Years 5 & 6, Eagles
Welcome to Eagles Class - our Year Five and Six children are aged from 9 to 11 years old. Mrs. Sage is our class teacher and Mrs. Sedgbeer is our teaching assistant.
P.E. is on a Thursday and Friday each week; please wear your school P.E. kit into school on these days.
Reading a variety of genres and reading for pleasure are strongly encouraged in Eagles Class: children can choose to borrow a school book or bring in one of their own from home. Any opportunities to read with your child are hugely beneficial. Discussing the storyline, predicting what might happen next and identifying new language all helps encourage children’s comprehension. Once finished, school books can be returned to Mrs. Sedgbeer on a Friday for quarantining.
Spellings and times tables are put up on Google Classroom every Friday morning with a test in class the following Friday. Google Classroom is also where you will find all notifications and additional information relating specifically to your child’s class.
News for Eagles
Eagles News 11 December
This week we have had TWO Forest Schools sessions with Miss Blackwood, we learnt some basic CPR skills including bandaging and resuscitation. In Maths we have been adding, subtracting and even multiplying fractions! We have also written explanation texts explaining some of the mysteries of Christmas, including, “How does Santa’s sleigh work?” and “How do you become a Christmas elf?”
Added: 11th December 2020
Eagles News 4 December
On Wednesday morning the Eagles had a very special lesson! We had a private Zoom interview with the Cbeebies presenter Chris Jarvis who is due to star in panto at Lighthouse this month. Chris told us that he had also written the panto but could not include any mean characters because the audience wouldn’t be able to boo and hiss due to Covid guidelines! The children asked some super questions which they had planned during English - Chris said that he was highly impressed by them!
In Maths this week we have continued learning fractions as well as revising our four operations. Friction was our Science focus - the children knew so much already that it felt like they were teaching me!
Added: 4th December 2020
Eagles News 27 November
In English this week, we practised changing verbs from the present to the past to the future and vica versa. The children also learned how to use the active and passive voice in their writing. We rounded off the week with some super independent instruction writing. Fractions are still our Maths focus; they are becoming increasingly more complex but Eagles are always up for a challenge!
The children were put to good use in Forest School: Miss Blackwood taught them how cut willow from the trees to make willow fences around the den. In less than an hour there was a mini-fence that looks amazing. We are looking forward to completing it next week then resting with a campfire and some s’mores!
Added: 27th November 2020
Eagles News 20 November
Amazingly, we had another dry day for Monday’s Forest School session. Bug and habitat searches were the main focus of the learning but we did also discover that snails blow bubbles when they are stressed! This week we have been practising lots of grammar and punctuation rules in English. The children have been amazing in Maths too: they can convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vica versa! Our new U.F.O. display has gone up too!
We are especially proud of Rebecca, Jackson, Alfie and Oscar who took up our class challenge to run 40 laps of the playground to raise money for Children in Need. They raised £20 and were delighted with all the support they got from the rest of the class. Very well done Eagles!
Added: 20th November 2020
Eagles News 13 November
Monday afternoon saw our first Forest School lesson. The weather was kind to us for most of the time and the children really enjoyed playing nature detectives. They had to find a variety of items including leaves, fungi, thorns and insects. Hugging trees and spotting birds’ nests was a particular favourite whilst eating lemons got a mixed reaction!
After some revision work, the Maths topic this week was equivalent fractions. The class has been identifying features of instructions writing in English and are ready to write their own.
We are so proud of Mrs. Sedgbeer who spent multiple hours writing a very long grant application to Dorset Gardens Trust for the school’s gardening club. Not only did she secure nearly £400, we were the only school awarded a grant in Dorset this year! Expect to see new log seating, storage, greenhouse etc. any time now!
Added: 13th November 2020
Eagles News 6 November
Our U.F.O. sightings have reached fever-pitch this week with the children’s first-hand recounts of the spacecraft that landed at our school! Some of the class have magically transformed into police officers and S.A.S. special forces operatives to make their writing even more exciting and from a different perspective. Maths has been less exciting but we still had fun with factors, multiples, square and cube numbers! We started looking at forces in Science - the children already know so much about them. Despite these strange times we are living in, the children still showed super understanding and compassion when talking about Armistice Day and the importance of remembering those who fought for our freedom. Their poppies are beautiful too.
