Class Blog for Year 56

Happy Half Term! 

Week beginning: 18.10.21


Wow, what a fantastic half term we have had this September/October! 5/6H have worked extremely hard and shown all the school values, particularly enthusiasm and determination in their learning. All the children have made us very proud and we are looking forward to welcoming them back after a much-needed rest, I am sure!

I would like to say a huge well done to Year 6 for giving our practice SATs week everything they had and handling a new situation with maturity and determination. The Year 5s were extremely patient whilst the Year 6s were completing their practise SATs. They worked fantastically with all adults, and they were extremely helpful in moving resources around so their learning could continue. We really pulled together as a class and they all made myself, and Mrs Goldsmith extremely proud! 

Maths

This week we have started our calculations unit in which we look at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This can be tricky at first, but the children have made a fantastic start and I am looking forward to getting stuck into this new learning after the half term break. 

English

Over the course of this half term we have started reading a new excellent book called 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll. The children have been thoroughly enjoying this new book and we have had some lovely discussions around WWII as this book directly links to our topic. It has been wonderful to watch the children's enthusiasm about this book and together we have made a beautiful display in our classroom, which includes a lovely lighthouse painted by some of the children. We have been learning about diaries and linked this to  'Letters from the Lighthouse' in which the children have been writing diary entries as the main character, Olive, recounting some of the main events that have happened in the story. The children have used lots of skills that we have been learning about in our lessons such as features of a diary, adverbials (some of them fronted) and Alan Peat sentence types and it has been a joy to read their fantastic diaries. All children have written multiple diary entries using lots of Tier 2 (ambitious vocabulary) and Tier 3 (specific vocabulary linked to WWII) and I am very excited to finish them off after half term with the children.

Science

This half term we have been looking at 'Electricity' and we worked towards creating our own electrical art installations. On Friday (22.10.21), we created our final designs and incorporated electrical elements. It was a fantastic day and a great way to finish off this topic. In the afternoon we were very lucky and enjoyed an immersive space dome experience with 'Space Odyssey'. It was fantastic and really brought the learning to life, providing incredible visuals and it was a brilliant way to introduce our new Science topic for after the half term. The children and I are extremely excited to start learning about Space after the half term, and I am sure it will be fantastic!

PE

PE will still be on a Tuesday morning so if children could continue to have their full PE kit for this session, that would be brilliant. Although we have been extremely busy, we have still been trying to squeeze in an activity for Fit Friday. Children do not need their full PE kit for this, but if they would prefer to wear trainers for this activity, then they are welcome to change into trainers for the activity. A reminder that children should come to school in full uniform and will change for PE. Jewellery will need to be removed for PE or not worn to school on PE days (a small pot to put any jewellery in that has been removed would be excellent).

Homework

Homework will continue to be set on ‘Deepening Understanding’ https://www.deepeningunderstanding.co.uk/on a Monday and due in for the following Monday, giving children one week to complete it. All children have stuck and labelled their logins for this website in their Homework Diaries. Throughout Key Stage Two we revisit and cover various topics, therefore sometimes you may find that the year group set is different to your child’s year group (this may be a younger or an older year group). The homework set will generally be a consolidation of skills that we have looked at in class, therefore it is accessible to all. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. 

Home/School Agreements

We do like to include pictures and/or videos of the children’s learning from the week in our class newsletters. Therefore, if we could please ask you to check and update the Home/School agreements, particularly photographic consent, that would be very much appreciated.


Thank you everyone for a brilliant half term, enjoy the break and get lots of rest. We look forward to welcoming all of the children back soon and getting stuck into a very exciting term that we have planned! 

Miss Harden and Mrs Goldsmith






 


 

Week Beginning: 13.09.2021

 

English/Guided Reading

This week in our English we have continued to look at poetry in ‘An Emotional Menagerie’. We have been learning about analysing the poems, synonyms, expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. The children have been coming up with some lovely ideas in these lessons.

In our Guided Reading sessions, we have started to look at a book called Rose Blanche. We have been making inferences and predictions about the text just from looking at some pictures. The children are very excited and inferred that it might be linked to WWII which is our current History topic.


Math’s

This week in our Math’s lessons both Year 5 and Year 6 have been looking at Number and Place Value. The children have made a great start to this topic and have been excellent at representing numbers using place value charts both physically and pictorially.





Science

This week we have started our Science topic which is Electricity. During this unit we will be learning how to make circuits and we are hoping to link this learning across different subjects throughout the term.


