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Autumn 2, Week 3

Fractions, fractions and more fractions has been the topic in maths this week. The children have worked really hard converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, finding common denominators and completing word problems. They have a good understanding of the topic, which will help them when we look at decimals and percentages in the next few weeks.

Some brilliant writing has also been happening in Class 5 in the form of newspaper reports! We have been looking a war time newspapers to inspire our writing and see how the news was reported during those times. It was the first time some children had seen a newspaper! If you have any lying around at home maybe show your child so they can compare todays papers with those from 1939!

We made a start on our class assembly today! It is all very exciting with the children doing loads of bits and bobs (some things we haven’t decided yet there are so many!) We are looking forward to seeing you next Friday for it!

Finally, thank you to all those who came Thursday afternoon for our family session. It was great to so many of you working alongside your child and especially having a go at the maths table!

Hope you have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you Monday.

Miss Walker J

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Autumn 2, Week 1

A brilliant week back in Class 5!

In maths this week we have been working hard to develop and deepen our fraction knowledge – identifying equivalences using out multiplication knowledge. Everyone has work extremely hard in the lessons and I can defiantly see the progression in understanding.

The children have also finished their World War 2 non-chronological reports. This has been a lengthy learning journey, where the children planned, researched, drafted and edited and finally typed up their work. They always seem to enjoy these long writing projects and get a lot out of them. It has been great to see relative clauses being included as well as parenthesis!

We have also started our new science topic on ‘Earth and Space’ try and look at the moon each night and see if you can spot any differences!

Have a lovely, restful weekend. See you Monday.

Miss Walker J

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Autumn, Week 7

The first half term complete! All the children have been working exceptionally hard during their lessons over the last seven weeks and I am so proud to see them growing into very independent learners. Also, everyone has been very welcoming to our new pupils and it has been lovely to see new friendships forming. To the great bunch I have in Class 5, have a lovely, restful and fun half term and I will see you all on Monday 30th J

Miss Walker 

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Autumn Week 6

Another fab week for class 5! The weeks are flying by!

We have been focusing on propaganda used in World War two for our English work this week.  The children have been thinking hard about the choices made specifically to persuade people. For example; the slogans, colours, images and font. The children then designed their own propaganda poster for the campaign they had been working on. Finally, we looked at writing a persuasive text to accompany the posters. All children have worked exceptionally well to include persuasive devices, such as; exaggeration, rule of three and emotive language.

We have finally cracked long multiplication! All children have been working hard to learn this method and have practised their other numbers skills in a multitude of ways to show their understanding of multiplication and division. It also highlighted the gaps in our time table knowledge!

Just a quick reminder that next week 6 pieces of grid homework need to be in! Remember that each child should only be spending 20 - 30 minutes on one piece of work. On the grid, there is a variety of tasks that require different skills – choose wisely to suit the time and resources you have!

See you next week,

Miss Walker 

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Week 4

This week Class 5 children have turned into scientists and have set up an ongoing experiment to see if different drinks will change the colour of chewing gum (our stand in for teeth!). The children have made some interesting predictions and have started making observations, which will carry on through the next week.

We’ve also been looking at some of London’s most famous landmarks and finding some great facts that have wowed us all – especially about the Shard and all the materials it is made out of!

Homework is also flooding in thick and fast but just a reminder that six pieces need to be handed in by the end of term.

See you Monday,

Miss Walker 

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Autumn Week 3

What another great week in Class 5!

In English this week, we have been practising our storytelling and performance skills. The children worked in small groups to retell the story of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa. It was great to see so many children taking on different roles and using facial expressions to help bring their story to life. There was also some clear narration from the children, which allowed the audience to follow what was going on. They really enjoyed this and I am so proud of their growing confidence when performing in front of others.

We have also been practising our sewing skills in DT in preparation for our cushion covers. The children are becoming far more independent in threading their needles, sorting out any mistakes and being adventurous with their designs. We are in need of any material you may have lying around that can be cut up and used on their final designs – any donations welcome!

Homework has been coming in thick and fast and I am amazed at the effort the children are putting in.  Just a reminder that 6 pieces off the grid must be handed in by half term!

Finally, just a quick note to say how difficult it is getting to choose children for badge awards and the golden chair – everyone is working extremely hard and I wish I could pick more of you at a time!

Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget swimming kits on Monday!

Miss Walker J

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Autumn, Week 1

Welcome Class 5!

What a fantastic week we have had in Class 5! The children have settled in well to their new routine and responsibility as a Year 5 and I am amazed at how much effort they have put in over the summer holidays with their handwriting, spellings, timestables and writing. They have come back refreshed, with a super attitude to learning and made a brilliant start to the term.

The children have also been great at entering and exiting via the front of the school. All children in Year 5 know they are more than welcome to wait in the courtyard with me at the end of the day until an adult collects them. It is also great to see some of the children walking sensibly around on the path – keep it up!

Homework will start next week and if you have any questions about the new system then please don’t hesitate to ask or get your child to during the day. I am looking forward to seeing some more creative pieces of homework where children can use their learning powers to show their understanding of different topics!

