Welcome To Caradoc Class
Summer Term 2021
CLASS TEACHER - MRS SARAH O'HARA
TEACHING ASSISTANTS - MISS JONES AND MR SHERRATT
Welcome back to school at long last! We hope you have all managed to stay safe and both you and your children are looking forward to an exciting term! Our theme this term is ‘Extreme Environments' so to kick start our learning the children have been developing their research and debating skills by tackling the question 'Should Deforestation Continue in Brazil?'
The children will then continue around the world to study other 'Extreme Environments' such as The Arctic and Antarctica (Pausing to assist Shackleton and his men on their expedition) and then travel on to the Desert where Bear Grylls will teach them survival skills!
As always, opportunities for cross curricular learning are a priority and therefore teaching of our class theme will be interwoven through English, Maths, Science and other foundation subjects. This approach ensures knowledge is embedded, engages the imagination and increases motivation to really enjoy what they are learning.
If your child needs to self-isolate, please have a look at the following websites to support your child's home learning.
https://www.ncetm.org.uk/in-the-classroom/teaching-maths-through-the-pandemic/primary-video-lessons/ (note these lessons may not be in line with our planned work but can be used for consolidation of fractions)
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Mental Health Awareness week took place from the 10th - 16th May this year. It was a great opportunity to normalise the discussion of mental health and well being amongst the children.
Throughout the week, the children were engaged in a series of activities that opened up rich discussion and honesty about feelings and how we can manage them.
We worked through the Cognitive Triangle, which allowed the children to see the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We then discussed strategies that the children could use to calm the negative thoughts and feelings. Yoga, painting and music were enjoyed and the children felt de-stressed and re-energised after participating in these activities.
One of the first writing activities we asked the children to do was record their thoughts and feelings, in letter form, relating to the Covid19 Crisis. This was a whole school writing project and it was an opportunity to capture a snapshot of how our children coped emotionally with Lockdown. All the children wrote beautiful, heartfelt accounts of their experiences.
The children have been exposed to an utterly brilliant selection of high quality texts this year. Reading regularly is of the highest importance in Caradoc class with ALL children being expected to read frequently in and out of class.
To support this, we have created a 'Book Nook' within our classroom, a space where children can select ,share and discuss books independently and complete reviews on the 'Book Nook' computer.
In addition to our regular reading activities in class, the children are taking part in The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway 2021 Children's Book Awards. They are known as ‘shadowers’ as they ‘shadow’ the judging process for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals; they read, discuss and review the books on each shortlist, engage in reading related activity which they can share online, and vote for their favourites to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards.
The children have been devouring the shortlisted books at home and in groups in class and through discussion have developed their own opinions on a wide range of reading material.
The tricky part will be voting for only 2 winners by the end of May! Watch this space...
Our theme this term is Extreme Environments and the children started their learning journey in the rainforests of Brazil.
They were set a question to debate and then produce a written balanced argument;
'Should Deforestation Be Allowed To Continue In Brazil?'
The children combined their independent research and enquiry skills to look in depth at both sides of the argument. They then took part in a whole class debate (which got pretty heated!) and voted either For or Against the motion. Finally, the children produced the most fantastic, written balanced arguments, using the formal language skills they had rehearsed within the debate, a high level selection of adverbials to aid cohesion within their writing and a personal, passionate conclusion.
Super work Year 5!
This term our focus is on Evolution and Inheritance. The children have started the topic by discovering more about the famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning. They conducted their own independent research and produced fantastic reports about her work and linked it to how fossils are formed.
They then tried their hands at paleontology by first, creating their own fossils
encased within a sedimentary rock and then had the responsibility of carefully
excavating and identifying each other’s work. They underestimated how time consuming and carefully they had to work!.
PE is on Mondays and Thursdays - Full kit is essential for both sessions.
Reading books and diaries must be in school daily.
04.05.2021 After School Clubs start 3.15pm - 4pm
27.05.2021 Last day of Half Term all day
28.05.2021 PD Day - School Closed for pupils all day