Year 5 Kittiwakes

 

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The Kittiwake staff are: Mrs Reilly and Mrs Lopez

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Terms 1 & 2                Terms 3 & 4                Terms 5 & 6        

Terms 1 and 2 - Conflict and Courage

Key Question: Should just men fight in wars?

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It was Christmas Day in the trenches in France during World War One and a remarkable football match took place. British and German soldiers put down their weapons and took up a game of football instead. For one day, the enemies are friends: they talk and play instead of fighting. But, the war isn’t over and next day they pick up their weapons and the lads from Suffolk are ordered to go over the top…An astonishing story beautifully told in words and pictures…

Terms 3 and 4 - To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond

Key Question: Could life exist on other planets?

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It's one giant leap for all boy-kind in Frank Cottrell Boyce's out-of-this-world story: Cosmic.

Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force-defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or to be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Ahead of them lay unimaginable danger - ferocious seas, uncharted mountains, ice and snow. This is the true story of how Shackleton and his companions endured the hardships they faced, and ultimately managed to survive their perilous adventure.

 

This term your Year 5 child will be learning about mindfulness once a week as part of a 12 week classroom-based curriculum called Paws b.

Mindfulness 12 week Programme

A great deal of this media interest has arisen as a result of the growing body of rigorous research evidence regarding the potential benefits of mindfulness for young people. These include randomised control trials and neuroscientific studies.

 

As Professor Katherine Weare (Emeritus Professor, Southampton and Exeter Universities) observed in her award-winning research summary: Evidence for the Impact of  Mindfulness on Children and Young  People, schools who engage in mindfulness are likely to see ‘beneficial results on the emotional wellbeing, mental health, ability to learn and even the physical health of their students.

 

Year 5 are fortunate in having a new classroom-based mindfulness curriculum is called - ‘Paws b’ that will take place weekly for 12 weeks.

 

 During the course they will be learning about many things, including:

 Specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise  when we need to steady ourselves when our body or mind is busy or out of balance.

  • Ways that mindfulness can support them in many day-to-day activities, includingconcentration and memorybehavioural self- management, and in relationships with family and friends.
  • Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore make better choices and take best care of themselves and others.

The feedback from children who have previously taken part in Paws b is very positive. They report enjoying the lessons and find the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.

 

Should you be interested in reading further about the body of research evidence around mindfulness for both young people and school staff, you may find more information here:https://mindfulnessinschools.org/mindfulness-in-education/why-do-it/

 
 

Terms 5 and 6 - Silk, Spices, Seas and Coasts

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