Finally, thank you for all your positive feedback about the new classroom – I love teaching in there and feel the children will benefit from the more ‘grown up’ setting.

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday!

Miss Walker 

 

Reminders:

  • Swimming will start on the 18th September
  • Home School Contact books will be collected on a monday so please make sure you are reading daily. 

                  

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Final Countdown!

What a fantastic week ! We were delighted to have such a lovely audience at the dress rehearsal and hope our visitors enjoyed Olivia. As always the children then raise the level by performing so well in the evening for the next two nights. The children were amazing and thank you.

Our transition day went well yesterday and by the sounds of it so did the current year 6's, who went off to spend the day at their secondary schools. Today in celebration assembly each year 6 child had the opportunity to share experiences and moments with the whole school.

We are busy planning now for the Leavers. If possible could all year 6 children bring in the last minute pieces for leavers boards. These must be completed by Monday as the service is on Tuesday 18th July. Your child may ask you for any old certificates, photos that they have had over the years, to display. It is so lovely to see what the children put on their boards. Lots of happy memories!

I just find it hard to believe that we have only three days left and another year leaves and a new year 6 begins. I am sure the teachers will have to work hard to play against such a super bunch of year 6 rounders players.  I do look forward to seeing you on Tuesday for the service and I'm sure the tissues will be needed.

 

Mrs Stewart

Reminder :

Please do have another look at home for any badges, reading books and reading record books please.

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Jars needed, please.

Class 5 have been busy putting their cooking skills to the test. By now most of you may have had the chance to taste our Victoria Sponge, which I have to say looked delicious. Our next project in the kitchen is Lemon Curd, next week. If you have any finished(unwanted) jam jars at home we would love to recycle them, by filling them with lovely lemon curd.

Also as a reminder it is non- uniform day tomorrow for Fair in the Square, which is on Saturday. Non -uniform can be worn in exchange for a filled tombola cup, which a few of you have already kindly brought in. This weeks newsletter also explained that jeans could be worn but we asked them not to be ripped or torn.

See you all tomorrow!

Mrs Stewart

 

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Welcome back to the final term

First of all I hope everyone had a very happy Easter, a restful break and enjoyed spending time together.

The first week has gone so quickly, but everyone seems to be ready for the busy and fun term that lies ahead. I have been really pleased with the effort that children have put in this week and have seen so many learning powers being used.

The new value for this half term is ’Service’. It was launched on Tuesday and hope you found the leaflet attached to this week’s newsletter interesting. It was lovely seeing the children being awarded the first values badges and who could forget the tidy cup and golden chairs. Quite a packed curriculum leaflet was also sent out. I do hope the section regarding SATs has been useful for year 6 parents.

In English we have focused our attention on grammar, punctuation and spelling within text extracts, reading comprehension and poetry. As you already are aware we are looking at the Victorians in history so what better way than to look at some Victorian poetry. This week we have used images of what it would be like as a Victorian child. In small groups the children were given time to discuss and prepare word banks of relevant vocabulary that could be included when writing our drafts. We also took time to look at the use of figurative language. Within reading comprehension sessions, we have been identifying certain features, such as personification, alliteration, oxymoron’s and hyperboles. Next week we shall be continuing with analysing and writing poetry.

In Maths, year 6 have been working on their reasoning skills with a range of topics. Alongside this continuing to build our speed and efficiency in mental arithmetic. Year 5 have concentrated on working with decimals (multiplication and division), prime numbers, factors and multiples. Next week we shall be recapping on fractions, decimals, percentages and word problems involving measure.

Our felt phone cases are almost complete and I have to say they look amazing. Everyone has really tried to persevere and master a range of sewing techniques. The children are now busy on evaluating their final product.

In History, Mrs Archer started our topic about the Victorians. The children learnt about what it was like for children at work. Looking at photographs and evidence, it was clear that it certainly was not an easy time for children then compared to what it is like today.

We have also managed to look at RE. We took a picture by Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) and concentrated on discussing our thoughts and ideas of the imagery of Pentacost that we could see. The children were given the opportunity to research and find out their own lines of enquiry about this Christian event; to see if they could apply their learning powers. It is always interesting seeing the number of different ways in which the children present their learning when given the chance to be creative. By the end of the lesson it was clear that they had found out a great deal.

As you will have seen from the diary dates that our sport’s day will be just around the corner. At the field today Mr Jefferies and I were astounded at the progress made, in just one lesson so far, with the standing jump. Every child showed great determination. It was then followed off with a chance to show their skills in a relay race. Looking at the standards, I’m sure it will be a close competition between all teams for this year’s cup.

Homework

I can certainly see that the children took the advice of ensuring that they kept their learning ticking over the Easter holidays, as I have a mountain of marking. I do value the amount that each child has managed to achieve and will therefore be handing out the CPG books for Year 6 and maths work for year 5 on Monday.

We discussed as a class that our learning never stops, so would have plenty activities at home to carry on with. Therefore I would like the children to do a few of the following:

  • reading (daily )

  • spellings (these can be completed verbally, things such as prefixes, )

  • times tables

  • SAM Learning (Year 6 )

Of course the children can even produce something that has interested them from any of the lessons covered this week.

