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Academic Year 2020-21

Term 2 - Bombs Away

     Seeing as last term went incredibly well studying the historic events of WWII, we decided to continue our literacy writing around this by using the magnificently-written, Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. This book (set in February 1941) follows the lives of a young girl named Olive and her brother who are evacuated to Devon to live in a lighthouse. We decided to focus on the facts surrounding the evacuation process to write a discursive piece on whether it was a good idea for children to be evacuated during WWII or not. We looked at vital evidence which supported both sides of the argument to produce an incredibly informative piece of writing. 

 

     In our Numeracy lessons last term, we committed the whole duration to the wonderful world of fractions. We ordered them, compared them, added them, subtracted them, multiplied them, divided them and simplified them. In fact, there wasn’t anything we didn’t do with them! This tricky little concept was soon picked up by the children, who by the end of the term could consider themselves fraction wizards (or unicorns if they prefer, the class have a strange fascination with unicorns).

 

     Design and Technology will certainly take some beating in the future! Children were tasked to plan and construct an Anderson shelter out of everyday household materials. This was then reinforced with the use of paper mache before actually being put through a rigorous testing system. Please ask your child what this testing system was as writing about it in words does not do it any justice at all. As you can see from the pictures, we certainly had a lot of fun!

 

     After the sad departure of Mrs Harris our music teacher, Mr Richardson had taken on the incredibly fun task of delivering Music to the class. Using Bon Jovi’s, Livin On A Prayer as the stimulus, children discovered a love of music through song, dance and instrument. Believe us when we say that this was a cracker – who would have thought that xylophones worked so well with a rock song? We’re not sure who had more fun though, Mr Richardson or the children.

 

     The term was finished off with plenty of Christmas-themed activities which the children had a lot of fun taking part in. Christmas card designing, calendar making and Christingle decorating to name a few. We even squeezed in enough time to learn and record a Christmas pop song. If you haven’t seen it already, please check out the Video Resource Centre on the website where the class, particularly Leon, spreads that wonderful Christmas cheer!

Term 1 - We'll Meet Again

Welcome back to a new, albeit slightly different, academic school year.

 

     Without going into detail on the current world situation, I feel it is extremely important to note how fantastic and mature each child has been since coming back to school. I am immensely proud of each and every one of them. They have maintained an infectious can-do attitude to tackle challenges and learn to their full potential.

 

 Right! Onto what we’ve been doing!

 

     This term has been heavily influenced by the historical events of WWII. We have learnt a lot of information including: what life would have been like as an evacuee, how rationing was introduced, as well as what caused WWII to both start and finish. From the very first lesson, each child was gripped by this extraordinary time, showing a genuine interest in each fact that was discovered.

 

     Science has been entirely about the world of electricity. The children have had a fantastic time making circuits and experimenting with different investigations. Using a cell (battery), we have been leading tests with electrical conductors and insulators. We have been using wires to transfer power to a range of lightbulbs, motors and buzzers. Plenty of hands-on practical work!

 

     The children have been working incredibly hard in both numeracy and literacy lessons. We have learnt many news skills and techniques which we’ll take with us into next term. In our literacy lessons, there has been a strong focus on sentence structure and how this can be varied to produce creative writing. The stimulus for this writing was heavily influenced by Aiden Gibbons’ short film clip, The Piano. A thought-provoking piece which tugged at every heart string going.

 

     In our numeracy lessons, place value has been our overarching theme. We have discovered that before we even contemplate getting stuck into the world of fractions, co-ordinates and shape, we need to build a concrete understanding on the value of a digit in a given number; something which we’re all doing beautifully.

 

Tune in next term to see where our learning takes us next!

Academic Year 2019-20

Year 5 - Summer Holiday, Pack 1

Year 5 - Summer Holiday, Pack 2

Year 6 - Summer Holiday, Pack 1

Year 6 - Summer Holiday, Pack 2

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 15 (W/C 13.07.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 15 (W/C 13.07.2020)

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 14 (W/C 06.07.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 14 (W/C 06.07.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 13 (W/C 29.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 13 (W/C 29.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 12 (W/C 22.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Baby News!

