Over the course of lockdown, we have endeavoured to provide education and home learning to help the children at home with routine, structure and education.
We have used the Zoom application to provide a safe education space for children and host four meetings a day, one each for literacy, maths, word study and topic.
Special Zoom videos have also been recorded for other subjects or updates on other topics too. This resource has provided us with a fantastic bridge to communicate, educate and protect our children.
Along with the assistance of these and other Youtube videos to provide subject overviews in case children cannot attend live meetings, we at Akaal have tried to promote our learning in the best possible way.Click Here to View an Example Video (External Link)
Welcome to Truth Class. This year we have two classes and two teachers – Mrs Carr and Miss Nicolas. Together, we work to provide the best possible learning opportunities and environment for the children. We are excited about the learning that will take place, the adventures we will embark on and the memories that we will be making together.
We follow the National Curriculum for maths. At the beginning of each objective, we have a chapter introduction – this outlines what we are learning and the steps that we need to do to achieve the objective for our purple stamp. Once we have gained our purple stamp, we move onto the mining challenge which is a greater depth task designed for us to apply and manipulate our new skills.
Every chapter begins with a pre-assessment, and we mark this together in class to give us a head start in our learning. At the end of each chapter is a post-assessment.
On Fridays we have a reasoning session based on problem-solving and applying the new skills that we have learned in maths. We really enjoy these as they are fun and interactive!
In year 5, we look at various genre types – these are what our literacy is based around. Similar to maths, at the start we have a chapter introduction to explain what we need to include to achieve our purple stamp. We also have a ‘Technical Knowledge’ part on our chapter introductions, and this explains the skills that we need in general to be a good writer. If we achieve the purple stamp, we move onto the mining challenge.
In Literacy, we use the ‘double-page spread’ technique to plan all of our ideas, we then use these to form a draft, before creating a final piece. We’re always aiming to improve, and have focused lots on structure, the best language to use and making sure that we include context in our writing.
Our first topic, ‘The Edge’, is based around disasters. We have weekly missions on our ‘Mission Log’ and each mission has a brief and debrief sheet that tells us what we need to do to achieve and whether we have achieved or not. We learn lots about Mount Everest and the Titanic - have a look at some of our work!
Immersion Room - Everest Base Camp
Our Mount Everest themed immersion room helps us write our dilemma texts based on the 1996 disaster, film our pathe newsreels and we also get the feel for what it must be like to live at Everest base camp!
Our trip for ‘The Edge’ was to The Roaches – we learnt all about survival and even had a go at mountain-climbing! It was absolutely freezing but we had an amazing day and learnt lots!
Our Word Study sessions follow a four-part sequence:
Word Study is based on exploring the spelling patterns and meanings of words, and linking them to phonics. By exploring the words and patterns, we are able to discuss our findings and apply them to our writing.
We use the skill of reading constantly, but we also have a weekly whole-class reading session on a Friday morning. Each week is based on at least one of the seven skills:
We discuss which skills we are focusing on and use a range of resources, such as pictures, videos, texts and ‘thunks’.
Our enrichment this year is ‘Find Myself’ which is run by Mrs Arundel and Mrs Hussain. This term, we have been exploring the forest and had lots of independent learning.
Carousel & PE
Our carousel time lets us learn different subjects throughout the week. During one week of carousel we will be taught:
- RE – Mrs Carr
- Personal Development
World Book Day 2021
For World Book Day this year, we decided to focus on poetry. What a fun day we had! Each class chose one poem and learnt about it, and then practised and performed it. We were amazed by the children’s understanding, effort and courage – everyone was so sensible and we had such a good time. See some examples of our performance poetry below!
World Book Day with Truth Class
We chose the poem ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ – we read through it and understood straight away that it was a serious and sombre poem. We really understood the message of the poem and talked through what each stanza meant. Then we split into groups and each group chose a stanza. We looked at the meaning of our stanza and decided which bits to say loudly or quietly, and whether to add any actions – remembering to keep the serious, respectful message the whole way through. Then we practised saying it to music – this was the tricky bit, but we were so resilient and kept on going! Once we had practised, we performed and filmed it in front of the green screen. Miss Nicolas and Mrs Carr took some time to edit the video and add the pictures and music, and then we had our big premier in front of Kenny and Mrs Fellowes. See our performance poetry below!Click Here to View our Poetry Performance (External Link)