Reminders

  • Named water bottles.

  • SATs breakfast letters

  • Class 2 cake day next Friday

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Stewart

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Put a Nose on It

A lovely way to end another busy week. The school councillors spent the day helping collect and count your kind donations for this years Comic Relief. At break time and after school, red nose biscuits were on sale, which were kindly made by Mrs Harringtion – Smith. For those children keeping their Lenten promises we had fruit to offer. A sea of red filled the hall and finished the day by singing the Red Nose song – “Put a Nose on It. “ Keep an eye out for the final amount raised.

In English we continued to focus our attentions on writing in the narrative style. As the week started we looked at characterisation. There is quite a difference seeing a character but to then bring this character to life in writing can be quite challenging. The tendency of course, is to heavily write on the characters appearance; hair colour, clothing, etc, but as the children become older the expectations increase. With higher expectations also comes more mature vocabulary. Some of our early morning work has focused on this with; anagrams and then using words in sentences with subordinating conjunctions, synonym and antonym compasses then creating sentences with question tags. Parents, who attended parents evening on Thursday, will have seen the increased content requirements from the writing mats that were handed out. Those parents attending appointments on Monday will also receive these support guides. To show how powerful language can be, we compared the book to watching some clips and parts of the ‘Railway Children’ on screen. It was interesting to see that one small snippet of film could be at least two to three pages long and this is without dialogue. Next week we will move to settings, dialogue and writing in different styles such as: letter or diary writing. It is lovely to see a few of the children with their copies of the book and many of the children enjoyed watching the extracts and seeing the historical context of this novel.

In Maths our ‘Problem of the Day’ is proving quite useful. These quick fire scenarios are helping us draw on previous learning. The week started with understanding the relationship and solving problems involving ratio and proportion. This drew on some real life problem solving as we looked at recipes and brought in additional learning linked with measure. We then moved onto constructing triangles using protractors, which children grasped more quickly. During class discussions it appeared that a number of us wished to return to long division. By the end of the week, with Year 5 and Year 6, I would need to type a long list of all the mathematical concepts we were covering in class. Small little workshops with adults were in full swing.

In Science we were looking closely at the digestive system. We were exploring how water and nutrients are transported around this complex part of our bodies and researching how the different organs function. As you may gather there were quite a few questions and some strange facial expressions. When tackling this particular area, we took the time to revisit the different nutrients that we put into our body. As I explained, that as the children are getting older they need to understand how to look after their bodies, in order to remain healthy.

With the remaining time left in the week the children continued to find their Geography topic of the local area extremely interesting. This week a cross curricular theme was further embedded in their learning. Mrs Archer was asking the children to locate features by reading a map and giving the co-ordinates. This is of course a skill which is slowly dying out due to the powers of technology, with Sat Nav’s and Siri.

Some parents may have also seen their child’s sewing skills in action, as their felt phone cases may have been placed in their drawers at parent’s appointments. I have been amazed by the patience and effort that the children have shown over the weeks.

I am sure everyone has enjoyed watching the chick cam. The love of this project never fades even as the children get older. Our preparations for our Easter Service are also underway and we do hope you will be able to join us next week.

Please can I remind the children to bring their correct PE kits to school. I know I asked them to take them home to be washed more regularly but I also explained that they needed to be responsible in bringing them back. The majority have managed but it would be lovely to have them all.

OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

Firstly I would like to congratulate the Year 5 footballers on their efforts at the tournament on Thursday afternoon. I hear that you all represented the school brilliantly. The detailed match reports from years 4 and 5, at the celebration assembly on Friday, gave us an indication of the effort that our teams give at matches.

As I type this blog I sit wondering how the year 6 children are doing at their football rally. I am sure they are playing just as well and representing our school in a similar fashion. I look forward to hearing about it.

HOMEWORK – Year 5 and 6

Homework was discussed in class and it was lovely to see some children taking responsibility in writing down what they had to do, without being reminded.

Again, this week I set a generic piece for both year groups and then set various tasks from this that the children could choose or work from.

English - Crossword.

Crosswords are a great and fun way to embed vocabulary. Having seen last week’s homework I thought of continuing with this. I would like the children to solve the puzzle (based on adjectives). I have asked if they could take time to create some across and down clues in order to produce a puzzle themselves. The puzzle could be themed on another single word class, or a mixture of word classes. By doing this it will also help the children’s understanding of GPS terminology.

Maths – Mental Arithmetic

As you will know we carry out Turbo tables within school twice a week. This quick fire method of learning has proved beneficial for improving the pace of mental recall of facts. With this in mind I have given the children a similar style but using different maths concepts that they are required to know.

The way that this homework can be carried out varies.

  1. Set a given time of 2 – 3 mins and see how far the children can achieve.

  2. Complete the strip and see how long they take to do it. With the next time they try can the beat their time.

I would suggest that they take breaks in between the completion of these strips.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend and Happy Mothering Sunday.

