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Autumn 1, Week 6

It was so lovely to see so many of you at open session last Monday. I hope you enjoyed looking at your child’s work and classroom environment. 

We are still studying 'Eye of the Wolf' in English - a book about a wolf who has been captured from Alaska and placed in a zoo in Paris. It is here he strikes up a friendship with a young boy who sympathises with him. We have been revising descriptive techniques such as similes, metaphors and personification and the children used these in a descriptive paragraph about the wolf's eye. 

We are currently on Stop 4 on our USA road trip where we will be visiting Alaska and writing a non-chronological report. The children used the iPads yesterday to research Alaska and collect fun facts that they wanted to include. They couldn’t believe that a 13-year-old boy designed the Alaskan flag or that Alaska is biggest yet most sparsely populated State in America.

In Maths, we have been looking at multiples, factors and Prime numbers. The children used the ‘Sieve of Eratosthenes’ which is an ancient algorithm for finding all prime numbers to any given limit. 

On Thursday, to mark World Mental Health Day, the children took part in a special  BBC live lesson. This included various activities and a group session of meditation using a hand breathing exercise. We later reflected on what we had learnt and recorded our reflections in the class PSHE Journal. 

I hope you all have a lovely week!

Miss Abbott 

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New beginnings

Welcome back!

We have had a fantastic first week and the children have quickly settled into life in Class 5.

In English, we have started our study on the book ‘Eye of the Wolf’ by Daniel Pennac. The children have all made predictions based on the front cover and have started to infer details about the main characters.

In Maths, we have looked at finding the value that each digit represents in 5/6 digit numbers by playing a great game of ‘beat the teacher’. It is currently a draw so we will see if we have a winner next week. 

We started our North America geography topic this week and the children located North America on a world map as well as looking at the countries that belong to it. Next week, we will start our in-depth country study by going on our USA road trip. Our first stop will be New York!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Miss Abbott :)

PE days - Monday - swimming year 5 only
                  Thursday - class 5
                   Friday - class 5

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Thank you!

Just a quick little message to say thank you for all your gifts, lovely words and kind whishes for the big day! I hope you all have a lovely relaxing summer and enjoy your time off of school - I will! 

Thank you once again! See you in September as Mrs Edwards!

Miss Walker :) 

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Class 5 - PE Kits

Just a reminder that Class 5 children will need their PE kits in school Thusday 23rd and Friday 24th for their usual PE lesson. 

Miss Walker

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Week 2

Another busy week over in Class 5! There were some fantastic World Book Day costumes – loved the creativity behind them.

We have been revisiting statistics this week in Maths, with a new focus on Line Graphs – this was new to most children and they have worked really hard to understand their usage, how to draw them and how to interpret. As always, we have worked on our arithmetic skills. The pace and understanding has dramatically improved and I’m sure this will reflect during assessment week!

We have continued to use Boy in the Tower as our text type – the narrative pieces of writing I have read this week have been outstanding. As a class we have been working on ‘showing not telling’. This means describing what is happening, what it might feel like or look like rather than what it is. We have had to have a long chat on handwriting and presentation as this seems to have slipped. Unfortunately, some pen permits have been suspended as, after repeated reminders and extra interventions over the last few months, this hasn’t been improved and so no longer meets the standard needed to write in pen. I’m hoping these pen permits can be used once again in the weeks to come.

Don’t forget swimming kits on Monday!

Have a good weekend,

Miss Walker :) 

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Class 5 Wellbeing Week

Class 5 have really enjoyed our extra PSHE lessons this week and have thought about their feelings and emotions, as well as how to stay safe online, at home and at school and in tricky situations. 

The children have thought hard about being a good friend and can list the qualities needed - we still need to practice acting on these thoughts some of the time though. Maybe over the weekend your child could take some time to reflect on their friendships and if they make the right choices through what they do and say or how they could be an even better friend. 

Swimming is on Monday so please do not forget swimming kits!!! 

Looking forward to seeing most of you at open session - it is a great chance to come and see our classroom and all the fab work they are doing! 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Walker :) 

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Class 5 Week 4

Another busy week at School! Class 5 have participated in a range of workshops this week and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Their beautiful Caribbean artwork will be displayed and you’ll be able to have a good look at open session. Photos are also already on the website!

