Welcome to the Swan Class Page! This is where you can find out about what we’ve been up to recently in Swan Class, read our newsletter and see some examples of our work.
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Our Class Charter
As part of our learning journey as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we agreed a class charter to help us to be the very best learners and globally-aware citizens that we can be.
After lots of discussion, we settled on Article 3 Best interests of the child as our umbrella right. Then we chose Article 12 Right to be heard,
Article 29 Right to an education and Article 31 Right to relax and play.
Everyone in the class has signed up to our charter, making sure that everyone is doing their best to TALK, LEARN and GROW.
Children Around the World
Our topic in Children Around the World this term is Comparing the UK with China. Before half term we learned that there are many physical features in the UK such as river, hills, mountains and coastlines. We looked at familiar towns and cities and researched what these are like including York, Guildford, Chessington and Modbury.
We visited the village of Ewhurst in the Surrey Hills where we studied physical and human features of an English village. We did a traffic survey, learned all about the bells in the church of St Peter and St Paul and found the village shop. We had a lovely walk by the allotments and through some farmland to Sayers Croft where we had great fun doing some archery. Our Year 6 children will be going on their residential journey to Sayers Croft in the Summer term.
Look at our photos from our day:
In the second half of the Autumn term, we are comparing the UK with China, looking at the geographical and cultural similarities and differences.
Maths – Measure
In Maths we made space rockets to see whose would travel the furthest. We measured the distances using a metre stick and made a bar graph on Purple Mash.
We are using Chatta, an interactive storyboard-maker that helps the children to develop as “attentive listeners, confident speakers and fearless writers!” In Science we made a CHATTA chat about pushes and pulls.
As part of our Super Skills learning we visit Addlestone library each month. Everyone chooses their books and then they have to return ones they have borrowed and issue the new ones independently – THINK FOR YOURSELF Swan Class!
It is so relaxing spending time with a good book and sharing our reading with our friends. We definitely recommend this as a way to help our wellbeing.
This half term we are starting a new story The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes by Ying Chang Compestine. Mind Da is only nine years old when he becomes the Emperor of China. His ministers take advantage of the boy emperor by stealing rice, gold and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. He orders his tailors to make him ‘magical’ new clothes that only honest people can see. Can Ming Da outsmart his ministers and save his country?
Points of View
Talk, Learn, Grow
In Swan Class, we are working hard on our targets to develop our independence, become effective communicators and grow as responsible individuals. Our targets are taken from the Meath School Talk, Learn, Grow curriculum intent and help us to focus on ways in which we can build our resilience in our learning. We share these at the beginning of each learning session as part of our introduction including the WALT (We are Learning To) when we take it in turns to lead the class in Colour Words (see the Meath School specialist approaches).
We work together as a team in Swan Class and this helps us to earn Petrol Points:
We use colour coding to support our understanding of word classes and sentence building.
Swan Curriculum Map
We use these games to practise our number bonds to 10.
We are learning to touch type using this website:
Log on and practise your skills and speed!
We log on to Seesaw for home learning:
What will you do on Seesaw this weekend?
We log on to Reading Eggs to enjoy more books:
We love reading in Swan Class
We use Snappy Maths.
This helps us to practice finding halves and quarters of shapes.
There are some great ideas linked to our library visits on the British Library website:
We look at the CBBC Newsround webpage to find out what’s going on in the world:
This link supports families in helping your child to learn their times tables:
This is a great game to help with place value:
We use Talk to Frank to help us understand how to keep safe: