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Rowan - Year 5 & 6

Class Teacher: Miss Keohane

Class Teaching Assistant: Mr Barnes

Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions on the playground during pick-up or send an email to: rowan@bellefield.wilts.sch.uk

Y6 Post-SATs Celebration!

An enormous congratulations to all of the Y6 children who performed with a positive and determined attitude throughout this week. As a celebration we *finally* had our swing dance disco, followed by a rounders match and a picnic!

 

 

Mark Robertson - How to Draw a Dragon

 We were very excited to be visited by the author and illustrator Mark Robertson. During the visit, Mark told us about his work and also shared some of his stories with us. Then, we took part in a drawing workshop where we learned step-by-step how to draw a dragon! 

 

Term 5

Welcome back everyone! Please see updates and reminders below:

PE

Our PE day this term is Thursday - Multi-skills with Matt & Friday - Dance/Yoga.

Please ensure you have your PE kits in school at all times for other sessions throughout the term.

Snack

Just a reminder that snack should be a piece of fruit/vegetable and drinks in bottles for classroom use should be water.

Summer Term: Mayan Civilisation

The collapse of Mayan civilization was not caused by drought • Earth.com

 

For the Summer term our Topic will be the Mayan Civilisation.

For more information you can access our Topic Web, Areas of Learning and the Mayan Knowledge Organiser below.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Class Text: Holes Louis Sachar.

“Stanley Yelnats’ family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn’t green and doesn’t have a lake) he is not surprised. Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth.”

Easter Fun!

Rowan - Easter

 

Easter Experience

We were very lucky to take part in the 'Easter Experience' at St James's Church this week. We moved around 5 stations to experience Palm Sunday and Jesus alone in the Garden of Gethsemane all the way through to the Resurrection. We finally sampled some tasty hot cross buns and spoke about their meaning. Thanks to Tom at St James's for hosting us!

 

Salvadoran Cooking

To round up our topic on the changing world and international trade, we focused on El Salvador for case studies and comparisons with our own country. To celebrate Salvadoran culture we followed recipes to make vegetable empanadas and the traditional beverage horchata. This was the first time we have used such sharp knives to prepare the vegetables and a hob to cook the empanada fillings. Rowan class did themselves proud and produced some delicious snacks - take a look!

Rowan Cookery - Empanadas

 

Fairtrade Alliance Visit

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Lyndsey - a leading member of the Trowbridge Fairtrade Alliance - to help us explore the realities and consequences of buying Fairtrade. We learned about the differences in the treatment of farmers and the importance of the 'social premium' given to Fairtrade providers to improve their quality of life. To end the session we created our own bags from 3 strips of old magazines in the style of an innovative seller in Bangladesh who built her business from the ground up. We are all committed to buying more Fairtrade!

Fairtrade visitor

 

Red Nose Day

 Check out our Lego habitats for our Red Noses and the Red Nose & Spoon race on this year's Comic Relief:

Red Nose Day

 

Wessex Water

Beech and Rowan Class were lucky enough to have a visit from Wessex Water this week. We learnt about the human impact and climate change on our water resources. We were very shocked by the amount of water used by an average person - 150 litres, daily! Our favourite part of the visit was the demonstration of how our toilets work at home and at school! We then had a go at a mini investigation ourselves: predicting, measuring, observing and making conclusions while looking at the degradability of certain papers in toilets.

 

Wessex Water Visit

 

World Book Day

Rowan class dressed to impress in this year's World Book Day celebration. We reflected on our favourite picture books from years past and used the official World Book Day song to inspire our own raps!

Rowan World Book Day

 

Shrove Tuesday Class Treat: Pancake Race.

 

 

February Half Term Homework:

; Homework   

We Wonder Project!

Throughout Term 3 Rowan class have discovered ways to protect our planet. We have...

  • Carried out an 'eco-audit' of our school's carbon footprint.
  • Written an eco-proposal for Mrs Withers to suggest changes to our school.
  • Created climate commandments for the world to follow.
  • Explored the palm oil debate.
  • Held a mini-climate summit with fictional countries: signing treaties to find solutions to global problems.
  • Designed and created art with an environmental theme using recyclable materials. 

     

     

     

Dance Festival 2022 - Back to the Future!

For those of you entering the Dance Festival this year - here is a sneak peek at our music for the performance. You can use this at home to practise the routine. Below are the lyrics for Bohemian Rhapsody for you to learn for the miming 70s section.

I see a little silhouetto of a man,
Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango!
Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening me
Galileo, Galileo
Galileo, Galileo
Galileo, Figaro - magnificoo

18/01/22

We entered the 'We Wonder: Protect our Planet' competition and won a collection of brand-new books linked to the environment and our topic of the Changing World. Over the next term we will be using these texts to build a campaign to spread awareness of climate change challenges and how we can do our bit to help!

 

Spring Term

In Rowan class this term, we will be learning all about Our Changing World, please see details of our curriculum in the following links:

Topic Web

Areas of Learning

Knowledge Organiser

Our core text this term will be Brightstorm: A Skyship Adventure by Vashti Hardy - an adventure story in a world far from our own, documenting the thrilling race to discover the unknown lands of South Polaris.

