WELCOME TO LION CLASS
2017 - 2018
We are a mixed Y5/6 Class and there are 29 of us.
Our Teacher is Miss Ellis.
Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Tiyar.
LION DIARY DATES
Week 19th March - Poetry Performance Week
Friday 23rd May - WVPS Poetry Slam
Week of 14th May - Y6 SATs Week
Monday - Wednesday 25/26/27th June - Y6 Camp
Lion Class Clubs!
This year, some pupils in Lion Class have decided to organise and lead Clubs for other pupils in our School.
Laila [Pupil Lead for Reading] leads a Book Club every Thursday, during Lunch Time. Laila's group are reading the novel - 'Goldfish Boy'.
Ruby [Pupil Lead for Maths] runs a Maths Club each Monday.
Jaydon [Head Boy] leads a School Magazine Club which meets each Friday!
In addition, Mollie [Pupil Lead for Spelling], Millie, Ruby and Laila run a Homework Club each Tuesday for all WVPS pupils who wish for some expert Y6 help with any homework difficulties. See the photographs below to see how popular Homework Club was last term.
Well done, Year 6!
LION CLASS CURRICULUM INFORMATION
This Spring Term 2018, our Topic is: 'Why do some creatures no longer exist?'
This is a science-based topic, which focuses on living things and evolution theory. During this Unit of Work, Lion Class will study classification of animals and plants, including learning how they adapted over millions of years. We will also find out about the famous scientist Charles Darwin, researching how his theories were challenged by other people.
In RE, we will find out how different religions believe how the world began, in Music will we listen to music from the last five centuries and in Art we will create our own hybrid creatures. During ICT, we will use data branching to classify our own choice of animal.
Please note that this Topic will continue for both halves of the Spring term 2018.
Lion Class Novel
Each half-term, Lion Class will focus their English learning around a novel. Our aim is to use a respected, well-written whole text to stimulate a passion for both reading and writing. Each week, Lion Class will receive a directed whole-class reading lesson centred upon this text; in addition, we will use the story to generate independent, well-written pieces, which will include focused attention on developing and refining grammar, punctuation and spelling skills.
This Spring term, our chosen novel is - 'Skellig' by David Almond.
For the final three weeks of the Spring term, we will study a poetry unit that will be linked to our class novel.
Please note that this English unit will continue for both halves of the Spring term 2018
Y6 Lions receive two Homework Tasks on a weekly basis - one piece of Maths and one piece of English. Homework is issued on a Friday and needs to be returned the following Wednesday.
Y5 Lions receive a Maths Homework Task on a weekly basis, which is issued on a Friday and needs to be returned the following Wednesday.
If Y5 pupils wish for additional weekly English Homework, then you can opt to take home similar weekly Homework Tasks to Y6. Optional, additional English Homework Tasks will always be available for Y5 each week.
In addition, Y5 and Y6 Lions are expected to read daily for at least 20 minutes and also make sure that they practise their weekly Spellings.
Home Learning Challenge
Please note that from Spring 2 we have decided to make the Y5 and Y6 Home Learning Challenges optional; this is because we were so impressed by our students' voluntary home learning contributions during last term. Many of our class took it upon themselves to conduct their own independent research linked to our school topic at home! We hope that this will continue during this half of the Spring term too.
Weekly Spelling List
Our Weekly Spelling Test is on Friday and the new Weekly Spelling Lists will also be issued on Friday.
See below for a copy of this week's Spellings.
PE is on Tuesday afternoon. This Term we are doing Netball so please make sure you have your PE kit in school on this day.
STAR OF THE WEEK!
See the photograph below to find out who is our Friday 16th March 2018 Lion Class 'Star of the Week'
Yesterday, Lion Class went on their Class trip. We went to Coldharbour Mill in Uffculme, Devon.
Coldharbour Mill is a Victorian woollen mill. Mr Robson, the foreman of the mill, showed us around whilst he ensured that our behaviour was sufficiently good enough to gain employment! Luckily, all of us are more than 8 years old so he was happy to employ us. Later, we found out that working conditions were so harsh that we needed to join a union to help to improve working conditions for Victorian children. Unfortunately, Mr Robson found out about our meeting and one of us got sacked!
Victorian Inventor Research!
This week in Lion Class, we split into teams to research the inventions of Victorian genius, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Three of the teams researched ships, and three of the teams researched his work connected to the railways. See our final presentations below! Next week, we will use this information write non-chronological reports.
