Welcome Message: Hello and welcome to class 5C! We are an enthusiastic, fun and caring class who love to learn and explore new things. In 5C it is important to feel safe, confident and OK to make mistakes- this is something that Mrs Cottis, Miss Blundred and Mrs Stevenson deem as very important when thinking about our learning. We know that the change from Year 4 to Year 5 can seem like a big one, but rest assured that your teachers will do their upmost to develop you into confident, independent learners who are passionate and enthusiastic about your learning.
All topics begin with our incredible topic launch days to really engage the children and allow them to feel excited about the topics from day one!
All Around the World: This Geography based topic sees us whizz around the world looking at climate change, Sir David Attenborough and the amazing Amazon rainforest! It is a fantastic topic to open a child’s mind to the amazing world around us and explore different countries and cultures through this. We will be looking at the species that inhabit the Amazon, the layers of the rainforest and the devastating effects of climate change, which is something in previous years that the children have been extremely passionate about and want to start being proactive about here at Eaton Park!
Pharaohs (The Ancient Egyptians): This history based topic is one of the best! During this topic, we study life in Ancient Egyptian times and learn some horrifying truths about mummification! We look at the different Pharaohs and their roles within Ancient Egyptian life, the important of the River Nile and the mysterious Pyramids of Giza- home of the Kings! This topic is fabulous for creative opportunities too as we are able to explore hieroglyphics and have a go at creating our own codes for our friends to crack along with creating Pharaoh masks!
Stargazers (Earth and Space): WOW! Where to begin with this one! Our Stargazers topic is another interesting one where we learn about our solar system- life beyond our planet! Within this topic, we explore the planets of our solar system, make lots of links to our science topic of forces and learn about the phases of the Moon. Providing it can go ahead, we plan to host a Space Camp to learn more about this incredible topic and experience stargazing in person!
Off With Her Head! (Tudors): I told you Year 5 has the best topics! We finish the academic year with our last topic learning all about the Tudors. We dive into the life of Henry VIII and find out about the sad fate of some of his MANY wives! We also look at crime and punishment from this era and compare it to this today! In the past, we have hosted Tudor banquets as a topic showcase where the children can show off their amazing learning of this topic!
Key English Texts:
We start the Year by looking at the gorgeous picture book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ which tells a story of a group of protesting crayons who are refusing to colour anymore for their owner. You might remember this book from previous years; however, it has been rewritten to challenge and engage our Year Five children. We spend time picking apart the contrasting characters of the story and write both a backstory diary from the perspective of one of the crayons and writing a letter in the style of one of the crayons!
‘War of The Worlds’ comes into play when we start our topic of Stargazers. A tale of alien invasion and survival grips the children into thinking about the horrifying characters of the aliens! We recount the first chapter of the story thinking about main events and how the invasion destroys the town of Woking.
Important information about Year 5: As in all other year bands, times table knowledge is key to the learning of maths in Year 5. We use the program Times Table Rockstars to help with the children’s acquisition and speed of the times tables and division facts. On Friday mornings we have our PSHE time, where we spend time thinking about any worries/ concerns we might have and also thinking about our roles within the classroom, school and within society. Homework is another important part of life in Year 5 where we are giving the children opportunities to consolidate their learning at home- as we all know, practice makes perfect and this is fundamental for your child’s learning. |On Friday afternoons (alternate weeks), we now have enrichment which is time where your children can explore interests. We offer: Animal Explorers, Crafts, Multi Sports and Team Building- this is a fantastic opportunity for your child to work with different friends and start a new hobby. Finally, our MASTERS values underpin everything we do at Eaton Park and in Year 5 this is no exception. We will be working towards achieving as many of the MASTERS value passport as we can to be upstanding members of our school and fantastic role models for our friends and families.
Final Message: We are extremely excited about the year ahead and can’t wait to share all these amazing experiences and opportunities with your children. We feel as though they have lots to look forward to! As a Year 5 team, we are always here to support you and your children so if there is ever anything we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact us via Class Dojo or the school office!