Welcome to Year 5. As the class teacher, I am supported by teaching assistants: Mrs Rollitt (Mondays and Tuesdays) and Mrs Wilcock (Wednesday to Friday). Mrs Miles works in the class directly supporting a pupil.
The first half of our autumn term focused on a geography and history topic examining disasters through time. Our work commenced with the children formulating a range of disasters from natural ones (volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis etc.) to those caused by humans, for example, climate change or nuclear accidents. Thereafter we specifically looked at continental drift and plate tectonics to explain the location of many volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, looking at individual examples of these disaster through history. Our work in English work supported this with a series of written tasks based on novel about the infamous destruction of Pompeii in Italy, following the eruption of Mt. Vesuivius in AD79. Moreover, on National Poetry Day in which parents joined the class (as part of a whole school 'Learning Together' event), we created and shared volcano/disaster inspired poems. Our art work witnessed the children creating some wonderful water-coloured painting of volcano scenes. We concluded our topic with a case study of Iceland answering the question: why people choose to live near to active volcanoes.