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Oldaport Class

Welcome to Oldaport Class!

Scroll down to find out what we have been up to each week, as well as handy information such as our timetable. 

 

 

Week Ending 24th September 2021

Oldaport class enjoyed our first forest school session in the woods this week. We had lots of time to explore the area that we will be working in and enjoyed getting a little bit muddy! Some of the children used clay and natural resources that they could find to make things. Everyone worked in small teams to build the softest nest to protect an egg when dropped from a height. We had a brilliant time! We have also enjoyed another swimming session this week - it has been a very active week! In Science, we have started learning about Evolution and Inheritance. We talked about how some of our characteristics are inherited, whilst others can be affected by the environment. We have also started to think about artificial cloning in plants and took cuttings from a mint plant to grow our own. 

Week Ending 17th September 2021

Oldaport have enjoyed their first full week back at school and have been really busy this week. In maths, we have been reviewing our knowledge of place value as we start to work with much larger numbers. We had lots of fun building numbers using place value counters. In English, we have started to study the story The Tear Thief, creating a story map and sharing our opinion of the text through book talk. In art this week, we have started to look at Cubism and significant cubist artists. In PE, we enjoyed our first swimming session of the year at the leisure centre as well as a gymnastics lesson linked to our previous learning about rivers. 

Don't forget that we will be starting forest school next Monday - please bring a full change of clothes, a waterproof coat and sensible footwear (wellies, walking shoes or trainers) for these sessions. Thank you! 

Week Ending 10th September 2021

Oldaport have had a really nice first week back at school. We have been busy writing house captain speeches and applying for school council positions, as well as exploring pentominoes in maths. We have been exploring our own values as well as fundamental British values and have been expressing ourselves and who we are in Art. I wonder what next week will have in store?

Week Ending 22nd July 2021

Oldaport have had a brilliant last week at school. They have been thinking about what makes each person in the class special and unique. They've become very close as a 'bubble' over the last year and have really mixed up friendship groups throughout the year, with everyone playing with everyone. The children made posters where everybody wrote something nice about everyone else in the class for them to take home as a keepsake. Oldaport had a brilliant fun swimming session on Tuesday playing with lots of toys in the swimming pool - it was great to cool off in this hot weather! They have also been playing lots of team games, doing quizzes and making memories together. Year 6 have had a fabulous party to celebrate reaching the end of primary school. They played party games, danced to their favourite songs, played in the park and ate a feast of burgers, sausages, crisps and ice lollies. Good luck at ICC, year 6!

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer holiday - see you in September! Miss Askew.

Week Ending 16th July 2021

Oldaport have had a busy week this week. Year 5 have finished writing their stories based on the text 'How the Whale Became' whilst year 6 have been practising their talents for our leavers' service. On Wednesday, we had a brilliant workshop from the Young Mental Health Foundation. The children thought about what type of learner they are, played lots of fun games, won some prizes and thought about their dreams for the future. The children all worked really hard in their last 'formal' swimming session this week and are looking forward to a fun session next Tuesday. We are now looking forward to the year 6 Leavers Service on Monday! 

Week Ending 9th July 2021

This week, Oldaport have had another great week at school. We had a wonderful assembly ran by the Young Mental Health Foundation on Wednesday where Jade, a young 17-year-old girl with ADHD, spoke to us about her experiences and gave us lots of motivational quotes about believing in yourself and perseverance. Following the assembly, Oldaport made posters inspired by the assembly to put up around the school. In science this week, the children have continued to investigate electricity; this week they designed an experiment to find out how the length of the wires used within a circuit affects the voltage. In DT with Miss Slyfield, the children finished making their rubbish collectors before taking them out to Victoria Park for a test run. We had also enjoyed designing our own sports day race and then taking part in sports day, working hard as a team to earn points for our house. It was great to see all of the children so enthusiastic and encouraging each other. Well done, Oldaport.

Week Ending 2nd July 2021

Oldaport class had another busy week this week. In Geography, the children presented all of their learning about rivers in a colourful double page spread. In PE, they have been putting their batting and fielding skills to the test in a game of rounders. They have also enjoyed another brilliant swimming lesson this week where we used the new pool at the leisure centre. Everyone has made fantastic progress with their swimming already and our swimming passports are filling up fast! In Science this week, the children have been learning the different symbols to use when drawing scientifically accurate circuit diagrams. They enjoyed building and testing different circuits before drawing a diagram to represent the circuit they had built. Thanks for another great week, Oldaport!

