This Half Term!
Currently, at the end of this half term we are enjoying our study of Beetle Boy, a text about a mysterious disappearance. The children have been writing news articles about the facts, producing narratives about what may have happened and even writing encylopedia entries about different species they have found. Why not check out our blog to learn more!
The final products - ready to sew together
Year 5 is an important year during which we look to develop the whole child with regards to self-esteem, leadership, teamwork, independence and maturity. In Year 5 we have responsibilities for some whole school jobs and need to remember that now we are in Upper Key Stage 2 there are a lot of younger children looking to us for guidance in the school. In Year 5 we work hard to build a class charter that embodies the Christian values of Clatford School, and stick to it.
Literacy development is a key area in year 5. Children will need to develop the complexity of their sentences, using wide ranges of conjunctions, as well as by developing the fluency and range of their punctuation. We also strive to develop our writing to make it the best it can be, through drafting, revising and editing before producing a final piece. It is important as well that over the year the children continue developing their love of books and choose more challenging literature both inside and outside of the classroom.
In Numeracy we try to use and apply our mathematical strategies and calculations independently when solving mathematical word problems. We consolidate our existing knowledge in different areas and build on these blocks to develop our understanding to the next level. This should include children working towards their bronze and silver times tables badges; a deepening understanding of decimal numbers (including tenths, hundredths and thousandths) and a developing security with the more formal calculation methods for the basic operations.
Our main topics this year include The Ancient Greeks, Rivers, Egypt and Fair-Trade. We visit the river Selbourne and also go away on our Year 5 residential in September. The residential is certainly a highlight to Year 5 and it is there that the children make the biggest leaps in independence and maturity (as well as leaping between high ropes!) The children work with their peers through a series of exciting and physically demanding activities that will test them and help develop their confidence and self-esteem, as well as giving them opportunities for developing their responsibility.
Year 5 is about learning and through every day, with the help of all of our Clatford Learning Friends, we know that by the time children leave they are ready to be the oldest in the school.