Welcome to our class page for Falcon and Kingfisher classes. Here you'll find all the information for homework, newsletters and all of the other amazing things we have been doing in class. Keep a look out for the latest information and keep up to date with any exciting events that have happened at school!
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with any of us if there is anything you need to discuss. Many thanks for your continued support.
Miss Jolliffe - Falcons Class Teacher
Miss James - Kingfisher Class Teacher
Mrs Lewis - Teaching Assistant
Miss Bradley - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Randall - Teaching Assistant
Morfa Bay - Day 4.
On the final day of activities Mr Jelf's group were up early for a busy day of physical challenges: abseiling, assault course and orienteering. The group were brilliant and all of the children went down the abseiling wall, using the rope to control their descent. They then moved onto the assault course. The assault course is a timed challenge and the fasted team gets a prize! Mr Jelf has never been one for speed and instead challenged his group to be the muddiest - a challenge they grabbed with both hands. The photos almost don't quite do it justice - I have been doing camp for many years and I can categorically say that they were the muddiest group I have ever seen!
Miss Jolliffe's group and Miss James's group began the day in the sea in much improved weather! They went bodyboarding and played games and all of the children loved it! Miss Jolliffe's group then headed to the mountain biking track and the archery arena! They finished the day on the climbing wall and all of the children had a go. Miss James's group headed back down to the beach immediately for the Rocky Shore Study and finished their week of activities on the mountain bike trail!
Once dinner was finished and the plates were tidied away, all of the children headed up to the hall to participate in the legendary Morfa Bay Disco! A huge shout out to Oscar, Caleb, Harley and Harry who did not stop dancing!
There may also be a few sneaky pictures of some children asleep on the bus ride home!
Morfa Bay - Day 3.
On Wednesday, Mr Jelf's group kicked off the day with a double header of mountain biking and archery. Scarlett proved to be the group's best archer and even got a few 10's! They then moved onto the climbing wall after lunch and all of the children reached their goals and many made it to the top of the tower (including Mr Jelf)! They finished the day back down on the beach looking at some of the creatures that can be found in the rockpools.
Miss Jolliffe's group began the day on the tower with abseiling. Many children went off the top and, using the rope to control them, lowered their way back to the bottom. They then shared bushcraft session with Miss James's group and learnt how to create sparks from batteries, how to build a shelter from natural resources and how to filter water using charcoal. They finished the day doing orienteering in the woods and ended up with some of the fastest times of the week.
Miss James's group began the day on the assault course - getting extremely muddy in the process! They then moved into the bushcraft area with Miss Jolliffe's group and finished the day entering the cave. Miss James was incredibly proud of her group - all of whom made it into the second chamber and could answer questions about the cave.
Morfa Bay - Day 2
On Tuesday the children had their first full day of activities! Mr Jelf's group began the day with Zip-line and the High Ropes course! All of the children made it to the top of the High Ropes course and they all flew down the Zip-line. They then headed into the forest for some bush craft. They learnt the three key features of survival and thought about how they could survive in the wilderness. They finished the day with an incredibly wet and windy trip to the beach! The sea was rolling and the children were fearless in their attempts to catch the perfect wave!
Miss Jolliffe's group started their day on the climbing wall - the whole group were so encouraging and made sure to cheer on all of their teammates. After lunch, the group took part in caving! Despite some initial nerves, every single child made it through to the the second chamber. Again, the team spirit was amazing and they all looked out for each other. We ended our activities in the pouring rain, using maps and our sense of direction to locate clues in a wooded area. Conditions were most definitely challenging, but the team persevered and were able to locate key points on the map, ensuring that no team member was left behind!
Miss James' group began with a rocky seashore study - each member of the group located crabs, fish, sea urchins and snails (which we all then studied and discussed). Once we ate our delicious lunch, we moved onto caving! Every member of the group was amazing - supporting and encouraging each other to get through the cave and its tricky terrain! Proudest moment so far for many of the team! Our final activity was abseiling, a very scary moment for many of us! Each member attempted the challenge and again, everyone was so supportive towards one another. A fantastic day!
Morfa Bay - Day 1
After arriving at camp and sorting out their beds, the children went straight into their very activity! Miss James's and Miss Jolliffe's groups completed the zip line and high ropes: we were so impressed with how much enthusiasm and support for each other they demonstrated. Mr Jelf's group began with caving and, despite a few nerves, everyone made it to the second chamber - some even made it through the post box! Following dinner, all groups took part in the Pendine coastal walk before hot chocolate and bed. A busy start to the week!
