Friday 25th September 2020
An incredibly busy week has passed us by. The children have completed lots of assessments this week which has given me a great understanding of their starting points for the year. Next week, we are looking forward to beginning our first exciting topic of our new curriculum: Island Survival.
We have reached the end of our class text (Holes) which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. Today we watched the film which is very true to the story. Do ask your child to tell you everything they can remember about the story.
As a trust, we are following government guidance in making preparations for a blended / remote learning approach. We have been exploring this first in Sycamore Class. Please assist your child in accessing their online account information here. Please ask them to go on Google Classroom and sign in with these details at some point over the weekend if possible. I have put a picture on there, so on Monday, I will be asking the children if they can tell me what the picture is, to see if they were able to login successfully. Google classroom is accessible on most laptops, tablets and smartphones. You may wish to download some of the google apps including: Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides. These are all completely free, and over the course of the year, this platform will be used for the children's home learning tasks. Please let me know if you have any difficulties with this, and thank you in advance for your support. My aim is to ensure the whole class is able to access this website for home learning but also to deliver remote/blended learning in the event of a future lockdown.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 18th September 2020
This week seems to have flown by! By now, the children are becoming very familiar with the new school year routines and have settled really well into Year Five.
This week, we have continued to reflect on how our lives have changed over the past few months, directing these thoughts into a poetry unit. Together we read the poem 'Adventures of Isabel', and then throughout the course of the week, imitated the rhyme scheme and structure of the poem to tell a narrative of our experiences during lockdown.
We have continued to read our class text: Holes, which the children are hooked to! Do ask them about the story. We look forward to watching the film adaptation of the book in the following week. Please return your permission slip for the PG films consent letter that was distributed via ParentMail this week.
In art, we have been using our new sketchbooks to practise sketching the human form. We have been focussing on proportion and trying to draw life-like people. The children have learnt how to digitise their drawings, crop and resize them as we are publishing our narrative poems.
Some of the new vocabulary we have discussed this week: cavernous, scurry, rancour, ravenous & self-reliant. Can your child remember the meaning of these words?
I will be sharing details about home learning expectations very soon, and introducing the children to an online platform next week. Take a look at our planned learning for this term. Also, this knowledge organiser identifies some of the key information the children will be learning within the Science & Technology domain.
Please remember that you can contact me via the class email address: SycamoreClass@ruishton.oak.education.