Reading is at the heart of all we do as we enhance our curriculum with high-level texts from a wide range of authors. The pupils are immersed in stories from different backgrounds to gain a deep understanding of the characters and the themes. We travel to the Amazon in our book The Explorer and join our characters on a great adventure through the wild and unpredictable landscape of the South American jungle. The pupils become authors of descriptive writing as they use high level vocabulary and complex sentence structures to enhance their writing. They proudly show off their non-chronological reports and ensure that detail is added through the extension of their sentences. After reading Flotsam, they make in depth inferences from the picture book’s stunning illustrations and they debate against plastic pollution, sharing their views before writing detailed arguments to persuade others to make lasting changes to tackle climate change. Pupils in class 5 also travel back to Victorian times as they read Street Child; creating detailed imagery and master their use of emotive language. They laugh-out-loud as they empathise with characters in our book There is a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom and finally travel in a space ship with the boy from Cosmic who everyone mistook for an adult.
Our pupils are curious and they radiate enthusiasm as they uncover the mysteries of the ancient civilisation of the Maya during their time in class 5. During our topic of the Tudors, the pupils uncover how the decisions made by Henry VII and Henry VIII kept the Tudors in power and, in summer term, travel to Ancient China’s Shang Dynasty where they solve the mystery of who was Fu Hao. Throughout each topic, they ask questions to further their own learning, challenge themselves and each other and strive to build on their knowledge.
A range of wonders from forces to animals, materials to space are mastered in class 5. Pupils conduct a range of experiments and investigations, showing an understanding to why they need to be completed fairly by choosing suitable variables, making predictions and concluding results. Their Scientific learning in enhanced through visits to Tropical World, where they see a range of animals and habitats, and to Magna, where forces, materials and space can be explored first hand.
Year 5 children also sing in the Young Voices event alongside thousands of other primary school children from our region. It is an amazing, memorable experience! They work with professional musicians and see famous artist headline the event.
Pupils grow in confidence and show incredible resilience as they produce beautiful, individual pieces of art throughout the year. From delicately carved Mayan murals from clay to eye catching still life compositions using water colours; the pupils in class 5 radiate creativity. During the year, pupils are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. They study the works of artists who will then inspire their own creations. In computing, class 5 use a range of technology to plan, create and evaluate vector drawings, produce a video, program a Crumble and develop their ICT understanding.
In class 5, we believe that differences should be celebrated and we show respect to all. We develop our pupils to be respectful, tolerant, empathetic and understanding of others. We take great pride in being good listeners and confident learners who strive to be their best, never give up and always look to be their best selves!
Values that are at the heart of Thurgoland