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Okataina Class Blog - Year 5

Week 4!

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The weeks are flying by already, I can't believe it's week 5 next week!  

Okataina have already completed lots of learning and are currently learning about the British Commonwealth and the values and relationships we have with Commonwealth countries.  This of course is so relevant to us as children of mainly military families. The children have written autobiographies of their own thoughts and created a self-portrait in collage.  

We have also enjoyed our drumming lessons (we're quite good at it!) and of course, swimming lessons have begun for the beginners.  

In maths, we have worked hard on our understanding of place value up to millions, positive and negative numbers and rounding to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand.  

We are learning to become independent in our learning, making good learning decisions, finding resources that will help us and not giving up when it all feels a little difficult.  

I am very pleased with our start to this year. 

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Summer Term

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The summer term is not only the best and most fun term but it's also the craziest for Years 5 and 6.  At the moment, we are busy learning our lines for our end of year performance of Go for Goal, a world cup themed musical so much of our time will be spent rehearsing.  We have completed our yearly tests and I am very pleased with the outcome of most children - they have turned into a very studious bunch, in time for their Year 6 experience!  Sports Day is on Wednesday, which we are all looking forward to as long as it doesn't rain. Secondary schools in the area are also offering transition days and evenings.  Most so far seem to be arranged so that parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up so please look out for these either online or notes in bags.  Let's hope the weather keeps smiling on us.

Mrs Huggins

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A busy start to a busy term!

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The days are flying by once again and we are in summer!  We had a mixed start to our 'Out and About' topic last week as the first place Mrs Huggins had planned for us to look at was our school pond. When we got there it was a disaster!  It had overgrown with roots and there was very little wildlife to be found, also a rather horrible smell. The good news however is that this gave us a great project to focus on - to rejuvenate our school pond.  We have researched the best methods, been out and cleared it and planted new pond plants and wild flowers to attract the insects.  We have recorded our work with a pond diary, written instructions and are now creating great information posters so that everyone who visits the pond can find out what kinds of wildlife they should be looking for.  We'll keep you updated on the progress throughout the term. 

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Okataina Catch-up!

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Wow time flies!  What a busy term this always is.  Beginning with Halloween and all sorts of spooky goings on in the Hobbit house, the class learned and re-enacted a speech by the Witches in Macbeth...and did a really great job.  They also researched nocturnal animals and made pumpkin hummus, which went down surprising well. Since then we have got really into our learning theme, Once Upon a Time and being Year 5, have added some twists and turns to the stories we love.  Watch out for that too in our Class Assembly, coming up this week on Wednesday (29th).  In between, we have also had Anti-bullying week, which produced some great work, including responses and discussions to films and scenarios and some great writing about what we would stand up for.  

We also had the privilege of being invited to 5 Rifle Remembrance Service, which was very moving.  The children were absolutely brilliant.  We were invited to the mess afterwards for juice and biscuits and an attempt to blow a bugle!  

Coming up, we have all the Christmas festivities to look forward to, including our craft fair and also our Meet and Greet on Thursday 7th, to which all parents are invited to come and have a cup of tea and a cake and have a classroom tour by the children.  

So much to do and so little time!

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Half Term Already!

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Half Term already!

Wow, it’s been a very fast and intense term in Okataina!

Our learning theme of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ has helped us to learn about our own families and personal histories.  We have all created a family tree, with Summer going back to the 1800s!  We also all interviewed our families (with some very interesting responses!) and created a thematic map of where we live.  This has all led to an entertaining display (above)

One of our favourite days this term was No Pens Wednesday, where we focused on our communication skills through speaking and listening, rather than writing.  This led to some very entertaining sessions – leaf collecting, maths in the playground and drama.

We are all looking forward to a great autumn holiday and then back with renewed energy for more exciting learning next term. 

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