Year 5 Sycamores!
Our classroom theme is ‘Growth’; we try to make Sycamores a nurturing, happy and creative place where each child can grow and learn, whatever their ability.
We also take this theme quite literally, as we are growing lots and lots of tiny succulents in colourful pots on our windowsill!
Year 5 is an exciting year, where children receive their pen licence and meet their ‘buddy’ in Nursery class. This is temporarily on hold because of COVID, but we can’t wait until it starts again. The children really benefit from the time spent with our youngest members of the Blue School; last year Sycamores wrote and illustrated story books, dedicated to their buddies, and spent a lovely time reading to them in various corners of the Nursery.
We love our topics in Year 5; we study the ancient African civilisation of Benin, Medieval monarchs, Space, Forces, Living Things, Cityscapes, Leonardo da Vinci, South America and Hinduism – to name but a few. We like to explore our topics using art, DT and IT; for example we collaged and built our own version of the Great Wall of Benin, complete with moat and rainforest. Our class joke was that it took almost as long to build as the original!
During Year 5 we really see the children develop; we try to encourage them to be more independent and resourceful in their learning and help them develop strategies to cope with friendships, obstacles and feelings. By the end of July, our Sycamore seedlings are ready for Year 6!