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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 12th July

 

We had an absolutely wonderful trip to Horton Kirby on Tuesday. It really embedded the children’s learning about rivers. Throughout the day, the children were given hands on experiences and remained engrossed – not one child asked when lunchtime was! To name a few of the activities that the children took part in: rubber duck racing to compare the speed of the flow at different points across the river; measuring the depth of the river at different points; building rivers out of mud trays; playing poo sticks; investigating the permeability of rocks and many more. I am sure that all the children have filled you in about Pinky - the duck that went missing seven years ago.

Learning Journey

This week, the children looked at oceans and seas and labelled major rivers on a map of the U.K. They then used their maps to investigate where the source and mouth of each river was.

Maths

The children looked at converting measurements of time including: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.

Next week, we will move onto our final topic – volume. We will be using blocks to investigate volume and working out what equation can be used to calculate volume.

Literacy

After such an informative and engaging trip on Tuesday, the children created a promotional poster or leaflet about what they did at Horton Kirby Educational Centre. They were creating it for other teachers who might be thinking about sending their children there.

 

Dates for the diary:

Tuesday 23rd July – end of term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 5th July

The children should be exhausted after such an action packed week. I definitely heard some complaints about painful legs during the daily mile this morning. Year 5 children have taken part in a variety of activities, from dancing to bicycle smoothies; relay races to tennis – all the children have participated well and demonstrated good sportsmanship. Thank you to all the parents/carers who were able to come and support their children during sports day.

Learning Journey

In preparation for our trip to Horton Kirby next week, we have been looking at how the features of a river change as it travels from source to mouth. We researched the features in the upper, middle and lower course of a river and discussed why these changes occurred. We are very much looking forward to the trip next week. Please ensure that your child is in school just after 8am (with their wellies and packed lunch) so that we can leave promptly at 8.15am.

Maths

This week, the children have been completing assessments. We are using these to enhance our lesson plans and to inform their Year 6 teacher of concepts which they find difficult.

Literacy

We looked at different types of poems this week: Cinquain, Haiku, Kenning, Concrete, Acrostic – please ask your child to explain what each of these are. The children experimented with writing these types of poems using the topic of rivers.

 

We hope that the children enjoy a well-deserved rest over the weekend before our trip next week.

 

Dates for the diary:

Tuesday 9th July – Field study school trip

Wednesday 10th July – Transition morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 28th June

 

Well, what a wonderful afternoon it was to have a stroll down to Crowborough Ghyll. Thank you so much to all those parents who came along to support us in this venture. Seeing a real stream in action and the steep-sided wooded Ghyll enabled the children to apply their learning to a real life context. We are now very much looking forward to them experiencing a different type of river during our trip to Horton Kirby. 

Learning Journey

This week the children located a range of mountains and hills on a map of the U.K. Using a bar chart, the children then compared the height of these mountains.

Maths

This week in maths, the children have been transforming shapes on a grid. More specifically, they have been reflecting and translating shapes and describing the new location of the shape using grid references. Please ask your child to explain what happens to a shape when it is reflected and translated.

Literacy

This week, we have been writing narrative poems about the journey that a river makes from source to mouth. There were many creative ideas; some children pretended that they were the river making the journey. They applied many of the features that we have been learning about, including: rhythm, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors and repetition. The children should be very proud of their poems and we hope to display some of them for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

We are all looking forward to ‘sports week’ next week. The children will be taking part in a range of sporting activities so they can come in wearing appropriate sports clothes every day. Please avoid football kits. Please make sure that your child also has a bottle of water, hat and sun cream every day.  

 

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 3rd July – Sports’ Day.

Tuesday 9th July – Field study school trip

 

 

 

 

 

Crowborough Ghyll

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 21st June

Learning Journey

This week in our learning journey, we discussed the difference between towns and cities within the U.K. Using the grid reference in the index of an Atlas, the children then located different towns and cities and marked these on a map of the U.K.

Next week, we will look at the topography of the U.K. by investigation different mountains and hills. We will also take a virtual tour of a river and discuss the journey that it takes.

Maths

This week, the children investigated 2D and 3D shapes. They named, described, drew and sorted a range of both 2D and 3D shapes. In order to embed their learning, please ask your child to describe shapes in the environment around them.