Learning Adventure

This week we started our first History topic which is WWII. The children are extremely excited about this topic and have all written a question that we hope to answer by the end of the topic, and these are displayed in the classroom. It’s great to see lots of enthusiasm about this topic! If anyone has any artefacts linked to WWII we would love to see them.


PE

Our PE day is still a Tuesday so if children could continue to have their PE kits for this day that would be great. We will also be taking part in Fit Fridays so if children could have their PE kits for this, or at least some trainers that would be greatly appreciated. A reminder that children should come to school in full uniform and will change for PE. Jewellery will need to be removed for PE or not worn to school on PE days (a small pot to put any jewellery in that has been removed would be excellent).


Homework

Homework will continue to be set on ‘Deepening Understanding’ https://www.deepeningunderstanding.co.uk/ on a Monday and due in for the following Monday, giving children one week to complete it. All children have stuck and labelled their logins for this website in their Homework Diaries. Throughout Key Stage Two we revisit and cover various topics, therefore sometimes you may find that the year group set is different to your child’s year group (this may be a younger or an older year group). The homework set will generally be a consolidation of skills that we have looked at in class, therefore it is accessible to all. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


Home/School Agreements

We do like to include pictures and/or videos of the children’s learning from the week in our class newsletters. Therefore, if we could please ask you to check and update the Home/School agreements, particularly photographic consent, that would be very much appreciated.

 

Year 6 Team Captains and Pupil Leaders

This is just a reminder that anyone who is in Year 6 and interested in the roles of either Team Captain or Pupil Leader, speeches are due in on Monday 20th September. Speeches should be no longer than two minutes please. We are really looking forward to hearing them!


Miss Harden and Mrs Goldsmith

 


 

Team Captains and Student Leaders

Last week, Mrs Spencer explained to the children the role of Team Captain and Student Leader. We are incredibly pleased that so many of the children are eager to take on these roles. Each year, we hold a school vote to select the Student Leaders and Team Captains. Anyone interested will need to write a speech to explain why they believe they should have the role. In the speech, children should remember to include their Team name and the role they would like to have. Speeches should last no more than 2 minutes. The speeches need to be returned to school by Monday 20th September. Videos can either be recorded in school or at home. These need to be completed by Friday 24th September. If you are recording your video at home, please email it to Mrs Halliman by this date. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

 


 


Welcome to Year 5 and 6!

We are very excited to welcome you back after your summer break; we have lots of exciting things in store for you this year! Everyone has settled in well over the last few days and classroom routines are being established. We are excited to see some Excellent Eagle work, lots of team points, Values Champions and a full marble jar!



English

For the first few weeks, we will be looking at poetry using the book 'An Emotional Menagerie'.


Maths

Our first block of learning will be Place Value, focusing on numbers up to 10 million.

Science

We will be looking at electricity for the first half term and creating an electrical art installation.

Learning Adventure

This term, we will be learning about The Second World War. Our Inquiry questions are: 'What was the impact on WWII locally and nationally?' 'What was the impact of WWII on children?' If you have any artefacts relating to WWII, we would love to see them.

PE

In PE, we will be practising basketball skills. The majority of this will be outside, so please ensure children have the appropriate kits. Our PE lessons will be on Tuesdays. A reminder that children should come to school in full uniform and will change for PE. Jewellery will need to be removed for PE or not worn to school on PE days (a small pot to put any jewellery in that has been removed would be excellent). Despite our normal PE day being a Tuesday, could we please ask children to have their PE kits in school for Friday 10th September 2021. 

Uniform

It has been wonderful to see everyone coming back to school looking so smart and in full school uniform. A reminder to please label all uniform, bags and drink bottles. If hair is long enough to be tied back, please do this and clip fringes away from the eyes.

Homework

As part of their homework, children are asked to read at least 3 times per week (this should be recorded in their Reading Records) and practise their times tables for the Times Tables Challenge. (There will be more to follow on the Times Tables Challenge in the coming weeks.) All other homework will be online; this will either be a reading, maths or SPaG activity. Homework can be accessed through https://www.deepeningunderstanding.co.uk/

All log in details have been stuck into Homework Diaries. Please check these regularly for any messages. 

Team Captains/Student Leaders - Year 6 Only

Part of being in Year 6 is the opportunity to become one of the school's Team Captains or Student Leaders. Mrs Spencer will be meeting with the children on Friday to discuss this.

Home Agreements

If we could just ask everyone to check and update their Home Agreements, including whether children are allowed to be photographed, that would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to the year ahead and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Miss Harden and Mrs Goldsmith


 


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School Inset 1st November - school closed to children for staff training. All children to return after half term on 2nd November.


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