Class Five is a mixed year 5 and 6 class (aged 9-11). The main class teacher is Mrs. Pritchard who teaches Monday to Thursday, supported by Miss Williams, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. On Fridays the class is taught by Ms Hughes.
English and Maths are taught predominantly in the mornings. Further maths, reading, writing and speaking and listening opportunities occur at various other times across other curriculum areas. English is planned to be creative and purposeful, linking to topics and real life issues whenever possible; hopefully instilling a love of reading, discussing, sharing ideas and writing for a purpose. Focus is also given to the teaching of spellings, grammar and punctuation. Maths teaching follows the Year 5 and 6 Programmes of Study, teaching essential skills such as calculating, problem solving and data handling. Children learn to challenge and investigate through class, group, paired and individual activities designed to help them become more efficient and confident mathematicians. Games, ICT, discussions and practical ‘hands-on’ activities all add to making maths learning as fun and meaningful as possible for all abilities.
Children are taught in a variety of groups depending on the activity. Ability groups are used for reading, writing and maths, alongside friendship groups and mixed ability groups for other activities. Groupings are monitored regularly to ensure children are able to access work and achieve their potential. We encourage children to face challenges positively and step outside their comfort zones within a safe and trusting environment.
Homework is set each week that is relevant to the work in class and that further develops or reinforces learning.
Going on trips and receiving visitors help the children gain first hand experience and a richer, deeper understanding of topics explored. Recent and upcoming visits include; The Black Country Living Museum, The IMAX theatre in Bristol,Houses of Parliament, ‘ The Lion King’ musical, hill walking in the Brecon Beacons and a residential experiences at Malvern Outdoor Centre. Visitors have included inspirational talks from local Paralympians and mountaineers, parents demonstrating Nepalese cooking, artists sharing their skills and drama experts running a series of Shakespeare workshops.
ICT is used extensively throughout the curriculum to support learning and also to develop personal ICT skills.
Class Five children experience a varied curriculum. Alongside Maths, English and ICT, they also learn through: science, art, Design Technology, Physical Education, Religious Education, geography, history, French, Social and Emotional education and music.
Drama, philosophy, debate and discussion are all a large part of learning in Class Five, enabling children to communicate their views and opinions and respect those of others.
Children are encouraged in many ways to do their best and be a responsible citizen within the Christian ethos of the school. They are taught to become independent, self motivated learners; always looking for the next challenge and being responsible for evaluating and reflecting on their own learning. They take on roles of responsibility and leadership related to the life of the school; including worship time duties, school council leadership and running lunchtime Sports Leader activities; all helping them to move onward to secondary school with greater confidence and organisational skills.
The children enjoy working towards achieving ‘classmate’ certificates, awarded for a positive approach to learning and consideration of others.
Mrs. Pritchard is responsible for the development of English and Philosophy in the school and also helps the children run the School Council. She has also been recently appointed as a member of the Senior Management Team. Since gaining Qualified Teachers Status in 1997 she has taught in Derbyshire, Torbay and Japan, before settling in Herefordshire in 2005. She joined Kingsland School in 2007.
Mrs Hughes is the school science leader. She runs the school netball and rounders clubs and enjoys taking the children to cross country events. She has previously taught in Orleton Primary School and also joined the Kingsland team in 2007.
In class Five, we enjoy learning, sharing and discovering together and we like to say, ‘Anything is possible if you give it a go!’