Week Ending 25th June 2021

Oldaport have had another great week this week. In Maths we have been finishing our geometry unit, learning about coordinates, translation and reflection throughout the week. Everyone has worked really hard and made great progress since the beginning of the unit. In Art, we learnt about scaling and used gridding to help us enlarge an image. All of the children worked really hard with this and enjoyed the challenge of drawing the image one section at a time. In Science this week, we have started learning about electricity. We had a go at creating our own circuits, sharing our existing knowledge and posing questions to investigate. The children enjoyed another great swimming session this week and also enjoyed playing rounders in PE. Well done, Oldaport. 

Week Ending 18th June 2021

Oldaport have had a lovely week at school this week where they have made the most of the sunshine! We started off the week by completing our sound learning in science. We made our own telephones using cups and string to help understand how sound travels. In art this week, we have been applying all of the sketching skills we have learnt so far by drawing the trees in Victoria Park. All of the children were really focused and found the lesson very relaxing! In PE this week, we have enjoyed another swimming session as well as a game of rounders. What a lovely week!

Week Ending 11th June 2021

Oldaport have had a nice week settling back in at school. On Monday, we spent time personalising our art books in our art lesson by creating a front cover. On Tuesday, we watched the film The Secret Garden and created a story map of the story line to help with our work in English over the next few weeks, where we will be looking at a summarised version of the text. We also had our first swimming session at the leisure centre on Tuesday which was lots of fun! On Wednesday, Year 6 had a visit from ICC to begin their transition to Year 7. I am sure they are able to tell you all about it! This week, Mrs Gillard has proudly displayed some of our WW2 diaries completed last term - the children are enjoying seeing their work on the wall! We finished the week with a whole science day on Friday, learning about sound. What a lovely first week back! 

Week Ending 28th May 2021

This week, Oldaport kick started the week with a mini-olympics in their PE lesson with Miss Harris. Each of the children entered an event to score points on behalf of their team, with lots of bronze, silver and gold medals being won. The whole class were really supportive of each other and really pushed themselves to achieve the best that they could. Well done to yellow house who won the class Olympics! 

In art this week, Oldaport have been practising their drawing skills by drawing still life. Lots of us found this really tricky but persevered, thinking carefully about how to apply their shading, stippling and cross-hatching skills from the week before. In Science, we investigated water resistance using playdough to create shapes with different surfaces areas before presenting all that we have learnt about forces in a double page spread. In English, we have been researching how things work and writing our own explanation texts. Well done, Oldaport!

Week Ending 21st May 2021

This week, Oldaport class have been really busy with lots of fun learning across the curriculum. In maths this week, we have been looking at the properties of both 3D and 2D shapes, exploring the parts of a circle and we are beginning to learn about different angles. In science, we continued developing our knowledge of forces by investigating friction. The children worked really hard to design and carry out their investigation and then looked at how to present the data that they had collected in a bar chart. In art this week we have been developing different drawing techniques, including shading to create shadow and cross-hatching. The children are really enjoying working in their art books and making them personal to them. In PE with Miss Harris, we focused on our javelin throwing technique before having a go at the bleep test. Everyone pushed themselves and Robyn was incredible - she out-shone everyone and only stopped in the bleep test because time was up and Miss Harris had to stop the test! 

Week Ending 14th May 2021

Oldaport has had another busy week this week. In English, we have started to look at our new text: 'Stuff You Should Know'. We have looked at its organisation and layout, shared our own thoughts on the text and have learnt a section by heart through walk the talk. In science, we learnt about levers. We were able to identify the load, effort and fulcrum on a variety of levers before investigating how the distance from the fulcrum to the load affects the amount of effort required. In art this week, we have been experimenting with different painting techniques by using a range of resources to paint with such as sponges and bubble wrap. Well done, Oldaport class. 

