Welcome to Year 5 & 6!

We are made up of 24 pupils and our teacher Mr Mark White.

12th February 2016,

What an amazing end to the term we have had, the children have worked incredibly hard on their poems for our class Slam (poetry reading competition) and all put in fantastic and different performances in front of their peers. We even received a good luck message from our favourite poet, Harry Baker, before hand, which really spurred everyone on!

Our 6 judges and Head Boy and Girl scored each performance using 5 categories (pace, content, presentation, use of informal language and audience reaction).When all were counted the top three were announced with Sophia Bell and Izzy McNulty our runners up.

We had a very worthy winner in Rhys Hetherton! All of the class were in agreement that his poem stood out as the most original and it scored highest in all 5 categories. Well done, Rhys! :)

Y5/6 Streatley Slam Poetry Champion 2016!

Y5/6 Streatley Slam Poetry Champion 2016!

3rd February 2016

We have had a busy week with children developing their cycling skills, road safety and independence during their bikeability training. With some children on the road, others are patiently waiting their turn with some maths work on area of shapes. Yesterday, (Tuesday 2nd) we all took to the hall and our classroom to find the area of various shapes (and use a calculator for the really tricky calculation!) We worked out the area of the hall floor and some objects in the classroom – we even drew on the tables!

 

Find the area!

Find the area!

Writing on tables!

Writing on tables!

 

For literacy this week, we have decided to focus on our imagination and story writing in order to enter BBC Radio 2′s 500 word competition. So far Year 6 have watched some short films and discussed their favourite books and ideas for their writing. We have created some fantastic ideas, with each child using their own personality to develop a story. It is wonderful to see.

Year 5 will tackle this on Thursday and Friday, and I am looking forward to seeing what ideas they generate too! This leads me to this week’s homework: See below homework section (scroll down) for details.

 

20th January 2016

We had a great time competing with other schools in the area at Archery last week, with a team of six Y5/6s heading over to Theale Green school to participate. We worked well as a team with some fantastic performances and bulls-eye hits! Sadly, we didn’t earn a medal this time, but should all be very proud of our effort.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Our next sporting event takes place tonight, as Y/6 boys take on an indoor football tournament.

In maths this week we have started looking at co-ordinates and translating shapes, while in English we have had great fun learning lots about GOLD through research in books and on the internet (using the shiny new laptops!) to put together our very own non-chronological reports about the precious metal.

Finally, in science yesterday we visited the Fountain of Gold on Alchemy Island. Mr White showed us all of the equipment and ingredients he would be using and asked us to predict what might happen. When he carried out the experiment, the ingredients caused a reaction that saw gold foam spew out of a glass bottle, creating our very own Fountain of Gold!

Fountain of GOLD!

Fountain of GOLD!

 

The aftermath!

The aftermath!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th January 2016

Firstly, I’d like to welcome everyone back; it sounds like everyone had a great Christmas and New Year. I would also like to Welcome Luke Siggermann to our class. Luke is in year 6 and has settled very quickly in to the group, with all of the children being very friendly and ensuring he knows his way around. Our first week started with a curious package sent to Mr White. We discussed where it might have arrived from by looking at the packaging, and soon discovered a map of an unknown land called Fantasy Island, a key to help work out the map, and a riddle to determine where our quest would start. We have lots of exciting plans to use this map with a strong focus on geography and science as well as others.

A mysterious package was delivered to class!

A mysterious package was delivered to class!

In science this week, we looked at some contaminated water samples, scrutinised the contents and thought about how we might decontaminate them. We used some of our previous Y3/4 learning about solids, liquids and gases to help us decide that we needed to use sieving, evaporation and filtering of 3 different samples. We successfully completed the task and can now leave the Ancient Citadel and use co-ordinates to work our way across the island.

Two of the contaminated water samples from the Bottomless Well

Two of the contaminated water samples from the Bottomless Well

PE this term is on a Monday afternoon with Mr White (Games continue with Liam on a Wednesday). In PE we will be building key skills to help our balance, core strength, agility and team work for the game of dodgeball.

NOTICE: There will no longer be weekly spellings set for testing in Y5/6, with a greater focus instead being placed on teaching the rules of words twice a week, allowing children to investigate words and developed a stronger knowledge of the English language in line with the National Curriculum guidelines. Spelling tests will then be set at an appropriate time. Each child has been given a Spelling Journal, in which they can independently add words they are unsure of, along with their meaning. We have started some dictionary based games to support children’s awareness, and accuracy, when using a dictionary to further develop their spelling.. I hope you see the fruits of this tree of knowledge as the weeks pass. I urge parents to continue to support their children with use of dictionary at home and also to show the children that you need to use them sometimes too! :)

Homework is now also available from this site every Wednesday. Each child has been provided with a homework book in which to complete the work, by the following Tuesday unless stated otherwise.

 

Homework (set Wednesday 3rd February) . For homework this week, children should finish writing (and typing up) their 500 word story for the BBC Radio 2 competition. The entries should then be uploaded via this link: https://500words.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/1

If you child need some support with this, I will be available in our classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday lunch time next week for children to use the computers to type up or submit entries. Entires to the competition close at 7pm on Thursday 25th February. GOOD LUCK!

FEBRUARY HALF TERM HOMEWORK: Read a (fantasy) story / book. To support this and continued reading, below are some recommended reading lists for the children that will  further develop and broaden their reading:

Recommended-books-for-Year-5

Recommended-books-for-Year-6

I also recommend all children continually practise their times tables at home – the top marks website has some good challenges, which the children are used to in class. Additionally, top marks have a smart phone app titled ‘Hit the Button’ (at a cost of £2.29) which I highly recommend to support mental startegies.

We will use our class page to keep you updated on activities and news throughout the school year…so watch this space!

How you can help your child at home this term

  • Reading - Predict events and their effects at different points throughout a narrative
  • Writing – Collect ideas and vocabulary from reading to bring and use in a meaningful way to writing
  • Maths – Quick recall of multiplication facts to 12 x 12 and corresponding division facts

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