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SATURN CLASS 2022.2023
Year 5 and Year 6
We are all looking forward to children returning to school for the Autumn Term. We will welcome everyone in Saturn back with a creative week to introduce our topic of The Marvellous Mayans and also a PSHE based booked called 'The Barnabus Project' by The Fan Brothers.
In Saturn class Mr Nelson will remain as the class teacher with Ms Smith as our HLTA. Mrs Wiseman also returns for the morning or the afternoon each day throughout the week and we welcome Mr Brunning to Saturn class.
SPRING TERM 2023
Week Ending 20th January
This week in English children have started their work on explanation texts. We are using inspiration from 'Until I Met Dudley' for our work. In maths, Year 5 children have been looking at multiplication and division and Year 6 children have looked at ratio. This week, Year 6 children from both GSPA and KPA started their booster SATs sessions. This will continue throughout the term, to prepare our young learners for the statutory assessments in May. In science, we are linking our work with topic (natural disasters) and children worked on the science behind earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
This week Year 6 children also attended the Young Voices concert at the O2 in London and some Year 5 children attended our first Lego League event in Peterborough.
Week Ending 13th January
This week children took part in Bike Ability. They stated this course in school grounds and then progressed to cycling on the roads in the village. Many skills were looked at and children will receive a badge and certificate for their achievement (in next weeks celebration assembly).
Also this week, children from YR-Y6 went to Grafham Water (for our annual day visit). Saturn class were split into two groups completing the same activities (mountain biking, bush craft and climbing). They all had a great day despite the weather!
In class this week, children have written different types of poetry in English and have completed work based on statistics in maths. Also, in science we found out facts about the solar system and found information about the different planets. Y6 children also spent some time rehearsing for the Young Voices (YV2023) that takes place next week.
What a great way to start the Spring Term, so many different activities and lessons completed additional to the normal weekly timetable!
Week Ending 6th January
Even though we have only been in school for three days, we have definitely hit the ground running! Children have been introduced to the topic Extreme Earth through English, science and topic led lessons. In maths we have consolidated arithmetic skills from the Autumn Term. Y6 children also had a rehearsal for their Young Voices concert (17th January) and we concluded the week, as usual, with Mrs Griffiths leading our PE session.
Remember next week is bike ability as well as our day trip to Grafham Water. Children will be outside for a considerable proportion of the week, so please make sure that suitable clothing is worn.
SPRING TERM 2023
AUTUMN TERM 2022
Week Ending 21st December
This was a short week (only three days). Although the week was short, we packed a lot in! This week we completed our half termly growth mindset lesson, completed our topic work on The Marvellous Mayans and concluded our work on life cycles in science.
Our last day of term was reward day - we changed things up slightly and children booked activities to complete beforehand that were mainly based on the theme of Christmas. For the afternoon, children selected a classroom to base themselves in to watch films.
We hope that everyone has a restful break over the festive period and return to school in 2023 with a great attitude for learning!
Week Ending 16th December
We have continued working through The Tempest in English. This week, we completed different writing tasks, including: writing an essay, writing a scene and exploring characters. In maths, both year groups continued their work on fractions. Y5 looked at addition and subtraction; Y6 looked at multiplication and division of fractions. In science, children looked at life cycles of birds and mammals. In topic, we concluded our work on The Marvellous Mayans with child led enquiry questions as well as our DT project of making Mayan food.
Week Ending 9th December
In class this week, children have taken a Shakespearean transition for the end of the term. In English, we are focusing our learning on The Tempest (a KS2 friendly abridged version of the story). We have looked at Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel - making predictions on how the characters will act. In maths, Y5 have looked at improper and mixed fractions as well as comparing fractions. In Y6 we have calculated fractions as well as compared and ordering fractions. In science, children looked at life cycles of insects and amphibians - spotting similarities and differences between different living things.
We had the pleasure of watching the dress rehearsal of Lights, Camel, Action! (the KS1 nativity). Well done to all of Mercury and Mars class. Also, many thanks to Homebase (Huntingdon) for donating lights to dress our stage as well as our Christmas tree in the hall.
Week Ending 2nd December
This week we concluded our taught lessons on Middleworld by writing a letter to Max giving him advice on what we feel he should do next in the story. We will continue reading the book to the children during shared reading times. We will finish this term in English looking at Shakespeare. In maths, all children looked at equivalent fractions. For both English and maths, we looked at our assessment papers from last week and celebrated successes as well as identified areas for improvement. In science, we looked at plant life cycles.
This week, selected children went to our Trust swimming gala - this is the first time that we have done this and all children who took part really enjoyed themselves.
We also celebrated Christingle this week and it was made even more special as we were once again able to celebrate at church. This is also a joyful service and a great way to celebrate the early stages of advent.
Week Ending 25th November
This week we completed our assessments (sat every ten weeks) for reading, SPAG and maths. Additional to this, we completed topic lessons focusing on geography skills using maps and creating 3D representations of maps. We also completed French, RRSA lessons and PE.
Week Ending 18th November
This week in English, we have worked on our persuasive argument for the end of the Ancient Mayan civilisation. We also heard more from the book Middleworld and worked in groups to create a missing scene from the text - this was written as a play script. In maths, all year groups have worked on written methods for multiplication and division. In topic, we started our geography themed work using map skills.
To conclude the week, all children celebrated Children In Need - wearing own clothes, dancing in the playground, purchasing cakes and entering raffles to win prizes.
