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Mrs Dawson

Welcome to Mrs Dawson’s Class page

Hello, I’m Mrs Dawson. Welcome to our class page

I teach Years 5 & 6 at St. Oswald’s CE Primary School, and I’m the maths lead. I have been a teacher here for 6 years.

Spellings: Your child will get a new set of spellings every Friday.  Take some time to practice these with your child, little and often is best. We use lots of different ways to learn our spellings in class – ‘pyramid words’ are always a popular choice!

Times Tables; Each week your child will have a x table to learn. Please ensure your child is practicing these at home ready for their x table test on a FRIDAY. Remember to use the Times Table Rockstars app to support your child with this – fun and interactive way to practise and learn your multiplication and division facts. If you go to the Arena, you can play against your friends!

Homework; Your child will receive a piece of Maths and English homework each week in their CGP booklets. The children will write the pages that they need to complete in their reading record every Friday and it should be returned to school by the following THURSDAY so that I can mark it. Please support and encourage your child to do their homework as independently as they can, we are really striving for that independence and personal responsibility now we are Juniors.

Reading;  Please encourage your child to reads for at least 10 minutes EVERY NIGHT at home. Please record this in your child’s reading record. In our class we understand that it is important to have a ‘love for reading’. Therefore, if your child is not enjoying their book, please do let me know and they are more than welcome to change their book.

PE Days; Please make sure your child’s PE kit remains in school throughout the half term. We have PE on a Wednesday afternoon at the Leisure Centre.

Whitemoor Lakes Presentation; Whitemoor Lakes

Year 6’s and Amelia and Grace’s leavers party

This afternoon we had a great time at our leavers party eating delicious food, laughing, telling jokes and listening to music. Even the chickens tried to join us!! A very happy afternoon, celebrating a sad but inevitable time. Hope you enjoy looking at the photos.

Summer Term 2

Transition Booklet for Year 6 pupils- this booklet may help you when you move to secondary school; Transition to Secondary School (1)

This half term our topic is Blood Heart. We are learning about how the heart works, the internal and external organs of our body and the circulatory system.

Click on the link below for our parent information overview booklet

Centre Pages KS2 Summer 2 BLOOD HEART 2019

We are reading ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman as a class novel which is about a boy who needs a heart transplant. As there are no suitable human hearts available he is offered the opportunity to be a guinea pig to have a transplant of a pig heart.

Today in class we have been looking at a pig heart up close and identifying the main arteries, veins, chambers and values.

Spring Term 2

This half term we are exploring our historical topic of the Tudors. We have had great fun finding out about The Battle of Bosworth (War of the Roses) and The wives of Henry VIII so far.  Click on the link below to read our parent information about our topic.

Centre Pages KS2 Spring 2 THE TUDORS 2019

Spring Term 1

This  half term our topic is called ‘Alchemy Island. Click on the link below to find out what we are learning about.

Centre Pages KS2 Spring 1 ALCEHMY ISLAND 2018

Yesterday (Monday 14th January) an alchemist visited our school and dropped off a map, a key for the map and some specimen samples! He left us with a riddle to solve and told us that we had to create a portal to transport us to Alchemy Island, and when we solved the riddle we would know where the portal took us to.


This afternoon (Wednesday 15th January) we went outside into the Wildlife Garden to create our own portals from natural materials. We had great fun transporting the lego man to the fantasy island of ‘Alchemy Island’. Even the chickens, (Gladis, Marjorie and Phyllis) tried to enter our portals!!!

Portals to Alchemy Island

On Tuesday 8th January, we were all very inspired by an author who visited St. Oswald’s. Caryl Hart, from Derbyshire, visited our school and read us some of the stories she had written and told us her love of writing developed from being uninspired by the stories she was reading to her children. Her husband dared her to write a better one, so she did!

We are currently reading many books written by Michael Morpurgo so we have been inspired to research about his life. As a result we have written autobiographies as though we were Michael Morpurgo which are now displayed in the school hall.


This half term (Autumn 2) our topic is ‘The Solar System’

Click on the link below to access what we are learning about.

Centre Pages KS2 Autumn 2 STARGAZERS 2018


This afternoon we have been learning about how big each planet is in comparison to the sun and how far away each planet is from the sun. We measured the actual distance (in km’s) from a chart and represented it using toilet paper!! See the photos below. Year 5 and 6 asked lots of spiritual questions about the universe, such as…’If God created the Earth, why is the sun going to die out and destroy it?’

During our First week back after October we were learning about the Battle of Britain and why it was a significant turning point in the history of World War II. The children researched this for homework and presented it in many wonderful ways. Take a look at our historic, informative homework. Well done everyone!!

Autumn 1 –  our topic was ‘Ancient Egyptians’

Click on the link below to see what we are learning in Autumn 1We had a great time on Tuesday looking at real mummies in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, we even met a real ancient Egyptian lady! She explained all about the process of mummification and one child was lucky enough to be mummified!! We got to dress up as ancient Egyptians and made clay shabits that the ancient Egyptians used to take with them into the afterlife. Photos have been uploaded onto twitter for you to look at.

Centre Pages KS2 Autumn 1 PHAROAHS 2018

In art we have been making the death mask of Tutankhamen with the help of Tim Baker, our local artist in resident. We have enjoyed putting our creative talents to great use.


The Tutankhamun masks are finished……..the children have done a wonderful job!

In September we visited the Derby Museum and Art Gallery to bring our learning about Ancient Egypt to life. We were lead round the exhibits by an Ancient Egyptian who showed us real mummies, talked about the process of mummification and we had the opportunity to make a shabit out of clay, which Egyptians used to put in their sarcophagus to take with them to the afterlife. It was a fantastic morning and consolidated everything we had been taught in class. Have a look at the photos below.

Mr Sadula, a teaching student, will be working alongside me with Year 5 & 6.


This term;

Wednesday afternoons – in the Leisure Centre with Mrs Higton

Please remove earrings before all lessons and ensure long hair is tied up)

Tuck shop

A healthy snack is available each day at the tuck shop, run by the children. Snacks are 20p per day. We encourage children to bring £1 on Monday where possible.


Spelling homework will be handed out every Friday to learn for a spelling test the following Friday.

Times tables will be handed out every Friday to learn for a test the following Friday. Please learn them in a random sequence.If your child scores 10 or more out of 12 on their times table test they will move onto the next times table. If not, they will be asked to learn the same times table as last week.

Maths and English

Every week a piece of Maths and English will be handed out which consolidates what we have been learning in class. This should be handed in by Thursday please.


Have I got news for you…..Every week one child prepares a 5 minute presentation of their choice to present to the class. So far we have learned about….

Jujitsu, Ancient Egypt, Family trees and optical illusions!!!

Thank you



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