We are Team Apollo!
Launching our potential, making a huge leap in our learning journey - TEAM APOLLO!
Wow, what a crazy few months it has been but we are SO lucky to be able to take our beautiful class from Year 4 and now in to Year 5 as TeAm ApOlLo!
We have so much to catch up on and we cannot wait to see your lovely faces very soon - we have missed you so much. We have been working hard in school to make sure you all feel very safe, we are there to look after you and we will explain everything in full so please try to not worry too much.
You are such an amazing group of young people Team Apollo, we can't wait to get back to spending time with you and teaching you, see you all very soon,
Mrs Potts & Miss Trotter X
Class information for September 2020:
- Mrs Potts will work every Monday and Tuesday and Miss Trotter will work every Thursday and Friday - we will work alternate Wednesdays.
- We are very lucky to have Mrs Taylor working with us every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning and we MAY have a special guest every Wednesday morning!
Homework will be set this week and from now will be set EVERY WEDNESDAY, to be returned (online) by the following Tuesday by 5pm please. It will then be marked by Wednesday morning before more is set that evening. This way, the children have a week (including a weekend) to complete all learning and will have the opportunity to speak to both of us with any queries.
Every week in school we will be completing a mental Maths skills test, we will mark this in school and then highlight areas your child needs to focus on/ work on at home. This will be set as homework on SeeSaw.
We will be setting weekly times tables for your child to work on at home, as often as possible, on Times Tables Rock Stars. We have also entered in to the Y5/Y6 TTRS battle! The key with TT is repetition and frequency and they form a crucial part of maths understanding.
We now have Read Theory up and running and we will be asking your child to complete at least 2, 20 mins sessions of this per week, plus at least 1 read recording in to SeeSaw so we can hear your child's fluency, all of which will feed in to our assessment and further planning. We will set the text for this (linked to topic).
We will be also be setting a spellings/ SPaG activity.
Home-learning plays a crucial part in embedding your child's learning and is more important than ever given the recent events. We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support.
Further information and explanations will be on SS, we will get there together.
See you on SS!
Mrs P & Miss T x
Art - shirts
Please could each child bring in to school a labelled, oversized or old top that they could wear to cover uniform when doing Art.
If you sent one in last year, thank you, we still have them and they have been boil washed, with dettol, and smell of Lenor (and quarantined!).
We will, of course, follow quarantine rules of items.
Autumn 2 - May the forces be with you!
Autumn 2 updates
PE will now take place every THURSDAY. Please ensure earrings are removed before lessons or that your child can remove them themselves. It can be quite slippy on the yard so please ensure your child has appropriate outdoor trainers to wear for these lessons.
Thank you for your continued and ongoing support, Mrs P & Miss T xx
Back to school!
We are so happy to have the children back in school and ready to learn, we really did miss them so much.
It goes without saying that the start to this year is a little different with varying factors to consider as we adjust to all being back. We will be recapping and gap-filling previous learning, as well as covering the Year 5 curriculum to move us forwards. We will also be doubling up on some lessons to ensure we are maximising core learning as much as we can.
Further to this and at the heart of all we do, is the emotional well-being of the children. As such, we will be teaching reactionary PSHE which will address the changing emotional needs of the children and this will feed in to the curriculum as much as it can, such as in reading and art. We will also be teaching the Y5 PSHE curriculum alongside this.
There will be an emphasis on mental maths strategies, as well as 'using and applying' so that the children have flexibility and fluency with their mathematical knowledge. Reading will be daily (at least once) and the children will be exposed to a variety of genres of texts that link to our topic, as well as PSHE to further embed learning and promote discussion. Team Apollo will be given lots of opportunities to write across a variety of genres to rebuild stamina for writing and to give the children the opportunity to express their ideas using new vocabulary and grammar skills.
We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support, please do keep in touch (whilst we can't speak on the yard!)
Mrs P & Miss T x
Autumn 1 - Who let the Gods out?
Buckle up Team Apollo as we whizz back in time to Ancient Greece...
