Teacher - Mrs Gemaine Cooney
Hi there, I work with Year 6 and teach Barn Owl Class.
I have worked at Winterton Junior School for quite a number of years now having spent most of my time with Year 6. I left briefly in July 2012 and returned after a year with the lovely Darci (my daughter).
I love being able to teach my class lots of new and exciting things each day and sometimes I get to learn new things too! My favourite subjects are English, Maths, Art, PE and History although I enjoy teaching everything.
When I'm not at school I enjoy lots of things which include: days out with family and/or friends, horse riding, walking my two dogs (Bailey and Jake), watching movies and much more. Life has changed quite a bit since I became a mummy and Darci often joins in my hobbies.
I love to read when I have spare time, my favourite books include: Birdsong, The Book Thief, the Hunger Games Trilogy, Persuasion and many more. My absolute favourite guided reading book to date is My Friend the Enemy. If you haven’t read it yet you must – it is BRILLIANT!
Topic Of The Term!
This year is a really important year for Year Six, and we will be working really hard, and learning a lot!
Our Autumn Term Topic is The Mayans. During this time we will:
* Find out where the Mayans lived.
* Compare the physical geography of Mesoamerica and the UK.
* Find out about the way of life of modern Mayans.
* Explore where and when the remains of the Mayan civilisation were discovered.
* Find out about how the Mayans civilisation developed over time.
* Find out about the city states of the Mayans and how society was organised.
* Find out about Mayan religion and beliefs.
* Find out about everyday life for the Mayan people.
* Explore Mayan writing and calendars.
* Find out about the decline of the Mayan civilisation.
* Recreate a Mayan mask.
* Use clay to recreate Mayan art and artefacts.
* Explore and recreate the Bonampak murals.
* Design, make and evaluate a model of a Mayan temple.
We recently came back from our annual trip to Robinwood. Every child was an exceptional example of good behaviour and manners. I’m sure you’ll agree that they have gained a lot from the experience, and we can already see them working much better together! From the Giant Swing to Trapeze, our children challenged themselves and achieved more than we could have imagined. Well done Year Six!