Welcome to Class 5/6 S – Mrs Shepherd
Welcome to the 5/6S Class page.
Here you will find important information about our routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school in our class blog which is at the bottom of this page – please scroll down to find out more.
- Reading continues to be at the heart of a child’s learning and at Ox Close we ensure that the children take part in a range of different reading activities.
- Children in KS2 access our Accelerated Reader programme. Children regularly borrow books from the library, take quizzes on them and progress through the reading scheme.
- The children all take a reading test to determine their reading ability at the beginning of each year. They are then given a ‘reading range’ and this tells them the area of the library that they can borrow books from. The range given is matched to their reading ability so that they choose books that they can read comfortably or provide more of a challenge.
- Once they have finished the book, the children take an online quiz. The scores children receive from the quizzes are monitored by class teachers. When they are regularly passing quizzes for the level they are on, the teacher gives them permission to move up a level.
- Lost books will incur a charge of £5.00.
- Your child will soon be bringing home a ‘Pick and Mix’ homework grid. The tasks are all linked to the theme of learning that your child is currently studying in school.
- The idea is that you do not need to complete homework every weekend – if you are busy one weekend then you could miss out that weekend and complete a task the weekend after – as long as they have the right number of points by the time stated on the grid
- Children will continue to receive a reading book – we ask that the children read a few pages every night wherever possible.
- Each week, the children will also have a spelling rule to learn. Rather than the old way of learning spellings for a test, we are going to send home a rule activity for them to complete and return. We are hoping this new way of learning spellings will help with retaining the rule.
Times Table Rockstars
Times Tables knowledge is a huge part of the curriculum and instant recall of times tables is essential.
In school, we have invested in an online programme that can be used both at home and at school, to support the children in learning their tables.
Times tables are set by the class teacher and we hope that every child will benefit from the programme by logging on both at home and at school.
We will fit in PE lessons throughout the week (weather permitting). This may not necessarily be on the same day each week. Children should bring their full PE kit every Monday and leave it in school throughout the week in case of any extra PE activities. Earrings and watches should be removed before the lesson. After the initial 6 week period, all earrings must be removed and not covered with plasters. If children cannot remove their own earrings, please remove them before they come to school. Please make sure that your child has the correct PE Kit:
- Black shorts, white t-shirt and trainers
- No football or sports tops please!
- Tracksuit bottoms for outdoor lessons.
2019 – 2020
Class 5/6S Activities
March 2020 – All things Science!
The last few weeks have been very busy for the children in 5/6S, who are developing their understanding of density, volume and buoyancy through a range of different experiments. Here is just a snapshot of the activities we have completed recently…can you guess what we got up to?
March 2020 – Class Assembly
A massive well done to all of the children in 5/6S who wrote and performed their fantastic class assembly this morning. It was lovely to reflect upon how much they have learnt and thank you to everyone who came to support them. Great job!
February 2020 – Challenging Co-ordinates
We have been studying co-ordinates in Maths this week in all four quadrants. If you would like to practise a little ore at home, check out some of these games:
Show the Co-ordinate – https://www.teacherled.com/iresources/coordinates/showthecoordinate/
Hit the Co-ordinate – https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/click-coordinate.html
Locate the Aliens – https://www.mathplayground.com/locate_aliens.html
February 2020 – Natural Selection
This afternoon, we have been conducting experiments to model our understanding of natural selection. From a single food source, the children worked in pairs to see how many sunflower seeds they could collect in one minute using chopsticks or tweezers. Which tool do you think was best adapted for the job? Ask a member of 5/6S to find out…
January 2020 – Hoopstars!
5/6S had a fantastic time taking part in our Hoopstars day, learning how to perform a series of different tricks with the hula hoop. Check out some of us in action…
December 2019 – Gingerbread House Competition!
December 2019 – Making Christingles
This afternoon we have been exploring and making Christingles, as part of our Christmas RE curriculum. We thoroughly enjoyed constructing these from the different elements and used the Skitch app to label the meaning behind the symbols.
December 2019 – Exploring Google Earth
As we begin to draw our topic of Earthquakes to a close, Mrs Shepherd has been encouraging the children to make links between what they have learnt and their prior knowledge from previous years. We have recapped human and physical features of different landscapes and used Google Earth to find out how tectonic activity has shaped the world. Have a go yourself at home:
Google Earth – https://earth.google.com/web/
December 2019 – Testing our Hypotheses
To conclude our work on electricity, we designed and conducted our own experiments to find out which materials are electrical conductors. In groups, we decided on our ‘plan of action’ and used our own choice of equipment to prove our predictions right or wrong!