Next week, we will look at the tessellation of shapes on a grid. This will involve writing and using coordinates to explain the position of shapes on a grid and reflecting and translating shapes.

Literacy

This week in literacy, the children have been looking at the different features of poems and how effective these are. The children read through a range of poems about rivers. They created a word bank of ideas which they will be able to use next week when writing their own poem about the journey a river takes. At home, please ask them about the vocabulary and features that they would like to use.

Science

The children enjoyed using a tape measure to estimate and measure the length of different parts of the body. They used these measurements to discover relationships between these measurements. For example, did you know that the length of your nose is equivalent to the first two digits of your index/pointer finger?

 

Dates for the diary:

Thursday 27th June – walk around the local area to support our learning journey topic. Please let us know if you can support us with this.

Wednesday 3rd July – Sports’ Day.

Tuesday 9th July – Field study school trip

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 14th June

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the new term. As always, the children have worked incredibly hard this week. 

Learning Journey

On Thursday, we discussed the differences between continents, countries, counties, cities and towns. We looked at the different counties in the UK and labelled these on a map. The children recognised the name of some of counties because they had been on holiday there and enjoyed then seeing where these were on a map.

Next week we will be locating towns and cities in the U.K. Please talk to your child about towns and cities which they have visited.

Maths

This week, we continued our work on angles. Using a protractor, the children accurately drew their own angles. Without using a protractor, the children calculated missing angles in right-angles, straight-lines, around a point and in quadrilaterals.

Next week, we will be investigating the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Please ask your child to identify and name different 2D and 3D shapes around them.

Literacy

The children have become more familiar with ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. Please ask your child to explain the plot to you are home. Some of the children have got ‘in a bit of a pickle’ whilst trying to understand the complicated storyline. Other children have been ‘in stitches’ whilst writing the love story between Miranda and Prince Ferdinand. However, ‘all’s well that ends well’ – the children have worked in a group to write a creative play script based on one of the scenes from ‘The Tempest’. They even managed to shoehorn some of William Shakespeare’s phrases into their writing! We are looking forward to seeing how they act their scenes out next week.

Next week, we will also be starting our unit on poetry.

 

Dates for the diary:

Thursday 27th June – walk around the local area to support our learning journey topic. Please let us know if you can support us with this.

Wednesday 3rd July – Sports’ Day.

Tuesday 9th July – Field study school trip

 

 

 

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 7th June

We hope that you all had a lovely half-term. We have had a fabulous start to our final term in Year 5. Our new topic ‘Ramblings’ has definitely caused some intrigue. As always, the children have work hard this week but have been rewarded today with a wonderful rendition of ‘The Railway Children’ – the children (and staff) were absolutely engrossed.

Learning Journey

This week, the children worked as a group to match the major English rivers to their source and end point. This is something that we will be learning about this term. The children then tried to match rivers from around the world to their country of origin. There were some good deductions and discussions going on. Finally, we looked at a map of the U.K.; we discussed the different countries in the U.K. and their capital cities.

Next week, we will be learning about different counties. Please ensure that the children have done their home learning – telling us facts about West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent.

Maths

This week, we have started our new topic of ‘properties of shape’. We have been looking at the different types of angles. Please ask the children if they can name the different types of angles and see if they can identify any of these angles around the house. The children used directions and degree turns to guide their blindfolded partner around the playground. In addition, the children learnt how to use a protractor accurately to measure angles. They even identified different angles in their name.

Next week, the children will be using a protractor to draw their own angles. We will then look at calculating missing angles in lines and shapes.

Literacy

This week the children have carried out research on the incredible William Shakespeare and The Globe Theatre. They all created an informative poster. We then moved on to look at one of Shakespeare’s famous plays – The Tempest. The children enjoyed trying to follow the complicated plot full of twists and turns. We discussed and acted out the different characters and plot lines.

Next week, we will be looking at play scripts. The children will be writing their own play script and will hopefully have an opportunity to act them out.

Science

This week in science, the children look the human life cycle. Next week the children will be looking at different gestation times.

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 3rd July – Sports’ Day.

