Alder
Year 5

Students are presented with new and exciting learning opportunities and responsibilities upon entering Year 5.  High expectations are set and children strive to achieve these.  They flourish as they accomplish personal targets and set an example for younger students.  Each child is recognised as being unique and individual.  Students take the time to get to know themselves a little better and identify their personal learning styles.

Academic development and personal development go hand in hand in Alder.  Every effort is made to cater for all learning styles.  Children follow a mastery based Mathematics scheme of work in which the National Curriculum topics are taught in blocks.  This allows students time to achieve fluency in each topic and move on to mastery.  Extension material is also available to provide an extra challenge for some learners. 

Regular assessment and Mathematics reviews ensure the children have secured areas covered and highlight any areas that need further consolidation.  The Read Write Inc literacy scheme ensures immersive and imaginative opportunities for learning.  Spelling, grammar and comprehension are taught in separate lessons.  Outings to the Cheltenham Literature Festival and participation in literacy and Mathematics competitions boost interest and motivation within the class. 

Alder enjoy many history based local area walks during the Local Area topic.  They also visit The Dean Heritage Centre to compare town to country within the locality.  

The ever strong Airthrie sports tradition is continued in Year 5.  Children showcase their sporting achievements on sports day and cause a splash at the swimming gala.  An extensive range of after-school clubs allows pupils to enhance their talents and interests.

All homework and academic subjects are carefully differentiated according to ability.  Curriculum outlines and homework plans are sent home each term to ensure pupils know exactly what to expect and involve parents in their child’s learning.  Students are given the opportunity to prepare for academic topics each term through holiday activities.  These activities keep the children up to date with their learning and allow them to build interest and confidence in starting each new topic. 

Every effort is made to link subjects throughout the curriculum so children encounter a common theme.  Learning is fun and exciting and children take responsibility for their own learning.  They also work as a team and support each other as they journey through Year 5 together.   Children thrive in the satisfaction and personal growth that the challenges of an engaging Year 5 curriculum brings.  

Class Parent Representatives are Mrs Caroline Samsonoff and Mrs Kirsty Maguire. 

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Recent Alder News

Botanists of Airthrie
11/09/2020

Alder had a busy morning, working as scientists to dissect flowers and identify the male and female parts. Once the flowers were magnified, Alder were able to find the anther, filament, stigma and... Read more

Rainbow of Possibilities
09/09/2020

We were delighted to welcome back Year 5 to Alder. We spent some of the first day thinking about our hopes and possibilities for the term and year ahead. The children worked together to make a... Read more

School's Back, September 3rd - Hurrah!
31/08/2020

Further to our announcement in June that, following a great deal of planning and re-organisation of space, we  welcomed back the remaining Year-groups for the last few weeks of the Summer term, this... Read more

Netball Match at Kitebrook
05/03/2020

On Wednesday 4th March 2020 seven Year 5 girls went to Kitebrook School to play netball. Eleanor was the Captain and gave us top tips that we brought into the game, and we did well. We all persevered... Read more

Valentines Day visit from Joseph Mawle
14/02/2020

Today we had a visit from Joseph Mawle - Actor in Game of Thrones, In the Heart of the Sea, Ripper Street, Birdsong and Merlin. He came to spend some time with our Year 5 & 6 pupils and they had... Read more

Cheltenham College Maths Challenge
12/02/2020

On Tuesday 4th February last week a team of Y6’s with Me, Ethan, Harriet ,Zoe and in the Y5’s Ben, Benjamin, Megan and Isla went to a maths challenge at Cheltenham college. The following challenges... Read more

Airthrie Christmas Movie
02/12/2019

An excellent Christmas Market was organised by the ever enthusiastic Class Reps and Claire Haines.   The total raised was £960.00.   What a wonderful achievement!  A big thank you to all of the... Read more

The King's School Rugby Skills and Tournament
13/09/2019

On Friday 13th September, 4 of our Airthrie pupils attended The King's School Rugby Skills & Tournament afternoon. Please see the lovely write up from Eleanor in Year 5 who took... Read more

Summer Science - Alder
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This term, Alder pupils have produced some excellent science homework – with a broad choice of projects, differing from Space Biscuits to beautiful sewn Planets and culminating with Lara’s pump... Read more