Welcome to Kestrels 2021-2022
The year 5/6 team have been busy planning an interesting topic ready for autumn term. We will be focusing on the Tudors and WW2 through the theme 'Turbulent Times'.
This topic will be covered during challenge, community, individuality and creativity sessions and will encompass our historical, religious, geographical learning and much more. We will enjoy many debates and learn to present our views constructively with our peers. I am looking forward to creating our own musical melodies and considering the atmosphere suitable for each time period.
This year, alongside all schools in the Learning for Life Partnership Trust, Wheelock Primary will continue on our 'No Outsiders' journey. We will develop our understanding of how to be global citizens and appreciate each other's differences. Look out for our new banners which adorn the perimeter fences soon!
Following on from last term's success with Power Maths and the many positive comments made by both pupils and parents, we will continue to take part in the Power Maths scheme this year.
In literacy, we will use the book 'Where We One Stood' as our stimulus for writing both an exploration narrative and a formal report, before moving on to the text 'Farther' to complete a setting narrative and a letter. I can't wait to read all of your wonderful creative pieces.
Science in autumn term will focus on the topics 'animal and humans' then 'light'. We will link both of these themes into our Turbulent times topic, considering how the lifestyle of the Tudors affected their health and how light was an important element of WW2.
As a school, we have now gained access to both Purple Mash, which will be used to support our computing curriulum. As a school, and with a hge thanks to our Friends Of Wheelock Association, we have been very lucky to be provided with a class set of laptops to use in these sessions!
We will shortly attach a topic web to provide more details of this term's learning in the Birds of Prey classes!
A few things to remember:
PE & Woodlands
Tuesday: Children to attend school in PE kit (TBC!)
Thursday: Children to attend school in Woodland kit (TBC!) (Starting 9.9.21)
Remember to wear the correct kit to school- black leggings/ jogging bottoms or shorts. White or house t-shirt. Wheelock fleece/ jumper or cardigan or house hoody for outdoor activities. You can either wear school shoes or trainers BUT you MUST have a pair of outdoor shoes in school.
*** Spare outdoor footwear must be brought into school to ensure footwear is changed and inside school remains clean (trainers for PE / trainers or wellies for woodland)
Daily: reading to be recorded in your planner. Please sign your child's planner at least 3 times per week.
Weekly: Spelling shed and TTrockstars weekly set tasks to complete
Thursday: Spelling test (personalised spellings plus pattern of the week) Make sure spelling book and planner are in school.
Thursday: Home learning due in to be discussed and marked together.
Thursday or Friday: New home learning set
Outdoor shoes and water bottle in school every day please to make the most of the good weather!
Maths Intervention Videos
Speak Out. Stay Safe.
Polar Bear Competition
Well done to all those children who took part in our ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ competition during spring term. We received an astonishing 42 fantastic entres. Mrs Sweeney and Mrs Byrne had a really tricky job choosijg the best entry, but after much deliberation, the winner was picked!
Well done to Mia McCabe from Swans class for her brilliant leaflet.
Both Mrs Sweeney and Mrs Byrne felt that Mia's entry showed all three of the key elements really clearly and included some beautiful presentation. Mia was presented with the crocheted polar bear as the winning prize!
A polar bear word art has been prepared for every other entry. These can be collected from your class teacher when we return to school.
Speak out and be heard
What it means to be safe
Get help when you need it