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Our year 5 class is full of dedicated, hard working and caring children, who have had a fantastic start to the new school year. The brilliant teaching assistants who work in our class with us are Mrs Haslam (Numeracy), Mr Wilkinson (Literacy), Mrs Darby and Mrs Duke.   


Many of the children in our class are encouraged to be responsible by taking on specific roles such as: being Young Leaders at lunchtimes to help and instill confidence in our younger children; Eco-Rangers and representing our class voices by being a School Council Representative. We recognise the importance of our children becoming confident and mature members of our school community in preparation for them becoming young adults in the future.


Class Information


Homework days for Term 1 2016/17 will be:

Monday - Maths

Wednesday - Themed Homework

Friday - Spellings (in planners)


Planners will be collected in and check each Monday - it is the school expectation that children read a minimum of three times each week.


We have two session of P.E. each week. Our indoor session is on a Wednesday (gymnastics) and our outdoor session is on Friday (hockey). Please ensure that P.E. kits are in school each day and that if hair is below shoulder length, that it is tied back. Earrings should be removed for P.E. sessions if worn.


Term 1

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all of the children, it has been fantastic to see them coming in full of enthusiasm. This term our theme is "The Anglo-Saxons and the Scots". The children will be researching to discover what life was like in Anglo-Saxon times. They will look at primary and secondary sources of evidence and learn how to evaluate these. In DT, we will be developing our sewing and textile skills to create a functional bag that is linked to our topic. For more information on what we will be covering this term, please see our newsletter below.


Term 1 Recommended Reads


Wolf - Gillian Cross

The Seeing Stone - Kevin Crossley-Holland

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Watership Down - Richard Adams

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aitkin

The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

The Hobbit - J.R. Tolkien

The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

The Wizard of Oz - Frank Baum


Term 2

Welcome back and well done to all of the children on a fantastic start to the year. This term our geography theme is Europe and our class will be focusing on Croatia. We will be learning about the man-made and natural geographical features as well as researching information about lifestyle and culture. Our science topic this term is Space; the children will be learning about the solar system and the sun, this will be linked with our IT theme which is databases and data-logging. The children will be researching information then learning how to present their information in different ways.  Towards the end of term we will be making items to sell at the Christmas fair. For more detailed information on what we will be covering this term, please see our newsletter below. 


Term 2 Recommended Reads


Information Books about Austria and Europe

Poems linked to Remembrance

Poem about Space


Jamila Gavin- The Blood Stone, Surya Trilogy

Carl Hiaasen- Hoot

Charlie Higson- The Young Bond books

Jeanette Winterson- Tanglewreck

Frances Hodgson Burnett- The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

Arthur Conan Doyle- The Lost World

Alexandre Dumas- The Three Musketeers


Term 3

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing festive break and are refreshed for the new term ahead. I am delighted to be joining the staff at St Andrew’s and am very much looking forward to teaching you all.


The exciting and engaging units of work our class will be covered are as follows:

*In Science we will be learning about animals including humans. These sessions will involve discussion and explanations of the changes which take place in the human body, during puberty, as well as the different stages of life. You will be invited in to school to discuss the content of these sessions and view clips of the videos the children will watch. 

*In Art we will be looking at the technique of printing.

*In ICT we will be developing our skills in using ‘Scratch’, a programming tool where the children can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.

*In Music we will be exploring music in film.

*In RE we will be learning about the Hindu faith.

*In our outdoor PE sessions, we will be developing our rugby skills and in indoor PE we will be focusing on flight in gymnastics. 


Term 4

Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed a lovely half term break and feel energised for the busy term ahead.


This term's theme:

* This term each class will be moving on from learning about the Maya civilisation to focusing on Woodhall Spa and the Great War.

*The Science topic for the term will be Living Things and their Habitats.

*The Art topic will be printing this term and will be linked to the Mayans

*The ICT unit of work will be developing skills in using ‘Scratch’: a programming tool where the children can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.

*In Music the children will learn about descriptive music including timbre, texture, tempo and dynamics

*In RE we will be learning about the Bible, as well as the Easter Story.

*PE sessions will consist of Gymnastics and Tennis.


Term 5

Our staff and children would like to wish you a Happy Easter! We look forward to our church service that will take place later this week.


This term's theme:

*This term in History we will continue learning about Woodhall Spa and WWI.

*In Science we will be learning about forces including air and water resistance, gravity, fraction, pulleys and levers.

*In Art we will be developing our drawing skills using a variety of techniques.

*In ICT we will be securing our learning in multimedia.

*In Music we will be exploring world composers and compositions: the war years.

*In RE we will be researching and learning about the religious lifestyle for Christians.

*This term the Year 5 children will be going to Jubilee Park for swimming lessons. Our second PE session will be striking and fielding games eg. cricket, rounders. Tri-Golf


Term 6

Welcome back! Here we are again on the starting blocks for another busy, productive and exciting new term. Testing for the year is now complete and hopefully this will be a term that will see the Year 5 children visiting our 'feeder' secondary schools; the wonderful summer events in school; a wealth of achievements and so much more. It is always lovely to see our smiling, proud and wonderful pupils and parents returning after a holiday and we love hearing about all the fun you have had together.


This term's theme:

*In Geography we will be developing our understanding of plate tectonics with a focus on earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain building.

*In Science we will be learning about micro-organisms.

*In Art we will be creating 3-d models.

*In ICT we will be learning about sound and how podcasts are made.

*In Music we will be exploring performance, focusing on melodic shape and accompaniment.

*In RE we will be learning how to express religion through the arts.

* In our PE sessions, we will be developing our athletics skills, in preparation for Sports Day. Until Tuesday 27th June we will be continuing our swimming lessons at Jubilee Park.