Tuesday 9th July – Field study school trip (more information to follow soon).

Ramblings and angles

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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 24th May

 

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come and take part in our interactive museum. The Year 5 children did a fantastic job at both entertaining and educating everyone about the Maya.

They raised a fabulous £118.56! This will all go to ‘Save the children’ in Central America. Money raised by this charity goes towards helping with education, health, livelihoods and nutrition.  Despite it being such a short term, it has been amazing to see how the children have immersed themselves in our learning.

 

Learning Journey

We have certainly managed to squeeze a lot into this last week! Using ancient looking paper, the children created codices (Maya books) filled with information about Maya writing.

We looked back at our learning from the beginning of the year and compared the Anglo-Saxons and the Maya. These two civilisations existed at similar times in history but were many miles apart. It was fascinating to see how advanced the Maya were in comparison to the Anglo-Saxons.

In order to bring our topic to a close, we discussed the decline of the Maya. The children came up with fascinating theories as to why they thought the great Maya cities were abandoned in 900AD.

 

We hope that you all have a wonderful half-term and enjoy a well-deserved rest in preparation for a fun packed final term in Year 5!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 17th May

We hope that you were all suitably alarmed when your child arrived home as a Maya on Thursday afternoon. We saw one mother searching for their child – she looked terrified when a mask and headdress adorned child appeared in front of her!

Learning Journey

We all had a fabulous time becoming a Maya this week. The children wanted to demonstrate their wealth whilst attending a sacrifice and battle again a rival city state. We were impressed by how creative the children were. Unfortunately, no child quite managed to make the feathers on their headdress taller than them (like some of the Maya did).

We are very much looking forward to showing off our costumes next week and demonstrating some of the learning that we have done this term. Please make sure you bring your pennies so that you can participate in our interactive museum. All the money will go towards a very worthwhile cause.

If they haven’t already, please could you ensure that the Maya costumes come back to school as the children will need them for the interactive museum. Also, please encourage your children to learn the words to our song.

Maths

The children enjoyed learning about the complicated number system that the Maya use. They also created Maya calendars; we discussed how relieved we were that the world did not end in 2012 like the Maya predicted!

 

Dates for the diary:

Thursday 23rd May - 2pm – 2.45pm – Mayan fabulous finish where parents are invited to join our interactive museum which we use as a fundraising event for charity.

Friday 24th May – End of term

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 10th May

Learning Journey

This week, we learnt about The Maya religion. The children enjoyed researching about: the different Gods that the Maya believed in; blood sacrifices (which were believed to take place in order for the sun to rise each day) and about the phenomenal pyramid temples. After discussing fingernail pulling and torn out hearts, I think that some of the children were relieved that they were not around during this time!

Next week, we will be learning about the clothes and accessories that The Maya people wore.  

Maths

In maths this week, we have continued to use strategies to add and subtract decimals. Once mastered, we then applied these to solve word problems covering a range of contexts.

Next week, we will be looking at the number system that the Maya used. The children will be solving number problems involving this complicated system. They will also be creating a Maya calendar.

Literacy

This week in Literacy, the children have written their own myth based on ‘The Hero Twins’. They have worked systematically on each section of the story – opening, action and ending. Today, the children focused on editing and improving their story before redrafting their final version, which described what happened to The Hero Twins when they encountered ‘The House of Beasts’. We are prepared to be terrified over the weekend whilst reading these!

Next week, we will be looking at Maya writing and hieroglyphs. In addition, we will be writing a non-chronological text based on The Maya.

Dates for the diary:

Thursday 16th May – Mayan marvellous middle.

Thursday 23rd May - 2pm – 2.45pm – Mayan fabulous finish where parents are invited to join our interactive museum which we use as a fundraising event for charity.

Friday 24th May – End of term

 

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 3rd May

Learning Journey

This week, we learned about Mayan society. We looked at the hierarchy we have in the United Kingdom and compared this to the Mayans. In addition, the children enjoyed sketching a Mayan pyramid. They used perspective in order to give their pyramid a 3D effect.

Maths

In maths this week, we have been adding and subtracting decimals. Once they were confident with using the column method efficiently, they solved word problems in order to apply their learning to a range of contexts.