We have also finished fractions work and are ready to move onto decimals! Timetables Rockstars has been a great hit for Class 5 – with every member of the class logging on and play multiple times! WELL DONE! On Monday we will be seeing who is the most improved, the star of the week and the highest scorer – good luck all!

Please remember swimming kits are needed on Monday as well as usual PE kit for the rest of the week (indoor and outdoor).

Have a great weekend and enjoy the snow!

Miss Walker J

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Class 5 Spring Week 3

We have had a busy two weeks in Class 5!

Our class trip last week was great- the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and participated so well in the workshop. The adults at the studios commented on their great ideas and behaviour. It was a fun and educational day out for all!

We have continued our new topic in English and all the children are hooked with our new book ‘Boy in the Tower’ – they have completed some amazing pieces of writing and have really thought about up levelling their work.

In maths this week we have moved onto Fractions – a favourite topic of mine! Some of the children who thought fractions were really tricky have started to really understand what to do with them! Times table Rock stars has also started this week and I am glad to say that Class 5 had the most amount of logins on the first day! Well done! This is a great app to help children with their times tables and division facts – One child has already played 77 games!!!

Just a quick remainder that ALL children need their swimming kits on Monday’s!!

Have a great weekend

Miss Walker

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Spring Week 1

What a great start to 2019! All the children in Class 5 have been thoroughly engaged and focus with our new topics, particularly our English Novel – Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen. We have been looking at features of this mystery text and have been using our inference and deduction skills to predict how the story will progress.

Our other new topics we have started this week are ‘Funky Furnishings’ and ‘Light and Shadow’. We have a few more lessons on South America, but we will then move onto the Anglo Saxons!

Just a quick reminder that our class trip is on Tuesday 15th and the children need to be at school for 8:15am so the coach can leave on time.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend – perhaps get a head start on grid homework! (remember 5 pieces, not 4).

See you Monday

Miss Walker :) 

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Home Learning Grids Class 5

Just a quick post to say that the Class 5 grids had a typo on. All children were asked to change '4 activities' to '5 activities' as it is a six week term. Hopefully they have already done this! 

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Class 5, Autumn 2, Week 2

This week Class 5 have been working hard on both their topics; World War 1 and Harry Potter.

In English, we have been drafting our own narrative writing where we could choose our own title and characters to focus on. Some of our titles were, ‘The Imaginary Vault’, Ron’s Lucky Day’, ‘Hermione’s Accident’ and ‘The Lost Wand’. We have had to include a lot into our writing including fronted adverbials, relative clauses and pronouns, parenthesis and direct speech. We are looking forward to sharing some of these at our class assembly.

On Tuesday, a travelling theatre company came in to show a play about WW1. We all participated really well with our knowledge of how the war started. It was funny but emotional and made many of us think.

We have had a go at making our own Propaganda posters, writing poems about the animals in war and found out about how the war ended.

In RE we had a go at answering our Big question, ‘ What is the most important value to you and why?’ – there were some great answers.

We would like to remind you that our class assembly is on Friday 30th November 2018 at 2:30pm

Unfortunately, Class 5 were unable to have their flu jabs today so will be having them at another time.

From Class 5.

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Class 5 Autumn 2 Week 1

The children have worked really hard this week and have managed well with all the different changes to our usual timetable.

We have been focusing our afternoon lessons on Topic, learning all about WW1. All the children have been thoroughly engaged and involved in discussing different aspects of the war. We have used photographs taken during the war to help us to truly start to understand what it must have been like.

Today, on our learning journey of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’, the children have had a chance to reflect on conflicts, refugees, remembering the brave people who have fought in wars before now and those who are still fighting today. Most children participated really well and shared their deepest thoughts and prayers. Thank you Class 5.

It has been a very reflective day and I’m sure your child will be able to tell you all about it.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Walker J

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Class 5 Letters

Just a quick note to say I'm sorry I fogot to give out some letters today for all children in Class 5 as well as letters specifically for children in choir - these will go out tomorrow! 

