Psalm 68:13
Welcome to Doves Class
Year 5
Miss Fuller (class teacher), Miss Tracy (trainee teacher), Mrs Rainer (TP) and Mrs Smith (HLTA) welcome you to our class.
Doves Class
Welcome back!  We hope you had a relaxing holiday.  Our topic this term is the Ancient Mayans.  This is a new topic and promises to be really exciting.  We will be learning to place them in location and time; as well as all about their daily lives; their gods and other fascinating aspects of their life and civilisation.  
In science we will be recapping some of the Y4 science curriculum on classification of living things and food chains.  We will then move onto life cycles and how these differ between species.   
Our English topic is the Highwayman, and we have already made good links with this poem, and both Romeo & Juliet and the Highway Rat!  Excellent comprehension skills are being used to unpick and enjoy these stories.  After this, we will move onto balanced arguments, using the creakers as our base story.
Maths involves conversion of different units of both measure and time - a great one to practise at home!   We will also be recapping our shape knowledge and progressing by learning more about the properties of shapes, and angles.
Our P.E. lesson is on Friday with BA sports.  You will be taking part in athletics this half term.  Please ensure that you have the correct P.E. clothing in school every day. Miss Fuller and Miss Tracy will take you for 15 minutes of daily exercise on the other four days.  
Home learning:
  • Maths and English: handed out on a Wednesday and due the following Wednesday. Spend at least thirty minutes on each.  It is important children understand the meaning of the words too; sentences help with this.
  • Times Table Rockstars: go on this daily to improve your rock status and rapid recall of your times tables.  
  • Reading: A minimum of 15 minutes of reading a day. Please ensure that reading records are signed. These will be checked once a week -on a Monday.  
  • Brain builders - see separate home learning 
Doves class have found our RE topic of Buddhism really interesting and thought-provoking.   Did you know that Buddhists don't believe in a god?  They also do not have a creation story.   
Buddhism began in India about 2,500 years ago. It is the fourth-largest religion in the world. Today there are about 500 million Buddhists all over the world.

A Buddhist is someone who follows the teachings of a man called Siddhartha Gautama (or Siddattha Gotama), who became known as the Buddha. The religion began when Siddhartha, who’d lived a life of luxury as an Indian Prince, realised there was suffering in the world and wanted to understand why. He dedicated his life to finding the answer and teaching others what he discovered. 

We have explored the four sights and four noble truths and thought about how they relate to our lives.  We also learned about the symbolism of the lotus flower and made our own origami versions.  In Buddhism, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment, which means seeing things as they really are. This reminds us of the Epiphany.  The word ‘Buddha’ means the ‘enlightened one’, ‘the one who knows’.
Meditation is a very important part of Buddhism. Through meditation, Buddhists believe they can calm and clear the mind, making it peaceful.  Some people practise mindfulness, a similar non-religious idea.  
Some Buddhists choose to leave their families and live as monks (if they are men) or nuns (if they are women) and dedicate their lives to sharing the teachings of the Buddha. Buddhist monks and nuns wear orange robes and shave their heads.

Buddhists believe in a constant cycle of life and death, and that people will be reborn after they die unless they reach Enlightenment and reach nirvana.

Buddhists worship at shrines at home and in temples and in monasteries (viharas). Calm, peaceful and shady gardens are important areas in monasteries.  We talked about enjoying spending time in our own gardens and how we could feel closer to god ourselves. 

The most important festival in Buddhism is Wesak, celebrated in May or June, when Buddhists remember the Buddha's birth and his Enlightenment.  Doves thought the lotus candles looked beautiful. 
5 a day
Our poem to learn this term is Daffodils by William Wordsworth.
We will learn the story of George and the Dragon.
Ours songs will be Forces and walk like an Ancient Egyptian.  
Did you know? Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage
Happy National Poetry day.  This term we will be learning a poem off by heart.  Our chosen poem is Silver.  
There is a link below to some Autumn poems too.  


Slowly, silently, now the moon

Walks the night in her silver shoon;

This way, and that, she peers, and sees

Silver fruit upon silver trees;

One by one the casements catch

Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;

Couched in his kennel, like a log,

With paws of silver sleeps the dog;

From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep

Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;

A harvest mouse goes scampering by,

With silver claws and a silver eye;

And moveless fish in the water gleam,

By silver reeds in a silver stream.


Walter de la Mare

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