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Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to Swans and Flamingos!

The class teacher in Flamingos is Mr Billy Heaton.

The class teacher in Swans is Mr Nigel Wilson.

Mrs Tracy Anderson will also spend lots of time working in Year 5!

Year 5 brings lots of exciting new challenges and responsibilities. We introduce behaviour grades and also have privilege time. We are role models to the younger children and so have to demonstrate excellent behaviour at all times.

The expectations on each child in terms of academic independence significantly increase in Year 5 and the completion of homework, punctuality, attendance, smartness of appearance, following the uniform policy and attending school with full equipment are all linked to the behaviour system.

All of the children in Year 5 have special cooking lessons with our cookery teacher Nellie. Over the year they learn to make a range of dishes (mainly savoury) many of which they should then be able to help you make at home.

The Environment

Our first topic in Year 5 is all about the environment. Using two books (The Tin Forest and The Flower) as a starting point, we learn all about how to care for the world, renewable energy and what the future might be like if neglect the earth.

We began our topic by creating our own tin forest using recycled waste material, just like in the book. In our second week, we went for a trip to the Create Centre where we explored a real Ecohome, as well as creating our own wind turbines. We have used what we have learnt to write a persuasive leaflet about caring for the world around us. We also had our own version of The Flower published.

In science, we have been studying the life cycle of plants by planting our own seeds and watching them grow, as Brigg did in The Flower.

Ancient Egypt

Our second topic in Year 5 is Ancient Egypt. We begin the topic by turning the classroom into an ancient tomb where we crack the hieroglyphic code, investigate artefacts and learn the geography of Egypt.

We learn about the story of Moses, creating fantastic descriptive writing. This is linked with our RE focus of leadership and the class have a debate on whether the Hebrews should follow Moses out of Egypt.

Throughout the topic we learn the mysteries hidden within the pyramids, the legend of Isis and Osiris and we get our hands dirty with the mummification process. In science, we investigate forces and consider how the Egyptians managed to build the phenomenal pyramids.