The Street, Elmsett, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6PA
Growth with Progress
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. 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.
Owls class have been investigating the impact of deforestation on the rainforests around the world as part of our rainforest topic.
After lunch, we returned to find our classroom have been destroyed! We explored the threats and their impact on this habitat (including endangered animals) as well as looked at preservation. We created posters to raise awareness and answered our key question of ‘Why should rainforests matter to all of us’ in an explanation text.
We also made rainforest biomes in a bottle to understand how the rainforest ecosystem works, linking it to our understanding of the four layers of the rainforest.
In Owls class, 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.
Our Year 6 pupils attended Crucial Crew in Sudbury. Here they learn through different scenarios delivered by the emergency services how to help, keep safe and what to do in emergency or life-threatening situations. During the 3-hour session they learn about fire safety, alcohol and drug misuse, water safety, making a 999 call and how to administer first aid. Whilst we hope they never have to use these skills; in the event they are required they will be better prepared and can make a real difference to those in need.
Owls Class practiced sign language they had learnt during Deaf Awareness Week