This week, Enya, Isabelle and Jaydon attended a Somerset Literacy Network Poetry Workshop. They collaboratively created their own poem and were so successful that they are now planning to teach a poetry lesson to Lion Class! #LoveMyClass
Woolavington History Trail!
After studying our Victorian maps of Woolavington village, and discovering that the land upon which our school is built, was once an apple orchard, Lion Class set off on a history trail. We started from the gate at the top of the field, made our way down Crancombe Lane, past the Village Hall and across the road to the lane past Hurmans Farm and back up to the Old School. Mrs Edgar kindly invited us into her house, and she showed us the room that was the original schoolroom. We discovered that the school was built in 1876. We also saw photographs of Victorian children and their teacher at the school, and Miss Ellis rang the old school bell! After that, we visited the church and churchyard, and we made sketches of headstones and looked carefully at the names and dates on them. Finally, we made our way past Mrs Clark's house [which used to be the Old Post Office] to the old village pump on the original village green. We really loved our history trail, and we hope Scarlett's Mum and Rosie's Nan enjoyed their surprise visits! Also, a HUGE thank you to all the adults who accompanied us, and a very special thank you to Mrs Edgar. Total Stars!
On Thursday 9th November, Lion Class celebrated 1960s Day by dressing up in 1960s clothes. We looked amazing! Check out our photos below. We also learned some key dates and interesting facts from the 1960s and we learned about Pop Artist - Andy Warhol. We used our newly-learned portrait drawing skills to create Andy Warhol art.
Head Boy & Head Girl Elections - 2017
If you would like to be considered for either of these positions, spend some time thinking about what you can offer, what things you care about in our school, and what (if any) improvements you would like to introduce.
Candidates will be required to deliver a speech, and answer any questions arising, during a whole school assembly.
Are you ready for the challenge of becoming a WVPS VIP?
The Results are in!
Well done Jaydon, Isabelle and Sapphire.
Fancy a Summer Holiday Project?
If you get fed up with the British weather, feel free to research any aspect of Space that interests you (e.g. Planets, Moon, Stars, Space Travel, Space Scientists, Space History or UFOs) and bring your research/presentation/artwork into school, at the beginning of the Autumn Term, to share with the rest of Lion Class - it may even end up on display!
Alternatively, if you prefer, you could use the above picture as a stimulus to write either a poem or a story to read aloud to the rest of our Class.
EXPECTED STANDARDS FOR END OF YEAR 6
Age Related Expected Standards for the End of KS2
Please see the DfE document below, to find out what the Expected Standards of Achievement are for Reading, Writing, Maths and Science, at the end of Year 6
LION ALUMNI PAGE!
Please see below for pictures and information about Lion Class 2016 - 2017
We wish all of our former Y6s the very best of luck in Y7.
Lion Class End of Year Play - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
Check out the photos of our Class Play below. So proud of all of them! Thanks to Mrs Tiyar, Pandora, Bryony, Bridget, Shannon and Evelyn for all their help with rehearsing, costumes, stage set, props, hair & make-up, sound, lights and photography. #LoveMyClass
Year 6 Prom & Disco
Despite, the torrential rain, we still managed to celebrate in style! We all looked our best - special mention goes to Ashley H, Will and Liam! All the girls looked amazing - well, let's face it they always do! Mr Jackson lit his first BBQ, and Mrs Omell and Miss Maclennon were Assistant Chefs! Year 5 decorated the classroom beautifully. Mrs Tiyar and Miss Ellis kept an eye on our karaoke, dancing and banqueting. We only got half of the chocolate from the fruit kebabs on the classroom carpet!
Lion Class Transition Day!
Today children from Tiger and Leopard Class joined our Year 5s for our annual class transition day.
Our theme for the morning was 'team work'!
We watched a clip about lion cubs from the film - 'Born Free'. Then we worked in groups to interview and report how Joy and George Adamson's life was totally transformed when they took in three starving, motherless lion cubs. We made videos of our interviews.
After Break, we enjoyed more team games on the playing field. Please see the photos below.
On Friday 23rd June, WVPS participated in a sponsored bounce to raise money to buy things for our school! Here are some of Lions enjoying themselves!
On Tuesday 6th June, a group of us travelled to Dillington to take part in a Poetry Slam! We had prepared and rehearsed the poem 'Its a Rap' by Tony Mitton - including learning it off by heart. We had a great time and Mr Jackson said our performance was the best!
