Year 5

Teaching staff : Mr Cawley and Mrs Oxley

Support staff: Mrs Haley

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In our whole class reading and English lessons this year, we have been reading a book called ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross Mackenzie. The Nowhere Emporium is about an orphan, Daniel Holmes, who isn’t having the best time at his orphanage in Glasgow. He’s bullied and friendless and not in the best state. However, one day, when he’s running from the bullies who dictate the orphanage, Daniel stumbles into a shop to hide from the gang. This is where the magic begins! He finds himself in the hands of Mr. Silver, a kind, yet intimidating, man who takes him under his wing after discovering that Daniel has magic running through his veins. He introduces him to the Emporium, with its twisting corridors that lead into rooms that contain oceans and jungles and various impossible things. These rooms are called ‘Wonders’. As the story unfolds, Daniel is charged with saving the Emporium, which he now calls home, from the hands of an old foe of Mr Silver’s, Vindictus Sharpe. We have used the themes and characters in the story as inspiration to write our own ‘Wonder’. Everyone did a wonderful job in writing their own ‘Wonder’ in which Daniel and the other characters were met with some very dangerous challenges! The children have been gripped by this story and can’t wait to find out if Daniel will be successful in his mission of saving ‘The Nowhere Emporium’.

As part of the DT unit this term, we have been researching, tasting and making pita breads. This has linked well with our recent geography unit in which we have been studying the country of Greece. Pita breads are a staple of the Greek diet and the children have had great fun in learning about how the food originated, tasting some of the traditional foods that might be eaten with pita and finally spending a morning baking their own pita with Mrs Haley. The children were involved with every stage of the baking process and learnt the importance of correct kneading technique and proofing timing. The final product that they managed to create was delicious! Mrs Hair was lucky enough to try one of the pitas and she was very impressed! Perhaps we have a future bake off star in our midst?

During October, Year 5 were given the opportunity to visit Dukeshouse Wood for a weekend of fun field activities and team building challenges. The children took part in events such as laser tag, blind folded assault courses, climbing, high rope challenges, zip wire and a range of communication and team building activities. If these challenges were not enough, the children were also challenged to make their own beds, get themselves ready for all activities and ensure they kept their dormitories tidy throughout the trip. For many children, this was the longest they had spent away from their families which was a challenge in itself but all children successfully completed the weekend whilst improving their resilience, organisation, communication and listening skills.

Planning

Below are Long, Medium Term Plans and Parental Overviews which are followed closely by class teachers. Skills and Knowledge for each subject have been planned carefully by subject leaders for progression across the school.

We are constantly improving the curriculum to match the needs of the children in each year group so some plans may be subject to change.