Welcome to Oldaport Class!
Summer term updates!
As you already know, year 5/6 have the fastastic opportunity to perform their end of year play in the drum at the Theatre Royal Plymouth this year.
Miss Askew and Mrs Eames have been trained at TR2 to direct plays in a real theatre and have now selected the specially written script, created by a professional playwright.
The title of the play will be: Big Small Lost Found Things.
The children are all very eager to get started!
The performance will be on Thursday 12th July at Theatre Royal Plymouth. A letter will be sent out next week with details including how to buy tickets. How exciting!
The Spirit of Africa!
This half term, the children are studying a range of African stories, whilst learning about the different environments and cultures in a range of countries across the continent. The children will be writing their own African tale at the end of the project, and will make a puppet to help them tell the story. We will also be creating some African art work inspired by our Geography and Geometry learning.
Keep an eye out for your invitation to come in to see your child's work!
At the beginning of Summer Term 2, we will be undertaking a project called Blue Planet alongside other schools in the local community. We will be learning about ways in which we can help to look after the environment. More information about this project will follow next half term.
How fit are you?
Alongside sports week (wc 18th June), the whole school will be learning about the human body. The children will have the chance to learn about diet and nutrition, the effects of exercise and the circulatory system.
The History of the Theatre
Our final project in the summer term will focus on the history of the theatre, and how it has changed throughout the years, to tie in nicely with our end of year performance. The children will write a newspaper article explaining their findings!
Science Tricks Show
On Monday 26th March, we were lucky enough to have the Explorer Dome company come to perform their show 'Science Tricks' to the whole school. The show was absolutely fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed by all children. I am very proud of all of the children at The Erme and their excellent science knowledge about a range of topics; they explained their ideas clearly using scientific language throughout.
As part of the show, the children got to try and explain the effects of dry ice, magnets, the reaction created by acid and alkaline and even got to create some explosions!
Freddie from Year 3 says, "I have learnt that science is epic!"
Fraser in Year 6 agrees. "It was the greatest show ever. I got to blow up a balloon that created pink fire; it was scary but also really exciting."
Thank you very much to the PTA for securing the funds for this fantastic opportunity; another successful, grant funded event.
For Year 5, 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.
For Year 6, '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.
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