Desert

Welcome to Desert Class

Welcome to Desert Class. All of the Year 5 and Year 6 children are in Desert Class. The main class teacher is Mrs Vail (who works in school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). Mrs Higgs teaches in Desert Class on a Thursday. The teaching assistants are Mrs Wood (all day) and Miss Ryan (some mornings and some afternoons).

Week 4 (W/B 25th January) Remote Learning Resources

Desert-Class-Remote-Learning-Timetable-1.pdf

Note – For Topic, on Tuesday, you need a straw.

New-Spellings-1.pdf Monday-25th-January.zip YEAR-5-Maths-Challenge-Questions.pdf YEAR-6-Maths-Challenge-Questions.pdf

Year 5 & 6 spelling practise on Quizlet https://quizlet.com/_9bx648?x=1qqt&i=3fbok9

Tuesday-26th-January.zip Wednesday-27th-January.zip

 

Week 3 (W/B 18th January) Remote Learning Resources

Year  6 extra maths linked to long division: Year-6-Long-Division.pdf

The long division last week was quite tricky. I have put 6 more questions on the page above for you to work through at home. My methods and answers are on the following pages so please check your answers afterwards.

 

 

Before Christmas!

Well done for all of your incredible work during this term. You are all superstars! I hope you have a lovely time with your families over the festive period and have a well-deserved rest. Happy Christmas! 

 

 

 

 

Desert Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2

The Curriculum letter informs you about the units of work we will be focussing on in school. Please click on the link and take a look.

 

Week 7 (W/B 14th December)

Christmas Card Art

Desert Point Reward Time

The children thoroughly enjoyed their reward time today: playing on electronic devices; outside on skateboards, scooters and bikes; playing with a remote controlled car; and having free-time on the school laptops and i pads.

Stargazers Topic – Textiles

Spellings: Christmas-Holidays-Spelling-Homework.pdf

Maths: Maths-Mystery-1-the-mystery-of-the-lost-christmas-present-maths-mystery-game.pdf Maths-Mystery-2-the-mystery-of-the-missing-christmas-angel-maths-mystery-game.pdf

Week 6 (W/E 11th December) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is George. George has focussed well in our lessons this week and is also showing good commitment to his role as a school council member. Well done George!

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Seb. Seb showed great perseverance when completing his maths test this week. This commitment to your learning was great to see. Well done Seb!

Times Tables Rock Stars

The boys have won the battle this week! Congratulations!

The scores are fantastic. Well done to everyone for taking part.

The 3 top players for the boys are Adam, Barnaby and George.

The 3 top players for the girls are Jess, Susie and Erin.

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Gold: Darcie

Silver: Darcie

Bronze: Darcie, Antonia & Adam

 

Congratulations to our certificate winners this week! A huge well done to Darcie who has achieved a Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Remarkable Readers

Adam – 2 hours 59 mins plus 1 lesson

Lila –  1   hour 11 mins

Jo – 59 mins plus 2 lessons

Well done to our Remarkable Readers this week!

 

Week 5 (W/E 4th December) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Susie. Susie has worked hard in our lessons as well as outside of the classroom with Mrs Suter this week. Well done Susie for all of your hard work! Keep this up.

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Erin. Erin has worked well this week in her group to conduct her science experiments. She wrote up her findings well in her topic book and was focussed at all times on the task in hand. Well done Erin!

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Bronze: George, Ryan, Jo and Antonia.

Well done to our certificate winners this week!

 

Remarkable Readers

Well done to all these children who have been using Reading Eggspress to practise their reading and comprehension skills this week.

I would also like to say a huge well done to Verity, Barnaby, Daisy and Libby who have all read over 20 books on Reading Eggspress this term.

Science Experiments

In Desert Class, the children have been busy being Scientists this week.

They used force meters to measure the weight of chosen objects.

They also planned an investigation into crater formation. They were given trays of flour, sand, oats or shredded wheat to choose from and a selection of different size and weights of balls. These were some of their questions posed:

Does the height that the ball is dropped affect the width of the crater formed?

Does the surface that the ball lands on affect the depth of the crater formed?

They conducted each test 3 times and then used Microsoft Excel to calculate the average result and produce a graph of their data.

