Class teacher: Mr Sam Miller
LSA: Mrs Sharon Croucher
Welcome to Kingfisher Class; the year 5/6 class.
We hope you had a relaxing week off and are ready to get back into the full swing of work.
Our topic this term is 'Dragons' Den', in which we will be:
- Designing a product
- Calculating the costings
- Market research
- Identifying how you are different from your competition
- Creating a presentation
- Creating your final product
We will be having PE every Wednesday and Friday, so please make sure you remember to bring in your PE kits on these days (including swimming on a Wednesday in weeks 3 and 4).
A lot of effort will also be made this term for the end of year play: 'Alice in Wonderland', which we hope you can come and watch on Tuesday 25th July.
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Another busy week in Kingfisher Class: we had a whole class cricket tournament in Bath and even in the scorching heat we managed to reach the quarter finals. Very well done guys! We had some year 10 pupils from Chew Valley School lead a Wacky Races event, which was a lot of fun! We started swimming lessons again to get ready for the Swimming Gala in two weeks time. The year 6s had great fun at Hidden Valley learning all about fire and we've started practising for the play with props, which the children thoroughly enjoyed!
What a great week to end the week with a huge turn-out at the Father's Day lunch, a very enjoyable Sports Day- congratulations to Carpenter, and the Ofsted celebratory party which proved to be very successful. Thank you for everyone's hard effort and contribution to all of these events. This week we have also been learning and planning an explanation text linked to the class book as well as looking into perimeter and area based on the zoo. We also started our rehearsals without any scripts, which proved to be very successful. This will continue next week along with the use of some of the props.
Welcome back to the final term of the year! The play rehearsals for Alice in Wonderland have gone very well this week and we have linked literacy this week to this as well by learning and writing our own version of the poem Jabberwocky. We have been doing a lot of problem solving in maths as well as sorting out the teams for Sports Day next Friday. Unfortunately, the cricket tournament in Bath got cancelled but has been postponed until Monday 19th June. Don't for get that we also have the Ofsted Party at 15.30 next Friday, after Sports Day as well as the Father's Day Lunch.
A very eventful last week to the term: a KS2 house rounders tournament, the quad kids athletics competition (where we ended finishing 7th) and a class kwik cricket tournament. We have also learnt and written our own promotional leaflet based on PGL camp. Year 6's have been working from a budget to design their own ultimate bedroom whilst having many rehearsals for the end of year play. Mrs Croucher and I hope you have a well deserved break!
What a brilliant week we've had on camp: all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had great fun. Blogs/vlogs will soon be uploaded to show more.
Both Mrs Croucher and myself would like to say how proud we are of the year 6s after this week: they have all worked their absolute hardest and should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished- no matter what their result may be. We would also like to say thank you to all the year 5s who have been extremely helpful and respectful by working all week in different classrooms and there has been nothing but praise for what they have helped out with. Bring on camp next week!
This week the year 6s have been working very hard on making sure they are confident and ready to go for next week, which I can say they most certainly are; for they have worked their hardest and should be proud of the work they have put in, no matter what the outcome is. We have also been fortunate enough to have a cricket coach from Somerset Cricket this week, of which all the children thoroughly enjoyed. Next week we will be having SATs breakfast for the year 6s, which will be available from 8.15. Relax and enjoy the weekend as much as you can (and get plenty of sleep!)
The whole class have come back with a very positive mind-set; ready to learn, which has been great to see. We have started our new topic of Dragons' Den; brainstorming possible ideas and what it means to be part of a successful team. We have also started our new book: 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (a personal favourite of mine) and in English we have been working on character descriptions as well as newspaper reports. We have started our PE focus on striking and fielding (cricket) and have been focusing on fielding, as well as sorting out the teams for the Quad-Kid athletic event later on this term. Enjoy the Bank Holiday Monday!
What a great end to the term: we all had great fun at the House Frisbee Tournament with Cabot being the overall winners. We ended the topic of evolution by designing our own evolved animal and in English wrote a persuasive letter to Charles Darwin from Pope Pius IX. Thank you for all support and contributions in the Easter Fair- it was a great success. Mrs Croucher and I hope you have a well-deserved relaxing break.
Another eventful week in Kingfisher Class: we visited the Bath Abbey where the children's behaviour was exceptional and joined in all the activities and I was fed back by the organisers how impressed they were with the class. We have also started working on our frisbee skills, ready for a KS2 house tournament next week. In English we have also been working on a persuasive letter from Pope Pius IX to Charles Darwin to stop publishing his book,'The Origin of Species'. Year 6 have been practising a range of reasoning questions whilst year 5 have been going over decimals.
