Welcome to Squirrel Class
Home Learning during school closure
March 30th update
Can you write a letter to a relative you can’t see at the moment or friends of the family to share what you are doing at home.
First News this week is a whole child friendly newspaper with activities – see website for links
This book about the virus is in the form of a poem https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html
A wonderful resource for ALL of you – online magazines and books with interactive quizzes and articles – many non fiction! https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Daily story time with David Walliams
Take a tour of a famous museum https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Join over 1 million people who are starting the day with Joe Wicks’ daily work out
We are using this at school and many children in the Peaks are using this as their daily wake up task!
OR use go noodle.com for exercise routines – Mrs Gaywood recommends these as they really get you thinking too!
End your afternoon with some yoga or relaxation
Smilingmind can be downloaded or played from computers or as an app – it’s a daily relaxation session https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/
Here are some ideas about how to keep fit – from Mrs Gaywood PE -Eyam home-activity-challenges week 2
NEW Monday 23rd March
First News have given all pupils access to the Newspaper – the same one that we get into school each week – so please read it! There are also the comprehension and some quiz activities that will be uploaded each week. First-News-718Paper Four-Stories-718 L1-Crossword-718 L2-LOOK-CLOSER-718 Mystery-News-718 News-Pics-718
We will up load this each week once we’ve received it.
To support families during school closure our teachers are planning a range of material for you to use at home.
Initially we have put together ideas that will take you to the end of the Easter break including lots of lovely Easter activities.
Twinkl LOG IN
Twinkl are offering all families free membership for 2 months so children can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Picture News is a wonderful resource with a topical photograph/picture prompt and fabulous discussion topics for the whole family!
Here are some suggestions for activities while you are at home.
Try to do some reading and maths every day. There are lots of lovely activities on the Twinkl Home Learning Site – have a look and choose a couple to do each day along with some times table practice on either TT Rockstars or mathsframe.
Twinkl School Closure Home Learning
Select the Home Learning site UKS2 – there are alot of activities here you will never run out! mental wellbeing activities can be shared with your family – keep everyone calm Squirrels!
Share a Story: Raiders Peril Resource Pack . Read the story and then choose some of the activities to do.
Year 5 or Year 6 Resource Pack
Year 5 or Year 6 Interactive Learning Links
CGP Maths workbook (Homework book)
10 minute tests / workout book
X-Tables Rockstars and X-Tables games on Mathsframe website
BBC Bitesize KS2 Maths – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
Learn & Revise – Primary – Key Stage 2 Fractions and percentages sections, Ratio section (Y6 only)
Play game: Guardians Defenders of Mathematica https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd2f7nb/articles/zn2y7nb
CGP SPAG books (Homework book)
10 minute tests / workout books
BBC Bitesize KS2 grammar and punctuation activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
Go to Punctuation section and complete activities about: How to use semi-colons How to use commas in sentences How to use possessive apostrophes How to use hyphens and dashes
Make a powerpoint about the Vikings or about something you are interested in.
Research information and then create pages about Viking clothes, food, children, weapons, beliefs, gods, Useful websites: BBC Bitesize, Twinkl, BBC.co.uk/history/ancient/Vikings, Primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Vikings, nationalgeographic/kids
Keep fit and healthy
Do some healthy cooking and share recipes on line with friends
Keep fit with your own daily work out and mini challenges
Work hard and then relax – its a new experience for everyone! Good luck Squirrels
Spring Term 2
This half term,we will be finding out about the Vikings and investigating questions such as: Who were the Vikings and how did they invade Britain? and What was the impact of the viking invasions on Britain? We will also be reading Viking sagas, writing our own versions and considering why these stories were so important to the Viking people.
Click on the link below to see this half-term’s topic web
We battled the hail and freezing temperatures at the cluster Hi-Fives competition at Hope Valley College. Our determination and resilience came through and our Lions team came first!
Spring Term 2020
This half term we are learning about about the Polar Regions. We had an exciting start to our topic when the polar explorer Helen Turton came to school and shared her amazing photos and stories about her expeditions to the North and South Poles. We will be finding out about the effect of climate change on the polar ice-caps and how the lives of polar animals are being affected. We will also be considering how animals and plants are adapted to surviving the freezing temperatures.
Click on the links below for this half term’s topic web and spelling list
We had a fantastic time at Young Voices in Sheffield singing with 5351 other children!
