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 Shaun Tan Unit is made up of two mixed Year 5 & 6 classes taught by Mrs Cobb and Mr Terry. They will be supported by Mrs Wright, Mrs Kerrigan, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Ellison, and Miss Edis.
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 lead 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 £1 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.
"Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!"
Our English focus this half term is Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We are extremely proud of how well the children have delved into the text and really embraced the literature, despite the old fashioned Shakespearean vocabulary included. We did some drama this week to reenact the first scene with Macbeth, Banquo and the three witches! The chidlren were fantastic and the expression and effort they put into each performance was truly commendable! Well done guys!
The GREAT Project
We are very fortunate to be starting a new programme of learning in Year 5/6 all about healthy relationships. It is known as 'The GREAT Project' which satnds for 'Good Relationships are Equal And Trusting', provided by an external service who visit school every Tuesday to work with both classes. The project involves lots of different activities aimed at children in Upper Key Stage 2 to help them understand what is meant by a healthy relationship and factors that might indicate if a relationship is not healthy. It's great for buidling awareness, respect and positivity in the chidlren and they have seemed to really enjoy the first session so we're all looking forawrd to next week!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HERE'S TO A GREAT 2018 IN YR 5/6
Learning Without Limits - Numeracy
It's been an excellent week so far for our Learning Without Limits week in Year 5/6. The children have really committed to their workshops and their attitude to learning has been fantastic. We have particularly enjoyed parent and family participators on Tuesday as a means of showcasing the children's excellent work and would like to thank all who attended. Here's to some great post-test results on Friday which we have no doubt will evidence the progression of all children within the unit!
As part of our Unit of Learning on Living things and their Habitats, the children learnt about the different parts to a flower. The vocabulary they were able to use afterward to describe a flower and how they reproduce was incredible and they LOVED the hands on, practical dissection of a Lilly to create their posters. Great scientists in the making for sure!
DISTANCE LEARNING - AUTUMN 1
Create a play script for the first chapter of The Arrival
Write yourself sums in Roman Numerals up to 1000
Research Hindu and Islam beliefs
Create a fact file about an endangered animal