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Kingfishers - Year 5

November 2020 – Autumn Term 2

 

Welcome to Kingfishers’ class page!

 

For this term, we would like to introduce you to a new class member:

This is our class mascot – Rio! He was kindly handcrafted by one of the schools’ parents, and has a certain role to play in class each day.

 

Rio will sit on the desk of a pupil who has passed their secret mission the day before…..

 

What is this secret mission? Each day, we  secretly choose, at random, a child to demonstrate the focus of the day (e.g. participating, working hard, listening well etc). The class will be unaware of who has been chosen and so will all focus on achieving this target. If they pass their mission, the mystery student will be revealed! However, if they do not pass, their identity will remain anonymous, and as a class we will reflect on improvements we can make for the next day.

 

Eagles class have a similar mascot, and have made various items for him – this may be something Kingfishers may also like to do!

 

Kingfishers have continued to impress with their hard-working attitude and enthusiasm for learning. They have maintained this with whichever adult has taught them, and they should be proud of the excellent comments received from different members of school staff!

 

Our topic for this half-term is The Vikings.

 

We will be researching, amongst others, how and why the Vikings invaded Britain, how their longboats helped them, what effect this had on the Anglo-Saxons and whether we can still see evidence of the Vikings today.

 

Our latest writing topic involves a different type of invader – those from space! The class are producing recounts of an imaginary sighting of aliens, using recount features and introducing SPaG skills they have been learning this term. We will soon be moving on to Kennings, which have their roots in Viking history….

 

In reading, we have begun the story of the Shadow Forest by Matt Haig, set in Norway. This is a story of a mysterious forest, inhabited by many strange creatures, ruled by the equally mysterious ‘Changemaker’. The class will continue to develop their skills in answering ‘VIPERS’ comprehension questions.

  

 

Viking Longships

 

Kingfishers enjoyed creating their own longships, having discussed how they were built, how the Vikings protected themselves, how they were powered and why they were feared!
Here are the finished longships - apparently, Mr Wooster seemed to have sail recognition problems....!

 

Spellings: Each week, the class is given a set of spellings to learn for a Friday afternoon test. Kingfishers are very enthusiastic about their spellings as a whole, and can practice during certain times at school and also take a set of spellings home for further revision. Occasionally, these copies can go missing, so a list of this term’s spellings has been attached below (Spellings TERM 2). The final week of term will be a combination of different spellings covered in the last few weeks.

 

For the final week of term (w/c 14.12.20), the list of spellings will be:

thumb, solemn, mortgage, yacht, might, ought, environment, parliament, definitely, neighbour.

 

 

Here are our topics for other areas of the curriculum:

Science – Earth and Space

Computing - Online safety

RE - Sikhism

Art - Viking Longboats

French - Getting to know you 

PSHE - Thinking Positive

PE – Tag Rugby

Music - Rhythm, Pulse and Notation / Body Percussion

Forest School

 

Kingfishers class have made a fantastic and hard-working start to this half term. We are very proud of their efforts and are looking forward to this continuing in the year ahead.

 

Mr Wooster, Mr Pear and Mrs Saqib

    

 

 

Topmarks is a useful website for practicing times tables and other areas of maths as part of home-learning.  A link to Topmarks can be found below:

 

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