During our Science lessons, this term, we have been learning all about electricity! We started the term by learning the scientific symbols for the different components of an electrical circuit. We have also designed our own circuits following a brief and have investigated conductors and insulators as well as exploring what happens to a bulb/buzzer/motor when the voltage is changed.
Busy in the allotment!
Each year group has been challenged to grow some produce in the school allotment in preparation for creating a meal later in the year. We have chosen to grow peppers, radishes, onions and courgettes in order to make a vegetable pasta dish. We were very hands on in the allotment, weeding, turning soil, planting and just having a good general tidy up!
Recently, we have been learning all about angles! We have learned that angles in a triangle equal 180 degrees, angles in a quadrilateral total 360 degrees and angles on a straight line are 180 degrees. We used protractors and tape on our tables to investigate the size of different angles: we realised that vertically opposite angles are also the same!
Reading with Reception
We absolutely love reading in Year 6 and jumped at the chance to share our enjoyment of books with Barn and Tawny Owl classes! Both the Year 6s and Reception children had a brilliant time - we're hoping to make our visits a regular part of a our time table!
Area and Perimeter
As part of our maths learning, we were given the challenge to design a floor plan for our dream home! We could create any design we wanted, as long as we were able to work out the area and perimeter of each of the rooms, as well as the total area of the house. Who knows, there may be a few budding architects among us!
We are really enjoying our new Tudors topic! In our History lessons, we have learned all about the Tudor family tree, the impact of the War of the Roses, delved into the marriages of Henry VIII and questioned the reliability of primary sources - all in just one week!
As part of English lessons, we will be studying Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We started the unit by making predictions of the plot and themes based on various front covers - a lot of our predictions were quite close to the actual plot! We have written setting descriptions of the heath to develop atmosphere and have developed characters by writing dialogue between the infamous three witches.
Indoor Athletics at Yate Academy
On Tuesday, a group of Year 5s and 6s took part in an indoor athletics competition at Yate Academy. There was a whole range of events to compete in, including multiple relays, triple jump, javelin and long jump. The children came up against some tough competitors from six others schools but they gave their absolute all and demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork throughout the evening. Well done Team Abbotswood!
Testing air resistance
As part of our science topic, we have been learning all about forces. To test for air resistance, we were challenged to design and make our own parachutes to transport an egg safely to the ground. We were given a range of materials, including paper, tape, a plastic cup, aluminium foil, string and of course, an egg! Our designs were brilliant and only two of the eleven cracked!
Viking double page spreads
To mark the end of our Vikings topic, we have been creating our own non-chronological reports about our very own monster to fight against Beowulf! We used headings, subheadings and passive voice to create detailed descriptions of our creatures.
As part of our Vikings topic, we got into character by recreating a trade deal between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Half of the room took on the role of Vikings, whereby they offered goods and materials in exchange for food from the Anglo-Saxons. It got very heated; we're great negotiators!
Fun with addition and subtraction
We have been playing lots of different games to generate our own addition and subtraction questions. We loved using a Poppit, playing cards and dominoes!
During our sessions in the wildlife area, we have learned how to work as a team to build dens, play games involving lots of cold water and to get creative in the outdoors!
In Science last week, the children were given a portion of 'Alien Soup'. It contained: rice, sand, plastic, paperclips and bark, as well as a secret ingredient - salt. The salt had dissolved and at the end of the lesson we discussed how we would go about separating the salt-water solution.
Here is an excellent example of perseverance from the girls during Lockdown - completing a 1,000 piece puzzle. Unfortunately two pieces had gone walkabout, but it doesn't take anything away from their achievement!
In maths this week, the children have been working together to improve their problem solving skills. They were given a booklet of SATs questions and they had to work together to solve them. For every mark, they got a Lego brick and at the end of the lesson, they had time to build their creations!
In Guided Reading this week, the class have lead their own learning and researched their own questions about WW1. They then presented their information in the form of a poster. We had posters on what life was like in the trenches, what animals were involved in WW1 and what food the soldiers would have eaten during the war.
The children have been thinking about what it would be like to lose your sight and how that would affect their day to day lives. We went out into the wildlife area and they needed to navigate themselves around a course with a partner directing them.
Last term, the entire class had the opportunity to go out into our amazing Wildlife Area and do some activities with the much-loved Mrs Millman. The children had an amazing time and I can't wait to get out there more with them!
As a part of Black History month, the children have completed a series of lessons on racism. They have learnt about what the word means, as well as what racial discrimination can look and sound like. We have learnt about one of the greatest civil rights protests the country has seen - The Bristol Bus Boycott - and the children have shown great empathy whilst imagining what the men involved would have been thinking/feeling.