We will continue to use the column method next week and solve a range a word problems.

Literacy

This week in Literacy, the children have been planning their own myth based on ‘The Hero Twins’. They created their own fearsome mythical creature which the twins would encounter. Following that, the children came up with imaginative and cunning ways that this beast could be overcome. Please encourage your children to tell you their ideas at home.

Science

In science, the children used arrows to represent forces which act upon an object. They identified and explained balanced and unbalanced forces.

We hope that you all enjoy you three day weekend.

Dates for the diary:

Thursday 16th May – Mayan marvellous middle.

Thursday 23rd May - 2pm – 2.45pm – Mayan fabulous finish where parents are invited to join our interactive museum which we use as a fundraising event for charity.

Friday 24th May – End of term

 

Our Mayan stunning start

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 26th April

We hope that you all had a lovely Easter break. What a stunning start we have had to our new and final term in Year 5.

Learning Journey

On Thursday, we enjoyed travelling back over 3000 years and 5500 miles away to the land and era and the Mayan civilization. Using an atlas, the children discovered the modern day countries where the Mayans lived. We also marked on the most famous ancient cities where the Mayans settled. Using a range of resources, the children created a timeline to show where the Mayans fit into history and how they developed as a civilization over time.

In the afternoon, the children really enjoyed a carousel of activities this included: making a pyramid temple; carving jewellery out of clay; writing using hieroglyphs and replicating some Mayan paintings. All of these were used by archaeologists to discover how the Mayan civilization existed. We discussed how each type of evidence is useful in giving us information about the Mayans.

Maths

In maths this week, the children looked at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. Next week we will be adding, subtracting and solving word problems involving decimals.

Literacy

This week we started our new topic of Myths. The children enjoyed reading a range of myths including Pandora’s Box, Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and the Cyclops and Thor and the almighty hammer.  We discussed what all these myths had in common and the different features that they contained.

Next week, we will be looking at the myth based on the Hero Twins. The children will use this myth to develop their sentence writing and to build cohesion across paragraphs.

Using Newton Meters in Science

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Friday 5th April

We are so proud of the children in Year 5 who performed Resurrection Rocks absolutely brilliantly in the church this morning. Thank you to all of the parents who came along to watch this spectacle. It was incredibly uplifting. What a positive message and perfect way to commence the Easter break.

Maths

Next term, the children will be working on decimals, properties of shapes, geometry and converting measurements. Please encourage your children to learn their times tables at home using ‘Times Tables Rockstars’.

Literacy

This week, the children thoroughly enjoyed looking at some crazy creations. We had a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type activity where the children promoted their inventions and tried to persuade the rest of the class to invest in them. We then looked at some of Wallace and Gromit’s cracking contraptions and discussed these.

Science

This week in science, the children were learning about vaccinations and the body’s natural defences. They discussed the impact that Edward Jenner’s vaccine had on science.

Next term our Science topic will be ‘Forces’.

 

We hope you all have a lovely Easter and the children enjoy a well-deserved rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resurrection Rocks!

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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 29th March

Thank you to all those parents who were able to make it in on Wednesday morning for our book look; it was a great opportunity to see how much progress the children have made over the course of the year.

Learning Journey

We thoroughly enjoyed creating our loaves of bread on Tuesday. The children had some creative ideas and thankfully, they all seemed to turn out well. We hope that they tasted as good as they looked and smelled.

Following on from Tuesday’s ‘bake off’, the children wrote a set of instructions to explain how they made their bread. They used time words and imperative verbs to make their recipe easy to follow. Perhaps over the weekend, you could see if your child can remember this recipe in order to make a different type of bread at home.

Literacy

In Literacy, the children have been carrying out research in order to understand the process of bread making. We have watched informative videos and read texts which the children have taken notes from. Next week, the children will be using these notes to write their own explanation text about how yeast, gluten, kneading and proving all work together to produce bread.

Maths

This week, the children have been rounding decimals to nearest whole number and the nearest tenth. Please ask the children to demonstrate how they have been doing this.

At home, you could get your child to use rounding in order to tell you the price of something to the nearest pound.

Next week, we will move onto looking at percentages and how these are related to decimals and fractions.

