Welcome to Class Rowan's 2017-2018 Webpage!
We are a class of year five children.
We are registered and taught in the afternoons by Mr. R. Smith.
This is the webpage to visit for all things Rowan. On our page, you will receive regular updates about our learning, special events including day trips, downloadable copies of homework and letters. Please look at our photo galleries to see what we have been discovering.
We hope you enjoy your visit!
Throughout the year, children in Rowan Class (Class RS) will have opportunities to be taught by a number of familiar faces including Mr. Smith, Miss. Medley, Mrs Lockwood, Mr. Haywood and Miss. Baxter. Our children will be supported in class by Mrs. Hipwell-Stafford, Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Harwood. Together, we are the Upper Key Stage Two team.
Rowan children will require a PE kit on Mondays and Thursdays. A woodland kit should also be available at the academy each week for when we decide to move our Rowan learning environment into our fabulous woodland.
Downloadable copies of home learning tasks will be regularly added to this webpage. Please be aware that any copies on the Rowan Webpage will be for children taught English and Mathematics by Mr. Smith, not for children registered by Mr. Smith.
Updated home learning expectation sheets will be uploaded to this webpage weekly.
The home learning task sheet below applies to children taught by Mr. Smith for English and Mathematics only. Children who are taught by Miss. Medley or Mrs. Lockwood for English and/or Mathematics should complete homework set by Miss. Medley and/or Mrs. Lockwood.
May 2018: Rowan News
Noteworthy dates for your diary:
w/b May 14th 2018 - Y5's only: 'Bikeability' Week - If you have not already done so, please return your permission slips to either Mr. Smith or the Office as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
w/b May 14th 2018 - Y6's only: SATS WEEK
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 - Rowan, Oak & Beech to visit Magna, Rotherham (specific details to follow. In the meantime, please forward your permission letters to the academy as soon as possible.)
Thursday, May 24th, 2018 - KS2 Art Exhibition (Details to follow.)
Well done, Year 6!
You've done it! Your assessments have come and gone. Myself, Miss. Medley, Mr. Haywood, Mrs. Lockwood & Miss. Baxter are all very, very proud of you. Just your writing to go and lots and lots of fun, including your 'Enterprise' projects!
Here's to your continued success!
A very proud Mr. Smith
Please come and join us from 3 p.m. onwards on Thursday, May 24th 2018 where we will be hosting our 'KS2 Art Gallery' in the KS2 Hall. Prepare to be dazzled!
MAGNA - Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Warm sandwiches and pop at the ready - its trip time in UKS2!
Rowan, Oak & Beech Class will be visiting 'Magna Science Museum' in Rotherham as part of our ongoing Science work.
Please ensure your child has sensible clothing for the day and, of course, their correct uniform. It is worth baring in mind that it can be quite cold inside the science museum even on a relatively warm Spring day and your child should be prepared for this. We aim to be back at the academy at the usual time of 3 p.m. traffic permitting.
April 2018 - Rowan News
During residential week, the children who remained at the academy baked with Mr. Smith. They baked bread and made scones following simple recipes.
Very Easy White Bread
400g plain flour
Tablespoon of castor sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1 sachet of dried yeast
160 ml warm water
Measure the flour, sugar, salt & dried yeast and mix together in a bowl.
Add the warm water and mix by hand.
When the mixture is a slightly sticky consistency, place on to a floured work surface and knead rigorously for 10 minutes.
An adult should heat an oven to 180ºC (Fan Oven) and place the dough on a baking tray, baking for 20-25 minutes.
An adult will remove the bread from the oven and leave to cool. EASY!
We are blessed with an amazing woodland learning area at Carlton Primary Academy. The Year five and six (non-residential visit) children took the time to build some amazing dens on Wednesday, April 11th. The weather was cold and the woodland was quite muddy but they persevered well with their constructions. Take at look at the two galleries to see what they achieved
Dear Rowan Readers!