Week 4 (W/E 27th November) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 6: Our Learners of the Week are Antonia, Hazel and Gracie (all for different reasons).

Antonia has worked really hard this week, catching up on her writing that she missed last week. Well done Antonia for your perseverance!

Our Learner of the Week is Hazel. Hazel worked well on Thursday to create a board game in our R.E. lesson. The result was brilliant. Well done Hazel!

Gracie is also our Learner of the Week. She has been enthusiastic in lessons and worked hard to move up the learning ladders in our Numeracy lessons. Well done Gracie. Keep up the positive attitude!

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Harvey-Jo. Harvey-Jo has been really focussed in lessons this week. He is trying his best and much more willing to get writing done! Well done Harvey-Jo.

The Year 6 have won the battle this week! Well done to both year groups who have achieved very high scores.

Our top 3 Year 6 players were Jess, Aksharan and Erin.

Our top 3 Year 5 players were Adam, Barnaby and Susie.

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Gold: Antonia

Silver: Pixie & Antonia

Bronze: Pixie x 2 & Antonia

 

 

Congratulations to Pixie and Antonia for their fantastic maths learning this week! 🙂

Remarkable Readers

Well done to all these children who have been using Reading Eggspress to practise their reading and comprehension skills this week.

 

We had a fantastic trip to Carey Outdoor Education Centre this week. I have posted lots of photos on the front page of the website.

Desert Class trip to Carey – article and photos

Art-based Topic Lessons

In class this week, we have learnt about the movement of the moon around the Earth and the different moon phases. We then created our own moon art work.

Week 3 (W/E 20th November) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Eli. Eli has had a great week in school and has been really focussed in our lessons. He has worked hard to write up his final draft of his story and is pleased with the finished piece. Well done Eli!

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Jess. Jess has shown a good understanding this week in our maths lessons, learning about multiples and factors. Her times tables skills have improved so much which makes this unit of work so much easier! Well done Jess!

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Congratulations to our certificate winners this week.

Bronze: George, Adam and Antonia.

 

Remarkable Readers

Well done to all these children who have been using Reading Eggspress to practise their reading and comprehension skills this week.

 

 

 

 

 

In our Literacy-based Topic lessons this week, we have been editing and then writing up our final drafts of our narrative writing. We are really pleased with the finished results!

Our multi-sensory spelling activities this week have included writing in chalk, playdough and printing. This was a great way to practise our spelling words.

We are thoroughly enjoying our Tag Rugby lessons and are improving our skills!

In our Stargazers topic this week, we posed some interesting questions to investigate:

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 (W/E 13th November) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Jack. I was impressed this week with Jack’s maths when solving word problems. They were multi-step so not straight forward! Jack was focussed and persevered well. Great maths work, Jack!

Year 6: Our Learners of the Week are Darcie and Joseph.

Darcie has been working incredibly hard to write her first draft of her narrative this week. Her attitude in lessons has been super and she has used my modelled writing effectively to support her in writing her own. Well done Darcie!

Jo has had the ‘fast forward’ button switched on this week when writing! 🙂 He has managed to produce good amounts of writing in our lesson time which has been fantastic to see. Well done Jo and keep this up!

Remarkable Readers

Well done to all these children who have been using Reading Eggspress to practise their reading and comprehension skills this week.

 

 

 

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Bronze: George, Adam and Antonia.

Congratulations to our certificate winners this week. Well done!

 

The Year 5 & 6 children are thoroughly enjoying their dance lessons. Their dance skills are really coming on!

 

We created our own Solar System in the school hall, with planets orbiting the Sun and rotating on their axis.

The children worked in groups to analyse data about the size of the planets in our Solar System. They then were presented with a range of items: a peppercorn, a tomato, a satsuma, an apple, a yoga ball, a ping pong ball, a round pumpkin, a grape and a plastic ball. Their task was to decide which item would best represent the planets and the Sun.

 

Week 1 (W/E 6th November) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Molly. Molly worked hard in her maths lesson with Mrs Higgs this week. She was really focussed and completed the tasks that she was asked to do. Well done Molly! Keep this up.

