It has been a great week in 5/6 and in between the children being fascinated by the biblical rain that we have been having we have been working hard! The year 6 children have been getting excited about the upcoming trip to North Wales and I am sure that the year 5 children will enjoy the extra space that they will have.
In English this week we have been continuing to read Street Child. We have now really got into the book and started to learn more about the main character Jim Jarvis and what his life was like in Victorian London. We have particularly focussed on life in a workhouse and have used information from the book along with other primary and secondary sources to plan, design and write our own non-chronological reports. The children have really impressed me with the ideas they have had, their use of resources and their excellent designs. In shared reading we have also been focussing on a text synonymous with Victorian workhouses, Oliver Twist. We have been looking at the first chapter of the book and picking out unfamiliar words and using dictionaries and thesauruses to find meaning and synonyms. In maths we have been focussing on multiplication and division with the children working on increasingly higher numbers. We also spent some time looking at word problems where the children could apply their knowledge to help solve them. In geography we have been looking at Central America and in particular El Salvador. We looked at the physical features of the country and the kind of goods that it exports, especially to the UK. In RE we discussed as a class our ideas of the creation story and how it can be interpreted in different ways. In PE the children continued playground athletics, this week taking part in the 60 metre hurdles and testing out their throwing skills with the chest pass. The children are very excited for science on a Friday as Mrs MacRae will be taking the class before officially starting next week. They will be looking at how light can be reflected using mirrors.
The children should now have their passwords for: Spelling Shed, Mathletics, Bug Club and Times Table Rockstars. Apologies for the delay in getting these out but they should now all be up and running. Any problems please let me know.
Our song choice for this week is by Scottish band Chvrches (not a spelling error). The song is an uplifting one and aided with some guest vocals by Hayley Williams (prizes if you can name her band).
Finally a special mention to Lillie who was selected as Vice Captain for St George's. Xander and Antonia who were chosen as Captain and Vice-Captain for St David's and Owen who was selected as vice-captain for St Andrew's. As a class we are very proud of them. We also have elected Jude as our school council representative.