Welcome to Year 5

In Year 5, we have got off to a fun start and we are excited to see how well these children can progress as the year goes on.  We want to thank you for all your support already and hope your children are enjoying the start they have had to the year.

At the start of the year, we were extremely lucky to get the opportunity to visit Pontefract Racecourse. We spent the day learning about horse racing, the jockeys and got to have our own race out on the course. We loved dressing up in the jockey silks but our favourite part was watching the horses parade around the paddock and watching two horse races at the end of the day. 

Our first topic this half term has been North America. The main focus has been on geography and the children have found it really interesting learning about the physical and human features of this amazing country, the types of people who settle there and how the land is used.

However, we have also explored other aspects of the curriculum through our topic such as: the history of American music, the many wonderful and unique animals that roam the varied landscapes and have also spent time creating a collage that showed the contrast between the Rockies mountain range and the Yorkshire Dales.

Our writing has also been linked to our topic through writing a story from the point of view of Phillipe Petit who walked between the twin towers, an instructional piece of writing on ‘How to wash a grizzly bear’ and two contrasting dairy entries – one from the point of view of a slave being forced to go and work in America and one from the point of view of a family who have chosen to migrate to America for a better life.