A good book not only entertains and inspires you, it educates you and makes you a morally, emotionally and spiritually richer person. A good book stays with you for life. Just like music where there are good songs and bad songs, there are interesting books and much less entertaining books, but actually, the joy is in finding them. You might find an author this term who you enjoy for the rest of the year and, one day, even share with your own children. The book on the second shelf of the first bookcase in our classroom may just inspire you to train for a profession when you leave school. The book next to it with the bland looking spine might, in fact, teach you something life-affirming about yourself. There are a million and one different adventures just waiting for you. Wouldn't it be a shame not to jump on board and take a look around? Admission is free!
This summer, Mr. Smith invites you to complete his 'Book-it Challenge.' It's a little bit like a 'bucket challenge' but for books (and there is no ice involved, which is a plus!) The challenge involves you evidencing 30 types of story, book or magazine as part of your reading experience between April 9th - July 13th 2018. The list is displayed in class and is featured above this article for you to try and tick off your impressive list. Some of the items of the list might not be to your liking, but unless you give them a try, how do you know?
On your return to school after Easter, you will receive a new 'Reading Challenge' book and the rest is up to you. You can work through the 'Book-it list' as part of your ongoing reading or, alternatively, keep reading the books you know you love by the authors and journalists you know you enjoy and take part in the separate 'Read Your Way Around Great Britain' challenge at the back of your book. Either way, we are going to build our reading stamina in the summer and discover something new about the world, its people (fictional and non-fictional) and, perhaps, ourselves. Excited? You should be!
Let's read like a writer and write like a reader!
Mr. Smith (currently reading 'Slade House' by David Mitchell, 'Spring' edited by Mellissa Harrison, 'Writers' Forum Magazine - April 2018', 'Country Walking Magazine - April 2018' & 'The Collected Poems of Ted Hughes' - I don't know where I find the time to teach you all!)
Wishing you all a very happy Easter
Carlton Primary Academy reopens on Monday, April 9th, 2018 @ 8:40 a.m.
An important term for Mr. Smith's Y6 children - SATs take place on the week beginning Monday, May 14th 2018.
Out new topic will be 'Do we ever stop changing?'
What's your answer to this question?
Be thinking over the holidays.
Also, if this is your topic title, what do you think you will be learning about throughout summer term one?
Wednesday, April 11th - Friday, April 13th 2018 - Robinwood Residential
Please note: The remaining children not taking part in the residential holiday may have a different teacher from Wednesday, April 11th - Friday, April 13th 2018. Mr. Smith & Mrs. Lockwood will be sharing Classes Rowan, Oak & Beech between them. The children will have an opportunity to take part in cooking lessons, woodland lessons and art lessons during this time. Keep visiting Class Rowan webpage for further information.
Week beginning Monday, May 14th 2018: Y6 SATS WEEK
" " " " " " Y5 Bike-Ability Week
Victorian Day: Thursday, March 22nd, 1899.
"Sit down and get on with your work!"
On Thursday, we partied like it was 1899!
The children gained a first hand experience of what school was like in the Victorian era.
Firstly, on entry to school, they paid a penny for their day's education. Their hands were checked for cleanliness and those caught with foul, filthy hands had to have them washed thoroughly with soap and warm water.
Following handwriting rehearsal, the children gathered in the hall to sing 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' and 'God Save the Queen.' Some children could not sit still and so were sent to the naughty corner to untangle pieces of wool as punishment. That taught them!
Afterwards, they were put into groups and completed a variety of tasks. They made peppermint creams with Miss. Baxter and made the boxes for them to fit in with Mrs. Greatorex. In the morning, they received physical training with Mr. Walters and a similarly gruelling programme of exercise with Mrs. Lockwood & Mr. Smith in the afternoon. Mr. Haywood taught the children all about the Great British Empire and our importance in the world whilst the children made peg dolls under the careful instruction of Mrs. Murray & Mrs. Hipwell-Stafford.
Playtime was a closely monitored affair with girls segregated from boys in the playground. They played a variety of traditional Victorian-era games during this time.
It was important for us to reflect upon the day at the end of the afternoon. Though the vast majority of the children enjoyed the experience, most were glad that they were children in the year 2018.
