Welcome to Year 5 - Hawks!
Welcome to the Hawks!
Hawks is a Year 5 class full of children who are happy, hardworking, enthusiastic, and full of fun!
I am Mrs Harris and I am the class teacher. Mrs. Patel supports us in class. She works with individual pupils or small groups.
The children enjoy a varied curriculum which encourages them to be enthusiastic and motivated learners.
Reading, Writing and Mathematics are taught every morning.
The Creative Curriculum, Science, Religious Education, PE, PSHCE and Music take place at other times during the school week. Currently, Blackburn Music Service visit school once a week to teach the children singing.
Drama is also taught to help all the children to enjoy learning and to encourage them to participate in lessons.
In Science, we will be doing lots of fun investigations linked to our topics of The Human Circulatory System, Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles, The Growth and Development of Humans, Light (and how it travels), The Classification of Living Things and Electricity.
In the Creative Curriculum, we will look at the continent of Africa. We will research all the different animals and the different habitats that exist in Africa. We will look in detail at the ancient kingdom of Benin and the creations that were made. The children will design and produce their own mask in the style of the Benin culture.
During the Spring term we will look in detail at both modern and ancient Greece, linking our Literacy to this topic. We would love a visit to Athens as our educational visit for this topic, however for obvious reasons this will not be possible but we will try to arrange a local visit linked to the Greek topic.
Our Summer term topic will be Blackburn, where we will research about our town looking at modern Blackburn as well as the historical aspects of the formulation of Blackburn. As part of our learning, we will visit many places that exist in our wonderful town such as the museum.
The children love to investigate all of these different topics, using books as well as ICT. The children will also use Art and Design Technology to further enhance their knowledge of the topics looking at the different cultures and lives of people living in other parts of the world.
Children will take part in lessons in the following units:
We are game developers,
We are cryptographers,
We are artists,
We are web developers,
We are bloggers,
We are architects.
We will cover different topics in the RE curriculum throughout the year which look at all the different faiths of the world. We will also try to make links between the religions in order for our children to develop an awareness of other religions and beliefs as well as their own. This is just one way that we promote the all important British Values, for example to show tolerance for and mutual respect of those with other faiths and beliefs.
We will have PE every Tuesday and children are reminded to have their PE kit in school in order to participate in these lessons. We will have a mixture of games, gymnastics and dance lessons throughout the year, both indoor and outdoor where possible.
The children are given homework every Friday which has to be completed and returned on the following Tuesday. The homework will be closely linked to our work in class to allow the children to consolidate their learning in a different environment. It also allows children to confidently show parents what they have been learning at school in that particular week.
The Homework activities can be Literacy, Mathematics or Science based, with children sometimes being asked to find out information about a topic by doing personal research.
Part of homework is to read regularly (please see below) and to learn their spellings and times tables (in order to improve and gain rewards which link to their earned Golden time).
Reading books are also taken home nightly, with parents being encouraged to listen to their child read at least 4 times a week. Library books are chosen from the school library every Thursday and each child can choose two. We encourage one to be non-fiction and the other to be fiction or poetry. Please support your child by listening to them read as often as possible. Asking them questions about what they have read is a great way to help them develop their comprehension skills. I have attached a small booklet of question prompts to your child's home reading record to assist you with this. I hope you find it useful.
Our class motto in the Hawks is "Always try your best and be proud of all you do!”
I am always happy to discuss any questions you may have, so feel free to make an appointment at the school office to see me after school should any queries or concerns arise.
Keep checking our class page to find out what’s happening in the Hawks.