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Year 5 Dorper

Welcome to Year 5

During this year you will find that you are encouraged to take a far more active role in your learning. Our aim is to make you an independent learner, curious and creative; interested and intrigued; resilient and resourceful. Far more of your learning will involve you making connections to previous learning, and questioning different strategies. This is a big step up from Lower key Stage two, but you are ready. Much of our learning is linked to your locality, so you will learn more about where you live.

Mrs Kirkpatrick

I have been teaching at Shepherd Primary School for eight years now, although not consecutively. During my long career, I have taught in Germany and England, and in Secondary Schools, Middle Schools and Primary Schools; I have also been an Assistant Principal. I have now returned to my first love, teaching children. I enjoy being active and creative, and this is reflected in our learning. I love to teach outdoors, and to make lessons as active and engaging as I can; our Forest School activities are fun and exciting. I also like to keep my class up to date in what is happening in the world- after all, this is your world.

Outside of school, I love to travel (particularly short city breaks) and I adore going to the theatre. West End Musicals are a passion of mine, and I love to listen to classical music; my current favourites respectively are Hamilton, and Sibelius (Karelia Suite) but these change regularly! I am also a big fan of Watford FC (well, Mr Kirkpatrick is a MASSIVE fan, so I really have no choice!)

Mrs Kirkpatrick


Although independent learning is what we aim for, you are a class of individuals with individual needs. You will all be challenged and supported, and rewarded with words when you achieve and make progress.

Mindfulness plays a big part in what we do, and each week we spend an afternoon on our Jigsaw PSHE lessons, learning about our place in the world. Everyone is encouraged to take part in discussions and class activities, and support is given when needed. We do a ‘daily Mile’ run each day to improve our fitness, stamina and our wellbeing. Great work and effort are regularly shared and celebrated. We love to see photos of you carrying out activities at home, and photographs of special festivals or celebrations are regularly shared with the class. We will always find time to listen to you when you need some support, and we encourage kindness from everyone in the class.  

This Year

During this year you will take part in an Inter School Fun Run. Everyone gets to take part, but our Elite runners also run in a special competitive race. A different sort of challenge is the Knex Challenge, which again is an opportunity to compete against other children throughout the county, using your Science, Mathematics and Engineering skills. This year you will have swimming lessons  at the William Penn leisure centre, to ensure that you have this important life skill, and towards the end of the year you will have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability, helping to ensure you are safe on the roads on your bicycle. Throughout the year we will welcome visitors to support our learning, and carry out school trips both locally and further afield to help bring our learning to life.