The Street, Elmsett, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6PA
Growth with Progress
Class Teacher - Mr Bridge
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Bird
Owls class marks the final phase of the children’s time at Elmsett School and will no doubt encompass the most intense years of the children’s lives so far. Not only do the children have to take their SATs at the end of their time in Owls, they also must be prepared for the step up into high school.
Owls is a mixed Year 5/6 class where the children are taught either as a whole class or, as in the case of French and ICT, in separate year groups with Mrs Hooper. There is also a place for attainment grouping within some areas of the curriculum so that every child can be supported appropriately, according to their specific needs. Additional adult support is used to help children with special educational needs, including those who are more able. The primary aim of the class is that children can leave the school happy with their time in Elmsett School and pleased with their progress in their final 2 years.
Although some subjects are taught independently, a creative approach to learning is continued and many aspects of the curriculum are covered within the whole school topics. A variety of school trips are enjoyed by the children to supplement their learning. There is also an emphasis on the children gradually becoming more independent both in their learning and in taking responsibility for themselves to further prepare themselves for secondary education.
The school allotment continues to provide all children with the excitement of learning in an outdoor space. Additionally, whilst in Owls, the children have the opportunity to go swimming and they have a wide choice of extra curricula clubs which they have the opportunity to join. These include chess, gardening, animation and a whole host of sports clubs. There is also a great range of inter-school competitions throughout the year for the children to take part in.
Children in Owls may also join the Eco Council and School Council where they have the opportunity to make a real difference to the life of their school.
In Owls our regular weekly homework activities are reading, spellings and times tables. In addition, year 6s will be given maths and literacy.
Reading should be a daily activity. If possible, please hear your child read each day and put a comment in their planner. Children can only change books when they have been heard by an adult!
Spellings will be given and tested on a Monday.
For year 6s, I shall set maths and literacy homework on Fridays for the following Fridays, usually in the form of their CGP books but occasionally this may differ.
Please ensure your children have their homework with them on Fridays as I will often go through it with the class in morning work.
Times tables will be given on Monday and tested the following Monday. The children will write in their reading diary which times table they are learning each week.
In addition to this regular homework, we may occasionally ask the children to carry out some topic, science or RE-based research at home. We will always give them a few days at least to complete this. For a longer project, they will have several weeks.
If there are any problems with any of the homework, please put a note in your child’s planner or see me in the playground in the morning to let me know. Thank you for your support with your child’s home learning.
The Owls class had a fun few days at Thorpe Woodlands Activity Centre where they had the opportunity to spend three days away from home and take part in a wide range of adventurous activities such as caving, canoeing, zip-wire, low ropes and much more.... see the slideshow below:
Tabby, Ollie and Oliver were invited, with other schools in the county, to participate in the BT CoSpace Taster Day.
The exhibition hall was full with at least 200 children all ready to learn how to program their virtual robots.
Our pupils did exceedingly well considering their small number!
First Aid on Monday 25th June 2018
Yesterday Owls did a lot of First Aid! It started with Mr Burdiss (East Anglia Paramedic) asking lots of questions about the body i.e. how many lungs do we have? After this we had a demonstration on how to help someone who is unconscious (it was funny – at some points!).
Next we meet George (he isn’t a real person) and we were taught CPR. We all practised on George!
Lastly we used the bandages and were taught how to bandage each other for a variety of injuries. We kept them on to show (tease) our parents.
The morning was fun to do and watch. We learnt a lot.
What a super afternoon we had in Owls. To end the year we held a French cafe which had a huge menu! The first part of the lesson was spent writing menus and practicing what was needed to be said. No French spoken to the waiter, no food! The children did some fantastic baking at home and we had profiteroles, eclairs, tarte au chocolat, tarte au citron, croissants and so much more. I heard a lot of French being spoken and so everyone got to eat!
On Tuesday 4 July we were lucky to have a group of Year 9 language captains from Hadleigh High visit us. They divided the group into four stations, each involving a different activity. Two activities were in German and the children learnt how to count to 20 and played Twister to learn colours and parts of the body.
The other two stations were in French and involved a parts of the body game and a game all about food.
The Year 6's thoroughly enjoyed the visit and particularly enjoyed learning some German.
Children in Owls class have weekly Ukulele lessons with Mr Halden. They really enjoy these lessons and they are progressing well.