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Owls Class

The Owls are a class of Year 5 & Year 6 with their teacher Mrs Alannah Palmer and TAs Miss Emily Martin and Mrs Jade Jones. 

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An act of kindness can go a long way

posted 17 Nov 2019, 01:21 by Alannah Palmer

The Arrival

This week we wrote a story about The Arrival. It is a picture book and we have been basing some of our own writing on some of the scenes. We started to write our own version of The Arrival. We made a plan before we started to write our story.  

Anti Bullying week 

On Tuesday we took part in anti bullying week. We had to wear odd socks and we wrote a little messages to stop bullying. 

On Friday, we’ve been learning about Pudsey Day (Children in Need) and we went to forest school.

At forest school, we decorated cookies, whittled fireworks, played find my tree, made individual fires, made leaf collages and charcoal pictures. It was really fun. Also today, we did a pudsey workout and ate some pudsey day cookies.

Thank you to Oliver L and Maisie for this week’s blog.

Publication of our adventurers

posted 3 Nov 2019, 11:22 by Alannah Palmer

We have been finalising our articles about some explorers that inspire us. We used the Great Adventurers book to inspire the way we presented the information - using our creativity, imagination and computing skills. The articles look great  altogether in the book.
We also had a Halloween themed forest school with natural crafts, bone breadsticks and willow and string spider webs.

Zoo and harvest prep

posted 4 Oct 2019, 04:45 by Alannah Palmer

This week in Owls class, we had a good week.  On Wednesday we went to Dartmoor Zoo, and year 5s tested our zoo hunts that  the year 6s made last year. No one’s hunt was perfect but the year fives gave some tips about how it could be better. We’re going to work on these next week.

On Thursday, we went down to the old school to do art and gymnastics. In art we created pictures gaining inspiration from a harvest poem and drew them with different mediums: pencil, felt tips, paint and oil pastels. Then, we did a switch and in gymnastics we did some stunts with a partner and then did some gymnastic tricks. It was really fun. 

Thank you Keira and Ned for the blog this week.

Signs of autumn

posted 28 Sep 2019, 07:15 by Alannah Palmer

This week, on Thursday, we had gymnastics. We learnt to do handstands, cartwheels, forward rolls and one handed cartwheels.

While one half of the class was doing gymnastics, the other half was doing art. We were thinking about words to describe our pictures we drew the week before. 

On Friday, we had Forest School. 

The first thing we did was go on a welly walk. We were collecting different signs of autumn for our nature art. For example: Conkers, sticks, conker shells and autumn leaves.

Next some people did cooking: we made apple sauce with crackers.

With the conkers, we made conker men and learnt how to play the game Conkers.

We used conkers and leaves to create nature art including a large collaborative symmetrical piece. There were a lot of beautiful creations made.

Thank you Isla and Harry for this week’s blog.

Adventurers, creativity and tasty snack

posted 20 Sep 2019, 12:37 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 20 Sep 2019, 12:39 ]

This week we learned about Amelia Earhart and in doing so, we did freeze frames. Basically a freeze frame is when you do a pose to represent an event. We were split into groups of five or six. Did you know Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean? 

        We did some very fun art at the old school. We listened to music and picked two colours and drew a small picture about what the music made us think about. Also at the same time, some of us were doing gymnastics. Year five went first then year six. 

This week at forest school we did den building, natural art, slack line, read a poem and made rice. The art was based on an artist called James Brunt. In the rice we put carrot and spinach.                                                                                                        

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First full week

posted 15 Sep 2019, 07:54 by Alannah Palmer

Welcome to a new school year.

Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting on Thursday. If you couldn’t make it, I have sent home the paperwork that was given out and electronic versions of most of the information is available on the school website.

This week we have been thinking about effective strategies and approaches to have in our maths lessons. This includes:

  • Believe in yourself - everyone is a mathematician 
  • The power of struggle - finding something challenging is learning
  • Speed is not important - good mathematicians think deeply
  • Use your resources - maths resources, drawing the problem and talk with others
  • Brains grown and change - the more we do something, the stronger the connections in the brain will be

We also had our first (half) forest school with den building, blackberry picking, whittling and blackberry splats for snack. It wasn’t quite what we expected but seeing the members of Owls working together and cooperating was fantastic!

Class assembly

posted 21 Jul 2019, 10:54 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 22 Jul 2019, 00:16 ]

Owls worked hard this week to create, rehearse and perform their celebration of learning of the summer term.

I am really very proud of their hard work and resilience. A special thank you to Daniel, Greta and Alexis for preparing the food we sold. We’re still waiting for the final IOUs before we calculate the total donation to the RSPCA.

Also, thank you to the parents for your support and taking the time to watch our class assembly and being a fabulous audience.

Cricket and Passion Projects

posted 12 Jul 2019, 07:44 by Alannah Palmer

This week it was our last week of cricket. We will all want to do it again but sadly we can’t. It was also the week that we did our passion projects. We all chose our passion and researched about them. Then we had to do an outcome to show in our class assembly. This week in forest school, we did loads of things: Such has building dens that are water proof, making mini Owls, slack line, poems/drawings and painting. Some people made a successful water proof den. We also played a game as a class which was called blindfolded search. Here is how you play, one person gets blindfolded and other people have to show directions to where to go but cannot speak and another person has to try and guess where their trying to guide them to the hidden item.

Thank you to Sadie and Lavinia for this week’s blog and photos

Passion projects

posted 9 Jul 2019, 10:37 by Alannah Palmer

This week we have started work on our Passion Projects. The children have been able to choose a theme and then consider 4 key questions to answer. They then had to ensure they were using either historical enquiry skills, scientific investigative skills or working through a design process. All children are working towards an outcome to be shared with others. 

We also had our penultimate forest school session this week. 😢

Dave bought in some Owl pellets to dissect. We found skulls, ribs, a pelvis and other bones of small mammals.

We also made bunting from flowers and plants, spinning tops and had to identify our garden herbs with a sniff test. Thank you to Tom for organising this activity.

Some children have just a couple of tasks to get their Leader badge and Platinum badge. We hope to complete these next week. 🤞for good weather.

Year 5 Taster session at Plympton Academy

posted 30 Jun 2019, 23:48 by Alannah Palmer

Year 5 were invited to have a trial morning at Plympton Academy. 
We had a dance lesson in the stunning Morpergo building. The children learnt some moves that are used in Capoeria (a Brazilian dance); learnt about the history of the dance and composed and performed their own compositions. The children confidently shared their dance and martial arts skills to add to the choreography. The teacher was blown away by their enthusiasm and engagement in the session.
After a brief break, the year 5s went to the science block for a lesson to introduce them to the safe use of Bunsen burners. The class listened to a safety briefing and all got to light a Bunsen and change the flame from ‘safety‘ to ‘roaring’. Again the class showed confidence and respect.
I was incredibly impressed by year 5. They demonstrated our Sparkwell values superbly: creativity, responsibility, respect and resilience.

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