St Matthew's C Of E Primary School
With Brunel Nursery School.

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Welcome toSt Matthew's C of E Primary School With Brunel Nursery School

Live, Love, Learn

Year 5 - Hawks

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 Miss Galvin and I am the class teacher. Mrs. Roe works with us every morning.


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, Computing, PE, PSHCE and Music take place at other times during the school week. Every half term, a relaxation therapist visits our school. Every Wednesday morning, the Hawks have the opportunity to embrace relaxation techniques for life!
Drama is also taught through various subject areas to help all children 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 Life Cycles (animals and plants), The Growth and Development of Humans, Earth and Space, Forces, and Properties and Changes of Materials.
Creative Curriculum
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 Literacy to this topic. The children will explore what life was like then and compare it to how it is today. We will study the great inventions and thoughtful insights of the ancient Greeks. We look forward to sharing this work with you.
Our Summer term topic will be Beautiful Blackburn, where we will research about our town. We will be looking at modern Blackburn, as well as the historical aspects and development of our town. As part of our learning, we will visit many places that exist in our wonderful town such as the museum. We will put our excellent sewing skills to use by creating unique and distinctive t-shirts that represent iconic places in Blackburn. 
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 will be Literacy and Mathematics based. Sometimes, children will be asked to find out information about a topic by doing some research at home.

Part of homework is to read regularly (please see below) and to learn their spellings (in order to improve and gain rewards - this is how they earn Golden time).
Reading books are taken home each night, with parents being encouraged to listen to their child read at least 4 times a week. An adult must sign their child's reading record to confirm that reading has taken place. Reading cannot be back-dated. Daily reading is the best method. Reading books must come into school each day, even if your child has not read at home the previous night. Library books are chosen from the school library every Thursday and children are encouraged to alternative between fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. 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. 

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.