New Intake - Year 5 2023/2024
Welcome to Year 5 at St. John's.
Our main aim in Year 5 is to ensure all pupils settle quickly and happily into their new school so they can enjoy and achieve from the very moment they join us.
We have a six-form entry from a range of feeder schools and having a large intake means we need an effective transition process, from first to middle school. Thanks to the efforts of staff at St. John's and our excellent feeder schools, we ensure pupils are offered opportunities to become more aware of what middle school will be like, as well as having a thorough process for communication of all necessary information regarding our newest pupils so we have a head start with helping them to settle in as soon as they begin.
In September, when all the pupils have arrived, they are escorted to their classrooms with their form teachers, proudly wearing their new uniform. In Year 5, classes will remain with their form teacher for many lessons, which creates familiarity and similarity to their first school, making the transition a little smoother and more comfortable. Each year I am always so impressed with the resilience and maturity that our youngest year group arrives with to start their four years at St. John's.
In Year 5, we also have 'Give of Your best' prizes and activities which pupils can gain and take part in if they receive enough achievement points. These include items that can be 'bought' with their points, such as pencils, pens, water bottles and St. John's notebooks, but also places on our exciting end of year rewards days. There is also the annual residential trip, which we aim to open to as many pupils as possible. The trip consists of all sorts of outdoor adventurous activities, including rafting, paintballing, pizza making and toasting marshmallows by a campfire!
With so much to look forward to, we hope you're as excited to start as we are to meet all our new starters!
Celebrating the achievements of our pupils is a significant and valuable focus at St. John's and is highlighted through various reward schemes. We also proudly recognise and reward children who behave well and show respect for others, those who 'Give of their Best'.
There are numerous extra-curricular activities available to pupils in Year 5 and various enrichment opportunities, which take place both in and out of school. We actively encourage the children to take part in new activities. This may be learning a musical instrument, playing in the orchestra, singing in the choir, or becoming part of one of the many sports teams starting in Year 5. There are also many other clubs for those with different interests. It is the time when they can learn new skills which may stay with them throughout their life.
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When will I find out which class I am in?
We will inform parents a few weeks before the summer holidays and in time for parents to meet their teachers at the parent information evening - date tbc
Will I know anyone in my class?
Even if there are only a few of you coming to St. John’s from your first school we will make sure you know someone in your class. If there are more of you from your first school you will know a few more people in your class.
Will my friends be in my class?
When we put the classes together we have to make sure we have a good balance of lots of things, such as boys and girls, which first school you have come from, how confident you are in different subjects as well as others so there is a lot to think about. If we have information from first schools about friends and it’s possible with class numbers, then we do what we can.
When will I get to meet my teacher?
You will meet your new teacher in September, but we do have video introductions to the teachers you can watch so they are a little more familiar and they are all amazing, lovely teachers.
What will we do on the first day?
When you first come in to St. John’s, you come on to the playground at 8:40am, then line up in front of your teacher when the bell goes. We will help you do this. Then you will spend a lot of time with your class teacher – you will spend lots of time getting to know all about St. John’s, getting your new planner and your timetable showing you which lessons you have each day.
What if I get lost?
For lots of you St. John’s is a much bigger school, but don’t worry – at the start you will spend most of your time in your own class. If you do need to go anywhere else, we will show you were to go and if you do feel like you’re not sure where to go you can ask any of the teachers or other children and they will be happy to help you find your way..
What do I do if I have any questions?
You can always ask your teacher if there is anything you need to know.
What do I need to bring in to school?
On our website you can see a Pupil information booklet. This gives you some more information about what you need in your pencil case, as well as the times of the day and other information.
What do I do at break and lunchtimes?
At break time you can collect your snack if you have one and go to play outside. There are also snacks to buy from the school kitchen which is in the year 5 area and you can see it on the ‘Tour of year 5 classes’ video on the website. At lunchtime you will have packed lunch in your class or hot dinners in the hall – we will show you where to go.
What do I do at the end of the day?
Your teacher will ask you to collect your coats and bags then put your chair up. Then you can leave at the end of the day – you will need to remember who you are meeting and where. If you are meeting friends or siblings remember to have a meeting place beforehand. If you are meeting a parent, remember which of the two gates you need to go to. As always, if you’re not sure you should ask a teacher.