Autumn Term 2019
This half term we will be finding out about the plague in Eyam in 1665. We will be visiting the church and the local museum, walking to local sites such as the Riley Graves, the boundary stone and Mompesson’s Well, and learning from plague experts who are coming to school to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with us.
Click on the links below for this half term’s topic web and spelling list
Here are a couple of photos of us playing games to exercise our brains and develop our HOT skills (Higher Order Thinking).
Summer Term 2 2019 The Legend of King Arthur
This half term we are really looking forward to learning all about the legend of King Arthur. Our work will culminate in a class production of the play ‘Arthur’s Knights and the Dragon’ on Thursday 11th July.
We will also be developing our writing skills by creating tension and suspense in descriptive writing based on our class novel ‘Arthur High King of Britain’ by Michael Morpurgo.
We will be very busy this half-term, not only with reharsals, but with a host of curriculum enrichment activities including: Bikeability, Cyclocross, Technology day at Hope Valley College, the STEM Rolls Royce design challenge, Quad Kids sports event at Lady Manners School, Ocean Day (7th June) and sports day.
Click on the link below to see our Topic Web for this half-term.
Click here for this half-term’s spellings.
Spring Term 2019
This half term our focus is traditional tales. We will be reading lots of fairy tales and traditional stories from other countries, and then writing our own contemporary versions.
Click here for this half-term’s spellings. Y5&6 Spring 1 2019
Welcome to Squirrel Class
Squirrel Class School Council representatives
We have our very own parents guide to encouraging motivated and independent readers – Reading Booklet 2017
Suggested reading books for Year 5
Suggested reading books for Year 6
‘Creativity makes life more fun, more interesting and more full of achievement’ (Edward de Bono).
We are using ‘How to Have Creative Ideas’ by Edward de Bono to help us to develop our minds and to practise thinking creatively.
Welcome to the new school year!
AUTUMN TERM 2018
Have a look at our topic web to see what we will be learning about this half term.
Click on the link below to see a list of our weekly spelling lists.This half term we will be developing our geographical skills and using maps and Google Earth to find out about the capital cities of some of the world’s countries.
Our class novel for this half term is ‘Sky Hawk’ by Gill Lewis which is a wonderful story about the incredible migratory journey undertaken by birds such as ospreys. We will be exploring the themes of friendship and the connections between people in different countries.
Click on the links for our Topic Plan and spellings lists for this half term.
We have been developing our creative thinking abilities by playing some brain games.We have used Edward de Bono’s book ‘How to Have Creative Ideas’ to help us.
We had a fantastic day at Quarry Bank Mill where we learned lots about Victorian cotton mills and life as a child apprentice.
SUMMER TERM 2018
This term our main focus will be our class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which we will be performing in July. We also have a huge range of other exciting activities to look forward to.
Have a look at our topic plan below to see what we are going to be getting up to.
SPRING TERM 2018
This snowy Spring we are busy finding out about how people lived in the Stone Age.
High Fives Competition
Last week Squirrel Class competed in the High Fives cluster competition at Hope Valley College. Everyone played brilliantly and our Blue Team came first! We will be sending a team forward to the next round at Lady Manners next week.
Stone Age Food
As part of our Stone Age topic, we had an exciting afternoon learning about food that would have been eaten by Stone Age people. We tasted berries and nuts and made delicious soup. Quite a few of us were surprised at how much we liked it!
We came back from our half term holiday to a real treat – a visit from the illustrator Martin Olsson! We really enjoyed learning how to draw characters to illustrate our writing.
We have been thinking about ‘justice’ this term, and in particular, the effect of the Fair Trade Premium on people’s lives in Pakistan. We have written letters asking local football coaches and secondary schools to consider buying Fairtrade footballs. Here are a couple of them…
This January we will be starting our exciting new Space topic. We will be learning about the International Space Station and what it is like to be an astronaut in space.
Why don’t you have a look at the International Space Station live feed for a different view of Earth? www.isstracker.com
Here is our topic plan for this half-term.
Click on the link below for Year 5 and 6 spelling lists for Spring Term.
We have been learning about Day and Night. We used ‘Stop Motion’ to make our own animations to show how the Earth moves around the Sun.
Click on the icon below to see some of our animations.
We have been composing our own Space poems. We had to include alliteration, similies, metaphors and personification.
Here is Polly’s fantastic poem!
We had a great time making games to play at the Christmas Fare and everyone enjoyed playing them too!
We made delicious leek and potato soup which we served to local residents at our Soup and a Chat lunch. Everyone had a wonderful time chatting and being entertained by the fantastic handbell group.