It's Spring 2 - a short but very busy half term.
Our new topic this term is the Lord Alfred Tennyson poem, 'The Lady of Shalott'. This is a beautiful and mysterious narrative poem which we shall be studying in English lessons and also exploring its medieval themes through topic lessons. We shall be exploring the differences between myths and legends; reliving the tales of King Arthur and the Round Table; and also piecing together the feudal relationships of medieval England.
The deadline for submitting the 500-word story to the Radio 2 website is 7pm on Thursday, 25th February. Don't forget to print out a certificate and send a copy to me: email@example.com. It'll be a few weeks before we find out if we have any finalists, so fingers crossed!
The week beginning February 29th is Book Week which is always great fun. The theme for this year is 'Around the World'. Apparently Mr Priestley and Mr Carter are choosing special books for each class to explore that week but this is top secret at the moment. There will be a dressing-up day on Thursday, 3rd March as this is the official World Book Day. So you better start putting your thinking caps on.
The Bikeability programme takes place on March 10th and 11th. The good news is that there were no disappointed Year 6 pupils: everyone who wanted to be a part of this cycling proficiency programme has now been included. May I please remind you to return the cycle faults form (if you haven't already) and also to look out your helmet, waterproofs and gloves. You spend a lot of time outside on this course and it's best to be comfortable.
On March 17th there will be a special Eco Day. Mrs Billings will be telling us more about this in the future but I am sure our Eco rep Jack Norman will be heavily involved.
The exciting Come and Sing event at Wellington School takes place on Friday, 18th March and the whole class is invited to take part. Parents should have received letters about this and the children have all been given a 'Bugsy Malone' lyrics sheet to learn as there will not be a word screen at the event. I was delighted to hear at the recent parent meetings that many of the class had been singing the songs out loud at home. You go for it! We have three brave actors - Adam, Jake and Lucy - and will shortly have one boy and girl who will audition at a 'Sing-off' on March 18th for the privilege of singing at the evening concert.
The SATs exams are fast approaching and we shall be continuing to work towards them in Camelot class as well as having time for plenty of fun! I shall be setting homework to support learning on a weekly basis but if any children would like to do any more computer-based revision, I would recommend you complete Spag.com tasks (all children have login details) and for maths there is Sumdog. For general revision of any kind I would recommend visiting Woodlands Junior School who link to many helpful, educational sites.
As a class we still have a bit of an issue with homework not being completed so please make an extra special effort this term to make sure that spellings are learned; reading completed at least four times at home; and homework is brought in on time. Every extra little bit of learning helps to increase your knowledge and confidence.
Looking forward to learning together.