Kingfisher Class is taught by Mrs Smith, supported by Mrs Baigent and Miss Robertson.
We are a mixed age class of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.
We work hard in Kingfisher Class, but we also have lots of fun!
PE is every Monday, and we will try to be outside, so the children need to be prepared! Normal school PE kit with a warm top/tracksuit bottoms (navy) would be advisable.
On Wednesday, we have forest school in the afternoon.
Homework in Years 5 and 6 will consist of spellings, reading, maths questions (linked to current learning), and mathletics, all of which are ongoing activities. This homework will be given out on Friday and is due in every Wednesday. Spellings will be tested on Friday morning. All of these activities are on on google classroom.
In addition, the homework grid below contains extra activities, which can be completed throughout each half term. The children need to complete 3 activities and colour these in when they are finished. The children will have a chance to show their progress with this every Friday. If you would rather choose one lengthy activity, that is absolutely fine.
Please find below the overview for this topic, and the homework grid for this half term.
Voyage of Discovery
Ship Ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean? Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard? Or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet? See how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists. Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought!
Ready to trace the origin of species? Let’s set sail!
END OF TERM AUTUMN 2020
Well done Kingfishers. You have all worked incredibly hard and i am very proud of all your efforts this term.
We have learnt so much, from learning about all aspects of World War One, creative art and design, to writing narratives based on War Horse, to electricity, forces and building our very own festive light up decoration, we have been busy learning and having fun!
Below are just a couple of photos to showcase some our work this term...
Batten down the hatches - this term we are investigating the history of World War 1! We are discovering what led to the start of one of the largest wars in history. We will explore what life was like for the soldiers on the front line, as well as what life was like at home for the women and children who kept Britain running. We will be asking:
Have you ever wondered if there were any benefits to war?
Do you know how this war started? How it ended?
We will be looking at different historical sources and judging if they are good sources of information, before attempting to create our own newspaper report. We will be reading the award winning text, War Horse, to support our topic.
Finally, we will be researching into how things changed over the course of the war, for example, the use of animals, medicine and technology.
Let’s discover the real facts behind the war; we have lots to learn and discover!
The children will continue to develop their mental fluency skills (times tables and arithmetic) as well as their written skills solving the four operations, with a particular emphasis on learning mastery images and models to support their learning in greater depth. The next four weeks will focus particularly on place value and number.
We will also place great emphasis on mathematics enrichment, so the children are able to understand how to problem solve, and how to apply maths concepts to other areas of the curriculum.
This term, we will continue with our 'Talk for Writing' approach, enabling the children to demonstrate their developing skills, knowledge and creativity
using the novel 'Kensuke's Kingdom' as a stimuli. We will continue our guided reading/comprehension and also daily spelling investigations to unpick the tricky rules the children need to learn.
In addition, the children will have the opportunity to revise and learn all the grammar terms, mostly through discreet daily teaching.