Welcome to Year 5: "Globetrotters"

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Year 5 where we are becoming budding Globetrotters throughout the year!

Year 5 is an extremely important year as the children are given opportunities to mature, extend themselves as learners and realise their full potential before moving onto Year 6. The children will be challenged through an exciting year full of creative and stimulating activities and topics. The start of this year sees us collect our shovels and spades, buckets and wheelbarrows and head off to visit both Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece finding out about what it was like to be part of the ancient civilisations and compare this to modern times. We will complement our topic learning with some superb book choices to bring the topics to life including Percy Jackson, Tutankhamen, Who Let The Gods Out and Secrets of a Sun King! Year 5 are excited to get to read some of the new books in our book corner and start to develop their love of reading. In the Spring Term, we will move our focus to the theme of Government and Politics to understand law around the world concentrating on refugees and migration. In the summer term, we move to look at Mother Nature and the way the world works in our Planet Earth topic where we focus on recycling, conservation and energy sources.

In the autumn term, Year 5 children will notice an increased focus on their responsibilities to keep Blackthorns so wonderful as they head into Upper Key Stage Two. They also will take part in a residential trip to Sayers Croft which will allow us to build their determination, teamwork and growth mindset capabilities to use during the rest of Year 5!

Home learning:

Each week your child will be required to complete a series of activities for their homework. Most of the time these activities will be explained on the ‘Homework Overview Sheet.’ On occasions, an activity may be explained on a separate document. Homework will be given out on a Friday and is expected to be in on a Wednesday.

Other Information:

P.E will be on Wednesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon so please could you ensure that the children have the correct kit in school on these days. Mrs Robinson’s French lessons are on a Tuesday and music is to be taught on a Wednesday. Mrs Thomas will be supporting Mr Luckhurst in the classroom.

Useful Websites:

Username / Passwords can be found in children’s home school diaries.

Assessment for learning:

The new National Curriculum has set out clear expectations for what children should achieve by the end of each key stage. To track pupil attainment we are using Target Tracker, a system that has devised a series of statements that allow children, teachers and parents to assess progress in their learning in line with NC requirements.

Tracker documents: