Autumn 1 Peregrine Falcon newsletter
Welcome to Peregrine Falcon Class!
Our learning environment
Our Year 5 and 6 classroom, now known as Peregrine Class, has had a refreshing makeover during the holidays in readiness for the year ahead. Take a look at the pictures of our lovely classroom.
Our fabulous, cosy reading den.
Our class name.
presentation and spelling bee board
Our worship table and RE display.
Help with our grammar learning.
Our tree-mendous work board.
A warm welcome in many languages.
The children have settled in brilliantly to our new class. Today we have been sketching and researching facts about the peregrine falcon. We then made a poster to display our work.
Where will your reading take you?
Peregrine Class are going to read their way around the world this year. We are completing the Oxford 'Reading Miles Passport' challenge. Each child has been issued with their own reading passport and for every half book read, the children can earn 500 air miles. As their miles accumulate, they will travel around the world to various countries. As they arrive at a new destination, the children will be given a postcard to take home to their adult in celebration of their achievement. They will also have the opportunity to learn about that particular country and it's culture; if desired, they can share what they have learnt in assembly.
Today we were fortunate enough to visit the library. As well as looking at the books, the children learnt about how they are ordered, the various facilities on offer to a junior member and how to use the self service machine. It was a very enjoyable and informative visit.
Our lovely little school had some beautiful, feathery visitors today. Mr Alan Ames, from Eagle Heights in Kent, brought along some birds of prey for the children to see and gave a fascinating talk about these delightful birds. This is especially relevant as, this school year, all our classrooms are named after a different bird. The children learned about the need for conservation, caring for injured birds, their habitats etc. It was a unique and memorable experience for the children.
Peregrine class are working with Fleetwood Town Football Club on a 'Healthy Heads' initiative. Each week we will talk about the qualities needed to be the best person we can be when playing sport, learning in school and when we're at home. After a class discussion, the children will play various games to try and apply the qualities they discussed previously.
Head Boy/Head Girl speeches and nominations
Today was an important day for our wonderful school. Our Year 6 children had the opportunity to run for the prestigious roles of Head Boy and Head Girl. The assembly began with each child giving a speech to the rest of the school as to why they would be perfect for the role. The children have been working on their speeches for the last week and they have really put their hearts and soles into them. They spoke eloquently, with their personalities shining through in their words, and it was lovely to see. After the speeches the voting slips were distributed and each child cast a vote. We are all waiting, with baited breath, for the votes to be counted. It takes a huge dollop of courage to stand at the front of the hall and speak; we are so proud of all the children who took part-well done!
Each Wednesday afternoon, Peregrine class enjoy a music lesson. The session involves singing (the songs chosen are current chart hits and very popular with the children), dancing and the chance to play various instruments within a Samba band. It's an enjoyable hour and the children really do get a lot out of it. The children will rotate instruments as the term goes on but take a look below at the pictures of our first session.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Our Healthy Heads session this week was all about team work. We discussed what teamwork involves and then had a go at putting it into practice. Our first challenge was to play dodge ball, but from a kneeling position. This required a lot more communication and passing than the normal version. After this, the children had to organise themselves into height order whilst standing on benches - without falling off. It was very entertaining to watch. There were moments where, from the expressions on their faces, you would have thought that they were passing each other on a sheer cliff face (not a low bench in the hall).
Look at our wonderful writing
Our first piece of extended writing is now complete. We have been working on a character description of August, the protagonist of our class read 'Wonder'. The children have worked hard to pack in all the features expected of Year 5/6 writers and the results are wonderful.
Head Boy and Head Girl announcements
This afternoon saw the arrival of the long awaited Head Boy and Head Girl announcements. The children voted in last weeks assembly and, after what feels like an age to the children, the winners were announced today. The vote was very close and counted twice, just to be sure. We are very proud to announce the following:
Head Boy - Lucas Randles
Head Girl - Molly Thomas
Deputy Head Boy - Kian McDermott
Deputy Head Girl - Dzhuliya Hristova
What a fabulous four!
A proud moment
Toasting our newly appointed Head Boy/Head Girl
Our weekly Healthy Heads focus for this week was fairness. We discussed the concept of fairness first before going into the hall to apply fairness in a sporting context. One of the games we played involved the children standing in a circle and having to catch a ball that was randomly thrown to them by the coach who stood in the middle. The aim was to make it to 20 successful catches. Whilst this might sound straight forward, the game proved tense at times- especially as we grew closer to the magic 20 catches.
Democracy in action
This afternoon the children voted for who they wanted to elect as House Captain. All Year 6 children were able to apply for the role and if they chose to apply they gave a speech to the other children in their house. Well done to all the children who gave a speech, you did amazingly well. The speeches were well prepared and heart felt. Huge congratulations to the winners, we know you will do your house proud!
Climates and rivers
Our topic focus for this half term is climates and rivers. We looked at different types of climate and which countries they apply to. We then went to locate various rivers around the world using an atlas to help us.
