For a teacher, there is no greater pleasure than equipping pupils with knowledge, creativity, self-confidence and self-determination, then standing back and watching them fly.
From the outset in Year 5, our pupils are challenged to take up the reins in their learning, to become independent learners who can appreciate their personal bigger educational picture and understand the ultimate relevance and purpose of our studies. To that end, our Year 5s are treated to a rich and varied curriculum which is not only, of course, accessible to all but one which will stretch the children’s talents – and find the hidden ones.
When our younger children are asked what they are most looking forward to in Year 5, they will often mention the work we do in Art & Design or our taking the lead in our annual school play, our trips and visits to local places of interest and of course our school journey to France. The children will also comment upon our DT project week in the summer – last year we created powered model buggies to compete in a grand prix! Our children also relish the challenge of a whole class English focus upon ‘War Horse’ and later ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ which provides our Year 5s with a brilliant spring-board for their own creative writing.
In addition, we make books, we create models, we test, we try out new ideas, we blog, but above all, we work and learn together.