Year 6: Ryan is our Learner of the Week. Ryan has focussed well in our maths lessons this week and completed the tasks set, working up the learning ladder to make good progress. He showed a good understanding of short division, having remembered this from Year 5. Well done Ryan!

Remarkable Readers

Congratulations to Adam and Charlie who have achieved Bronze medals on Reading Eggspress!

Well done to all these children who have been using Reading Eggspress to practise their reading and comprehension skills over the past two weeks!

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Silver: Adam and George

Bronze: Hazel, Antonia x 2, Adam x 2 and George x 2

 

 

Finally, we had some sunny weather on Tuesday afternoon which meant our first Tag Rugby lesson could take place on the school field. We played different games to practise our tagging skills; it was great fun!

We have started our new Literacy unit which is focussed on the John Lewis advert ‘Man on the Moon’. You can find this on the Literacy Shed website in the Christmas Shed if you want to watch it again at home. This week, we have familiarised ourselves with the story and been working on improving vocabulary choices.

October Half Term

October-Half-Term-Homework.pdf

Using the original tune of Greensleeves, the children have  imagined they are musicians in King Henry VIII’s court.

Week 7 (W/E 22nd October) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Ned. Ned has been really focussed in our maths lessons this week. He has completed the tasks set and moved up the learning ladders. Well done Ned! Keep this up.

Year 6: Our Learners of the Week are Gracie and Aksharan.

I have been really impressed with Gracie’s writing this week. She has used some technical punctuation and written a formal newspaper report. Well done Gracie!

Aksharan is a maths superstar! He always challenges himself to reach the Greater Depth tasks in our maths lessons and is showing more perseverance with these tasks. Aksharan scored incredibly well on our recent assessment test showing he is retaining skills learnt. Well done Aksharan.

Remarkable Readers

Adam has achieved a Bronze medal this week. Well done Adam!

These children have been busy practising their reading using Reading Eggspress this week.

 

 

 

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Adam has achieved a Bronze certificate this week. Well done Adam!

The year 5 & 6 children have enjoyed sealing their very important Tudor messages with a wax seal. They were really effective and looked very professional.

 

 

Week 6 (W/E 16th October) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Riley. Riley has really impressed me during this first half a term in Desert Class. He is focussed in lessons and completes each task well. This week he has worked hard to write a newspaper report based on Anne Boleyn’s execution. Well done Riley!

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Daisy. Daisy has written a super newspaper report this week and included lots of background information. It is well structured and reads well. Well done Daisy!

Remarkable Readers

We have had lots of children using Reading Eggspress well this week to practise their reading skills: Pixie, Lila, Daisy, Eli, Adam, Aksharan, Hazel and Barnaby.

 

 

 

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Congratulations to our winners this week.

Gold: Daisy

 

Silver: Daisy & Joseph

 

 

Bronze: George, Adam, Pixie, Joseph x2, Daisy x2 & Antonia.

 

 

TTRS Battle Results

We have had a very competitive battle this week! Congratulations to the boys who are overall winners this week!

 

The children in Desert Class have laid their newly-designed pebbles in our school Spiritual Garden.

The children have been creative when practising their spelling words this week.

Week 5 (W/E 9th October) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Eli. Eli has been working so hard on his cursive handwriting style in class. He has been taking his time and has been really focussed. What an improvement, Eli! Well done!

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Lila. Lila can always be relied upon to try her very best in every task she is asked to do. She focuses well in lessons as well as with her homework. Well done Lila!

Caring Cup

Ryan is our Caring Cup winner this week. He has been very helpful in class to his buddy sitting next to him, helping her to set up her laptop and access the online programs she has needed. He has done this willingly, without being asked by an adult. Thank you Ryan. You are incredibly kind and helpful.

Remarkable Readers

Yipee! We have lots of children who have spent an hour or more on Reading Eggspress this week (some of this in school and some at home). Well done to you all!

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Congratulations to all of our certificate winners this week. A special mention to Barnaby who has achieved 3 certificates this week! 🙂

Gold: Barnaby

Silver: Barnaby

Bronze: Barnaby, Antonia, Aksharan and Pixie.

 

 

Week 4 (W/E 2nd October) – Class Celebrations this week

Learner of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Adam.

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Erin.

