Teacher: Miss Rachel Johnston
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Julie Grayshon
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer.
Welcome to a new academic year for Eagle Owls. Our topic this term is World War Two. We have been learning about life during this historical period, understanding why it happened and the main events. The children have been really engaged in this topic and I have been very impressed by the work they have produced both in class and at home. Please refer to the Topic Web attached at the top of our class page to see what we are focussing on in our learning.
Our PE lessons are on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child brings their PE kit on Monday mornings. They also have Forest School on a Thursday afternoon which they need to bring outdoor clothes and shoes for.
Homework is sent out on a Friday and needs to be returned on a Tuesday. The children need to pick a creative task from their homework grid, complete the set Maths task (linked with our learning that week) and learn their spellings for the test on Monday morning.
Thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm so far this term!
Dates for your Diary:
Class Assembly: Friday 18th October
PGL Residential: Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April 2020
A big thank you for all of your wonderful homework this term! The children have produced some amazing pieces of creative work from their homework grid and I have been incredibly impressed by their knowledge of World War Two. We have been celebrating their wonderful creations by sharing them with the class and adding them to our World War Two display. I hope you have enjoyed the flexibility and creativity of the homework grid and I look forward to seeing even more throughout the year.
Eagle Owls have been working towards earning themselves a whole class reward through working together as a team to earn marbles by going above and beyond the expectations. They have reacted really positively towards this and I have been really impressed with how they are working together.
Year 5 have been keeping an eye on their classmates throughout the day and writing down all the kind acts they see them doing! Eagle Owls have been reflecting on how focussing on the kind acts of others has a positive impact on those around them. The children have loved hearing how they are making a difference to someone else and being recognised for it.
Zones of Regulation
This term, Eagle Owls have been learning about how to recognise and regulate their emotions through the ‘Zones of Regulation’. We have been thinking carefully about how our emotions can change throughout the day and we can feel differently depending on our environment and what is going on around us. The children ‘check-in’ when they arrive in the classroom before the morning register and after both break times by placing their photographs on one of the zones. This is to help the children recognise how they are feeling and to allow them to recognise how other children are feeling too. It is also a great visual to communicate with other people in the room which zone they are in. We are going to think carefully about how we act when we experience the different zones and how this might impact others.
Here are some examples of the emotions the children might feel in the different zones:
Blue Zone – sad, tired, bored, shy, sick or hurt
Green Zone – ready to learn, happy, proud, thankful, calm or focussed
Yellow Zone – anxious, scared, confused, uncomfortable, overwhelmed, frustrated or embarrassed
Red Zone – out of control, angry, terrified or aggressive.
The STEAM Museum was a great success! The children looked fantastic and ready to be evacuated on Friday morning. We were very impressed by their efforts with rationed lunches, identity cards, ration books and gas mask boxes! We experienced an air raid shelter and learnt about how people kept themselves entertained whilst they were waiting for the air raids to finish. We even sang ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ in the dark. In the afternoon, we experienced what it might be like to be an evacuee. Whilst in the train carriage, the children explored different suitcases and had to guess who might be being evacuated from the city. Once they reached their destination they had to convince a florist, the lady of the manor and a farmer’s wife that they should take them home. Before we returned back to school we had the chance to explore the museum and learn about locomotives. Thank you for all of your time and support preparing for this trip.