Please take the time to enjoy our photographs in the galleries above and below capturing the story of our day
On March 14th, we were visited by Zoolab.
We learned about a number of amphibians and insects as well as a number of vertebrates and invertebrates.
Rowan Challenge: Can you explain to a parent what the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate is?
Look at our extensive gallery below to enjoy our learning experience:
Carlton Primary Academy's Second Spelling Bee: March 12th 2018 - March 21st, 2018 (Final: Wednesday, March 21st 2018 - Details to follow.)
Class Rowan, Oak & Beech Victorian School Day: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 - Details to follow.)
We will be forwarding key information about these exciting events shortly to you. In the meantime, please keep logging on to Class Rowan's webpage for further updates and even more exciting news!
Spelling Bee UKS2 Winner:
- Congratulations to Caitlin Fleming of Class RS English Group on winning the UKS2 SPelling Bee Competition for a second time.
Well done also to our other two finalists: Thomas Turner & Isaac Taylor Barzycki
March 2018 - Rowan News
World Book Day in Class Rowan:
From the Monday Assembly Award Records:
March 12th 2018:
Exciting Writer - Miss. Rheanna Gibson
Marvellous Mathematician - Miss. Addison Pedley
Star of the Week - Master Roscoe Hornby.
Rheanna uses descriptive vocabulary beyond her years. Her character descriptions this week were particularly poignant.
Addison is a very careful mathematician who is meticulous in checking her answers in her arithmetic and reasoning work.
Roscoe is a talented artist, demonstrating skills beyond his young years. His recent artwork inspired by LS Lowry is outstanding.
By now, your child should have received their new home learning reading diaries. We are actively encouraging daily reading sessions with some enthusiastic Rowan children already completing their first reading books in the first 24 hours! Please speak to Mr. Smith if you require any further information regarding reading homework.
Homework will be given as follows (unless otherwise stated):
Daily: Reading homework (minimum of 15 minutes reading per evening.)
Wednesdays: Mathematics Homework
Fridays: English homework.
"From small acorns, major oak trees grow" (ancient proverb)
"From small seedlings, intelligent, independent thinking and creative Rowan children grow" (modern 'Class Rowan' proverb)
February 2018 Rowan News
This half term, we are studying the Victorian period. We have learnt about Queen Victoria and what life was like for her people during her reign. We have studied the Victorian school and compared it to our own in 2018. We have looked at the difficulties encountered by Victorian children in their day-to-day lives, for example, being forced to work in order to help provide food for their large families. This work included sweeping chimneys, working in dangerous factories and working on the land. However, we have also celebrated the beginning of early entertainment and leisure time and studied prominent artists from the period. Currently, we are designing traditional Victorian seaside posters for example.
In Art & Design, we are studying the work of LS Lowry and using perspective vanishing point to create cityscapes of Northern Victorian towns.
In Mathematics, Rowan Y6 Mathematicians are studying measurement. Y5 Rowan Children have recently started working through their Schofield & Sims Mental Maths books in the afternoons and are enjoying the challenges which cover the broad spectrum of mathematics skills from number, to shape & space to fractions, decimals and percentages.
In English, we are using our topic on Victorians to create character descriptions, write reports about life during the Victorian period and write diaries.
In History, we will continue with our Victorians topic, culminating in a Victorian Day at the end of the half term during which your child will experience a traditional Victorian school day (details to follow very shortly so keep visiting our class webpage!)
In PE, we are developing our narrative skills in dance. Recently, we told a story through dance movement inspired by the lyrics to 'Paperback Writer' by The Beatles.
In Science we are continuing to discover fabulous facts about the universe through our 'Earth in Space' topic.
We continue to sing once a week in KS2 singing lessons with Miss. Medley & Mrs. Blythe.
Mrs. Greatorex is teaching the Rowan children French. Please ask your child to speak to you in French to test their growing skills! C'est super!
Mrs. Harrison is teaching the children PHSE on Thursdays.
A gentle reminder that Rowan children still require PE kits on Mondays (taught by Mr. Smith) and Thursdays (taught by Mr. Walters.)
