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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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