Year 5 - Kites
Welcome to Kites
Hello and welcome to Kites class
We are all about team work in our class, making sure that we work well together to build a happy class environment. Just like the bird our class is named after, we aim to fly high and ensure that we are magnificent in everything we do!
We are very excited about all our themes this year and can’t wait to introduce the different class texts that we are reading.
This year, we are aiming to learn lots, work hard and have fun along the way.
Our Wonderful Children
During our Global Neighbours Enrichment Day, our Year 5 children were looking at 'Influential Leaders' focusing on the Royal Family. The children discovered that Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are massive advocates for mental health in children. In response to this, the children wrote scripts about the importance of children having healthy bodies and minds. Below is a video created by our wonderful children. We took small sections of their scripts to make one script to share with other children about mental wellbeing, speaking out loud, talking to a trusted adult and how important mental health is for children. Remember, "talk is a short word but it has a big meaning and big impact". "It is OK to not feel OK, you need to know you are not alone and there is always an adult to turn to."
Books we are currently reading in school
In ‘The Explorer’, four children find themselves stranded in the Amazon Rainforest after their plane crashes. They learn how to survive as they begin their journey home. Along the way they discover that someone else may have travelled on the same route. Will this person be a friend or foe?
In ‘Sands of the Scorpion’, a young explorer and his friend find themselves stranded in the Sahara Desert. They have to battle snakes, scorpions and the merciless rays of the sun in order to find their way home.
‘Moon Man’ is the story of the man in moon outwitting the police in several escapades on Earth with a little help along the way.
In ‘The Jamie Drake Equation’, Jamie’s dad is an astronaut currently on the International Space Station and he is about to embark on an important spacewalk. Jamie finds himself on the receiving end of an alien transmission and may have to embark on his own important mission.
In ‘Voices in the Park’, four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to a simple story which explores themes such as alienation and friendship.
In ‘Anneli the Art Hater’, Anneli hates art. She doesn’t like looking at it or thinking about it. However, hidden behind a door in her house, Anneli finds a painting that draws her into an extraordinary story.
‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ is the story of a young evacuee and the old man he stays with. Willie Beech is a sad, deprived child who flourishes under the care of old Tom Oakley. However, his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons back to London. Tom worries when he doesn’t hear from Willie so heads to London to find him.
‘Voices from the Second World War’ is a powerful, moving collection of first-person accounts of the Second World War. Many of the interviews were conducted by children. Some of the contributors include: a rear-gunner who took part in sixty bombing raids, a Jewish woman who played in the orchestra at Auschwitz and a Japanese man who survived Hiroshima.
The Polar Bear Explorer's Club (series) by Alex Bell
Iguana Boy by James Bishop
King Kong by Anthony Browne
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christoper Edge
Who let the Gods Out by Maz Evas
Flour Babies by Anne Fine
The Girl with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart
Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Switch by Anthony Horowitz
A Galaxy of Her Own by Libby Jackson
Out of the Ashes by Michael Morpurgo
My Parents are Driving Me Crazy by Pete Johnson
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp
Beetle Boy by M G Leonard
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Lord
Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Five Children and It by E Nesbit
Inkling by Kenneth Opel
I Funny by James Patterson
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
I was a Rat by Philip Pullman
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailler
Bloom by Nicola Skinner
The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Iliad and the Odyssey by Marcia Williams
Challenge books for year 5
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
Skellig by David Almond
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Varjak Paw by S F Said
Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit
Hacker by Malorie Blackman
Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Goggle Eyes by Anne Fine
Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
Wizard Once by Cressida Cowell
How to train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell