Hello and wishing you all a warm welcome to the summer term 2022- the final term for your children at Primary school.
This week across the curriculum we have took part in these areas of learning...
Now that we have finished swimming, we have an extra PE session at school. We have began our second unit from our REAL PE scheme which is all about using creative skills in PE. On Tuesday, we played seated volleyball and practised seated balance skills. In this unit the children will be able to change tactics, rules or tasks to make activities more fun or more challenging.
This session now happens on a Thursday morning with our new coach, Mr Berry. He was very impressed with the children's behaviour and sportsmanship this week and is looking forwards to the next few weeks with us.
Our unit this half term is all about cells in living things. This week we learnt about the 7 life processes which all living things (organisms) have. See if your child can remember them all using the acronym MRS NERG. Later in this unit we will be learning about the different organ systems in animals and plants.
Our unit this half term is called Twentieth Century Conflict and it focuses on aspects of World War 1 and World War 2. The children are really keen to get into this and loved our first lesson. This lesson focused on the question, "What caused the First World War to break out?" The children learnt about the unification of Germany, the international treaties that existed between different countries and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. They were really involved in our discussions and were really keen to know more about this time period but also the geographical and political changes in Europe over the last 100 years.
We are learning about mental health; what it means and how we can take care of it. During this lesson we explained what is meant by 'mental health'; identified everyday behaviours that can help support our mental and physical health and recognised that we can take care of our mental health as well as our physical health. The children always impress me with their understanding and thoughtful contributions during these lessons.
We are using Scratch in this unit of work all about using variables in games. Many of the children are very proficient in using Scratch already but this unit of work allows them to explore the concept of variables to make sure they understand how and why we use them and relate them to everyday contexts. The unit also focuses on the importance of design.
This week the children were introduced to the French alphabet and how to ask the question, "how do you spell your name?". They really enjoyed learning the letters through song and played a game where they had to ask each other to spell their names in French using the French alphabet.
This week we are focusing on the artist Susannah Blaxhill who is a botanical artist. We have focused on learning to draw poppy heads in her style (linked with our history work too).
Congratulations to Eva who is our star of the week! We hope you all have a fantastic 'extended bank holiday weekend' and spend some quality time together.
Mrs Ware and Miss Ruby
Happy Easter everyone,
So here we are at the end of the Spring term! The next time I write a blog it will officially be the summer term and the Year 6's last term at Primary School. Next term sees lots of exciting things planned for them (details will follow in due course) as well as lots of important things too. We hope the weather begins to improve so we can truly make the most of our time together.
This week has been as busy as ever. We have used our time to finish our biographies, write our Geography essays based on 'Population', finish our D.T projects, undertake a short unit on converting units (measures) in maths, learn about April Fools Day in French, practise for our sharing assembly and conclude our swimming lessons.
There have been two highlights for me this week and both of them are about celebrating the children's achievements and their resilience.
The first is the improvement in swimming and water confidence for EVERY single member of our class. I absolutely loved watching the children swimming this week as they undertook their assessments to see how far they could swim. The encouragement they gave each other, the determination, the courage and the smiles on their faces and the pure pride they had in themselves. Whether it be 10 m or 100 m, positivity and effort is what counts. I was a very proud teacher today, and the staff at the swimming pool were full of admiration for the progress they have all made.
The second highlight was the children completing their D.T. sewing projects. They have all worked very hard, in a relatively short space of time, to complete a stuffed felt fish from design to toy. All the children worked independently, with little support from me and showed huge pride in their efforts as they were desperate to take them home! There were moments of joy, concentration, relief and support as they all participated with determination to complete it in time for Easter.
I wish you a very Happy Easter; Mrs Ware and myself will be in touch with news about the Summer term, what to expect, timetables, events, trips, activities and much more. We will do our very best to support your child in fulfilling their potential and having the most memorable time in their final few months at primary school.
Thank you and take care.
Mrs Ware and Miss Ruby
Good afternoon everyone,
Well here we are, the penultimate week before the Easter holidays and it seems to have been the quickest school year ever! I am sure I say that every year...however the time is flying and we will be in the Summer term before we know it. Lets hope we get some 'summer' weather soon, as we seem to have arrived at Easter in the grips of winter again. The children were however, very excited at the few flurries of snow we had on our way back from swimming yesterday!
This week has been a whole school wide assessment week, where we look at the levels of progress the children have made throughout their time in their class, to ensure they are on track to meet their potential at the end, and what we can do as teachers to best support them. Our class have worked incredibly hard this week, with an excellent attitude and approach. We were both incredibly proud of them. They are of course eager to know how they have done, so we will spend the next couple of days getting the information together to share with them if they wish. The children have undergone assessments in maths, reading, spelling and punctuation and grammar.
The children are almost at the end of their swimming block and I have been thrilled at the levels of progress they have made. The level of water confidence from every single child has increased tremendously and that is so important in this vital life skill. They are happy and enjoy every second of their lessons which is wonderful to see. Coach Edwards took the class for a P.E. lesson on the field, where the children enjoyed a game of football.
In French this week, the children practised lots of listening skills and had to be detectives to identify correct sounds. They had to match questions in French to the answers in English and also listened to a short paragraph about 'Marie-Claire' and then had to identify phrases/sentences about her from what they heard. Our children's French ability is very good and it's really great to see them having a go, using the new knowledge they have learnt and applying it with reasons for their thinking. I have been very impressed.
We have also undertaken another of our D.T. projects. The children each designed and made a soft toy fish. They had to decide who it be would be for, and undertake a strict criteria to check it fit the person., e.g if the toy was for a baby then you wouldn't want buttons or anything they could choke on! They then created a template, to make two parts, decorated each part and then sewed them together using a running stitch and stuffed them to make it soft like a toy. It is fair to say this was no easy task, as many aspects of the task were fiddly, however, once again, the class really rose to the occasion and all pulled together to create some brilliant toys! We will aim to finish and evaluate these next week, before they come home (which I know the children are desperate to do).
Have a fabulous weekend, please see Class Dojo for reminders about Leavers Hoodies, a class reward to the park with bikes and scooters and a celebration of our Star of the week.
Miss Ruby and Mrs Ware
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