Sorry again, 

Miss Walker :) 

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Autumn Week 6

Another week has flown by in Class 5! We've been very busy designing our wands and writing our advert in English, working on our short division skills in maths and exploring the different layers of soil in science! 

I have seen a real improvement in the children's presentation this week and they are becoming far more confident in using their learning powers to show their understanding! It makes marking their work far more interesting and exciting to read! 

I'm aware that some children have been a bit careless with their belongings at school and our cloakroom is full of jumpers, coats, bits of PE kits and trainers. Hopefully next week we can keep on top of tidying it and everyone can take home their items. 

Looking forward to seeing some of your on Thursday afternoon for Class 5's family week session - there will be lots of maths actitivites to do including Turbo Tables! 

Have a good weekend, 

Miss Walker :) 

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Class 5 Week 5

Biscuits, biscuits and biscuits!

Thursday and Friday some of the children have been able to finally make their biscuits they have designed in DT. They have worked hard to keep to their specification however, the odd marshmallow or popping candy toppings seem to have snuck into their last minute design changes! We will continue our biscuit making on Monday for those who didn’t get the chance to this week!

In maths, we have been looking and the short and long multiplication method and have been working hard to ensure we know each step of the method. Some children admitted to struggling a bit as they did not know their times tables! Please try to practice these regularly, as it is a great help when learning trickier things!

We have finished our Harry Potter Hogwarts accepted letters this week – I am sure some of you saw the finished ones up on the wall on Monday. They have been well written and the children have focused on the format of a formal letter. Next week, we will be looking at advertisements for Wands and completing some descriptive writing!

Finally, an apology to the Year 5 parents – In the mad rush of a Friday afternoon I completely forgot to give out the children’s Residential School Journey letter. These will be given out on Monday.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and with the absence of weekly homework, maybe some grid homework can be done, or extra times table practice!

See you Monday,

Miss Walker

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Autumn Week 2

A second fab week in Class 5 has whizzed by! All the children are really starting to understand the rules and routines of their new class and are becoming more responsible for their behaviour and learning attitude!

Another week of Place Value activities in Maths finishing today with a variety of maths challenges to choose from. All the children had great fun figuring out new ways to be successful at the task and persevered to achieve their learning objective.

We have started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as our text in English and will be using this fiction text as a source for our writing over the next term. I am very excited and so are the children who know a bit about Harry Potter!

Just a reminder that your weekly homework is due in on Monday and you will also have your spelling test.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Walker J

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Autumn Week 1

What a fantastic start to the term we have had. All the children have come back after the summer well rested and ready to start their new school year! The effort I have seen this week has been amazing and I am hoping that it will continue!

In maths this week we explored larger numbers – working with 5,6 and 7 digit numbers! We have played some number games and it got rather noisy with all the dice rolling around! On Friday, I set some tricky work to test their mathematical thinking – I was so pleased to see the perseverance and determination in everyone and cannot wait to continue next week!

J.k. Rowling has been our focus in English, using the Ipads and Non-fiction books to carry out independent research. All the children chose how to display their research and some very interesting facts were found!

Thank you to all those who have been so efficient in bringing back the DT letters! This has really helped me get an idea of what we will be tasting and baking soon!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend,

See you Monday!

Miss Walker J

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Summer Week 5

Class 5 have been working extremely hard this week, particularly in English. Not only have we written our own versions of the opening of Macbeth, but written a letter from Macbeth telling Lady Macbeth of the prophesies bestowed upon him and a diary entry as Lady Macbeth, plotting to ensure the prophesies come true! The children have been using fantastic language and really getting into the Shakespearean way of thinking and talking.

Just a reminder that four pieces of grid homework are due by next Friday - completed to a good standard please. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Walker J

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Welcome back Class 5

It has been a great first week back and can't believe it is over already. Everyone has worked so hard and has settled back into learning really quickly, which is brilliant.

Mrs Blencowe and I have been impressed with the attitude and behaviour of both year 5 and 6. The oldest children have been so helpful and have loved having the responsibilty of helping the new reception children. I have also been so pleased with the amount of reading that has happened at home throughout this week. Let's keep that going!