Dates for the diary:

Friday 5th April – Resurrection Rocks (If your child is one of the readers, please can you encourage them to rehearse at home).

Friday 5th April – End of term

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Friday 22nd March

 

Maths

This week, we started our new topic of decimals. The children identified where we use decimals in our everyday lives. They used dienes to make decimal representations. Along with their place value charts, this helped the children to develop a concrete understanding of decimals and their place value.

Next week, we will move onto rounding and ordering decimals.

 

Learning Journey

This week, the children designed the type of bread they would like to make next week. The children enjoyed coming up with many creative ideas. We look forward to seeing how they turn out on Tuesday. Please can ensure that the children bring in any additional ingredients that they would like to use on Tuesday.

Science

This week in science, the children observed what had happened to their bread samples. Please ask your children to explain any observations they may have made. Perhaps they could set up their own experiment at home.

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 27th March – parent book look.

Friday 5th April – Resurrection Rocks (please can you encourage the children to look through their words at home).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th - 22nd March

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Friday 15th March

 

Literacy

This week in literacy, we have been using ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ to add suspense to our writing. The children have written their own ending to the film using: cliff hangers, twists and mystery.

Next week, the children will be using all of the elements that they have learned about suspense writing and applying it to their ‘hot task’. They will also be completing a reading comprehension. Please encourage your child to read at home every night and fill in their reading diary.

Maths

This week, the children have been multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts. Please encourage the children to explain how they have done this to check their understanding.

We have been really impressed with the number of children who are using Times Tables Rockstars at home.

Next week, we will move onto our new topic of decimals and relating this to the learning that we have done on fractions.  

Science

This week in science, the children thoroughly enjoyed setting up different bread samples to investigate ‘what affects the growth of mould on bread’. Next week, the children will make observations to discover what has happened to each bread sample during the week. Don’t worry, we will not be doing a taste test!

 

11th - 15th March

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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 8th March

 

It was lovely to meet lots of you this week at our parents’ consultations; we are very proud of the amount of work that the children do in Year 5 and the progress that many of them are making.

Thank you for making a big effort for World Book Day; there were some fantastic costumes across the whole of Year 5. The children enjoyed the drop and read bell and it was lovely to see such a wide range of books being read.

Literacy

This week in literacy, we have been continuing our suspense writing. The children have written their own, more exciting, version of ‘The Wild Things’. Through the use of short snappy sentences, similes and ellipsis, the children were able to portray suspense in their writing.

Next week, we will continue with our work on ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’. We will be using the visuals from Wallace and Gromit to create an effective piece of suspense writing.

Maths

This week, the children have continued to work hard on fractions. We were adding and subtracting mixed numbers and discussing different strategies that we could use to do this.

Next week, we will be multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts. In order to do this quickly and effectively, it is important that the children have a good recall of their times tables and the corresponding division facts. Please could you encourage your children to learn their times tables at home.   

Learning Journey

This week in our learning journey, the children have been researching the history of bread. Next week, they are going to create an informative poster about the history of bread. Any additional research that they can carry out at home would be fantastic.

Science

This week in science, the children enjoyed carry out an investigation involving yeast races and balloons! They were trying to find out what happens when yeast is given sugar and warmth. They discovered that the yeast came alive and enjoyed watching the effect of this (please look at the photos to see for yourself).

 

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Friday 1st March

 

It is hard to believe that we have only been back a week; we have managed to cram a lot into five days and the children have all worked incredibly hard.

Literacy

This week in literacy we have started our suspense writing…

The children have thoroughly enjoyed watching the opening scene to ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’. After carrying out our Talk for Writing, the children used powerful sentence openers and elements to build up suspense when describing this scene.

Maths

This week, the children have worked incredibly hard in order to add and subtract fractions. Please encourage your children to explain how they have done this to ensure that the learning has been embedded. Next week, we will build on these strategies in order to add and subtract mixed numbers.

Learning Journey

The children were treated to a bread tasting session on Thursday afternoon. We discussed different types of bread and located where they came from on a world map. The children enjoyed sampling a range of breads; describing the texture, look and taste.

Dates for the diary:

Tuesday 5th March – Pancake flip

Tuesday 5th March – Parent consultations.

