11 June 2021
This week, the Year 6 children have enjoyed a wonderful week-long residential at Calshot Activities Centre. Blessed with wonderful weather, the children have had an action-packed week and are very much looking forward to a restful weekend! A huge thank you once again to the staff who have supported this. Our Year 5 children have been using an Oscar-winning animation as the stimulus for their writing this week, creating their own narrative to go with the wordless video (which can be found here on YouTube; please ensure you supervise your child's internet use). They have also been securing their short division methods, as well as creating bath bombs to study the effects of irreversible changes in Science.
28 May 2021
Newspaper reports edited and published-check. Decimal place value, ordering and rounding-check. Investigating saturation points using a variety of soluble solids-check. Creating a clay, coil pot in the style of Ancient Greek pottery depicting images of personal rites of passage within our life journeys so far and considering how Ancient Greek values are exhibited in them-check. Production preparations begun-check. Catchy songs being learnt that you’ll get stuck in your minds and be singing for the next 6 weeks-you-bet-ya! Happy half term everybody.
21 May 2021
Achilles featured a lot in our diary recount writing towards the end of the week whilst the origins of the war in which Achilles fought featured in the newspaper reports written at the beginning. Our minds are awash with fronted adverbial phrases, first person, chronological recounts and conjunctions! We have revised the place value of both large numbers and decimal values, rounded and ordered in Maths. Science has involved looking at irreversible changes, what can cause them and how we can detect if it is an irreversible change.
14 May 2021
We have been busy using our alliterative skills and word play to create hedonistic headlines and punchy puns for our newspaper report on the origins of the Iliad narrative. Mrs Hoyland said that we have also identified the difference between indirect and direct speech. She exclaimed, “It’s gone very well and I look forward to seeing it within the reports!” Our multiplication and division brains have been stretched in Mathematics but, soothed by ice-cream in Science!
7 May 2021
Eagerly, we started our new genre of writing and new text-The Iliad and the Odyssey retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams. The children will be using this text as a ‘staple’ in their understanding of The Iliad with its numerous threads and characters combining to make a complex and involved narrative. We are focusing on a variety of recount techniques over the coming weeks including Newspaper Reports in which they will be reporting about Paris, Helene, Achilles, Hector and a whole host of pesky, meddling Gods and Goddesses! We started off with a story map of the first chapters annotating it with time conjunctions and fronted adverbials using the ISPACE acronym to help us. In maths we have been focusing on balancing equations, using mental and written strategies for the addition and subtraction calculations involved. Factors, Square numbers, square roots and multiples are also making a reappearance in quick fire maths starters so the children need their rapid multiplication fact recall to hand!
30 April 2021
Eagle Owls have worked hard on creating passive sentences. Ask your child to give you examples. We have been using this in our explanation text writing all about a Greek God/Goddess of their choice from ‘Mythologica’ this week. We have been working on ratios in maths, calculating, simplifying, finding equivalent ratios, problem solving, drawing shapes according to a scale factor, identifying the scale factor a shape has been enlarged by and using proportion to calculate alterations to recipes etc. We didn’t have time to make cakes though-I am sad but my waistband is grateful! We have separated mixtures in a variety of ways and discussed reversible changes in Science-alas-no cake making there either!
23 April 2021
Eagle Owls have shown that they are ready to learn after Easter and have fully embraced their new project, ‘How are Ancient Greek values evident in our lives today’? They have had a chance to ‘download’ what they already know about the Ancient Greek Olympics, created a sculpture of themselves as an Ancient Greek God, devised a God/Goddess name, family his-tory and backstory to form an explanation text and they became an ‘Investigator’ to analyse a range of Greek God explanations from Mythological in order to determine which one ‘visited’ us from the clues they left behind! We started our Science topic of ‘Properties and Changes in Materials’ revising the states of matter and what can cause matter to change state. Apologies for the Newtonian slime sleeves that may have been evident after Thursday-is Newtonian slime a solid or a liquid?!
