Year 5 – Kestrel and Owl classes


Welcome to Year 5.

Our curriculum in year 5 is very exciting and the children are very engaged with our topic based learning. Our topics this year included an Art theft in “Framed”, WW2 as “Blitz and Pieces”, Space as “Watch this space”, Anglo Saxons in “Incredible invaders”, Vikings” in Victorious Vikings” and Explorers – oceans and forests as “Extreme explorers”

We try to link our class novels into our topics and this year these have included: “Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo” and assorted Norse myths and legends by Neil Gaiman, as well as titles by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Katherine Rundell and Phillip Reeve.

A lot of thought and enjoyment has gone into making sure these topics are appropriate and appealing and we have tried to include visits or visitors linked with them throughout the year. This year we had a great day dressing up as evacuees at The Steam museum in Swindon, “We the Curious” in Bristol, Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and we had a visiting Anglo Saxon warrior to bring our learning to life.

We embrace the outdoors and try to use our fantastic grounds for as many different lessons as we can. In addition to a term of Forest School in our wooded area, we also planted “Dig for Victory” gardens and have had practical outdoor lessons in maths, art, English and science.

As part of the wider curriculum we have focused on music, PE and food this year. Social experiences have included serving and eating in our very own French café, busking outside Bath Abbey, having whole class ukulele lessons and taking part in a range of sporting activities lead by specialist sports coaches including netball, dance, hockey and cricket.

Children are expected to carry out weekly home learning tasks and read at home at least three times a week in order to prepare them for the next stage in their learning journey. This could include on-line tasks like “spelling shed”, written tasks or practical make and do tasks