Welcome to Montreal Class
Feel free to look over the children's homework menu to see what different opportunities they have to further their learning and embed knowledge learnt at school. Homework is expected to be handed in by Friday, every week. We would like the children to select either a Maths or English homework alongside another subject each week. Therefore, two pieces of homework should be completed.
Autumn Term Topic 'World at War'
It has been a terrific few days and the children are beginning to settle into their expected routines. Here are a few examples of sketches to highlight the class' levels of expectation so far...
Whilst studying how light travels and that objects either give out or reflect light, the children created nets (similar to bird boxes) in order to prove that some objects are not light sources and we seem them due to reflected light.
The school had arranged CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) workshops for the children. The pupils listened attentively and enjoyed learning about strategies to deal with incidents such as bleeding, burns and difficulties when breathing.
The children have enjoyed PE lessons as they have built on skills previously taught in hockey. Following on from short demonstrations, they have managed to refine their talents.
As we begin our new writing unit based on Narnia, we have set the children the task of redesigning the wardrobe in which Lucy and the Pevensie children enter the magical world! Utilising skills in Art and DT, we hope that they can transfer cross-curricular skills in order to be successful.
Year 6 welcomed Private Billy into Jubilee this term. He showed us what it might have been like for soldiers in boot camp. He showed us artefacts from the First World War and even taught us the ways in which soldiers protected themselves from their enemies and the chemical weapons that were used.
As KS1 were using the hall for their Christmas rehearsals, we warmed up using some of the Just Dance routines. I’m sure you would agree that there are a few budding dancers in Montreal!
We have focused heavily on mental health and personal well-being in English lately. The children have responded empathetically and reflectively in regards to how some characters hide and isolate themselves away from family and friends. Therefore, our pupils have created ways in which we can advertise, and apply different skills from English lessons, to persuade characters to address their negative thoughts and ‘break the chain’!
Spring Term Topic 'Running Wild'
To broaden the children’s awareness in science to how animals adapt and potential reasons for endangered animals’ numbers dwindling, the children were enthralled with a visit from Eagle Heights (which is a wildlife foundation located near Dartford).
Within our recent English lessons, the children have learnt, retold and transformed the original story of 'A Lion in Paris' (which is written by Beatrice Alemagna) into their own. It is based on a lonely and curious creature who gets bored at home on his grasslands. This book was chosen by the children due to its cross-curricular links and transferable language from a plethora of subjects.
Please read the wonderful stories written by a selection of pupils. Unfortunately, we could not display all but they will be available for parents to view during Parents' Evening and within their Writing Portfolios for secondary school.
Spring Term 2 - Running Wild
Our PE lessons have been based on Outdoor Adventurous Activities this half-term. OAA has a strong focus on team work, resilience and enhancing leadership qualities. We asked the children to evaluate their own leadership qualities by running unstructured games for their peers. They assessed their communication skills, tolerance and overall leadership ability.
During 'British Science Week', we challenged the children to show and apply their knowledge of adaptation to see how animals evolve. The children recognised that most creatures adapt based on their colour, pattern, shape or habitat. It was difficult to find all the children's butterflies as they had camouflaged them to blend in with our classroom. Aren't they creative?
To ensure that our children can appreciate how science cannot only be based on knowledge but also fun, we invited a scientist to provide our pupils with imaginative experiments that they can complete at home, within a safe and controlled environment. You can witness for yourself the reaction it had on our students...