Jaguars are our Year 5 and 6 children. They are taught by Miss McGowan, and supported by Mrs Spinks and Mrs Barker. Until Christmas, Mr Burlingham will be joining us - he is a student teacher, who is finishing his final PGCE placement before qualifying.
This year, across the school, the children will have 'independent journals' that run alongside their usual writing and maths books. They will have free reign over how they lay out and present the work in these books, which will range from art, geography and history, to photos of things they have made or done. We made a start today (Monday 7th September) with some observational drawings and really enjoyed experimenting - have a look and see what you think!
Autumn term 2020...
We have really enjoyed music this term. As well as covering hambone, we have been using rhythm and our voices to create raps. Here is one fantastic example, edited and recorded by Daniel!
On Thursday 12th November we learned a little more about what it takes to become an astronaut! Check out our skills...
In music, we have been writing and performing our own poetry raps to a beat.
Today, Wednesday 11th November, is remembrance day. To mark this important date, Jaguars read In Flanders Fields and discussed its meaning. We then chose the words that resonated with us the most, and created our own blackout poetry. We also used tissue paper to make our own poppies.
Friday 6th November saw us practising our cutting skills! We have been researching planets and will be making 3D versions from card.
We're settling back in well after half term, and have been busy producing drawings and descriptive writing inspired by a short film 'Road's End'.
Some of our writing has made it on to the class gallery wall, because we worked really hard or achieved some tricky personal targets!
This half term we are jetting off into Space! On Monday 2nd November, we revised the names of the planets and other objects in our Solar System, and thought about their distances from the Sun.
We had a brilliant time at the woodlands on Friday 9th October. We enjoyed brownies, hot chocolate and used iPads to create our own short films!
Thursday 8th October was our Harvest assembly. You can see our artwork here.
We tried brusho today! The children really enjoyed it and were very creative!
We have been learning Japanese stab binding, and have started to bind our own home/school journals! It's very tricky, but the children have worked really hard and picked up the skills quickly.
Science this week was all about growing crystals! On Thursday 1st October, Jaguars looked at dependent and independent variables - they experimented by changing the size or shape of the sponge, or the concentration of the solution they made, to see what impact it has on their crystals.
On Friday 25th September, Jaguars were lucky enough to be part of 2,000 young people across our region, who watched Chris Lubbe talk about his experiences during Apartheid and when working with Nelson Mandela.
We spent the morning responding to what we had learned. It was incredibly humbling, and informative, and we want to share our thanks with Chris.
In science (24th September) we investigated the effect salt has on the melting point of ice.
We learned that salt actually raises the melting point of ice, meaning that when we placed ice in a saturated salt solution, or in just salt, it stayed as ice for much longer than when placed in just water.
We have been really focused on music so far this year, and have had lessons with Pete and Miss McGowan, and we have listened to a range of music from all sorts of genres and artists! With Miss McGowan on Wednesday 23rd September, we created and recorded a hambone piece in small groups!
We have been reading some Letters From Afar in Jaguars, sent by an explorer Isabelle, who travels the world and sends stunning illustrated recounts to us! We wanted to write back, so the children chose somewhere in Norfolk to learn more about and tell Isabelle about!
Most of us are now finished, and here a few stunning examples!
As part of that learning, we have been practising our drawing skills and on Friday 11th September we drew continuous line drawings of our landmarks. They are brilliant!
Jaguar class blog!
Thoughts from Will and Moe...
We have really enjoyed being back at school although has been very different!
One thing we have enjoyed in particular is our history topic and learning about what it takes to be an astronaut.
In maths we have been doing long multiplication and long division.
In English we are watching short films and rewriting them as stories
Musings from Nell...
My first week back at school was different, but I found it fun seeing all my friends again and learning new things just like before. I have enjoyed reading our class book and all of our lessons and topics, especially art. But overall really enjoyed being back at school!