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Our school is a nut free zone. No nuts, nut products or anything made in factories containing nuts must be brought onto the school site or taken on school trips.

Penguins – years 5 & 6

Welcome to Penguins Class!  We’re in years 5 and 6 and our teacher is Mrs Richards.  Our teaching assistants are Miss Winterbourne and Miss Deyes.

Our projects

We will be sharing ‘knowledge organisers’ for each project by email.  in these you will find all of the information and skills that we are going to learn in school.  It would be fantastic if you could help us at home too!  At the end of every week we have class quizzes to make sure our knowledge is improving all of the time.  We focus on our learning behaviours to help us by being aspirational, curious, determined, independent and community-minded in all that we do. 

This year, we are in cycle A of our long term plan so our projects are:

Autumn termSpring termSummer term
RevolutionHola Mexico!Beast Creator

Penguins class update – end of autumn term:

What a fantastic first term Penguins have had. Everyone has made such a great start to the academic year and there has been amazing progress made.  Thank you all for your support with homework and communicating any problems directly with us.  That close relationship has been so important this term.

We have been fortunate to have had many enrichment experiences this term.  

In September the PTA very kindly funded our ‘Victorian School Day.’ We have also visited Rutherford Appleton for Space Explorers Day, been to see Mary Poppins Returns and most recently visited ‘The Cornerstone’ to watch Pinocchio.  Thank you for your continuing support with these.

We have finally finished our theme of ‘Revolution’ which looked at life in Victorian times.  We have learnt about what life was like in Victorian times, and compared it to life today.  We also completed our own history project with Janet Haylett, finding out what life was like in Long Wittenham in 1881, using census records and also old photographs and written accounts.  It was really interesting and our finished display can be seen in Long Wittenham church over the festive period.  Mrs Haylett, along with her friend Pat and Hayley Shayler-Brown also provided help and support to the class when we made traditional Victorian Christmas treats and crafts.

Year 5 and 6 have both has sessions at Forest School, where they have developed core skills of communication, independence and working safety.  They have also improved their skills at identifying woodland species. Next term year 6 will be returning to Forest School, where they will be improving their use of tools to whittle and sculpt.

Next term, our theme will be ‘Hola Mexico’, where we will be learning about all aspects of Mexico past and present.  Over the holidays we will be transforming the classroom to embrace our theme and any donations of Mexican objects or books, would be much appreciated.  Please dojo message me directly if you are happy to lend these items to the class. If you have visited Mexico at all and would like to come in and talk to the class, please let us know too. We will also link our science next term to this theme as we investigate ‘Light and Shadows’.  Finally, I have not set any homework for the festive period.  I would like your children to return feeling refreshed and ready for the challenges of a new school year.  I have however left activities and games on their Purple Mash account if they would like to do something over the holidays.

Mrs Richards and Mrs Westen