Welcome to Year 5
A Year 5 child is one who begins to develop and communicate their own independent views on the world. A child who is keen to emerge as an adult although still lacks the confidence to ensure their voice is heard.
A Year 5 child therefore needs to be surrounded by adults who are respectful of their independence. Expect responsible decision making from them and encourage them to develop the resilience they need to be independent.
Children of this age rise to the challenge if independent boundaries are provided for them. They will use all their observations of the world to date and take independent actions. They will make mistakes and therefore need adults to guide them to the best solutions.
Towards the end of this year they will become aware of the testing environment they are about to enter. They become immensely stressed by this as the independence they have grown through the year leads them to feel quite isolated.