Week Ending 7th May 2021

Oldaport have had a lovely week this week with lots of fun learning activities. In science, the children have been investigating gravity and air resistance by carrying out their own parachute investigation. They chose which variable to change and which to keep the same to ensure the test was fair. They also had a wonderful science workshop with Alex from Resource Futures, focusing on recycling, composting and the habitat that composting creates. The children had lots of fun finding different living things inside the compost bin - they even found some worm and slug eggs! 

In art this week, Oldaport have been experimenting with colour mixing. They looked at primary, secondary and tertiary colours as well as how to create tints and shades. They used all of this knowledge to create their own colour palette and experiment with colour. What a lovely week!  

Week Ending 30th April 2021

Oldaport class have had another excellent week at school full of lots of learning opportunities. The highlight of our week was of course the Dewerstone trip... 

Throughout the day, the children took part in an adventure race which consisted of lots of different activities including: the lower off, the ladder climb, the mud crawl and the postman's walk. In total there were 12 different stops in the race, with 8 or 9 physical activities that really pushed the children out of their comfort zone. The children conquered their fear of heights and water, got completely covered in mud and took a dip in the river. All in all it was a fantastic experience! Everyone was a brilliant team player, showed lots of resilience and perseverance and worked really hard. We are really proud of each and every child and all that they achieved! Make sure to check out all of the photos on our Facebook page.

Week Ending 23rd April 2021

This week, Oldaport have been busy settling back into the routine of school. In English, we have continued to read our text 'My Secret War Diary' whilst also consolidating all our knowledge of what it was like to live during WW2. The children have created excellent double-page spreads to explain all of their knowledge. Next week, they will be writing a series of diary entries in the style of the text imagining that they are living during this period of time. 

In PE this week, Oldaport have been putting their athletics skills to the test with Miss Harris as well as practising their tennis skills with Miss Slyfield. It was great to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather! In computing, we have started to learn about what the internet actually is and how we are able to access the internet from our homes. It has been a lovely first week back at school and everyone has been working really hard! 

31st March 2021

This week, Oldaport class have been busy thinking about hope and what this means. We then all shared a hope we have for the future. Check out our video on the Facebook page! Over the past couple of weeks, we have been busy creating some canvases to brighten up our school. We have looked at the work of different artists and created our own replications of them. The finished products are amazing!! This week we also enjoyed a brilliant PE lesson with Miss Harris where we practised and developed our football skills before playing a whole class game of football. To finish off the week, we had fun doing some Easter craft activities. What a lovely week! 

Week Ending 26th March 2021

Oldaport class had another lovely time this week. In English, we have continued to study our WW2 text - we thought carefully about how the characters were feeling and recreated this in a freeze-frame. In maths, we have been solving lots of addition and subtraction problems, applying our knowledge to unpick multi-step word problems. Although we have been settling back into the normal routine of school, we have still made time for some fun too! In our science lesson on Wednesday, we continued to investigate what happens when different substances are mixed together. This week, we looked at what happens when we mix various fizzy drinks with mentos! We experimented with different types of fizzy drinks and two types of mento to see if this had an impact on our results. After the experiment, we had an excellent scientific discussion about what we had found out, including the importance of a fair test. Well done, Oldaport!

Week Ending 19th March 2021

This week, Oldaport class have been settling back into the usual school routine. We started to look at our new English text: My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright (written by Marcia Williams). We have explored the layout and images used within the text and have started to learn some facts about WW2 to help us understand the text more. We have really enjoyed learning about The Blitz, Rationing and Evacuees, thinking about what it would have been like for children living at that time. In French, we have been learning about the time in French - we practised our pronunciation then played a dominoes game matching French sentences to the matching analogue clock. Oldaport have also been evaluating their hat designs in DT and learning about different prayer positions in RE. This week we have also had lots of fun recreating some work of famous artists on large canvases to hang around the school. The children worked really well in groups of 4 or 5 and the outcome is fantastic! Well done.

Week Ending 12th March 2021

Oldaport class have had a fantastic week back together again! We have spent the week focusing on spending time together as a group and looking after our mental health through lots of art-based activities. Everyone has really enjoyed seeing their friends again and being able to work with different children throughout the day. We have completed lots of fun activities: we made beautiful Mother's Day cards to show our mums how much we appreciate them; we created beautiful watercolour paintings with the theme of spring; we have used pastels to created self-portraits which the children then labelled with kind words about each other; we have worked really hard to create amazing animal art which we think looks wonderful; and have spent lots of time playing a range of PE games both inside and out. 

