Class teacher: Mr Sam Miller
LSA: Mrs Tracey Bevan
Welcome to Kingfisher Class; the year 5/6 class. We are a class of 30 children with 15 year 6s and 15 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 'how steady is your .._.__?', which is a topic based on fairgrounds. To view this term's medium term plan, please click here.
This term we will be having PE every week on a Tuesday and Wednesday, where we will be having a PE coach come in every Tuesday to teach all 3 classes.
To view this term's homework grid please click here.
Please read the attached document for one of the SPAG homework options for how the brain processes text.
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
This week we had our performance of Olivia to family and friends to a sell out crowd. Thank you for everyone to coming and supporting us; it was a very successful evening. KS2 had their own football World Cup semi-final and final with Carpenter (Belgium) being the overall winners- congratulations to them- they went the whole tournament without conceding a goal. We also had a rounders tournament at Chew Valley with the C team finishing 3rd in their division, the B team winning their division and the A team finishing 2nd. A very successful morning! We also had the second round of parents vs staff in a netball match, resulting in a very narrow victory to the staff, 11-8.
This week Pensford competed in a West of England tournament for the school's first time. We entered in the Quad Kids Athletics where each child should be incredibly proud of themselves, finishing 6th overall. We also competed in the B&NES Swimming Gala and finished 3rd, which is our best finish to date. Every member of the 25 man team tried their absolute hardest and made the school proud. Dress rehearsals have also taken place this week, all ready for the production on Tuesday evening.
After a lot of hard work I am very pleased to say that Pensford's A and B cricket team won their respective leagues, winning all of their matches in the recent Chew Valley cricket tournament, with the C team also trying incredibly hard. They should all be extremely proud of themselves! The end of year play rehearsals have been in full swing this week, along with starting to get things ready for the leavers assembly and the Swimming Gala.
What a great end to the week with Sports Day! The sun was shining and we had a huge turn out- thank you! After a very close afternoon, a huge congratulations to Carpenter for winning two years in a row! Play rehearsals have also been in full swing and the costume list has been sent out. If there are any problems, please let us know.
Updates from Whitemead
Thursday evening (published Friday, 7:25am)
"We're coming home. Watch out!"
"It's a knockout games! Lovely day had by everyone"
"Tuesday was a very peaceful night and everybody enjoyed the pool session this morning before their Canoe Games".
"After a good night's sleep and a massive breakfast, people are ready for their first activity. Let's do this!"
Mrs Bevan has just sent through these 3 photos. The class have enjoyed a lovely hike together this evening.
What an eventful first week of the final term! We have had the school nurse come in to deliver the final SRE lesson to the year 6, we have been sorting out the sports day teams, we sent the cricket team into the B&NES tournament (reaching the quarter finals, even though we were the smallest school there), rehearsals for the end of year play are in full swing and we have been getting ready for the 50th anniversary of the Pensford Flood (plus ordinary English and Maths lessons). An eventful week to say the least and it's camp next week!
What a great last week to the end of term! We had a PE coach deliver an afternoon session on what our playground leaders could be doing next year, which the children loved the idea of. We've also had the school nurse in to deliver an RSE lesson on puberty so your children may be asking some out of the ordinary questions this week. And of course we have to mention our incredible Quad Kids Athletics team, winning the competition and beating all the other Chew Valley Primary Schools. A particular well done to Peter and John Critten for finishing 1st and 3rd in the whole competition and for Millie Baber for finishing 9th. I would also like to thank Jess Cox for organising a staff vs parents netball match, which proved to be a very close match, resulting in a 15:11 victory for the staff. Have a great week off and start practising those lines Kings for the end of year play. (Please click here for photos).
I would like to say a big well done to all the year 6 who have all worked tremendously hard during this SATs week. They should all be tremendously proud of themselves. I would also like to say thank-you to the year 5s for putting up with a much smaller classroom every morning this week whilst the papers were being taken. The scripts have been handed out for the end of year play so I apologise in advance if your child drives you insane by going over their lines again and again. Remember it's an Inset Day on Friday!
I would like to start off by saying how proud I am of the year 5/6 basketball team who entered in the B&NES basketball tournament (for the first time in the school's history) and progressed to the semi-finals. We were by far the smallest school that entered, but still managed to do tremendously well by reaching this far (even after having to win by 8 goals in order to progress from the group stage on the final game). A very well done to the team indeed! We have also been having some fun experiments with the circuits; creating broken circuits for our partners to fix and of course the year 6 have been working extremely hard for next week. A quick reminder that there will be a SATs breakfast for the year 6 next week starting at 8am between Monday and Thursday.
