It's Friday, again, it only seems like two minutes since last week's blog.
This week we have: begun work on our new English text Extreme Animals, thinking about the text layout and the type of text it is, as well as its features. In Maths we have continued to work on fractions and have begun to have Maths Talks - a short discussion based around a concept or idea. In Science, we have been finding out about Forces, with a focus on Gravity. In RE, the children have continued with Judaism, in Music they are playing the ukelele, in PSHE, we continue to think about jobs and careers, this week we thought about our skills and qualities. Finally, in PE, we have run, performed Yoga and played team challenges to work on teamwork.
Spellings came home on Monday, I will post the digital copy on Dojo and we will have a test on Tuesday. It is a shorter week next week and we finish on Thursday, as it is Good Friday. The Times Tables Challenges that I have been working on will be out this weekend - they took a little longer than I expected! Next week, we will continue to work on Extreme Animals in English, Fractions in Maths and Forces in Science. We are also beginning a huge focus on Oracy - our children's speaking and listening skills. These are incredibly valuable, as it allows children to rehearse and structure what they are thinking about before they record it. Have a look at our new Class Talk Rules for this on the photo below.
There will be a new reading challenge for home next term, but for now, Mrs Ware has asked for a photograph of your child/children, reading in their favourite places, please could these be sent in ASAP as we would like to create a display in school around reading, with these at the centre of it. Send them in via Dojo and I will print them for Mrs Ware. Look out for mine on Dojo this weekend.
Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy the outside and I will see you next week.
Happy Friday everyone,
We have now been back for two weeks and the children are happy and settled.
This week we have been working on shapes in Maths, including making our own set of 2D shape Top Trumps. In English, we have worked on our use of commas, using the text Eat, Shoots and Leaves. We have also been working hard on our general use of punctuation, using Kung Fu punctuation to help us remember our punctuation marks, where and how to use them - the children have mastered it pretty quickly this week, so I look forward to seeing the results in next week's work!
For our work in the wider curriculum, we have been working on Judaism in RE, we have been developing our use of Google Slides in Computing to include animation, in Art we have continued to look at the work of Banksy as an artist and in PE we have continued to work on Yoga and our outdoor team games, with our Saints South West coach - Mr Stronge. As well as this, we have continued our 10 minute run every day, and today, we managed to total 401 laps - our best yet- well done Hazel class. That will be going on Travel to Tokyo!
Thank you to those people who came in dressed in red today and contributed to Comic Relief, the money raised goes to fabulous causes everywhere.
Next week, we will be working on and completing our fractions unit in Maths, we will be working on an information text (non-chronological report) in English, using the text Extreme Animals, that you were able to read during Lockdown. In PE we will continue with Yoga and team games, whilst in French we will be looking at shopping. RE will continue to be Judaism, but we will focus on the Easter story in the last week of term. In Geography, we will continue to discover the Amazon Basin and in PSHE, we will continue to work on Career choices and jobs that we aspire to have.
In terms of home learning, there is the expectation that children will read for at least 10 minutes every day, I know some people already do a lot more than this, so well done, spellings will come home on Monday and I am going to set a times tables based home learning to ensure that children really know their tables, as these are incredibly important to so many areas of the Maths curriculum and real life. There will be a topic based home learning after Easter based on our Summer Term Topic.
I look forward to seeing the children back on Monday, for another action packed week. Have a great weekend, whatever you are doing.
Happy Friday everyone.
It's great to be back to having a whole class to teach. We have enjoyed reconnecting this week, both with our friends and with learning. This week we have worked on what it is like to be back, exploring our emotions through various PSHE activities and through poetry. The children produced some very successful pieces of poetry based on emotions which have taken various forms, including Haikus from Japan and Kennings from Scandanavia.
We also worked collaboratively as Maths detectives to solve a mystery by figuring out the clues which required different mathematical skills and a lot of reasoning.
This week we have also reintroduced reading with our Reading Reflection Journal, in which, the children record their thoughts and questions on what they are reading, both during and after they have read. We finished English this week, through writing a story based on an image. We were concentrating on our use of language: expanded noun phrases, similes, powerful adjectives and verbs and using phrases that really paint a picture for our reader.
In our wider curriculum, we had Music with Mrs Mathews and have begun to explore our new Geography topic of The Amazon Basin. This week, we looked at the continents and their positions and we found out more about them. Next week, we will focus on South America.
We were lucky today to meet Mr Stronge, our Saints South West coach in person and had great fun in our PE session, which focussed on teamwork and throwing and catching skills. We look forward to next week's session.
We have tried everyday to get out for an active break and have set a collective target of laps to beat the following day as a target. This week we are closing in on a collective total of 300 laps of our KS2 playground in 10 minutes - that's 12,000m or 12km in 10 minutes!
It has been brilliant having the children back for the first week and I very much look forward to seeing them all on Monday.
Have a great weekend everyone - try to avoid the rain!
Today we had the last CWC - hopefully ever and your last log on to remote learning at home whilst in Lockdown, as of Monday, we are back, hopefully fit and raring to go!
This week, we enjoyed the World Book Day theme of Share a Story for the whole week in English and I have read some amazing spooky 100 word stories, Fairly Stupid Tales and some Topsy Turvy Fairy Tales. The ideas have been superb and some people's sense of humour have really shone through in their writing. Maths has been a constant this week and we will continue with our Fractions unit next week.
We ended CWC this afternoon in style with an outside environmental tidy of the outdoor learning area and then toasted marshmallows - YUM! There are some fairly good gardeners in the making in year 5 and 6 - so parents, get them busy outside this Spring.
On Monday, we will return in very much the same way as in September, please see Miss C's Class Dojo post and the newsletter this week regarding drop off and collection times (for us, it's 8.45 and 3.20). There will be no visitors on site, apart from those who have pre-arranged appointments. We will be continuing our regime of hand washing and sanitising at regular intervals and will need to be prepared with our own equipment, as we can't share resources at the moment. So please have a pencil case ready with a black pen, pencil, rubber, scissors, coloured pencils, a ruler and a glue stick. Also, please bring your reading folder and book in from home ready to change it as reading and enjoying books is going to be a high priority when we return and it would be great, if you could bring a pair of trainers in so that we can have some active breaks.
If you haven't already, please check your uniform and make sure that your t-shirt hasn't become a crop top over Lockdown!
I am going to finish this week, by saying a huge thank you and well done to the pupils, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, older siblings and relatives who have helped to keep our children safe, secure, happy and learning over Lockdown. Well done - you have all been amazing!
Have a wonderful weekend and I very much look forward to seeing you all - in person- on Monday.