Welcome to Eagle Owl Class
Eagle Owl Class is for the Year 5 and 6 children.The children in Eagle Owls Class are taught by Miss Nelson and are supported throughout the week by Mrs Wiltshire and Miss Frost and are also supported by Miss Farndell on a Friday.
We believe that all children have the ability to achieve their aspirations through developing a 'can do' attitude and a growth mind-set through engaging in a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Our aim within this is for the children to become confident, resilient and self-assured learners who are proud of theirs, and others, achievements.
Within the classroom we have a Maths zone, an English zone, a Reading zone and much, much more. Each area has a designated working wall to help scaffold the children's learning and to ensure that all learners are challenged to suit their individual needs.
The children follow a rolling fortnightly timetable of core and foundation subjects. In the mornings we take part in our Maths, English and Guided Reading lessons; in the afternoons we enjoy exploring a range of foundation subjects in our topic learning such as history, geography and science. At present, the children have a staggered start and finish. Please speak to Mrs Ellis in the office if you are unsure of when your child should be coming in and leaving.
Eagle Owl's class weekly timetable will look like the example timetable below (this is a working document and may be subject to change).
On Wednesday Week A, Eagle Owls will be covered by Mrs Wiltshire who will lead the core sessions in the morning. In the afternoons, the children will have PE with Mr Hooper.
Children will need to have their PE kits in school on the following days:
PE kit every Tuesday and Wednesday
Homework for the following week will be set on a Friday and will be due for the following Friday. On this day, we will complete our spellings test and times table olympics.
In Eagle Owls, our lessons are planned to meet the needs of all the learners in our class through the use of our Bloom's learning challenges.
We teach writing through the 'Talk for Writing' approach, developed by Pie Corbett. Talk for Writing is an exciting, creative and rigorous approach based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes.
In order to develop mastery in our mathematics, we use the White Rose Maths materials to support our planning and teaching.
To support all foundation areas of the curriculum we apply 'creative learning' ideas from Cornerstones. Cornerstones provides a skills based curriculum that supports cross curricular links. Our topics for the term are complemented with timetabled enrichment opportunities to ensure children receive a holistic, balanced learning experience.
This year's learning:
This year, we will explore the following topics in our foundation learning:
Autumn 1 - A Child's War
Autumn 2 - Star Gazers
Spring 1 - Firedamps and Davy Lamps
Spring 2 - Alchemy Island
Summer 1 and 2 - Darwin's Delights (Key Stage Two Play)
For each topic, the teacher will create a curriculum map, which shows you what your child will be learning that term, across the subjects. This can be found below.
The National Curriculum
In Eagle Owls, all children access the following subject areas:
This year the children will be involved in a range of enrichment opportunities to immerse and excite the children in their topic learning. Due to the Covid-19 virus, we are unable to confirm when these events will take place or what form they will take. At Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School, cultural enrichment and experiences form an essential part of children's contextual learning and wider educational experiences. Please be reassured that as soon as we are able to proceed, we will inform you of the experiences we have planned.
Summer One: Alchemy Island
This half term we will be going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Alchemy Island. A mysterious visitor will arrive to present us with artefacts from the island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story openings. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Alchemy Island, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write soliloquies and poems inspired by the island’s magical powers and dramatic landscape. The coding programme Scratch will help us to plot and correct errors in our route, and we’ll use technology to create beautiful digital images. We’ll compose raps and use sound effects and mood music to reflect the atmosphere on Alchemy Island.
At the end of the project, we'll create our own fantasy island applying all of our learning from our topic.
Summer Two: Darwin's Delights
Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.
During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures and understanding how they have evolved or adapted. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. We will examine letters and journal entries written by Darwin on his voyage to the Galapagos Islands. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter? At the end of our topic, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?
Hear your child read daily, exploring new vocabulary and ensuring that children have understood what they have read. Support your child in learning their weekly spellings and maths homework. The weekly spellings can be found below, and will be updated every half term (this is a working document and can be subject to change).
The Maths homework is found online, and supports our Maths teaching in class. The homework, alike our teaching format is done through 'White Rose' and supports children to consolidate their learning. Homework, will be set on a Friday and is due to be completed by the following Friday.
POSTPONED UNTIL 2022. Further details will be sent in due course.
Two outdoor experience days have been planned to Wimbleball Lake and Woodlands Play Centre. Please contact the office for further information.
Eagle Owl Residential: Osmington Bay, Dorset, 17th - 19th May 2021
We are excited to announce that we have made a provisional booking for our class residential for with PGL to Osmington Bay, Dorset. We will be staying for three days and two nights.
The residential is all about having fun while taking part in all sorts of adventurous activities designed to help your child learn, develop new skills and really shine as an individual and also as part of a team. The children will get to discover a range of new activities such as raft building, kayaking, sailing, abseiling, biking and orienteering. The children will be able to experience a range of adventure activities as well as water sports. The range of activities available will be discussed with the children and they will vote on their programme for our stay.
Please note that the residential is subject to change depending on government guidelines relating to Covid-19. A presentation and meeting will be held closer to the time with additional information regarding our trip. In the meantime, you can access further information by visiting: https://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/school-trips/primary-schools/centres/osmington-bay
Year 6 is important for many things for your child; their last days at primary school, their transition to secondary school as well their SATS tests at the end of the year. As a class we will be practising these from time to time throughout the year, so if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to come and talk to us at the end of a day. At present, the government has stated the dates to be from Monday 10th May to Thursday 13th May 2021.
In the Summer term, parents will be invited to attend a SATS parents meeting to provide you with information about their upcoming SATS, how we are supporting the children in the lead up to their SATS and during, and ways that you can also help to support your child.
Click on the link below to see how well our Year 6 pupils have achieved in previous years.
We understand that any transition can be exciting and daunting at the same time for parents and children. This is why we try to do everything we can to make transitions as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. In the Summer term we have a transition day for the children so they can get to know their new teachers, teaching assistants, classroom environment and routines.
We offer parent consultations in the Autumn term to inform you about how your child has settled in, and to answer any questions you may have. Ensuring that we work together as a team and do everything possible to support your child to achieve their potential.
Please feel free to make an appointment with Miss Nelson at any time, outside of these consultation times.
Working closely with parents is very important to us at Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School. In Eagle Owl Class we have many events throughout the year to encourage this. If at any time you have concerns please catch Miss Nelson at the end of the school day or make an appointment via Mrs Ellis, the school secretary.
We now have a whole school Twitter page and you can request to join this to see what your children have been up to. You can find the page by searching: @LSLschool
If you would like help to access our page, please do come and see any member of staff at the end of the school day.
Please note that only the class teacher can grant access to the class Twitter page. To read the school's E-Safety Statement please click on the link below.
Websites to support your topic study!
Parents please check each link.