Welcome to Oldaport Class!
Autumn term updates!
The children in Oldaport class have settled in well since the summer holidays and have enjoyed taking on more responsibilities and jobs as Year 6 children.
House captains have been nominated and assemblies are running very smoothly - well done!
We are lucky enough to have two PGCE students supporting us in our class this term until Friday 23rd November. We would like to welcome Miss Fell and Miss Gifford to the team. They will be returning again in January for another 5 weeks.
The Secrets of Stonehenge
In Autumn 1, the whole school undertook a project focused on Stonehenge where we learnt about the history of the ancient monument, including how and when it was built. The children in KS2 had the amazing opportunity to visit Stonehenge on a school trip and wrote a fantastic information text about what they had learnt. Well done!
Our current project is all about the Romans. The children have enjoyed learning about life in ancient Rome and how this is different from now; they have particularly enjoyed learning about soldiers in battle and how Boudicca rebelled against the Roman invasion. We are currently studying a story called Legion of the Eagle, set in Roman Britain, with the outcome of writing our own Roman story at the end of the project.
Forces and Weapons
Our next project is a science and DT project where we will be creating our own catapults, inspired by our history learning. The children will be learning all about forces and magnets in science, carrying out a variety of investigations. They will then use what they have learnt about forces to design and make a catapult!
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.
This homework will be marked, reviewed with the children and returned regularly.
In the Spring term, 'ten minute homework' will be set each night linked to your child's learning that day. It will then be reviewed together at the start of the next lesson. It is important for your child's learning that they approach these tasks independently. Please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Askew if you have any concerns.
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 Thursday 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.