Croeso I Dosbarth Pump/Welcome to Year 5
Croeso i ddosbarth 5
In Year 5, we believe in developing and promoting an independent and positive attitude towards learning and behaviour. The class thrives on strong routines and discipline and children are encouraged to take responsibility for their organisational skills and the personal equipment that is required to complete various tasks.
Year 5 enjoy a varied curriculum. They have structured Maths and English lessons in the morning followed by topic based lessons during the afternoon. Children are supported and challenged to reach their full potential. It is important that children enjoy school and their confidence and self-esteem builds whilst they are here.
Maths homework and spelling check lists are set on Fridays, to then be completed and returned by the following Friday. The tasks that are sent home provide opportunities to consolidate the learning here in school, as well as a chance for parents to have an insight to how they child is progressing in these key assessed areas of learning. The children are also set tasks on Abacus (Maths games/activities) and have access to the Hwb and all its programs.
In order to support independent learning, the children will (once per term) be given an extended piece of homework relating to each term’s topic. For each learning log activity, children are expected to research a topic chosen in class and present their findings across a maximum of four pages within the log. They are required to use a variety of methods for presenting their projects and summarise any written research into their own words and are given two weeks to complete each activity. These tasks are then self and peer assessed in school.
P.E. lessons in Class Five take place on Monday and Friday afternoons. The children are required to have their P.E. kits in school for these days. The children also participate in swimming lessons during the year. We are very much a healthy and active school and really nurture and encourage the children to take part in extra-curricular sporting clubs as much as possible.
Good use is made of the outdoors as a learning resource. Regular field trips enhance classroom learning and provide important life experiences. Our areas of study in Class 5 are grassland and woodland. During the Autumn Term Class 5 visit Pembroke Castle to have a guided tour and explore the castle defences, relating to our Tudor Work. In the Spring term, we visit the Urdd Centre in Cardiff Bay for a 2-night residential trip. Activities include a speedboat ride around Cardiff Bay, visit to the cinema, Cardiff City Stadium tour and bowling. This gives them a real insight into city life and prepares them well for their longer residential stay at Sealyham in Year 6. During the Summer term the class visit the fabulous Skomer Island to conduct habitat studies.
The skill of reading is very much nurtured and encourage within Class Four and hence, the children are required to bring their reading books to school every day. They should aim to read at home on a regular basis in order to further develop their comprehension and confidence.