Our feet have certainly not been off the gas this week! Eagle Owls completed their innovated Lorax stories and now every individual has a bound book of their narration. It is a suitable culmination to this terms envi-ronmental topic in which we have discussed how the choices we make affect the world around us. We concluded our Area, Perimeter and Volume maths topic by calculating the volume of regular and irregular 3D shapes. The last few days have been spent reflecting on how ephemeral art can help us appreciate God-The Creator’s world. To fuel an explanation ‘cold’ write we created our own ephemeral composition to then explain how it showcases Gods
26 March 2021
Eagle Owls have completed their Georgia O’Keefe inspired, chalk drawings with fabulous results. Some of the compositions are shown in the photographs below. Aren’t they spectacular?! We continue to compose our innovated Lorax stories as well as watching and interpreting Delivery as part of cine-literacy this week. Delivery is a short, animated story by Till Nowak from which much can be inferred about the environmental impact the choices we make have on the world around us. We’ve continued to find area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes as well as triangles in Maths.
19 March 2021
Eagle Owls have been true artists this week! On Tuesday, we continued our art in nature topic by looking at the work of Georgia O’Keefe. We replicated her style using chalks and looked at detailed images of flowers using a microscope to see texture and colour. We completed our poetry based on The Promise by Nicola Davis. It really challenged us all! Ensuring we maintained a rhythm and rhyme pattern based on Warned by Sylvia Stults whilst progressing through the narrative aspect of the original story tested our figurative language and vocabulary knowledge. The poems will make up an anthology of class works. We are revising and progressing with area, perimeter and volume looking at rectangles and compound rectilinear shapes this week using our measurement knowledge and multiplication tables to help us.
12 March 2021
Needless-to-say, it has been wonderful to see everybody return this week. A buzz is audible throughout the whole school and Eagle Owls class filled with enthusiasm, vibrant discussion and collaborate learning once more! Yay! We have been continuing with Converting Metric measures this week with some practical tasks to ensure we can read the measures we are converting on weighing scales, jugs, cylinders, rulers and meter sticks. The Promise is our focus text comprised of beautiful figurative language from which we innovated our own using images from the book for inspiration. Today we conclude with Science Day in celebration of British Science Week focusing on simple mechanisms-levers, gears and pulleys. Phew!
5 March 2021
We have had an exciting ‘final’ Lockdown week in Eagle Owls starting with a visit from The Lorax and Once-ler on Monday! They roamed the classroom and grounds causing chaos during World Book Day. However, our story tellers were not distracted and composed some fantastic narratives based on the shared book, ‘Journey’. We also received a very satisfactory reply from Boohoo’s CEO, John Lyttle. He responded to William’s letter which highlighted issues regarding Fast Fashion and his request for more information regarding their ethical practises, “…Any supplier that is not able to demonstrate that they treat their workers fairly and appropriately does not have a place in the Boohoo supply chain”... Finally, you’ll be glad to know we’re in the process of sprucing up the classroom, compiling items from the Back to School List and generally getting ready for everyone’s return. We are so excited to have you all together again on Monday. Yay!!!
26 February 2021
Mrs Hoyland and I have been overwhelmed with your Wellbeing Day and mandala pattern photographs. What a creative bunch you are! It’s so great to see you enjoying learning outdoors and having fun. We are collating all of your images together so you can share them with each other when you return. Remember to take care of your Cotton plants and complete the longitudinal study this week.
12 February 2021
Eagle Owls have been trying to get cosy and keep warm this week! The children have been bringing in blankets to complement their coats, hats and gloves and Thermoses with hot drinks to target the cold from the inside! Our letter writing, percentage, project and geography work has been punctuated with short bursts of movement to warm limbs and defrost brains. Despite this we have made headway with our T-shirts-finalising designs and completing the dying process. We have also had multiple successes with our Cotton seeds so the Longitudinal Study records are well underway!
5 February 2021
Another buzzy week in Eagle Owls including using Spelling Shed! We have progressed with our embroidery and are thinking about our final T-shirt design. To dye or not to dye…that is the question?! We have made ‘fat cakes’ for the birds in our school grounds and enjoyed seeing the first of our cotton seeds germinating and beginning their life cycle.
29 January 2021
This week Eagle Owl children have been progressing to the design part of their project. They thought about and drew initial ideas to re-design their T-shirts and started to practice different stitches on swatches of fabric.
