Class teacher: Mr Sam Miller
LSA: Mrs Tracey Bevan
Welcome to Kingfisher Class; the year 5/6 class. We are a class of 27 children with 15 year 6s and 12 year 5s.
We hope you had a very relaxing and enjoyable week off and are ready to get back into the full swing of work.
This term our topic is 'were we a fish?', which is a science based topic focusing on evolution. To view this term's medium term plan, please click here.
This term we will be having PE every week on a Tuesday (with Mr Meek) and Friday, where we will be focusing on dance.
To view this term's homework grid please click here.
This term we will be continuing with the children learning two words from the year 5/6 list provided by the government (please click here) and three words that they are spelling incorrectly in their English books. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask me.
If your child is struggling with learning their spellings, please click here for a range of strategies to help them learn their spellings.
Unfortunately, because of the weather, the Forrest School Trip had to be postponed until the 29th March. Instead, we had a fun afternoon carrying out various Red Nose Day activities. In maths, year 6 have been taught algebra for the first time, which they have been thoroughly enjoying. Our pen-pals from Taiwan have all written their replies along with a few photos of them opening our letters, which has been very exciting for our pupils. We have also been very fortunate that we have had Miss Garland, a Bath Spa teacher, join us this week and has been incredibly helpful already.
This week we have been learning about chromosomes and looking into Charles Darwin's theory of evolution with more detail. With this new knowledge, the class have been able to combine it with their writing to write a flashback linked to how Darwin created his theory, which has produced some excellent pieces of writing. In art, we have been focusing on how animals were drawn when they were first discovered and had a go at recreating some of their own. Remember next week, we will be having our Forrest School trip on Friday morning (the same day as Red Nose Day).
I have been very impressed with what a great attitude Kingfisher Class have come back with this term. Mr Meek in particular was impressed with their effort, commitment and enthusiasm to his dance lesson. They have all worked very hard in maths, looking at translating and reflecting shapes as well as the co-ordinates of the moved shapes. We have started our new topic on evolution and they have already learnt a huge amount linked to Charles Darwin and how he created his theory. The hard work has begun with extra maths and SPAG meetings in the afternoon, but they are doing very well so far!
To finish the term we held our class assembly. Thank-you to all the parents that turned up, we hope you enjoyed seeing all that we have done this year as well as our little drama production. We concluded the tennis unit with a house competition, resulting in Carpenter winning, after a very close match with Blackwell in the final. We finished the topic by looking at how much changed after the Normans invaded us in 1066 and the class created a quiz to test each other on all that we have learnt over the term, which proved to be a lot of fun. We hope you all have a very relaxing and enjoyable week off.
This week we had a boys' and girls' football tournament at Chew Valley School competing against 16 other teams in total. I am very proud to report that both teams remained undefeated throughout the whole afternoon, resulting in the boys finishing second and the girls winning their division (without conceding one goal!). As part of a mental health week, we have also been looking into what makes our mind healthy ranging from what food we eat, the effect of exercise and highlighting the importance of sleep. This week has also been an assessment week, so it has been hard work for the class. They will be pleased that next week is the last week of term.
What an unusual week: we had a snow day! I hope everyone was able to enjoy their extra day off in the snow! This week, as part of our topic, we focused on the Battle of Hastings, understanding why it took place, the result and how we have been able to learn about it through the Bayeux tapestry. The class were also able to have a go at creating their own Bayeux tapestry. In English we have been writing a lot of first hand narratives based on the Borrowers and have been looking at the area and volume of various shapes in maths. Ready for the class assembly (on the last day of term), the class have also been writing the script and selecting photos for it- we hope you can make it!