 

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Mr and Mrs Richardson on the safe arrival of their baby. Mr Richardson is very busy settling the newest member of his family in, but will be back very soon to continue his support for you all. In the meantime, if you need any support please contact Miss Willows by e-mail ( Miss.willows@sutton-st-james.lincs.sch.uk ) or by telephone and she will be more than happy to help! 

Learning Packs

Please find below learning packs for Herons children during the school closure period.

Please work through the packs in order which work alongside the daily timetable beautifully (see below). A new one will be added at the start of each week.

 

For any questions or support, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Richardson at: herons@sutton-st-james.lincs.sch.uk

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 12 (W/C 22.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 11 (W/C 15.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 11 (W/C 15.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 10 (W/C 08.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 10 (W/C 08.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 9 (W/C 01.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 9 (W/C 01.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 8 (W/C 25.05.2020) Optional

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 8 (W/C 25.05.2020) Optional

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 7 (W/C 18.05.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 7 (W/C 18.05.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 6 (W/C 11.05.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 6 (W/C 11.05.2020) Please complete both parts

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 5 (W/C 04.05.2020) Please complete both parts of the pack

Learning pack - Year 6, Week 5 (W/C 04.05.2020) Please complete both parts of the pack

Friday 1st of May 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Game!

 

Today we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:00pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. Check back soon, who will get to the top of the charts today?

 

Remember go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 511330 - lovely to see so many of you!

 

Well done to Elsie (victory screeeeeeeechhhhhh?!).

 

I can see you've all been learning your spellings, well done! Again, I can see a few of you had some connections issues. Please don't worry, it's just a lovely little gathering between our friends! We all miss each other! :)

 

 

CODE 2: 566229 (now then, who can beat Elsie this time?)

 

Wow! That was tense! Edge of your seat stuff! And Leah has just pipped everyone to the top! Victory screeeeeeecchhhhhhhhh! A quick mention to Oscar, Isabelle, George, Ryan and anyone else who lost connection along the way - I know how well you would have done, don't worry guys.

 

Well done to each and every one of you. You should be very proud of yourselves on how well you're dealing with being away from school. Keep the focus, show the adults in your family how strong you are and we'll back in no time. I honestly can't wait to see what you've all been up to! I miss you dearly. Hopefully, you can tell me what good books you've been reading and recommend a few. :)

 

Please email if you need anything.

 

herons@sutton-st-james.lincs.sch.uk (I'm only an email away) 

 

In the words of Taylor (just because I can imagine him saying this)... PEACE OUT!

 

Mr Richardson

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 4 (W/C 27.04.2020) Please complete both parts (maths answer sheets provided)

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 4 (W/C 27.04.2020) Please complete both parts (maths answer sheets provided)

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 3 (W/C 20.04.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 3 (W/C 20.04.2020) Please complete both parts.

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule Activity

During the Easter holidays we will not be setting Learning Packs for the children as it is important for them to have a break from education. However, Mr Richardson has created an exciting list of 50 activities that you could try at home if you run out of things to do. These are not compulsory - you do not have to do them, but it may be fun to try some if you get bored over the holiday! Remember to stay at home and stay safe! 

Easter Fun Activities List

Thank you everyone for taking part in the Spelling Shed Hive Game! I really do hope you are well and are keeping yourselves busy. I miss you all very much and I can't wait to return to school to see everything that you have been up to. Keep yourselves motivated, help your parents out wherever possible, and use this time as an excellent opportunity to learn from other people in your household.

 

Stay safe, I'm only ever an email away, smiley

 

Mr Richardson

(your proud class teacher)

Week 2 - Day by Day Curriculum Guide

 

Below is a table for the daily curriculum guide for week 2. Please look at each of the areas to cover per day and complete the quiz (if there is one) on the website. Many of the areas come with supporting video too. It’s very interesting!

