2019 - 2020
Oak Class is taught by Miss Adams. Mrs Lee will teach Oak on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon Our teaching assistant is Miss Gibbs.
In Spring Term, P.E. lessons will be held on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. The children will have one indoor lesson on Tuesday (dance) and one outdoor lesson on Wednesday (orienteering). As the weather is still crisp and fresh, it is advisable that the children bring warm clothing for their outdoor lesson, such as tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt. ALL children are expected to have their kits in school, otherwise, they will be asked to borrow spare clothing as P.E. is a legal requirement each week.
Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to represent their school in various sporting events such as Cross Country, Netball and Football. If your child is selected, they will be sent a letter detailing what they require for the event.
Next event: Football/Netball at Dyson Perrins - 28th February 2020.
Topic homework will be set every two weeks. The homework will be set on a Friday and is expected to be in the Wednesday before the next activity is set. In addition, Maths and English homework will be set on a rotating basis each week, in preparation for the end of KS2 assessments. This homework will be a revision of key skills that the children have been exposed to and is an extra opportunity to apply and refine their skills. Spellings will be tested on a Friday and new spellings will be sent home on a Friday also.
We also encourage the children to read at home, ensuring that they sign their reading record and make a comment about their book.
Notices for Parents:
The aim and intent of our chosen topic, Frozen Planet is to promote curiosity and develop a love for learning, based on an area that is particularly prominent due to changes that are ongoing in our society. Even though the Polar regions are several thousand miles away, it is important for children to understand and recognise that the choices they make can impacts areas around the world. It is also imperative that children learn and discover about important individuals who have helped us find out information about these areas that we wouldn't have known if they didn't utilise their curiosity.
During our topic, the children will become fully fledged 'Polar Explorers'. They will develop a wide range of skills and subject knowledge that they will be able to transfer across subject areas and into their extra-curricular life. For example, the children will be undertaking orienteering lessons which will help with their problem solving, map-reading and co-operation, which links with our school value, and also the British Value of mutual respect.
To further demonstrate our commitment to providing broader experiences, the children will have the opportunity to make a difference. They will explore the life of people in the Polar regions, have the opportunity to undertake numerous experiments and talk to a real-life explorer.
We want our pupils to learn about their health and well-being, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have through our curriculum. We achieve this by providing a strong SMSC curriculum, with British Values and our school values placed at the heart of everything we do. One way we are going to look to do this is to explore the life of someone who lives in harsher conditions than our own and conduct a comparison study.
We want to enrich their time in school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities which are fun, enjoyable and inspire ambition, especially when the children are working so hard towards their end of KS2 assessment. We are looking forward to seeing how the children engage and develop throughout this topic.
The aim of our curriculum is to promote curiosity and develop a love and thirst for learning. In line with our school values, we are looking to develop respectful, independent learners who demonstrate resilience to reach their full potential.
We want to equip our pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements in all areas of the curriculum, but also prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. For example, the children have been learning about celebrating differences such as disabilities, power and culture. We have also had a visit from the police to discuss the how the choices we make now can impact the opportunities we have in the future.
To further demonstrate our commitment to providing broader experiences, we offered children the opportunity to develop their singing skills and showcase them in the community. Some children were also given the opportunity to star on a TV programme relating to recycling and rubbish in our local area. We are looking forward to seeing this on TV in early 2020.
On Friday 11th October, 25 children represented The Grove at the West Worcestershire Cross Country Event, held at Peachfield Common. The children were given the option of running over 750m or 1500m. The terrain is tricky even in dry conditions and the children coped with the changing weather extremely well, even running in the torrential rain, without so much as a moan. The children did magnificently well and proudly represented the school. Well done to all the children who competed and a special shoutout to Maja who came 5th in the Year 6 girls Intermediate race (750m).
Beeline Story-Telling Festival
On Tuesday 22nd October, the children were given the opportunity to attend the University of Worcester's Beeline Story-Telling Festival. We were given a talk by Caroline Lawrence, an author who is known for her 17-book Roman Mysteries series and her book, 'The Time Traveller's Diaries'. The children were fascinated to find out all about her life as an author (she likes to spend time in her pyjamas) and find out how to write a great story. They loved finding out about the research that she conducts to write her stories, especially about 'the poo stick' that was used in Ancient Rome.
Some of our leadership team and house captains were given the opportunity to go and meet Caroline Lawrence after her talk and they were very excited to meet her.
SATs Information and Useful Links
The Year 6 children will be working towards their SATs this year. They will undertake lots of practise in school, however, there are also resources that the children can utilise to enrich their learning at home.