This week we have been looking closely into all the events that happened during World War 1 and creating a timeline, highlighting all the key events that took place. Linked to World War 1, in art, we have also been comparing two artists from that era: the Nash brothers (John and Paul) to Anna Airy. The swimming instructors told me how impressed they were with how well everyone is doing in the swimming, which was great to hear. Our pen-pal letters to Taiwan have been drafted and will hopefully be ready to be sent next week. Nat has been busy at home building his own catapult (which fired the tin-foil a few metres- very impressive indeed), which has motivated a few other children to want to build their own and we will hopefully have a catapult firing competition.
This week we were fortunate enough to have a Secondary PGCE student (Mrs Lanphier) join us and help across every subject and she got to teach her specialist subject (English) with a very interesting SPAG lesson. We were also fortunate enough to have the NSPCC lead a workshop just to our class, which was incredibly thought-provoking. We started our writing linked to the Borrowers this week, which is of a very high standard already and in maths we have started our new unit of measurement.
I have to say that I have been very impressed with the class' work ethos and attitude since returning from the Christmas Holidays. They have all come back working their hardest and with smiles on their faces. This week we were fortunate enough to visit the Tobacco Factory to watch a brilliant performance of the Borrowers, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and will be the focal point for this term's writing. We have also had the NSPCC deliver a very educational assembly to us, which will be followed up with a workshop next week. In maths, we have also started a new unit of percentages, where everyone has been able to calculate various percentages of amounts and have started converting fractions, decimals and percentages. A great first week back!
To finish the term's topic, real pig's and lamb hearts were brought in for us to examine and we were fortunate enough to have Dr Parker (a school governor), come in to show them the aortic valves and that the ventricles were different sizes for the different pressures needed for lungs and the whole body. Everyone got hands on with the lesson, which was great to see. We also finished the invasion games unit of PE by having a house netball tournament, which proved to be extremely close, resulting in Carpenter being the overall winners. We were also very sad to say good-bye (well a temporary one anyway) to Mr Riley, who has been an outstanding member of the class these past few months, teaching some very interesting lessons, but am pleased to say that he will be back in May to complete his final placement.
This week we were invited to sing at the Benefice lunch and I have to say that Kingfisher Class sounded terrific. We had a lot of compliments from various members of the audience, stating that it was the best they had ever heard. Our Nativity rehearsals also started in the church this week, where again, the school are looking very good and I'm certain you will all enjoy their performances on Wednesday afternoon and evening. We have of course still been working very hard in English and maths still- looking at the inverse of the four operations with fractions and planning an explanation text based on the human heart.
This week we have been carrying out an experiment linked to the heart rate; looking at which type of exercises and for how long we carry them out for, determine how many times our heart would beat in a minute (it was an extremely physical and tiring afternoon!). We have also been fortunate enough to have Reverend Denise come in to visit the class to give an engaging explanation of the Christmas Story as well as have some discussions about how it could have all happened. In our writing this week, the class have produced some fantastic rags to riches stories and have started a new unit on explanation text.
This week our school football team played against Chew Stoke and Winford. Despite the torrential rain, we played ahead and the kids should be extremely proud of themselves! We dominated both games and were unlucky to come out with two draws. Linked to our science topic, we have also been looking into what constitutes a healthy diet and what food groups everyday foods would fall into. We've also started our computing project by looking into what smart phones are capable of doing and what possible apps we could create. You may be aware that a few year 6 children go off to work with Professor Evans every week to carry out some further maths. After their session yesterday, they were really excited with what they had learnt that they taught the rest of the class exactly what they had just gone through.
This week we were very fortunate enough to have a former team GB athlete (Robert Mitchell) visit our school and lead a circuits lesson with each class as well as lead an assembly about how hard he has worked in order to be a professional athlete and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. We also had some people from the Bath, Mendip Partnership trust come to see the maths taking place in our class and they were very impressed with what they saw. The class' writing has also been of a very high standard with them writing a rags to riches story.
We have had an assessment week this week where the class have carried out various practice papers, where they have all tried their hardest and should be proud of themselves. We focused on dribbling in PE this week and looked at how the lungs work and how they are connected to the heart. To end the week, the class went to Forest School and had a lot of fun dissecting a lamb's heart, looking at all the different parts of a heart and completing an obstacles course to see the effect of exercise on the heart rate.