What a busy week we've had, in particular with the 2 days when Ofsted came to visit our school- but Kingfisher showed them what a fantastic class we are! We've been looking into how fossils have helped us understand how humans have evolved over millions of years as well as creating their own newspaper report. Year 6's have finished the maths curriculum by looking at pie charts- only 19 more school days till SATs! I hope all the mums and special people were spoilt rotten by the kids on Mothering Sunday.
This week we were fortunate enough to have a B&NES PE specialist come in and teach the school a fun, innovative lesson linked to fitness. We hope you have your own GoNoodle log-in and are using them! We have continued our computing by creating our own app interface and carried on with our topic of evolution by looking at Darwin's finches and how they have all adapted to their natural environment. In English we have been learning a newspaper report and planning one linked to evolution and in maths the year 6's have been working on statistics, whilst the year 5's have been consolidating the four operations.
We have carried on with our topic of evolution by understanding natural selection. We have been looking at what features animals have today that have evolved and that have allowed them to live in their natural environment today. In PE we have been working on our fore hand and back hand, creating our own moral story in RE and written our invented flashbacks in literacy. The year 6's have been doing a week on algebra, whilst the year 5's have been consolidating prior work in maths.
This week we have been understanding chromosomes: how they make us who we are and understanding why we are all different. We have been writing our own flashback linked to Charles Darwin's trip to the Galapagos island and we even had a moderator from the County look at our year 6 books, and he was very impressed by them all. A big congratulations needs to be said to the whole class after competing in the Chew Valley Football tournament: the boys finished 3rd and the girls won their division- very well done!
The children also had a lesson with Mr Barton as part of Road Safety week. They considered the traffic levels on the A37 and how they contrast with the quieter lanes, and created some pie charts and line graphs as part of their learning of statistics in Maths.
What a great start to a new term: all the children have come back with a very positive work ethos and have been ready to learn. We have been doing a lot of work on shapes and angles this week as well as learning and looking at the features of a flashback. For our topic, we have been doing some research into Charles Darwin: who he exactly was and what he discovered. We have also been preparing for the class football tournament at CVS next week, which we hope you will be able to come and watch.
What a brilliant day to end the final week: we all managed to go to the Forest School and learn a great deal about animals and their habitat, especially focusing on deer, whilst playing fun games. In English they have had a go at writing their own diary extract after being in the trenches, writing a poem based on World War 1 as well as have a debate on whether we should have wars or not. The year 6s have also had a practise run at last year maths SATs papers and the results show that they have made good progress from their KS1 SATs already- so very well done to them. Mrs Croucher and I hope you enjoy your week off and remember, the first Monday back is an Inset Day.
We have been very fortunate this week: Catherine Hunt, a school governor, came in to teach an art history lesson all linked to war, which was very interesting both for the children and for me. In maths we have been focusing on converting imperial to standard measurements in capacity, mass and length and in English they have been writing their own plot to Cinderella. The children have also written their own script; ready for next week's class assembly, which we hope you will be able to attend.
This week we have really been studying the Norman Conquest: what caused it and what the consequences on England after it as well. In maths we have been focusing on area of a range of shapes, whilst converting the measurements as well and in English we have carried on with our tobacco factory version of 'Ella' but now in the first person. I would also like to congratulate the touch rugby team for finishing 3rd out of 12 schools in the Chew Valley tournament (only losing 1 game and that was by 1 try!), so a very well done boys!
This week we have been studying WW1: examining why it started as well as the changes that took place here because of it. We have also written the tobacco theatre version of 'Ella' as well as converting length measurements, including mm, cm, metres, km and miles. I would also like to say a big well done to the year 5-6 football team for reaching the county finals this week; who all tried their absolute hardest and made Pensford School proud!
This week we have been examining and creating our own Bayeux Tapestry, we've had the NSPCC come in and do some work with us, performed different types of throwing in basketball/netball. In maths we have been converting various capacity and mass measurements. A particular big congratulations has to be mentioned to the year 5/6 football team for winning the Small School Football Final: 3-2 against East Harptree- well done boys!
What a great way to start a new term; going to watch the Cinderella performance at the tobacco factory, which was extremely entertaining and have had great feedback from the children. They have all come back with a positive attitude to work and have tried their hardest in every lesson this week; a very promising start to the term!
