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 Horsley, Mr. Haywood and Miss. Baxter. Mrs. Gregg will be teaching some children during the autumn term also. 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.
********"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.