Wednesday 6th March – Year 2 church service

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day

Thursday 7th March – Parent consultations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

25th February - 1st March

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Friday 15th February

What a brilliant yet busy week we have had for our ‘fabulous finish’. The children thoroughly enjoyed their whole day of Design and Technology and creating the cam toys which they had designed. They are looking great and more importantly nearly all of them are working!

Literacy

This week in literacy the children completed their ‘hot task’ – writing a fictitious biography about an astronaut visiting their planet. The children applied their learning from this term to ensure that they were fulfilling the Year 5 targets.

Maths

This week, the children have continued their work on fractions. Please keep encouraging your children to learn their times tables at home over half-term.

Science

This week in science, the children looked at how people’s understanding of the solar system has developed over time.

We hope you all have a brilliant half-term and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Dates for the diary:

26th and 28th February – Parents’ Evening.


 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 8th February

We had a fabulous start to the week with the Astrodome visiting us on Monday. The children thoroughly enjoyed observing constellations, Apollo 11 launching, shooting stars and visiting the varied planets of our solar system. It was a brilliant way to embed the children’s learning. Later in the day, the children enjoyed recreating our solar system using a variety of spherical objects; including fruit, a football and a peppercorn! Thank you to all the children who brought in a cardboard roll, these were used to create constellation viewers.

Literacy

This week in literacy we have continued our work on biographies. The children have started planning their biography which will be about a fictitious astronaut who has visited the planet that they created a few weeks ago. Next week, the children will write their biography. To support your children at home, please discuss any ideas that they might have and read biographies of famous people to familiarise them with the structure.

Maths

This week, we have continued our topic of fractions. The children have been converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. In addition, they have created equivalent fractions in order to compare two fractions with a different numerator and denominator.

Next week, the children will continue with their work on fractions.

D.T.

This week the children have designed their cam toy. They have decided what types of cams they would like to use and what movement they would like to happen. Next Thursday, the children will be making their cam toy. Any additional resources that the children will need should be brought in before then – thank you.

Dates for the diary:

Friday 15th February – Break up for half-term

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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

 

Friday 1st February

 

We hope you have all managed to keep safe and warm in the wintery weather. Many of the children really enjoyed playing in the snow/slush in the playground today so thank you for sending them in with appropriate footwear and clothing.

Literacy

This week in literacy we have been looking at autobiographies and biographies. The children carried out research on a chosen astronaut and wrote a short biography using questions as subheadings. For homework, the children will have written some questions down for a family member to answer. Please could they try and complete these ‘interviews’ by Tuesday.

Next week the children will by writing a full biography about their chosen astronaut. In order to support this work, it would be helpful if the children could carry out additional research at home.

Maths

This week, the children have started their new topic of fractions. They have used manipulative and their times tables to help them find equivalent fractions. Furthermore, the children have been looking at improper fractions and mixed numbers. Next week they will continue to convert improper fractions into mixed numbers and vice versa. They will also start comparing and ordering fractions.

Science

This week in science, the children have been learning about the different planets. They really enjoyed creating their own Top Trump cards based on the eight planets in our solar system.

We are all really excited about the Astrodome on Monday morning; it will be an excellent way to consolidate all the learning that has taken place this term.

We are also looking forward to seeing the moon dairies next week.

Dates for the diary:

Monday 4th February 9am – Astrodome coming to visit.

Wednesday 6th February – Year 3’s church worship

Friday 15th February – Break up for half-term

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 25th January

 

What a fabulous week to be a ‘moon watcher’! We hope you were all up bright and early on Monday to experience this rare astronomical display – the super wolf blood moon. We are looking forward to seeing how the children have drawn this on their moon diary.

Literacy

This week in literacy we have been researching about missions to the moon; from Luna 1, to Neil Armstrong’s history-making first step and to the very recent Chinese robotic probe landing on the far side of the moon. We hope that the children have enjoyed sharing many new exciting facts with you.

Next week, we are going to be looking at biographies and autobiographies. Please make sure that your child has chosen an event that they would like to discuss in class. This event could have been: interesting, exciting, frightening, rewarding etc. They will use this to create their own short autobiography. The children will then research famous astronauts and create a biography from the information that they have discovered.

