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.  

Parent Class Representatives are Mrs Emily Startup, Mrs Louise Denley and Mrs Tana Wood.

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Recent Alder News

Year 5 Technology Day
18/10/2018

Five pupils from Alder Class took part in the Year 5 Technology Day at St Edward's on Tuesday this week.   The first challenge was to design and make a pizza under the theme of ‘transport'.  Our team... Read more

Lacrosse Day
17/10/2018

Eight Airthrie girls enjoyed an exciting and successful outing to Malvern St James School, yesterday, to participate in a Lacrosse Festival.  Airthrie's team, The Cobras, practised their Lacrosse... Read more

Anthony Horowitz at the Cheltenham Literature Festival
09/10/2018

Last Friday, 5 October, pupils in Oak E, Oak A and Alder were excited to be attending a talk by Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.  We were in... Read more

A poem written by a Year 5 pupil which they wanted to share
04/10/2018

Life is unfair, mean and scary  Life makes us feel pretty wary  But life can be happy, exciting and fun!  When it's dark it brings the sun!  Life may seem hopeless and full of despair  But life can... Read more

Hockey and Rugby Skills Day 2018
20/09/2018

"Being taught hockey for the whole day was a magical experience and it was such a pleasure to meet and make new friends from different schools",  Arabella (Year 6)  "It was a really fun day of... Read more

Great Western Railway Competition
13/07/2018

Amelie, one of our Year 5 pupils, is an aspiring author and often can be found sharing an exciting story she has written with her peers, or perhaps reviewing the latest book she has read.Pupils in... Read more

Science and Engineering Challenge
03/07/2018

Many congratulations to Hayden, Freya, Ellie and Toby who represented Airthrie at the King’s School, Gloucester, Primary Schools’ Challenge on Saturday.   The brief was to make a wind turbine using... Read more

The Commandery, Worcester
03/07/2018

Written by Ellie, Year 5 pupilOn 19th June 2018, Year 5 went on a School trip to The Commandery in Worcester.  We had a walk around the city and a talk in the building.  In the upstairs room there... Read more

The Cheltenham Science Festival
08/06/2018

From the Everest Lab to a Great Space Adventure to Anatomy Art and Maker Shack, this week our Year 3-6 pupils had the opportunity to experience exciting events at the Cheltenham Science Festival.Hugh... Read more

Lacrosse Taster Day
01/06/2018

On Wednesday 23 May, pupils in Years 4 and 5 attended Cheltenham Ladies' College for a Lacrosse Taster Day.  This was organised by CLC sports staff and a select group of local schools were invited to... Read more