Mrs Stewart

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Thank You for the Music

After a week of assessments, the week was filled with music. Everyone from Class 4 and 5 enjoyed Monday afternoon. We were invited by The Priory School to see the matinee performance of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. It was a wonderful production and the cast and school orchestra/band were brilliant. Live music and performances really let the children see how music can also help with so many other curriculum subjects. We would like to thank The Priory for the warm welcome that we received.

On Wednesday, the children from the rest of the school were a super audience for all the children who were participating in the Music Evening this year. I love to hear all the musical talent that takes place both in and out of school. Thank you to all those parents who supported the evening. I was very proud of all the children.

Following on from the visit by the author, Alexander Martin, the older children worked hard all week writing and editing and have now completed their entries for the writing competition. Hopefully, we will be able to impress him with our writing skills, as we have taken on board the advice that Alexander explained to us, when he visited. Following on from this narrative style, we have moved onto reading the ‘Railway Children’ as a whole class book. On Friday we started reading, analysing and discussing the stylistic features we could see that the author had used. We then put our skills of inference to the test by trying to explore what the authors’ intentions were. From reading together, we were able to gather quite a lot of ideas and then show how the text helped us to derive to those conclusions. E. Nesbitt’s use of vocabulary also gave us a good indication of what the children and adults were like. We shall be continuing with this text and narrative writing into next week.

In Maths we were focusing on areas which we were still finding quite challenging or needed to improve our understanding. We started by introducing a ‘Problem of the Day’. The children got their teeth straight into reasoning and solving. This was then followed up by discussing and checking our solutions. A lot of our learning through the week bounced around from topic to topic, but when stripped down, the children were using their powers and seeing the links to the core basics learnt in previous years. It is lovely to see how the children have grown in confidence and how they can verbalise their answers more; rather than just giving an answer. It is also important that they understand why answers are incorrect and why they are incorrect. Learning from errors can just be as powerful. Next week we shall be looking at: understanding the relationship and solving problems involving ratio and proportion, multi-step word problems, constructing triangles using protractors and also continuing to polish our accuracy in mental arithmetic.

With the remaining time left in the week the children also had the opportunity to learn about: geography, PE, RE and music.

I shall be of course discussing your child’s progress, strengths and areas to develop at the parent appointments. Some of the children will have received appointment times. If you have not yet been allocated a day and time these will be sent home tomorrow.

What a lovely way to finish the week by seeing Class 2’s assembly.

HOMEWORK – Year 5 and 6

Homework was discussed and the children were asked to write down what they needed to do. Here is a reminder.

This week I set a generic piece for both year groups and then set various tasks from this that the children could choose or work from.

Maths – Maths crossword.

Crosswords are a great and fun way to embed vocabulary. A few children were unsure of how to tackle a crossword but this was explained in class. I would like the children to solve the puzzle. I then asked if they could take time to create some across and down clues in order to produce a puzzle themselves next week. The puzzle could be themed or random, single or multi –stepped.

Some children were keen to even go to the stage of making the whole thing, which is their choice. I have just asked for the clues. The overall aim for this is to make a book. Displaying and using the children’s work in class, around the school and on the working wall.

English – Editing /handwriting. (Creating a summary/fact finding)

As we have heavily been editing and improving our writing last week I chose an activity to match this. It is a skill that is required in every year group. I did mention to the children that I would be looking at handwriting style as well.

As we had started to read the ‘Railway Children’ in class, I asked the children to try and write a short summary of what we had read in Chapter 1, (we did not finish the entire chapter). As some children were concerned about not remembering, I suggested that they could just focus on writing about the children: Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, or find out some interesting information about the author E. Nesbitt. They may even choose to do something that interests them, which lets the children draw on their learning powers.

If children have a copy of the ‘Railway Children’ at home they can bring it in if they wish. I have not asked the children to purchase a copy.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and see you all tomorrow.

Mrs Stewart

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Effort All Round

An exhausting week of assessments but I am extremely proud of the way that Class 5 have taken everything in their stride. It was a very difficult task choosing who to award the effort badge to and selecting the class candidate for the golden chair in assembly. Well done everyone!

This week, you can imagine, has been filled full of assessments mainly. I shall be of course discussing your child’s progress, strengths and areas to develop at the parent appointments at the end of the term. Thank you to all those parents who have already handed in their slips. Please see your newsletters for further information.

Following on from the visit by the author, Alexander Martin, the older children have been working on their skills of narrative writing and getting entries ready for the writing competition. Today, Miss Ingle, received an email from Alexander. We found out the lucky winners from each class for the colouring competition. It would have been a winner from each class but he was so impressed by the St Ippolyts standards that we had a few from each class. Well done to all the children across the school. Hopefully, the older children will be able to impress him with their writing skills as well.

In Science we spent time trying to devise our own experiments linked to pulse; as we are focusing our learning about the cardiovascular system at the moment. Lots of good ideas and lines of enquiry being discussed. We have started to write up our experiments and shall be ready to gather the results and make conclusions next week.

We also had time to think about the RE big question for this term – ‘Where can we find God?’