Wednesday - Day 2 of Easter School - Here we are revising how to retrieve information from a text. Miss Ellis and Mr Jackson arranged a Reading Retrieval Competition. We had to order 15 events from Chapter 1 of Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. The prize for the fastest pair will be awarded tomorrow. Miss Ellis is going shopping in Bristol!
Afterwards, we played our daily game of Rounders. Kuda's team is now slightly ahead of Ashley's - the score standing at 17 to 14.5! I wonder which team will be the overall Champions? Sign in tomorrow to find out!
Thursday - Day 3 of Easter School - Today we revised our knowledge of square and cube numbers, synonyms and antonyms and we participated in a Maths Vocabulary Quiz - the winning pair will be announced on the first day of next term!
Also, we played our last rounds in the Rounders Championship! Unfortunately, although we all know that Miss Ellis is 'perfect', today she had a 'slightly imperfect' moment! Although, for most of the Championship, she was an impeccable umpire - on Day 3, she lost count of the rounds for each team and also we were stopped by the clock - so, although Miss Ellis declared Ashley's Team the winners, it seems more likely, that it was, in fact, a draw!
Well done, everyone, and special mention of excellent sporting performances from Ashley, Kuda and Will.
Today, we all dressed up and to raise money for charity, we worked in teams to solve riddles hidden around the school. Please see the photographs below.
The Highwayman visited Maths today!
Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day!
We really enjoyed dressing up today as story-book characters!
During Assembly, some of our class told the rest of the school about our favourite books, we also did a 'guess the book quote' and some of our class performed an excerpt from a David Walliams novel. Please see some photos of our fun day below.
During Spring 1, Week 6, Lions wrote their own News Reports about the first use of tank warfare during WW1.
Please see Laila's fabulous, beautifully presented Report below.
Laila managed to include accurate historical and geographical details, as well as managing some complex tense changes and speech punctuation. Well done, Laila!
Class Trip to Bovington Tank Museum!
Just before Half Term, we visited Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset to find out about how WW1 resulted in changes to both the operation and the weapons of war.
Among many activities we enjoyed - special mention can be made of the following:
We were able to get inside a Mark IV Tank and listen to Gordon [a Tank expert] tell us all about the development of WW1 Tank warfare.
We also experienced what it was like to be in the trenches and Mya tried on a British Soldier's uniform.
Before we travelled to the Museum, we had worked in groups of 5 to create questions and answers for an interview for our WW1 News Report [about the first time tanks were used in combat]. So when we visited the War Horse exhibition, we were able to film ourselves as News Reporters interviewing the crew of the first Tank to be invented in 1915 - The Mark 1 Tank.
Please see some of our photographs below.
The Great War Debate
Towards the end of the Autumn Term 2016, Lion Class used their knowledge of persuasive writing and speaking to conduct a debate based on the subject of War. The Proposers argued that every country has the right to go to war if it so wishes, the Opposing side did everything they could to undermine the Proposal. In the end, the audience voted against war!
Children in Need Day!
WVPS celebrated Children in Need Day by dressing up in 'spotty' clothes and joining in a whole school treasure hunt. Each team had to locate the 'spots' which were concealed all over the school. Each 'spot' was a different colour and contained a clue to a school staff member's identity! Children had to solve all the riddles to find all the staff!
This week was Anti-Bullying Week. Lions Class created a short dramatic piece to perform in Assembly. Unfortunately, the video is too large to upload to our Web Page - so please see the photographs below.
Y6 Camp, Black Rock Activity Centre September 2016!
21st September 2016
Day 1 on Y6 Camp!
We are all fast asleep now!
Miss Ellis is typing this short note to let you know we are all safe and sound after a fantastic first day.
Today we did rock climbing and caving. We all had a go at both activities. Even a serious downpour didn't spoil our fun - although the morning caving group had to exit the cave by climbing a steep, slippery slope that more resembled a waterfall than anything else! We didn't much like our unfashionable helmets but they did keep us safe and they also helped to keep our heads dry during the deluge!
One of the great things about our first day was how well everyone worked as a team. We helped each other with the ropes during rock climbing and offered moral support to each other during the caving experience too.
When we got to Hill House we found out who our room mates were and everyone was really pleased. After tea, we had time for a play in the grounds. Later, Miss Watton organised a game before hot chocolate and bed.
We went to sleep pretty quickly because we were all so tired.
