5ER - Mrs Ray (Head of Year 5) and Mrs Enever
5CW - Mrs White
5KD - Mr Duffy
5PC - Mrs Cook
5AD - Mrs Daniel
A pupil’s first experience of life in Year 5 will usually be on Transfer Day, late in the summer term of Year 4. This is a day-long opportunity for children and staff to get to know each other and for the pupils to see their new classroom before joining us properly in the autumn.
At Dorchester Middle School we initiated, and now have Ms Rowan Seymour in the established role of Transition Learning Mentor, supporting pupils moving from Year 4 in its main feeder schools Cerne Abbas, Damers, Prince of Wales and Winterbourne Valley into Year 5 at DMS.
The post is funded by the mini-pyramid of schools within DASP, working together to ensure smooth transition and continuing support for all pupils.
Ms Seymour is based for half the year in the First Schools and spends time both in and out of the classroom getting to know all the children. She provides support to enable them to make a positive move from First to Middle School and deal with the challenges ahead. Where appropriate she works with some pupils on a 1:1 basis or in small transition groups in partnership with both parents and staff. She then continues this support in the Autumn term and into the Spring term in Year 5 at DMS and also acts as a link back to the First Schools.
Year 5 teachers also visit the first schools to introduce themselves before Transfer Day. Changing schools is exciting, but can also feel scary. We know that having a familiar face transfer with the children can make this change happy and relaxed.
One of the most exciting aspects of Transfer Day is the opportunity for the children to meet their buddies. Buddying is an important and highly successful scheme which pairs each Year 5 pupil with a pupil from Year 8 who has some responsibility for helping them settle in their new school.
Year 5 pupils spend most of their time with their Home base Tutor who will teach the majority of their lessons. This means there is little moving around the school with most lessons being confined to the Year 5 corridor. When children do need to move to specialist rooms for art or technology lessons, for example, they are accompanied for the first few weeks until they have settled in. We know that getting lost is quite a concern for many new pupils who have generally come from much smaller schools! In practice, the children soon get used to their new environment.
The subjects taught continue the general format set in the first schools; there is a daily English and Mathematics lesson as well all the other expected subjects like Science, Humanities, ICT, Technology, Art, Music, RE, Games and PE lessons. Topics taught during Year Five in Science include Ecology, Electricity, Materials, Light and Green Plants.
In Humanities there are studies of World Geography, the local environment and the Ancient Egyptian period.
There are trips and activities throughout the year aimed at enabling pupils to explore aspects of these subjects in detail and in a more hands-on way. This year, Year Five are going to The British Museum in London as part of our History topic, Ancient Egypt.
Year Five pupils take an active part in local, national and international communities through our charitable work. In the summer term we raise money for Rowan Cottage. This is a local day centre for the elderly and pupil representatives from Year 5 visited the centre to meet and chat with the users. We also raise money for Save the Children and Oxfam as well as helping to fund ‘big’ trips e.g. The British Museum visit.