JANUARY 2018 ROWAN NEWS...
Throughout January, we are heading off in our rockets to visit space. We are learning all about the Earth's rotation and how this impacts on day and night as well as the seasons.
In our geography work, we have zoomed towards the earth, studying the differences between human and physical geography whilst looking at the geography of Europe, the British Isles and zooming further into our home county of Yorkshire.
In Art and DT, we have created our own sculptures of planets using balloons and paper mache.
From the Award Assembly Diaries:
Congratulations to Caitlin Fleming, Tarryn Austin and Rebecca Hipwell Stafford for achieving the award of 'Exciting Writer' demonstrating thoroughly the year six standard consistently in their writing.
Marvellous Mathematicians (new for 2018):
This year, we also rightly acknowledge the hard work taking place in our mathematics lessons too. We have been multiplying fractions and mixed numbers as well as dividing fractions in our arithmetic sessions. A huge well done to Taylor Staves, Ellie Greenwood and Addison Pedley for determined, consistent hard work in this demanding subject throughout January.
Star of the Week:
Noah Wilson, Rheanna Gibson and Cadey Saxton are recent winners of this award for
demonsrating through their positive attitude and learning behaviours our academy ethos that 'together we can do anything.'
********"Merry Christmas and a happy 2018 from all of us to all of you!"********
See you all on Monday, January 8th, 2018!
December News for Rowan Class
There isn't just one bakery on Fish Dam Lane, you know!
If you visit our Christmas Fair on Friday, December 15th 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., you will be able to buy some very special Rowan Shortbread that the Rowan bakers have created. Available in white chocolate or raisin.
We hope to see you at the fair.
The children recently created their own shadow puppet shows following on from their work based around light and shadows in Science. They scripted simple playscripts, made shadow puppets with at least one working, moveable part and performed their shows in front of the class. They investigated whether translucent materials were just as effective as opaque with some interesting results!
Upcoming Dates of particular note:
Friday, December 15th 2017 - Christmas Jumper Day:
For a donation of £1, Rowan children are invited to come dressed to the academy in their Christmas jumpers. Non-uniform is acceptable in palce of school trousers/skirts etc. however the top half of your child's uniform should consist of a Christmas junper. It is perfectly fine for your child to stick/pin Christmas images on their school uniform jumper should they wish to do so!
Friday, December 15th, 2017 - Christmas Fair
Commences 2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
UKS2 Christingle - Rowan, Oak & Beech visit Carlton Church (p.m.)
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Christmas Dinner at Carlton Primary Academy
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Carlton Primary Academy visit the pantomime at Barnsley Lamproom
November Rowan News
This half term, our new topic is 'Ancient Egypt.'
We will be studying light in Science and sewing in DT.
We will continue to study PHSE with Mrs. Harrison and PE on Thursdays with Mr. Walters.
On December 21st, 2017, we will be visiting the Barnsley Lamproom for our Christmas pantomime.
Just a reminder that PE kits are required every Monday and Thursday at the academy as last half term.
We're moving house - just for a short while!
Class Rowan is having some essential building work taking place in November. Our new home will be Class Willow for approximately three weeks from the start of the half term - you will remember this when your child was in year three and four not so long ago. Should you need to collect your child from the classroom exit, you will need to meet them outside the year three/four cloakroom door (near the Foundation Unit exit.) We are likely to be in Class Willow for up to three weeks from November 6th.
Shine Day - Autumn Term 1
The overwhelming majority of Rowan children who showed immaculate behaviour throughout the first half term enjoyed a Shine Day on October 27th. Activities included ten pin bowling, cooking, Halloween crafts and street hockey to name a small selection. Children who chose to spend a session with Mr. Smith had an opportunity to paint or draw their teachers as they saw them. We have a number of brilliant artists at the academy and many of the characatures were wonderful. Mr. Smith found some time to draw Mrs. Blythe.
GUITAR CLUB IS IN FULL STRUM
Mr. Smith is offering a free lunchtime guitar club each Friday lunchtime (12:25 - 12:55.) All abilities welcome. Just bring a guitar with you!
