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
Mrs James-Thomas - Kingfisher Class Teacher
Mrs Lewis - Teaching Assistant
Miss Bradley - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Randall - Teaching Assistant
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.