Welcome back to the summer term!
We hope you have all had a fantastic half term and have enjoyed the wonderful weather (which we definitely deserved after the rain in May!) We're looking forward to making the most of our final term together and packing in lots of learning mixed with lots of summer fun. If you have time, do take a look through our photos on this web page. It's such a shame that you have not been able to visit our classroom this year, but the pictures on here reflect some of the fantastic work your children have taken part in.
Our new topic for the summer term is 'Key events in British history'. We have chosen three to study in more detail which are: the abolition of slavery, the suffragette movement and the development of vaccines. We think these are pertinent to modern day life and will equip the children with a good foundation of background knowledge.
We are continuing to read 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q Rauf which has been a big hit amongst the children. It has been a joy to watch the children become so involved in the books that they are reading this year and we have watched their reading progress as a result. Thank you for supporting our whole class reading programme so generously by buying the books.
Spelling tests will continue every Monday morning as normal. There is a list of spellings to learn (the number will vary depending on your child's group) every weekend ready for the test on Monday. The Spelling grids are linked below ready for you to print out and stick on the fridge! Homework will be given out on a Friday to be returned by Wednesday at the latest. Please see the homework grid below for a list of activities to choose from.
PE this term will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please could you send your child into school wearing full PE kit to prevent them having to get changed in school.
We hope the sun continues to shine brightly for us this term so please make sure your child brings a full water bottle to school every day (which can be refilled from the tap in the classroom.) Please also make sure they bring a sun hat with them and that sun cream is applied in the morning.
Thank you as always for your support - we are looking forward to an enjoyable last term together (sob!)
Sally Pietropinto and Helen Wood
Tinga Tinga Art
Eagle Owls have been learning the technique of Tinga Tinga art.
This vibrant African style uses vibrant colours to depict animals in colourful settings. The features of the animals are exaggerated and are painted in unusual colours.
On the last day of term Eagle Owls spent a jolly time completing the investigation they had planned:
Which Material Will Protect an Egg the Best
They worked cooperatively in small groups, discussing, building and developing, showing superb teamwork and sound scientific enquiry. They then carried out the experiment and drew conclusions from it. The depth of discussion and reasoning was mature, demonstrating excellent observation and thoughtful consideration of how to improve the investigation. In the first week of term we will be moving forward to plan the Big Investigation so they are already on their way to being super scientists. We can't wait to see their ideas.
Headline news in the making.
Last week Eagle Owls became the news team working on the breaking story of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The children had great fun becoming presenters, producers, reporters and eye witnesses; the team work and cooperation in each group ensured that the finished result was polished and deserving of a place on the BBC News at 6! In addition, the chance to get into role of Queen Elizabeth 1, Phillip of Spain and a few crusty sailors was an opportunity seized on by some budding thespians in our class. We had great fun and a lot of laughs. Apologies to the groups who are missing- the photos came out blank!!