Next week the children will receive homework, starting with spellings on Monday. I would like to remind you that Class 5 can attend homework club on a Thursday lunchtime if they need help or would just like to get it completed in school time. Swimming will also start on Monday. 

I hope you have found the curriculum leaflets useful to what lies ahead for the Autumn Term in Class 5. Next week will be really exciting as you will have read in the weekly newsletter about the launch of Learning Powers.  

Do look out for our weekly blogs.

Thank you Class 5 for a great week of learning. See you all on Monday ready and organised!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Blencowe

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Happy New Year from Class 5

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

I would like to start by thanking the children and families for the lovely Christmas gifts and hope that everyone had an enjoyable break.  I would also like to say a big well done to those children who put a great deal of effort into the Christmas homework that was set. I have to say that everyone has started the New Year with a great attitude and looks like they are raring to go.

 

It was back to business for Class 5 on Tuesday morning starting with spellings. The children understood that there was one day less of learning but still managed to be ready for Fridays test. As a Class we also made a few New Year’s resolutions. These have now become sayings which we are using to help empower our learning and increase our self-belief. See what you think!

 

  • Firstly there is no such word as ‘Fail’; it’s just a First Attempt In Learning.

  • If you want to reach to the top, the learning doesn’t stop.

  • Learning is not hard; it just takes a great deal of hard work.

 

In Maths this week we focused our learning around positive and negative numbers and decimals. We looked at ordering these particular kinds of numbers and starting to see what happens when we use the four operations. Some of us seeking out number lines as a resource to assist us with our understanding. One of the harder things to grasp was estimating/approximating, we kept focusing on getting the correct answer. At the end of the week we looked at money problems and ensuring that we could use a calculator efficiently, especially with calculating larger amounts. Homework will start next week; however revision can be done in the meantime or working on those weaker timetables.

 

In English we have started to look at journalistic writing. We have a great resource in class, ‘First News’. We spent some time discussing the features of this particular type of writing and getting ‘Top Tips ‘from the editor Nicky Cox. This week’s homework is linked to this style. Your child can choose one from the following three tasks:

 

  1. Identify and find and interesting article based on the topic of water. This can be found online and printed off or from a newspaper, (past or present). You may wish to extend by highlighting some of the characteristics and try to explain why this article particularly caught your eye. Which spelling, grammar and punctuation features are present?

  2. Have a go at writing an article of your own. After listening to some of the editor’s top tips, could you impress her with your journalistic skills? Remember some news may be exaggerated; but don’t go too wild.

  3. Find around 10 catchy headlines; however you need to be able to link features of Spelling, Grammar and punctuation. Which do you find the best and of course why?

 

We also had our first Lacrosse session but sadly indoors, due to the weather. We learnt a great deal and had great fun. Mrs Archer introduced us to our art session on watercolours. A great number of skills were used which also gets us ready for our ‘Arts Days’ which are soon approaching. We also started our geography topic about ‘Water’ and looked at why we need water. In order to make our learning fun and creative you may have heard your child singing a water rap.

 

In computing we were introduced to a new topic ‘Robotics and systems’. Within this session we had to identify and research automatic controlled systems and look at some of the computer terminology that goes with this unit of work. Could you identify some systems? We set to work trying to make a few posters to help others and will look to displaying these as soon as possible. This topic will involve us learning about algorithms and programming.

 

In RE we have been improving our ability in articulating how we feel and using some higher order thinking in answering those ‘big’ questions; how did Jesus choose his disciples? We also looked at who his disciples were and what does it mean to be a disciple?  Next we looked at a piece of art and could we identify each disciple. This linked nicely with collective worship where we were introduced to this half terms value ‘service’. As a school we thought about ways in which the value of ‘service’ maybe seen. We watched how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the last supper going on to look closely at the hymn ‘The Servant King’.

 

Well all of this and a little more, in a 4 day week. Look out for our class blog next week which will be written by the children.

 

Mrs Stewart

 

 

 

Reminders

 

  • Children in choir need to be looking at the Young Voices website as not long now.

  • Think about bringing suggestions for your school council representatives.

  • You may wish to write a prayer for the prayer basket.

  • Be ready and organised with home school contact books, daily please.

 

 

 

 

 

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