First we will develop our chronological knowledge by considering what we already know about Ancient Greece, was it an empire? What was special about it? When and where did this civilsation exist? We may even then compare this civilisation to others and draw comparisons or note differences.
We will also be making connections and comparisons with our wider learning by understanding how the Empire was maintained - do we have anything similar today? How might it compare to how we live? How about modern day Greece?
Team Apollo will also be looking at Greek Gods and considering if the Greek gods/ religion affect our lives today.
In order to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed, we will be looking at different evidence sources - I wonder if the famous Greek vases were important in some way?
We will also have a go at understanding some ancient Greek writing and to further develop our ability to construct informed responses, we will be reading and examining ancient Greek myths and stories and considering their relevance.
The day that Ancient Greece came to us...!
We had such a wonderful day when Graham from Western Park Museum (an Ancient Greece expert!) visited us and taught us all about ancient Greek history, myths and legends, artefacts and buildings. We were able to dress up as certain characters from the myths and we even built a huge model of a Parthenon. We learned so much, and as you can see from the huge smiles, the children really did enjoy the experience.
A special thank you to Graham who followed guidelines stringently, bringing separate outfits and equipment for just our bubble.
It was a day to remember! :-) and as always, amazing Team Apollo did us proud by listening beautifully and being respectful throughout.
Mrs P & Miss T x
Thank you for your continued help as you support your child with their online learning at home, we too encourage Times Tables Rockstars, online reading, online research and the editing of our learning online using the netbooks and iPads.
Team Apollo are now so good at logging on and just cracking on with whatever online task we manage to squeeze in the school day alongside everything else!
So proud of you Team Apollo - keep up the amazing learning!
Mrs P & Miss T xx
Team-work makes the dream work... (In Maths and all other learning!)
Team Apollo are amazing at sharing ideas, explaining to each other, listening to each other and even challenging ideas respectfully. It's a busy room full of energy, ideas and TEAMWORK :-)
Mrs P & Miss T xx
Here we are
In order to help the children settle back in to being in school, back with their friends, and to explore emotions and feelings, our initial reading and English work has been based around a book called 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers. It's a beautiful text that explores how we, as humans, live and how we can be the very best version of ourselves.
We are currently writing a letter to ourselves advising us how to take care of our physical and emotional well being with lots of positive reinforcement. We then used the book's illustrations to inspire our art learning.
We learned how to mix powder paint to gain the right consistency of paint and depth of pigment, as well as to mix new colours of our own. The letters and art work will soon be proudly displayed in the corridor (will get a snap!)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 RETURN TO SCHOOL, please read...
Dear parents and carers,
Please find below our email addresses:
Given the strict restrictions that stop people entering the school building at present, this will be the main way to contact us for the foreseeable future. For more pressing matters, you may contact the school office on 01142 486249. We will check emails regularly and reply as quickly as we can.
During this unprecedented time, we are trying our very hardest to protect and keep safe our whole school community. As such, please could you adhere to the social distancing measures and rules in place.
Each year group has precise and limited time slots to welcome and dismiss the children from school, these must be kept to as to ensure no cross-contamination of ‘bubbles.’
Our class, Team Apollo, will enter school at:
0845 - 0855 hrs in Gate C (far end single gate).
We will dismiss the children at:
15.10 - 15.20 hrs from the door at the back of school/ Gate C (far end single gate).
A map is provided on the home page of the website under 'Intial Information for September 2020.'
Thank you so much for your co-operation!
Please bring a filled water bottle in to school, we all know how important keeping hydrated is! For now, leave book bags at home please :-)
PE will now take place every THURSDAY afternoon when the sports coaches will be in school. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to be given expertise teaching in all areas!
PLEASE COULD ALL CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL IN P.E. KIT EVERY THURSDAY FROM NOW ON (NOVEMBER 2020).
If your child wears earrings, please could you ensure that they are taken out on these days, or if left in, that your child can take them out/ put them back in themselves. We, as teachers, are not able to help children with earrings and leaving them in could be dangerous. Thank you for your understanding x
How to support learning at home
We are always so grateful for the additional support you offer the children at home to further embed their learning, below please find some useful links to websites to practice different areas of the curriculum:
Times Tables Rockstars
This is now back up and running! Times Tables are crucial in our maths learning and really help the children to solve trickier problems when they have these number facts at their finger tips instantly. We will be completing TTRS in school, additional home learning using the TTRS website would be truly appreciated. The log in deatils will be sent home this week (September 2020).
