*Year 6 Transition to Secondary School*
I am currently liasing with our local secondary schools, working with them to follow our usual transition communication process, where possible. As you can imagine, it is very different and challenging trying to arrange the usual transition opportunities under the current circumstances, but we are working together to share information and consider any appropriate action moving forward.
Please find below links to the schools which our Year 6 pupils will be attending from September, some of whom have provided information about their updated transition plans. If you do not find any information linked specifically to your secondary school - don't panic! They're all working hard and information will be released and shared with you as soon as possible.
If you have any concerns or queries relating to supporting your child with secondary transition during this time, please email email@example.com F.A.O. Mrs Daniels and I'll do my best to offer support and guidance.
Blessed Robert Sutton - this is a web page with current/updated transition information.
William Allitt - please see below for a letter from the Headteacher of William Allitt regarding their transition plans.
John Taylor High School - this is a web page with a message from the Head of Lower School and the Head of Year 7 for children attending in September.
The Pingle Academy - General transition information.
Granville Academy - General transition information.
John Taylor Free School - School website.
On the pages linked above, you will find our activities and resources to support you with Home Learning. These are being updated weekly by Mrs. Daniels (for Monday morning) in readiness for you to access during the week.
On the 'Weekly Overviews' page, you will find all of the weekly plans which outline the activities suggested for the week, including maths, English and Wider Curriculum lessons.
On the 'Subject Resources' page, you will find all of the resources needed to complete the daily activities. Not all activities have resources uploaded to go alongside them.
The 'Free Websites and Resources' page, lists supplementary websites, links and resources to support with extra activities (which are also available on the general 'Class Pages' page for all pupils across the school).
If your child is working below age-related expectations, or is having difficulty accessing any of the activities that have been posted for our class, then please feel free to make use of the resources shared for the other classes and the free resources and website for all ages.
Years 5 and 6 - come and join us on our Padlet: https://padlet.com/jdaniels101/7g63f3burdza !
The password was sent as a text message to all parents/carers of pupils in Class 5/6 before Easter. If you need it sending again, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please feel free to send photographs of the children and their adventures at home to the homelearning@ email address to be uploaded in our 'Home Learning Gallery' on our page of the website.
It's so great to see what you're all up to!
Home Learning Queries
If you have any questions relating specifically to the home learning activities, please fill-out the contact form below (ensuring you include your name and email address in order to receive a reply) and a class teacher will respond ASAP. Please note: this contact form is solely for the purpose of clarifying home learning activities. Teachers will not be responding to any other queries or providing feedback for home learning. Thank you.
Welcome to Class 5/6!
We hope you enjoy looking around our class page!
You will find lots of information about our class, the amazing work we do and all of the fun we have.
✩ Scroll down on this page to find out what we've been up to recently... ✩
We also receive support from Mrs. Foster, Miss. Gaunt and Mrs. Gaunt throughout the week.
The latest news from Class 5/6!
Science Week 2020
This week is British Science week and we’ve been working on some cross-curricular work all week.
On Tuesday, we researched famous scientists and made fact posters in groups. We learned about Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton and many more! On Wednesday, we had a visit from ‘Zoolab’ and met lots of different animals, discussing biodiversity. Some of us held a giant cockroach, stroked a snake and a bearded dragon and looked at a tarantula! On Thursday, we will be visiting the Forestry Centre and carrying-out lots of STEM activities.
Have a look at the photos and our posters below!
[Please 'right-click' on the posters and click on 'Rotate clockwise' to see them in landscape.]
World Book Day 2020
5th March 2020
We had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day this year! We had a whole-school Assembly in the morning, during which Mrs. Daniels talked to us about the theme of 'Share a Story'. We then had a 'Big Booky Breakfast' with a scavenger hunt, using lots of our school books to hunt for specific characters, places or objects. It was lots of fun and the warm, buttery toast was delicious!
Thank you to all of the adults in school who helped make our day so special!
We all made a wonderful effort with our costumes and took a lovely class photograph. Thank you to all of the families who provided such wonderfully imaginative and creative costumes.
We had lots of giggles, especially whilst enjoying Miss. Twells', Mrs. Daniels' and Mrs. Shorthose's costumes...
