Class Teacher - Miss Fitzgerald
In class 5, we use P4C within many lessons. Our recent discussion asked the question, ‘What makes somebody a good person?’ All children participated and contributed to the debate with interesting answers being considered. Some children believe that kindness, forgiveness and love are key characteristics of a good person. Others discussed attributes such as being helpful, generous and caring. The children took control of the debate and I was able to watch the discussion evolve with very little intervention. All children showed a mature attitude towards this session and covered many of our empowering learner skills including team worker and effective participator.
Where would you rather live, Africa or Europe?
Our topic for this term has given class 5 the opportunity to research aspects such as climate, lifestyles and schooling in other countries. We even came up with our own song for remembering the continents.
Role play and acting
Class 5 are fantastic when it comes to role play and acting. In our last session, we worked in groups to act out different emotions including; angry, happy, shocked and sad. It was lovely to see all children participating and working in their teams, listening to the individual ideas of their groups. The rest of the class had to guess the emotion they were portraying when delivering their scenes.
This half term, we have had a staggering number of children taking part in our sports clubs. Our running club has had up to 42 runners a week. It is fantastic to see such a high number participating in after school sport and especially the numbers within KS1.
In Class 5, we participate in one session of peer massage a week. This provides children with the opportunity to take part in a quiet, relaxing activity at the end of the school day.
Class 5 spent on afternoon searching for microhabitats and minibeasts, finding a range of different species and homes. We came to the conclusion that a lot of insects like dark, damp habitats such as fallen logs and leaf litter.
British Science week
During this week we answered the question - What happens to the gingerbread man in different substances?
Based on the traditional tale of 'The Gingerbread Man', this experiment encourages children to start thinking scientifically, as well as drawing on current knowledge and understanding to make predictions.
During this half term, years 1 and 2 have enjoyed taking part in an extra-curricular gymnastics club. They have been learning key skills within class and these have been applied to routines. The children also enjoyed the opportunity to get the climbing frame out.
Study unit and Science
Class 5 have enjoyed using IPads to research our current topic on our country and travel. We also worked practically with various resources to try and recreate an iconic landmark, Blackpool Tower. Two of our groups managed to create structures that supported a weight and this led to a scientific debate surrounding the choice of materials for other structures. All children came to a satisfied conclusion that materials such as bricks and stone are suitable as they don’t bend and are solid materials.
On Friday 9th December we enjoyed a day out at Thornton Hall Farm. The winter wonderland experience was fantastic and we even met the main man himself, Father Christmas. We fed lots of animals including pigs, lambs, donkeys and even an emu! We also had time to play on the slides, in the sand and on the bouncy castle.
We all loved the experience and continue to talk about it every day.
Even the teachers didn't want to miss out on a photo opportunity with Father Christmas.
Children In Need
For Children In Need, we dressed in our PJ's for the day. We completed lots of fun activities and had fun working in teams.
Class 5 have PE every Wednesday afternoon. We have been working on our individual movement skills including throwing and catching, as well as developing our ability to work in teams. Team work is one of our key Empowering Learner skills. We are enjoying having a FUNDA coach who is teaching us and supporting our progress every week.
Class 5 are Bee-Bot experts
During ICT this week, class 5 have been using the Bee-Bots in problem solving and estimating. We are able to input commands and work in teams to send the Bee-Bots in different directions.
Class 5 update
Within our first few weeks back, class 5 have enjoyed a variety of fun tasks. We have enjoyed working in teams, creating our class charter and brightening up our classroom with pieces of art work. Designing our class rules together was both interesting and fun, with all children creating a learning promise, some of which were very entertaining.
We are looking forward to the rest of this term and will keep you updated with our activities. Below are a selection of pictures taken within our first few weeks.