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Year 5

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.

Enjoyment is key for me in a child's learning experience and I endeavor to make learning fun and engaging across the curriculum.  At the outset of the year and throughout it, I am keen to explore and challenge children's perceptions of each subject area.  In doing so, I see my role in being to help them discover or foster existing passions and talents; or simply help them find new ways of looking and learning about things they may have previously dismissed or thought they lack interest or ability in.  By the end of their year, I aim to ensure they leave having progressed academically, socially, morally and spiritually, ready to take on the challenges of Year Six and beyond.
As the PE Lead in the school, I am a huge advocate of the benefit that sport and exercise has on all round wellbeing; and the skills it develops in resilience, determination and teamwork.  This too, hopefully permeates my teaching in Year 5 (not just in PE).  
A selection of topics this year include: Disasters, Earth Moon & Space, Migration and The Tudors.  


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Autumn 2019

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.