Prep 5 Curriculum Booklet

Headmaster’s Introduction

There is no question that the past 6 months have been unusual and not having the children in school will have had an effect on their learning, despite the robust nature of the Hatherop Learning at Home programme. Our priority over the next few weeks and months is to ensure that the children have caught up any learning missed, completing topics or areas of learning which were adapted when the children were learning from home. As well as introducing new topics, we will also be spending some time consolidating previous learning.

The purpose of these booklets is to bring home and school closer together. Communication between home and school is important and it is hoped that the information in these booklets will provide you with the knowledge of the topics in each subject that your children are being taught. This will enable you to become more involved with your child’s learning. Some of the topics may not be taught in the order published, as there has to be some degree of flexibility. The curriculum mentioned is not exhaustive and teaching staff are encouraged to be creative with their content and structure of their lessons.

If you have any questions regarding any aspects of teaching and learning, please email your child’s form teacher or Head of Department.

Nigel Reed



Head of Department – Mr. Jamie Nish

Prep 5 teacher –Mrs. Amanda Houghton-Brown

Michaelmas Term

Daily Mental Maths. Tables and related division facts up to 12x12.

Number: Place value of 6 digit numbers. Write, compare and order 6 digit numbers. Round to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. Multiply whole numbers by 10, 100 & 1000. Count in decimal hundredths and thousandths, decimal hundredths and fraction equivalence. Decimal rounding. Negative Numbers and Roman Numerals to 1000.

Measures: Converting between units of measure.

Calculation: Add and subtract larger numbers using formal written methods and mental strategies. Identify factors and multiples. Multiply larger numbers by 1 digit numbers and divide by a 1 digit number and round decimals in context.

Geomtery: Names of 3D shapes, regular and irregular 2d shapes. Estimate, compare, draw and measure angles.

Statistics: Interpreting line graphs and a variety of tables and timetables.

Lent Term

Daily Mental Maths. Tables and related division facts up to 12x12.

Number: Prime and composite numbers and prime factors. Square and cubed numbers.

Fractions, Decimals and %: Ordering and comparing fractions with denominators of the same multiple. Convert between improper and mixed fractions. Percentages as out of 100 and written as fractions. Equivalent fractions with visual representations.

Measures: Estimate and calculate the area of regular and compound shapes and estimate irregular shape area..

Geometry: Angles in a full and half turn. Position of a shape after translation and reflection.

Trinity Term

Daily Mental Maths. Tables and related division facts up to 12x12.

Calculation: Formal written method for multiplying by 2 digit numbers. Multiply proper and mixed numbers by whole numbers. Addition & subtraction of fractions with different denominators which are multiples of the same number.

Measures: Approximate equivalences between common imperial and metric units. Estimate build and calculate volume and capacity.

Probability: Degrees of likelihood.

Investigations, problem solving, mental maths activities and times table tests will be ongoing throughout the year.


Head of Department – Mrs. Emily Barrows

Prep 5 teacher –Mrs. Amanda Houghton-Brown

This year we are using the Collins Scheme which runs up to Prep 6, alongside the Galore Park scheme, which continues through Prep 4, 5, 6 and then into Common Entrance. The expectations of independent work are increased with support. Set texts for the year to rotate: Friend or Foe and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Independent reading is monitored on a weekly basis.

Michaelmas Term

Speaking & Listening: Clear, lucid, fluent speech. Read and follow on discussions.

Reading: Skimming skills. Read for enjoyment. Read an extract from a passage and make notes.

Spelling: Collins Spelling. Fortnightly spelling tests and synonym and meaning tests.

Writing: Consider layout and presentation of work. Write in detailed form. Use fiction and non-fiction. Write imaginatively using knowledge of plot, story, structure etc. Phrases - how and when to use them.

Collins Composition and Comprehension.

Lent Term

In the Lent term the children continue their studies whilst experiencing the practical links between English and Drama when preparing for their production.

Speaking & Listening: Use wider range of different kinds of language depending on situation.

Reading: Scan books for information. Fluent, confident reading with expression. Represent information in different forms. Introduction to non-fiction terminology.

