Our class is named after the historical figure, Florence Nightingale. She's considered the founder of modern nursing and came to prominence while training other nurses and caring for the wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War. She's the one you might have heard as 'Lady of the Lamp'.
Class Teacher: Mr Mason
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Salmon
Link to RM Unify (English Homework): https://stmarksdudley.rmunify.com/
Maths and English Homework Given Out On: Usually Fridays
Maths and English Homework Due In On: Usually the following Thursday
Reading Records: Pupils each have a specific day they have their reading record checked
PE Days: Just Wednesday (for now)
Our class text this half-term is 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas' by Irish author, John Boyne.
Most of our literacy work is all tied around the class text for the half-term. We read the book throughout the half-term while also dipping out into non-fiction material.
We've been learning a lot about the time period of WWII, from 1939 to 1944, through the eyes of a young Berlin boy named Bruno.
Our class text in the Autumn One term was 'Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief' by American author Rick Riordan.
This book was a fantastic read, and the entire class thoroughly enjoyed it. We still read this book in the afternoons sometimes, as it's a thick book and we want to finish it before Christmas so we can watch the film!
Our topic for the Autumn One half-term was Ancient Greece, and this fit nicely with Percy Jackson as Percy Jackson himself is a demi-god, like a modern day Hercules. Mr Riordan cleverly brings Ancient Greek mythology to the 21st century in these series of thrilling adventures!
This half-term, our topic work is all about geography. And more specifically: maps, atlases, compasses and countries.
Mr Mason says that we'll be learning about how to use an atlas. How to use grid coordinates to find places on a map. What 'legends' are on maps, the 8 compass points, what latitude and longitude is, and much more! He's pointed us in the direction of this useful website, if we want to stretch our geography knowledge! One boy in our class is even better than Mr Mason at knowing where countries are!
In the Autumn One half-term our topic was all about history. And more specifically: Ancient Greece life, mythology and military!
We learnt about so many Ancient Greek myths, like the story of Oedipus who travelled into the Underworld to rescue his recently deceased beloved, Eurydice and bring her back. Or about the story of Icarus and Daedalus who escaped from the tower of King Minos of Crete, for only Icarus to foolishly fly too close to the sun, and perish!
Our class is a mix of Year 5 and Year 6 children. We can be found opposite Class Dickens, which is a Year 6 class. Our class teacher is Mr Mason (who is new to the school and started in September) and our teaching assistant is Mrs Salmon (who is also new to the school).
Most tables have 4 pupils but one or two tables sometimes have 2 or 3 pupils.
The pupils in our class often sit in 'home seats'. In this seating plan every table will have an equal number of Year 5 pupils and Year 6 pupils.
For maths, we sit on tables according to our Year group. Year 5 on one side of the room while Year 6 are on the other.
But our seats can change at any time Mr Mason asks us to sit somewhere else!
Our trays are at the front, as you can see in the photo here. Or they are by the windows on the other side of the room.
Based on our 'home seat', our tray is usually near where we sit so we can easily get things or put things away.
As you can see, we do our best to keep the classroom tidy. We always tuck our chairs in when we leave our seats and put our things in a tidy pile if it's to be left on the desk... usually!
We have many displays and Mrs Salmon is in charge of those. She's always putting up useful information and nice pictures.
And, she even puts up copies of our work with a little picture of who did the work so we can show off when we've completed a good piece of work!
Mr Mason puts up useful words and information too on the whiteboard you can see here, at the back of the room.
And, the best thing is, Mr Mason likes to reward us when we've been good as a class. He gives us 'Class Points' and when we get a certain amount he will do something that's pretty cool.
He might play football with us at lunch, he might bring in and show off his guitar skills or let us play an awesome times tables game!
But... he does take points away if we come into the room too noisily or something!
Here you can see our class bookshelf, we have the top shelf for fiction books, the bottom shelf for non-fiction and we even have a few copies of the bible.
Mr Mason let's us keep one book at a time in our tray though from this shelf which he calls our 'quiet reading book'.
We get to read this straight away coming in from lunch or if we've completed absolutely all our work and extension work!
And finally, feast your eyes on this! This is the lovely view we have of the garden area that's between our class and the hall.
We're usually too busy to be daydreaming and staring out the window but it's nice to see such a pretty space every now and then!
And that concludes the tour of our wonderful classroom! If you've not seen it yet, come and see for yourself during parents evening!
Our lessons are split into morning lessons and afternoon lessons.
In the morning (before lunchtime) we have
our reading, writing, grammar and maths lessons.
Mr Mason usually likes us to have maths with Miss Williams before break, and then our literacy sessions after break. We learn about various different grammar, writing and reading skills. And Mr Mason let's know how well we're doing by filling in our DREAM targets, stuck to the inside cover of our books!
We sit in our 'maths seats' for maths lessons because Year 5 and Year 6 are taught about different things according to the curriculum.
Most the time though they are similar. We've got these fancy Power Maths books this year too and we do a lot of work in there. It's quite fun actually. And we get to mark our own answers when we've finished!
This is a picture of our Homework Diary.
This book is really handy, Mr Mason makes sure we have it in school every day and we write in it (almost) every day.
Usually we jot down any homework we have or make notes about important letters, messages for parents, etc.
Oh! And parents need to sign this each week to say they've seen it.
There's loads of 'good-to-know' stuff in here too. And it'll help us get in the habit of using a diary for when we're at secondary school!
Each week, during Friday achievement assembly, a class from the upper school and a class from the lower school is awarded a certificate and the honour to look after the attendance bear, for having the best attendance. Mr Mason says he is really proud of us when we win this award and rewards us with class points! He's asked us to keep a record of how many times we've won this award.
So far we have won... 4!
Best Attendance Winners:
Autumn 1 Week 4 (28.09.18) with 98%
Autumn 1 Week 7 (19.10.18) with 99.17%
Autumn 1 Week 8 (26.10.18) with 98.75%
Autumn 2 Week 1 (09.11.18) with 97.92%
"Three in a row, let's keep it going!" ~Mr Mason
Also, during the weekly achievement assembly, one class in lower school and one class in upper school is awarded with the Golden Book Medal. This is awarded to the class which has seen the most 'Gold Book Awards' being given to its pupils. Golden Book Awards are given out for various reasons, if we do brilliant work, have excellent ideas, put in fantastic effort, etc. Mr Mason says that these are very impressive as he doesn't like to give them out 'willy-nilly' (whatever that means)!
So far we have won... 2
Most Golden Book Award Winners:
Autumn 1 Week 6 (12.10.18)
Autumn 1 Week 8 (26.10.18)
"Miss Williams did give us a helping hand in maths this week!" ~Mr Mason
"Hello parents/guardians, so far it's been a pleasure teaching at St Marks. Each and everyone of the children in my class has been helpful, welcoming and very hardworking. I've had a blast with them so far!
Thank you for reminding them about doing their homework, bringing their homework diary in every day, having the correct uniform and PE kit in school and reading with them or doing extra 'mini-homework'.
They're been excellent and I consider myself rather lucky to have such a bright and endearing young class.
If you would like to speak with myself about anything (or say hello), I will always be available at the end of the day around 3:15 when the class leaves the building. You will see me coming out of the building, behind my pupils or just ahead of them. If I'm not there, ask another member of staff for me, or for your child to come and get me and I will be happy to speak with you! Thanks again."