Welcome to Swifts Class and to Year 5 at St Mary’s. We’re a bunch of enthusiastic learners, guided by our teachers, Miss Regan and Mrs Jennings. We’re currently learning about Elizabethan England including the wonderful words of William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But we’re also going to blast off into space, travel along the Silk Road and become architects before the end of the academic year. On top of that, in the spring, we’re going to take a trip to the home of the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park as part of our STEM learning week. There really is so much to look forward to! We Swifts love collecting marbles (and house points) for showing our Christian Values in action and making positive learning choices. As the year progresses, we hope to reach our marble targets and enjoy the following rewards:
15 minutes on the iPads
Hot chocolate and snack
40 minute sport and team games
A trip to the park
I studied at Coventry University, gaining a History degree, before moving to York to complete my Primary PGCE. I started my teaching career in my home city of Birmingham before moving to Oxfordshire and teaching in several Oxfordshire schools.
I currently lead Maths across the school and returned to university to study to be a Maths Specialist Teacher at the University of Northampton.
Project 1 - Will’s Wonderful Words
This term, we have been exploring what life was like in the Tudor era.
We started our learning off with a bang by visiting the Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace, watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the groundlings. This visit enabled us to explore the play in more detail, focusing on the four worlds and the main characters within them. We have looked at newspaper reports and diary entries from a character’s perspective; we know Puck, Titania and Oberon rather well!
In History, we have investigated chronology, placing key periods in order and adding events of our own using our prior learning. We then moved onto exploring what life was like in Tudor Banbury, using primary and secondary sources to collect information. We are currently learning about the differences between social classes during the Tudor period.
In PSHCE, we have been exploring whether the Tudor era was a just society. We have learnt about the types of crimes and punishments from that time, and will be making comparisons between those and more recent examples. In Art, we have focused on the difficulties Queen Elizabeth I faced and how she used portraiture to overcome those barriers. We explored ratio and proportion, before creating our own Tudor portrait.