These questions always bring a range of deep and meaningful discussions amongst the older children in school. Also it has been lovely to see the range of interpretations to this. It helps to reinforce so many of the learning powers that we now know.

On Wednesday, the children had a busy creative afternoon; sewing and music evening rehearsals. Our phone cases are definitely coming along nicely, as well as our music performances. I look forward to seeing all the musical talent that takes place both in and out of school. I am sure the children in class 4 and 5 are also looking forward to Monday afternoon seeing ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, which is being performed by the children at The Priory.

The children have also been getting more familiar with the different genres in music. Each week, Mrs Archer has been selecting some brilliant pieces of music and the children have been learning to articulate their ideas and discuss more about the musical content. Another way to get in new vocabulary.

Alongside music they have also been studying geography of the local area. This week involved looking at pictures of past and present areas in Hitchin town and trying to understand why changes have taken place.

Outside School

Well done to all the netballers who represented the school in the rally this week. You all played extremely well and congratulations in coming third overall.

HOMEWORK

There is no homework this weekend as the children need to recharge after the amount of assessments. Of course, that does not mean we completely shut off. You can still read for enjoyment and I am sure some children will still keep going.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and see you all for another week of fun learning on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

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Welcome back!

I do hope you all had a lovely half term. Well done to everyone for keeping your learning ticking over, I really enjoyed reading your reviews Year 5 and well done Year 6 for putting in the effort for SATs.

As a result of looking at persuasive writing before half term, it seemed a good link to move onto debates and balanced arguments. Clearly, as our half terms value is ‘justice’ we could make links in our learning. As a class, we of course started by reading some written balanced arguments to familiarise ourselves with what stylistic features are used. Some may ask, ‘what is a balanced argument?’ It provides information on different points of view and does not lean towards one particular opinion. It allows the reader to make up their own mind. With this in mind, we then spent time using our powers, to present information from these non- fiction pieces. Before reading the text examples we had to say what it was about from the rhetorical question. At this point, we also had to say whether we agreed or disagreed with the viewpoint of the text. More and more the children have enjoyed being able to present their work in their own way. We have looked at some very interesting topics? You may even like to discuss these as a family; should children do chores to earn pocket money? Should weekends be three days long? Should children have TV’s in their bedrooms? Yes, the Year 5 children even spent a short session discussing the issues around Brexit, which also brought in our knowledge and made us draw on our British Values. We are looking forward to next week where we shall continue our debating and writing some final balanced arguments.

In Maths, the Year 6 children have had the chance to experience a few practise papers, as we get ready for SATs. I do hope you found the parent appointments useful and I’m sure the children did too. Everyone is working extremely hard. Year 5 have spent time learning to interpret data in the forms of bar-line and line graphs. They have also had the opportunity to draw these as well, with increasing accuracy. The final two days of this week were spent on developing our written reasoning behind some number clues. This proved great fun and even moved to incorporating it in tactical play of the game … chess. As the children articulated their thoughts, they were also encouraged to use more mathematical vocabulary. A great way to end the first week back. Next week we shall be looking at pie charts, algebra, measure and time.

In Science we were a little disappointed with the outcome of our mould experiments. It almost took the entire time being off to see any visible results. However, once the process started the results were great. We have started another new topic, which is ‘animals including humans’. On Thursday I started by getting the children to draw on prior knowledge and present to me in their own way what they could remember about the skeletal, muscular and digestive systems. I must say everyone rose to the challenge, whether through drawing or naming parts. We then moved on and shall be looking further next week to the circulatory system; learning about the functions of the heart, lungs and blood within our bodies.

On Wednesday the children were pleased to see Mrs Pepper, who has very kindly agreed to come back to help us with our sewing and design technology project. Lots of interesting and very creative designers out there. Thank you for helping us Mrs Pepper.

An exciting week to look ahead to with Pancake Day on Tuesday and of course, who cannot forget the wonderful World Book Day, with our author visit and book fair. I can’t wait to see the costumes.

Mrs Stewart

Homework –

Year 6

I have asked for the children to complete (timed if possible please)2 exercises of the reading and maths CPG mini test booklets. I have also suggested that it would be an ideal time to get through some books. The children must also try to keep up with their reading, where we are having a big push on understanding vocabulary.

Year 5

To complete the reading comprehension based on the circulatory system.

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Class 5 - End of a Half Term

It was lovely to see a number of parents on Monday at the Open Session. I do hope you managed to get the chance to look around and in books. I can’t believe a half term has gone already, where is this year going?

In Class 5 we continued to look at persuasive writing. As it was Safer Internet Day this week we decided as a class to use this, as the basis of our work. As a class we of course reminded ourselves of ‘AFOREST’ approach in order to make sure we had everything in our writing.  I was very proud of the children listening to them and they were able to articulate their views on Internet Safety in great detail. We then spent time drafting our ideas and towards the end of the week moved onto a more in-depth look at up levelling our writing, to make it even better.

In Maths, we continued to spend time working on problem solving but through various topics. This week we concentrated on areas such as: volume of cubes and cuboids, surface area, finding the circumference of a circle, vertically opposite angles in shapes and adding positive and negative numbers. By covering these topics we were also able to recap on our knowledge of shapes and other mathematical vocabulary. Year 6 have also had a go at another mental arithmetic quiz, which ended with some happy faces.

In Science we spent time looking at micro-organisms, and have started an investigation into the growth of mould on bread. We are hoping for some interesting results over half term.

On Wednesday the children made a start to creating and cutting out their phone case patterns. Lots of interesting and very creative designers out there. We were also able to use further maths skills on measuring.

We finished off the week by watching a lovely Class 3 assembly and finding out a lot of information about the rainforest.

I do hope you all have a lovely half term and look forward to seeing you all soon. Thank you for working hard and well done to those children who received their pen/fountain pen licenses, they were well deserved.

Half term Homework –

Year 6

Your child should have now received all 3 CGP SAT buster booklets. I have asked to make sure that the children name these and take care of these. Please be aware that the books do come with answers and that I ask parents to cut and remove them, putting them somewhere safe. As you may want to discuss your child’s answers with them.

I have asked for the children to complete (timed if possible please)2 exercises of each of the mini tests, in each booklet. I have also suggested that it would be an ideal time to get through some books. I have asked each child to challenge themselves to reading a full book over the half term. From this they can then try any writing styles based from what they have read. If parents could find some time to question what their child has read that would be brilliant.    

Year 5

I really enjoyed reading the persuasive pieces from the year 5 children. You can all be quite persuasive. It was lovely to see all the techniques and devices in your writing. I have asked each child to challenge themselves to reading a full book over the half term. From this they can then try any writing styles based from what they have read. If parents could find some time to question what their child has read that would be brilliant. You will have also seen from the newsletter that our World Book Day is only around the corner.

Outside School

Well done to all footballers who have represented the school in this season, both those in the A and B teams and to all those showing commitment to after school club sessions. You have all played extremely well. As it was the end of the season and with Class 3 assembly I have posted a match report written by Joseph and Max.

Yesterday , the school football team played against Offley. We won 2-1. Everyone played very well. The two people who scored our goals were Jimmy and Max. Max scored a cracking goal set up by Stanley. Jimmy scored a fantastic goal ensuring us with the winning final score but unfortunately received an injury. It was a tough match. Man of the Match was Joseph.

Mrs Stewart

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Class 5 - Power of Persuasion & Puzzling Problems

The week started in Class 5 with looking at persuasive writing. The power of persuasion is around us all. We discussed as a class where we would have experienced this particular style of writing and not only that, but through how we chat to people. First we needed to take a look at persuasive techniques and what better way than viewing a WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like)We asked ourselves; how is the writing trying to persuade the reader? We were then introduced to an easy way to remember the devices by using ‘A Forest’.

ANECDOTES (stories e.g. a sob story) – makes it personal / believable;

FACTS – make an argument more believable / sound trustworthy;

OPINIONS – back up a fact, try to win over the reader;

RHETORICAL QUESTIONS – hook the reader in;

EXAGGERATION – makes your case sound even more important;

STATISTICS – make your argument sound researched;

THREE – gives a sentence extra impact.

You will of course have the chance to see some of our work and what we mean if you pop along to the Open Session on Monday. Today we started our drafts of a persuasive letter; touching a range of topics and some to do with e- safety, as you will have seen from this week’s newsletter about Safer Internet Day, which is on Tuesday 7th February.

In Maths, we have spent a great deal of time working on problem solving. Word problems have started to become a daily focus item as they can be written in many different ways; at times being so wordy that it fogs our maths understanding. After this week we are feeling more confident and seeing that by breaking bigger problems into smaller steps we can conquer anything. Year 6 have also had a go at a mental arithmetic quiz, which will be carried out each Thursday.

In Science we have spent time looking at a very interesting way of classifying animals and plants. We have extended our learning from previous years learning to find out about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus. We then went on to research and question ourselves as to why and what makes an animal what it is. Next week, we shall be learning about micro-organisms, and conduct an investigation into the growth of mould on bread. Furthermore, the children will use play dough to create a new single celled micro-organism and explain how it is classified and why.

Mrs Archer also spent time teaching the children lessons on our DT project, felt phone cases. We shall soon be making a move to the making as we have been busy designing and measuring. All-important maths skills involved in this.

We finished off the week again with our dance session in PE. Successfully, we managed to record our initial ideas so that we can watch these and adapt them. We may be able to show you some of these on Monday too.

Homework –

Year 6 – Reading Comprehension

Your child should have received a small CGP 10 min SAT buster book. I have asked to make sure that the children name these and take care of these. I would like them to complete the first exercise ‘Excuses, Excuses’. The children may write in these. Please be aware that the books do come with answers and that I ask parents to cut and remove them, putting them somewhere safe. As you may want to discuss your child’s answers with them. I shall be taking these in and marking them. Two further books are to follow. Of course it should only take 10 mins and have suggested that the children use the remaining time (20mins) to focus on times tables/ writing styles/ spellings/improving vocab ; to name a few.

Year 5

I have set the children a challenge to write a persuasive letter or create a poster to persuade me about something of their own choice.

