Hello Orion! It's going to be July this week and the weather last week certainly got very hot as we are now well and truly in the summer.
It was so lovely to see Orion Y6s last week for their re-connect session and Mrs Want and myself are very much looking forward to seeing Orion Y5s in the last week of term - it will be so good for us all to be together again after all this time if only for a brief meeting.
We only have three weeks left of the school year then it is the summer holidays - it certainly has been a year none of us ever really expected to happen. We are SO looking forward to September and, hopefully, us all being back in school again.
In the meantime, we absolutely love receiving photos from you all, of work and of other activities you've been up to, and enjoy seeing post on the blog site.
Take care of yourselves Orion - we miss you very much.
Look at all of the fantastic things Orion children have been up to this week!
Anna baking delicious muffins
Ethan has accepted a challenge to run a mile a day
Happy birthday Freddie!
Great project work from Junior
Lily working hard on her comprehension task
Fabulous drawing of Kukulkan
Tommy enjoying practical activities
Tommy's delicious cake
Tommy working hard
Rebecca baking a lasagne
Rebecca baking a lasagne
Junior made his own board game
Benjamin's STEM science experiment
Marlee's Mayan work
Marlee's hand prints
Phoebe and St George's Day
Phoebe being creative
And more creativity for Phoebe
Good morning Orion! Here we are at the start of the Easter Weekend. We hope you have had a good week and kept yourself busy with lots of fun activities. Are you still all doing PE with Joe in the morning?
Remember to look at the Y5/Y6 home page for Easter tasks and competitions!
We have loved receiving your emails this week and will look forward to receiving more updates and photos from you all.
Keep in touch!
From Mrs Want & Mrs Tinker
Happy Easter Orion
Here is Benjamin solving the Easter SPaG mystery!
End of Week 3
Benjamin busy making Easter crafts
Ethan making Rocky Road
The finished product!
Phoebe making cupcakes
Phoebe keeping in touch with her friends
End of Week 2 and look at these great photos of what you've been up to at home!
Monty researching masks and chocolate as part of The Mayans project
Marlee made her own vending machine
Monty playing chess
Great research on our new project of The Mayans by Noah
We have enjoyed a really great first week back with starting to read a new book entitled 'The Arrival' written by Australian author Shaun Tan. It is a story told all with pictures and really lets us use our imagination to question and think about events within it.
In P.E this term, we are developing our physical skills which included accurate throwing and catching this week.
BIG PIT DAY TUESDAY 4th FEBRUARY
What a fabulous trip we had over to Wales this week! The children were all so brave in embracing the opportunity to go 90m down a mine and find out what it was like to work there six days a week. We were accompanied by miners who had carried out their jobs for many years and had so much information to share with us. As a result, we all gained a greater understanding as to why cola was important to industrial advancement and to families.
Maths was brought alive today for Year 6 pupils as we explored ratio and proportion by making orange squash and comparing the relationship between the amount of orange concentrate and water needed to make it delicious to drink.
In Orion class this term, we are really enjoying reading our class book entitled 'The Last Human' by Lee Bacon and the children have produced some excellent pieces of writing inspired by what they have read.
Welcome back to school and the new decade! We have had an exciting first week back with the introduction of our new project about climate change and discussions around the question "Have we made the world a better place?". It has been great working on our social skills in P.E and we have had our first session of learning to play the trumpet which was delivered by a specialist music teacher and will continue this term fortnightly.
It is the last academic week of 2019 and we are all very excited for Christmas! We are rounding off our WW1 project by presenting our understanding of how and when WW1 ended. This will be in the form of working in groups and acting out soldiers' reactions and thoughts to the news that at last the fighting will stop. Have a look at us practising:
Orion, what a superb job you did with your class assembly this week! Every single one of you learnt your lines, shared knowledge and were enthusiastic about getting on the stage ( even with Mrs Tinker being poorly!). The singing of Silent Night in English and German was a really memorable moment and stirred up emotions to those watching.
Welcome back to school for an action-packed Term 2!
In Orion class, we have started reading our new class book linked with our project entitled 'The Silver Donkey' by Sonia Hartnett. We have already met some of the main characters (Marcelle, Coco and Monsieur Shepard) and are enjoying learning about WW1 from the point of view of children in France.
On Remembrance Day, Amelia and Rebecca shared information in whole-school assembly about a soldier who was Mrs Tinker's great grandfather and how he fought in WW1. We respectfully remembered all those who serve in our army.
Also on Monday 11th November, we were lucky enough to welcome a visitor, Josh, into school who talked with us about life as a soldier in WW1. We were able to try on original clothes which were worn, rucksacks which were carried and weapon which we heaved around too. It really helped us to understand how tough it was for soldiers.
We are now reading every Wednesday afternoon with children from Y3/Y4. This is a great opportunity for us to share our reading books as well as non-fiction books and to discuss the contents of them. We get to read out loud as well as ask each other questions about what has been read.
Happy half term! Have a great week's holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 4th November.
We have reached the end of Term 1 and it is great to be able to say that we have enjoyed a knowledge- and skills-packed curriculum since we started back in September. This week we found it fascinating listening to Mrs Barke (Mrs Tinker's mum) talk about her family history and how her grandfather fought and died in WW1.
When children bring in work or books from home which they they want to share with the class as part of their project, it means that really effective learning is taking place. Thank you to Sophia and Cecilia for their contributions.
We are thoroughly enjoying getting really 'into' our project of 'Whose footsteps do we follow in?'. Take a look at our project wall in our classroom which maps our journey of learning - it is a work in progress but really does show how much we have learnt already.
It is great when learning in school influences learning at home and it was a real pleasure for the whole class to see Harriet's artistic portrayal of the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons which is used as a theme throughout our book Private Peaceful. Thank you Harriet!
Take time to read our diary entries which we wrote from the point of view of Tommo - the man character in our Michael Morpurgo book. We looked at how they should include feelings, be written in the first person and sequence events in a chronological order. Thank you Harvey, Anna and Rebecca.
We love exploring ways of retrieving our knowledge and understanding of information or extracts that we have read. This is on of them: babble/gabble. We had two minutes to work with our learning partner to retell as many details about the chapters as we could - in order of how they happened too! We relied on each other to help fill in any gaps in our knowledge.
What a super beginning to the new school year we have had in Orion class!
It has been fascinating starting to ask questions about our project 'Whose footsteps do we follow in?' and we have gained a real understanding of why World War 1 actually happened.
Our class book 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo is ceratainly keeping our interest into the life of a WW1 soldier (Tommo Peaceful) and, as a result, we have already been successful in writing two extended pieces of writing based on the novel.
Thank you Marlee for bringing in World War resources from home to share with our class during our project work.
We were very lucky indeed to have a poet, Rachel Rooney, join us this week to lead a poetry workshop. She showed us how we could have fun with words and how we could write a poem sharing our ideas. Take a look at our whole-class poem we wrote.