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Well done Class 5

A big well done for Class 5. I was very proud of you on Friday as no doubt your families were watching you take part in the first class assembly for this year. It was lovely to see so many parents and family that afternoon. The children have been so understanding, showing a great deal of interest in their learning about remembrance and a wonderful atmosphere was created. They should have brought home with them a small cross that they were holding whilst reciting the poems learnt by heart. This is a token of remembrance from school, as it is the centenary of The Battle of the Somme. I do hope you all managed to stay and have a coffee and even get the chance to browse or purchase some books from this year’s book fair.

There is another opportunity to buy books on Monday. Also as a reminder, the next group of parent appointments are also on Monday after school.

Thank you to all that attended the re-arranged time on Tuesday 22nd November for the SATs meeting. I hope you found the evening informative but fun. If you were unable to attend a copy of the information that was handed out will be sent home to you next week with your child. On that evening we launched the start of SAM learning. This is an online study/revision facility for the Year 6 children. I am delighted with how enthusiastic the children have been with SAM learning. Having had a look at the reports the majority of children have been ensuring that a balance of core subjects have been looked at. I can see how reflective some children have been, focusing on targeted areas that they know they need to work on. If your child has not managed to log- in or is unsure of what to do they can come and see me for some help.

Last week in English we continued to focus our attention on poetry, in particular looking at imagery with the well –known poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. In our class assembly we referred to a poetry toolkit. These are the features that we can either identify or use when analysing or writing our own poetry. Here is a list of what is in our toolkit.

Rhythm- create fun patterns that make it easy to remember.

Line breaks – write in shorter lines to slow the reader down

Metaphor – tell the reader that something is something else.

Simile – tell the reader that something is ‘like’ or ‘as’ something else.

Imagery- give the reader the detail in your writing to form a picture in their mind.

Personification – give human qualities to something that isn’t human.

Alliteration – start some words in a line using the same sound or letter

Repetition- repeat a word or phrase

Rhyme- use words with similar sounding final syllables

Onomatopoeia- use words that mimic the sound of the noun or verb they describe.

Oxymoron – when two opposite words are placed next to each other.

That is why our homework task choice is this week is based on writing war poetry. This can be completed on the computer or written by hand. As a class we discussed about trying to incorporate as many of these features as we could. The basis of the creation of the poem is imagery. You may wish to start with the image or photo you find first to make this task easier.

In Maths we spent the week looking at investigative tasks. On Friday we tried an investigation based on dominoes which proved to be a little trickier than what we first though initially. The main problem was understanding and interpreting what we were being asked to do. A number of parents have mentioned that word problems have a great deal of information in them. The maths curriculum has definitely changed in this respect and that is why it is important to look at and discuss maths reasoning. The children need to be able to think of ways to get started; either by drawing ideas or using resources. Looking for the best way to tackle the problem and of course using their learning powers to persevere.

In RE we looked at the impression of Jesus’ Baptism by Piero della Francesca and talked about what they thought was happening in this image. We have started to look closely at the picture by using the method “4 things we noticed and 5 things we thought”. The children were asked to give written feed back to their ideas and link it to how Jesus showed his commitment when he became baptized.

In French we looked at things we may learn to do around town. For example: going shopping, watching a film, going swimming etc. The children then had a small listening task to complete. Last week we looked at commands and turned this into a small game of Mrs Stewart says.

Mrs Archer this week started to look at the history. We will be looking at the Shang Dynasty in particular. The children first of all started with some geographical skills. Where is China? What do they already know about China? Over the next few lessons, they will be exploring the Shang Dynasty of China. What is a dynasty? The children will then explore why this is an important part of Chinese

history.

On Friday we also discussed the games that we will be creating for this years Christmas Fair. A letter will be sent at the beginning of next week for the choir as we have been asked to open this event with the usual singing of Christmas Carols.

Outside School

On Tuesday the 6th December the choir will be going to The Priory School to sing at their Christmas Concert. Tickets for this event will follow next week.

Good Luck to the football team for Tuesday morning on their matches away from home at the tournament in Baldock. I am sure they will play brilliantly together as a team and display great sportsmanship. You should have received a letter about this last week if your child has been selected.

I look forward to seeing you all, ready for another week of learning. Remember try to remain organised and have all the resources you need for the week ahead. Keep up with your reading too.

