In Year 5, we build confidently on the foundations established in Year 4. We aim to develop happy, self-reliant, confident and well-mannered children and encourage them to be self-motivated and to become independent learners. High standards are promoted across the curriculum according to pupils’ individual ability and encourage them to assume greater responsibility for themselves, their possessions and their work. They develop a strong moral compass, putting the needs of others before themselves.
From ages 9-10, children feel more confident about themselves. They are capable of abstract thinking, reasoning and their language development increases. Special interests in hobbies, an increased interest in competitive sports and enjoy being members of clubs are evident. Right/left dominance is established and manipulative skills have increased. Hand eye co-ordination is well developed and children are ready for skills building in games and activities, which give practice in fine motor skills. They have increased body strength and hand dexterity.
In Year 5, pupils move around the school to classes designed for the delivery of their lessons by subject specialists who cover the full curriculum. They begin the Common Entrance 11+ syllabus in Mathematics and English and begin preparation for entrance examinations and pre-tests to senior schools. The children are well prepared for this progression and enjoy the focus and challenges it offers.
Subjects taught are: English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, PSHCE, Thinking Skills, Computing, Music, Art, Design Technology, PE and Games. Thinking Skills in Year 5 enables pupils to practise verbal and non-verbal reasoning, which is excellent preparation for entrance examinations and pre-tests in Year 6.
It is an exciting time for the children who are encouraged to develop their problem solving and creative skills by taking part in national competitions such as inter school and UK Junior Mathematical challenges, a trip to Hampton Court Palace and Geography and poetry competitions.
Children are challenged and embrace a full range of facilities and opportunities at Newland House. The extra-curricular opportunities available include Chess, Reading, Debating, Geography and Drama clubs, musical groups, concerts and tours. Sports lessons are extended and there are more interschool fixtures and tournaments.
Children’s progress is monitored and tracked throughout the academic year. School examinations take place in November in the core subjects and in May in all subjects. They also have Cognitive Ability Tests in November, which are fully standardised and help to identify pupils’ strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences. These provide accurate, reliable and objective assessment data. As the tests are not about knowledge recall, they require no preparation thus offering pupils the same opportunity to show their underlying ability.