It has been a really lovely week and it has been so nice to welcome all of our children back to school. See you all next week! 

Week Ending 5th March 2021

This week, Oldaport class have been busy learning about the importance of money in our PSHE lesson. They have thought about different ways to pay for things as well as why it is important to save money. After this, they each made their own money box using the net of a cube. In Science, we have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes; I have been really impressed with the children's knowledge! In PE, we worked well as a team to play different team games including bench ball, end zone and dodgeball. It was great to see everyone communicating and working together to score points for their team. On Thursday, we really enjoyed seeing our friends at home on zoom for our World Book Day Quiz. It was great to see everyone in their costumes! 

Week Ending 26th February 2021

In Oldaport class this week, we have been busy writing our own versions of traditional fairy tales. I am really looking forward to reading the twists that the children have put on stories such as The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. In maths, we have been learning how to find fractions of amounts - I have been really impressed with this children’s perseverance with this! 

In DT this week, the children have started sewing their own hats that they have designed. It was tricky threading our needles but we kept going and have made a great start! We will finish this off next week. In PE, we played a game of dodgeball while the children at home have done a wide range of activities for PE. I am impressed with how hard my home learners are working and I’m really looking forward to welcoming you all back really soon!

Miss Askew 

Week Ending 12th February 2021

This week, Oldaport class have been busy enjoying our sprinkling of snow, both in school and at home. Liam built a snowman at home, while Robyn built a mini-snowman on the playground at school. In class, we have been learning about the link between fractions, decimals and percentages and I have been amazed at how well everyone is doing. In English, we have been experimenting with creating effective settings and atmosphere as well as changing sentence lengths to keep our reader engaged. In PSHE this week, we have been thinking about human rights. We had some excellent discussions about this topic and the children then created some posters to represent their thoughts. 

Happy half term to Oldaport class - have a very well deserved break! 

Week Ending 5th February 2021

This week, Oldaport class have been working really hard as usual; however, we have also been thinking a lot about our mental health and how to look after ourselves for mental health week. The children at home have been choosing different activities each week to look after their minds - Harry has made some delicious rocky road muffins and Liam made some gingerbread men. Jennifer has been playing games with her little brother and Paige has been painting with her sister. In school, we made ginger cake which we all found delicious! We also had some cuddles with the guinea pigs. What a lovely week it has been! 

Week Ending 22nd January 2021

We would like to say a huge warm welcome to Jennifer who joined Year 6 at the beginning of term. It is a really strange time for her to join our school but she has been made to feel very welcome in our class zoom assembly each Friday! When things are a little more normal and we are all back in school, make sure to say a big hello to Jennifer and show her around! We are looking forward to getting to know you better, Jennifer! 


Oldaport class have had another busy week this week. At the beginning of the week, we enjoyed learning about where Ivybridge is during our geography lessons. We identified the county that we live in on a map and then located Ivybridge in Devon. The children at home enjoyed exploring Ivybridge on google earth and made some drawings/models of what they found. 

In English this week, the children have been busy writing their own haiku poems. This is a really tricky task which the children all approached enthusiastically and I am really pleased with the results, both in school and out. 

In Science this week, we built upon our knowledge of dissolving from last weeks session and chose our own hypothesis to investigate using variables to ensure our test was fair. We have also been learning the months of the year in French, learning about promises in RE and learning more about fractions in maths. Keep up the hard work, everyone! 

Topic Overview - What will we be learning about this term?

Week Ending 15th January 2021

This week, Oldaport class really enjoyed their dance session, where they learnt a routine to the song Dance Monkey taught by Premier Sport. It was lovely to see the videos of the children learning this at home, too, so thank you for sending these in! In English,, we kicked off the week by learning and performing a haiku poem from our text. It was lovely to see the photos sent in from home, as well as seeing the performances in school. To follow on in English, we have been investigating the grammatical features used within the haikus and have made our own glossary of technical language. In Science, we have been investigating to see whether substances from our kitchen cupboards are soluble or insoluble - it was lovely to see so many children making accurate predictions. Well done, Oldaport class! 

