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Welcome to Voyager Class!

Hello and welcome to the Voyagers' Home Page! We have lots of lovely Year 4 and 5 children in our class this year. The wonderful Mrs Williams, Mrs Edmunds and Mrs Mulcahy support us in class.

I am a firm believer in hard work and putting 100% effort into each and every task. If your child comes home and tells you that 'the work is tricky or difficult,' please don't panic; it is meant to be challenging so that they have the opportunity to build on previous knowledge and develop new skills. I do not give my students work that they can access too easily as this will slow their progress and limit their capabilities. Learning is meant to be a whole of host of things- 'easy' is not one of them.

I am a huge fan of Prof Carol Dweck and her work on teaching children to have 'growth mindsets.' Over the next few weeks, I am hoping you will begin to hear your child say phrases such as, "I can't do it... yet," or "I have made a fantastic mistake that I can learn from." Promoting a growth mindset within the school and home reassures children that it is 'ok' to get things wrong. This in turn will help them to take more risks with their learning and feel less intimated by challenge.

If there is anything you would like to discuss with me about your child's wellbeing or education, my door is always open. Please make an appointment to see me after school so that we can chat in-depth. I look forward to the year ahead and working in close partnership. You are the experts on your child and I would really value your input or any suggestions you may have.

Thank you, Mrs Kerry Mills

Class events

Mon 16 Nov

(provisional) Y3/4 and Y5/6 football tournament

Fri 27 Nov

(provisional) Voyagers sharing assembly

Mon 30 Nov

Pantomime trip for Years 2 - 6

See the full diary...

Work for Week Beginning 15.6.20

Hello all!

This week's work is being presented to you in both PDF and PowerPoint. The reason for this is that I have made voice over (hilarious I know) - this only works in PowerPoint in presentation mode. 

There are a maths few worksheets and things, so make sure you pick the right ones to go with the right lessons. It should be obvious as you go through. Skills work is through White Rose this week, and most of the worksheets are associated with that, so once you're worked out which you need it won't seem like so much.

I would love you to send me pictures of your classification keys, your 'sick' sentence cures and your picture of what you think is at the end of the tunnel. I don't need you to send me anything other than that, but please keep your geography list for next week.

We have a new writing focus, it's called 'The Never Ending Tunnel' and requires you to use your imagination! I've put some spelling and a reading comprehension task onto Reading Eggspress for you.

That's it really - remember there's computing and PSHE from Mrs Fairhurst and Mrs Mills.

Urban or Rural?
Your conclusions...

Hello all!

Thanks for your Geography investigations...yet again, the care and thought you are putting in is beyond impressive. You have provided high quality, factual evidence, and justified your opinions. Your presentations have revealed that overall it's hard to decide!! We all agree that Brize Norton itself is rural. However, the surrounding areas could be considered urban, depending on the statistics or definitions you have used. So, the official conclusion is that it's a bit of both - I'm not sure if that's the correct geographical term but it works for me!

Work for week beginning 8.6.20


Thank you all for your lovely feedback about the slides - it makes all the hard work worth it to know you are finding them easy follow! Thank you also for all your work - your Geography and Science maps and presentations are on the post below this one.

Ok, so this week it's all about getting the diaries finished. I really hope you enjoy the whole task - take your time with it, then you can carefully think about each part. Y5 I'd love to see a photo of the finished book - and Y6 I'd love you to bring them to school on the 15th.

It would be good to see your geography presentations, but there's no need to send Science or Maths this week as these tasks are quite worksheety. I haven't assigned specific worksheets to specific MyMaths lessons so do them when it fits in with you. If it's tricky to remember stuff do them as you go along, if you want to test your knowledge do them all at the end. Either way, make sure you complete a minimum of 3 in total, find the right level of challenge for you and focus where you feel you need the practise. It's not always as easy as it looks, so don't rely on 'eye' judgement, count along and up, use a ruler, turn the page etc.

I have put spelling onto Reading Eggspress for both Y5 and Y6, but no reading comprehension as your diary making will take you some time this week. You can of course pick your own reading tasks, as always, but I hope you're all keeping up with your own reading anyway.

That's it for now! Have a lovely week!

Missy K xx

Thank you for your Geography and Science!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their maps and presentations this week. It is a pleasure to see such depth of detail and the care you are taking over your work.

I have added your classifications from last week (beginning 1st June) and this.

Much love,

Missy K xx

Week Beginning 1.6.20!

Dear All,

I hope half term was good for everyone - this weather is making all the difference I think!

So, the learning instructions have undergone a makeover during the break. I have been experimenting with Google Slides and feel they offer enormous potential for both home and school learning. The slides I have prepared can be used in both contexts easily, which means the children will have access to the same lessons whether they are in school or at home. I am also hopeful that they are written in such a way that home learning can be fairly independent in readiness for the return to school.

There is a little video to access from the first slide. It will take you to Google Drive, but if you have no access to this, you won't have missed anything (I'm just saying hello!) However, it may be worth setting up a Google account for future slides that may be more informative (not guaranteed though!)

The only work you need to send me for this week is the presentation for Science and the map for Geography. The diaries can wait as this week is all about the preparation and the ground work - some Y5 and Y6 tasks are separate, but neither will have written anything directly for the diary. Please note there are a lot of Y6 Maths worksheets in this post - once you read the Maths instructions you will understand why, but I just want to make it clear that you are NOT expected to do them all!

There is no Reading Eggspress reading task as there is a comprehension set as part of the English for this week. Everyone is more than welcome to choose their own book to read and complete tasks of their own choosing. Y5 have spellings but not Y6 as yet - my log in needs to be set up differently so that I can assign the work. There is some skills practise on Y5 Mathletics, and Y6 have some FDP consolidation on MyMaths.

That's all for now - I hope you enjoy the slides!!

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