P5/6W: Counting Down to Christmas…

Welcome back everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a restful October holiday. We have had a very busy, action packed second term and getting very excited in the run up to Christmas.

Slopefield:

In October, the class took a wander up to Slopefield. They listened to an informative talk from the Sutton Institute on soils and compost. The children also got the chance to pick beetroot, cauliflower and runner beans from the vegetable patch. In addition, our class were given cuttings from a Willow tree so that we can grow our own one in the Airyhall School garden. The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Slopefield and look forward to returning later in the school year. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied us.

World of Work Week:

Last week, we were lucky to have been visited by some very interesting people to talk to us about their careers. Our special visitors included a lawyer, a fireman, a dental nurse and a virtual reality software developer. P5/6W were keen to find out what inspired these people to follow these career paths. The children were keen to find out more and participated in asking questions.  They thoroughly enjoyed learning about these jobs and what they entailed.

In Class:

We have been extremely busy in P5/6W this term. The class have been very enthusiastic about their new topic (an artist study of Vincent van Gogh). Over the course of this term, we have been learning about the life of Vincent, studied his work and the children have replicated their own versions. Our focus has been on the ‘Sunflower Series’ and ‘Starry Night’. The children have painted their own versions of the Sunflowers which are very striking. The class has also written beautiful poetry inspired by the above paintings.

With Mr MacIndoe, the children have been learning about gymnastics. I am sure you will agree that P5/6W appear to have some very talented gymnasts in the class. They have thoroughly enjoyed these PE sessions and been very enthusiastic to participate.

Christmas:

Preparations for the festive period are now well under way. It has been a hectic few weeks, glittering baubles and gluing buttons onto our decorations for the Christmas Fair. We created some wonderful crafts and would like to offer a big thank you to those that supported our stall and bought one of our sparkly reindeer.

The children have begun their singing practice for the Christmas concert at the end of term. P5/6W have done a wonderful job of learning their words and judging by the rehearsals, the children have a fantastic show in store, to get you into the Christmas spirit!

In the run up to Christmas, our advent countdown will focus on carrying out acts of kindness. Each child will be given a special task to complete for each day in the run up to Christmas. Special tasks include helping a classmate, playing with someone new, sending a smile to everyone you pass and writing a thank you letter to someone. We hope that this will help to spread the festive cheer!

This is my favourite time of year and I am really looking forward to enjoying the run up to Christmas together!

Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you have a wonderful festive period. Many thanks for all your support in 2017!

Miss Winchester 🙂