Welcome to Oldaport Class!
Active Minds Active Life at the Watermark
On the morning of the 10th October 2017, Nicole, Tom and Evan from The Erme Primary School travelled to the watermark library, accompanied by Mrs Watson. They met volunteers for Active Minds, Active Life to learn and compare school and general life in different generations. They asked questions and talked about the differences and similarities between school life now and in past generations. The children had an opportunity to find out about school teachers, behavioural orders and learning methods and how they had changed through the years. Nicole said that this experience was educational and inspirational. All children have said that it was fun, joyful and very interesting.
By Nicole and Tom
In the Autumn term, homework will be set each Friday to be handed in by the following Friday. There will be at least two pieces of homework each week linked to our learning in class, usually one maths based and one literacy based. Your child will also be given a spelling list each week to learn for a spelling test on Friday afternoon.
It is also essential that your child reads at home as often as possible to promote reading for pleasure, increase fluency and develop a good understanding of a wide range of genres. We encourage children to read at home every night; this can be independently or with a parent/sibling.
The planner is also signed weekly by the class teacher, parent and child to monitor reading, so please ensure that your child records their reading each day.
Thank you for your on-going support with this.
We usually have PE on Monday and Wednesday afternoons so your child will need to have correct PE kit with them on these days. We do however sometimes do extra PE lessons on top of these so it is advisable that your child has a PE kit with them in school every day.
Please ensure that your child has a complete change of clothes for PE, including t-shirt and shorts, plus jogging bottoms/leggings for when we do PE outside. Your child will also need appropriate footwear for playing sport outdoors - trainers are recommended.
In the Autumn term, Year 5 will also be joining Year 4 for swimming so please ensure a full swimming kit is sent in to school each Wednesday.
What will we be learning this term?
This project will cover the curriculum areas: science, design and technology and literacy. During this project the children will explore and experiment with forces and magnets, designing and carrying out investigations. They will then use this knowledge to inform their DT work, designing and creating their own moving vehicle. At the end of the project, the children will then write a detailed set of instructions explaining how to make a moving vehicle.
During this project the children will be immersed in the story 'The Scarab's Secret', exploring the language used as well as learning the history of ancient Egypt. With the story set in ancient Egypt, the children will explore different topics such as: who were they?, Gods, beliefs, mummification and pyramids. Using what they have learnt the children will create their own story set in Egypt. The children will also have the opportunity to create their own canopic jars out of clay.