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Dragonflies - Year 5 Class

Welcome to Year 5, Dragonflies Class. The teacher is Mrs Layzell and Teaching Assistant is Miss Holiday. We are a bunch of children and adults who work really hard but have fun as well. Here we are sharing information about our class and how we organise each week.



When the children come in at 8.45 am they complete their Early Bird Maths questions, complete any editing required and then read quietly before the register.

At 9:00 am, we teach handwriting or spelling, learning the rules and conventions of spelling in different groups according to each child’s needs.

English follows at 9.30, often based around a good quality story or linked to our topic area.

After break, we start our Maths lesson with children working at their own level both independently, in groups and with adult teaching and support.

We then run our Guided Reading session from 11.35 to 12.00. This is a class session, with Teacher/TA support given.

RE is taught on a Friday morning as it is a core subject in Church of England Schools.

Foundation subjects including Humanities (History/Geography), Science, Music, PSHE, Art and Design and Technology are taught in the afternoons across the week.



PE sessions are held on a Tuesday and a Thursday. 



All children in Dragonflies also have TTRockstars logins so they can practise their multiplication tables.

All children, regardless of their ability, are expected to read for at least 20 minutes each day to increase their reading skills, vocabulary and knowledge of how stories work. Their reading records, signed by an adult at home, are handed in each Friday.

There are occasionally other homework tasks that children are asked to complete eg. for Topic work. We expect all homework tasks to be completed by children as this is really good preparation for the increased volume of homework that children will receive in Year 6 and in Secondary School.

We have an open door policy – please come and speak to any of the Year 5 staff if you have any questions or worries.

Recommended reads Year 5

Learning the 12-Bar Blues

Creating World War 2 artwork inspired by artist Jackson Pollock

Remembrance 2022

A visit from the RSPCA (with Sammie the Stuffie!)

Whizz, Pop, Bang! Y5's visit to Winchester's Science Museum

A Right Royal Cake Sale! Raising money for the Dogs Trust and RSPCA

In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II. Year 5 created a book of their thoughts, prayers and well wishes.

PE - Gymnastics

PE - Learning new skills in netball

Music - Ancient Egypt

Spanish - Learning Numbers

Measuring Gravity

Music Day - Creating Graphic Scores

Creating 3D Clay Maps

Science - Making Parachutes to Test Air Resistance

Understanding the effects of Water Resistance

Holocaust Memorial Day

Swanage School Art Afternoons - Discovering Marine Life

Fire Safety Afternoon

Science - Plant Reproduction

Learning about Life Cycles - Frogs and Chicks!

Building bridges in Design Technology

Counter balancing in PE

Trip to Holton Lee Nature Reserve with RSPB to learn about Life Cycles

Tennis Taster

Space Race Timelines

Purbeck Arts Week - Creating Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkin art

Raising money with a cake sale

Opera workshop with the Royal Opera House

Art - Space Collages