Our unit is named after the author we are studying within the first half term. Hopefully by looking at some of his amazing work, we will find some inspiration for our own writing!
The Chris Van Allsburg Unit is made up of two mixed Year 5 & 6 classes taught by Mrs Cobb and Mr Terry. They will be supported by Miss Coote, Mrs Kerrigan, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Ellison, Mrs Bloszyk and Mrs Henfrey.
Our timetable for a day's work is designed to maximise learning opportunities. Below is an overview of a typical day:
8:50am - School begins with registration
9:00am - Handwriting session
9:15am - Maths / English session focused on application
9:45am - Worship (except Friday when Merit Assembly begins at 9:10am)
10:15am - Maths Fluency skills
10:30 - Maths / English
11:30 - Grammar/ Spelling (depending on day)
12:00pm - Lunch
12:50pm - Registration / Regroup time
1:00pm - Guided Reading
1:30 - Topic / Science / French / Guitar (depending on day)
2:45pm - Playtime
3:00pm - Maths Fluency skills
3:15pm - Class read
3:30pm - Home time
Our PE lessons are on Wednesday afternoons; however, we do ask that kit (black shorts, white T-shirt and a change of footwear) is kept in school, in case it is needed on another day. Labelling all uniform and PE kit with your child's name is strongly advised. Earrings must be removed on PE days to ensure the risk of serious injuries is minimised.
PE for our Unit also includes sessions that are led by the local college students at Newark Academy, just a short walk from the school building. Mount School PE kit is necessary for college sessions too, including appropriate footwear.
Reading at Home and Rewards
We ask that you support your child learning to read. Please try and listen to them at home every night for a few minutes. Please feel free to read along with them at this time, if they are finding their book a little bit tricky. Please make sure when you listen to your child read, that you sign their diary. Every read at home recorded in their diary (and signed by an adult) is worth one dojo! When the children read 4 times per week, they will be rewarded with extra playtime on a Friday. Children are also rewarded with dojo points for achievements, effort, good manners, choosing the correct behaviours and demonstrating our school values.
We have a merit assembly every Friday at 9:10am. This is where we recognise and celebrate the children's achievements. All parents are welcome at this assembly and it would be lovely if you could join us. If your child is going to receive a certificate, we will let you know prior to the assembly taking place.
During the year, children who need a bit of extra help / intervention in Maths and English, will be supported in small groups or 1:1 sessions to meet their individual needs. These sessions, known as IMPACT sessions, will be tailored to each child's needs and will focus upon small step targets that will enhance their learning.
Staff within the Unit will also conduct 'Pre-Teaching' sessions during assemblies. These sessions will support children's learning, prepare them for the following lessons and provide opportunities to maximise their progress.
Each day, the children are offered a snack mid-morning to keep them going through until lunch time. The snack varies from day to day but can be anything from fruit to a slice of toast. Snack is at a cost to each pupil, and we ask for 20p per day that they wish to have it. If you wish, we gladly accept a half terms payment at once, costing £5 a week for however long the half term is. We politely ask that all snack money is given into the class teacher and not at the school office. If you have any questions about snack money please don't hesitate to see a class teacher.
Trips are planned throughout the year to support the children's learning and provide them with exciting extra-curricular experiences; therefore, there is an expectation that all children attend all trips. For those children in receipt of Free School Meals (not universal Free Meals), trips are subsided and this will be detailed on all trip letters.
If you feel that you could be entitled for Free School Meals, please see Mrs Hall in the school office.
How do you become a successful learner?
We are having a huge push this year at Mount Primary in promoting a Growth Mindset in our children. It's all about having a positive metnal attitude towards our learning and the techniques we can use to ensure that we persevere and achieve our best. We had a fantastic PSHE session about this in our unit where the children were challenged to think about what made them effective learners. After some fantastic discussion, they began to move away from simple behaviours such as listening and more towards a holistic approach.
We had a great science lesson this week using skittles to show how nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream. The experiment was not only useful - but tasty! The children really enjoyed the practical example to help with their learning and the outcomes looked great too!
Egg-citing times in 5/6
A cracking time was had in our Unit during the first days back where the chidlren were challenged to create their own 'Egg Barrel'. As part of our current English work on the text Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg, the children replicated the famous journey of Annie Edson Taylor who was the first ever person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. The text likens her trip to putting an egg in a can and dropping it from a height, so the children made their own barrel designs to see if their eggs would survive the fall! It was great fun and the children worked beautifully together, with an award ceremony for those pairs' eggs that had survived!
DISTANCE LEARNING - AUTUMN 1
Research and create a fact file about one of these endangered species
Use your Mathletics login to practice the four basic maths operations of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication
Read a Chris Van Allsburg book and write a book review giving your opinion on the story
Create a multi-modal poster describing the features of a newspaper