We discussed in class some ideas such as; giving no homework or having a treat at the end of term. I am really looking forward to reading these.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend and will hopefully see you at the Open session.

Mrs Stewart

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Amazing, Awesome Arts Days!

This week has been a little different but has been thoroughly enjoyable. Two amazing days of art, which has also linked into History, English, Maths and so much more. The children have learnt a great deal, not just the history of art but also the different artistic skills. You will of course get the chance to view the exhibition soon, as our Open Session is fast approaching or make sure you take a look at the photo gallery.

Having spoken with the children at the end of each day they could all give information and discuss their preferences. This was also evident in our celebration assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Of course, we have managed to squeeze in some other learning as well.

In English we have been producing our final copies of our news reports. We have also polished up on some of our computing skills as well, ensuring we know how to insert columns into documents, selecting appropriate fonts, images and captions. To further our skills I have linked a homework activity to this, which will be explained further. We have today started to look into the styles and techniques used in persuasive writing. As a class we spoke about sentence starters and vocabulary that is extremely useful to know when writing in this particular style. We started to look at a question; should primary schools have vending machines and think about the pros and cons, looking to be able to write persuasively. It lead to some interesting discussions and ideas, which will help later on with our learning when looking at debates and constructing written arguments. Next week, we shall be continuing to focus our learning on writing persuasively.

In Maths, we have looked at dividing fractions. As we have worked hard on securing our knowledge of fractions, finally dividing them doesn’t seem so daunting. From this we looked at percentages, which will be looked at again next week, as some people were finding it a little tricky. To draw this topic area to a close we incorporated and made links to decimals as well. Next week we shall be covering angles and fraction word problems. Word problems will become a daily focus item as they can be written in many different ways; at times being so wordy that it fogs our maths understanding.

We finished off the week with our dance session in PE. Already children have been quite creative and everyone has participated with great enthusiasm.

Homework –

Due to Arts Days I have distributed the following homework for this week.

Year 6 – SAM LEARNING

I am aware that some children are having a few difficulties with accessing this at home. For those children I have encouraged them to focus on a writing task but will provide an opportunity within school to access Sam Learning. Children who can access Sam Learning at home should complete a minimum of three activities all at KS 2 level. If wanting a further challenge at KS 3. The activities should be based around English Maths and Science.

Year 5

Please could you produce a piece of writing based on our Arts Days. You could choose one of the following and present this in whatever way possible.

  • News report about Arts Days - Remember the 5 w’s and quotes(using indirect and direct speech), facts, technical vocabulary and the accurate use of commas.

  • A short biography about one of the artists covered over the two days.

  • A leaflet discussing and informing others of the styles of art.

  • A poster explaining the work of an artist (select one from the many studied at Arts Days)

     

    One is all the children need to do. If they can keep working on times tables that would also be a great help.

    For both year groups do try to keep up with daily reading.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend and will hopefully see you at the Open session.

Mrs Stewart

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Class 5 - A busy brilliant week !

Class 5 – A busy brilliant week!

In English we continued to focus our attention on newspaper reports/articles. Thank you for all of the amazing and very interesting articles that the children resourced and brought in, such a variety. From this we focused in on improving our knowledge of using indirect and direct speech. After having a real-life experience of the 02 concert, some of us chose to write a report on this. As a class, we felt that reporting on topics that we knew or were interested about, produced better pieces of writing. As it is Arts Days next week we shall edit and work on drafting to get our final best copies ready.Keep a look out for them at Open Session.

In Maths, we have looked at fractions, which is what our homework is based around. As we have been working at various points of understanding in our learning, the children have thought carefully about the homework they selected, within this topic. I also took time to show and discuss work before being distributed. Next week, with the remaining time left  through the week, we will link our fractions knowledge with decimals and percentages.

I would like to thank all of the children who are in choir for the most amazing, if not exhausting day on Wednesday. We had the most brilliant seats this year, even managing to have extra waves and thumbs up from some celebrities.

Well done as well to the boys who participated in the football match on Thursday. I am sure some of you were still a little tired (from all the dancing).

Homework – Please Note

Due to the number of children at the 02 homework for English and Maths was distributed today. The children have all been told to try and concentrate on the maths first and hand this in for the Monday. Then to concentrate on the reading comprehension which I would like handed in on the Wednesday. Year 5 remember it is only one of the comprehension tasks not both.

Year 6 please remember to try your best and if something is more challenging to dig deep and use those learning powers.

Spellings will be given out as normal on Monday and tested on Friday, even with Arts Days in between.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend and get the chance to rest ready for some exciting Arts Days.

Mrs Stewart

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Class 5 - What have we been learning?

 

I do hope you have all received a copy of the curriculum leaflet for Class 5, which was distributed yesterday. As you can see quite a lot packed in.

