We will be publishing what we are learning during each term throughout the year. Watch this space to see what is happening in Term 6 in and out of the classroom and for useful information for Beech and Sycamore classes.

Swimming Success!

What a year Year 5 and 6 have had in the swimming pool!

Due to the determination and resilience of our pupils, we have had some great successes.

20 Year 5 pupils have already achieved their 25 metres!

25 of the Year 6 pupils achieved their 25 metres through after school Catch-Up booster sessions.

Well done to all pupils who have a achieved this fantastic achievement and to all those working towards it. So many pupils have achieved their 5m and 10m which you have to work so hard for!

There have also been some phenomenal personal successes in the pool for our Year 5 pupils that go beyond 25 metres!

50 metres 100 metres 200 metres 400 metres 800 metres 1500 metres 1600 metres

Simao

Kaiden

Freyja

Daniel

Emily

Anthony

Arthur

Martyna

Ruby

Olivia

Daniel

Simao

Kaiden

Emily

Anthony

Arthur

Martyna

Ruby

Olivia

Daniel

Anthony

Arthur

Martyna

Ruby

Olivia

Anthony

Arthur

Martyna

Ruby

Olivia

Anthony

Ruby

Anthony

Ruby

Anthony

Ruby

13th July 2022 – Ruby and Anthony achieved their 1000m – 40 x 25 metre lengths of the pool!

 

20th July 2022 – Ruby and Anthony achieved their 1500m – 60 x 25 metre lengths of the pool and then went on the achieve their 1600m – 64 x 25 metre lengths! What an achievement!

 

20th July 2022 – Arthur and Martyna achieved their 200m and 400m – a fantastic achievement!

 

Football Final

What a year the Key Stage 2, Year 5/6, football teams have had!

The girls’ team had a very successful season finishing 3rd in the league. The boys team went from strength to strength and, on a very warm and sunny afternoon on 11th July they played the league final against St Leonard Church of England Primary School. Playing at Harriers Banbury Academy, on neutral ground, both teams had the heat to contend with! Despite this, they both had a great match which they played with enthusiasm and passion. Going 1 – 0 down in the first minutes, Dashwood did not let their heads drop, instead they played on with even more determination which certainly paid off with a 4-1 win! The team were so proud of themselves and were delighted to lift the trophy.

Adrian (Year 5) was voted as player of the match. He showed fantastic skill (and scored one of the four goals) but what really stood out was his resilience and drive, He never gave up; showed positivity and support to the team throughout; and he never stopped smiling. He was such an asset to the Dashwood team and, because of his integrity, has a very bright footballing career ahead of him.

Well done to all of the team and special thanks go to Mrs Galloway, Miss Brown and Mr Shaw for all of their efforts with KS2 football this year. The opportunities that they have provided and the commitment that they have shown, has been phenomenal!

Visit to the Madni Masjid Mosque

Year 5 had a wonderful visit to the Madni Masjid Mosque on our very own Merton Street last week! As part of the Discover Arts Award, they visited the Mosque to learn more about the Mosque as a supportive hub in our community and to visit the newly designed and created library which had been decorated with their textile artwork which forms a beautiful canopy in the library space.

On arrival, pupils learned about the role of the Mosque as a support for its community finding out about the Community Fridge which helps people who may be experiencing difficult times. There was a real sense of awe and wonder as we had a tour of the Mosque finding out about the different spaces and what they are used for. Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions; we were very proud of them because they asked them with such thought. The new Mosque library was a real highlight: a beautiful, tranquil space that can be visited by anyone in the community. The children felt a real sense of accomplishment when they spotted their textile leaves that made up the canopy that hangs in part of the library. Being part of the creating of something special and then seeing it in a community space has given the children a true sense of purpose.

This project has allowed the Year 5 pupils to submit evidence towards their Discover Arts Award. They should all be feeling very proud of themselves!

Trip to Greatworth Farm

Beech Class had a wonderful second trip to Greatworth Farm. Pupils enjoyed a cooking session with farm produce learning about where the ingredients came from ‘Farm to Fork’ (some even grew on the farm). Linked to the Year 5 Design and Technology curriculum, pupils made a savoury dish of cheese and chive scones. They applied their maths knowledge of measure to weigh ingredients whilst practising their cooking skills.

Pupils also had an opportunity to learn about all the equipment used at the farm, the animals and crops. This gave them a chance to learn about the way that the farm makes profit but also the challenges that the farming industry also faces.

A favourite was weighing the lambs, visiting the saddleback pigs and holding the hens! A fabulous day was had by all!

Sports day

Year 5 had a fantastic Sports’ Day afternoon on Monday 20th July. With the sun shining and clear blue skies, they competed in a carousel of activities that tested their agility, speed and co-ordination: target throw, speed bounce, standing long jump, hoop shoot, relay and individual running races, skipping, obstacle course and vortex throw. It was so wonderful to see resilience, determination and teamwork as pupils competed in their Aspiration Family colours. It was also so fantastic to have so many parents, carers and family members spectating and supporting their child creating a lovely atmosphere. Both staff and parents alike were amazed by the speed of some of our pupils as they ran their individual races and also the distances that they could throw the Vortex with accuracy and precision.

Well done to all the pupils for their super skill and effort. A lovely afternoon was had by all!

Enterprise Event

Year 5 had a super first week of Term 6 preparing for the Enterprise Event. Their task – to plan, market, create and sell a sustainable savoury dish. Throughout the week, pupils learned:

  • What makes an individual enterprising
  • How we can make an edible product sustainable considering where the ingredients come from and how we can source ingredients with the lowest carbon impact
  • How we collaborate with others to successfully market a product considering advertising, price and target audience

As part of their Design and Technology curriculum, pupils learned to:

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • prepare and cook a savoury dish using a range of cooking techniques
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed

Focusing on our 21st Century Skills, pupils refined their communication and interpersonal skills remembering to share and respond to ideas with respect. The British Values of democracy and mutual respect were key foci. Pupils had to use their critical thinking skills to create a successful marketing campaign considering the optimum sale price to ensure profit. They learned about profit, loss, debt and loan through this project – key skills and understanding needed for their future.

Another key skill was resilience – how to keep going when the project was not going as expected. Through their TASC wheel evaluations, pupils reflected on what went well and why. At Dashwood, our aim is to build pupils self-efficacy – an individual’s belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviours necessary to produce specific performance. This encourages pupils to reflect on how they got the job done and why they succeeded in the task considering their own, and their groups, productivity and accountability.

The Enterprise Event for Year 3 – 6 was a huge success. All of the Year 5 Vegan pizza sold and the children thoroughly enjoyed selling their product. All of Year 5 should be feeling rightfully proud of themselves!

Where next

Term 5

We will be publishing what we are learning during each term throughout the year. Watch this space to see what is happening in Term 5…

Term 5

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