Week Ending 8th January 2021

Oldaport class would like to say a big welcome to Jennifer who has joined our class this term - what a strange time to start at a new school! I am sure everyone is really looking forward to meeting you properly when we can, but for now our zooms will have to do! I am pleased to say Year 5/6 have all had a good first week back at school. In English, we have written both a poem and an information text about a natural phenomenon as our elicitation task. We then studied the cover of our text Earth Verse to make predictions about the book. In Maths, we have begun to look at fractions, learning about how to find equivalent fractions. Everyone has worked really hard with this, both at home and in school. In French, we have been learning how to say the planets in French and have made posters explaining this vocabulary. In Science, we have started to look at materials and their properties, describing the properties of different materials found in our houses/in the classroom using technical vocabulary. We have also enjoyed learning about the purposes of different hats in DT before designing one of our own. Well done, everyone, for working so hard this week and being adaptable with the home learning! 

Week Ending 18th December 2020

Oldaport class have had a fabulous Christmas week! On Monday, they really enjoyed their Santa Run with Miss Harris, wearing their Santa hats which they then haven't taken off all week! On Tuesday, they made bobble hat baubles to hang on their Christmas trees at home. Everyone worked really hard to thread their wool carefully and the completed bobble hats look amazing! It was lovely to see the children working so well together and helping each other out. On Wednesday, they made their very own placemats which they used when enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner and also watched Nativity! whilst completing their Christmas activity books. On Thursday, the children had lots of fun making French cards with Miss Slyfield as well as a fun music party session; they then watched Nativity! 2: Danger in the Manger in the afternoon. To finish the week on Friday, Year 5/6 painted their own winter scenes to create a Christmas card for their family. Thank you, Oldaport class for a truly magical week! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Week Ending 11th December 2020

Oldaport class had another great week this week. They have all worked really hard in Science to consolidate all that they have learnt about light throughout the half term. They all created individual posters that are both informative and creative - they look fantastic! Year 5 have also had fun this week working on their speaking and listening skills with Mrs Gillard, each taking on a different role to build a lego model. They all worked really hard and worked well together. In English, the children have been working on writing their own horror story for their final task - they enjoyed creating suspense through the description that they included. Keep up the great work, Oldaport class! 

Week Ending 4th December 2020

In Oldaport class this week, we have been busy learning It Was On A Starry Night in Makaton for the 1st day of Christmas - we hope you enjoyed our video on Facebook! If you haven't seen it yet, please check it out! 

In PE this week, we had fun practising lots of different rolls in gymnastics with Miss Harris on Monday. In English, we have finished studying our text and have begun planning our own horror story, which everyone is really looking forward to writing. Miss Askew is hoping she won't get too scared reading them! 

In Computing, the children used their IT skills to create their own Christmas card using Google Drawings - we were very impressed with the final results. We have also been busy writing our own Christmas poems to share with you all very soon! 

Week Ending 27th November 2020

This week, Oldaport class have had another busy week. In PE on Monday, they to progressed on to adding twists and turns in to their jumps. They focused on performing these actions with control even when jumping off of apparatus. On Friday, in PE, we took part in a multiskills competition with Mr Gibbs. The other schools in the Federation also took part in the competition - we will find out who  the winner is soon! I’m Science, we have been investigating different reflective materials and using this to further understand reflection and how we see. In English, we have been creating a storyboard of the key events in our horror story, Art. The children are really enjoying the story and looking forward to writing their own horror story at the end of the sequence.

Week Ending 20th November 2020


Oldaport have had another really busy week this week where everyone has worked exceptionally hard. In English, they have started to read our new test: a horror story from a A Word in Your Ear, a series of short stories by Tony Ross. They have been predicting what will happen next in the form of freeze frames and have looked at the description used within the text. In Science, the children created their own shadow puppets and then investigated how the distance of the puppet from the light source affects the size of the shadow. The children were able to draw excellent scientific conclusions from their results, well done. In music with Miss Slyfield, they created their own timeline of the history of music on colourful bunting. In PE with Miss Harris, they have been practising their jumping skills, using a variety of apparatus and creating different shapes in the air. They have also enjoyed watching the theatre performance from Theatre Alibi this week. Keep up the great work, Oldaport! 

