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Year 5 and 6

Welcome to Elm Class! We are a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. Miss George is the class teacher and Mrs Toplis is the teaching assistant who works in the classroom on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Miss Andrews in class on a Tuesday. We also have other people in to teach some of our lessons. Mrs Mackintosh, our Art specialist, teaches us Art and helps us to produce some wonderful pieces of work to display around the school. Our PE coaches, Miss Drake and Mr Wilson, teach some of our PE lessons throughout the year and we learn a huge amount from them. We have visiting music teachers with opportunities to learn the guitar with Mr Murphy, the clarinet with Miss Cochrane and the piano with Alex.

The Year 6 children work towards their SATs in May and are supported in this throughout the year with things such as: before and after school clubs, targeted revision work to do both in school and at home and general help and support to reduce any anxiety by learning good strategies and techniques to cope with the tests and  be able to do their very best.  
Throughout the year, we work closely with the High Schools so that they can get to know the children who will be joining them when they leave at the end of Year 6. We take part in different activities at Sir John Leman High school which focus on many different areas of the curriculum including Maths challenges, exciting science practicals, languages afternoons and interesting computing tasks. We also take part in the Science challenge set by Bungay High School which we have been successful in, coming 2nd for two years in a row.

We have many sporting events that take place throughout the year. After school clubs are run by our PE coaches every week and the focus changes every half term so there will be something for everyone! We also have external providers to run after school clubs in order to provide the children with a wide variety of experiences in school. We take part in competitions which are organised by our North Suffolk Sports and Health Partnership where we compete against lots of other primary schools in a range of sports.

As a Year 5/6, the children have opportunities to take part in a variety of events throughout the year: Bikeability is for Year 6 children to learn how to ride their bike safely on the road with level 1 and level 2 worked towards, a residential trip to Aylmerton and a watersports trip allow the children to develop so many skills while having fun with their friends and Crucial Crew teaches the Year 6 about staying safe and we enjoy going every year.

Being the oldest children in the school, Year 5/6 can also take on more resposibility. They can become Junior Road Safety Officers and Sports Leaders to help both the school and the wider  community in different ways. They deliver an assembly each week in groups to teach the rest of the school about that half term's Christian Value. They design, make and run games at the Christmas Fair to help raise money, often raising over £100 which is an incredible effort. The Year 6 children run a carousel of PE activities as part of our whole school sports day where the other children take part and score points for their team.   

Headteacher Reading Challenge

Mrs Allen has set a challenge for all children in the school. Here is a list of classic recommended books to read. There is a copy of each book in the classroom. We recommend INDIGO for year 5 and VIOLET for year 6. If your child is a reluctant reader you might like to look at the GREEN list - these books are full of fun and are designed to get children back into reading. 

Our Christian Value Work

Our Christian value for this half term is Hope. 

We have completed work for our hall display based on the Bible story of Noah's Ark. 

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P.E - Improving our skills with our PE coaches

Art Work - Self Portraits in response to the work of Frank Auberach

Art Work - Layered images in response to the work of Hundertwasser

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