Welcome to Dragons Class!
We are a Year 5 and 6 Class.
We are taught by Mrs McNamara.
Mrs Brown is our Learning Support Assistant.
To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the children spent some time creating portraits of the Queen from different decades; Year 6 focussing on the coronation and Year 5 focussing on 1970. On top of this, the children wrote poems about the Queen which will be sent to the Othery Street Fayre Poetry Competition.
On the last day before the half term break, the children celebrated the Jubilee by wearing red, white and blue clothes to school and by hosting an open morning for their families where they could share their work and perform two Jubilee songs that they had been learning. A great day was had by all!
NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe.
In an assembly and during a workshop, the children were taught about abuse in all its forms and how to recognise the signs of abuse in a child friendly way with the help of their mascot, Buddy. They were taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or to Childline.
Year 5 and 6 participated in a robotics workshop led by Roger Redman. He spoke to the children about his career, demonstrated some of his robots to the class and then let the children have time to explore how the different robots worked. The children loved it!
Year 6 Trip to the Park
As a reward for finishing their SATs tests, working really hard and being resilient, the children were taken to the local park to have some fun!
This term we are learning about the British Empire in our Topic lessons. In one of our lessons, we learnt about John Cabot's first voyage to the Americas in 1497 on his ship, 'Cabot's Ship'. We found out that a modern-day replica of this can be found today in Bristol Harbour. Max was given a photo of this replica and spent several hours drawing his own version of the ship. What a brilliant drawing!
Year 5 and 6 went away on residential to Kilve Court. The children stayed for two nights/three days and took part in a range of activities: A beach walk (with a stop for ice-cream), kayaking, paddleboarding, team building games, archery, and the climbing wall. A great time was had by all!
During our D.T lessons, the children had been designing and making their own Viking bread. They started the topic by eating a range of different breads and evaluating each one. The children then practised making a basic bread recipe and discussed how this could be altered. After this, the children worked in small groups to design, make and evaluate their own Viking bread, adjusting the recipe to suit their taste.
Over the past term, the children had been learning about materials and their properties. In their final lesson, the children had the opportunity to use everything they had learnt to investigate how to separate a range of mixtures through filtering, sieving and evaporating.
End of Topic Showcase
Throughout the Spring term, the children have learnt a lot about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings including information about their settlements, religious beliefs and houses. At the end of the topic, the children created a double page spread which would showcase some of the key learning from this term.
We were very lucky at school as the local ice-cream van (Noodles) paid everyone a visit and provided each child with a free ice-cream!
PSHE - First Aid
As part of our PSHE topic, the children have been learning about how to keep themselves safe and healthy. This included learning some basic first aid and how to put someone in the recovery position.
As part of their poetry topic, the children wrote some fantastic poems about themselves and were given the opportunity to enter the Young Writers poetry competition, 'This is Me' and have their poem published in a real book. Many of the children's poems were successful and are being published!
The Year 6 children had the opportunity to participate in Bikeability to ensure their safety on the roads. The children practised how to signal, turn, and ride safely. All the children came away with a level 2 certificate.
World Book Day
For World Book Day 2022, the children were given the opportunity to come to school dressed as a character from a book. They took part in a range of activities linked to stories/reading and in the afternoon, the parents were invited into school to create a potato book character with their child.
Glastonbury Abbey Trip
On Thursday 3rd March, Dragons Class visited Glastonbury Abbey to learn more about their topic 'Saxons, Scots and Vikings'. The children had a guided tour around the grounds, visited the museum and took part in two workshops.
D.T - Viking Longships
During our D.T lessons, the children have been designing and making Viking longships. The children had a set design brief, which consisted of their ship being watertight, able to float, able to balance, hold 10 Lego men and look like a Viking longship with a dragon's head and tail, a sail, shields and oars. The children spent several lessons making their boats out of a range of materials and then got to test and evaluate them.
The children enjoyed a visit from the athlete Rich Parker. He spoke to the children about his career as a professional skater and the resilience and determination required for success. The children then took part in a range of exercises to raise money to go towards purchasing new equipment for the schools.
We have been learning how to say hello, my name is and goodbye in French. We practised the vocabulary and learnt a French rhyme using the language we had acquired.
Science - investigating insulators
We have been learning about conductors and insulators in Science. We investigated which material we thought would be the best insulator for a children's lunch box by testing a range of materials and how well they insulated an ice cube.
Dragons class had the pleasure of meeting one of the road safety officers in Somerset, who talked to them about the importance of crossing the road safely by using the vital motto of: STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK! They were very respectful and asked some great questions about road safety where they live.
Climate Change Week
As part of climate change week, we had a virtual assembly from Carymoor Environmental Trust. They told us all about the 3 R’s initiative of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and made us all much more aware of what can be recycled in Somerset. After this, we participated in a virtual workshop where we looked in more depth at what happens to the items we throw away and what we could be doing with these in order to help the environment.
Spring Term Newsletter
Spring Term Dragons Class
Dragon Class- Autumn Term Newsletter
Viking Art with Darrell Wakelam
On Tuesday 14th December, Darrell Wakelam visited the children and worked with the class to create a fantastic piece of artwork linked to our Spring term topic, ‘Saxons, Scots and Vikings’. The children used a range of everyday materials such as cardboard, paper straws, tin foil and masking tape to build the model. After this, they used tissue paper and PVA glue mixed with water to paper mache the model. Finally, the children used a range of paints to add the finishing touches. The final product has been displayed in the classroom and looks fantastic!
D.T Project - Shadow Puppets
Throughout the second half term, we learnt about shadow puppets in our D.T lessons. We researched information about them, planned out what we wanted to do a shadow puppet performance on and then designed and made our puppets and theatre. At the end of term, we performed our plays to each other in class.
Stone Age Topic
Throughout the Autumn term, we have been learning all about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We started the topic by creating our own timelines showing some of the key events throughout this period of time. Then we investigated what Stone Age people ate by dissecting 'Stone Age Poo'. As we went on to learn about the Bronze Age and Iron Age we learnt about Stonehenge and created our own Stonehenge models using bourbon biscuits. Finally, we ended the topic by looking at different types of settlements and designed our own settlement using a key and directions to guide people from one place in the settlement to another.
Hello Yellow Day
On the 8th October, we celebrated Hello Yellow day, which focussed on us all spending the day thinking about the importance of our own mental health and wellbeing, as well as that of others. We all wore yellow and participated in a range of activities such as yoga and PSHE.
Addition and Subtraction Challenge
At the end of our addition and subtraction topic, the Year 5 children were using their knowledge of the inverse operation to try and work out the missing numbers in an addition and subtraction pyramid. It was tricky but enjoyable at the same time!
Roald Dahl Day
The children loved dressing up as their favourite characters and designing a hat for the competition!
Autumn Term Dragon Class
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We know that social interaction is really important during this time, so we are holding weekly whole class check-ins on Microsoft Teams. Invitations to these are emailed to parents each week. These are a chance for children to see each other, show us what they've been doing and share news. During this meeting, we will also be celebrating the efforts of the children by continuing with our weekly 'Proud Cloud' award. You can view our 'Proud Cloud' gallery below.