22 January 2021
We’ve been busy learning about Texas this week and have been completing learning about our ‘Forever home’. Mrs Johnson has been playing Father Christmas and delivering ‘goodies’ to the children at home to help with their learning projects.
15 January 2021
We’ve completed a Fraction jigsaw and our fraction topic, written our first persuasive text, progressed with our project and found new respect for our humble T-shirt!
11 December 2020
This week, we have been studying The Christmas Truce by the poet Carol Ann Duffy, which was launched on Monday by Mrs Hoyland, who very much enjoyed getting to know the class. The children were inspired to write their own versions of this poem later in the week; these are extremely powerful, wonderfully written and sensitive to the theme of the original piece (the complete anthology of their poetry can be viewed on our class page of the school website next Thursday).
4 December 2020
This week, we have been putting the finishing touches to our exhibition video and filming our Rose Blanche video diaries - our wonderful presenters are so looking forward to sharing these with you next Friday! We have also been discussing key figures in Judaism and how we show commitment in our everyday lives.
Spellings Week 11
Below, you will find the spellings for this week (week ending 11th December)
Here are two additional Learning Project videos Eagle Owl Class would like to share with you:
Spellings Week 10
Below, you will find the spellings for this week (week ending 4th December)
27 November 2020
This week we have been honing our creative writing skills, creating video diary extracts based on the book Rose Blanche. The inspiration for these has come from the Anne Frank video diaries produced by the Anne Frank House Museum, which the children loved watching. We began filming today and can't wait to showcase them to you as part of our online class exhibition. We have also begun a maths unit on fractions and here is a free guide to support any discussions at home: https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2014/05/13/10/27/15/873/PX_MathsContent_BK_FractionsInSchool_01_CH.pdf
Spellings Week 9
Below, you will find the spellings for this week (week ending 27th November)
This week, we completed our hot write based on the book The Harmonica, persuading the boy whether or not to play Schubert for the Commandant. In our Key Stage Worship with Hawk Owl Class, we worked as teams to accurately copy a painting by Wassily Kandinksy (using only the verbal descriptions given by one member of the team!) The children were all able to reflect on the skills that helped them be successful: clear and precise communication; asking questions for clarification; and trying a new approach when things didn't go to plan
Spellings Week 8
Below, you will find the spellings for this week (week ending 20th November)
This week, we have been incredibly resourceful and have looked for many links within our maths learning to help us solve complex angles questions (well done to Naomi, Alice, Amelie, Phoebe and Henry who demonstrated these to the school during our Teams Collective Worship yesterday). The class also wrote some wonderful narratives this week, told from the perspective of a doll or teddy carried on board the Kindertransport.
Spellings Week 7
Below, you will find the spellings for this week (week ending 13th November)
What a great first week back, with lots of learning resilience shown by Eagle Owls! We are slowly becoming angles experts in maths and have had opportunities this week to hone our persuasive debating skills. We have also investigated the journeys of children aboard the Kindertransport and began our new Science topic, 'Forces' ('May the force's be with you' - see picture page)
Spellings Week 6
Below, you will find the spellings for this week (week ending 6th November.
This week, we have been preparing for the Remembrance Service video, which can be seen on our website on 11th November. We have discovered the immense service and sacrifice shown by individuals during the Second World War and how communities supported each other at this time.
Spellings Week 5
Below, you will find the spellings for the half-term week.
This week, we have continued exploring secret ways of entering the Opekta factory annexe and have completed our maths unit on calculation strategies. Next week, we will begin preparations for our Remembrance Service, as well as perfect the second of three dances - the Lambeth Walk. Oi!
Spellings Week 4
Below, you will find this week's spellings (week ending 16th October).
As Eagle Owls entered the classroom on Monday, they were surprised to discover that a secret annex had been built at the back of the room. This has proved to be wonderful inspiration for their instructional and diary writing. There is an opportunity next week for two Year 5 children to join our existing Junior Road Safety Officer Team - all of the details about this have been shared with the children today
Spellings Week 3
Below, you will find this week's spellings (week ending 9th October).
Spellings Week 2
Below, you will find this week's spellings (week ending 2nd October).