Week Commencing 9th November

Oldaport class have had another good week this week. In PE, they were working performing a range of balances, creating different shapes. In English, they have been writing their own biographies about an inspirational person of their choice; I have really enjoyed reading them! In Science this week, they have been exploring light further, investigating how light is reflected off of different items and how this allows us to see. Well done, Oldaport! 

What have we been up to this week? ( w/c 2nd November 2020)

Oldaport class have had a brilliant first week back at school. In PE on Monday, they enjoyed creating different shapes and balances in gymnastics using both the floor space and the apparatus. In Science, the children have started learning about light. This week, they found out what a light source is and how we see. They also learnt how shadows are created and experimented with shadows using torches, finding out how the shadow can change shape and size. As well as this, they have been making poppies with Miss Slyfield in preparation for Remembrance Day next week. Thanks for a great week, Oldaport! 

Oldaport class have been working hard in maths this week, learning how to solve both addition and subtraction problems, choosing when to use a written or mental method. In English, they have been studying lots of different biographies from their text Women in Science: 50 Pioneers Who Changed the World. They have been analysing the layout of the text and the vocabulary chosen, discussing the formality of the text. They have enjoyed learning about the different pioneers and are looking forward to writing their own biography about an inspirational person of their choice. 

In forest school, the children enjoyed collecting different colours leaves, twigs and flowers to create some art work. They worked really well together and had lots of fun exploring. Everyone had great fun despite the rain - thank you Mrs Readey! 

In PE with Miss Harris, the children have been focusing on their attacking and defending sills which they applied in a range of team games. It was really difficult to decide our star of the week - in the end, our star of the week was Ella, with Jaiden being a close runner up! A big well done to Victor too who was our star of the week last week. Well done, Oldaport - it's been a fab week! 

 

What will we be learning about this term?

Homework

 

In Oldaport class, homework will be set each Friday to be handed in the following Friday. Each week, there will be a piece of English, Maths and a Spelling task set to be completed at home. It is also expected that children read at home each night to build their fluency, comprehension and a love of reading. 

Sometimes additional project homework may be set with extended time for completion. 

We are experimenting with using Google Classrooms to set your child's homework on line from now on; please come and speak to me about any issues/challenges that you have with this. Thank you. 

Information about homework can also be found in your child's link book/ planner. 

Thurs 1st Oct - What have we been up to this week?

It has been another busy week in Oldaport class. On Monday, we had another fun forest school session where we learnt to tie different knots and then used this knowledge to help us make dens to shelter from the rain. It was a rainy session but that didn't dampen anyone's spirits! The children have enjoyed PE with Miss Harris as always; this week, they learnt some new games and enjoyed competing against each other in their houses to earn house points. We have been busy making internet safety posters this week, teaching others about how to stay safe online. In English, we have been writing our own poems based on our text I Am Cat; everyone's poem is individual and they are all fantastic! Well done, Oldaport! 

Friday 25th September: What have we been up to this week?

This week, Oldaport class have been having lots of fun with their learning. In PE, they had another great lesson with Miss Harris where they showed fantastic team work skills when playing End Zone. They also had another brilliant forest school session on Monday where they were using natural resources to build dens and enjoyed sliding down the hill. In Science, Oldaport have been learning about our circulatory system and the role that our heart plays in this. This week, they had lots of fun investigating how exercise affects our heart rate by measuring their pulse. I wonder if they can tell you what they found out... In English, the children have been learning about the different poetic devices that Jackie Morris uses in her poem I am Cat; they then experimented with using these devices themselves to describe different animals. It's been a lovely week - keep up the hard work, Oldaport! 

First week back

Oldaport class had a brilliant first week back at school. During PSHE, we have talked a lot about our feelings and mental health; we discussed how different circumstances can affect our feelings and how we can manage our emotions. We had an excellent first PE session with Miss Harris where they played mini games of bench ball. They also enjoyed their first music lesson with Miss Slyfield where they were learning about beats and rhythm. I wonder what they will be up to next week! 
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