Our exciting topic for Autumn Term 2019 is about great expeditions. In particular, we will follow Ernest Shackleton and his men on their journey to be the first to cross Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. We will recap and extend our map work knowledge, look at global pollution today (and the impact this has on the poles in particular), and finally the impact of plastic pollution and ways in which we can combat this. We will also be visiting Leeson House Field Studies Centre to further develop our geographical knowledge and understanding. Watch this space for further exciting updates.
This half term we have had fantastic attendance and have won the weekly attendance award for the best class attendance three times! I wonder if we can beat our track record next half term?
Before we started our 'Power of Reading' text (Ice Trap! by Meredith Hooper), we compared the Arctic and Antarctic. This meant we had to do lots of research. We split into groups and each researched a different theme. We made the adults do the writing! The themes that we decided to research were: environment, climate and weather, population and animals. Once we had all of the research, each group shared what they had found out so that we could then write our own non-chronological reports.
This year we are having a VERY BIG focus on spelling. We all know how important spelling is!
In our classroom we have a spelling wall - which is a great help to us all!
Every week we have spelling lessons and our spellings are put on the spelling wall. We also have started having a 'Word of the Week' which we all get very excited about and we challenge each other to see how many times we can use the words in our writing and in our conversations. The words are linked to our topic and/or taken from our Power of Reading text. So far our 'Words of the Week' have been:
intrepid circumnavigateprecipice audacious
This half term we have been thinking about 'Time'. We have been telling the time - saying what time it is in french.
To help us gain confidence in writing french we had a treasure hunt outside.
On Wednesday, we went to the library. We learnt about the Dewey system and played Dewey bingo! Some of us took our library cards, and Mrs Dunesby had her teacher library card, so we could all borrow a book. We had a great afternoon and are looking forward to our next visit!
Leeson House Field Trip
We went to Leeson House with Year 6. We did pond dipping and then had to use a classification key to identify what we had found. We also did some orienteering to practise our map reading skills. We all really enjoyed the freedom of running around the site finding letters, completing several courses. At lunchtime, the adults let us explore! Lots of us really enjoyed climbing the trees and making dens.
Key stage 2 had a special assembly to remind them all about keeping safe when they are out and about.
We all thought about walking on the pavement safely; keeping safe now that the afternoons and evenings get dark earlier; how to keep safe on our scooters and bikes as well as using different crossings wisely. Lots of us ride our scooters to school and to make sure that we do so responsibly some of children are looking at creating a 'safe-scootering' agreement.
In Art this half term we have been experimenting with drawing and shading with a variety of pencils, oil pastels and chalks. All of our work has been inspired by our topic. We love our sketch books and they are looking fantastic. We are a vary creative class and having the opportunity and freedom to explore and experiment has been something we have looked forward to each week.
Reading regularly will help develop your vocabulary, improve your spelling and inspire your own written work. We read daily in school; as a class,through guided reading sessions and independently. Ideally, you should be reading daily at home but we recommend at least four times a week. As well as always having a school reading book on the go, it is good to read other materials too.
Every month, you will be given a 'Home Reading Bookmark' to record all the reading you do at home. This needs to be signed by an adult on each occasion and then given to us to check at the end of the week.
Maths homework will often be set on IXL Maths and will complement work done in class that week. Additionally, children will be asked to practise their times tables and core number facts. Using TimesTable RockStars, Studyzone.Tv and Xtramath will help with this. There are links to these websites below. If children do not have access to a computer/ the internet, just let us know and we can make arrangements for them to complete the work in school.
IXL MathsA great place to practise and apply skills learned in maths lessons. Homework will often be set on here too.
Currently, PE is on a Monday and Thursday afternoons. This may change occasionally due to weather conditions and hall availability so please ensure you have appropriate kit in school every day.
Code of Conduct
At Swanage Primary we follow our Friendly Four rules: be safe, be kind, be respectful and be responsible.
As a class, you considered what your rights are and you said that it is also the responsibility of everyone in the class to be kind, considerate and polite; to try hard and persevere when you face challenges; and treat others as you like to be treated yourselves.
Managing and Monitoring Behaviour
The same high standards of behaviour are in expected in Year 5 as in the rest of the school. However, as some of the oldest pupils in the school, you are a role model to the younger children and should be setting a good example at all times. In Upper Key Stage 2, we use the Class Dojo app to monitor and manage behaviour. Please see below for a copy of a letter explaining how this system works.