Homework: To write a piece of poetry based around the war, trying to incorporate features of poetic writing, creating a particular image to the reader. We mentioned it had to have a minimum of 4 stanzas. However we also mentioned that if the stanzas were longer than 4 lines we just need to use our awareness of what is an acceptable amount for our year group/age. Remember about all the important points we discussed in class:

  • Correct use of inverted commas and other punctuation within this.

  • Capture the overall atmosphere using imagery as a basis.

  • Use of figurative language(similes/metaphors/personification)

  • See the detailed toolkit above.

I look forward to reading your creations.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Swimming kits for Monday.

  • Reading books and home school contact books.

  • Homework to be handed in.

  • Check newsletters for upcoming events. If you cannot find your paper copy there is always one online.

 

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Fun-filled Friday in Class 5

It was lovely to end the week seeing so many parents joining us with our learning. I do hope you enjoyed yourself. When I asked the children, they agreed that it was nice to spend the time with family- sharing the learning and activities that they do through the week.

What else have Class 5 been doing this week?

In English we have started to look at poetry more in depth. One of the areas we are looking at improving is what is the poet trying to convey in his use of language. We decided to focus our attention on war poetry. At the beginning of the week we learnt about the poetic features that can appear and be used by poets. As we read the poems we looked out for the following things: alliteration, metaphors, similes, personification, oxymorons, onomatopoeia, and rhyme. After reading a range of poetry we then had a discussion and gathered our personal thoughts and looked at how the poems made us feel. It was quite tricky, as of course no one could really draw on experience; none of us were around at the times of when the poetry was written. As the week progressed the children were certainly becoming more confident at describing and trying to understand what the poems were saying.

With Mrs Archer on Wednesday the children looked at targeted SAT’s style questions drawing on skills of inference, after reading the poem –Saved?

In maths we have spent the week looking at problem solving. At times, word problems can be quite confusing as they can be quite wordy. It may even be that the barrier to learning is the vocabulary that is used. So how do we get started? What is the question asking us to do? In class we looked at different ways to tackle all kinds of problems. The children had a go, and you may have experienced them this afternoon – convince me cards. If we are developing children’s mastery skills we need to spend time discussing our mathematical reasoning. This can also be for questions that are wrong. Are we able to see what is wrong? Problem solving is huge and can cover a great deal of areas in maths; fractions – place value, the four basic operations – measure, and many more.

In science we have looked at irreversible and reversible changes in materials. We then went on to investigate and discuss the process of dissolving. As you could tell and no doubt see science investigations (the practical side) is a popular activity. From the practical we must improve and look at the content and detail when writing up experiments. Drawing on our learning powers to support our learning.

It has been a busy week! In this week’s newsletter you may have seen that the year 6 parents are invited to school on Tuesday evening, to find out about the SATs for this coming year. I do hope you can come along. Your child should have also handed you a parent appointment slip this evening. Finally I also look forward to seeing you next Friday at our Class 5 assembly.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart

HOMEWORK:

I asked the children to find and start to learn from memory John McCrae’s poem – ‘In Flanders fields’. We will be studying this poem next week in English.

I would also like them to have a go at trying some word problems, mental calculations or maybe they would like to try their hand at Sudoku.

FOOTBALL & NETBALL

A big well done to all those children who participated in this week’s matches. I did enjoy hearing the match reports in celebration assembly. Well done to Bailey who was awarded man of the match.

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Class 5 Welcome back

Welcome back and I do hope you all had an enjoyable half term. Class 5 have had a wonderful time at The Poppy Factory with Mrs Peddie, Mrs Blencowe, Mr Jefferies and Mrs Thake. It was an early start but I am sure your children will have lots to tell you about their experiences there. It has been a great start back with learning. I will blog what has been happening in Class 5 later this weekend so do look out for this. This is a short blog to explain homework.

I have been busy marking the homework that Mrs Peddie gave over half term and we are both extremely pleased with the amount of effort that the children put in. Some children doing all three pieces.

During the week I asked the children to think of a question that they could use, to write an explanatory piece of writing next week, as this style of writing has been our focus for english

The children should have written in their home school contact books the question they would like to investigate and explain.

