The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Year 5: Lions Class

Term one news

It has been a very busy start to the year. In English, we are reading Kensuke’s Kingdom and using the story to write balanced arguments, character descriptions and letters. In Maths, we are becoming more confident working with larger numbers and we are starting to read and write decimal numbers too.

In R.E we are learning about Jewish festivals and we have been working in small groups with Mrs Button to make a traditional Jewish honey cake.

To help us with all the challenges in Year 5, we have been looking at ways to help us persevere and become more resilient learners. We have been using Class Dojo to find ways of developing a growth mindset and using strategies to overcome problems. We have enjoyed putting this to the test by making some tricky origami penguins and boats – it has been great to see the children working together on this and learning from each other too.

Watch this space for more news about what we have been learning about and upcoming events.  


Read, Explore And Discover (READ)

As well as the school's incentive scheme for rewarding reading at home, we have a reading competition in class too. Every time children read at home, this counts towards an award, starting with a Bronze award acknowledging when children have read on 10 occasions at home. After 30 reads, children can then start to work towards raffle tickets. At the end of each term, all of the children who have received raffle tickets get a chance to win a prize.  

Big Maths

The weekly Big Maths challenge comprises a series of timed tests on times tables and addition and subtraction facts, including doubles and near doubles. We practise the test during the week and then complete the actual test each Friday. Once children have achieved the maximum score three weeks in a row, they can move on to the next level.