In many respects, Year Five is a period of transition for the children. Greater independence in work and preparation for the school day is emphasised and children attend their first residential excursion. This all helps to gently pave the way for their entry into the Secondary School in Year Seven.
We make the most of our opportunities in implementing the British National Curriculum in Year Five by exploring, experimenting and trying many new things. In Literacy, the children explore and use many different forms of writing, including: report writing, letter writing, note taking, designing persuasive posters, poetry writing and appreciation, story writing and book reviews. Emphasis is placed upon the children writing clearly and neatly, following the outline of our Handwriting and Literacy policies for the Primary School. The children learn set lists of spellings and develop their own personal dictionaries.
In Numeracy we focus on sharpening arithmetic skills using the four operations, learning times tables thoroughly, laying work out neatly and the pupils are constantly reminded of the importance of reading questions carefully and checking their answers. Amongst other things, the children discover how to use protractors, draw circles with compasses, draw bar charts and line graphs, explore volume using Unifix cubes, use mirrors and tracing paper for symmetry and rotation, use individual clocks to learn 12 hour and 24 hour time and develop their calculator skills.
We explore many new themes in Science. Our topics are: Keeping Healthy; Life Cycles; Gases; Changing States of Matter; The Earth, the Sun and the Moon; and Sounds and the Ear. The children learn how to write up the experiments they perform using a formal structure similar to that used in the Secondary School. We discuss how to recognise and implement fair testing and put it into practise when designing our own investigations.
As a British International School with children from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, we take delight in being able to learn from one another and our different experiences of the World. This also enters our work in Literacy, History, Art and Geography. We have two very exciting History topics for Year Five, “The Egyptians” and “The Explorers and The Aztecs”. A major focus in Geography is to familiarise the children with the names and locations of the principle capital cities of the World. We also look at the way rivers are formed and how they are adapted by man, seasons, transport and shops. Aside from this the children have classes in Spanish, Catalan and German.
We try our hand at many different artistic media in Year Five, including: sketching, watercolour painting, acrylic painting, pastels, mod-rock mask making, building three dimensional shapes using cardboard nets – to name but a few.
Year Five team-up with Year Six in a two year programme of school excursions which help to enhance and bring their learning experience into the real world. Previous excursions have included: La Reserva Nature Park, The Palma Aquarium, The Planetarium and Historic Palma. Following the final exams, the year culminates in a most rewarding and exciting event, the five day residential excursion to Camp Cerdanya in the Pyrenees. Some children are obviously apprehensive at what may be their first time sleeping away from their families, but each year they return full of the joys of having developed their friendships whilst experiencing exciting adventure activities conducted to high standards of safety. And so Year Five ends with a real sense of achievement and an obvious maturity.