Maths

This week, the children have been solving a range of word problems involving multiplication and division. This has allowed the children to apply what they have learnt to different contexts.

Next week we will be moving onto fractions. We will be learning about equivalent fractions and how to create equivalent fractions.

Science

This week in science, we have been learning about the different phases of the moon and why the way the moon looks changes each night. Next week we will be learning about the planets in our solar system. Please encourage your child to carry out extra research at home.

Dates for the diary:

Monday 4th February 9am – Astrodome coming to visit.

Wednesday 6th February – Year 3’s church worship

Friday 15th February – Break up for half-term

 

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Friday 18th January

 

Reading support

We believe that it is incredibly important that all of the children read on a daily basis, however we also appreciate that this can sometimes be hard to achieve. We would like to enable more children to have an opportunity to read with an adult during the school day. We will not be able to do this without your support and would therefore very much appreciate any help that you can offer. Training sessions are being held for any parents who are willing to help. If you are able to come in to hear individual readers, please could you let the school office know – Thank you in advance.

Literacy

Following on from the visual input last week, the children produced some thoughtful pieces of descriptive writing. Most of the children are now taking much more care over the presentation of their work and were therefore able to celebrate their stories by writing them up neatly once they had been self-edited.

  1. week, we are going to be learning about moon missions. Please encourage your children to carry out research at home and discuss any technical vocabulary.

Maths

This week, the children have been using a formal written method to solve short division problems. Please ask your children to explain this strategy to you.

Next week we will be doing a mixture of multiplication and division along with word problems to ensure that the learning has been embedded. Please involve your children with any problem solving which you might need to do at home.

Science

This week in science, the children were investigating the rotation of the earth and moon. With the help of diagrams, the children were able to explain how a solar eclipse and lunar eclipse occur. Please ask your children to explain this to you to ensure that they understand.

We look forward to seeing the children’s moon diaries in a few weeks.

Dates for the diary:

Monday 4th February 9am – Astrodome coming to visit.

Wednesday 6th February – Year 3’s church worship

Friday 15th February – Break up for half-term

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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 11th January

We would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. It is hard to believe that we have only been back for one full week. We certainly hit the ground running with our stunning start for our new learning journey topic: ‘Out of this world’. Thank you for the big effort that was made with the space exploration outfits. The children had fun creating human timelines.

Literacy

This week in Literacy, the children have become immersed in our new topic. After watching a short video clip full of detailed descriptions about the discovery of a new planet (Pandora), the children enjoyed ‘talk for writing’ and inventing their own planet. They wrote some wonderful descriptions about what their planet would be like. Over the weekend, please encourage your child to describe their planet to you.

Maths

This week, the children have been using a formal written method to solve both short and long multiplication. For their homework, the children have been given three long multiplication problems to solve. The children have worked very hard to understand this method. At home, it would be helpful if they could explain the method to you to help embed their understanding. It is also extremely important that the children continue to learn their times tables.

Next week, we will continue to work on long multiplication but then move onto a written method for short division.

D.T.

We investigated a variety of moving toys this week – thank you to all of those children who brought one in to share. The children discovered how different cams have an impact on the type of movement the toy will make. The children are very excited about creating their own moving toy based on our topic.

Science

This week the children used the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night. Please encourage your children to explain this to you to check their understanding.

Dates for the diary:

Monday 4th February 9am – Astrodome coming to visit.

Wednesday 6th February – Year 3’s church worship

Friday 15th February – Break up for half-term

This week in Year 5: Monday 7th - Friday 10th January 2019.

A stunning start for our new topic: Out of this world. The children enjoyed creating human timelines.

Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 14th December

It has been a hectic penultimate week running up the Christmas. Thank you to all the parents/carers who were able to attend our Samba presentation –we hope you enjoyed watching your talented children. In addition, thank you to all of those who were able to make our Carol Service. I think you would all agree that it was a wonderful occasion.

Learning Journey through Literacy

This week in Literacy the children have worked hard to create a persuasive leaflet about their South American country. The groups are now all prepared for their presentation next week where they will work as a team to persuade the rest of Year 5 to visit their South American country. We are very much looking forward to see which South American county will win the tourists’ vote! This will bring our South American learning journey to an end.