 

Day

Subject

Website Link

Task Headline

Areas to Cover

Monday

Geography

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82

Geography Skills

  • Mapping the world
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Time zones
  • Maps
  • Contours, keys and symbols

Tuesday

RE

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpdtsbk

Islam

  • What is Islam?
  • What is Ramadan?
  • What is Eid ul-Adha?

Wednesday

History

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztyr9j6

Vikings

  • Who were the Vikings?
  • How did the Vikings fight?
  • Viking traders and explorers
  • What was life like in Viking Britain?

Thursday

IT

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Dance Mat Typing

  • Dance mat typing (complete levels 1 – 2)

Friday

Science

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znmmn39

Pushes and pulls

Friction and resistance

Gravity

  • What is a force?
  • What is friction?
  • What are water and air resistance?
  • What is gravity?

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 1

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 1

Daily Timetable for Home Learning

 

Please use the following timetable as guidance to support home learning. To be completed in order:

 

 

Before 9am

 

Wake Up

  • Have breakfast.
  • Get dressed.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Make your bed.

 

9 – 9:30am

 

 

Physical Fitness

&

The Morning Challenge

 

9:30 – 10:30am

 

English

 

  • Use home learning pack to tackle an English SPaG task.
  • Use website www.pobble365.com/. Click ‘pick a day’, choose today’s date, and take on the story starter! challenge.

 

10:30 – 11:00am

 

 

Exercise & Snack (fruit)

  • If possible, morning walk or outdoor exercise (wake and shake, star jumps, create an exercise routine).
  • Eat a piece of fruit.

 

11 – 12pm

 

Maths

12 – 1pm

 

Lunch & Exercise

 

 

  • Outdoor exercise where possible.

1 – 1:30pm

 

Reading

 

 

  • 3 x read theories at 75% or more.
  • Read a book for pleasure.

1:30 – 2pm

 

Spelling and Maths Shed

 

 

  • 5 x spelling assignments.
  • 5 x maths assignments.

 

2 – 3pm

 

Wider World Knowledge

Term 3 – It’s All About Meeeeeee

 

What a way to come back after having a lovely Christmas break, then to learn about our bodies and how we’re kept alive by our circulatory system. We learnt about why oxygen is pulled from the air and the journey it takes through to vital organs to keep our bodies ticking along just nicely. It was fascinating! Children even got the opportunity to dissect a heart, naming vital parts and their function to keep the blood circulating around the body. They certainly won’t be forgetting that in a hurry!

 

 

Guided reading sessions got the children thinking in ways which they may have never experienced before with our fascinating book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. This book dealt with issues surrounding self-worth and the importance of having a positive mental health. Children discovered how painful words can be and the impact it can have on a person and their surroundings. ‘Be kind’ was the message, you never know what battle someone else is facing.

 

 

Our literacy lessons tied beautifully in with our guided reading lessons. Firstly, children were asked to write a diary entry in the role of the main character from our guided reading book. They wrote beautifully to convey emotion, forcing the reader to emphasise with every action their character made. Next, they developed their writing skills by creating a beautifully crafted newspaper report on an unfortunate school event. It was superbly put together with every child taking pride for their finished article.

 

 

Now onto Maths! The term was predominantly made up doing everything you could think of when it comes to fractions. Oh we love a fraction in Herons class! Each child was keen to understand how these tricky little things work which triggered a different learning journey for all. By the end of it they came out smiling, keeping a growth mindset to overcome each challenge. Never will a child say, ‘I can’t do Maths!’ ever again.

Take a peek at what Herons will be learning about in Term 3 & 4!

Term 2 – Christmas is Here

 

Gosh! This term has been so exciting; it’s difficult to write about where to start!

 

I know… We’ll start with our amazing trip out of school to Peterborough.

