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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Class of 2018/2019

Welcome to Sharks Class page!

Our teachers are Miss. Evans and Miss. Mills. Linda and Amma are our teaching assistants.

Miss. Evans teaches us on a Thursday and Friday and Miss. Mills teaches us on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

On Mondays and Fridays we have PE.

Summer Term 2

This term in topic the children have been learning about 'Making Puppets' with Miss Mills. The children have designed their own puppet theatres and some of the children have even made their own theatres at home, which we have used in the classroom. 

In Computing, we have been using the Garage Band app and the children have really enjoyed doing this. They have been putting together their own compositions using drum basses. Amma has wowed us with his musical skills as well!

In P.E, the children have been focusing on Outdoor Activities and Invasion Games. We have played lots of fun games including dodge ball and also many sport day activities. 

In Writing, the children have been learning about how to write comic strips using speech bubbles. We have also been using Colourful Semantics to help us with our writing. The class have really enjoyed this and their writing has really improved as a result of this. This half term we have also written our own poems and they have really enjoyed performing them to the class and sharing our work with Miss Fountain. 

Sharks have also enjoyed gardening with Linda....Here are a few photos that show the fun they have had!


In PSHE, we have been learning about our feelings and what makes a good friend. The children were able to say what makes a good friend and how we can be kind to our friends and make them happy in school. 

In June, Miss Mills also arranged for Upper School to have an African Drummer in for the afternoon, the children loved this!


The children have had lots of fun during Health and Wellbeing week and they have played lots of fun sports like Tennis, Cricket, Football, Yoga, and practised many different activities for Sports Day. 

The children have also visited Anita Stone Court this term and enjoyed working with the residents again. It has been lovely to see how caring and nurturing the children are to the residents and also how much residents have enjoyed the children’s visits and company. 


Sadly, lots of our wonderful Year 6's are going to be leaving us soon and we have already had lots of fun and tears practising for the Leaver's Assembly so get those tissues ready- the children have been working extremely hard to learn their lines and songs!

Summer Term 1

  • P.E out in the sunshine.

This term we are focusing on invasion games. Here sharks are practising the skills they need when playing invasion games. This was a clock game focusing on a particular skill,  dodging and moving around the ball.

  • Class Orchestra.

Sharks class enjoyed listening to and making their very own instruments.  We spent an afternoon making guitars, harmonicas, drums, maracas, rain makers and castanets.


Spring Term 2

  • Learning about bee's -  we have visited Allen’s Cross community garden today to learn about bees. To support your child's learning in this area, see the link to the British Bees Keeper Association. Link: Bee Facts

Half Term Topic

This half term our topic is: The Mayans and the Rainforest!

We have lots of things planned to link this topic to all areas of our curriculum, here are some of the ideas we have in store for this half term:

  • measuring out life-size rainforest animals in Maths, as well as collecting data to find out our favourite rainforest animals and turning them into pictograms and bar charts
  • using plasticine to create the brightly coloured tree-frog
  • looking at rainforest animal habitats and life cycles through Science
  • recording a David Attenborough style documentary, using green screen, live from the tropical rainforests
  • writing postcards from South America
  • A trip to ‘Akamba’ to hold some rainforest animals and see a variety of tropical plants

Spring Term 1  2019: 

Our topic this half term is Jamaica! 

We have lots of exciting things planned linked to our Caribbean themed topic. We will be linking our English, maths and other foundation subjects to our topic as much as possible.

Here is just a taste of some of the things we will be doing this half term....

  • Creating information books/leaflets about Jamaica. 
  • Retelling and acting out the story of Mary Seacole (a famous Jamaican nurse who helped soldiers in the Crimean War)
  • Food tasting - including creating our own Jamaican menus.
  • Creating bright Caribbean art using pastels and watercolours.

We will be updating our class page regularly so check back soon for examples of the amazing things we have been doing in Sharks...  

Autumn Term 2    2018: 

Our topic this half term is Healthy Me! 

Autumn Term 1    2018:

Our topic last half term was The Ancient Greeks. We  linked our English and Maths work to our topic as much as possible.

Here is an example of the structure of an Ancient Greek building we made using conkers...

In our Writing Wizard lessons, we were reading, role-playing and exploring the settings & characters of famous Greek Myths. We retold the story of Theseus and the Minotaur by mapping out the story using our Talk 4 Writing strategy.

See attachments below for Blue Team's amazing story of Theseus and the Minotaur!

We then wrote our own amazing Greek Myths to share with others.


In Science, we explored the story of Evolution.

We identified things that were alive or not alive around our school environment.









Also, we grouped animals and plants using charts or diagrams...

We looked at the human life cycle and how people share similar characteristics. In maths, we collected information about the eye and hair colour of children in our class to see which were the most or least common.       


In Forest School, we worked with Dean to create a Shark collage using nature.