Welcome to class 5T!
Our class teacher is Mrs Thain. If you have any questions or you would like to talk to her about anything, she is on the KS2 playground before and after school every day,
Class 5T are working hard to be ‘the best we can be’. As well as working to maximise our potential, we are working on respect, feelings and value which play a big part in growing up.
We cover an amazing range of topics in year 5 linked to fabulous inspirational books starting with the great explorer Shackleton, setting out to conquer the South Pole. Maps are a key part of understanding this and we learn to create our own. From maps to history we explore World War II through a range of artefacts, giving us first-hand experience of aspects of life then, as both a civilian and as a soldier.
Our next focus is to study a wide range of art and artists. This allows us to delve into art in the past, have a go at trying out our own master pieces and even takes us on a tour of art galleries in Newcastle – The Hatton and the Laing. There, inspired by the exhibitions of the moment, we even take part in a hands-on workshop. Our parents and friends then help us celebrate our amazing creations through our ‘Greenfields Art Exhibition’ reflection event.
Continuing a link with art and history we dive into finding out all about the ancient civilisation of the ‘Mayans’. This fascinating subject links with an adventure story – ‘Journey to the River Sea’ which inspires a range of creative writing and poetry. The water theme is then picked up and exploited as we learn about the water cycle and the seventeen Global Goals for sustainable development of our world. We even hold a water themed fun fair to raise money to help those in another part of the world to have access to clean water.
Music plays a big part in year 5 too. We are lucky enough to have a visiting musician who over the weeks teaches us to play a range of instruments – ukulele, samba drums and percussion instruments and the penny whistle. Then we study how music has changed during the 20th century.
A year would not be complete without our time in forest school where we use our outdoor classroom, roam the outdoors, learn bush skills, firemaking and cooking, get creative in nature (which usually involves mud too) and generally have a great time.
Underpinning this vast curriculum we continue to extend our fluency and mastery of maths through building our knowledge and understanding of new maths concepts, whilst deepening our reasoning skills through team tasks and discussions. It is important that we build our fluency by knowing our tables well and be able to use written methods of calculation. (Remember to check out the Maths Calculation videos in the Maths section of the curriculum if you need to know how we do these!)
Don’t forget that our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we must make sure we have our kit in school then – white t-shirt, black shorts, trainers. Also our homework is given on Friday and collected the following Wednesday, when our weekly spelling test takes place.
To find out what we are learning about each half term, the Year 5 curriculum plans can be found here.
Each half term we have a learning reflection event to celebrate the work we have been doing. Our parents and carers are invited into school so that we can show them what we have been learning.
In Year 5, we also work on developing good learning habits. You can see them all by clicking on this link: GCPS Learning Habits
Important things to bring to school:
Water Bottles – children can bring their own water bottle into school and store it by the sink in the classroom. Please make sure that water bottles only have water inside.
Reading Folders – children need their reading book and reading diary in school every day.
Homework – Homework is sent home every Friday and needs to be completed and returned to school by Wednesday morning.
Please visit our Twitter page @GCPSyear5 to follow our regular updates of the children’s learning and important information.