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Welcome To Year 5

Spring Term

This term in year 5, Ash and Cedar have been learning about the Mayans. We have learned about the variety of gods they worshipped, tried Mayan hot chocolate (with a range of reactions), made their own Mayan masks for celebrations or battle and studied the Mayan game of Pok-a-Tok. 

Year five have been extremely lucky this term, receiving sports coaches to teach them tag rugby and squash coaching. The final session of our squash coaching the children got to apply their squash skills on official squash courts at the Colchester Garrison Gymnasium.

In English, the children have been inspired by our suspense topic to write some spooky settings building the tension for the reader and have thoroughly enjoyed making comparisons of David Walliams’ books ‘The Boy in the Dress’ and ‘Billionaire Boy’. 

The children have also used the laptops to produce some fantastic PowerPoint presentations on fossils, the solar system and evolution. A big well done to all the children for their efforts and achievements this term and we look forward to the summer term!

Autumn 1 and 2

The Autumn Term began with a bang as our topic was Natural Disasters. The children linked their Geography learning with English to explore newspaper reporting and diary writing. Forces of nature also provided the stimuli for some powerful art work.

The focus for the second half of the term was the Victorians; the perfect time of year for this topic! The children wrote gritty, moving poems about life in a workhouse mill and later studied Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. We had a wonderful day at Braintree Museum where the children: took part in a Victorian classroom experience; became historians as they explored genuine artefacts and learnt about how many of our Christmas traditions began in this era.

Other highlights have included: Multicultural Week, watching the Mercury Theatre pantomime, carol singing and a visit from 5Live Wind Quintet.

The Year 5 teaching team have been continually amazed by our enthusiastic pupils. They have embraced this term with relish; taking every opportunity to learn, display their individual characters and skills and drive their progress. This was particularly evident when Cedar and Ash planned, prepared and delivered their own Celebration of Learning assemblies.

What a productive and memorable term!