Welcome to Year 5
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 between 15 and 25 feeder schools each year. Having such a large intake from several different schools means we need an effective transition process, from first to middle school. In the last couple of years we have offered more online and virtual transition resources and experiences, but under normal circumstances, and thanks to the efforts of lots of diverse staff at St. John's and our excellent feeder schools, we offer a varied and substantial transition provision.
Mrs K. Hall
Head of Year 5
This process starts in the academic year before moving when year 4 pupils are given a range of opportunities to visit us for activities such subject themed days, sports events, year 5 teacher visits and visits from me as the Head of Year. Pupils are also given transition booklets while at their First School, which include information about St. John's, as well as tasks to complete for their future teachers to see. Pupils from smaller first schools and any other pupils who may have additional requirements can visit for additional transition days. They will be allowed to take part in various fun tasks to help familiarise themselves with their new school. There is also a whole school transition day when all pupils will be together for the first time in their new classes.
In September, when all the pupils have arrived, they settle into their classes with their form teachers, proudly wearing their new uniform. During the first few weeks, we assess pupils in English and Maths. We then place them in ability groups for both English and Maths while aiming to keep classes with their form teacher for many lessons. This creates familiarity and similarity to their first school, hopefully 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 have 'Give of Your best' prizes and activities. These include trips to the Pantomime, a Disco and entrance to FunFest! There is also the annual residential trip to Oakerwood. The trip includes all sorts of hair-raising activities, including rafting, rope courses, zip wire, climbing, pizza making and many more.
Achievement is, of course, significant at St. John's and is celebrated through various reward schemes. We also 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 which start 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.
Year 5 Class Teachers|
Head of Year - Mrs K. Hall|