What a brilliant way to end the term: we've examined real pig's hearts and had the governor, Dr Parker, to talk to us about them, we had a tremendous Christmas performance and ended the topic with a debate: is it right to kill an animal to save a human's life, which brought up some very interesting arguments. Mrs Croucher and I would like to say a big thank you for all your generous gifts and cards and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.
This week we have been learning about the history of the heart; learning how different periods of history have had different views and beliefs about the heart. We have also created our own gymnastics routine and on Friday we sang at the Senior Citizens Christmas lunch in the Memorial Hall and they were tremendous; many people said that it was the best they had ever heard, so very well done Kingfishers!
Another busy week in Kingfisher; we have been continuing our fractions unit by looking at how to add and subtract them. We have also been learning and innovating an explanation text all linked to how to make the heart healthy. As well as this, in our topic lessons we have carried on leaning to describe our family members in Spanish, look at the negative effects of drugs, tobacco and alcohol on the heart and researched into our potential competition for our apps.
This week we have carried on looking into what makes the heart healthy by focusing on exercise and the heart rate. We have carried out various exercises over various lengths of time to see exactly what effect it has on our heart rate. We have also been creating a range of ideas to create our own app as well as carrying out various forms of dismounts in gymnastics. I warn you that singing practice has started for the Christmas concert, so your children may start driving you insane with all their practicing.
We've continued our topic this week by looking at what makes the heart healthy- focusing particularly on food and what makes a balanced diet, where the children sorted various foods as well as created their own food diary. We've also been starting our computing module of developing an app; we started by looking into what exactly a smart phone is capable of.
Another busy week in Kingfisher Class: we've written our own rags to riches story, looked at the order of operations and squared and cubed numbers, studied the heart and looked at how it connects to the lungs. We've also carried our gymnastics routine by incorporating forward rolls into different points of balance.
What a great first week back- we've learnt the poem 'The Witches Chant' by William Shakespeare, written our own version as well as performed them in a sharing assembly. We've had a week on division and studied the history of Halloween and Bonfire Night with some drama.We have also started our PE unit of gymnastics.
What a fantastic end to the term! We've had Mrs Patel come in and teach us about Diwali and try out some Indian sweets and we've finished the topic by making our own chocolate bars and wrappers as well as having a debate as to whether or not we should eat chocolate (a surprising amount of children argued against us eating chocolate!) Thank you for all your hard work, we hope you enjoy your week off!
This week in topic we've been looking into the history of slavery, which brought about some very interesting points of discussion (we even re-enacted the conditions the slaves were put through when travelling to another country). We have also been creating our own chocolate wrappers- which look incredible so far! In maths we've been looking at multiplication and in English we've been writing a non-chronological report on cocoa beans.
We've continued our topic this week of chocolate by getting the children to design their very own wrapper. Next Friday, we will be making the wrappers so if you could bring in any small boxes it would be hugely appreciated. We have been very fortunate this week in that Catherine Hunt, a school governor, has been in this week teaching art and looking at perspective, where both the children and myself learnt a huge amount and had a lot of fun. We've also continued our dance routine with our dance specialist, which we hope to be finished and ready to perform shortly.
Another jam-packed week in Kingfisher Class; we've been looking at persuasive writing, Roman Numerals, and started getting our teeth into addition and subtraction. We've also looked into what sugars chocolate companies use and why they use them by carrying out their own scientific experiment. We've started describing ourselves in Spanish (see if they can do it at home) as well as talking about the importance of E-Safety and what exactly a digital footprint is.
Week 3 was just as busy as ever. We've been inventing our own adventure story, looking at the passive voice and expanded noun phrases. We've also looked at multiplying and dividing decimals as well as look into negative numbers. As part of our topic we've also looked into the calories of chocolate and how long it takes to burn off one chocolate bar.
Another eventful week in Kingfisher Class: we've started dance lessons from a dance instructor (fortunately for the children;not by me), continued our swimming lessons and had our Roald Dahl day on Tuesday where the children invented their own chocolate bars, ranging from an everlasting chocolate bar to an every flavour chocolate bar.
What a brilliant first week back; everyone has come back with a fantastic work ethos and trying their hardest in an enthusiastic manner. This week we've been learning about the history of chocolate, started our swimming sessions, been learning about each other, looking at place value as well as learning an adventure story- just a little busy.