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We are Oatlands Juniors. We're Amazing!

Year 5/6 Meerkats

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We're the Meerkats!

Welcome to our class.

 

We're alert and friendly, big-hearted and wise.

We help one another and work wonders together!

 

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face

like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

 

The Twits - Roald Dahl

 

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Class Information

We have PE on Wednesday (Table Tennis) and Friday so please have your full PE kit in school.

 

Our library session is on a Tuesday. Please remember to bring your book to school every Tuesday so it can be changed for a new one.

 

Weekly spellings are tested on a Friday and please remember to record reading and sign homework diaries. Thank you for your cooperation.

Supporting the Local Community.

Well done to Isla and Evie, who received a fantastic award for their voluntary work within the local community. Amazing girls - well done!

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Colonel Crossland Remembrance Assembly

 

A huge thank you to Colonel Crossland, (Ted and Barney’s dad), who kindly gave up his time this morning to lead our Remembrance Assesmbly. Colonel Crossland explained to the children why we wear poppies and what it is we are remembering on the 11th November each year. Colonel Crossland also explained and showed the children a blue cornflower badge, which the French use to remember the fallen. We then held a collective minutes silence, which everyone respectfully observed. The children were particularly interested in the story of ‘Sergeant Stubby’ – a boston terrier. Follow his story on the link below.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ww1/28227518

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Open Hour

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined us today for Open Hour. We had a lovely afternoon looking at the importance of poppies. The children have produced some beautiful designs and very reflective prayers.

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The Power of One

On Thursday 8th November the whole school watched a fantastic Anti-Bullying show called 'The Power of One'. The show explained the different types of bullying and the roles that different people can play - the bully, the victim and the bystander. It taught us how to become an upstander and support others when they are being bullied. The show was very entertaining and taught us some very important and valuable messages.

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Special Mentions Autumn Term

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Well done to those children who achieved Special Mentions this half term. What a great effort!

Homework Celebration.

 

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. I have been amazed by the quality and creativity of some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....

 

Millie Adrian-Horrocks about Emily Mortimer's homework -

 

"Love your homework Emily. Amazing work!"

 

Oliver Cross about Joseph Isherwood's homework -

 

"This is amazing work Joseph!"

 

Holly Westmoreland about Freya Rhodes' homework -

 

"I love your homework, especially the evacuation letter!"

 

Well done everybody and thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

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Autumn Poetry

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In English, we are writing autumn poems. For inspiration, we went on an autumn walk around the school grounds thinking about the our senses.

Weekly Review!

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This week we have introduced the Smarties Game as part of our Weekly Review. The children pick a smartie and answer the question linked to that colour. A great way to get us talking and eat some chocolate!

Our new CLASS BOOK

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We are very excited to be reading Goodnight Mister Tom, as our class story for this term.

 

Young William Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back to London...

Year 5 Visit to Eden Camp

 

On Tuesday 9th October, Year 5 visited Eden Camp to learn more about our History topic - World War II. The experience helped us to imagine what life would have been like for children during World War. We visited various huts, each with a different theme e.g. the Blitz, evacuees, and rationing just to name a few. Some huts were particularly realistic and quite scary, but definitely worth visiting. We all enjoyed the day and would definitely visit Eden Camp again. A big thank you to all of the parents who accompanied us on the trip.

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National Poetry Day 2018

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On Thursday 4th October, we celebrated National Poetry Day. As a class, we explored The Piano animation and thought about the changes over time and his emotions. In groups, we wrote a verse of the poem focusing on the wife's spirit, the war scene, the birthday party and the present day. We put our verses together to form a full narrative poem! 

The Daily Mile

We have been enjoying doing the Daily Mile this week! Every day, we will be going out onto the running track to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. We will aim to increase the number of laps we can run each week. Wish us luck!

Open Hour

A massive thank you to all of our visitors this morning. The children really enjoyed working alongside you, sharing their knowledge of rounding in Maths. Well done to all of those adults who had a go at Times Tables Rock Stars - some very impressive scores.

Pupil Voice Groups

We have had a very busy week this week electing our Pupil Voice groups for Meerkats. Well done to all of the children, who gave a speech - they were very impressive. The elected Pupil Voice groups are now very excited about their new roles and responsibilities this year! 

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Our First Week...

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Our Class Book

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Our first class book of the year is 'The Mozart Question' by Michael Morpurgo. We have chosen this book, as it links beautifully to our World War II topic this term.

 

Here is the blurb...

"The time has come, I think, not to lie anymore."

 

When cub reporter Lesley is sent to Venice to interview a world-renowned violinist, the journalist is told she can ask Paolo Levi anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no account must she ask him about the Mozart question; never the Mozart question.

Paolo, however, has realised he must finally reveal the truth.

We have had a very busy first week in Meerkats. As well as getting to know each other better, we have made birthday cards, bookmarks, completed a piece of writing all about our summer and much more.  It has been a fantastic start to the year!

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