Year 1 and Year 5 have been sharing their literacy work together as we come towards the close of the spring term. This is a very special arrangement which both year groups have greatly benefitted from.
The two classes first joined together as part of our celebrations for World Book Day. The Year 5 pupils became Book Buddies for the younger children, helping to pass on their love of reading.
Year 1 have been looking at the history of toys throughout the spring term. The conclusion for this project was for each pupil to create a fantastic topic book explaining all of the information that has been learnt.
Our friends from Year 5 very kindly invited the Year 1 Book Buddies back into their classroom. This time the roles were reversed – the Year 1 children shared their own book publications with the older children.
The Year 5 Book Buddies were asked to constructively evaluate the books. Feedback was given on some of the detail that they liked in the books. The elder pupils also explained what they had learnt from reading the books, as well as offering any top tips on how to improve this work further.
This has been an incredibly successful partnership. Both classes have greatly enjoyed the chance to explore a new way of working. Year 1 are able to work with some fine role models, whereas the Year 5 pupils can enjoy a sense of responsibility.
You can watch a couple of Year 1 pupils talking about their work in the video below. There was some thoughtful feedback from the Year 5 buddy, but sadly our camera ran out of recording space.