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St Blaise Class (UPKS2)

Welcome to Blaise 

We are a Year 5/6 class.

Our class teacher is Miss Green and our teaching assistants are Mrs Milling and Mr LePage. 

 

Please don't hesitate to pop in and see us if you have any questions or concerns or ring and leave a message.

 

Reading
 
We are passionate about reading in Blaise and weave reading into our daily timetable. Encouraging lots of talk around books, sharing recommendations and providing time so that children may become lost in reading, as we embed reading for pleasure.
 
To support reading for pleasure, we have daily Guided Reading lessons. We begin the week by developing and broadening our vocabulary knowledge as we recognise the importance of understanding the meaning and context of a word when building on our reading comprehension skills. During the week, we focus on different elements of the reading VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise) through short activities link to the focus text. On Friday, we re-read the focus text and answer a mixture of VIPERS questions, ensuring we are able to justify our views and scan texts quickly.
 
In addition, for those children needing additional support, we deliver a systematic reading programme that draws on children's earlier phonics knowledge from RWI. As well as offering daily 1:1 reading that can promote fluency or comprehension, depending on the needs of this child. 
Egyptians: Hook Day
 
Based on 'The Secrets Of The Sun King' by Emma Carroll
 
The first day of term started with great excitement, as the children of Blaise met at the Mauri Long House, intrigue built.
 
On arriving at the classroom, they entered a crime scene and had to search for clues to uncover the mystery and attempt to solve the problem. A pair of ash-filled shoes resting on the hearth, a painting of Egypt, a photograph of interestingly dressed men in distant lands and an unopened letter...
 
After deciding to open the letter, children quickly deduced that it had been sent from the body-less man, Professor Hanawati. A frantic search outside 
Christmas Lunch
 
After a busy week, which included a trip to the cinema and our KS2 Carol Concert performance at the church, we loved tucking into our delicious Christmas lunch.
 
Some of the children helped to set the room up so that it created a communal atmosphere, crackers were distributed, the Christmas songs chosen and a good time was had by all.
 
We wish you all a very merry Christmas! 
 
 
WWII Dance using the poem 'Rocca San Giovanni' by  George Fraser Gallie
 
We have attended dance, led by dance teacher Miss Katie, weekly this half term. We wanted to create a dance that reflects our learning during our WWII topic.
 
We recently completed a poetry unit, so it was decided to include the poem 'Rocca San Giovanni' by  George Fraser Gallie, in the performance.  Children worked in groups to choreograph tableaux, controlled movement between each tableaux and a sequence of movements. Each group learnt a stanza from the poem and choreographed moves to accompany their stanza; this enabled children to think with greater depth about the meaning of the poem. Themes including, the home front, evacuees and warfare were woven into the performance.
 
Children performed to parents, delivering a powerful and thought-provoking performance. 
'Letters From The Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll
 
Reading Scrapbook Journal
 
We have really enjoyed reading about Olive and her adventures at Budmouth Point, as an evacuee from London. It was a real page turner and kept us gripped. We have focused on the text on a number of occasions during Guided Reading, so that we could develop an understanding of the characters, their motives and empathise with the challenging situations they faced.
After finishing the book, we created scrapbook reading journals, which was a creative and imaginative way for us to express our feelings about the book. Children focused on a number of themes, and sensitively portrayed them in their journals. This included the rescue of the persecuted Jewish people, the death of Olive's father and some espionage and mystery.
Lest We Forget
 
On Remembrance Day the children of Blaise class led a class assembly at Ladock Church, drawing on learning during our World War II topic.
 
Children recited war  poems they had learnt, including 'High Flight' by John Gillespie Magee and 'Next War' by Wilfred Owen. Through their exploration of war poetry, not only did children learn about the features and language of poetry, but also gained insight into the reality of war, including its challenges.
 
Using 'The Little Ships: A Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk' by Louise Borden, we then produced our own poems about the Dunkirk rescue, with some recited at the Remembrance Assembly. Children developed a deeper empathy for those involved in the operation through activities like 'role on the wall' and 'hot seating'. They then employed a number of poetic devices, including alliteration, sibilance and metaphors, when producing their own poems. 
 
We explored this theme in art, producing watercolours of the Dunkirk scene, and clay poppies that were left at the Ladock War Memorial. 
 
During the assembly, children also shared their own experiences of relatives at war and what their sacrifices meant to them.
 
We were very privileged to learn about our TA's, Mrs Milling's, Great Granddad's heroic service during WWI. We were able to examine primary resources, official military documents, as well as secondary resources (news paper articles), that track Mrs Milling's Grandad from when he signed up to when the sad news was shared with his family. It was another opportunity to explore the challenges of war for those serving and how it impacted Ladock's local community. 
 
Through our reading of: 'Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story' by Bali Rai, we also had an opportunity to remember some of the 'forgotten voices' of WWII, which reflects the authentic, unsung stories of our past.
Britain in the Blitz, Flambards Trip
 
Today we took our World War II learning beyond the classroom and visited the Britain in the Blitz immersive display and war museum at Flambards.
 
On arriving, we were greeted by Bertie, the local ARP warden, who guided us, safely, through the Blitz. We learnt about the vital role ARPs played during the war effort, particularly when Britain was besieged by air warfare (Blitz) from September 1040 - May 1941.  We experienced the impact the bombs had on families' lives and the destruction they caused. This has enabled us to have greater empathy for British people at this time, and to think about the main character, Olive, from our class book: 'Letters From The Lighthouse'by Emma Carroll. We were also able to consider how significant the development of the radar was to Britain.
 
During Bertie's talk, children had the opportunity to share their knowledge and ask questions. 
 
I was incredibly impressed by the children's engagement - it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
 
 
Launch day of our new topic: World War II.
 
We used salt dough, a different colour for Germany, the Soviet Union and Italy, and moved the dough across a world map as more countries surrendered to Germany, between 1939 - 1940.
 
Next, we took our learning outside; we played a Battle of Britain PE game. Children split into teams, Germany and Britain. The mats were the aircrafts, scooters naval ships and the soft balls ammunition. Lots of fun was had as children developed their overhand technique, balance and knowledge of the Battle of Britain.