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.

Autumn 2017: Time Travellers

Term Focus: Relationships

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

Autumn 2017 - Time Travellers: The Past

We are all travellers in time! It might not feel like it but we have been born and are now part of history. We have a duty to share our knowledge with future generations and hope that they can learn from our lives as we have learnt from those in the past.

Children in Years 5 and 6 have been asked to build a  large 'Time Capsule' which will be buried somewhere on the school site in total secrecy. It will not be opened until the year 2042…

So what was Exeter like in the past?

We know that the Saxons lived in Exeter and that the Vikings tried to conquer them during several raids south.

What stories can we tell of those times? What do we understand about the human species and other animals and what might happen to them in the future?

What is it like to be a child in 2018? What do we understand about how our bodies work?  How do we keep healthy?  We’re holding a Science Fair and we’re recording our findings  - our time capsule will contain this important information.

The first compartment of our time capsule will be closed at the end of term to be sealed for 25 years…


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!