Welcome to Mexico!
¡Bienvenidos a México!
A warm welcome to all visitors to Year 5.
My name is Mr Andrews and I am the class teacher for Mexico City. Are you ready to start a new year? Prepare to strap yourselves in because, in Year 5, we mean business! Don't panic; there's still plenty of fun to be had as well!
As part of our mini-topic this year, we will be exploring the fascinating sights and celebrations of Mexico particularly focusing on the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival to celebrate the joy of life! We'll also be looking at the superb works of the Mexican portraitist, Frida Kahlo. We'll learn about her style and artistic influences before having a go at our own 'Kahlo-esque' self-portraits.
Our topic for the Autumn Term is The Industrial Revolution. You will see just how this Victorian age of invention completely turned the world on its head and shaped it into the one we see today!
I can't wait to get started!
Are you ready for your next adventure?
¡Vamos! Let's go!
It's the final term of Year 5! Even though the year is quickly coming to a close, the hard work doesn't stop! We are exploring the fascinating ancient civilisation of the Maya who inhabited areas within Central America over 4000 years ago. We will discover their achievements and how Maya society was organised, who they worshipped and how a whole civilisation vanished mysteriously in a matter of years!
Throughout our English lessons, we will also be delving into our new novel, Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson. A tale about an orphan girl, Maia, who discovers that she has long-lost relatives in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. However, life it not all that is seems when she meets a mysterious boy on the run.
Happy New Year Mexico !
I hope you’ve had a well-earned break over Christmas and are all rested and ready to go for a new term.
This term we are moving on to a new topic of Invaders and Settlers.
You will explore the fierce Anglo Saxon warriors and the vicious Vikings in spring term.
You will investigate who the Saxons and Vikings were and where they came from, you will identify kingdoms and settlements within the UK and Europe. We will explore war and weaponry of this time and read the legend of Beowulf.
'Hear and listen well, and I will tell you a tale that has been told for a thousand years and more. It may be an old story, yet it troubles and terrifies us now as much as it did, for we still fear the evil that stalks out there in the darkness and beyond.'
We will be exploring the use of language to excite the reader and draw us into the story.
Can you make a prediction using the blurb and front cover? What will the story be about? How will it be exciting and engaging? Do you think you will enjoy it, if so why?
Mexico Class dared to take on the challenge of being locked inside Crow Castle. With only their reading skills to save them, the children worked together to unravel the riddles and uncover the secret code to secure their freedom. The children had a great time applying their skills in a very different way. Well done, Mexico!
Wellbeing Week - March 2022
Mexico spent the week focussing on activities that would help us think about our physical and mental wellbeing. We know that life can often be stressful so it is always a good idea to stop, take a moment and do something that makes us smile. The children headed for the school field and basked in the natural world with friends. We left all the electronics behind us and used sports equipment, books and daisies to live in the moment and enjoy what life had to offer.
We were fortunate enough to have a yoga session, learning about breathing techniques, balance and stances that relax the mind as well as our bodies. It was so peaceful!
Good to be Green - April 2022
To celebrate remaining on their green card throughout the whole of the half term, Year 5 children had a whole morning of outdoor play with a plethora of gaming equipment and a visit to the Forest Garden climbing frames. Did we mention crisps and biscuits to add to the mix?
This term we will be learning all about The Industrial Revolution. This will not only be taught in Topic, but also in our Literacy as we read together 'Street Child' By Birlie Doherty.
The children have all studied 'Street Child' and thoroughly enjoyed it in English lessons, they learnt about the main character a boy called Jim Jarvis and his extraordinary life. They explored the ups and downs that children of the time went through and saw into how hard life could have been. Rio were able to make comparisons to modern Britain and Britain in the Victorian period. They also found out about a famous man called Barnardo.
So far this term, the children have had lots of learning experiences to engage them and enhance their learning. They have explore the history and introduction of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected Britain in Topic lessons. The children have visited the Head of Steam Museum to find out about the local history and how George Stephenson impacted the railways during this time along with an amazing trip to Beamish which was enjoyed by all.
Mexico Class Information
Autumn Term - Monday afternoon
Spring Term - Tuesday afternoon
Summer Term - Monday afternoon
English and Maths homework will be given every Friday to be returned the following Thursday.
Reminder for children to bring reading books daily and continue using TTRS and MyMaths to support the learning happening in school.
Home Learning is uploaded to the website weekly for anyone who is not in school.
Please ensure you bring a suitable coat, bag, shoes and water bottle to school everyday.