Excalibur Yrs 4 & 5

Welcome to  Excalibur Class  

 

Teacher – Mrs Helen Trusson

HLTA/TA Mrs Cathy Healey & Mrs Nicki Collins (Wednesday – Spanish)

Music Teacher: Mrs Mandy Boniface (Wednesday)

PE Coach: Mr Fouracres (Wednesday)

Student Teacher – Miss Ellie Teague-Tucker

Autumn Term

The children have returned after their busy summer holidays full of excitement and are keen to settle to their learning.  They have been working extremely hard to learn new rules and routines and we are very proud of what they are already achieving.

Below is a link to the copy of the parent letter which parents should all have received. This details all the children’s learning for the Autumn term

Y4 – Excalibur Class Curriculum Information for Parents 2017-18 (2)

Y5 – Excalibur Class Curriculum Information for Parents 2017-18 (2)

To view the Curriculum for Excalibur class over the entire year, click the link below.

Y5 – Excalibur Curriculum Map

Y4 – Excalibur Curriculum Map

Please note: PE is on a Monday & Wednesday.  It would be helpful if children have their PE kits in school every day of the week in case of occasional timetable changes.

Star of the Week

At the start of each week, a member of Excalibur class will be randomly selected to become our ‘Star of the Week’.  During this week, the class share positive qualities which this person displays, which will be recorded on their certificate awarded in assembly on a Friday.  On a Friday, ‘Star of the week’ can bring in a few (small) treasures to share with the class as a special treat!

Secret Student

Most days, a child is randomly selected to be secret student.  This remains anonymous to all children in the class.  At the end of the day, secret student is guessed by the class through questioning and a process of elimination.  If secret student has had a positive day they are rewarded by receiving a maximum of 5 raffle tickets. At the end of each week a raffle ticket is selected from the box, and this child receives a prize!

Outdoor Learning

This year we will continue to develop our understanding of where our food comes from and how to care for plants & vegetables through the use of our vegetable plot. Over the following few weeks, we will be learning about brussel sprouts, garlic and carving pumpkins grown previously.  We will also use the scrapings from the pumpkin to form part of the ingredients in cookery.

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28.09.17

This week we have started our outdoor learning.  We have planted a selection of bulbs which we will be putting to good use later in the year. The ground was perfect for planting, and as you can see from the photos, everybody got busy preparing an area for planting.

05.10.17

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We have had another busy week with our vegetable plot. Our planter now has garlic (which we all separated a clove and planted), beans which we are planting from seeds, and we are also experimenting with brussel sprouts which we have transferred some baby plants to our large vegetable planters.  We have given them all a good watering…fingers crossed!

19.10.17

We collected pumpkins from our vegetable plot today.  We scooped out the insides (in preparation for biscuit making after half term) and then got busy carving various designs into them.

 

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We had a lot of fun scooping & designing the pumpkins and are very proud of the results.  On Friday, we pulled names out of the hat, to select who could take the pumpkins home with them…if they survive the week, we would love for the pumpkins to be returned for Tuesday (Halloween) when we will display them outside of our classroom.

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 19.10.17

We have been busy baking this week.  The pumpkin which we scooped before half term, we used to make pumpkin cookies…and they were delicious!!! We had lots of fun making them, and eve more fun eating them!!!

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16.11.17

We have started to grow cress this week, and are looking forward to checking on its progress each day, as it starts to sprout in containers on the window seat of our classroom.

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17.11.18 – Children in Need

On Friday we were busy fund raising for ‘Children in Need’. Mrs Trusson and Mrs Healey brought in  coins they had raided from their homes and we earnt coins for pudsey bear rather than house points for the day.  We worked really hard, and managed to earn enough coins to cover the outline and details of our own pudsey bear outside our classroom.

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Y5 Author Visit – Chris Riddell

On Wednesday morning (04.10.17), our Year 5 children were lucky enough to see artist, author and former children’s laureate, Chris Riddell at Hazlegrove. We were completely ‘wowed’ by his illustrations which he completed whilst talking to us, and answering questions from the audience.  Afterwards, we had the opportunity to get books signed by Chris Riddell himself.

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Space

In Excalibur class we have been busy exploring and investigating space.  Using our research, we selected different spherical fruits and balls to represent the planets in our solar system, as well as considering the distances between planets.

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We have continued exploring space and started looking at the different moon phases. We set up an experiment with a light source to represent the sun and tennis balls to represent the Earth and moon. We took it in turns to move the moon around the Earth and could see that at different times of the month it appears that the shape of the moon changes: full moon, half moon and total eclipse. This depended on how much light was shining on the surface of the moon that we could see.

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