Hello from Tiger Class!
This year the fabulous Tiger class has twelve children in it, 7 girls and 5 boys all from years 5 and 6. The staff in the class are Gemma the class teacher and Andy, Louise, Cheryl and Yvette who are all teaching assistants.
In the Autumn term Tigers were very excited to be going to Forest schools every week. They went to Hundred Arce woods with Forest Fran to learn all about and explore the forest environment. Everyone had to have their own Forest name for example Amy the Ant, Hannah the Hippo, Harmony the Hedgehog and Rudi the Ringtail Lemur!
Tiger class are looking forward to taking part in the JRock dance competition after Christmas, for some of us it’s the second time! We are also looking forward to going on our school trip; Year 6 go to Little Canada on the Isle of Wight in March and Year 5 go to Fairthorne Manor in May.
Tiger class have had an exciting start to Spring term with the addition of a new pupil called Nikita. They have enjoyed learning about “In to the Unknown” and have learnt about the Arctic and Antarctic environments. The children have acted out famous explorer stories including the journeys of Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary. They have investigated what the brave explorers wore and how they travelled. Every child designed and stitched their own rucksack. They were all very proud of their sewing. In English they have written in different formats including leaflets about Polar bears and newspaper reports about Forest schools.
In P.E. Tiger Class have been learning basketball skills including dribbling, passing and shooting. They have just started to have short basketball matches and will continue building on their newly learnt skills after half term. They have enjoyed their weekly trips to Forest school with Fran and this term have made bows and arrows, catapults and used a variety of tools. During these trips they have also been developing their team working and leadership skills, achieving great things including building huge dens from branches and sticks that they find on the forest floor!
All the children in year 5 and 6 across the school have been learning dances for their J Rock performance in March at the Guildhall and Tiger class pupils are very proud to be a part of it, some of them for the second time. Everyone has been working hard to synchronize their moves and act out their parts. Everyone is looking forward to the performance at the Guildhall and hope to see some of you there!
In the classroom there is a small tank of pond water that used to contain frogspawn! On a daily basis Tiger children have been observing the frog spawn and have watched them hatch in to tadpoles. They are looking forward to watching the development of the tadpoles in class and will then transfer them back into the school pond.
It has been a busy half term and the pupils are looking forward to continuing the topic ‘Into the unknown’, through exploring flight and space after half term – watch this space!
What an amazing Spring term we have had! At the start of the term we were busy practicing our JRock performance to make sure everyone would perform their best on the night. Then we had an exciting day at the Guildhall practicing on stage, meeting new friends, joining in workshops and getting in to character. Many of us were very nervous to see such a big audience. However, our performance was amazing! We received 10 certificates, came 3rd place overall! Everyone was ecstatic!
The Year 6s from Tiger Class had their own adventure when they went to Little Canada on the Isle of a Wight for a week long residential. They had an amazing time and tried many new things including the zip wire, climbing, abseiling, the giant swing and sensory trails. The last night disco was a real hit with the Tigers and everyone loved dressing up in their party clothes. After the Easter break the Year 5s will be going on their residential week to Fairthorne Manor.
Our topic ‘Into the unknown’ continued through the Spring Term and we explored outer Space, flight and the Artic. During our topic we designed an aeroplane, took an imaginary rocket to the moon and dressed as astronauts. We have also continued to enjoy our weekly trips to the Forest with Fran, being really lucky to have continued our learning in the Forest school each week.
We are looking forward to the Summer term with kayaking, pottery and the new topic ‘Rumble in Jungle’.
What a brilliant start to the summer term we have had!
Tiger class have been learning different animal facts for the new topic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ including what they eat, where they live, and what they look like. They have created poems and stories about frogs and crocodiles.
On Tuesday afternoons tiger class have been Kayaking at North Harbour, each week being set a different challenge. They went looking for painted animals on the lake edge, then they practiced their maneuvering skills by catching rubber ducks. Finally they took part in a kayaking fitness session rowing up and down the lake as many times as they could! In PSHE Tigers have been learning how to stay healthy through good diet, exercise and how to clean their teeth and hands properly!
Tigers have also worked with Neil the potter to create some amazing animal pottery, which was displayed in Arts week. During Arts week Tiger class created ‘zig zag’ art. They created zig zags out of their shadows, bodies, paint splats, buttons, rulers and photographs. They also wrote an amazing story about how a straight line became a zig zag!
The Year 5’s had a very busy week at Fairthorne residential in May where they abseiled, climbed, kayaked, raft built, danced, orienteered, sang and laughed (to name a few) their way through the whole week! Everyone was worn out each evening and slept soundly in their bunk beds!
The final half term will be busy too. Tiger class will be swimming, gardening and continuing to learn and classify information about a range of different wild animals.