I would like them to take the time over the weekend to find information, researching and gathering notes and ideas to bring with them on Monday. If the children choose to use the internet please can they make sure that they understand what they read and not just copy straight from a website. In class we will then produce our first draft and progress to a final version.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Stewart

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Class 5 - Week 5 Super Science

I firstly want to thank the parents and pupils for all the delicious cakes that were brought in on Friday. A lovely way to end a very busy week. I look forward to seeing Year 6 parents at 6pm on Thursday 13th October. With all the changes to the curriculum and SATs it will let you fully understand what faces your child in May, so that they feel relaxed and at ease to take these tests with confidence.

At the beginning of the week in English we continued to focus on narrative. We spent most of the time writing and getting our ideas and stories finished. I read an example piece of writing, from a child of year 6 standard, just to let the children see what they were trying to aim for. As we discussed the text, the children could see the various skills required and used. Of course with Science days we turned our attention to speaking and listening. This enabled us to stretch our learning powers as well. Lots of brilliant planning and questioning.

In Maths we spent a short time looking at working with percentages. We talked about how this was real life learning, a skill we will need. As we had worked hard the previous weeks on fractions and decimals we could make the links to our learning. We have also managed to have three sessions of Turbo Tables this week. As we explained in our last blog, children can aim for their bronze, silver, gold and finally platinum award. On Friday a number of children achieved their bronze multiplication award and were making a start on the bronze division. This definitely proved to be trickier, finding those perseverance muscles being stretched fully.

In geography some of the children have made a start to producing their explanatory texts on water purification.

So on to Science. It was a great couple of days and thanks to Mrs Hoar for organising them. The first day for class 5 involved visitors to our school. Mr Jules Howard, who specialised in fossils, brought a fantastic range of artefacts and delivered a fascinating workshop on ‘Darwin’s Delights’. As part of the new science curriculum children are introduced and need to learn about evolution and inheritance. You may have already seen some photos on the website. You may also like to look at Mr Howard’s website – www.palaeolab.co.uk . In the afternoon Mr Peddie introduced the children to the latest virtual reality experience. The children loved learning and getting the chance to see how far technology has come. Class 5 would like to thank them both for the wonderful opportunities they provided us with.

The second day was slightly different being based in our classes, but this year we joined up with our buddies in Reception. The hall was filled with mini science experiments from ‘What is the difference between bottled and tap water?’, ‘What happens to skittles when water is added?’, ‘How can gloop act as a solid and a liquid?’, and to testing our senses and finally designing our very own experiments for the future. In the afternoon the children had to investigate the best material to make either an umbrella or raincoat for a teddy. The amount of creative ideas from some of the youngest to eldest children in the school was brilliant. Thank you also to all the parent and governor helpers over the two days who helped support and watch us learn. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

On Friday we said goodbye to Mrs Hoar as she left to go on maternity leave. We wish her and Mr Hoar our best wishes and look forward to hearing and seeing the new arrival to their family. 

Outside School

On Tuesday the choir went to St Albans Abbey to sing at the Diocesan Harvest Festival. They sang with real confidence and we were very proud of them all. Mrs Peddie, Mrs Thake, Mrs Blencowe and I were also very proud of two children from Class 5 who read beautifully infront of the entire congregation and represented the school brilliantly.    

Fantastic news about the football team. On Thursday, their match away from home gave them another victorious win of 4-0. From the match report heard in Fridays work assembly, we could hear of the wonderful teamwork that they displayed. Good luck for the next big match on Friday at the rally at Wilshere Dacre. 

I look forward to seeing you all, ready for another week of learning. Remember try to remain organised and have all the resources you need for the week ahead.

Homework: Books will be sent out next week.

Maths: Due to Science Days you need to work on your times tables and inverse division operations. Remember to aim to achieve those awards on offer.

English : Chemical Creations (Scientific biographies)

Sticking with the theme of science. Scientists use chemical reactions to create useful new materials. Can you create a fact file about a scientist and the new material they made? You should research the scientist and their life, such as when and where they lived, and what they did. You should also find out about the new material, its properties and how it is useful. Your fact file could be written on a piece of paper, made into a book or created using a computer. Include pictures and diagrams to add interest! Remember you can be creative and not just stick to the examples that you were given.

You have two choices. The minimum is complete all the research and remember not to just print off lots of internet pages. You need to put the information into your own words - OR – write the complete biography. The choice lies with you. Think about gathering the relevant information under headings to make it clear and in chronological order for the reader.

