Learning

Year 5

A warm welcome to Year 5 – St Paul (Mrs Posso and Mrs Hull) and St Angelo (Mrs Allison and Mrs Hull).

Our staff team is completed by Mrs Terry, Mrs Eckhardt, Mrs Castelino, Mrs Maguire and Mrs Peace.

Life in Year 5 begins with a trip to Hampton Court in September to launch our connector “To Behead or Not to Behead” which is based on The Tudors. We spend a Tudor Day at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, and later in the term we are visited by Chertsey Museum for a hands-on workshop using Tudor artefacts.  To complement our history topic we learn about William Shakespeare’s plays and look in depth at Macbeth which includes taking part in a drama workshop. The whole term’s work is celebrated in a lavish Tudor Banquet in which the children participate by dressing up and providing the live entertainment.

In the Spring Term the connector is “By the waters of Babylon” which focuses mainly on the Geography topic of “Managing Water” and links with our short history topic learning about early Islamic Civilisation.  This includes many practical tasks which the children carry out in and around the school. At the end of the term Year 5 lead the school in their Easter reflections by performing the Passion Play to which parents and members of the wider community are very welcome.  Another highlight of the Spring Term is a visit from ‘The Highwayman’-  a dramatic reconstruction of  Alfred Noyes’ poem – to enhance our English lessons.

The Summer term begins with our residential field trip to Swanage which introduces the children to the connector “Life on the Ocean Wave”.  During the trip the children investigate coastal features and use this information in the follow up work done back at school during the rest of the term.

Please look at our termly Curriculum newsletter and the presentation from the Curriculum Evening for more information on what we are up to!