Added: 6th November 2020
Eagles News 23 October
Alien encounters have taken over our lessons this week! The children have written amazing diaries as if they were aliens landing on Earth for the first time. They focused on using adverbials to make the writing more exciting. Some children even used photo editing software to create their own U.F.O. hoax pictures!
In Maths we have been focusing on dividing three and four-digit numbers by two-digit numbers and multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000. Creating our own planet, complete with names, was our Science objective this week. The children had to decide whether the planet was rocky or had a gas atmosphere and whether anything could live on it. There were some fantastic creations!
Added: 23rd October 2020
Eagles News 16 October
In History we have been learning about the ancient Mayan civilisation. Using primary and secondary sources of evidence, we now know that the Mayans built houses and temples out of rock and stone. One temple has 365 steps so we wondered whether they had marked down each day for a year in order to create their own calendar. Aroha built her own temple for our Mayan display - it is amazing!
In Maths the children have been dividing using the “bus stop” method. Spooky U.F.O.s and aliens have been our topic in English. We have been studying official statements about strange sightings and are writing recounts of our own (pretend!) close encounters of the third kind.
Added: 16th October 2020
Eagles News 9 October
This week the children have been researching a person of their own choice; deciding on what information they would like to tell their readers and finally writing up their own biographies. In Maths we have been multiplying using formal written methods. Some children are multiplying numbers going into tens of thousands! In PSHE we have been talking about prejudice.We learned about Jane Elliott - an American teacher who conducted a ground-breaking experiment about racism using her own class as “guinea pigs”! It gave us all some food for thought. The children have continued to impress me in Science: this time they posed some really tricky questions about planets.
Added: 9th October 2020
Eagles News 2 October
In English this week we have been learning all about Roald Dahl. We knew he was a great writer but most of us didn’t realise that he also wrote books for adults and he was also a screenplay writer. He had an amazing life story though we didn’t like the sound of his boarding school!
In Maths, the Year 6s have been practising multiplication. They are now multiplying three digits by two digits which can be really tricky. The Year 5s have been practising estimating and approximating amounts as well as using column subtraction.
We are also working hard on producing really neat handwriting and making sure that we present all of our work as carefully as possible.
In Science the children are teaching me all about space and the solar system! They know SO much!
Added: 2nd October 2020
Eagles News 25 September
We had lovely news this week from Rebecca. During lockdown she entered a Wildlife Trust competition to invent her own nocturnal creature complete with facts and a detailed description. Rebecca invented a “batwhale” and, to everyone’s delight, SHE WON!
We also really enjoyed our Life Education visit. Katie talked to us about how to be assertive and resilient. Katie was very impressed with how the children suggested ways of staying calm but firm whilst still being polite and considerate of others’ feelings. We have now finished our stories in English and have moved onto addition and subtraction in Maths.
Added: 25th September 2020
Eagles News 18 September
In Maths this week we have been comparing and ordering numbers whilst in English we have been writing our stories and learning about conjunctions.
On Tuesday, Eagles had their first ever mindfulness experience. The session began with us learning how to breathe deeply like lions and snakes - complete with animal noises! We then practised yoga poses such as “the tree”,” downward dog” and, the children’s favourite, “the froggy!”. The lesson ended with mindful relaxation to the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl. The children really enjoyed their time and some said that they felt the most relaxed ever!
Added: 18th September 2020
Eagles News 11 September
It has been lovely having the children back this week. They settled in so quickly and were raring to go! In Maths we focused on place value and by Wednesday we were up to 10,000,000! In English we have been exploring the unfamiliar language and storytelling of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” with lots of “thou” and “ye” thrown in for good measure!
It has been a great week and we are looking forward to a lovely term together.
Added: 17th September 2020