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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 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?



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!