Night night, sweet dreams zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
PS: Mrs Davenport was first to bed and fast asleep by 10.00 pm! We reckon it was due to exhaustion from her incredible rock climbing attempt, earlier in the day!
22nd September 2016
Day 2 on Y6 Camp!
Day 2 of Y6 Camp continued!
PS: You'll never guess who our surprise visitors were at tea time ...
23rd September 2016
Day 3 on Y6 Camp!
This morning, it is fair to say, that if Miss Ellis had not dragged us from our beds at 7.00 am, we'd probably still be snoring in them even now!
Today was the 'raft building challenge'!
When we arrived at the lake, Sophie suggested we split into 3 teams; however, Miss Ellis thought we were a bit too tired to have only 6 people to a team, so we decided to divide into two teams! Even though Sophie warned us that a girl/boy split might not be the best plan, we decided to go for it. The boys were extremely confident that they would beat the girls! The girls were extremely confident that they would beat the boys!
This task was all about thinking skills, strength and team working.
See the photographs below and aim to decide for yourself which team was the winner!
The end of Y6 Camp!
Roald Dahl Day!
On Tuesday 13th September we celebrated Roald Dahl Day by dressing up and spending the day doing activities related to his stories and characters.
We decided we love his books so much we wanted to use them to do some extreme reading!
Class Transition Day July 2016!
See below for photographs of our Lion Class Transition Day on 5th July 2016
Please see below for Willow Class Pages during academic year 2015 - 2016
Day 1 on Year 6 Camp
Today it rained. Heavily! However rain was never going to dampen our intrepid Year 6 and their spirit of adventure. The children divided into two groups and tried their hand at rock climbing and caving. As you can see from some of the photos this was not rock climbing for tots. This was challenging stuff! The two groups all showed amazing determination but a special mention goes to Ben and Jayden for demonstrating some excellent rock climbing raw talent. The Mendip cave system is extensive and eerily beautiful. Both groups were totally fearless and squeezed and squashed their way along narrow caverns and steep tunnelled passages. The team work and group care taken by all was exemplary. Tomorrow we will be on the high ropes, kayaking and developing archery skills...
Day 2 on Year 6 camp
Today the sun shone. Hurray! Yesterday Year 6 were soaked but today they needed suntan cream. A lot of new skills were learned. Kaitlin and Ferne earned archery high score certificates and Skye excelled at her archery by scoring a bulls eye or "custard" on only her third attempt. Toby bravely volunteered to be the High rope guinea pig whilst Maddie, Shannon, Milly, Jayden and Matthew overcame their fears on the High wires whilst Alesha, Ben and Ferne climbed the wires like circus trapeze artists, We should also mention the amazing bravery of all the children who climbed the "big pole" and managed to stand on top. Well done Evelyn, Alesha, Ferne ,Toby, Ben, Oliver, Maddie and Matthew. Archie showed strength and determination in helping his team build a sea worthy raft and Chloe demonstrated fantastic team building skills. Everybody seems blissfully happy with Hill House accommodation, summed up this morning by Daisy, "I wish school could be here all the time".
Welcome to Willow - Year 5/6!
Our Topic this term is ‘Island Magic’.
We will be learning about islands all over the world – how they were formed and how life evolved upon them. We will also find out how humans can change an island’s natural environment to suit their own needs, including building homes, and developing infrastructure and services.
At the end of this Topic, each group will present their research of a chosen island to the rest of the class and participate in a whole class ‘Island’ quiz.
In English, our Class Novel is ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. The novel is about a boy who travels half way around the world on his family’s yacht – unfortunately, after an accident at sea, he finds himself washed ashore on an apparently deserted island, with only his dog for company!
Towards the end of the Summer term, we will also be inviting you all to our production of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the great writer’s death and this is why we have chosen his last play to celebrate the end of our year in Willow Class. ‘The Tempest’ has an island setting, so it also connects to our Topic too.
Other things we are looking forward to this term are: Swimming on Wednesday afternoon at Chilton Trinity School, Cricket Coaching on Tuesday afternoon, Year 6 residential Camp at Black Rock Activity Centre and our Class Assembly.
This week, Year 6 have been very busy doing SATs. On Thursday, we celebrated the end of them, with an Athletics Tournament. On Friday afternoon, we had a film party to celebrate.
All of our Year 6 children will begin their preparations for transition to Secondary School very soon, with visits from their new teachers and transition days at their chosen schools.