Welcome to Year 5!
Birch and Sycamore Class
Our Team Highlights of 2021
To launch our new project, we considered the fairness of choices and made decisions for each other. Some of us had to eat olives whereas some of us received free dojo points!
Y5 joined 'The Flock' art exhibition at Wentworth Woodhouse. We produced artwork that was displayed with other entries to reflect 'freedom' following lockdown.
Linked to our study of power in Ancient Egypt, we mummified tomatoes to see if the process would still work today.
Good news! After two weeks, we can confirm it still works!
Mrs Gibson Mr Kempton
Sycamore Class Teacher Birch Teaching Assistant
Mrs Holbrook Mrs Hopwood Mr Porter
Sycamore Teaching Assistant Y5 Teaching Assistant Y5 Teaching Assistant
At Wath Central, our curriculum is underpinned by a variety of concepts that link to the wider world, making an impact in
today's society. Due to the impact of COVID-19, a recovery curriculum will be established at the start of the academic year
and a focus on children driving the learning focus will be prominent throughout school.
In Year 5, your child will be involved in a variety of different reading activities. We have four reading sessions a week,
alongside our in-school library visit which takes place throughout the term. Using a novel of study, we link our writing
activities to reading and include a focus reading week at the end of each writing unit. As a school, we encourage
children to read at home at least four times a week. To encourage reading at home, we reward dojo points and children
are entered into a termly reading raffle to receive a prize for their hard work at home.
Children receive high quality English teaching daily at a level which is appropriate to their needs and as part of a
learning journey. To coincide with the teaching of reading, we have a text at the core of our English lessons. We then use
the text as a stimulus to produce interesting compositions and develop our writing skills through focussed SPAG (Spelling,
Punctuation and Grammar) sessions. Our texts will link to one of our concepts each term to encourage further links to our
projects. We also have discrete spelling sessions to study spelling rules appropriate for our age and study vocabulary
through discrete vocabulary lessons.
Children receive high quality Mathematics teaching daily at a level which is appropriate to their needs and as part of a
learning journey. Using advice provided by the Maths Hub White Rose scheme, children are encouraged to learn new skills, apply concrete understanding to problems and justify ideas through reasoning sessions. In addition to our daily Maths lessons, we also have Maths Meetings to develop the retention of key skills. These take place discretely and focus on fun, engaging activities to revisit prior learning.
P.E. sessions - Our current P.E. days are Monday and Thursday. We recommend that your child has their P.E. kit at
school all week in order to participate in both of these sessions, including if some sessions have to be rearranged
due to unforeseen circumstances.
Homework - Reading cards and spellings are checked weekly on a Friday. Homework projects and the date they
need to be handed in are provided on the project overview that you can access above. All children will be able to
celebrate their project with the class and discuss the production of their homework.
Keeping in Contact - At Wath Central, we share our achievements on various platforms. For day-to-day communication, we use ClassDojo where we share what we get up to during the day and communicate with parents about upcoming events. We also use our twitter (@wathcentral) to celebrate recent successes from our year group. Finally, keep checking here for highlights and recent happenings within our classrooms.
Helping at Home - Can you support your child's learning at home? Click here to visit our curriculum pages for tips and advice to support your child with online learning.