Welcome to our school
WELCOME TO CLASS 9
Above - Class 9 2018-2019!
Below - our representatives on the School Council
Below - our lunchtime office staff - a member of Class 9 (right) together with a member of Class 8
*Please scroll down for more photos and a slideshow*
Welcome to Class 9!
This year promises to be a very exciting and memorable experience for all the members of class 9. The children will have lots more responsibility within the class and around the school. They will become buddies for Reception, have monitoring jobs and be expected to become role models to younger members of the school.
Alongside this, I will expect them to work extremely hard in all areas of the curriculum so that they make the necessary progress to make the transition to high school an easier process.
Our theme for this half term is called 'Friend or Foe', linking to our World War Two topic, where the children will especially focus on how children were affected by the war. Away from the war in Europe, this will include the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the long-term after effects of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. As a follow-up to her story, we will make origami cranes, 12 of which will be chosen at random (along with 12 from Class 7) to be taken to be displayed at the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima at half-term. The remaining cranes will be used to form a display in class. (See photos below)
In Literacy, our class book will be 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo, which focuses on a boy’s experience of evacuation in Devon. Writing activities will link to this with diaries, historical stories, poetry and biographical writing all being experienced. We will also be referring to extracts from Anne Frank’s diary and looking at other primary source evidence using film and radio archives.
In the second half of the Autumn term, we will be studying a book called 'Rose Blanche', which explores a Jewish child's point of view and experiences of the war. We will also be studying the 'Macbeth' play by Shakespeare, allowing for plenty of drama activities.
We will be focusing on achieving our grammar, spelling and punctuation targets and high emphasis will be placed on key grammar and punctuation objectives, with a weekly skills test based on this to show progress. Spellings will be focused on 3x weekly in short 10 minute lessons, with 5 spellings focused on each time. This will culminate in a weekly homework task and a weekly and half termly test to show progression.
The children will have a range of daily reading activities, with an emphasis on whole class reading a strategy that is most effective for the comprehension and analysis of texts, with a heavy focus on understanding new and complex vocabulary, which will improve their writing technique. This will involve shared, independent and paired reading.
Please ensure you hear your child read at home every night and sign their reading logs with your comments on their reading and understanding.
Maths will involve the study of many objectives -
Addition and place value
Addition and subtraction
Shape and Multiplication
Multiplication and Fractions
Place value and Multiplication
Place value and subtraction
Measures and data
Daily mixed morning work will be done by the children during register time, which will reinforce and enrich previous work done.
The children will focus on a weekly arithmetic task, which will take 30 minutes on the set methods of number work to enable the children to try and achieve the expected standard by the end of year 6. The class will also do weekly skill tests to test knowledge and understanding and to inform future learning targets.
The children will use ICT to carry out research using the internet and will then use their understanding to produce fact sheets and power-points. They will use formatting skills such as cut, copy and paste, fonts, sizing of letters and borders to improve their work.
In Art, the children will learn about colour mixing and the use of silhouettes. They will also look at how Pop Art is used and demonstrated by artists and learn to use the skills and techniques in their own work.
In Science, we will learn about how light appears to travel in straight lines, how light sources travel to our eyes and how the eye parts function, how shadows occur and how reflection and refraction occur. Work will be practical with investigational group work used to plan, carry out and evaluate fair tests.
The children will be given a weekly spelling homework sheet on words which they will have been focusing on all week. This will be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. A homework task (related to classwork) will be given on a Monday to be completed by the Monday of the following week (this may change sometimes according to the task). Please ensure that you sign your child’s homework book to say that the task has been completed. Reading should be done each night and dojo awards will be given for this on a daily basis.
Games and P.E.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit for every lesson. P.E. will be on a Monday and games will be on a Thursday. This half term we will be covering basketball and dance and next half term, circuit training and football.
Our topic this term is “It’s Good to be Me”, where we will reflect on our positive attributes, alongside how we treat others, and how we can further our own skills and personal qualities.
Please feel free to come in at any time if you have any concerns regarding your child. My door is always open!
Below - Friday 26th October - some of our origami peace cranes in Hiroshima
Above (left to right) - The Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima Peace Park, some of our cranes at the Children's Monument & Genbaku (Atomic) Dome, Hiroshima
Below - 2 of our fantastic classroom displays!
Below - Monday 15th October - some of us used 'Microsoft Word' to type up our WW2 evacuee poems, 'The Last Goodbye'
Below - Monday 24th September - after hearing the story of Sadako Sasaki, we made origami 'peace' cranes, some of which will be taken to the Children's Memorial in the Peace Park in Hiroshima at half-term;-
Heiwa Peace 平和
"I will write 'Peace' on your wings and you will fly all over the world." Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955)
Below - we hope you enjoy this slideshow of our fantastic Anderson shelter models!