ST. JOHN PAUL II
We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back into school and helping them to readjust to life in school over the weeks ahead.
For the time being, we will remain in our class bubbles and work hard on keeping each other safe. I'm sure we are all looking forward to the time in the not too distant future when we will be able to come together as a school community once again.
All the best for now,
Times of Day
Children should arrive between 8.40am and 8.50am using the main entrance. Children will leave school at 3.10pm, via the front playground.
These will be handed out each Monday, with a record kept in school of the books which children have read. We ask that books are returned on a Friday so they can be quarantined over the weekend. We strongly recommend that children read for at least ten minutes each day. If your child will require more than one reading book for the week, they just need to let Mrs Harrison know each Monday.
If you would like to access additional online reading books, you can do so on the Oxford Owl website, using the following details:
My class login:
Username: stp year 5/6 Password: Peter321
Homework will be set each Monday and is due for return on Fridays.
Children can also access Spelling Shed, TTRS and Numbots for further independent work.
Spelling rules will be practised throughout the week, with a test taking place each Friday. The following site will also be used to support spelling. Children can access this at home. https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb
PE is timetabled for Mondays and Thursdays. Children can wear their PE kit to school on these days of the week.
This week in Design Technology, we investigated how circuits can be used to support rotation. We created prototype carousels to explore how the movement could be changed, either through speed or direction.
In our Design Technology work this term, we will be focusing on constructing fairground rides which incorporate moving parts using circuits and gear systems.
To begin, we experimented with circuits, trying to construct a circuit with a motor. We learnt that circuits must be closed for the electricity to flow and that components are represented using symbols.
It was lovely to see all of the children together again in school today, looking smart and ready to learn!
In Maths, we are focusing on 3D shapes this week and the children were given the tasks of creating a cube, a pyramid and a prism. You can see some of our results below!
Autumn 2 Curriculum Information Leaflet:
Autumn 1 Curriculum Information Leaflet:
Christmas Party Day
Today, the children got to try out the games they’d developed yesterday. We really do have some great ideas in the class that might need copyrighting before Miss McKeogh and Mrs Harrison take the on Dragons’ Den!
Merry Christmas everyone!
To begin our new Science unit on classification, we discussed ways in which we could sort children in our class into groups. We used closed questions to create sorting keys and discussed how classifying living things or objects into groups can help us to locate things more quickly or find the answers to unknown questions.
As part of our focus on the natural world, we used our school grounds to collect fresh leaves for our ‘leaf rubbings’. We studies the vein structure of the leaves and used wax crayons to create patterns which brought out the texture.
Andy Goldsworthy Artwork
As part of our work on nature, we have been looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. He uses found natural objects to create works of art which become part of the environment.
As part of our Science work on evolution and inheritance, we revisited the children’s previous learning on fossils and discussed what information they can give us about the past. We even tried a hand at making our own fossil casts, with some mixed results!!