 

First stop -  The Bharat Hindu Samaj Temple to link with our Hindu studies in Religious Education. This was an opportune time for children to learn about another faith in a structured and educational way, discussing the philosophies, mythologies and ritual practises that made for a deep understanding of the Hindu culture. Children really took this opportunity well by asking so many fascinating questions – it was wonderful to see.

 

Second stop – The Peterborough Library to support our school’s love of reading. Children were taken back by books, discovering how accessible a quality text really is. We read, played games and had a great time exploring. With Long Sutton library only a stone’s throw away, children ignited their passion to take out a book (or 30!) and even, maybe, possibly, definitely put a book on their Christmas list too!

 

 

In our English lessons, we continued to use our Viking theme by creating an incredibly detailed holiday brochure on why tourists should visit Jorvik (an imaginary Viking village in Norway). Children were able to combine both their emotive and directive language to persuade audiences to bask – and venture - in the beauty of this wonderful place. Also studied in English were: the use of fronted adverbials; how to apply inverted commas; placing of a semi-colon; and the study of similes, metaphors and personification in a descriptive text. It was a good thing it was a long term!

 

 

In our Maths lessons, we began the first few weeks of the term by looking at both multiplication and division using the formal written methods. Children reacted well to problematic questions, drawing on their knowledge of place value to solve them. Next, was statistics, where children were using information presented in line graphs and tables (including timetables) to solve tricky problems in an everyday context. And lastly, measurement concluded maths for the term where children looked at how to solve perimeter, area and volume of a given shape to the correct measurement. Is it cm? Is it cm2? Is it cm3? Who knows?

 

 

Another term? Another song? I’ll start to get a name for myself I think. But with Christingle falling beautifully in the middle of this term, another song was called for to explain the true meaning of this magically event. And the children once again raised the bar in terms of commitment and energy levels. The roof was rocking during rehearsals, with the children even putting together their own actions to the song – it just comes naturally to them!

 

 

It has been a wonderful term where children continue to amaze me with their passion for learning. I do hope you have a Merry Christmas and a super new year! Children will update you throughout the year as to how their new adopted class animals are doing. They’re making the world a better place!  

 

Term 1 - Let the Battle Commence

 

Wow, what a start to the new term we’ve had!

 

We were gifted with the incredible opportunity to study the Vikings and boy did we take it well! It has been at the forefront of everything we have studied and the children have learnt greatly because of it. We were educated in just how relentless these Viking warriors were on Britain when they invaded from the Norse lands, raiding from coast to coast, killing and looting everything in their path. It’s safe to say that British history had the children hooked from lesson one. It was brutal!

 

 

In our guided reading lessons, we learnt of Beowulf, a Geatish warrior who lived during the time of the Vikings. It is here where children learnt of Beowulf’s supreme power to defeat any enemy that came his way.

 

 

 

 

Our guided reading sessions fuelled our English sessions where we decided to write from the viewpoint of one of Beowulf’s enemies named Grendel. This fierce and ferocious beast had the children looking at backstory and questioning the difference between right and wrong. The writing which the children produced from this unit was of high quality, setting a wonderful first impression for what lies ahead for the new year. It even had us outside under the conker tree presenting what we had written to boost our speaking and listening skills. Even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits!

 

 

In our Maths lessons, we have been trying every trick in the book to get our times tables cemented in our brains. If this meant chanting them, we did. If this meant singing them, we did. If this meant getting up and dancing to them, oh yes, we did that too. For a closer look, watch this space for the link on how our times tables were being learnt.

 

 

What first term would be complete without a good Harvest festival sing-song ey? This year’s song was named, ‘Let It Grow’ which was a spin off from Disney’s Frozen ‘Let it Go’. Stuck in every child’s, mum’s and dad’s head from six years ago, it was time to bring it back and stick the melody back in their heads. The children performed this to absolute perfection and is something they should all be very proud of - their class teacher certainly was. The bar has been set, bring on Christingle!

Take a peek at what we will be learning about from now until Christmas!

Academic Year 2018-19

Class of 2019

Stay safe and take care! Do not hesitate to contact us if we can support you in any way.
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