Year 5 is made up of three classes: Hufflepuff (Mr Martin), Ravenclaw (Mrs Beckwith & Mrs Yates) and Gryffindor (Mrs Algar).
Our year group author (Joanne Rowling) is a British writer, who is best known for her series of books starring the young wizard Harry Potter. J K Rowling was eager to be a writer from a young age and enjoyed writing her own books as early as six years old. In 1990, she came up with the idea to write Harry Potter whilst travelling by train from London King’s Cross to Manchester. Over the next five years, she continued to write Harry Potter by hand whilst travelling to Portugal to teach and finally returning to the UK. Finally, after contacting many publishers, the book was released in 1997. Five years later, the book was adapted into a film and was followed by six more book adaptations. Her writing has inspired children and adults alike to unlock their imagination, thus allowing them to become great writers.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone discusses the choices we make. In the book, we see wizards and witches use their magic for both good and bad. In Year 5, we all have the opportunity to make the right choice and take responsibility for our own behaviour. We read about Ron, Hermione and Harry standing together to say no to the bullying behaviours at Hogwarts. As a year group, we acknowledge that we are a team that look after each other and work together to become excellent role models.
Already this year, we have enjoyed bringing our learning to life with walks in the local area to find evidence of the impact of Will Adams, the Gillingham born sailor, who sailed to Japan establishing trade links between England and Japan: creating ever-lasting connections with Yokosusa, Ito and Gillingham.
In our Japan topic, we studied the works of Katsushika Hokusai and developed our skills of colour matching, scale and proportion. We applied our mathematical understand of scaling to enlarge a section of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, using recyclable materials to recreate the masterpiece in our school hall.
It was an amazing task that brought together so many of our skills and we were so grateful of all the help we received from parents and carers.
In Year 5 we are always looking for opportunities to engage creatively with our learning. We have loved creating earthquake-proof buildings in Geography, scale models of the solar systems in Science and displays that demonstrate the fantastic work we’ve done investigating the effects of pollution in our ‘Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish’ topic. We have enjoyed reading and playing music every week with our specialist music teacher Mrs Love and have built on our love of reading with our Twydall Library visits every third week.
In our Earth, Space and Beyond topic, teachers have given children even more ownership of their learning to design a Science Fair that aims to showcase all of the phenomenal work we do in-class and outside of class to enrich our learning.
We are all looking forward to the new journeys we will be exploring later this year from Ancient Greeks to the River Medway and can’t wait to share our wonderful experiences with the wider school community.