Rowling class has two teachers: Mr Raybould and Mrs Gregory. We would like to welcome you to our webpage where you'll find useful information about life in Rowling class.
Welcome to the summer term!
Lots of exciting things happen in the summer term. First off, of course, will be the SATs papers for the Year 6s - these take place from the 9th May to the 12th May (shifted one day due to the Coronation bank holiday).
Also, we will begin preparing for the summer play: Aladdin (information on how to audition is on Seesaw).
Then there is the residential trip to Liverpool, sports day, the summer concert and many other exciting activities.
For the first half of the term, the topic is called Seeds of Change. We will be looking at living things and their habitats in science as well as developing a social change project in D&T. There will be a focus on women who have made a significant impact on history. Finally, will be looking at Money Matters in PSHE and we will aim to code a memory game using Scratch.
Our second spring term topic was all about exploring the ancient civilisation of Benin. Art, writing and history focused on this exciting area of learning. Science was all about properties of materials whilst PSHE was all about 'Being Me.'
For the first half of the Spring Term, our topic was called The Wonderful Land of China. Our focus was on the geography of China, looking at mountains, rivers and cities. We will studied fables from Chinese culture as well as wrote our own.
For the second half of the Autumn Term, our topic was called The Rainforests of the Amazing Amazon. We looked at how the rainforest is under threat and what can be done to take action. As a result, we wrote to the government with our own suggestions about what should be done. Our art was printing based and inspired by art and imagery from the Maya civilisation. Additionally, we wrote adventure stories inspired by The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.
For the first part of the Autumn Term, our topic was called The Vikings Have Landed! We learned about why and how the Vikings invaded Britain as well as learning about Vikings myths, legends and sagas. The Saga of Erik the Viking, by Terry Jones, inspired us to write our own sagas. Not only that, we made Viking style bags in our DT lessons.
Music this year in Rowling will be all about learning the clarinet! For many in the class, this will be a continuation of the learning that took place in Morpurgo. For Mr Raybould, this is an excellent opportunity to learn a new instrument other than the guitar.
School PE will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday and children will come to school in PE kit.
Ongoing homework is reading, Times Tables Rock Stars and spelling practice (see opposite). Practice makes progress.
Additional homework for Year 6 will be posted on Seesaw and will be based on necessary learning about specific areas in the CGP books.
The Rowling Blog
We are reading:
Spelling lists (of between 15 and 20 words) for the writing unit will be given to children at the beginning of the related unit of work. Children will practice the use of these spellings through a variety of tasks for the duration of the writing unit (between 2 and 4 weeks).
There will be a different spelling rule each week and will be studied in spelling lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Every half term there are 20 of the 100(ish) spelling words taken from the statutory spelling list for Years 5 and 6 to practice and learn. It is a requirement of the curriculum that children can spell these words (the full list is in the back of children's planners).
All spelling lists mentioned above will be on Spelling Shed for practice.