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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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