5SM 2020 - 2021
Welcome to 5SM/DE
My name is Mr Ellis and I have just started with Offley this year. I began my teaching career in 2001 in Warrington after completing a P.G.C.E in East London. I have primarily taught in key stage 2 with 10 years in year 6.
I am most happy when outdoors, whether that is walking, running, or biking. I am slightly addicted to the stats on my Garmin watch and become a little bit obsessed with beating previous records.
Each year I try to set myself a physical challenge. To date, I have completed the National 3 Peaks Challenge, ran and walked the Sandstone trail Ultra and competed in a few mountain marathons. My favourite was Man v Mountain in Snowdonia. This is where I spend most of my time.
Over the last few years, I have enjoyed gardening and get excited by the bumper crop of vegetables that I am able to pull out at the end of the season.
I am very much a believer that if you enjoy coming to school and feel happy and safe, you will want to learn. I will get to know the children in my class very quickly and work out what they all need to succeed …Of course, having fun in the process.
A great week in 5DE with the children working hard across all their subjects.
This week in our writing the children have planned and written a diary entry as Annie Taylor, using fronted adverbials and rhetorical questions. There was not a dry eye in the house after they had included some extremely powerful emotive language used.
In maths this week we have been looking at exploring numbers. We have realised that we can manipulate a question to help us solve the problem - often making a difficult question simpler.
In our PBL this week we started to look at what constitutes a 'Dare devil' act and discussed how these have changed through history. We looked at explorers, scientists, acts of freedom, thrill seekers and fortune hunters. We deliberated over whether acts were courageous or fool hardy.
In computing this week, we have began developing our webpages. Next time we will use our imagination to create a ficticious fact file about our daredevils.
In PE, we are developing our basketball skills. There has been some wonderful focused learning going on.
In RE the children were exploring the similarities of a Christian and Hindu wedding.
Just a reminder that the children need their PE kit permanently in school. If girls have earrings, then they need to be able to remove them and replace them themselves if needed. We are actively encouraging social distancing where we can, and the children are washing their hands regularly.
Homework will be available next week, but we will be breaking from the normal due to COVID and keeping to online activities. We will send home a set of activities if you do not have online access. These will also be on class pages to compliment the online tasks.
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