Year 5 had an extra special activity this week - a sleepover on Friday night!! We made dream catchers, played in the dark on the playground, drank hot chocolate while watching a film and slept in the main hall. This was even more special, as KPA children from Y5 joined us.
Week Ending 11th November
This week, in English we made inferences with a text and wrote diary entries in role as Max from Middleworld. For our exciting this week, we wrote an historical argument for the end of the Ancient Mayan civilisation (linked to our topic work). In maths, children looked at multiples and factors of numbers as well as identified prime and composite numbers.
We linked our science and art work together this week, looking at flowering plants and life cycles. We had a very floral classroom with lilies out all week (apologies if anyone got pollen on their clothes - I know I did!).
We concluded the week with a remembrance service for our fallen soldiers, Y6 children led the service with facts and poems shared.
Week Ending 4th November
Welcome back to the second half of term, we all hope that everyone had some time to relax in the half term.
This week, we made predictions for the next part of Middleworld in English and also completed a character profile for Uncle Ted. In maths, all children have moved onto multiplication and division with the focus this week for Y5 being multiples and Y6 multiples and factors. We completed more topic work in the afternoons and to conclude the slightly shorter week, we completed some art for morning sessions with forest school and PE in the afternoons.
Week Ending 21st October
This week in English we edited our exciting writing work on our brochures for San Xavier and then in the following lessons actually published them (some children used laptops while others completed it by hand). In maths, all children completed their work on addition and subtraction - with Y6 looking at SATs style questioning and problem-solving based tasks. In topic, we started one of our final history themed activities by researching inventions and trade within the Ancient Mayan civilisation. We concluded our science classification work with a practical forest school task with Mrs Tickle.
Additional to the normal weekly learning, we were very fortunate to be invited to an online STEM learning day with Ely Cathedral. This work included elements of science, technology, engineering and maths.
Week Ending 14th October 2022
In English this week, children have looked at travel brochures to aid with their writing task. We have discovered what life seems to be like in Puerto Muerto (from Middleworld) and our aim was to get as many tourists there as possible to bring life back to the village. We use persuasive language as well as features of leaflets to help us complete this work. In maths, both year groups have completed work on addition and subtraction - making sure we incorporate our understanding of place value in our work. In science, we continued to monitor our bread investigation (growing mould), this will be concluded next week. Both year groups on separate mornings, also attended a DLPT sports morning, where they competed in different games activities. During the afternoons, we have continued our Mayan topic work - looking at everyday life as well as completing our religion work. There was a slight change in our timetable, due to celebrating the Harvest on Friday afternoon. Thank you so much to all children and families that kindly donated food to the church. Our class shared the meaning and message of Harvest beautifully and I'm sure all who attended thought the whole service was memorable.
Week Ending 7th October 2022
This week children have heard the opening chapters of Middleworld (by J & P Voelkel). This book is being used in English - with a topic link (Mayans). Children have identified some of the main characters and completed a brief character study of them. In maths, Y5 children started their work on addition and subtraction - looking at mental methods to solve calculations. Y6 children concluded their work on place value and completed some problem-solving based tasks. In science, we looked at microorganisms and set up an investigation to see if we could preserve bread from getting mouldy. In topic, we completed some 'double page spread' pieces of work based on Mayan civilisation and buildings. To conclude the week, most Y5 children competed in a football event at Kimbolton Prep School.
Week Ending 30th September 2022
In maths, Saturn class have been consolidating their knowledge of place value by rounding, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000. They also completed problem solving activities on this topic. In English, we finished our story of Rain Player by writing a news report; focusing on direct and indirect (reported) speech. In Science, we continued to work on classification by examining and classifying creatures from the Indian Ocean. We also celebrated European day of languages, where we learned about the languages of different European countries. Our photographs this week so children demonstrating The Ten Commandments (covered in our RE lesson) and who these shape our lives.
Week Ending 23rd September 2022
Saturn class were introduced to the Rain Player. This is a Mayan book includes the Pok-a-Tok sport, where a young ball-player called Pik plays against a fierce rain god. We wrote instructions for Pok-a-Tok as well as set guidelines for the Mayan civilisation. In maths, Y5 continued their work on place value and Y6 went through their assessment papers; identifying strengths and areas for development. In science, we continued our work on classification looking at different living things and being introduced to the Linnaean classification system. In DT we made tortillas and ate them!
Week Ending 16th September 2022
This week, Y6 completed base line assessments for SATs. This covered reading, SPAG and maths. Y5 children consolidated their understanding of place value in maths and covered some writing tasks based on roles of responsibility as well as writing linked to topic. In science we all started our work on classification. This included having to classify different sweets and naming them. We also started work on a Mayan theme for DT that was preparing ourselves for some cooking tasks. During the week, some children took part in a DLPT sports event – celebrating how sport keeps us healthy.
Week Ending 9th September 2022
This week, our children returned to school for our annual creative week to start the academic year. We started to look at our topic The Marvellous Mayans. We completed some independent research, worked on chronology with time lines and upscaled images of Mayans in art (being a human photocopier). Children also experienced the Mayan sport of Pok-a-Tok. This was a lot trickier than it first seemed! We rounded off the week looking at the book The Barnabus Project. This book shared how we can feel like a failure but by working together and acknowledging our own strengths, we can overcome obstacles!