Welcome to Class 4
Welcome to Class 4! In our Year 5/6 class there are 21 pupils. Our class teacher is Mrs Kasner-Wood and she is joined by Mrs Smith, Miss Jackson, Mrs Kitching and Madame Cooper. Our super Mrs Smith and brilliant Miss Jackson, support our class each weekday mornings. Mrs Kitching delivers Religious Education, Art and Design Technology every Wednesday afternoon and Madame Cooper delivers fantastic French lessons. Our school days runs from 8.45am to 3.00pm.
It is fantastic to have all of the pupils back to school this term after such a long time apart and it’s been a smooth transition to the new routines we’ve adopted in school.
We have hit the ground running! To start the day, we’ve been keeping our maths skills simmering and facts at our fingertips with our daily Morning Maths followed by a more in-depth maths lesson. After break, we continue with our English lessons – reading and writing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as having a weekly focus upon spelling, grammar and punctuation, and fun, small group guided reading sessions.
Our class novel this term was Private Peaceful by the amazing Michael Morpurgo which fed into lots of great discussion and writing. It also tied in well with our WW1 local history study ‘What’s in a name?’ in which we researched a family of four brothers who all fought in WW1. One of our governors, Anne Yuill, who is well-known for her historical knowledge of our village, gave her time to take us on a fantastic and very interesting guided trip round the Witton-le-Wear Cemetery where we learned about the lives of five soldiers involved in WW1 and WW2.
In ICT, we have been thinking of ways to keep ourselves safe online and how to be a great digital citizen. In DT, we have put our sewing skills to the test and created some fantastic phone cases using felt. Our weekly French lessons have covered the weather and modes of travel, and we have heard some wonderful French accents. Bravo!
Over the last 10 weeks, we have been part of the ‘Building Relationships Project’ where our class have had valuable experience in building resilience, understanding how to work through and resolve conflicts and how to promote a growth mindset – all of which are lifelong skills to use into the future.
We’ve also worked with the Mini Police crew from DAAC for a 6-week block. Our class completed weekly sessions which included water safety, cyber bullying, bullying, police uniforms and more. We had a great time with Lauryn, Emily, Dom and Sam.
We have used the yard for our PE sessions and after practising our skills, we had some fantastic hockey matches. We have worked together and kept active with yard athletics and fun games too. As part of our Science topic, we learned all about light – shadows, reflection and refraction and how rainbows are created. Now, we are learning about space – it’s going to be out of this world!
Lights, camera, action! At the moment, we are working on a Christmas play called Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum which will be quite different to past years as we are unable to have an audience so instead, we will treat our parents and carers to a smashing DVD of our production.
In the weeks leading to Christmas, we will enjoy fund raising activities and many Christmas activities too.