Our topic lesson this afternoon involved looking closely at how rivers are formed and the various parts of a river. We constructed a diagram with labels to show the information we had learnt. As you can see from the pictures below, these drawings aren't far off the technical diagram quality you might see in a text book!
Vive la différence
During French, Peregrine Class have been learning how to tell the time for their work about school. After watching a short presentation, they have written about the similarities and differences between English and French schools. They used photos to play matching games on the IWB to practise their new vocabulary.
Raising the roof
This week the children enjoyed another fabulous samba lesson. After playing some rhythm clapping games, a dancing warm up and singing along to some much loved songs - the children each had a turn on the various instruments. As always, the children played wonderfully and they really did 'raise the roof'.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue
We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue this afternoon. The firefighters talked to the children about: smoke alarms, general fire safety, road safety (particularly planning a safe route to high school) and safe cycling. It was an informative visit and the children enjoyed asking questions. One interesting fact that emerged during the visit is that children under 135cm tall still require a full backed booster seat. Lots of us were surprised by this, particularly when the tape measure came out to demonstrate the required height.
Our Healthy Heads Finale
This week marks the end of our Healthy Heads sessions. The final session focused on self esteem and the importance of loving ourselves, as well as others. In our last game the children had to use their teamwork and communication skills to make human letters in their small groups. We had some letters that looked more like hieroglyphics than our alphabet but, for the most part, the children did very well.
Drumming to the beat
Our weekly Samba lesson had a slightly different sound this week. Instead of the usual instruments we use, this week we used drum sticks to drum along to the music. It was great fun and the children were incredibly focused, they didn't miss a beat!
The festival of light - Diwali
We began our multicultural week by looking at Diwali. Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. With this in mind, we used clay to make a Diya (a special lamp used in India). We will paint and decorate them later this week, before having our own mini Diwali on Friday when we will put a tea light in our lamps and light them.
Native American art
Peregrine class have looked at the legend of the Mikmaq, an ancient Native American legend about a wild goose. Legend has it that a long, long time ago little geese were dying on their migratory flight. The older birds became very upset by this and came up with a plan to lead and shelter the smaller birds so they survived the flight. Ever since then, Native Americans believe that the King of the wild geese, Kluskap, is the protector of all the small birds that fly into their country.
A taste of Italy
Italian cuisine was on the menu for Peregrine class this morning. We made pizzas and decorated them with various toppings. As you can see from the pictures, it was an enjoyable and tasty activity - a perfect addition to our multicultural week.
Our afternoon took on a rhythmical note today, in the form of Aboriginal clapper sticks. Clapsticks or clappers are a type of drumstick, percussion mallet or claves that belongs to the idiophone category. They are often used to maintain rhythm in Aboriginal voice chants. The children decorated their sticks with Aboriginal symbols before having a go at clapping along to an Aboriginal chant.
The children had a unique and enjoyable dance lesson today. The theme was African dance and this complimented nicely with other activities we are doing in class this week. The children gave it their all and did very well.
Peregrine class made friendship bracelets today. We researched the bracelets and discovered that the handwoven knots used to create friendship bracelets can generally be traced back to Native Americans, although knot-tying also has a history in China and other parts of the world. In China, some of the earliest forms of decorative knots date as far back as 481-221 B.C. The Chinese used knots for many reasons, including decorations for clothing and other things.
Indian fact file
There is barely a corner of the globe that hasn't been explored in our class this week. This time it was the turn of India. The children completed an Indian fact file, using I pads for research. Working in pairs, they researched information about Indian currency, industry, oceans and neighbouring countries. There were prizes for the best fact files completed. Look at our proud winners.
We were extremely lucky today to have a special visitor in Peregrine class. Seema Dalvi, an award winning Indian cuisine chef and former secondary school Maths teacher, paid us a visit to talk to the children about all things Indian. Seema was fascinating to listen to, the children were enthralled. Seema talked about the many regions and languages of India and shared a story about being trapped on a bus in a monsoon flood for 24 hours. We discussed the caste system, the fact that the River Ganges is actually called the River Ganga and how to crack coconuts. These are just a tiny handful of the fascinating points that came out of Seemas visit. As if all this wasn't enough, Seema also brought some delicious Indian street style food for the children to sample.
We lit our Diyas this afternoon and had our very own Diwali. It was a lovely moment of calm after a very busy and enjoyable week.
History brought to life
Peregrine class had an extra special trip to the library today. We were invited to join in a history/drama workshop, based on the Ancient Egyptians. The theme was mummification and all the gory details, perfect for Halloween. It was informative and great fun, the children loved it.
What is evolution?
Our Science focus for this half term is evolution. We started our learning by thinking about inherited characteristics and the variations that can occur. This led on nicely to looking at how humans, plants and animals can adapt to their surroundings.
More writing success!
