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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


  • 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


  • 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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Class of 2016

The slideshow of photographs used at this afternoon's Leavers Service tea is now uploaded into the gallery. Where has the time gone and haven't they grown?!

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Welcome to Class 5

What a lovely start to the term. Class 5 are in and settled. Year 6 have been brilliant with the new children in reception, helping them to settle into school. By next week all of the reception children will be in. Year 5 have been keeping me organised with jobs around the class. Overall I have felt really proud of them and have already seen, just in two days, how hard they are all going to work.

So what have we be doing so far....

In Maths we have been rounding larger numbers (up to 10 million)and where they would appear on empty number lines. This has been extended into rounding decimals as well. Presentation is also a high priority and everyone has tried really hard which has set the daily expectations for Class 5 work.

In English we have looked at planning to write an effective manifesto. Within this particular style we have been looking at the persuasive skills involved in writing. We have also selected books to read and have agreed to read each night (15-20mins). I have also encouraged and asked the children to read to an adult at least once in the week. Parents if you could be looking at supporting your childs knowledge of vocabulary, checking to see if they know what more complex words mean, that would be brilliant.

Spellings will be sent home on Monday. The children have already had a go at some tricky spellings today.  

In Science we have spoken about how investigations should be written up and the vocabulary used. Our first area of science is evolution and inheritance. Famous scientists such as Charles Darwin and Mary Anning will be looked at.

We have looked at other subjects as well but have been working on learning our way in a new class.

Homework will start as of next week and the children have also put a little note in their home school contact books about remembering swimming kits for Monday.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday for a busy week ahead. Well done Class 5!

Mrs Stewart

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Leavers BBQ Class 5

Dear Parents of Class 5. I can't believe we are almost into the last week of school. I am terribly sorry but with planning for leavers and enjoying what time we have left together, the letters for leavers BBQ were left behind today.

I am aware that not everyone has access to the blogs so if you see anyone over the weekend could I kindly ask people to spread the following details. I shall of course send the letters out first thing on Monday. Children please make sure you remind me !

Leavers BBQ is on Wednesday 15th July from 3:30pm-5pm.Children may bring drinks and crisps if they would like but BBQ food will be provided for a cost of £3.This BBQ has always been carried out by volunteers of Year 6 parents,so please get in contact with each other and the school office where we can arrange for money to be given for the purchase of food. A change of clothes can be brought to school so they can change for PE games, which will be led by teaching staff. The whole event will finish at 5pm and children should be collected at this time.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart


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