Our classrooms are organised to ensure the best from all of the children in our classes, they are bright and engaging and provide learning support through working walls and other useful resources.
Class Dojo Masters:
Every Friday two children from each class are put into the ‘Golden Book’ where they will then receive a sticker and a certificate. One child is chosen for showing one of our ‘Firsy Values’ and the other is chosen for completing a fantastic piece of work. It really is a prestigious award!
Our topics for this year are:
Click here to see the detailed 2 year topic cycle
Our topic for this half term is Pharaohs, where children will travel back in time 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt.
They will cruise along the river Nile and enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Children will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe the features of Egypt.
In History, children will learn how archaeologists have found out about life during Ancient Egypt. They will focus on daily life, including jobs, education, sanitation, clothing and leisure and discover the importance of farming to the Ancient Egyptians
For our ‘hook’ we looked at lots of pictures of shoes, including some from around the world. We predicted what kind of character might wear each shoe. We then discussed the story of Cinderella and how it is told in different forms right across the globe.
This half term the children’s learning will all stem from a fantasy island! Children will learn about different mixtures, including the scientific name for solids that dissolve. They will also learn about separating mixtures and irreversible reactions. The children will also get a chance to learn about electric circuits and how different volts effect the brightness of bulbs.
In geography children will continue to embed their understanding of ordnance survey maps as they begin to plan routes, learn the symbols and design their own for their own fantasy island!
In English children will be reading ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ which will inspire them to write their own journey story with the help of ‘Talk for Writing.’
For our ‘hook’ we had a sneaky peak at a few pages from the story. We used identified clues about the story and discussed what an ‘unlikely hero is’. We then created our own unlikely heroes.
We also learnt about writing instructions. For our hook we really enjoyed making chocolate mug cakes!
This half term our topic is ‘Stargazers’ where children will take a journey through space and travel beyond the sun: the magnificent blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Children will investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and will take a look at the moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. In science, children will investigate gravity, and what happens where there is none! They will compare the time of day at different places on Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Finally, children will build and launch a rocket for an important test mission
We became inventors as our hook for this topic. In groups, we were given three random objects which we had to turn into a machine to help others or make their lives easier. We then explained our amazing inventions to the rest of the class.
This half term our topic is “Off With Her Head.” The children will be learning about Henry VIII, why he had so many wives and why the reformation of the Church of England was significant for the Tudor period. Children will also learn about other significant people of the Tudor era such as Mary I and how she got her nickname. In design and technology children will be using their knowledge of the Tudor period to understand how food was preserved in history and learn about seasonality and food trade today. Children will also make their own Tudor foods. In science children shall be learning all about light including how it is created, what light is made up of, how it travels and how we see
Our quality text for this half term is:
We had a fantastic activity to ‘hook’ us into our new text. We worked in groups, looking at clues about the story and making predictions.
For every topic we have memorable experiences and hooks. These can include trips and exciting events in school! For 2019-2020 we have planned:
A trip to Space Centre including a planetarium session! Click here
Our parents came into school for the afternoon. We showed them our presentations of our own Alchemy Islands and enjoyed the chance to share our work with them
It is essential that all children continue to practise their learning at home to remember and embed what they have learnt in school that week. For Splendid Spruces and Wonderful Willows home learning will be given to the children on a Friday and must be returned by the following Friday. Children will be asked to attend home learning club during their lunchtime if they do not complete their homework. Children will get both maths and English home learning that relates to their learning that week therefore all children should be able too complete it. If children are struggling they can also choose to attend home learning club for extra support.
Children will also have the option of completing topic related homework, which can be chosen off of the grid below.
Our class book:
Each day we will be exploring a class book to develop a love of reading.
P.E for Splendid Spruces and Wonderful Willows is on Wednesday and Thursday
Thursday 10th or Friday 11th October: Wollaton Hall Trip
Friday 6th December: Space Centre TripPreview Changes (opens in a new tab)
Tuesday 31st March or Wednesday 1st or Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd April: Derby Museum Trip (AM)
W/C 11th May: Year 6 SATs Week
The dates for Year 6 SATs 2020 are:
|Monday 11 May||English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2|
|Tuesday 12 May||English reading|
|Wednesday 13 May||Mathematics papers 1 and 2|
|Thursday 14 May||Mathematics paper 3|
It is essential that all year 6 children have 100% attendance and are punctual throughout SATs week.
Firs Primary School
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782