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Great Totham Primary School

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01621 891091

Headteacher: Miss S Vass

Welcome to Year 5 2017-2018

Phase Leader Mr Quilter
 Year 5 Teachers Teaching assistants  

Mrs McCarthy (5M)

Mrs Pyman (nee Griffiths) (5G)

Mrs Byford

Mrs Hedgecock

Curriculum information
Curriculum Jigsaw (whole year overview) click here  Useful resources or information

Autumn term curriculum
overview (Autumn 2017)

Spring term curriculum overview (Spring 2018)

available spring 2018

Summer term curriculum overview (Summer 2018)
 available summer 2018

Welcome to Year 5

We have got an action packed term in front of us and can’t wait to learn more about the rainforest during this topic. See our curriculum letter to find out what else Year 5 are up to this term…

First week back

The first two days back were packed full of team building exercises.  We had a task to build the tallest tower out of 2 pieces of A3 paper. We could win more resources by answering questions given to us by out teacher, these could have been Maths, English or Topic based. The tower had to be self-standing and hold two pieces of multi-link.

Here are some pictures of us completing this task...

Our teachers then asked us to reflect on this activity using our Great Totham learning values – getting stuck in, persevering, learning from our mistakes, taking responsibility and being a problem solver. We thought about which values we did well and which ones we could have improved on. This has now become our target for this term.

Colchester Zoo

At the end of last half term, year five went to Colchester zoo. We had such a brilliant time looking and learning about all of the animals we have been studying as part of our rainforest unit of work. The children had an educational talk during the day, where they consolidated their knowledge of the rainforest and had the opportunity to touch and feel different rainforest materials.  

Thursday 9th November 2017

Year 5 Outdoor learning

On Thursday 9th November, Year 5 had their outdoor learning day. Our outdoor educators, Sarah and Paula, came into the school to instruct, organise and supervise the activities performed.

Classes 5M and 5G took turns to do their two hour activities. During the day, both classes experienced time in the school den and out on the school field. Sarah ran activities in the den, we made tortillas and tried Mayan stew and made hot chocolate to fit in with our topic work. Paula taught the classes how to make Mayan headdresses and sculpt clay faces. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

At the end of the activities, the children performed a spirited and traditional Mayan dance, which was enjoyed by all who saw or even HEARD it, as there was a lot of chanting involved. Outdoor learning in Year 5 was a HUGE success this year.

By India Scholey and Martha Harvey