This week in cricket we have been focusing on batting, which the children have all thoroughly enjoyed (we only lost 5 air balls). As part of the fairground topic, the class have also designed their own hand buzzer game, deciding on what materials and tools they will be using as well as what it will actually look like. The class have created an excellent piece of writing where they have combined two different genres of writing into one. And of course the year 6 have been working very hard in preparation for SATs .
We have continued working hard this week- especially the year 6's getting ready for the SATs week in a couple of weeks time. We have had a lot of fun experimenting with the voltage and amps linked to our fairground topic as well as sorting the boys and girls teams for the quad kids athletics festival at Chew Valley School next month. The children have continued writing some excellent pieces of work linked to the class book: 'Wonder'. I will hopefully see some of you at the Pensford Fun Run on Sunday.
We have been very fortunate this week in that we have had two PE coaches come in to deliver two separate lessons: one on tennis and one on cricket. We have also got the circuit equipment out to carry out an experiment linked to conductors and insulators. The class have produced some fantastic diary extracts based on the book 'Wonder' from multiple points of view. We have also been producing our own water coloured artwork based on Mark Burrell's fairground artistic designs.
The class have started this term with a brilliant work ethos; all trying their hardest and wanting to do their best. We have been focusing on statistics with year 6 looking at pie charts and year 5 interpreting line graphs. With our class topic linked to fairgrounds, we have also written a very persuasive letter to Mr Barton, trying to persuade him to allow for our class to visit Alton Towers. We have also got the circuit equipment out, making different types of circuits as well as started our PE sessions with the school’s new PE coach: Mr Meek, who will be working with all three classes every week for the rest of the year and has already made a very positive start.
What a busy week it has been with Outdoor Learning Week. We have headed over to Wild Things Farm and carried out some grafting of apple trees with the help of Sally and Tom, we also had an afternoon up there to create plants and all its key features using the natural resources around us, which proved to be challenging but a lot of fun. We have also had a go at planting our own seeds in different environments and were fortunate enough to have another PE coach to deliver a tennis lesson. (We even managed to squeeze a debate outside debating whether deforestation should continue or not). So, all in all, a very busy and enjoyable outdoor week. We hope you all have a very enjoyable two weeks off!
We started the week with a trip to Forest School, which was a lot of fun; planting a wide range of trees. We were also fortunate enough to have a PE coach come in and deliver an excellent tag rugby lesson. This week the children have had to put up with a few maths papers, of which they have all tried their hardest. They have also created their own plant and started to write an information text based on it. Remember next week is an outdoor learning week (as well as the last week of term).
This week has been a very sporty week with the tag rugby team competing in the B&NES tag rugby tournament, two netball teams playing against Whitchurch and starting tennis in PE lessons. A very well done to all 3 teams who all tried their hardest. In English the class have all written their own version of the legend of Bedd Gelert, which has produced some very emotive language. The year 5s in maths have been looking at converting imperial measurements to standard and the year 6s have been looking at ratio and proportion. Thank-you to all the mums that came down to take part in mother's day lunch, it was a huge success!
What an unusual end to the week with all that snow- we hope you all managed to stay safe and were able to enjoy it! In this shortened week we were still able to complete some excellent writing based on the legend story of Bedd Gelert as well as carry out shape work in maths by looking at nets of 3D shapes, translating and reflecting shapes. In science we have also investigated the different methods to seed dispersal and we have been very fortunate enough to have Mr Stott join us this week, who has proved to be a real help with the children in just his first week.
What a great start to the new term Kingfisher Class have had! The children have all come back with a brilliant work ethos, working their hardest in every lesson. We have been practising for an upcoming Tag Rugby tournament, started work on our plant topic and started work on angles and shapes in maths. Mr Barton has also started his running club, which is proving to be very popular. The year 6 have carried out a few of last year's SATs papers, which are showing good progress. We will also be having a new student teacher joining us next week: Mr Stott, which we are all looking forward to working with.
What a great finish to the term: the class entered in the boys and girls football tournament, where the boys finished in 3rd place and the girls finished in 5th place in Division 1. We were also very fortunate enough to have a badminton coach come in and deliver a great lesson to us. We also wrote a newspaper report linked to Beauty and the Beast and we finished the measurement unit in maths by converting time. I hope you have a great week off!
