We are made up of 29 pupils and our teacher Mr Mark White.

Welcome back to the summer term. Please find our class update here.

Our padlet, for book reviews can be accessed here – please continue to add whenever you finish a book you’d like to share with everyone in our class!

Friday 22nd June 2018

Our Day of the Dead skulls are looking incredible. We have taken such great care and attention with every stage and have taken great enjoyment from finally decorating with bright colours with shapes, dots and other patterns to make each unique.

We were also incredibly fortunate to have a gang of scientists visit us today to help us carry out some really cool experiments using our knowledge of states of matter. I’m sure you’ll all have heard about the fantastic time we had.

In English, we have become journalists and, having watched an animation about a lighthouse, we have started to look at the different types of headlines used I the press as well as identifying the use of the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when and why) which make up the opening paragraph (orientation) of newspaper reports. We will soon be reporting on the incident that took place at the lighthouse using quotes from eye witnesses along the way.

Finally, we had our first ever ultimate frisbee lesson in PE where we looked at the game and the rules before learning two backhand techniques for throwing accurately – the progress of all was very impressive! Next week, catching!

As well as all of this, we have kept a keen eye on the World Cup with each of us having our own team to support – sadly our class team, Morocco, have already been eliminated!

Friday 25th May 2018

We have had a brilliant week with Year 5 developing their cycling skills and awareness further during their bikeability days and the whole class has enjoyed the early stages of creating their own Day of the Dead skull with simple materials of a mask, a balloon, glue and newspaper to papier mache their creation. The results are incredible so far and after half term we’ll bring them to life (pardon the pun) by painting them to mirror those used across Mexico as part of the tradition.

Have a wonderful break and we’ll see you for the final term of the year in early June!

Friday 18th May 2018

Both year 5 and year 6 have done themselves proud this week, and so I thought it only right that each whole year group deserved a learning star for their maturity, perseverance and support of one another during this busy and week. A note on year 6: I am extremely proud of how they have approached their SATs in recent weeks and they all worked hard to show off everything they know in the tests whilst smiling through it. They also took on a new game which involved wedging their mascot toys in the netball net and they shaking them free……

We have also spent time this week practising origami before having experts from the GAP festival teach us in groups. We also listened to The Mexican Hat Dance in topic and started to identify the instruments we can hear ahead of using an unconventional staff to map the music next week.

Today, we have celebrated our efforts by playing games in PE and watching a film with some learning about drugs and friendships, on the Life Education Bus, sandwiched inbetween.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful weekend ahead of our final week of this term.

Friday 11th May

Firstly, Year 6 have been a credit to themselves in their final preparations for SATs; they have been committed to their own progress and revision of their learning over recent weeks culminating in our after school sessions this week which were well attended with lots of laughter and biscuits. Now they should enjoy a relaxing (if running in Hairy Legs can be considered such a thing) weekend and ensure they’re fresh for breakfast club at 8am in the classroom on Monday.

Year 5 have also acquitted themselves well this week with the development of their learning of area and perimeter of compound shapes, whilst all of Year 5/6 have been producing fantastic non-chronological reports on the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. I’m sure if you ask your child for some details they’ll bombard you with their knowledge.

As you will have read in our summer term update (link above) we will be taking part in an origami workshop on Thursday afternoon and visiting the Life Education Bus on Thursday morning, so lots of activities to look forward to still this term.

Friday 27th April

We are all well versed in decimals and percentages this week, with more learning next week on this, as well as measures. The children have all written a narrative, in English, based on the Day of The Dead animation with great use of emotive language and description to really set the scene and will be researching the Day of The Dead festival before making a non-chronological report with their findings next week.

We have also spent time looking at co-ordinates on a quadrant: finding specific cities in Mexico; making note of key information on the map and plotting the points of an Aztec building by using translation.

In PE we have been practising our hand, eye co-ordination in cricket and our shooting accuracy in football.

Friday 20th April

Welcome back to the summer term and with it, the sunshine! It has been great to hear about everyone’s fantastic Easter break and the class have come back ready to learn all about Mexico is topic and as an introduction we have looked at a short animation about The Day of The Dead festival, in English, with a view to writing a short narrative of our own. We have also hit the ground running with our learning in maths as we apply our fractions knowledge to decimals and will soon link this with percentages, too.

A quick note for parents of children in Year 6: I will be running some SATS booster lessons during forthcoming lunchtimes and in the week before the exams some after school sessions, of which I will inform you nearer the time.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the April sunshine!

Friday 23rd March 2018

After what started out as a snowy week has ending with a rainbow of colours as the children wore their pyjamas to school for our fundraising day today; this was the end of a busy week as we’ve been making origami birds from pictures whilst making notes, in English, so that we can write our own instructions for a friend to have a go; we’ve been fortunate enough to have Steve from St Mary’s church visit to provide information about the hierarchy of leadership within the Christina church and the role he plays – the children were very engaged and asked some great questions!

As well as this, we have continued our fraction learning by using cubes and bar model drawings to show our understanding of fractions of an amount before practising exam technique and challenge with some tests.

Our afternoons have also been busy with orienteering challenges in PE (as well as hockey) and many of us ran superbly at the cross country event while others supported Foundation children with their reading and maths with more great success.

Friday 16th March 2018

We didn’t expect to be tying shoe-laces when we came to school this week, but that’s exactly what we did on Thursday to try to use clear and concise instructions that our partner had to follow closely to tie their laces. This was all before we discussed what features we need to include when writing a set of instructions – we then had another go following our rules and found it much easier.

 

We have also spent time learning about Mother Teresa and what qualities made her significant, in RE, while in topic we looked at the British Empire – which countries it encompassed, which were the biggest and smallest, and how they were claimed.

In our maths lessons we have made huge progress with our fraction learning and really understanding why we know the answer is correct; thinking deeper.

