Welcome to Mr McGill’s class
Welcome to the page of Year 5. In these pages you will find examples from some of the units we have been working on, as well as information on what we get up to, ranging from English to French. Please feel free to comment on any of our blogs – we love to have feedback on what we are working on.
Over the last two weeks, Year 5 have made visits to the school’s surrounding areas, identifying its key features (such as housing and facilities), as well as what makes the area special.
The class were able to draft and write their own investigative reports into thier findings, in addition to designing their own futuristic home found in Kibblesworth of 2043!
The new mentoring program brings together our best and brightest from Year 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 to share ideas and work together to improve each other’s work. The mentors and Year 2 pupils will meet at least twice per week to look at developing reading, writing and maths skills. It has to be said thought that the pupils in Year 2 are already showing that they are very talented – that’s why they were selected for the program – and by working with their mentors we hope they can reach even greater heights.
The partnership doesn’t just benefit the Year 2 children though, as the mentors benefit from the opportunity to explain ideas and methods. By teaching and developing their Year 2 partners, they will also deepen their own subject knowledge and understanding, as well as feeling great as they know they will have helped someone else.
There are a number of rules attached to being a mentor, and all of the pupils who have agreed to take up this role know that they have very high expectations placed upon them, and falling short of those expectations is unacceptable due to the fact they are not only a mentor, but a role model to all pupils in school.
Amongst other things, the mentors must:
- Keep their attendance above 95%.
- Always demonstrate exemplary behaviour and attitudes to learning.
- Always complete their homework to a high standard and submit it on time.
- Demonstrate patience and a growth mindset – understanding that everyone has the potential to improve.
- Maintain their own high academic standards.
- Commit to giving up at least two break times per week to support their mentor.
Our seven initial mentors are all looking forward to working with their partners and making a difference to their learning. If the initial launch visit to Seven Stories is anything to go by, the pupils in Year 2 are in safe hands.
Our mentors are going to get their very own page on the website, so check back to find out more about how our pupils are committed to helping each other.
Today saw the official opening of our Upper KS2 Hub, with parents and guests joining us to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, the weather let us down, and as it was raining we all gathered in the hall to start the proceedings. Members of both Year 5 and 6 welcomed our guests and said a little about how the classrooms came to be, and what they mean to everyone at school. It was a chance to celebrate the fact that we now have these fantastic rooms, and also an opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make them a reality. Without the help of Mr Batten and Mr Etherington working across the summer to remove fences and knock down walls the classrooms couldn’t have even been put in place. The work of Mr Thomas, our electrician for the contract, and Mr Breheny, who called in favours and gave his time generously to make sure we had steps and ramps to get in and out of the building was acknowledged, and we are all very grateful for all of their hard work.
Once the speeches had been delivered in the hall, we moved to the classrooms where Jai had the honour of cutting the ribbon with Councillor Harrison of Lamesley Parish Council. Jai was so keen we didn’t even get a photograph! We then moved into the building where Robbie and Emily were given the honour of officially declaring the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms open for business with Councillor Hood from Gateshead Council.
With the formalities out of the way it was time to allow all of the parents and families into the classrooms to see what all of the fuss was about. It was a chance to see where the children worked, and also look at some of the work on the walls that demonstrate how the building is being put to good use. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the children as they showed their families around, and it was also nice to be able to share a cup of tea and reflect on all of the hard work that has gone into this major development for the school.
It has all been worth it in the end, and I am sure that the building will go on to serve the school, and the community, well for many years to come.