Scissett CE Academy



Welcome to Smetana Class

Teacher: Mrs Boulby
Hello and welcome to our Year Five class, taught by Mrs Boulby (more commonly, Mrs B!), with Mrs Conway (and Mrs Martin on Thursdays). This year all our classes are named after famous musicians - we are called Smetana Class.
We are the oldest class in school, so as well as the usual work we also have lots of responsibilities, such as being Play-leaders, setting up the Music and Computer for Collective Worship, looking after the Library, working with Reception as Shared Reading partners and so on. We also get to go on the best trip in school – Robinwood activity centre in Todmorden.
Our classroom is bright and cheerful, with lots of interactive displays, and different learning zones. We do lots of different topics: this year this includes Ancient Greece, Space, Water and Victorians: A Time of Change. We have fun, as well as doing our best work. Some of the best bits in our class are the theme days: on Greek day, we try lots of Greek food and have an Ancient Greek Top Model catwalk challenge! On Victorian Day, we all dress up - teachers included - and pretend to be in a Victorian classroom and do old-style Reading, wRiting and 'Rithmetic, as well as PT and sewing (girls only of course).
Mrs B has been teaching for a long time and loves working with older KS2 children, encouraging us to develop greater independence, responsibility and prepare us for our move on to Middle School. She aims to stimulate a love of learning, and help us develop into “confident, switched-on young people with a good work ethic and respect for others.”
We believe our classroom should be a safe and happy environment, where everyone is respected and feels able to try new things, offer suggestions and learn through making mistakes. We want to get the most out of our last year here at Scissett CE Academy – and give something back as well!

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Smetana Class Blog

Getting ready for Collective Worship

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Next week (on Wednesday 13th October), Smetana Class is leading Collective Worship. We have been busy this week thinking about the theme, working out what we should include, and practising ready to share with the school.

A younger class will be with us in the hall, and the other classes will be watching via Zoom. Parents will be able to watch on Zoom as well. We’re excited and a bit nervous… we hope it all goes well!

Everyone is also busy learning a new song... here are some pictures of Mrs B teaching it. But we're not going to tell you anything about it yet - that would be 'spoilers'!

   

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Performance Poetry

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In English we have been looking at different poems about the senses. For the poem about hearing we had to work in groups, choose which poem to do, then practise and perform it to the rest of the class. Some performances were funny, even though it made some of us nervous! Here are some photos of us practising – we were lucky it was a sunny day and could go outside.

  

Some groups performed Louder than a Clap of Thunder by Jack Prelutsky, and other performed “Ears Hear”, which was written by Lucia and James L. Hymes, Jr. You can find one performance of each poem on the Smetana class page - we hope you enjoy them!

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Meet the Author

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This week has been an exciting time for Smetana class – we got to see a real live author (through a Zoom virtual event!) We are one of 76 schools across the UK and Ireland to have partnered up with this event, which has been created by a group of bookshops, including our local bookshop, “Read.Holmfirth”. Naturalist and author Dara McAnulty was talking about his latest book, WILD CHILD, his inspiration and his favourite nature spots, birds and animals.  

Amy C thought “It was good. He talked about lots of cool things.” Harrison was amazed that “He was quite young” – after the Zoom meeting, Dara was off to school for a Chemistry test – despite having 2 books already, he is only 17 years old! Alex reckoned Dara was “quite knowledgeable” and Amy B found out that “he loves birds, especially prey birds.”

The class were fascinated by pictures of red kites, wrens, goldcrests and devil’s fingers (which we also found out were called octopus stinkhorn). We wonder if you know what living things they are!

And on the subject of Reading, some of us are already working hard towards our Year 5 Reading Challenge. Look at all the different types of text that Mrs B has challenged us to try before we leave her class!

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Harvest Festival

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Wednesday (29th September) was a special day – we held our Harvest Service in school, and for the first time since lockdown, two classes were in the Hall (socially distanced, of course!) Mrs B was so excited, because we actually sang two songs as part of the service: Cauliflowers Fluffy and Autumn Days. She said it was fantastic to hear children singing together after all these months! Some of Year 2 helped her with Harvest-themed anagrams:

Smetana class children put together this Harvest prayer to read out:

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Shared Reading Training

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This year we are going to help Reception children with their reading through our Shared Reading programme. We will spend about 20 minutes each week with our partner from Abba class, reading to them, talking about stories and hopefully, by the end of the year, listening to them read to us! This week, so that we know what we are doing, Mrs B shared a training video with us, and then we practised different strategies with each other, taking it in turns to pretend to be 4 years old instead of nine!

  

  

  

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Being Thankful

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Our Prayer corner in Smetana class is linked to being thankful. We have all been invited to write something we are thankful for on a leaf and hang it on the prayer tree. Look at how many things we have thought of already! Jake and Alex think it looks great!

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Bread Tasting

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In our DT topic this term we are looking at bread: how to bake it and how to design an interesting new artisan bread. We will be typing up these recipes and baking them during the year. As all good DT projects start with a detailed look at existing products, we had to examine – and sample – a range of different bread samples that Mrs B brought in for us to try. Some were gorgeous but some were disgusting!

  

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