This week, we have been completing our hot write diary entries and have been using the inverse (opposite) operation to solve balanced equations and number pyramids in maths. We have been creating periscopes in Science and, in PE, the Charleston dance is progressing well!
Spellings Week 1
Below, you will find this week's spellings (week ending 25th September). Each Friday, there are new words to practice and learn, and each spelling rule comes with a weekly PowerPoint presentation to help your child learn the new words. We recognise that a number families don't have access to PowerPoint at home, but a free PowerPoint viewer that is available to download on to your computer from Microsoft can be found here. It really is worth exploring this, as each PowerPoint contains a number of interactive games.
Within each weekly spelling folder, you will find a list of words to learn, as well as other activities. There will be a spelling challenge each Friday to test how well the class are learning the spelling patterns.
Welcome to Eagle Owls
We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Summer break and look forward to seeing you all soon,
Mr Stangroom and Mrs Johnson
Year 6 Curriculum Workshop
On 6th February, Year 6 parents attended a curriculum and SATs workshop in Eagle Owl Class. Mr Stangroom was able to share what is being done to prepare the children for end-of-year tests and discussed what parents can do at home to support this. A copy of the information shared can be found here: /docs/Information_Evening_2020.ppt
In preparation for our trip to IBM in Hursley, we have begun to consider how 'apps' could make our school more sustainable and thus limit our impact on God's world. We will continue to refine our app ideas next week whilst at the technology company's headquarters and will then spend time after half-term putting these ideas in to action. What is clear from the children already is that their curiosity will indeed change their local world!
Leckford Estate Trip
On 26th September, four children from the class visited the Leckford Estate Farm to meet with Colin McIntyre, the Retail, Leisure and Events Manager. He kindly gave the group a tour of the nursery and spoke about the many plants that could be planted in the Victorian Kitchen Garden (designed by Archie Whiskerd and Eleanor Mallinson in Year 6) that is due to begin construction over the October half-term. Leckford have also pledged to provide plants to fill some of the brick-built beds. Our thanks go to Mrs Mallinson for helping to organise and support this trip.
Before the February half-term, Year 5 and 6 children in Eagle Owl Class led a Refugee Experience at All Saints Church. Travelling to church by ‘boat’ (a team of artists painted 9-metre fabric panels to depict the treacherous journeys many refugees face), the children led this experience in a mature and sensitive way. The class looked at the world’s current refugee crisis, and the work of the UN Refugee Council in using tent art therapy to help refugee’s open up about their experiences, and decided to paint their own tent to demonstrate their learning. The exterior panels of our tent represented the refugee crises seen in Eritrea, Burma, Syria and Iraq, and the interior panels represented the hopes and dreams of the young people researched. The children wanted refugees to be able to sit inside the safe haven of the tent and to hold on to hope that their lives could get better.
On Monday 11th February 2019, Eagle Owls went on a trip to Mottisfont House. Once we got off the coach, we were welcomed by the beautiful scenery of Mottifont’s landscape. Next, after we had dropped off our bags, we went to the new Mottisfont Victorian Kitchen Garden. We were given a tour of the garden by Head Gardener Johnny Norton; he gave us useful tips about how to grow a kitchen garden of our own and gave us a great choice of plants to consider. He even let us taste some of the herbs, like rocket and dill. After we spoke to Mr Norton, we decided to go inside the house and learn more about its history, from medieval times to the present day.
Visiting Mottisfont was an amazing experience and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It was a great day and I enjoyed learning about the history of the house,” Natasha Gadney Yr 5
“It was a great experience and the Victorian Kitchen Garden was amazing,” Flora Leader Yr 5
“There was a great choice of plants on display,” Lottie Gatfield Yr 6
“I loved learning about the history of the house, particularly the room that James Bon author Ian Fleming visited!” Joshua Hazard Yr 5
Mini Medics Review
On Tuesday 9th February, year 5 children learnt vital skills to help keep people safe when they are in trouble (choking and not breathing). We learned how to perform compressions, mouth to mouth resuscitation and how to use a defibrillator. We also learnt what to do when calling 999 and what to say to the emergency operator.
By Freddie Halls and Thomas Dollin-Browne