Welcome to Year -Mrs Croft's Class
Welcome back, we hope that you all had a fantastic half term. The weather was amazing, lets hope that it stays nice so we can enjoy more outdoor PE lessons.
We continue our topic Ancient Civilizations until the end of the school year. We have covered so much already looking more at a historical side to our topic. The children chose to focus on Romans, Vikings, Inca's and Aztecs, Greeks, Egyptians and The Middle Ages.
So far we have time travelled with Dr Constance through The Egyptian period focusing on the River Nile and its importance and delved into the afterlife with Gods and the mummification process. A brief stop to Rome saw Dr Constance captured by Julius Caesar and released after some very persuasive letters were written in her defence. Interestingly we found out that Cleopatra and Julius Caesar were married, linking Rome and Egypt together.
Year 5 and 6 found out why the Romans were so powerful and even made a life size Roman soldier (who now guards the entrance to the classrooms).
After Rome the children were visited by a very powerful man from Scandinavia "Ragnar Lothbrok" who was a legendary Viking king of Denmark. The found out about his travels and his links with the Anglo Saxons. He had been stranded in England during the 9th Century and needed to return home. The children were given the difficult task of designing him a suitable vessel to carry him across the North Sea and back to Denmark.
This half term we will be covering:
Blogging and writing emails for different audiences
Short story writing
Children take part in two PE sessions per week. These are on Monday's and Thursday's. We would like kit to remain in school as these days may change weekly depending on the weather or allocation of the hall.
We are currently reviewing our homework policy and would welcome your thoughts on this matter. At present we do not hear individual readers in class so reading at home is very important. We encourage children to read books from school or the local library but we also ask them to complete at least 1 session of Bug Club online per week.
Rm Easimaths is used within school but again we would encourage children to complete at least 1 20 minute session at home per week.
Please remember that you can follow your pupils progress by viewing work on Seesaw. The children update photos and work themselves regularly so that you will have the opportunity to give them feedback about the wonderful work they do.
We have nearly all Year 6 parents signed up, if you are unsure or need some support then please pop into school and see Mrs Croft and she will help get you singed up.
For Year 6 this time of year can start to become difficult. This is when they receive notification of high school places and start to think about life at at new school and the challenges that they will face. For some this can be extremely daunting while others will take it in their stride. At Bryn Gwalia we try to encourage children to become more independent in preparing for high school. This means that they need to start thinking about packing their belongings themselves ready for school each day and taking responsibility for them. PE kit is one of these. Kit must be in school everyday and it is often easier for them to leave it on their pegs. Some after school clubs such as football require them to remember to bring in additional kit such as boots and shin pads. Letters also need to be taken home if handed out and returned to school (we find lots on the floor of the cloakrooms!!!)
It's a good idea for your child to have a checklist of items they need, please try to encourage them to pack bags and gather items ready the night before. This will prepare them and aid their transition to high school.
Thank you for your support.