May the forces be with you
Hello wonderful Team Apollo! We hope that you've all had a peaceful half term break (and that you managed to spend some time outside given all that rain!) We cannot wait to see all of your beautiful faces very soon for more fun, action packed learning!
We hope that you're all ready to become scientists over the coming weeks as you get practical when investigating gravity, friction, water resistance and other forces. We will be learning how to carry out scientific fair tests and how to write up our findings formally. We know you'll be great at it!
In English and reading we will be using a book called 'Everest' by Sangma Francis which will take us on a journey to the summit of this magnificent mountain; we will discover forces in action as we learn about the scary flight in to Lukla airport, how water rushes down the mountain at ferocious speed and the friction required to stop us from slipping on the icy surfaces near base camp.
We will be learning more sentence types to ensure our writing is as effective as possible and has the biggest impact on our reader.
This month also includes Bonfire night and we will be writing a well-balanced text that considers if events ought to be cancelled or not given the current lockdown measures - Should it be a tradition that is upheld? Would it be the same without the huge gatherings? Or might it be more special to celebrate Bonfire night with your family in the comfort of our own gardens?
We will also be acknowledging Remembrance Sunday by using first hand recounts to plan and write a narrative as though we experienced the events of war ourselves, being considerate and respectful of all veterans.
Every day we will have a 'word of the day' that builds on our vocabulary and this will be supported by our daily Bookflix lessons during which we will look at a huge range of text types.
We are such super mathematicians and we cannot wait to explore multiplication and division this half term looking at factors, common factors, prime numbers and square numbers. We will also be looking at area and perimeter :-) Please do keep up the super TTRS learning - we are so proud of you!
RE will be answering the question: Why do people believe in God? And in French we will be learning all about how to describe ourselves and others!
Of course, CHRISTMAS is on its way and we will be crafting and having fun through out this half term to spread some Christmas magic, I wonder if an elf will turn up this year? Would they have to quarantine?!
The first half term back was amazing - the children, as you know, are incredible and adjusted so well to being back in school and we can't wait to spend more time with them!
Mrs P & Miss T xx
Oliver Jeffers as our inspiration
Please see details below about the absolutely wonderful learning that we did a couple of weeks ago based around the book, 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers. Both our Art learning and our written work is proudly presented outside of our classroom on the huge board above our coats. We thought you may like to see a few pictures of it - it even has flashy lights!
Mrs P, Miss T & Mrs Taylor (display - whizz!) xx
'Here we are' now, but what about in a year?
Oliver's amazing book gives us guidance about what life is all about on plant earth and gives us good pieces of advice to live by. We really enjoyed reading the book together. Once we had studied it, we thought about what advice we would give ourselves - how we might act, what must we remember is important, who we love and who is important to spend time with and then we wrote ourselves a letter, for us to read a year from now.
To accompany our letters, we studied 'Fauvism' art and created a bright and bold self portrait.
The letters and the art work look absolutely beautiful outside the classroom (we should've also put some tissues by the letters as they're real tear-jerkers, but in the best possible way!)
Well done Team Apollo, we are so proud of the mature, thoughtful and considerate young people you are - sUpErStArs!
Mrs P & Miss T xx
We are continuing to read every single day in school, sometimes (often) even twice per day and here are some pictures of us working hard on a variety of texts genres. Bookflix has specific skills that ensure we understand the text as we read it by making links from the text to the wider world, to our own lives, by asking questions, by discussing what we are thinking as we read and much more... (including 'Snapshots' - that I'm sure your child could understand!)
We absolutely LOVE listening in to the discussions between the children during these lessons as you can see their minds sparking with ideas and understanding.
So proud of you as always, Team Apollo!
Mrs P & Miss T xx
Here we are testing our fitness levels with circuits - it was great to get out in the fresh air!