Spelling: Collins Spelling.

Writing: Write in response to more demanding tasks.

Develop the use of poetic devices. All relative pronouns. Use of double negatives. Collins Composition and Comprehension.

Trinity Term

Speaking & Listening: Class and group role play. Identify key points in a discussion.

Reading: Read fiction and non-fiction books. Evaluate texts read. Use inference and deduction when reading. Use dictionaries, thesaurus, glossaries.

Writing: Write good narrative, based on their experience of good fiction. Forming adjectives from nouns. Use of phrases in sentences. Collins Comprehension and Composition

Suggested Reading List

The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit

Just William by Richmal Crompton

The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

The Granny Project by Anne Fine

ANTIDOTE by Malorie Blackman

The Flour Babies by Anne Fine

HACKER by Malorie Blackman

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Wilderness by Roddy Doyle

Wreck of the Zanzibar by M Morpurgo

Born To Run by M Morpurgo

Dancing Bear by M Morpurgo

Clockwork by Philip Pullman

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Ratburger by David Walliams

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Secret Platform by Eva Ibbotson

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

My Name is Bob by James Bowen

How to Train a Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Goodknyght! (Tales of the Dark Forest) by Steve Barlow

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Tudor Terror by Terry Deary

The Spud from Outer Space by Susan Gates

The Last Polar Bear by Harry Horse

The Water Horse by Dick K Smith

Crowstarvers by Dick K Smith

Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

Death of the Arrow by Chris Priestley

The Baker Street Boys by Anthony Read

Scribble Boy by Philip Ridley



Head of Department – Mr. James McConnell

Prep 5 teacher –Mr. Jamie Nish

Pupils will continue to develop the requisite skills to make them confident scientists, conducting independent investigations and developing important group work skills

Michaelmas Term

Adaptations & Habitats.

Building on prior knowledge of habitats, the pupils will study the interactions between organisms and their environments.

Properties of Materials.

A more detailed look at the suitability of materials for their purpose.

Reversible Reactions.

Building on the States of Matter topic as well as a first look at chemical reactions.

Lent Term

Separating Materials

Techniques for separating mixtures including filtration.

Chemical Changes.

Irreversible reactions between chemicals. A chance for the pupils to perform many chemical reactions.

Earth and Space

A journey through the solar system and beyond, including human achievements in space exploration.

Trinity Term

Life Cycles of Plants and Animals.

Sexual reproduction in flowering plants and in humans.


Measuring and investigating a variety of forces including gravity and upthrust.

Modern Foreign Languages - French

Head of Department and Prep 5 teacher – Mr. Allan Hempsted

Prep 5 teacher - Mrs Gabriel Thomas

As Prep 5 pupils enter the third and final year of their Middle School MFL journey, we encourage the children to make the link between past and current knowledge of the language and help them to develop the tools necessary to extend their written and spoken French. We aim to create reflective and accurate linguists and to develop all four skills areas (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

Whilst the primary focus at this stage is French, we feel it important to develop their curiosity about the many cultures of the World by offering our Prep 5 pupils taster weeks in Italian and Japanese.

Michaelmas Term

The family (immediate and extended)

Physical description (eyes, hair and height or themselves and others)

Personality description

Comparative and superlative (comparing and contrastive others.

Être (revisiting this useful verb and using it in context)

Lent Term

Where we live

Countries + cardinal points

Types of accommodation and opinions

Rooms of the house & prepositions

Pupils to design and describe a house (using adjectives, plurals and opinions)

Trinity Term

Revisit and building on telling the time

Activities in the evening/afterschool (verbs)

Describing my bedroom (items & using prepositions)

Prepositions (on, under, next to, on top of, in, to the left of, to the right of, behind, in front of)

Using the telephone (language & number formation, text speak)

This year will see a revisit to regular conjugation of ER, IR, and RE verbs to keep the idea of stems and endings ticking over.


Head of Department – Mr. Jon Holmes

Prep 5 teacher – Mr. James Oakden

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term, the children will study the topic, The Tudors. This will include the following:

The beginning of the Tudor reign; the Battle of Bosworth.

The reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I

How the country was governed.

Henry VIII and his Great Matter– the wives of Henry VIII

The changing religion in the Tudor times.

The Mary Rose.

Lent Term

In the Lent Term, the children will study the topic, The Tudors. This will include the following:

The reign of Elizabeth I. Her succession to the throne.

Elizabeth’s problems and how she solved them.

The Spanish Armada.

Portraits of Elizabeth and symbolism.

The Armada portrait.

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will study the topic, The Tudors. This will include the following:

Exploration and discovery during the Tudor times.

Drake and Hawkins.

Tudor entertainment; William Shakespeare and the theatre.

Tudor clothing and the lives of the common person.

Life in a Tudor town.


Head of Department – Mr. Nigel Bailey

Prep 5 teacher – Mr. James Oakden

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term, the children will complete the following topics:

Weather: different types of weather; ways of measuring precipitation, clouds, wind, air pressure and air masses.

Weather symbols and words

Weather and its effects on population and different countries around the world.

Lent Term

In the Lent Term, the children will complete the following topics:

Map skills – grid references 4 & 6 figure grids, map symbols, height, scale.

Global Location: Capitals, Continents, Countries, Oceans, Major Cities, Physical features.

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will complete the following topics:

Africa: An in-depth study into the continent of Africa. Countries and capitals of Africa. Case study investigations into different regions and countries around Africa. The impact of tourism and trade. Weather, climate and eco-systems in Africa.

Religious Studies

Head of Department – Mr. James Oakden

Prep 5 Teacher: Mr. Nigel Reed

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term, the children will complete the topics:

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

This will include the following:

Explore the history, life and work of Muhammad.

Describe the importance and reflect on the significance of the Qur’an.

Importance of Muhammad to Muslim’s daily lives.

Muhammad as a role model to Muslims

Sikh Worship and Community.

This will include the following:

What Sikh’s believe and some features of Sikh worship

Sikh Prayer

How children are welcomed into the Sikh community

Tradition of Sikh Langar

Skih Practice of Sewa

Lent Term

In the Lent Term, the children will complete the topics:

Buddist Worship and Beliefs

This will include the following:

Who is Buddha and why is he important to Buddhists today?

Core Beliefs and teachings of Buddhism

Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

Buddist Beliefs of Karma and reincarnation

Role of Symbols in Buddhism

Different methods of Buddist worship

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will complete the topics:

Judaism Worship and Community:

This will include the following:

Key aspects of Jewish Worship

Jewish Prayer

Importance of community in the Jewish Faith

Understanding of Tzedakah

Jewish identity


Head of Department and Prep 5 teacher – Mrs. Sally Easterbrook

Michaelmas Term


Wall hangings – Leaves

Fabric relief panels

Batik designs based on Jean Davywinter using a printing technique.


Multi-layered painting in response to Chris Ofill based on animals

Form observation

3D Modroc figure

Translucent 3D pot

Clay “Poppy”

Lent Term


A reduction block press print


Layered drawings based on Hundertwesser

Self- portraits based in the negative based on Auerbach using acrylic paint

Trinity Term


Drawing of nature – biome

Collage of biome

Fauvism paintings of landscape/seascape

Painting focusing on mixing and matching colours.

Computing (STEAM)

The aim of the Computing Department is to prepare boys and girls for the future. It is without question that they will be entering a workplace where IT skills are essential, no matter which career they choose to follow.

Being a confident and competent user is important but we also aim to inspire children to look ‘under the bonnet’ of technology, understanding what it is they are using and how it works. Programming has always been part of the curriculum and helps to develop many skills including creativity, logic, patience and the ability to solve problems to name but a few.

In Prep Five the pupils are taught about the importance of e-safety and the benefits and pitfalls of using the internet. They are also taught to use a range of Microsoft programmes: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint through various projects: Writing a school magazine, a pupil’s guide to the school.

In the Lent term the pupils look at algorithms, problem solving and basic coding using Scratch. In the Summer Term they work on planning a holiday for an overseas family which develops their internet skills and use of Excel.

