Mrs Leeson and Mrs Evans
Welcome to Class 2EL's Webpage
Our year 5 and 6 class is full of enthusiastic, hardworking children who work hard to produce brilliant pieces of work. As well as our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, we are supported by some fantastic teaching assistants; Mrs Green and Mrs Haslam (literacy), Mrs Dixon and Mrs Evans (numeracy).
Many of the children in our class are encouraged to be responsible by taking on specific roles such as: being Young Leaders at lunchtimes to help and instill confidence in our younger children; being Young Librarians to guide children when choosing books from our library; Head Boy and Head Girl to show parents/carers round our school and help at events such as church services and during collective worship; reading buddies; Eco-Rangers and representing our class voices by being a School Council Representative. We recognise the importance of our children becoming confident and mature members of our school community in preparation for them becoming young adults in the future.
Term 1 2017
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all of the children in our class, it has been fantastic to see them coming in so full of enthusiasm. This term our theme is 'The Romans and their Impact on Britain'. The children will be researching the impact of the Romans on Britain. They will find out about Caesar's invasions of Britain, Boudicca and how the Romans continue to impact on our life in Britain today. In DT, we will be developing our knowledge of food from around the world.
*In Science we will be learning about the classification of organisms.
*In ICT, which will be taught in a regular weekly lesson, we will be developing our understanding of the network and improving our competency in a range of Office packages..
*In Music we will be exploring sound scores and developing our knowledge of pulse, rhythm and duration.
*In RE we will be learning about Hinduism.
Term 2 2017
Welcome back once more to a busy term! Reflecting back on last term, the children really enjoyed both the unit of work on food tasting and researching Martin Luther King. They produced some inspiring biographies based on his life. We were impressed with the quality of the children's work.
Congratulations to Lola and Katie on their success in being voted to represent our class as school councillors or Eco-rangers.
The topics for this term are:
*In geography we will be learning about Africa
*In science we will be learning about The Human Body
* DT will be our Young Enterprise in preparation for the Christmas Fair
*Art will be based on producing paintings inspired by Ephrem Kouakou
*In ICT, which will be taught in a regular weekly lesson, we will be developing our understanding of the network and improving our competency in a range of Office packages
*In Music we will be exploring Baroque Music: Texture and Harmony.
*In RE we will be learning about Religious Symbols across faiths.
*In our outdoor PE sessions, we will be developing our rugby skills whilst our indoor sessions will be gymnastics.
*We will also be learning about firework safety.
Term 3 2018
Key aspects of learning for this term in Maths will be:
Counting, partitioning and calculating
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods
Problem solving using the four operations
In English we will be linking our international theme with our writing and will produce a persuasive travel blog.
For the remainder of the term, the focus will be on heroes and myths and legends.
*This term each class will be learning about the different countries, followed by the Ancient Greeks.
*In Science Y5 & Y6 will be learning about evolution and inheritance.
*In Art we will be looking at the technique of printing.
*In ICT, which will be taught in a regular weekly lesson, we will be developing our understanding of the network and improving our competency in a range of Office packages.
*In Music we will be exploring scales and leitmotif.
*In RE we will be learning about Jesus and his life.
*In our outdoor PE sessions, we will be developing our rugby and dance skills.
Welcome Back! We hope that you enjoyed a lovely mid-term break and feel energised for the busy term ahead.
Key aspects of learning for this term in maths will be:
fractions, decimals and percentages
position and direction
Well done to Scarlett M, Chloe S, Sophie R, Luke S, Charlie A and Jessica G who achieved their Big Maths Award for progress and attainment last term.
Please continue to practise times tables with your child at home.
In English we will be focusing on the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher. We will start with writing extended narrative inspired by the text, before moving on to dialogue and newspaper articles. This will build on the great work completed last term on our focus country of South Africa and Ireland. The term will conclude with the writing of a recount inspired by the book.
This term's theme:
*This term we will continue learning about the Ancient Greeks and their influence on the Western World.
*In Science we will be learning about electricity with a focus on circuits.
*In DT we will be constructing an animal from nets and then incorporating mechanical components.
*In ICT we will continue to develop our competency in a range of Office packages, but there will be a particular focus on Logo, Control and Scratch programming.
*In Music we will be developing our knowledge of processed sound.
*In RE we will be learning about the Easter story.
* In our outdoor PE sessions, we will be developing our hockey/football skills whilst our indoor sessions will be dance.
Key aspects of learning for this term in maths will be:
*Counting, partitioning and calculating
*Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods
*Problem solving using the four operations
*Y6 children will be preparing for SATs
Please continue to practise times tables with your child. They should ideally be able to complete a 12x12 grid in under 10mins.
In English we will completing our work from Holes by Louis Sachar. We then will move onto lessons based on Stormbreaker by Antony Horowitz and are looking to producing some persuasive and instructional texts this term.
*This term in Geography we will be studying locational geography with a focus on a contrasting area.
*In Science we will be learning about forensics.
*In Art we will be developing our skills of collage and linking this with our geography theme.
*In ICT we will be securing our learning in modelling and simulations, including spreadsheets.
*In Music we will be exploring traditional music from the UK.
*In RE we will be researching and learning about the religious lifestyle for Muslims.
*This term the Year 5 children will be going to Jubilee Park for swimming lessons. Our class PE session will be athletics.
Planners will be collected in and check each Monday - it is the school expectation that children read a minimum of three times each week.
We have two sessions of P.E. each week which are on Tuesday and Friday. Please remember to bring in the appropriate kit. Please ensure that P.E. kits are in school each day and that if hair is below shoulder length, that it is tied back. Earrings should be removed for P.E. sessions if worn.
Diamond Boy - Michael Williams
Journey to Jo'Burg - Beverley Naidoo
The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo
Zahrah, the Windseeker - Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
One Shadow on the Wall - Leah Henderson
Waiting for the Rain - Sheila Cooper
Greek Myths - Marcia Williams
Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths - Ingri d'Aulaire
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters - Donna Jo Napoli
Black Ships Before Troy - Rosemary Sutcliff
The Olympians Series - George O'Connor
As requested, the recipe for Soda Bread
170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
170g/6oz plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
290ml/½ pint buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.