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 4

Over the past two terms, we have been busy planning, writing and performing our own adventure story: The Lost City of Gold. The adventure is about a group of detectives who are invited to Columbia to solve a mystery. We have enjoyed developing ideas for our detective agency including names and character profiles for our three main characters, as well as deciding how the adventure unfolds. Watch this space for more news!


As part of our history topic, we have enjoyed learning about eras and decades, exploring key historical events and changes since 1948. We have used the internet and historical objects to find out about the past and have been interviewing family members to learn more about the decades in which they grew up. Best of all, we have enjoyed trying on some of the clothes from decades gone by including tank tops and leg warmers!


As part of our PSHE curriculum, we have been learning about random acts of kindness and how this can help everyone to feel positive. We have a kindness tree to celebrate all of the acts of kindness we display in the classroom and on the playground including paying someone a compliment, saying please and thank you and inviting someone to join a game. Please ask the children how they have been kind in school today and challenge them to show random acts of kindness at home too.


We continue to celebrate reading at home through our class R.E.A.D project. Many of the children have received awards and are now working towards raffle tickets. Please remember that any reading at home counts, so make sure that children are recording this in their Reading Records and handing these in each day so we can make a note.


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.