Welcome to 5S!
This half term, the children have been learning about Hinduism with Mrs Kelly. To finish off their topic, the children made Diwali pots using clay. The children studied different styles of pots they could make and chose their own patterns. Once the pots were dry, the boys and girls painted them using special fluorescent paints. Once again, the children had to think carefully about the different patterns they wanted to use. The pots created at wonderful and I know the children are very proud of them. The children will be able to bring their pots home after half term.
National Poetry Day - thinking about how privileged we are.
This week, we celebrated National Poetry Day. We chose to read 'If Only' by Pie Corbett, a poem which discusses wishful thinking and encourages children to think about what impossible things they would love to do if given the chance. The children threw themselves into our learning wholeheartedly and produced some fantastic interpretations of the poem.
In light of recent events in Indonesia, we discussed how lucky and privileged we are to live in this country, and discussed what things we would like to take away from the world if given the power to and what we would do to help if we could. The children were incredibly mature throughout the discussion and came up with some wonderfully thoughtful ideas, I am very proud!
Below is a collection of verses we created:
I could courageously capture a daunting disaster
I would seal it behind the doors of time.
I could roam fearlessly across ferocious fires,
I would bravely burn all the deadly diseases to ash.
I could ensnare ten million fireflies,
I would light up the words darkest moments,
I could grasp the wings of a phoenix
I would soar across the sky and carry disasters to a safe place.
I could demolish bad memories,
I would make the world a better place.
Next week, we will be holding a loose change collection to support those in need in Indonesia. We would be very grateful for any donations!
Superb setting descriptions!
This half term, our class novel is Kensuke's Kingdom. The children are really enjoying reading this novel and are producing some superb work within their English lessons. This week, we enjoyed Chapter 4 where the main character is washed up on a desert island. We began the week by designing our own desert islands, before planning a setting description. I am really proud with the writing the class produced! I was particularly impressed with the motivation Joshua, Darcy and Amiee showed to produce superb pieces of writing. Joshua worked really hard to include higher level vocabulary that we had discussed all week, whilst Darcy showed persistence to improve her spelling and the length of her work.
Key Stage 2 took some time to celebrate the incredible achievements of Amy this week. During the
summer, Amy entered a 'bikewise' competition ran by Durham Country Police. The competition's aim was to raise awareness of bike safety, in particular the importance of wearing a helmet. Fantastically, Amy placed runner up out of over 200 entries! Durham Police came to visit the children in order to share the importance of their message and present Amy with her prize, bringing a Police motorcycle to how the children!
Well done Amy, what a fantastic achievement! What a lovely role model you are for the rest of the children in our school.
Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a relaxing summer. The children have certainly returned to school bursting with enthusiasm and keen to learn! The children are very motivated to begin our learning this year and we can't wait to get started. I am very much looking forward to getting to know your children and watching them grow throughout the coming year. I understand the importance of your children feeling safe and happy at school and strive to achieve that in our classroom. Any queries or worries you may have, feel free to let me know.
This year Mrs Kelly will be working with our children. She will be joining us in class as well as carrying out interventions throughout the day to support your children's learning.
Key dates to remember:
Now that the children are in Year 5, we expect them to start taking responsibility by ensuring they are well prepared for the school day.
P.E - This year our PE lesson will be on a Wednesday. Children are expected to have their P.E kit in school on this day. Correct P.E kit consists of a white t-shirt, dark shorts and suitable trainers.
Swimming - This half term, 5S will be swimming on a Thursday afternoon. Children must ensure they have their full swimming kit with them on this day.
Reading - I have provided the children with a new reading record and reading book. Children are expected to bring their book into school everyday and they must read three times a week at home. An adult must sign your child's diary in order to inform the school that they have read. Children are free to write any other home books they are reading in their diary - I am always interested in what you are reading!
Homework - Homework will be given out on Friday. It is expected that this is returned by the following Wednesday. A homework club will be held on a Monday and Tuesday lunchtime to support any children who are having difficulties with their homework.
Spellings - Spellings will be handed out on a Friday alongside the homework. Children must practise these in preparation for our test the following Friday.
Eco-Warriors & School Council
Tommy and Amy have been selected by the children to represent our class on the school council, whilst Max and Millie have been selected to represent our class on the school's Eco-Council. The children will attend meetings and relay information back to our class. I am positive the children will be fantastic in their new roles!
Tommy - School Council Amy - School Council Millie - Eco-Warrior