 

16/12/21 - Christmas in Rowan

To celebrate the festive season, Rowan class held 'The Great Bellefield Bake off!' Judges Prue and Paul (Miss K and Mr B) took a step back and spectated while the two teams raced to the finish and baked/decorate their gingerbread treats. Congratulations to all children for being Star Bakers - handshakes all round! 

In the afternoon we had our annual Christmas party with all the festive fave games. Musical statues, plate decorating and of course pass the parcel. Well done to Elena and Sophia for winning their crafty prizes.

Merry Christmas from Rowan!

Rowan - Christmas

 

Rowan - Christmas Party

 

 

15/11/21 - Anti-Bullying Week

For Anti-Bullying week, Rowan class thought about the wider global issues of discrimination and hatred. We listened to the lyrics from the song 'Where is the love?' by Black Eyed Peas. Then we expressed our interpretation of this song in a piece of Art. We reminded ourselves how we can encourage kindness and build a better world.

 

Half Term Homework

Here are some of the fantastic WWII dioramas that Rowan Class have designed and created for their half term homework projects. We are so impressed by the quality and originality of their dioramas as well as the hard work that has been put into making them look so brilliant. Prizes were awarded to the 3 judged to be best by other teachers. 

Well done to Oli, Elena and Harrison!

WWII Dioramas

 

02/11/21

To celebrate earning 60 marbles in our class jar we asked for a spooky class treat as Halloween was just around the corner. We learned all about the Mexican festival of 'Dia de los muertos' - Day of the Dead - and created our own masks using paper plates, coloured gems and lolly sticks to imitate the skeleton designs seen in the festival. Some of us also painted our faces with Dia de los muertos inspired-patterns. Take a look!

 

Rowan Class Treat - Dia de los muertos

 

14/10/21 - Trowbridge Museum Visit

Rowan class visited the newly refurbished Trowbridge Museum to dig deeper into our local heritage, and discover how our town was involved in the war. We discovered that factories in Trowbridge were involved first in clothes production and then later in making parts for the famous Spitfire planes. We handled artefacts including gas masks, air-raid rattles, and war medals as well as dressed up in authentic clothing, to further immerse ourselves in our WWII topic. Thank you to Mr Burke and his trusty volunteers for a great morning out!

Rowan's Visit to Trowbridge Museum

13/10/21 - Contemporary Dance Workshop

4 lucky Year 6s got the chance to take part in a contemporary dance workshop led by professional dancers from the Swindon Centre for Advanced Training. We travelled to the Trowbridge Civic Centre and spent 2 hours learning, choreographing and performing with children from 10 other schools. Check out the short clip and photos capturing our experience. 

 

 

Dance Workshop

 

29/09/21 - WW2 Evacuation to Devon!

Last week Rowan and Beech class evacuated from the perilous Blitz of London to Budmouth Point on the sunny Devon coast! Their teachers, Miss Smith and Mr Baxter, arrived in style to meet them from the train and each child was billeted by the officer Mrs Jones. Children wore name tags at all times in order to be identified, conducted marching practice and even experienced an air-raid! We wrote letters home to our families to tell them of our adventures, comforted each other with Vera Lynn sing-songs, and cross-stitched war slogans to pass the time. Hopes for the end of the war, but for now...Keep Calm and Carry On!

WW2 Evacuation to Budmouth Point, Devon

 

 

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Autumn Term

In Rowan class this term, we will be learning all about World War Two, please click here, here and here to review the topic plans to learn more. 

Our core text this term will be Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll - a beautiful story of two children's evacuation to Devon during the Blitz and the mysteries they solve along the way.

To learn more about the war there are some interesting videos on the BBC website.

Reading

Your child will be given a book and a reading record to take home and read every evening. They will need to ensure these are in their bags to bring to school each day.

We will award certificates for 50 and 100 reads (when the reading entry is signed by an adult). The children will also have lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books throughout the week at school.

If your child is a Free Reader they will be a part of the Reading Pro scheme. This will involve them receiving a username and password which will be set up in the coming weeks. In this time the children will complete quizzes to help them choose an appropriate book that they will enjoy from our new library.

Once your child has finished a Reading Pro book they will take another quiz in school to assess their understanding and move them on to the next book.

Homework & Spellings

Homework:

Homework will be set on Fridays and handed in by the following Wednesday. Homework set each week will alternate between Topic, English and Maths.

Spellings:

Spellings will be set on a Friday and the test will be the following Friday morning. Spellings will be recorded in the blue homework books and you can practise in the book or on separate sheets of paper – as you are Year 5/6s it is now your responsibility to record your practice.

PE

Our PE day this term is Tuesday - Gymnastics with Lisa.

Please ensure you have your PE kits in school at all times for other sessions throughout the term.

Snack

Please could you ensure that your child has a small, healthy snack for snack time.

They could bring in a piece of fresh or dried fruit, or vegetable (e.g. carrot sticks, cucumber etc).

Please also remember that nuts are not allowed in school due to allergies. Thank you!