Alder and Poplar
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 Poplar and 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. 

Poplar and 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 Egyptian topic presents the opportunity to visit the Ashmolean Museum and explore collections from ancient Egypt and Sudan which are amongst the most extensive in Britain.  

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. 

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Recent Alder and Poplar News

Maths Challenge - Years 5 and 6

A small number of our Year 5 and 6 students were delighted to attend the Maths Challenge day held at Cheltenham College earlier this week.   Rory, Hayden, Arabella, Harry, Sienna, Charlotte, Lila Mae... Read more

Plastic Pollution - Alder's Assembly

Alder have been inspired by the Blue Planet TV series and the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans.  This issue has been discussed in our PSHE and Literacy lessons this term and we were very... Read more

Carol Singing in the Regent Arcade

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils spread some Christmas Cheer last Friday in the Regent Arcade as they had been invited to sing to the shoppers.   During the afternoon we managed to raise £100 in aid of... Read more

Ashmolean Museum

On Tuesday 7 November, Year 5 pupils visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  We went there because it has a large Ancient Egypt section and our topic this term is Ancient Egypt.When we arrived at... Read more

Salem Baptist Church - KS2 Outing

During the week leading to half-term our KS2 children walked to Salem Baptist Church on St George’s Road where we were transported back 2000 years to Jerusalem and were able to meet a range... Read more

Cheltenham Literature Festival - Year 5 Outing

On Tuesday 12th October Year 5 pupils attended a mesmerising talk by author Katherine Rundell.  She is an exciting young writer who, though a series of photographs from her journey in the Amazon,... Read more

Extra Sport Activities

Last Thursday, during the Year 5 and 6 Sport lesson, the children were challenged by Mr Baynham to complete circuits at four stations - this included star jumps, burpees, press-ups and a rest.... Read more

The Commandery, Worcester

Last Thursday, 8 June, pupils in Forms Poplar and Alder visited The Commandery, Worcester for our summer term topic trip. Upon arrival we were welcomed by the Commandery team of Alex and... Read more

Bugsy Malone

Wow! Year 4 and 5 were in for a treat last Wednesday after they battled through the rain to walk to Cheltenham College Preparatory School to watch a fabulous performance of Bugsy Malone. It... Read more

Year 5's Day Out in Gloucester

On Tuesday 28th February pupils in Forms Poplar and Alder visited Gloucester (linking with this term's topic of Our Local Area). We enjoyed a town trail in the morning visiting Gloucester Quays... Read more