Staff: Miss Clarke, Miss Lowe, Mrs Stilgoe, Mrs Hewitt and Miss Hooke
Welcome to Kittiwake Class
We have been really proud of how our Year 5 and 6 children have settled back into school life following another period of lockdown. They returned to school ready to learn and with huge amounts of enthusiasm. It has been lovely seeing them interact with their friends and enjoy learning with others again.
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English and Reading
In English we have been focusing on combining extended writing skills with our spelling, punctuation and grammar work through the Literacy and Language Read Write Inc. programme. The children absolutely loved the unit of work we completed based around the story of Robin Hood. They produced some amazing drama work and were particularly proud of their 'TV coverage' of the wedding of Lady Marian and Sir Guy of Gisborne. The children produced some fabulous newspaper reports covering the event.
As we are sure you know, reading is an essential part of your child’s education. We promote reading for pleasure in the school and expect the children to read every day. Reading is a fantastic way of finding out about our world and how we have responded to different events such as World War Two, migration and climate change.
It would be amazing if you could spend time hearing your child read or indeed read to them. The children have diary style planners to keep themselves organised and which are used as reading records.
We have been focusing on consolidating the children’s understanding of place value. We have been exploring how numbers are made and how they can be scaled up and down. We have also spent time ensuring that the children have a secure knowledge of how to calculate confidently and efficiently. We have been using equipment in maths to ensure that they can understand and visualise what is happening.
We have been exploring a range of skills in preparation for Sports Day and tried out different games, led by what the children wanted to experience. Things have been getting very competitive in the seated volleyball and rounders, particularly when the adults joined in!
Our class PE days this term are Wednesday with Mrs Gathercole and Fridays with Miss Clarke. If the weather is suitable we intend to be outdoors for both sessions; therefore please ensure your child has the full and correct PE kit on these days (they come dressed in PE kit on Wednesdays and bring their PE kit to school on Fridays).
The children have enjoyed our woodland time being linked to our Robin Hood English work. They carried our drama in the woodland and explored camouflaging themselves as Merry Men. We also had a lovely time doing some campfire cookery.
Outdoor learning will continue as usual on a Thursday afternoon. It is important your child has an appropriate change of clothes – long sleeves and trousers and a change of footwear (wellies would be most suitable).
Class Dojo will continue to be used this year. It is a great space where you can view photos, videos and information about what is happening in Kittiwakes and across the school.
If you require another invitation, please do not hesitate to ask.
A homework menu or homework project ideas list will be given out at the beginning of each half term. Your child will need to complete a minimum of five activities each half term, sharing a piece on Dojo each week on a Wednesday. Children also get weekly individual spellings.
We will communicate homework via Class Dojo as well as the children making notes in their Homework Diaries.
Please can you ensure that all belongings are named (PE kits, wellies, school uniform, bags, coats etc.)