Ding Dong

Miss R Griffiths

Class Teacher

Mrs M Wilkinson

1:1 SEN TA

Welcome to Ding Dong class and to the final term of year 5! 
 
 Summer topic -
 
Our current summer topic is titled 'Living Things and their Habitats' and has a scientific focus on the life cycles of various plants and animals. We will be making use of our incredible school grounds and will be investigating and observing the range of habitats that are available right on our doorstep.
 
In English, we will be creating an explanatory non-chronological report about an animal/habitat of our choice. We will be taking inspiration from Ricky Gervais' 'Flanimals', and will be designing our own animals to be the subject of our reports. Ding Dong class will also be creating their own persuasive holiday advert to convince an audience to take a holiday to a specific destination.
 
In science, we will be investigating and observing the life cycles of a range of plants and animals (including humans).  Children will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. We will also be able to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
 
Please view our 'Living Things and their Habitats - MTP' to see the range of other activities will be completing across the final 5 weeks.
 PE -
 
Children completing top-up swimming sessions will need their swimming kit on a Friday morning.
 
PE sessions will be in the form of a weekly yoga session with Kate Lowe on a Tuesday afternoon. 
 
PE sessions are subject to change - we would therefore appreciate it if your child's full PE kit (white t-shirt, navy shorts, trainers/plimsolls) is in all week. 

Important Dates:

FOSUA non-uniform day - 21st June

Y5 taster day at St Ives School - 26th June

Transition afternoon - 4th July

KS2 sports afternoon - 9th July (RESERVE AFTERNOON 10th July)

Transition afternoon - 11th July

END OF TERM - 2pm 24th July

 

Homework - 
 At St Uny Church of England Academy, we believe homework is anything children do outside of the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents/carers to support the children's learning.
 
Reading: It is fundamental that children read at home to an adult every evening. Reading develops language skills, exercises the brain, enhances concentration, inspires imagination and encourages a thirst for knowledge.
 
Maths: St Uny Church of England Academy has invested in ‘Timestables Rockstars’, an online resource for learners to practise their multiplication skills. This will enable children to become more fluent in their multiplication tables. Upper KS2 children should be completing 2 x 20min sessions per week.
 
Topic: The topic overview will be sent home at the start of each half term. This will include challenges from across the curriculum.

Building Learning Power

Our new learning power for this half term is 'Imagination' and we will be looking to inspire all of our children to be as creative and imaginative as possible. This skill will be seen within the different activities that we have planned for the upcoming School Houses Day on June 4th.

Imagination is a skill that can easily be used in subjects such as English, but it is also important to build children's imagination for mathematics problems too - this can allow them to think outside the box and approach problems in a variety of ways. Nrich is a fantastic website to support this - please find the link below.

https://nrich.maths.org/9084

Spirited Arts Day

On Monday 1st July, Ding Dong class were invited to complete a range of activities based at St Uny Church, Lelant Heritage Centre and the sand dunes of Porthkidney beach, with the intention of encouraging the children to reflect and express their own personal thoughts, responses and beliefs. They had the opportunity to observe the christening of a doll in the Church, spent time reflecting about nature on the sand dunes, and researched the history of some of the graves at the Heritage Centre.

 

I learnt about people that we cherish now and the people who fought in WW1 for us – Maddison

 

I enjoyed going to the beach because we found butterflies, beetles and crazy coloured bugs. It was relaxing and calming because we got to lay down, watch and listen to the sea - Mia

 

I enjoyed going to the grass overlooking the beach. At one point, we closed our eyes and listened to what we could hear. We learnt about bugs, history and even how to christen a baby! All in all, it was a great day and I hope that we do it again sometime – Ollie