In English we have focused our attention on newspaper reports/articles. At the beginning of the week we spent time reading various reports – from ‘First News’- getting a flavour of the style and techniques used to write interesting pieces. It was really important to do this. From this we discussed how a newspaper or magazine article can be biased; meaning that it takes sides and does not give a fair representation of both sides of an argument. If a newspaper or magazine article is balanced, it means that it does not take sides and it considers both points of view in an argument or situation equally. So, once we had started understanding the features, we watched a short video of an editor modelling how to begin putting a report together. He advised us to use the 5 w words within the first topic sentence. From this you can go on to elaborate on each ‘w’ word, producing short paragraphs. On Tuesday we were asked to become a journalist and had been sent off to write a story about a break in at a local school. We wrote for the local paper entitled The Local Post.  We were supplied with the basic information so that we could get started. We will be continuing with news reports next week.

In Maths, we turned our attention to multiplication and division, using larger numbers. At first we were working on securing our skills of formal long and short multiplication and division. We then spotted and started to make links with inversions. Some of us then moved onto solving word problems. As a class we took some tricky word problems and discussed how to get started rather than thinking it was impossible to answer. By the end of this week we looked at division, including working with decimals. Next week we shall be looking at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. We shall also move onto word problems of fractions as well.

We have also managed to look at RE, which brought out a great deal of discussion and also questioning skills. We started with a few questions: What is a Saint? How did Jesus choose his disciples? We then took a religious picture and in groups worked on being resourceful by creating questions that were linked to the image. This term we shall be looking at a range of Saints.

We have had some enjoyable sessions in PE this week. Finishing today with starting to look at creating our own dance based on ‘invasion ‘sports.

Remember Mrs Archer also set a small piece of homework linked to your new DT topic of making felt phone cases.

Homework – English.

This week I have asked the children to do a research based activity. I would like them to find 3 different news reports and bring them in.

In Class we spoke that it could be for example

  1. Local news

  2. UK news

  3. Global news.

Or

  1. Sports report

  2. Different country report

  3. Natural disaster or environmental.

     

I explained in class that they must know what the report is about and be able to identify skills and techniques, vocabulary used within these.  They should be able to also recognise features such as relative clauses, alliteration and use of different punctuation.

As an additional challenge some children chose to take a newspaper report dice game. This was a sheet that the children could write a report using certain criteria. This was an optional task. The children could then write their own report and complete the task on the computer, to achieve what an actual report would look like.

Reminders

  • Children going to 02, try to get that last minute cramming of words.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • PE kits of outdoor and indoor will be required next week.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Stewart

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Happy New Year from Class 5

Happy New Year!

First of all I would like to thank you for all the lovely gifts I received at Christmas. I do hope you all had a restful break and enjoyed spending time together.

The first two days have gone so quickly, but everyone seems to be ready for the activities and learning that lie ahead. I have been really pleased with the effort that the children have been putting in.

Yesterday, Mrs Peddie spoke about Epiphany in our first Collective Worship of the year. Epiphany is today, so don’t forget to take down those last minute decorations. You may even spot a chalking on the door. We then took the opportunity today to reflect and evaluate about last year. We spent some time writing about our New Year’s resolutions, with some lovely finished work which some of the children read in our sharing assembly.

Do look out for the curriculum leaflets that will be coming out next week. This will give you a flavour of what lies ahead for this term.

In English we have focused our attention on grammar, punctuation and spelling within text extracts. Some of us have also been adding more to diary entries from last term. In Year 5, the children have been looking at using a range of conjunctions in their writing and choosing wisely.  Today, the children also completed a mammoth spelling check. They all put in 100% and I will be letting you and the children know the outcomes of this, next week.

Yesterday, in Maths, we turned our attention back to mental arithmetic and to using the most efficient methods. Today we looked at a place value, more open ended activity, which combined previous learning on rounding etc. We then moved swiftly through to Roman numerals and as a class we felt it was a successful session, having fun with numbers.

We have also managed to look at RE and guided reading. I do hope you received the short note that accompanied the homework set for this week. If not do not worry as I have attached the note below.

Homework

As this has been a short week, with only two days teaching homework will be as follows:

Year 6: Comprehension

The children have had the choice of two text types either poetry (The Tyger by William Blake) or non- fiction texts ( Epiphany/New Year )

Within these comprehension tasks the questions have been differentiated using a star rating. 1 star being easier, 2 confident, 3 extend. As always the children will have the ownership of deciding the text but encouragement and decision making is overseen by myself.

As always if the children wish to take more than 1 comprehension activity they may but the minimum is 1. They may even feel that they would like to try the work set for year 5. Of course, please bear in mind the 30 mins (approx. time) for homework. I do know that some children wish to do more.

Year 5: Punctuation

The children have been working in class on using a range of conjunctions to link, compare and contrast information and events or identifying adverbial phrases and looking at the positioning of these when constructing sentences. Some children took a more challenging task of creating a short story and incorporating a bank of conjunctions within this creative piece.

With this in mind I have set homework on use of commas to accurately clarify meaning or using commas when writing relative clauses.

The children may select which task to do and if they wish can take both but that is their choice.

A few children have taken some additional pieces.

Reminders

  • Children with a pen license can purchase pens from the school office.

  • PE kits of outdoor and indoor will be required next week.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend

Mrs Stewart

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