We briefly discussed the features of biographical writing and will be focusing on this more in class next week as our new style of writing.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Swimming kits for Monday.

  • Reading books and home school contact books.

  • Homework to be handed in.

  • SATs evening Year 6 only on Thursday 13th October.

 

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Week 4 in Class 5

It was lovely to see those parents who could make the open session on Monday. I do hope you had the chance to see in class and around the school. The next chance I will get to see parents is on the 13th October. This will be for Year 6 parents at 6pm to inform you about the SATs for this coming year.

Last week in English we continued to focus our attention on narrative, in particular looking at settings and introducing characters. At first we needed to explore the many wonderful words that we could use for settings. We looked through text extracts and used images to help gather our ideas. We had been looking at gaining a better understanding of relative clauses in our early morning work along with identifying the subject and object within sentence construction. This will help when writing in the active and passive voice. When looking to write interesting short stories we also needed to be aware of what to include technically, so we discussed the following: expanded noun phrases, adverbs, adverbial phrases and dialogue. As we shifted our attention to characters later on in the week we listened to a lovely example from the book Mrs Blencowe is currently reading. Here we saw that there was no mention of the characters appearance but by using our inference skills we could tell what kind of character he was. We then finished the week by looking at how dialogue between characters could help to move the plot on. That is why our homework task choice is based on narrative writing, in particular dialogue between two characters.

In Maths we spent the week looking at the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages which of course has large connections with our topic last week- multiplication and division. For many in class the thing we are trying to improve quickly is our understanding and speedy mental recall of times tables. On Friday saw the introduction of Turbo Tables. This is a new way to crack those tables and those all-important inverse divisions. Children can aim for their bronze, silver, gold and finally platinum award. Please ask your children to explain and look out for more info next week in our blog. As we got to grips with fractions we worked on understanding equivalent fractions, finding the LCM (lowest common multiple) and CD (common denominator).This proved quite tricky for some but by using their powers of resilience we could see progress by the end of the week. We finished the week off with finding fractions of numbers, then with different units of measure eg £, cm, kg, l.

As you may have read from our blog last week we told you that the World Wide Web is not the same as the Internet. We spent time this week and had the choice to use our writing skills to produce leaflets/flyers/posters/powerpoints and some little mini biographies of the creator Sir Tim Berners –Lee. We look forward to displaying some of these soon.

In RE we have been thinking about the question ‘What is commitment?’ We have discussed and listened to people’s views on this. Commitment could be split up into home, school and personal targets and then to faith/religion. We had to put our inference skills to the test by reading quotes from children from various religions and work out what we felt the top five commitments would be. From this we stretched our questioning muscles to devise two questions we would like to ask if we were to meet that person.

In geography we discussed water services at home. The children decided to create 10 questions related to water use at home. They will be bringing a copy of those questions home with them next week. As an additional task, they were asked to memorise three and find the answers. On Friday we then went on further to look at the purification process. We watched a very interesting video from Severn Water and listened carefully as we started to take notes so that we could produce a report of this important process later on. It also helped us to understand this terms value and be thankful for having a constant supply of clean water.

This is just a little snapshot of some the lessons covered from last week, as we face an exciting week ahead with two of those being Science Days.

Outside School

On Tuesday the choir will be going to St Albans Abbey to sing at the Diocesan Harvest Festival. Two children from Class 5 will be reading infront of the entire congregation. I know they will make us proud.

Good Luck to the football team for Thursday on their match away from home. I am sure they will play brilliantly together as a team and display great sportsmanship.

I look forward to seeing you all, ready for another week of learning. Remember try to remain organised and have all the resources you need for the week ahead.

Homework: To write a piece of dialogue between two characters, trying to incorporate description of those characters as well. Take care with the balance between dialogue and narrative too. Remember about all the important points we discussed in class:

  • New line for new speaker

  • Alternative synonyms

  • Correct use of inverted commas and other punctuation within this.

  • Capture the overall character not just focus on their appearance

  • Use of figurative language(similes/metaphors/personification)

I look forward to reading your creations.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Swimming kits for Monday.

  • Forms to be returned for the Abbey choir visit.

  • Reading books and home school contact books.

  • Homework to be handed in.

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