Term 1 in P5/6W

I would like to extend to you a warm welcome back after the summer holidays! P5/6W have had a very busy and fun filled first term.

P5/6W have been enthusiastically studying the Jacobites. At the beginning of term, we learned about what a Jacobite was and the timeline of events during the Jacobite era. The class showed interest in learning about the weapons and clothing worn by Jacobite soldiers so we have also spent time researching this.

The class have learned about Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Battle of Culloden and other key battles from this time period. We have been working hard to create an art display depicting the battle which is looking fantastic.

Last week, P5/6W show cased their work during the open afternoon. The children got the chance to share their learning experiences with their visitors. In groups, the children participated in a range of activities including tartan weaving, labelling a Jacobite, discovering the route to Derby in 1745 and creating a wanted poster for Bonnie Prince Charlie. The shortbread also went down a treat but I think the children may have enjoyed it more than the parents!

Studying the Jacobites has offered a vast range of writing opportunities. Children wrote letters from Bonnie Prince Charlie’s perspective to ask clan chiefs for help before the Battle of Culloden. After learning about the Battle of Culloden in more detail, the children wrote newspaper articles to outline the key events that ended the Jacobite rebellion. Next week, we will be learning to write diary entries from the perspective of the MacDonald clan that suffered during the Massacre of Glencoe.

Next term, our writing focus will include the following genres: non-chronological reports, poetry and imaginative writing.

The class have enjoyed reading a variety of books this term. We have been studying Jeremy Strong, Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl. P5/6W are very keen readers and have been able to produce some fantastic work to show their knowledge and understanding of the books they have been studying.

In term 2, we are looking forward to learning about Picasso and Van Gogh during our artist study project. We will also be learning about Christianity and participating in a Christmas Enterprise project, creating crafts for the Christmas Fayre.

I would like to wish you all a very relaxed October break and I am very much looking forward to continuing our learning journey after the holidays.

Miss Winchester πŸ™‚