In the Trinity Term the pupils get an opportunity to build their own computer games using the programming software Kodu. They also learn the components of a computer system.


During the course of Prep 5 the children study the following programme and start to make regular use of the music room keyboards.

Michaelmas Term

Revision: a unit looking back over pulse, beat groupings, percussion, singing and timbre.

Listening/appraising: discuss characteristics of TV music – group composition work.

Compositions: pupils listen to examples before, composing their own pieces.

Christmas music: learning songs for the various events.

Lent Term

Rhythm patterns: pupils revise concept, then note lengths, triplets and dotted rhythms.

Melody shape: children analyse how a melody is made and then construct their own.

Trinity Term

Singing in parts: vocal textures are explored and the idea of part-singing is introduced.

African Music: what are the characteristics of African Music?

Beat groupings: learn more complex ones, group composition with individual parts.

P.E and Games

Michaelmas Term

Gymnastics: Sequences involving direction, speed, control and shape; matching and mirroring; weight bearing exercises. Partner and group balances.

Tennis: revise hand-eye co-ordination. Forehand, backhand, volley, knowledge of scoring system. Intro to basics of serving action.


Boys – Rugby. Consolidate skills of handling, tackling and passing. Set piece work. Match play, tactics. Football – competitive match play, tactics, reinforce passing, control, dribbling.

Girls – Hockey. Development of ball control, passing, receiving and game play. Start to understand the principles of defence. Develop an understanding of the rules. 7 a side games. Tactics of attack & defence. Introduction to skills of Football.

Lent Term

Basketball – To understand the rules of the game. Developing basic skills such as passing and dribbling. Shooting and developing the correct technique. Small sided games and decision-making.

Health Related Fitness: Fitness tests. Why do we exercise? How and why the body reacts to exercise. Heart rate monitored & recorded. Focus on developing agility, balance, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Understand the different ways to exercise and keep fit.


Boys - football. Attacking /defensive play - working as a team. Review of basics. Hockey: Development of ball control, passing, receiving and game play. Development and understanding of the rules of the 7 a side game.

Girls – Netball. Throwing and catching, movement on court. Getting free and the different ways this can be achieved. Stages of defence. Small sided 5 a side games, in relation to BEE netball. Shooting technique and develop understanding of tactical play.

Trinity Term

Athletics: Track 50m, 75m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, relays. Field disciplines – shot, discus, javelin, long jump, high jump, ball throw techniques.

Games: Boys – Cricket. Intro to Hard Ball game 11-a-side. Bowling techniques, fielding skills, batting techniques. Girls – Pasirs Cricket. Throwing, catching, bowling, fielding and batting skills. Rules of the game and tactics during play. Full game development.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)

Head of Department – Mr. James Oakden, Deputy Head Pastoral

PSHEE lessons happen every Friday in lesson 4. We follow the PinK (People in the Know) curriculum designed by Gloucestershire County. Each unit is taught for a three-week block by specialist teachers. The units, and who teaches them, are:

· Citizenship and British Values – Mrs Easterbrook

· Social Issues – Mrs Barrows

· Kindness and Anti-Bullying – Mr Page

· Media Influence – Mrs Nish

· Internet Safety – Mr James

· Financial Capability – Mrs Jeffrey

· Keeping Safe – Ms Moore

· Friends and Family – Mr Hempstead

· Growing Up – Mr McConnell

· Personal Responsibility – Mr Bailey

Further information about the core units which make up ‘Relationship Education’ will be sent by Mr Oakden separately.

Our Hatherop Values

Happiness: All members of our community should act and behave so we all can be happy.

Adventure: We play and learn with a sense of adventure

Teamwork: We work and play collaboratively and understand that we can excel and achieve more when we work as a team.

Honesty: We learn from making mistakes and we want all members of our community to show honesty towards each other.

Encouragement: We actively encourage everyone to strive for excellence in work and play.

Respect: Every member of the Hatherop community is treated with respect and kindness.

Opportunity: We make the most of every opportunity.

Perseverance: We do not give up when we find something hard or challenging.