Hello everyone and...Welcome back!
It has been a great first week of the new academic year and so lovely to welcome back the children from the summer break.
It has been a joy to welcome back our Year 5 children as Year 6's and to see how they have grown. Our year 5's and new year 6's have all joined us with huge smiles and so much enthusiasm. The attitude of the children to work and to building relationships with each other has been tremendous and we are looking forward to having a wonderful year with them.
Our learning this week has been focussed around the book, 'What We'll Build' by Oliver Jeffers. We have really enjoyed reading through the story and looking closely at the drawings. In English the children have been considering what they consider to be their home and what makes it their home. We have discussed how a home doesn't have to be a house but could be a place or person. The children drew what their idea of home is and wrote some descriptions linked to the drawing. We also had tremendous fun thinking of our dream dinner party list- people we would want to invite to our home for a dinner party. The children showed amazing creativity and included a whole range of notable people such as Simone Biles, Martin Luther King and The Rock as well as relatives, friends and, rather randomly, a poltergeist! We also examined the shed full of treasures which represented home to the book characters and created our own together with an inspiring speech on how they hoped their future will grow. such amazing hopes and aspirations-I have no doubt they will achieve them.
In art we designed our own version of one of the pages from the book. Working in pairs the children painted two 'swooshes' which met. In the swooshes they put their own interests and hobbies and where the swooshes met they considered what they and their partner had in common. These are going to form a class display which we will share next week.
In maths the children have been looking at place value, negative numbers and Roman numerals. It was good to see lots of the children drawing on what they had learnt in previous years when tackling the questions and they were very enthusiastic about spotting roman numerals around school.
We have also been doing lots of R-Time and Thrive activities this week which have been designed to help the children get to know each other more and also to give them the opportunity to work with others. It was great to see their initial shyness quickly disappear when engaged on their different tasks.
We have also shared two songs the children have enjoyed this week-they were keen to share them with you.
Thank you for your part in 5/6A's positive and happy return to school.