And they're done...
A huge well done to Falcons for getting through a challenging week and completing all their SATs papers with a positive and motivated attitude. All that hard work since September will pay off and we are super proud of you! If there have been moments in the week where it's all got a bit too much, just remember this...
Also, a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Reeve, who kindly bought and delivered chips for the children to enjoy on Tuesday after their reading paper - they were very much appreciated!
Our topic this term
SATs week: Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May. After-school boosters will continue right up to this week.
St Birinus and Didcot girls transition talks: Tuesday 22nd May
RAF Halton trip Thursday 24th May
PE and Yoga will continue on Wednesday and Thursday each week - hopefully our sun salutations in Yoga will bring more sunshine this term!
The Beast from the East strikes...and Falcons attack!
Term 4 Reminders
PE Kits: PE continues to be on a Wednesday and Thursday this term for tag rugby and yoga. Children MUST have the correct PE kit for both days. Personal hygiene becomes more important as the children get older and PE provides so many benefits as a subject. Please could you ensure the appropriate kit is in school for these days. Many thanks.
Booster Clubs: If your child returned a slip confirming their attendance to any of the SATs booster clubs, may I remind Falcons that attendance is not optional each week - we want the children to achieve their absolute best and know that they are safe going home. I appreciate from time-to-time children cannot attend a session due to unforeseen circumstances, but please could I ask parents to inform me as soon as possible if a booster session needs to be missed.
Secret Science Agent James Boffin assembly and Goo Workshop for Year 6
Term 4 Topic
The First group of children in England to hold the Winter Olympic Torch
Lewis's Birdwatch Update
After being inspired about the great outdoors during the Yenworthy trip, Lewis has set up a bird feeding station by the forest school using seeds and fatballs to help attract a variety of birds to Willowcroft. So far, Lewis has discovered the seed tubes in particular have attracted birds such as blue tits. Also, blackbirds are a common sight in our playground. Lewis is keeping a log of all the birds that visit the forest school and will help Mr Doman update the class page regularly with what he finds. Well done Lewis - great job so far!
As the whole school has achieved 2000 House Points, each class will get to have an end of term treat. Falcons class have requested to have a PJ party on Friday, 9th February. Therefore, your child is more than welcome to bring pyjamas, a dressing gown or a onesie to wear on Friday. As this day is also non-uniform, pyjamas/onesies are completely optional but must be bought in separately to be worn after the talent show in the morning.
I am also allowing the children to bring in a little something to share and enjoy if they wish but please could this be strictly no nuts.
Many thanks and a big well done to Falcons class for another fantastic term
Be SMART: Safer Internet Day
Today, I was really impressed with how aware the Falcons were of being safe with their use of the internet. We used the SMART reminder to help us understand what to do if ever a problem arose online.
IMPS at Abingdon Hospital
We won't be back in the classroom for too long as Falcons class will be heading to Abingdon hospital on Thursday, 25th January for our IMPS visit. This is a great trip to teach children about basic first aid, CPR and AED skills. The trip will be from 10am until 12.30.
Our Topic this term: The Future is Bright
We have already predicted what we think will happen in 2018 and the Yenworthy visit was a great way to prepare the children for some of the skills they need when they grow up and become more independent.
Teamwork, growth mindset (and survival!) were on the agenda today as we set off exploring the moors in an absolutely stunning setting. We walked just over 5km (or 12,000 steps) to race rafts, build fires and dens and bog hop! We were blown away by the determined attitude of all the children to complete their 5 hour expedition. Plenty of rest tonight before we return tomorrow.
Another Amazing Day!
Today we set off to Lynmouth for an action-packed time on the rocky beach learning about marine life and then on to the cliffs for climbing and caving. If I were handing out House Points for Courage and Bravery today, I would have run out within half an hour!
What a wonderful way to kick off a new year! We have been enjoying a wide range of activities (and weather!) since we arrived on Monday. Our highlights so far have included lots of team building challenges with a range of outdoor equipment, walking up a waterfall, stargazing on the moors and orienteering in the dark...with the addition of hail. Parents, your children are a credit to you and are making us so proud. They have been brave, responsible, considerate, polite, motivated and have surprised us with what they have already achieved. We cannot wait for to see what the next few days bring. Keep checking the class page every evening for more updates and photos.
Welcome to Falcon Class
This year the Falcons will be taught by Mr Doman and supported by Mrs Newman. We are a Year 6 class and have an exciting year ahead. We have an open door policy and if for any reason you need to talk to either myself or Mrs Newman, you will always find us outside class at 8.30am. Please come and have a chat and say hello.
I will hand out spellings each week and I expect the children to make a real effort to learn them. They will have a spelling challenge at the end of the week and we always try to up our scores. My Maths homework is set every week. If you lose your log in, please come and see me and I will print you out another. The children count daily, and I would really appreciate your help with their times tables. The more they count at home, the easier it becomes in class.
Term 1 - One World
We will be thinking about recycling this term. Our topic will be based in the UK and we will make comparisons with India. Mrs Brown has organised a trip to see how we waste and reuse our water. More details will follow at the beginning of term.
The children will be thinking about how as a school, we can re-use the everyday items we throw away. This is a whole school challenge which will be judged at the end of Term 1.
We will be making our own items of clothing during DT and wearing them to make sure they are fit for purpose! We have a Bollywood day planned for the second week of term. It will be a brilliant start to a very busy year.
During Term 1 we will be thinking about place value. I want us to start the year with secure methods ready for SATs in May. We will be ensuring our 4 main methods (column addition, column subtraction, grid method and bus stop) are super secure. Could I please ask that you support the children with their methods and times tables. 10 minutes a night will go such a long way in helping them keep their mathematical minds sharp.
Our whole class book this term will be Trash. Our Literacy lessons will be based around the book and looking into the vocabulary and language. We love to step out and map stories to make our Literacy lessons as creative as possible as well as giving the children the skills they need to be successful writers.
PE this term will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Parish. The children will need to be prepared to be on the field, so I advise you to pack them with indoor and outdoor trainers. In the colder months we will still go outside where possible so please include track suit bottoms and a jumper.
Please come back and check our page throughout each term to see how our journey through Year 6 is taking shape.
Thank you for attending parents' evening at the beginning of term. It was great to meet with you and discuss how well your child has settled into Falcons. I hope you found the snapshots of term 1 informative.
Here are some key events coming up in Term 2
Tuesday 21st November
Cinema trip to see Lego Movie
Tuesday 28th November
Pantomime at Oxford Playhouse
Please ensure all slips are handed in for both trips a.s.a.p
Our Learning Journey in Term 2
Literacy: We have been reading A Christmas Carol and have enjoyed looking at the character of Scrooge in more detail. The children's writing has been very enjoyable to read as they change events, describe key events and bring some of the tricky language up-to-date.
Maths: We will be working on our mental and written multiplication and division knowledge ensuring we can tackle real-world problems drawing upon our growing times table recall.
Topic: The Victorians. A great era to go back in time for. We have already found out lots about Queen Victoria, the industrial revolution, the British empire and the workhouses. We are looking forward to a Victorian day on the 11th December where we will transform our classrooms (and teachers!) to give the children experience of what life was like in a Victorian school.
PE: Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are excited to be doing Yoga on Thursday afternoons this term.