Welcome to Year Five
Welcome to Year 5!
Miss Gallagher, Mrs Mundy, Mrs Fowler, Mrs Tadajewski, Mrs Alcock and Mrs Charlesworth make up the Year 5 team.
In Year 5, we believe in an immersive approach to learning so that children get the most out of every experience. Our topics use meaningful links, which not only hook the learner but also embed the learning.
We begin the year with a trip back in time to discover the history of World War 2 in our topic ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’. During this topic, our children will look at how everybody had a part to play in during the war effort. As part of their learning, Year 5s take a trip to Cannon Hall in Barnsley. Here, they become evacuees and take part in workshops around wartime food, entertainment, 'make do and mend' and Morse code.
In the second half of the Autumn term we look at the Holocaust and how the crimes during this time changed the world for our future. We also mark Armistice Day with a visit to the local cenotaph with Year 2.
Our spring term begins with a look into Earth and Space during our topic ‘One Small Step for High View’. During this topic, we explore Space and take a look at the first Moon landing. During this half term we also look at North American countries and their national dishes. We not only taste these foods but also make them for ourselves.
As we progress through the spring term, we look at the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons on Britain. We look at the seven Kingdoms and how these shaped England and the present counties. We also look at the types of settlements the Anglo-Saxons had and what they used land for. In art, we make our own Anglo-Saxon jewellery using Saxon patterns.
Our summer term starts with a look at our local environment and how land use has changed over time. This includes a trip to The National Coal Mining Museum where we explore Barnsley's history as a leader in the coal mining industry. We link this with our science topic of changing materials, as we explore reversible and irreversible changes.
Towards the end of the academic year, we look at changes in animals from birth to old age. This includes our work on the human life cycle and puberty.
During this term we also look at the environment and how we all need to look after it. We look at why it is important to recycle and the damage we can cause by being irresponsible with our rubbish.
Throughout the year we also continue our learning in French and look at our part in school and the wider world in PSHE. We also look at Christianity and Judaism in our specially dedicated culture weeks. As well as all of this, we learn new coding and tech skills in computing. Year 5 are also very lucky to have the chance to take part in 'Bikeability' where we learn vital cycling skills designed to keep us safe on the roads.
Because of all this fantastic learning, we really focus on reading and how it can develop knowledge and understanding. Each topic will have linked reading texts in guided reading. We have passion for reading in Year 5, both in and out of school.
As part of Upper Key Stage 2, we work hard at becoming more resilient and responsible, taking ownership over our own learning and place in the local community.
With such a busy year, we know children will love their learning journey in Year 5!