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Widening Horizons Graduation

On Thursday 11th July 2019, our class had the honour of attending the Widening Horizons' Graduation Ceremony at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts. This was a celebration and reflection of what has been a busy and enlightening journey.

Scott College visit.

Recently Year 5 visited the all new Scott College which specialist school for healthcare and medicine. This was our final trip linked the Widening Horizons programme. Our class had an exciting day led by experts in the field of medicine and healthcare, with the first hand support and experience given by Scott College's students themselves. The job roles that we gained an insight to included: midwives, nutritionists, fitness instructors, nurses and paramedics.

City Bus Visit

As part of our Widening Horizons educational visits into the, exploring the world of work, some of our Year 5 class recently had the chance to explore Plymouth City Bus' depot at Milehouse. They gained an insight into timetables, route planning, running costs, the environmental impact and the long history of the company (Since 1892), alongside the role of maintenance and upkeep of a vast fleet of 190 buses! We also had the pleasure of a tour of the Barbican and Hoe in a double-decker. All Aboard! 


Recently we have put our Oracy skills to good use in a class debate regarding: Would you get into a boat with a bear?  Based on our current class reader, A boy and a bear in a boat,
by Dave Shelton. We divided the class into teams of both for and against, where each child took roles of instigators, builders, challengers, probers and summarisers, in order to present, question and reflect upon each other's viewpoint in a respectful manner, to reach an overall    balanced verdict.
The body language in these photos certainly shows the spirit of Westminster as it began to heat up.

PE Lessons

During our outdoor PE sessions we have focused on Basketball skills, practicing chest push passes, controlled dribbling and goal scoring whilst maintaining a big focus on good eye contact and our communication skills, not to mention fair play sportsmanship. 







Our indoor gymnastics have tested individual's agility, stamina, balance and control through completing our own St Andrew's Ninja Warrior endurance course, where each week pupils aim to complete the course in both a quicker time with more accuracy.










In Science, having studied the Circulatory System, we recreated a piece of drama outside to show the path of blood with either Oxygen or Carbon Dioxide, going around the body, focusing on the role of the heart and lungs.





All Aboard... It's the Summer Term and Year 5 are embarking on a revolution. Check out our Summer newsletter and curriculum poster to experience an overview of what industrious learning we have ahead of us this term.


As part of the Millfield's Trust Widening Horizons scheme, during both of Spring terms, 

Year 5 have engaged on a wide range of local field trips and activities; to explore the many different working environments and job roles that may inspire their own future careers.

Brittany Ferries:









The Box (Willmott-Dixon)
in association with International Women's Day









Peninsula Medical and Dental School:




















During Term 4, Our class together with Year 6, had the privilege of witnessing the installation of the enormous new bronze sculpture outside Plymouth's Theatre Royal. Taking in the atmosphere and the children's first impressions, the Messenger, which stands at over seven metres tall, has since inspired some reflective and creative writing back in class, exploring abstract nouns to express their opinions.











Science Week:

During the 2019 Science Week, as part of enhancing our school's natural environment,
Year 5 began planting a variety of flower and vegetables seeds into various recycled planters, including old donated wellie boots. 








Oracy Skills:

Over the last two terms, we have explored our Oracy skills across all subjects:

In Maths, we have combined oracy with our knowledge of place value and number bonds, then applied them to a reasoning and problem solving task regarding decimals. Similarly, using virtual bars of chocolate and biscuits, the pupils tested their understanding of how a fraction of a whole number, and its true value, can be determined by how many parts it is shared with.





In RE, whilst exploring Buddhism, we have discussed the concept of Interdependence, where 'everything is linked'. In groups, children have considered and presented their opinions and findings both orally and as a web of connections, to convey just how one single item or action can affect us all; mankind's uses, the jobs we do, the environment around us, food chains, relationships, our well-being, etc.






In science, the pupils have justified their observations and logical thoughts during a lesson on Inheritance, to consider what physical and natural characteristics are inherited from parent to offspring through genes, compared to what is learnt and adapted according to the environment and nurturing.





TOPIC: The Shang Dynasty

In Art, closely linked to The Willow Pattern Story, that we have studied in Literacy, our class has recreated artwork based on traditional Chinese plate designs, through observational freehand, traced and mirrored sketching and painting skills. 






During this spring term, Year 5 will be taking their learning both near and far, embracing our latest creative curriculum topic'The Winds of Change', where they will unearth the distant past of the Chinese 'Shang Dynasty' and embrace the cultural legacy it left behind. Meanwhile, closer to home, our pupils will engage in further field trips and exciting career based experiences under the Millfield's Trust 'Widening Horizons' scheme. 


See our new Spring Term curriculum poster and letter attached for further details of coverage across all the subjects, together with our daily routine and expectations in Year 5.



Taking one giant leap into a new academic year, Year 5 will explore the Earth, Space and Beyond this Autumn with Mr Napier commanding the helm, assisted by Mrs Duboisson and Mrs Dudley.


We shall embark on an inspirational and innovative musical journey about space travel,
the stars and planets. In Gymnastics, we hope to feel a little more grounded as we activate a series of balances and controlled sequences. We have already begun to step back in time in
a voyage of discovery with the ancient Maya civilisations and are digging deep in world of biographies.  Soon our young scientists will aim to explore colour right across the spectrum!


Everybody in Year 5 has returned from the Summer break all enthused and ready to challenge themselves, to build upon their personal strengths and embrace new experiences whilst fulfilling those targets set at the end of Year 4.


Year 5 will be an exciting year with numerous field trips planned under the ‘Widening Horizons’ banner, which give our class an insight and experiential learning about a wide range of future career opportunities.


Please look at our Curriculum Poster and Curriculum Letter below for a more general overview of what Year 5 is all about – Keep your eyes peeled on this page for further progress and discoveries that our explorers embark upon over the next year.


During this Autumn term, 6 of our class participated alongside seven other local schools in a 'Biology Bake Off' competition, that was organised by STEM at City College, Plymouth.
Out of 16 teams, a St Andrew's team proudly brought back the first prize for their creative skills in producing a mouthwatering platters of food made entirely from marzipan.
Our children really enjoyed themselves, especially showing off their teamwork and artistic skills, whilst working in a professional kitchen.










In Year 5, we continue to focus on our Oracy skills across all subjects. We use these courteous turn taking language skills to explain Maths reasoning and verbalise observations,
to express opinions, summarise, contest or build upon issues in a balanced debate during Literacy lessons. Likewise, we use Oracy to share feelings and support each other in PSHE 'circle time', combined withe confidence to deliver a Topic based research presentation or perhaps engage on a 'hot seating' role after a Guided Reading session.