Pensford Primary School

Pensford Primary School

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Kingfisher Class

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 couple of weeks 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

Term 5

Week 2

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. 

Week 1

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.

Term 4

Week 5

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!

 

Week 4

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). 

 

Week 3

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!

 

Week 2 

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.

Week 1

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.

Term 3

Week 6

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!

 

Week 5

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!

Week 4

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 2

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.  

Week 1

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!

Term 2

Week 7

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!  

Week 6

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.

Week 5

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. 

 

Week 4

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 2

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!