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St Teresa’s School

St Teresa’s
School

Catholic Independent School and Pre-School
for Children aged 3-11

Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0JW
Tel: 01844 345005 Email: office@st-teresas.bucks.sch.uk

Year Five

Our Year Five class teacher is Mrs Roberts.

Year Five is a buzz of activity over the year with pupils studying a vast array of Imaginative Learning Projects: 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence', 'Stargazing', 'Off with her Head', 'Allotment' and 'Beast Creator'.

'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence' took pupils back to the fourteenth century, during the time of the Black Death which produced some very atmospheric personification, as well as persuasive writing with King versus peasants.

'Stargazing' allowed our pupils to engage themselves in our solar system and look in depth at the myths and legends surrounding the moon. Our trip to the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham allowed them to be in touchable distance of the stars and planets in the planetarium, as well as having loads of hands on activities to explore different areas of science.

'Off with her Head' will take the pupils back to the sixteenth century to meet the Tudors, a dynasty that changed out history. They discover an opulent court where favours quickly change and beheading is fast. Persuasive letters will be key to their survival and inspire biographies and news reports. They will embrace their learning visiting a Tudor house and exploring life as a Tudor.

The 'Allotment' topic enables pupils to learn about farms and where their food comes from, writing reports on world-wide produce and developing their instruction and explanation skills. Hopefully they will be growing their own green fingers and be able to visit a local allotment.

'Beast Creator' allows pupils to explore arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods as well as some of the deadliest beasts in the world – scorpions, ants and venomous spiders. A visit to a Butterfly farm with an array of mini beasts will inspire their creative writing and focus on poetry.

Pupils enjoy challenging themselves on their times tables through learning songs and playing hit the button challenge http://www.topmarks.co.uk. They explore all weird and wonderful problems presented by NRICH http://www.nrichmaths.org and have use of mymaths resource for interactive learning http://www.mymaths.co.uk.

This year’s three day residential in Year Five was to Condover Hall, where all pupils demonstrated great resilience and challenged themselves outside their comfort zone, from aerial treks to abseiling. The trip was a great experience for pupils, developing their independence, friendships, teamwork, organisational skills and self-confidence. The pupils couldn’t have achieved more as all were determined to make the most of the opportunities presented to themselves.

Roles of responsibility undertaken in Year Five are led by the democratic process of voting. Those interested in being either Student Council Representatives, Junior Road Safety Officers or Playground Equipment Monitors have to create a speech and address the class. Voting is carried out on voting slips and placed in a ballot box to be counted at the end of the election process. The pupils enjoy the process immensely as all have the opportunity to have their say.

Please see attachments below for further information about the class.