December 2019 – Perimeter and Area
As we start a new Maths topic, here are a few games to help you with your understanding of perimeter and area:
Area and Perimeter Explorer – http://toytheater.com/area-perimeter-explorer/
Area and Perimeter of Rectangles – https://www.geogebra.org/m/Yr8kxmtU
November 2019 – Abundant Numbers
Do you know what an abundant number is? Can you check to see if a number is abundant? Mrs Shepherd’s set have been exploring this today with Mr Brabban and would like you to have a go at home too. Click the link below to find out more:
Abundant Numbers https://nrich.maths.org/1011
As you work, see if you spot any other patterns or types of numbers…
November 2019 – Testing the Theory
Now that 5/6S are confident with explaining how circuits work, we have been testing a range of theories with the practical equipment – will adding more cells to a circuit increase the brightness of the bulb? How will more components affect the loudness of a buzzer? The children have enjoyed testing their ideas and given scientific reasons for their predictions.
November 2019 – Starting Fires!
Despite more rain on a Friday afternoon, 5/6S have been busy lighting fires in the garden with Sam. They all gave it a really good go and they ended their afternoon with smores around the campfire!
November 2019 – Making Circuits
Our new topic in Science is Electricity and we have started by recapping what we already know. The children have used sweets to create a circuit before developing this into scientific diagrams using the correct symbols.
November 2019 – Exciting Earthquakes
Some of our children have made an excellent start today on our topic of Earthquakes. After a thrilling game of Kahoot to assess their current knowledge, the students used a live tracker to begin to plot locations of these events of a world map. We had such a good time using this app, that they children are eager to learn more – below is the link to the tracker that we used if you want to have a look at home!
October 2019 – Raft Building
Despite the rain, we enjoyed a great afternoon in the garden with Sam Jackson again, this time building rafts! We used sticks lashed together with string and flat leaves to create a raft for our clay person to travel on. We tested these in the pond…only some of our clay folk survived…
October 2019 – Addition and Subtraction
Year 5 are working hard to develop their use of the bar model as a useful tool when deciding whether or not to use addition and subtraction in their Maths problems. Knowing a range of number fact families is also important, helping the students to make connections between ideas. Over the holiday, you may want to try some of these at home too, so take a look at some of the ones we have suggested here:
Number Fact Families https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families
Mission 2110 https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity11
Subtraction Grids https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/subtraction-grids
October 2019 – Databases
As we conclude our Computing work this half term, the children have been using www.j2e.com to help create and develop their own online databases. They collected data about famous kings and queens to use as our records and then transferred this to a sample template. The students have shown an excellent understanding of the functions of a database and can give real-world examples of them in use.
October 2019 – 100 Leaf Challenge
5/6S had a fantastic first afternoon in the garden on Friday, working with Sam Jackson on some outdoor art. We took on the 100 Leaf Challenge, to make a shaped piece of art using exactly 100 leaves. The children had some lovely ideas and Sam was really impressed by our finished pieces – well done everyone!
October 2019 – Hockey Update
The children in 5/6S are making fantastic progress in Hockey and are really enjoying these sessions. Today we worked on the accuracy of our scoring skills, before applying them in small, quick matches.
September 2019 – Air Resistance
Today in Science the class has been investigating air resistance and how the impact of this force can be changed by thinking about the surface area of a moving object. We used different sized cake cases to see which one fell the quickest and experienced the least air resistance, before recording and analysing our results.
Here are some more useful links if you would like to find out more:
BBC Bitesize – What is air resistance? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zsjd7ty
BBC Bitesize – Experiments to try at home https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z7fpyrd
Science Sparks – Making parachutes https://www.science-sparks.com/gravity-and-air-resistance/
September 2019 – Timelines
To start our work in History on the British Monarchy, the children were challenged to order significant historical eras on a timeline. Although some of us found this a little tricky, we worked together to add the corresponding dates to the periods we have already studied in school. If you would like to find out more about the events we ordered, take a look here:
History Lines – http://historylines.e2bn.org/
September 2019 – Drawing Feathers
In Art this half term, we are focusing on our sketching skills to be able to draw elements of wildlife in detail. This week, we have been looking carefully at different types of feathers, sketching them and using our pencils to add shade. Although it was tricky to begin with, we have already made some great progress. Take a look…
September 2019 – Welcome Back!
Mrs Shepherd was very excited to see the members of 5/6S return to school after the summer break and has rounded off the first week with an afternoon of hockey. The children really enjoyed giving it a go and look forward to working on their tactical skills over the next few weeks!
Class 5/6S Archive
Please view Class 5/6 S archived Activities for 2017 – 2018