Welcome to Class 5/6 S – Mrs Shepherd
Welcome to our Class page. Here you will find important information about our class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
Reading books will be changed once a week on a Friday. If children have read the book they will get another. If longer books take a couple of weeks to read, they will get a new book when they need.
Please read regularly with your children at home. Check out www.getepic.com and sign up for free access to an online library of e-books.
Spellings are given on a Monday and are to be learned for a test on the following Monday.
A homework task will be given every Friday. This will alternate between English and Maths and will be returned to the set teacher. Homework should be returned by the following Wednesday.
Each term, 5/6 class will take turns to have a term of Transform Fitness on a Friday afternoon. We will try to fit in additional PE lessons wherever possible (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.
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.
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.
2016 – 2017
June 2017 – The Journey of St Cuthbert
As the children have been learning about the Northern Saints, 5/6S have looked at the life of St Cuthbert and the journey he took. They used natural materials outside to create a ‘Shoe box Scene’ to depict these travels with the help of Miss Simpson.
May 2017 – Buddy Time!
As our new starters for September took a tour of the Reception classrooms, Year 6 joined their current buddies out on the yard for some creative fun! Following the discovery and rescue of an injured hedgehog in the Reception outdoor area, we used chalk, sticks, stones and leaves to design and create our very own hedgehogs! Year 6 were fantastic ambassadors for the school and set a wonderful example for their younger counterparts. Take a look at our designs…
May 2017 – Outdoor Learning
Despite the weather, 5/6S had a fantastic first morning in the garden last week with Sam Jackson. Our outdoor learning session involved a range of activities including finding out the age of trees, making natural art and building our own bivvy-style dens. Hopefully next week will be a bit brighter!
May 2017 – Aycliffe Angels!
As part of our Topic work on World War II, the class has been finding out about examples of local history linked to the conflict. The children have been very enthusiastic to research the ‘Aycliffe Angels’ and their work at ROF59. We were so engrossed in our learning that many of our students went home to do extra work outside of school! Do you have any interesting links to the work at Newton Aycliffe? If so, we would love to hear from you!
March 2017 – Science Week!
To kick start Science Week 2017, Mrs Cox has been busy out on the yard with a range of science demonstrations to inspire the pupils. Years 5 and 6 took part in an experiment to see the change and reaction when we mix bicarbonate of soda and vinegar…with explosive results! The children will be completing follow-up work for this in their lessons over the coming week!
March 2017 – India Day!
What a fantastic day Years 5 and 6 had on Thursday with our India Day celebrations. The children were absolutely brilliant and really got stuck into all the different activities. We had a go at some Indian cooking, designed our own henna art, learnt all about Islam and even out together a terrific group dance that we performed for Reception. The staff were very proud of how well the children behaved and the enthusiasm that they showed for all of the different activities. Here are some of the many photos that we took…there will be more to follow in the coming weeks!
March 2017 – Move the jelly!
This afternoon, we have been investigating friction and how we can alter the effects of friction by changing the surface of an object. To build on our skills of prediction, we timed how long it took us to transfer jelly cubes from one plate to the next…using only chopsticks! We then added water to our jelly and predicted how this would affect our time when we repeated the same task. It was certainly challenging at times but we had great fun!
March 2017 – World Book Day
5/6S are really getting into the swing of things for World Book Day. Lots of us came dressed up as our favourite characters…we had Harry Potter, the Worst Witch and even the Queen of Hearts herself. It was great to spend the afternoon reading some of our favourite books as well as completing a range of book-based activities.
March 2017 – Investigating shadows!
This half term we are thinking about the skills that make us a good scientist. This week, we have been perfecting our ability to plan an investigation and record our findings. We looked at how we can change the size and shape of shadows using objects in the classroom. Take a look…
February 2017 – Guess the message!
We wrote some tips to keep you safe on the internet but used only pictures and emojis. Can you read the clues and match them to the correct hint?
February 2017 – Safer Internet Day
As it is Safer Internet Day, the children in 5/6S have spent the morning completing a carousel of different activities, such as matching emoji images to their meaning, writing helpful messages in code and group discussions about the information that we share through photographs. Mrs Shepherd was very impressed by how sensibly our group shared their ideas and we look forward to displaying our work for the school to see.
December 2016 – The Hour of Code
As part of the national ‘Hour of Code’, 5/6S have been busy writing their own codes. We decided on the symbols and matching actions and then tested out our sequences on our partners. Afterwards, we used these skills to try out a range of coding apps on the I-pads. The class enjoyed it so much, we almost lost track of time! Good job 5/6S!
November 2016 – William Morris Clay Relief
In art, we are learning all about the work of William Morris. Famous for his illuminated letters, we used a mixture of clay and salt dough to create our own clay relief based on our initials. We thought carefully about the 3D effect and how we could use nature to inspire our designs. Once they dry, we will be painting and glossing them ready to bring home for Christmas!
November 2016 – Remembrance Parade
Children in Years 5 and 6 visited the War Memorial in Spennymoor on Friday 11th November to pay their respects. It was a great honour to take the children as they were fantastic ambassadoers for our school. Members of the public commented how nice it was to see the children paying their respects at a community event. Well done Years 5 and 6.
October 2016 – Kahoot!
As we begin to round up our topic work on the Victorians, it was time for the children to become the teacher! They used what they had learnt to design their own end of topic quiz using the Kahoot app. Once they had thought of some tricky questions and some even trickier answers, they all had a go at each others. Even Mrs Shepherd found some of them hard!
October 2016 – Heart Dissection
Science got very interesting in Years 5 and 6. As part of our topic on ‘The Human Body’, children got the opportunity to dissect a heart and identify the different parts.
All of the children emjoyed the session and we have some budding scientists and possibly surgeons among us! Huge thank you to Mrs Cox, our resident science teacher, for her help!
2015 – 2016
June 2016 – Outdoor Learning
We have enjoyed our days in the garden with Sam Jackson. We learned how to build shelters from natural materials. We also learned how to start a fire and keep it going. Afterwards, we used our fires to make S’Mores and the Kelly Kettles to make hot chocolate!
11/11/15 – Remembrance Day
The staff were very proud of our year 5 and 6 pupils when they joined the community service of Remembrance on November 11th. They were very respectful. Our year 6 school councillors, Grace and Alex, were asked to lay our school wreath.