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.