Kingfisher Class have come back into the new term with a fantastic attitude. We have had a lot of history this week learning about Guy Fawkes and Remembrance Day (making poppies and silhouette pictures as well as writing letters to the soldiers from various wars, all to help their understanding of what they have done for us). We have also started our topic on the human heart, looking at what their prior understanding is and creating a 3D paper heart. We have also had Mr Meek start delivering his PE sessions to our class, focusing on invasion games. We've even had teachers from Chew Magna and Cameley school come to visit our class this week and they were very impressed with the work produced and with their general work ethos.
What a brilliant finish to the end of term! We started the week by having a Capoeira dance workshop- a Brazilian, martial-arts dance, which was a huge amount of fun (and tiring!). We also had a house tag-rugby competition, with Carpenter coming out as victorious with a narrow victory over Brunel (coming from 3-1 down to 4-3 winners). As well as this, we also created our own chocolate bars and placed them inside our own wrappers, which looked incredible! We finished the topic with a class debate, debating on whether we should eat chocolate or not, with some children even concluding that no-one should eat any chocolate (we'll see how long that lasts for!). We hope you all have a great week off!
This week we have been designing and creating our own chocolate wrappers, which have proved to be very creative. The class have been writing persuasive letters to Augustus Gloop and have had a week on long multiplication. To finish the gymnastics unit the class created their own gymnastic routines in their own groups, which were extremely impressive. A big congratulations to our football team for reaching the final and narrowly losing by golden goal in extra time in the Chew Valley tournament.
This week we have carried on with our topic of chocolate by looking into the slave trade and getting the children to reenact some conditions the slaves had to encounter whilst travelling from Africa to Europe and America. The class have also been designing their own chocolate wrappers, ready to be made next Tuesday. Please could all children bring in small empty cardboard boxes for this lesson. In PE we have started our gymnastics unit, which the class have thoroughly enjoyed and we have started looking at persuasive writing in English.
This week we have continued with our chocolate topic by looking into fairtrade, which has caused some very interesting debates. The class have also written some very detailed invented adventure stories and have been getting stuck in with addition and subtraction. We all took part in the Chew Valley School touch rugby tournament and I was incredibly proud of them all: they all tried their absolute hardest and am very pleased to say that our A team came out as winners; winning every match and only conceding one try on the day!
We've had a lot of fun with our topic this week by looking at the different uses chocolate has had in history and of course with the chocolatier coming in, teaching us about how chocolate is made (and even how healthy it can be) as well as making chocolate as well, which proved to be a lot of fun! We've had a new PGCE student join Kingfisher Class: Mr Riley, who has got to know all of us very quickly and has settled in very well. I would also like to say a big well-done to Cameron for handing in a project that he has completed at home: a robotic arm, which was extremely impressive.
This week Kingfisher's have been working hard on their innovated adventure story based on Charlie Bucket. They have also been working on decimals in maths and getting ready for the tag rugby competition in a couple of weeks time. Mrs Critten has also been teaching music to the class (they were very relieved that it wasn't me!) Remember we have a chocolatier workshop next week.
This week has been a very eventful week with us celebrating Roald Dahl day, inventing our own chocolate bars and creating a television advert for it. We also had 4 of the year 5/6 boys represent Pensford in a cross country tournament, finishing in a very impressive second place overall! Swimming lessons have already began, where the instructors said how impressed they were with the class' swimming abilities already! The class have continued to work very hard this week and am sure this will continue.
What a fantastic first week back the children have had. They've come back with a brilliant work ethos; working their hardest in every lesson. The year 5s have settled in extremely well to the routine of Kingfisher Class and I have been very impressed with how well the year 6 have adapted to their role as a reception buddy. Remember that we have swimming starting on Monday and it's Roald Dahl Day on Thursday.