Year 5 children are keen to take on responsibility. When the position of Reading Buddy was advertised we had many applications for our six posts. Using the application forms Miss Ormonde and Mrs Harvey (who had been on training about how to set up a reading buddy scheme) selected children who they felt may have the skills they were looking for. The children had to attend and interview with Miss Ormonde and Miss Harvey. Following the interview the children had two training sessions before meeting their buddies who are from Year 3. The children meet twice a week and our Reading Buddies are helping the younger children to become more fluent readers.
Victorian Tea Party
After a term learning about Oliver Twist and the hardships he faced, Year 5 decided to focus on the opposite end of society and learn about how the Victorian upper class lived. They found out how the rich people lived and what kind of social events they had- including afternoon tea.
They researched what it involved; tasted and designed their cakes and biscuits; wrote invitations, scaled recipes up and down to make the right amount of food; made place cards, menus and flowers; baked the cakes and biscuits; made sandwiches and lemonade; practised using their manners and finally presented everything beautifully for a Victorian Tea Party with their grown ups.
Have a look at the photos to see the finished results!