We are currently learning a song called 'This Old Man.' And no, it isn't about Mr. Smith!
In our Science lesson, we used our skills in circuit designing to make a working illumination inspired by the autumn Blackpool light show.
View our photo gallery to see our results.
New Reading Corner
We have a new reading corner in Class Rowan inspired by the seaside. We have newspapers, magazines and an exciting range of books to read.
Our class read is 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman.
Rowan Class have been designing their very own maps. They have studied street plans, OS maps and road atlases. Rowan geographers now understand that there are many maps for very different purposes and that symbols play a key part in effective mapping.
Thomas stops the bomb countdown in one thousandth of a second!
Sometimes even the little triumphs in life deserve a celebratory footnote!
Awards so far this academic year.
Each Monday, we take the time to celebrate hard work, positive attitudes and a demonstrated ethos that 'together we can do anything.'
Our Rowan 'Stars of the Week' so far this term have been:
Master Jake Ogley - for all-round enthusiasm, hard work and for 'teaching assistant' duties for Mr. Smith.
Master Liam Higgs - for quietly getting on with all tasks asked of him and for general excellent behaviour.
Miss Sky Peel - for excellent effort in the foundation subjects in the afternoons taught by Mr. Smith; Sky's artistic skills are particularly appealing!
Exciting Writers - in acknowledgement of hard work in Mr. Smith's Y6 English class:
Miss Paige Hague - Paige sets herself high standards in her English work generally. She is keen to improve her overall standard and her writing shows flair, care and class.
Miss. Rebecca Hipwell-Stafford - Rebecca nails narrator voice in every Big Write and in shorter writing tasks too. She is keen to apply higher order punctuation and always works hard.
Master Lewis Austin - Lewis is the king of every adjective he surveys. His fictional writing is inspired and he can write clearly and concisely when writing non-fiction too.
Keep checking our website to celebrate hard work throughout the year. Soon there will be some guest webpage contributors to Rowan Class Page too so keep a look out!
Yorkshire Dales Excursion - October 4th, 2017
As part of our learning about 'Rivers & Mountains', we visited Bolton Abbey on Wednesday, October 4th 2017.
We visited the ruins of Bolton Priory, a building which survived the 12th century until its abolition was ordered by King Henry VIII in the 16th century.
We had a picnic by the river. Thankfully, the rain did not make our sandwiches too soggy.
We explored the landscape, looking at how glaciation had carved out the river valley. We spotted a heron on the river bank.
We enjoyed the 'Welly Walk' challenges; we certainly got nice and muddy!
Following part of the Dales Way and other tracks, we successfully completed a 2 1/2 mile hike in total.
Of course, we found time to visit the gift shop too!
Please look at our photo gallery to view images of our day!
What are we learning?
In Science, we are learning about electrical circuits. We have built a number of circuits and have correctly used electrical symbols in order to record our working diagrams.
In Geography, we are studying maps. We have applied the features of a map to our own imaginative maps by, for example, applying correct colours to indicate mountainous and low-lying areas.
In English, we are writing myths. We have applied expanded noun phrases and prepositional phrases.
In Mathematics, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 & 1 million.
First Day Back!
...how smart we all look in our crisp, new uniforms and how smart we are with our learning! Our new mini-theme is 'Parachutes' and on the first morning back following the long summer holidays, the children were challenged to design and make a successful parachute. We studied air resistance and how canopy size could affect the rate by which a parachute could fall. Additionally, we also looked at variations in canopy size, material and fair testing.
In our art, we studied the artist Kyung Jeon whose artwork features the image of the parachute as a recurring theme. We looked at techniques such as backwash and layering paint and produced some very attractive work in Jeon's style. We sharpened our brushstroke skills in the process too.
For the rest of the week, we will, amongst other activities, be writing a story inspired by the title 'a giant leap', calculating the perimeters and areas of parachute canopies and identifying islands of the world in geography from a bird's eye view.
English and Mathematics classes start properly with your child's English and Mathematics teacher(s) on Monday, September 11th.