Erin and Adam have been great at working together in our Topic lessons this week. They always focus on the task in hand and complete it with care and to the very best of their ability. They have produced some lovely pieces of work this week. Well done to you both!

Remarkable Readers

Our Remarkable Readers this week are Adam (46 mins plus a bronze medal), Barnaby (2 hours plus 3 lessons); Jess (1 hour 42 mins); and Molly (1 hour 25 mins plus 2 lessons).

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Silver: Adam

Bronze: George, Antonia, Daisy, Pixie, Susie and Adam.

 

The children enjoyed having a go at quill writing this week. They dipped their feathers into Indian ink, just like the Tudors did.

The children have painted their pebbles this week using acrylic paints. They are ready to be placed in our Spiritual Garden once the rain stops!

Week 3 (W/E 25th September) – Class Celebrations this week

Learner of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Pixie. Pixie has had an excellent first week in Desert Class. She has been really happy coming into school and has been enthusiastic to join in and have a go at everything she has been asked to do. A great start Pixie. Well done!

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Libby. Libby has made a great start to Year 6. She works brilliantly in all of our lessons and always does her very best. Her handwriting and presentation in her books is fantastic. She relished the chance to produce a Tudor-style miniature portrait. Keep up the great work, Libby!

Times Tables Rock Stars Battle

We have had a very competitive battle this week! Year 5 are the overall winners. Well done to you all!

 

Remarkable Readers

Our Remarkable Readers this week are Adam, Charlie, Antonia, Joseph and Aksharan. You have all used Reading Eggspress well this week to practise your reading skills. Well done!

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Bronze: George, Adam, Daisy and Antonia

Congratulations to our certificate winners!

We have been creating some mini portraits this week in our Topic lessons. This was popular in the Tudor times.

Week 2 (W/E 18th September) – Class Celebrations this week

Learner of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Barnaby. Barnaby has been really focussed in our lessons and working well on tasks set. He has been challenging himself to complete the Greater Depth tasks in our Numeracy lessons which is fantastic. Well done Barnaby.

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Verity. Verity has been working really hard in our maths lessons and has been keen to share her answers with the class, putting her hand up. Well done Verity! I am so pleased with your new found confidence. Keep this up!

Caring Cup

Erin has been awarded the Caring Cup this week. She has been so kind with a member of our class this week who was feeling upset about something that had happened. Thank  you Erin for being so caring. Well done!


Remarkable Readers

Libby (1 hour 28 mins plus lessons completed); Jo (1 hour 28 mins plus lessons completed); George (1 hour 27 mins); Adam (1 hour 24 mins); Gracie (1 hour 14 mins); and Lila (1 hour 7 mins).

 

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Silver: Antonia

Bronze: Joseph, Antonia, Daisy x 2, Gracie and George.

 

We have enjoyed the sunny weather this week, playing diamond cricket on our lovely school field.

The Year 5s & 6s enjoyed practising their spellings in different ways!

We’re back!

It has been lovely seeing all of the children back in school this week. We have had a great first week in Desert Class and all of the children have settled in really well.

The curriculum letter informs you about the units of work and expectations for this first Autumn Term. I have also prepared an information page about Handwriting too. Please click on the links below and have a read!

Curriculum Letter AUTUMN TERM 2020

Handwriting

Week 1 (W/E 11th September) – Class Celebrations this week

Learners of the Week

Year 5: Our Learner of the Week is Charlie. Charlie has made a fantastic start to Year 5 this week. He has been focussed in lessons and worked his socks off! Well done Charlie. Keep this up!

Year 6: Our Learner of the Week is Joseph. Joseph has made a great start to Year 6. He has come in brilliantly in the mornings and has got on with his morning activity straight away. In lessons, Jo has really tried his best and worked hard. Well done Jo! Keep this up.

Remarkable Readers

Year 5: Adam

Year 6: Libby

Both Adam and Libby have been practising their reading skills at home as well as in school and have completed some of the lessons already this week! Well done to you both!

Mathletics Certificate Winners

Gold: George

Silver: George

Bronze: George x3, Barnaby, Jess, Joseph and  Antonia x2

Well done to all of our certificate winners this week! A special mention needs to go to George who has been working really hard on Mathletics throughout this week as well as the summer holidays. Well done George!

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