Welcome to Year 5/6 - 2021-2022
Summer Term 2022
We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter break - it was fantastic seeing many of you at the church service at the end of last term, and being able to worship and celebrate together was so lovely after being impossible for so long. (Year 5/6 also enjoyed the subsequent egg rolling - thank you for sending in so many wonderfully decorated eggs!)
This term is always a very busy one for our department, particularly our Year 6 children! In English we are reading "Holes", by Louis Sachar, in science our topic is "Electricity" and in DT we are aiming to make electronic greetings cards. Our big RE question is "Can we know what God is like?" and we will be focussing on a wide range of geographical knowledge and skills in our humanities work.
SPRING TERM 2022
Happy New Year and hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.
This term we are looking forward to finding out all about The Maya as our history topic. In science we continue our study of properties and changes of materials, with work on separating, filtering, dissolving, and reversible and irreversible change. In RE the Big question is "Do clothes express belief?" and in computing we will cover coding and an introduction to using Python. Our art lessons focus on still life and sketching skills and the brass, clarinet and strings groups will continue with the visiting teachers from the Oxfordshire Music Service.
As swimming lessons have now finished, we will be having two PE lessons a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as making use of our track and outdoor gym equipment on other days to encourage children to meet the daily target of 60 mins exercise (we have sent home activity diaries for children to fill in weekly and appreciate any support carers can give with this)
AUTUMN TERM 2021
Holly class - Ms Hollander
Willow class - Ms Smales (Tues-Fri) & Miss Thorsby (Thurs)
Maple class - Mrs Pike (Mon-Thurs) & Miss Thorsby (Fri)
Intervention teacher - Mrs Bray
Teaching assistants: Mr Thorne, Miss Finch, Mr Buzzard,
Mrs Gibson and Mrs Brooks
We've had a lovely start to term in Year 5/6 and have really enjoyed getting to know each other. Our topic is World War Two and we have been reading the book "Letters from the Lighthouse" in class, which has given us a good idea about the early years of the war, the Blitz and evacuation. In Science we are studying forces, in computing the history of Bletchley Park and its importance during the war and in PHSE we are focussing on wellbeing. Our big question in RE is "Are the saints encouraging role models?" In PE there is a rotation of activities this term of football, hockey and fitness, in addition to the weekly swimming lessons.
Monday pm - swimming for Holly and Maple classes
Tuesday pm - swimming for Willow class
Tuesday pm - whole class music lessons with visiting teachers from the Oxfordshire Music Service (Year 6 - brass/clarinets and Year 5 - strings)
Friday pm - PE lessons for all - please ensure your child brings their correct PE kit (school tops can be ordered online)
Mondays - after-school hockey club with Mrs Pike 3-4.10pm
World war two recipes
Whilst most of Year 6 were being very busy at PGL, the rest of Year 5/6 have had a fun week exploring other aspects of World War Two. We created Blitz pictures, visited the Chipping Norton Museum to find out about how the war affected our town and tried out some rationing recipes. We made carrot cookies, Woolton pie and wholemeal bread rolls. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the food proved surprisingly popular too! The recipes are included here as so many children asked for them so they could recreate the recipes at home.
On Thursday 21st October Year 5/6 took part in an evacuation experience at Winchcombe station. The children really impressed us with all their learning about this topic so far, and were fantastic ambassadors for our school. Here is a selection of photos, and more will follow soon. Many thanks to parents and carers for their voluntary contributions and effort providing costumes!
"Covid19 may have caused our year to not exactly get the goodbye we expected, but instead of looking back on these troubled times and thinking we were born at the wrong time, we should know we were born at the right time, because these are the friends we were meant to go through this experience with, and this is a journey which needs as good friends as those in this year. I don’t think any of us would ask for a kinder year to have been born in."