From Year 3 to Year 6 pupils follow a topic based curriculum which incorporates all National Curriculum subjects. Core texts and topic books (e.g. books related to the Romans) are used in reading and writing lessons. Generally maths is taught discretely.
Maths is taught through 'Power Maths’, a programme which supports a teaching for mastery approach. Lessons and activities are designed to be taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding.
Writing is taught through a range of exciting stimuli which includes books, film clips, artefacts, and real life experiences. We strive to equip children to develop a rich vocabulary which can help them bring their writing to life. Basic skills and non - negotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers model the writing process and demonstrate the ambitious high standards expected of all children.
Year 5 Blog Posts
The Rotakids have been out in the local community completing a litter pick. The children were shocked with how much rubbish they found but are happy knowing that they have made a positive impact on their local community.
Y5 Eaton Vale
Y5 had an amazing time on their 2022 residential at Eaton Vale. They took part in lots of sport and adventurous activities and were able to enjoy being outside and running around. The children faced their fears head on with the heights of the trapeze and the confined space of the cave bus. Luckily the sun shone on the last two days so when it came time to jump into the river we were able to dry off in the sun. The food prepared was delicious and we even got to celebrate with a bbq on the last night.
Roundnet Taster Session
Y5 were given the opportunity yesterday to take part in Roundnet taster sessions run by Zero Bounds. The children and teachers absolutely loved the game! It was simple to play and inclusive for all but it was an incredible workout with its fast paced gameplay.
This half term in Year 5 we have been using the text 'Who let the gods out' to inspire our young writers. Children have taken on the role of reporters, writing their own articles about the escape of Thanatos - Daemon of Death. We look forward to sharing these with you once completed.
Fractions, fractions and more fractions
Y5 ended Spring 1 with a fully immersive week on 'What is a fraction?' and have continued that theme into Spring 2. We started our new topic with a chocolate challenge to see if children could figure out where to sit to ensure they got the most chocolate. We created pizzas from menus that showed the ingredient amounts in fractions - of course we ate them as we are not a wasteful year group. We went outside and created fraction walls and fraction models out of what we could find and we designed posters to celebrate what we have learnt. We have created stories about ninja children stealing fraction amounts from Mrs Pascoe's secret cake stash (perhaps not so secret anymore) and have chopped up numerous fruits to demonstrate that fractions are equal parts of a whole. The children have really embraced the topic and have made amazing progress in such a short amount of time. We look forward to delving deeper this term.
Read Aloud Day
Today we shared books with our class buddies. It was lovely to hear the children reading aloud and discussing books. The Y5 children took their mentoring roles seriously and were questioning their buddies to ensure understanding. We even had some acting as a Y5 student demonstrated what it meant to stroll through the rainforest as an elephant.
Y5 Math Competition
Boys from Year 5 bravely represented Queen's Hill Primary School at a recent mathematics competition. They worked in pairs, completing 6 different activities in 8 minute blocks. They didn't crumble under the pressure, they stood tall and managed to get a top ten place, which out of 34 was a significant achievement. We were so proud of the boys we stopped off for ice cream to celebrate.
British Values Curriculum Day
Today we looked at what are British values and how our values shape us as people and as a society. We introduced the topic of democracy and the role of the UK parliament. We set up our own parliament in class and debated the introduction of a new bill. The children quickly understood that passing a new bill was not quite as a easy as first thought and that in order for anything to progress compromises were needed. In the afternoon we got to buddy up with our Y2 class where we discussed the importance of tolerance and respect. The children in pairs made their own 'Respect Super Hero' and explained what their hero's superpower was.
Y5 met Axel Scheffler
Y5 were extremely lucky to take part in a very special school event with author and illustrator Axel Scheffler hosted in partnership with the British Library. We took part in a live virtual broadcast where Axel showcased his beloved collection of miniature books, including a tiny handmade version of The Snail and the Whale and a book he made for his daughter's dolls' house. He also revealed some wonderful miniature treasures from the British Library, which are currently on display in Newcastle City Library. Children then followed his step-by-step guide to making a miniature book. All children have made their very own book, each with a story and individual illustrations. These will be displayed in our school library.
Curriculum Day – A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Y2 and Y5 worked collaboratively on creating Norfolk Landscapes in our wildlife garden. They were inspired by local artist Keiron Williamson, who has been capturing Norfolk's unique beauty in the form of painting from a very young age.