Friday 9th March 2018

We have had a productive week completing our flashback writing and reminding ourselves of the features of a persuasive letter. We then planned and started writing a letter to the Government of The New World to try to encourage them to allow our character’s family join him in his new home in The Arrival. The children had some wonderful arguments they wished to present to the government to appeal to their better nature and have put these in their letters. Next week we will spend time editing and improving our letters before combining lots of our recent writing into one narrative piece.

In Maths, we have continued or journey of fraction learning with a big focus on the visualisation of fractions. many of us understand how to calculate fractions – for example multiplying two fractions, but to understand why we do that requires a visual understanding of what the resulting fraction looks like. Ask your child if they can answer a fraction question by drawing the answer.

Our afternoons have involved looking at significant people who have died for their beliefs, in RE, with a focus on the Suffregette Emily Davison; time spent practising our singing of Livin’ on a Prayer and in topic the life of Queen Victoria and the art of William Morris.

Friday 9th February 2018

The final week of term already! Flashbacks have been our focus in English with the children captivated by a short animation called The Piano, in which an elderly man plays the piano and reflects on his life. We produced some fantastic flashback writing based on this using key features. These were further enhanced when we spent time proofreading and editing our work. We will use this learning to link back to our narrative writing when we return from our break.

We have also continued to deepen our understanding of equivalent fractions (in maths) and how we can represent the changes visually as well as understanding the patterns that we see when looking abstractly at a written fraction. When we return we will delve into improper and mixed fractions, as well as addition and subtraction of fractions. Children should use their Mathletics homework tasks, and any other opportunity, to have a go at some of these before we learn more next week.

Have a wonderful break with you families. We look forward to seeing you all again on 19th February.

Thursday 1st February 2018

We had a great time with our Victorian craft session today – the children enjoyed creating their own spinning toy, silhouette portraits and completing the tricky task of making a ‘Penny Black’. A huge thank you to the parents that were able to attend; they were a great help and in the spirit of the day.

Friday 26th January 2018

First of all, well done to all of those children that have kept 100% attendance over these past two weeks – they are made of stern stuff! To those that had to succumb, we have missed you and hope you return fit and healthy next week, if you’ve not done so already.

We have enjoyed studying statistics in our maths lessons this week; using different data charts and graphs to represent information in a different way has been very interesting. We first looked at a great book called ‘ if the world were a village’ and used some of the information to build information based on the world being shrunk to a village of 100 people. We then used class birthday data to compile bar charts, pictograms, lists and line graphs. In addition, Year 6 learnt how to create an use pie charts accurately – see if your child can remember the formula we used.

In English, we have given our recent narrative learning a new context as we write stories for BBC Radio 2’s 500 word competition. We have had some success in the past which has really spurred the children and their ideas. I have been very impressed.

Everyone is still really enjoying our music lessons – we are close to perfection with our Bon Jovi lyrics after two sessions! In topic, we have used our Victorian schoolroom experience to think about the differences between then and now and even carried out some role play, with children in pairs. Child A had to act as a Victorian school child while Child B was a newcomer who needed to learn the ropes, or they were a modern child who needed to see what life was like. Next week, we will look at the different types of schools and find a little bit more about Queen Victoria herself.

 

Friday 12th January 2018

What a start to 2018! We have come back from the Christmas break ready to learn and jumped head first into our Victorian topic by learning when the period was and what key events happened in this time. Children have discovered all sorts of interesting facts from the first FA Cup Final being hosted to Jelly Babies being invented, as well as a whole host of other facts.

In Maths, Year 6 have sat a series of maths tests to assess their current knowledge and spot any gaps in learning that we can focus on to ensure they are ready for Secondary School, while Year 5 developed their use of the inverse operations for multiplication and division.

Our English sessions have seen the children engage with a wordless graphic novel text. We began by looking at the front cover, predicting what we think the book is about based on what we can see. We then looked carefully at part 1 of the text and thought about why the author chose to use a range of image sizes, as well as how we read such texts and break down what is happening. We then paused and focused on one particular image and spent time describing the setting, developing speech between the characters and combining the two to write the start of a narrative. A key focus was to use speech to advance the story, as we thinking about writing for the reader. 

 

HOMEWORKHomework is 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 otherwise stated.

SATS REVISION: You can find a list of recommended texts here to further support your child in the build up to the assessments in May – Miss Roberts and I are particularly fond of the 10-minute ‘SAT Buster’ books – a quick and easy to use tool to build confidence and speed in your child’s thinking.

WRITING: In year 5/6 we learn lots of spelling, punctuation and grammar to support our writing, and it can be tricky to explain fully to our parents all of the things we have learned. So now, you can use the below ‘Writing Checklist’ documents to better understand and support your child with their writing.

Y5 Writing Self Assessment Sheet , Y6 Writing Self Assessment Sheet

READING: Children have new Reading Records this year with room for entering details of words to learn as well as comment sections and spelling lists amongst other things. These should really support the children with their reading. We also have a brand new range of books in our new book corner that have been chosen based on feedback from the children and from my own reading – children are more than welcome to borrow these: they just have to let me know and I’ll make a note. Also, below are some other recommended reading lists for the children that will further develop and broaden their reading habits:

Year 5 Books Year 6 Books

If you’d like other recommendations based on your child’s preferences, let me know and I will recommend suitable book for them.

MATHS: Children are encouraged to use their Mathletics access as often as possible to challenge themselves in different areas, on top of the work set as homework. They should also continually practise their times tables at home – the Top Marks website has some great challenges, which the children are used to in class. Additionally, they also have a smart phone app called ‘Hit the Button’ (at a cost of £2.29) which I highly recommend to support mental strategies.

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. Spend time looking at key words and author decisions.

  • 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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