Ancient Greek workshop!
28th February 2020
We're sending a letter home this afternoon with information about our exciting Ancient Greek workshop day which we've planned for Wednesday 18th March!
Please find below, the costume ideas mentioned in the letter, with inspiration and ideas for simple Greek costumes to help make our day really authentic.
Ancient Greek Parthenon Marble Tiles!
24th February 2020
The children in our class came back to school with a bang today and worked really hard!
This afternoon, Miss. Twells talked us through the Parthenon marble artwork and we created our own tiles using the techniques that we learnt about (low relief, high relief and in the round). Lots of us have clearly done a lot of research for our homework because we were very knowledgeable!
We used different instruments and techniques to carve into the clay and made sure our tiles were neat and accurate. We plan to display them in a big mosaic once they're dry! Take a look!
Ancient Greek Food!
12th February 2020
This afternoon, we threw ourselves into Ancient Greek cuisine!
We learnt about what the Greeks ate all those years ago and had an amazing carousel of activities.
Ask us about what the Greeks drank, how they ate and how they cleaned their hands...
We made honey pancakes with Mrs. Shorthose - we've attached the recipe below if you'd like to recreate them at home.
Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Daniels helped us make a Greek salad which included lettuce, tomatoes and feta cheese. We also chopped cucumbers and carrots to try with our tasty dips (Houmous and Tzatziki).
We then toasted some delicious pitta bread and put some green olives in a bowl.
Finally, we sat at our feasting table and tucked into our delicious food!
When we weren't working on the food, we were making our own Greek menus, typing-up the pancake recipe and decorating plates with popular Greek food.
Have a flick through our slideshow below to see what a wonderful afternoon we had.
Solar System Writing
Last week, we had an amazing English lesson, during which Mrs. Daniels made the classroom into outer space! This linked to our current class text 'Who Let the Gods Out?'.
It was pitch black and a video was playing of a journey through the solar system. We used the Now Press Play headsets and Mrs. Daniels played some galactic music to inspire us. We made word banks together, thinking about the senses and how we could describe what we were thinking, feeling, seeing etc.
Then we worked on our own to make our own word banks and plan our writing. We made sure we included lots of expanded noun phrases (which was our SPaG focus for the week).
We finished our writing yesterday and WOW - did we do well?!
Please see below some examples of our awesome work from Eleanor, Hayden, Amy, Tillie and Erin.
Eleanor was our Star Writer this week - CONGRATULATIONS!!
Go team 5/6! You're doing SO well!
Always, Sometimes, Never.
This week, Mrs. Daniels has introduced us to her new game: Always, Sometimes, Never!
We all have a colourful table tennis ball with our names on and three baskets, each labelled with a different option (Always, Sometimes and Never).
Mrs. Daniels gives us a statement (based on what we've been doing in our lesson) and we have to think about it, choose an answer and be able to justify why we think what we do.
It's a really good way to think about things differently and check our understanding.
We're going to be using this in lots of different lessons.
Friday 24th January 2020
Today, we celebrated Chinese New Year in school. We spent some time this afternoon making our own Chinese dragons using concertina paper folding and careful colouring, considering the colours and their meanings according to Chinese culture. Some children chose purple to represent love and romance, some chose green to represent the harvest and eating lots of yummy food, others chose yellow which represents sunshine and prosperity. Some of us also made masks and coloured intricate drawings of rats (because it's the year of the rat)!
Some of our class played a very important role at the end of lunchtime too, participating in a typical Chinese dragon dance! The rest of the school loved it!
Thursday 23rd January 2020
Today, we had a visit from Jules and her very special hen Mabel, from Packington Farm.
Jules and Mabel spent the day with us in school, spending time with each class. They joined our class for a talk all about the Countryside Code.
First, Jules answered our questions about Mabel and farm animals in general. Then she told us all about the three golden rules of the Countryside Code: Respect, Protect, Enjoy!
We then worked through a scenario, in which we were going on a walk with our friends and had to choose six items to take with us from a GPS device to chocolate. We had to think about what would be most useful and why!
Perhaps the highlight of the visit however, was when Mabel laid an egg in our classroom!!
Thank you to Jules (and Mabel) for coming and seeing us.