This week, the class have finished their writing based on Beauty and the Beast, which has been of a great standard. During art, we have also finished our Mayan event and battle masks, and the finished products look fantastic! We have been working hard on our football skills in PE, ready for our tournament at CVS next Tuesday. Thank you to everyone that could make it to our class assembly – it made us realise how much we have done so far this year, and how much we still have to look forward to. If you were unable to attend but would like to see the photos from it, please click here. Sadly, this was Miss Flanigan's last day with us. She will be sorely missed by all in Kingfisher Class and we wish her all the luck for her final placement!
This week we have started our new maths unit of measurement, involving a huge amount of conversion. The class have continued their writing based on Beauty and the Beast, which has been of a very high standard. In art we have also started creating our very own Mayan masks both for war and for ceremonies. We were also very fortunate enough to have an external PE coach come in and deliver a 'sit-down volleyball' lesson, which proved to be a lot of fun as well as enabling us to learn a valuable team skill. Please remember that it's our class assembly next Friday.
This week we have started football training ready for the class tournament at Chew Valley School. We have also started our art project on creating Mayan masks as well as starting to learn the names of pets in Spanish. After watching Beauty and the Beast last week, the children have started some fantastic writing based on this and have also been challenging themselves this week in maths by converting fractions, decimals and percentages. Please note that our class assembly is on Friday 2nd February- we hope to see you there.
What a fantastic end to the week, with the whole school going to watch 'Beauty and the Beast' at the tobacco factory, which has provided Kingfisher Class with many different ideas for our writing over the next couple of weeks. This week we have also really started to learn about the Mayan civilisation by looking at their ancient cities and what they invented. I would like to say a big well done to our football team, who proved to be victorious over East Harptree with the final score 5-1 as well as a very well done to the netball B team who played very well against Whitchurch.
The class have come back with a fantastic mind-set all striving to work on the school's value of the term: ambition. They have all been working very hard in maths where we have continued working on fractions and in English where we have been learning about persuasive writing linked to the story of the three little pigs. We have started our Mayan topic as well as started to create their own website in computing. Remember, swimming starts on Monday!
What a great finish to the term: they performed brilliantly both in the Christmas production as well as the Benefice Christmas Lunch. The class completed the class' DT project over the term of the Trojan Horse, which proved to be a big success and thoroughly enjoyable. We finished our topic of Ancient Greece with a debate over which city-state they would prefer to live in: Athens or Sparta. Thank-you for all your contributions to the Christmas, which helped raise a lot of money for the school and a big thank-you for all your generous gifts, we hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break!
As the Christmas Play is quickly approaching, we have continued to practise our songs, ready to perform. We have been writing our own non-chronological reports, on a topic of our choice, and started our next maths unit on fractions. We have also been comparing the Ancient Greek Olympics to the Modern Olympics in History. We have finished our house netball tournament, with Carpenter as the winners! A huge congratulations to the school's netball team, who came back from being 2-6 down, to winning 8-7, and progressing to the quarter finals.
This week we have been fortunate enough to have a cricket coach come in and coach a session, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We have also continued having our music lessons from Mr Stinchcombe (a music teacher from Chew Valley Secondary School), who is getting us ready to perform our songs in the Christmas Play. We have been learning a non-chronological report and started to plan one all about the Spartans and Athenians. A big well done needs to be mentioned to the football team, who fought very hard and secured a 1-1 draw with Winford, who unfortunately got the equaliser in the last minute.
The Christmas Play rehearsals have begun! As of Friday, the whole school begun practising for the Christmas Play, meaning words have been given out and it's time for the children to start learning them at home. This week we have also been designing our own Trojan Horse and explaining what materials we would use to build it and why. We have also been looking at the difference between the Spartans and the Athenians. This week has been an assessment week, where all the children have been completing practice papers to monitor the progress. They have all tried their hardest and performed well.
This week we have been doing a lot of work on the Ancient Greeks: we have created our own family tree of the Greek gods, found out lots of information about the Trojan War as well as the year 6 getting to design their own Greek vases in Forest School. In English, the class have also started to write their own mythical story based on a Greek mythical creature. We have been finishing division with long division, which I'm pleased to say the class got the hang of it by the end of the week. In spellings, we have also been looking at different methods of spelling challenging words, which we have all enjoyed- especially learning floccinaucinihilipilification and thinking how we would spell phydaughterglope/ fidortergloap.
What a busy week we have had with all the visitors come to teach us. We started the week with having an African drumming workshop, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We've also had a local historian come in for two afternoons to teach us what Pensford was like during the medieval times. Our football team was also in action, playing against Bishop Sutton, which after a very hard fought game resulted in a 3-1 loss. Year 5 also went to Forest School to learn about the Ancient Egyptians: a very busy week!