Once again our wonderful children have triumphed in their writing. We entered the Young Writers competition, for which the children were asked to write a poem about monsters, and lots of the poems have been selected for publication. This is amazing news, to have so many of our children's poems deemed worthy of publication is just phenomenal. Well done to all our wonderful writers!
Lest we forget...
Peregrine class represented our school at the remembrance service yesterday. It was a truly moving service.The memory of the sacrifices made by our armed forces can easily fade, in our busy world, which is why this event becomes more significant, and more moving, with every passing year. Many thanks to the children that managed to attend.
In addition to the service on Sunday, our Year 6 head and deputy leaders accompanied Mrs Kowalska to a special remembrance event at the Marine Hall today.
Lantern parade preparations
The annual Fleetwood lantern parade is fast approaching and preparations are underway. The children decorated a lantern this afternoon in readiness for the event. As you can see from the picture, the lanterns are very effective and will look fabulous in the parade.
This week sees the start of Anti-bullying week. The whole school is following the 'Hat not Hate' message and all the children will be wearing a knitted blue hat badge on their blazer to represent this.The hats were very kindly knitted by Mrs Thomas and Mrs Ashworth and the children are thrilled to be wearing them. In addition to the 'hat not hate' hats, tomorrow we will be wearing odd socks.
Each class will then mark the event in their own way. Peregrine class have made a 'chatter box' which links to our last class read, 'Wonder'. The chatter box is decorated with messages of kindness which the children will spread at break and lunchtimes.
Expressing an opinion
In French lessons, the children have produced posters to express their opinions on the subjects they learn in school. They are beginning to use simple positive and negative language and in their written work they can give reasons for their opinions.
The Kingdom of God
Our RE focus recently has been on the Kingdom of God. We have thought about what it means to be a part of the kingdom and the commitments that go with it. We are also looking at the concept of justice in a variety of contexts, as well as learning about people who have been persecuted for speaking out against in-justice.
Our class took part in a collective worship session today, which was led and prepared by two members of Peregrine class. The focus of the session was respect and compassion. This was a especially relevant to our anti-bullying activities and was a lovely, spiritual end to our week.
A huge well done to Molly and Rosie who wrote an article to raise awareness about child abuse. Their fabulous article was published in the Junior Gazette. Well done girls, a career in journalism awaits you!
Play scripts are our English focus this week. Our scripts are based on our current class read, 'There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom'. The scripts feature the two main characters and the children are working hard to include all the necessary features as well as making them entertaining.
Acknowledging Red Wednesday is an annual tradition in our school. To mark Red Wednesday the children were invited to wear to an item of red with their usual uniform. Yesterday Peregrine class held a collective worship session where we prayed for all the people who are persecuted for their beliefs.
Applying our Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths skills
Four of our Year 5 children attended a STEM event at Fleetwood High School today. Our task was to build a bridge that was both sturdy enough to hold a 1KG truck and tall enough to allow a boat to pass underneath. The wood had to be cut to size by the children, using a hack saw, and the holes drilled independently. The children worked tremendously hard to build a bridge that more than met all the requirements. Well done team Blue Bridge!
Good and evil
The theme of this weeks collective worship session was good and evil. The session was led and delivered by the children and, as always, it was a spiritual and reflective session.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree ...
The annual Fleetwood Christmas Tree Festival is fast approaching. Our school tree will have an eco theme this year. In readiness for this, the children have coloured a person and made an eco promise on the back.
It's HIIT step time
Friday afternoon saw a very different kind of PE session for some of our Year 5 and 6 children. We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to enjoy a high intensity interval training session at the YMCA. The class involved doing various exercises, for set periods of time, using a step. The children did very well. It was tough at times but they persevered; we all left with sweat on our brows and a rosy glow. Well done to all who took part!
Today is the first school day of Advent. The children made an Advent promise last week in preparation for this. They thought hard about how their promise could make them a better person on the run up to Christmas. Carol service and nativity rehearsals are in full swing and the classrooms have all had a Christmas style makeover. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Each child in school has been given a beautiful, handmade prayer card. They have been lovingly made by a parishioner at church, using a variety of colours, and the children can keep them in their trays to use during prayer or worship time.
The true meaning of Christmas
Peregrine class have been reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas this week. Our focus is the well known festive advert which shows the famous World War One truce, in which German and English soldiers played football on Christmas day. We are writing diary entries from the perspective of the soldier who initiated the truce. They are coming along nicely and we will put some extracts on this page when they are completed.
Some of our diary extracts...
We have seen the light...
Peregrine class are seeing the light this week, quite literally. Our science focus is how light travels and how we see things. We have conducted various experiments to investigate this.
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
During our weekly French lesson, the children researched Christmas traditions in France and compared them with our own. They discovered that many things were the same, although they were quite jealous to learn that St. Nicolas visited French children on two dates in December, bearing gifts both times. To finish our lessons this half term, the children made their own cards, although in France, cards are traditionally exchanged at New Year and not Christmas.