homophones, prefixes, silent letters, etc.
  • Use a thesaurus
  • Legible, flowing handwriting
  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose
  • Develop character, setting and atmosphere in narrative
  • Use organisational & presentational features
  • Use consistent appropriate tense
  • Proof-read effectively
  • Perform own compositions
  • Develop a voice as a writer
  • Using a variety of strategies
  • VCOP, story mountains, talk for writing, WOW words







  • Use expanded noun phrases
  • Use modal & passive verbs
  • Use relative clauses
  • Use commas for clauses
  • Use brackets, dashes & commas for parenthesis

Speaking & Listening

  • Give well-structured explanations
  • Have a good command of Standard English
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints
  • Use appropriate register (tone of voice)







Use and Apply Mathematics

 Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign
  • Solve problems involving number up to three decimal places
  • Solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 and those with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25”


Counting and Number Relationships

  • Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
  • Scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other
  • Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction
  • Read and write decimal numbers as fractions (e.g. 0.71 = 71/100)”
  • Recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to “number of parts per hundred”, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator hundred, and as a decimal fraction
  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers
  • Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19


Number Facts 

  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts
  • Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
  • Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3)



  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and multiples of the same number
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers Solve problems involving multiplication and division where larger numbers are used by decomposing them into their factors


Position and Transformation

  • Identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations
  • Identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation
  • Know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles
  • Draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (o)
  • Identify angles at a point on a straight line and ½ a turn (total 180o)



  • Convert between different units of metric measure
  • Estimate volume and capacity
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres Calculate and compare the area of squares and rectangles including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes
  • Use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles
  • Distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles
  • Complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables
  • Solve problems involving converting between units of time


  • Data Handling

  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph



Music is essentially a practical subject. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use musical instruments in order to develop their creative and performance skills. Through active listening, children’s awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed.
In Year 5 children’s skills are developed in these areas: breathing, dynamics, phrases, pitch, metre, staff notation and rhythmic patterns. Recorder skills are developed.
At present, children are offered the chance to have individual or group lessons on a variety of wind instruments and to audition for the school choir.


PE (Physical Education)

We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. Year 5 children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Ball skills, dance, athletics and gymnastics are taught during these lessons. A short, intensive programme of differentiated swimming lessons takes place in the summer.
We encourage a competitive spirit and recognise the value of co-operation and fair play with others. We have a football team, a basketball team and a volleyball team.
Both friendly matches and competitive games are played throughout the year.
There is an annual sports event held in the Spring Term for either athletics or marathon running. There is also a Fun Sports Day held in the Summer Term.


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme, which helps to improve behaviour thereby improving learning.
Children have a chance to discuss topics which help them to develop social skills; become aware of their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses; become aware of the subject of bullying and know how to avoid it or what happens if they come across it; set goals; make and keep friends; how to prepare and cope with changes.
Themes throughout the year:

  • New Beginnings focuses on developing children's skills in four key areas: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
  • Getting On and Falling Out focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.
  • Say No to Bullying focuses on what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can tackle this problem.
  • Going for Goals aims to develop children's self-awareness and promote goal-motivated behaviour.
  • Good to Be Me focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
  • Relationships explores feelings, including loss and embarrassment, within the context of our important relationships with family and friends
  • Changes aims to give children an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and equip them to manage their feelings.

Each theme begins and ends with a whole school assembly and each class follows the theme at their level using circle time and any class opportunities that arise naturally.


Religious Studies

Using the NIV Adventure Bible children explore some of the main characters and events of the New Testament.



The study of science at the Primary level covers the following three main areas:

  • Life processes and living things
  • Materials and their properties
  • Physical processes

The new primary education curriculum 2014 curriculum helps children develop a hands on experiential knowledge of science in the following topics:

  • Keeping healthy
  • Life cycles
  • Gases around us
  • Changing state
  • Earth, sun and moon
  • Changing sounds




See an Overview of the Primary education curriculum 5th Year 


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