Welcome to Year 5 and Hares class
When you visit our classroom make sure you listen out for our focus music this term;
- Nkosi Sikelel: ANC anthem
- 12 Songs that shaped the struggle (with lyrics and translations) apartheid
Year 5 forms part of our Upper Key Stage 2 and is the beginning of the transition of pupils from primary to secondary school. Throughout year 5 and 6 pupils develop greater independence and begin to have routines, for example formal homework and responsibilities, which starts to prepare them for the systems at secondary school.
A typical day in Hares class will involve a maths and English lesson, a spelling and a timestable Rockstar session, in addition the children will study a full range of other subjects; science, history, geography, art, ICT, music, PE, RE, French and PSHE on a rotating timetable. The children have discrete grammar and arithmetic lessons taught once a week, but the knowledge from these is embedded into all aspects of their maths and English learning.
English is taught through high quality class texts that inspire, engage, challenge and promote questioning and ultimately enable the children to create a range of fiction and non-fiction English pieces to be proud of.
This term our English book links history, geography and English together. This book is called Journey to Jo’burg and is written by Beverley Naidoo. This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, Bantustans, racism and the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white "Madam's" house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. Through this book we will look at the history of South Africa and apartheid and the impact this had on the lives of those living in the country at the time. We will study Nelson Mandela and his fight for freedom, look at settlement types, land use and trade. This is once again a challenging book, exposing the children to a world very different to the one we currently live in. Through this study it is hoped that some amazing writing, debate and artwork will be sparked.
Our spring focus is on fractions, decimals and percentages (FDP). Converting between them and comparing them. FDP make up a large proportion of the Yr6 SATs tests and it is therefore important that the children are well prepared for handling these. The journey within maths as the week progresses allows children to practice the method, solve problems, devise and create their own problems and most importantly explain and justify methods and workings out.
In addition to the core maths lesson we practice our times tables daily, and in order to do this we use a program called TTRockstars. A typical TTRockstars session involves chanting and singing (and a lot of dancing and posing!) before undergoing a 3 minute practice session that mixes up straight multiplication and the inverse division relationship…all whilst listening to some classic rock tunes! The children love this method of learning and already in half a term we’ve seen huge successes in speed and accuracy of recall.
The overall aim in Year 5 is to ensure all children are appropriately challenged in all subjects; with a focus on explaining, applying and justifying. The learning environment is encouraging, inspiring, motivating and fun and there are always high expectations of the children.