Welcome to Birch Class

Miss Emma Bowler is pleased to welcome you to Birch Class, a class of Year 5/6 children. Teaching is supported by Mrs Lizzie Gibson.

Learning in Birch Class

In Birch Class, we aim to provide an exciting and enriched learning environment through the use of enquiry learning. We take time each week to nurture the children’s essential skills. We take a particular interest in the recall and use of times tables,to support our number work.

Cursive handwriting is now encouraged, with the children aiming for consistency across all written work. We provide each child with the necessary support to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, by providing positive models.

The children will enjoy a wide range of activities, challenges and experiences over the year.

Spring 2018: Investigators

Term Focus: Dreams and Goals

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self-Discipline, Gratitude

Spring 2018 Investigators: The Present

This term we are taking on the role of investigators. We are learning about rivers, in particular The River Exe which forms an important part of the story of our city. Where does the River Exe begin? How is it used? What wildlife lives along the riverbank? What environmental issues affect the river? How have humans changed the course of the river? We will be taking part in a survey activity where we will discover how the Exe is used by the people of Exeter. What can we learn about how to protect this valuable resource?

Our Jigsaw focus centres around Dreams and Goals this term. We are developing ideas about our own futures. What are our 'Super North Star Goals'? We will be writing to people to ask for help as we research what it takes to achieve these goals. We're also holding a 'North Star' event where we are inviting our parents and carers to tell us about their journey into their chosen occupation...

Our scientific investigations will lead us to look at the formation of fossils, to study adaption and evolution. We'll learn about the life of Mary Anning and her pioneering work in Lyme Regis. We will also study human genetics and learn about our biological inheritance.

Year 6 children will visit the theatre and also try our hand at fim-making, whilst the Year 5 children are taking part in a short PE course.   

So much to fit in to  such a short term!

Reading in Birch Class

We value independent reading in Year 5 and 6 and hold the expectation that each child should be reading as much as possible at home.

We keep a reading log in the classroom and encourage the children to keep this up to date with their latest books! This helps us to assist each child in choosing a wider selection of texts, and helps to promote the reading of different texts between friends.

Please encourage your child to read in every spare moment!


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