Years 5 and 6
Welcome to our Year 5 & 6 webpage. My name is Mrs Pessoa and I am the Class Teacher. I have taught at The River School for 9 years.
The learning environment in Years 5 & 6 is an exciting mixture of individual, pair and whole class work. Pupils have opportunities to develop their abilities and work on improving their weaknesses both academically, and in terms of character and spiritual development. To help prepare pupils for their future lives they are encouraged to grow in wisdom and discernment as they apply Biblical truth and develop critical thinking.
We have small classes which enables our teachers to understand the individual needs of each pupil and to create lessons that cater to each individual learner. Small classes enable us to pick up misunderstandings quickly and to extend the more able pupils as necessary. Our experienced TA’s are on hand to help and support in all morning lessons.
The curriculum is wide-ranging and varied, covering Literacy, Maths and Science in the mornings with French, Bible Study, Geography, PE, History, PSHCE, Cookery, ICT, Art and Music. We include an outdoor curriculum which encompasses Forest School and enjoyment of our grounds which enables the children to develop their love of the outdoors and encourage wildlife, caring for the environment and wildlife habitats.
Autumn Term Curriculum 2018
Summer Term Curriculum 2018
Spring Term Curriculum 2018
Coppicing Hazel with the Duckworth Trust
We have another Forest School site that we would like to develop at school. We will be building a shelter out of Hazel branches which are coppiced by the Duckworth Trust at a local woodland site. They very kindly gave us the Hazel that we collected one afternoon. We are looking forward to being part of the team who will build the permanent shelter in our Forest School area.
We are studying the Elizabethans in History this term and on Wednesday 5th December, we invited Discover History to come in and show us how the Elizabethans lived their daily lives. We tried on clothes that they would have worn and learned how sheep and wool had made England great!
How a young man and woman would have dressed in the 1500's.
Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes ready to go!! (2018)
NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2018
Pumpkin Harvest 2018
Today Years 5 & 6 visited The Vale Golf Club to meet representatives from Bovis, the house builders, EDP, an ecological company. Bovis and EDP are in collaboration with the Golf Club to release reptiles back into the wild as Bovis are constructing 150 houses in the area. The ecologist we met is responsible for clearing the area first and relocating the reptiles which included slow worms, grass snakes and adders.
The children learned about the reptiles first at a presentation and then were taken to the place where they would be released. They each released a snake. This was a very positive experience for the children who learned how industry collaborates with ecology to maintain our wildlife populations.
Our Year 5 & 6 cohort releasing reptiles into the wild
We are learning how to care for bees. We have 3 hives at the moment.
Date of Inspection: Tuesday 19th June 2018
Contributors - Maia Sivell, Joe Langford, Millie Baynham
Bee Inspection Diary
First we got on our bee suits and we looked like white bin bags with a huge net on our head.
Secondly we lit a cardboard roll that went into the smoker. it had made the bees drowsy.
Then we took out the lowest tray of the hive out and saw there was lot of mites so we had to give it a clean.
Next we had to find the queen which Joe found. We also found some Larva which is good for the hive.
The Bee Arrival
First Mr and Mrs Cawte got the bees from a man in Gloucester.
Secondly we found out about the portable hive that was called a nuclear (nuke) hive.
Then we assembled the new hive for the bees to live in.
Next we filled a feeder with sugar water so the bees could settle into their new home.
We then opened the nuclear hive and some of the bees flew out but most stayed in the box.
We put all the wax trays into their new home. Amazingly Joe found the Queen again but she was only a young Queen as she was smaller and had lighter colours on her.
Mrs Cawte had to shake the box to get the rest of the bees out of the bottom of the box.
They have settled in well they are happy, healthy and producing lots of honey.
We have been studying Birds of Prey. Here are some pictures of our trip on 17th May.
Spring Poems inspired by the grounds at the school
Science - We are designing simple circuits that switch a lamp on and off (Electricity)
READ FOR GOOD
Years 3 - 8 raised £340 for Children who are spending a long time in Hospital and the money raised goes towards buying them books to keep them occupied. We really enjoyed reading for good!