Year 5 Curriculum Week

June 2018

Year 5 Curriculum Week

Primary pupils took part in a range of creative learning activities including comic book production in our Library.

Around 600 pupils from 12 local primary schools joined us for Year 5 Curriculum Week this year. Students attended King James to enjoy a full range of taster sessions and learning experiences, which were pre-selected by their own Head Teacher.

Our young visitors took part in a wide selection of lessons, all designed to give them a taste of secondary school life, King James style. We are proud of our innovative approach to lesson delivery across all departments, and Year 5s were able to experience this in familiar subjects such as Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and Art. They also had the opportunity to try some subjects that primary schools are often unable to deliver including Business, ICT, Photography, Performing Arts, Food Technology and Music.

In our library, pupils combined creative writing with comic art to design and produce a page from a comic book; and in Performing Arts, they learned Brazilian-inspired dance routines, which they then performed as a group in our Main Hall. There were many opportunities for hands-on learning; in Food Technology they prepared healthy snacks and in Photography they learned about composition and developed technical skills in the use of DSLR cameras. They also learned some basic guitar and keyboard in our Music department, enjoyed a variety of practical experiments in our huge Science laboratories and took part in team games and sports on our 4G pitch. There was even an opportunity to develop social and team working skills in a tent-building session!

Year 5 Curriculum Week is an excellent way to introduce primary pupils to the idea of secondary school and to help them feel excited about the next stage in their education. The experience familiarises them with the increase in subject choices with different teachers, a much larger school building, travelling to school by coach or mini-bus and lunch in a large-scale Dining Hall.

King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