You will notice some significant changes in the day to day routine of the pupils in Year 5. The children follow a carefully balanced and well structured syllabus. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers, the three most important being English, Maths and Science.
The children have six English lessons, six Maths lessons and four Science lessons per week, supported by French, History, Geography, Latin, Religious Studies (RS), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, Art and PE. The objective is to give a broad grounding without superficiality. The School day is based on six forty minute lessons in the morning with Games in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and three further forty minute lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The form teacher liaises with the specialist teachers, parents and the children to ensure that all runs smoothly both in academic and pastoral areas.
The following notes give a brief insight into the subjects taught in Year 5.
Art and Design
As the pupils move through Key stage 2 they will extend their artistic knowledge and imagination.
Drawing continues to be an important foundation for the subject but the pupils will also express their ideas through painting, collage, printmaking, mixed media, textiles and sculpture. A sketchbook is used to help record information from their surroundings.
They will explore and learn about a range of new materials and techniques and they will continue to study artistic ideas from other ages and cultures.
After-school clubs and holiday courses are available for those who would like to further their interest in the subject.
Through a range of stories and books, both fiction and non fiction , poetry and drama, in Year 5 English we aim to develop each individual learners grasp and understanding of the main areas of the English curriculum; spoken language, word reading and comprehension, transcription ( the representation of spoken language in the written form, including spelling) , handwriting, writing composition ( discussing, drafting, evaluating and editing) and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
The overarching aim is to make lessons engaging , creative and imaginative so that pupils choose to read avidly and are able to write expressively, fluently and accurately with enjoyment and enthusiasm, reaching their maximum potential.
Pupils continue to progress through La Jolie Ronde Scheme and Salut interactive activities. Listening, speaking, reading and writing activities are further developed. Pupils increase their grammar knowledge and are introduced to ‘ER’ verbs and possessive adjectives. They develop answers to a range of questions and expand their vocabulary for clothes, parts of the body, pets, likes and dislikes. Words such as ‘sur’, ‘sous’, ‘devant’, ‘derrière’, ‘dans’, ‘près de’, ‘loin de’ are used within short sentences. They are regularly given lists of words to learn. The aim of this year is to consolidate and use the knowledge of French that has been built on over the previous years so that language can be used for a purpose.
Over the year the children study three dramatic and contrasting climatic regions – polar, desert and rain forest. The study will cover: climate, human activity, wildlife, vegetation and environmental damage.
Work continues on World, European and British locations, OS map work and current affairs.
The children study the Tudors and Stuarts, learning about some of the significant events in the lives of monarchs, of the gradual decline of their political power and of the beginnings of parliamentary rule and democracy. They look at the lives of ordinary people; how they lived, ate and spent their leisure and at the ways in which they were affected by changes in religion, civil war and by such disasters as the plague and the Great Fire of London.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Children continue to build on their word processing and graphics skills throughout the year. Further work is done on data handling and children develop skills which allow them to check and evaluate their work. Children are given an introduction to spreadsheets.
In Year 5 children in the top set start Latin. In the language they are introduced to the idea that the sense of a Latin sentence is conveyed by the different endings on the Latin nouns and verbs. By learning how to deal with these, children are able to translate simple Latin stories into English. The derivation of English words from Latin is always stressed, as is the importance of grammar and its relevance to the English language. Some aspects of the Roman way of life are also studied.
Each weekend children are given ten words of vocabulary to learn. Parents’ assistance in this is invaluable and is much appreciated by the staff.
The aim of the Maths Department in Year 5 is to give the pupils confidence and enjoyment in Maths, whilst revising and extending work from Year 4 involving Numbers, Shapes, Space and Measures and Handling Data. Particular emphasis is placed on improving and developing mental maths skills and progress is assessed through regular tests. Children are encouraged to undertake fun activities to improve number bonding and puzzle solving.
In Religious Studies children learn about the life of Jesus. Our work looks at the reasons why Jesus made enemies amongst the Jewish authorities. A careful study is made of his final week of life culminating with his death and resurrection.
In Year 5 pupils study topics associated with living things and materials. These topics include Teeth and Diet, Microscopes and Cells, Chemical Apparatus and Techniques, Separating Mixtures, Light and Sound.
Pupils will develop a range of practical skills through experimental work. They are encouraged to communicate ideas and experiences.