Maths

In maths this week, the children have been finding the area of rectangles, compound shapes and irregular shapes.

Please keep encouraging your children to learn their times tables.

 

Thank you for all your support this term and thank you to the children who have worked incredibly hard. We hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and enjoy a well-deserved rest!

 

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 19th December – End of term!

Friday 4th January 2019 – Term starts.

 

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Year 5’s Weekly newsletter

 

Friday 7th December

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to the Church on Wednesday to support the children during their Year 5 worship. The children enjoyed presenting their class values to the congregation.

Learning Journey through Literacy

This week, the children have continued to work in their groups to write speeches promoting their country. The children have been using a range of persuasive techniques. They enjoyed performing their speeches to the rest of the class.

Next week, the children will be producing an informative leaflet about their South American country.

Maths

This week, the children have been finding the perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes. They used the floor plan from a flat to work out how much skirting board would be needed for the whole flat.

Next week, we will move on to finding the area of rectangles, compound shapes and irregular shapes.

Art

The children have worked really hard to produce some fabulous collages. We are very impressed with how creative they have been.

Samba

The children had their final rehearsal this week before next week’s performance. The children will be performing to parents at 2.45pm next Wednesday (12th December).

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 12th December – Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 12th December - the children will be performing their Samba at 2.45pm

Wednesday 12th December – 6pm - Carol Concert at the church.

Friday 14th December – Christmas jumper day.

Wednesday 19th December – End of term!

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Friday 30th November

Learning Journey through Literacy

This week in our Literacy lessons, the children have been using their research to create an advertisement about their South American country. They have learned how to use a range of persuasive techniques effectively in order to promote their country. Next week, the children will be writing a persuasive speech about their country which they will then perform to the rest of the class.

Maths

This week, the children have been using place value charts to help them multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. They have then been using their times tables knowledge to help them solve multiplication and division problems which include multiples of 10, 100 and 1000.

Next week, we will be moving onto learning about perimeter and how to find the perimeter of different shapes. At home, please encourage your child to help you with any accurate measuring. It could be to make sure that all the Christmas decorations are evenly spaced!

Science

This week the children have been learning about metamorphosis, including the life cycle of a frog. To support our learning journey, next week the children will be learning about a range of animals that live in the rainforest.

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at the Christmas Fair.

Dates for the diary:

It is starting to get very busy as we approach Christmas so please take a note of these dates – thank you:

Saturday 1st December – 1pm – 4pm - Fofs Christmas Fair

Wednesday 5th December – Year 5’s church worship. It would be great if you can come along and support all of the children in Year 5.

Wednesday 12th December - the children will be performing their Samba to any parents who are free to come and watch. Timing TBC.

Wednesday 12th December – 6pm - Carol Concert at the church.

Friday 14th December – Christmas jumper day.

Wednesday 19th December – End of term!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday 23rd November

Thank you to all those parents who were about to make it to our Year 5 book look this week. It was lovely to see you and the children enjoyed showing off their work. Please don’t worry if you were unable to make it, there will be another opportunity next term for you to come in.

Learning Journey

This week in our learning journey, the children were looking at human geography. We discussed land use, settlements and trading. After watching a short clip about banana trading in South America, the children came up with some thoughtful reflections about fair trade and why it is important. We have also made a start to our collages this week. As stated on the home learning sheet, please encourage your child to bring in collage materials that will be useful for them to complete their art work.

English

In English this week, the children completed their ‘hot task’ from our Toki work. The children were very adventurous when creating an ending to the story. They finally got to watch the ending of the clip and, to be honest, we think that some of their endings were much more exciting! Next week, we will be using their research on South America (that the children will have completed for their home learning) so please make sure that the children find out as much as they can.

Maths

This week, the children have been investigating square and cube numbers so we have had lots of fun with multi-link! The children are becoming much better at identifying patterns in the number system. Next week, we will be multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

Science

In science, the children enjoyed examining eggs and discussing bird migration.

Dates for the diary:

Saturday 24th November – 9.30am – planting day at school.

Tuesday 27th November - 2pm – pantomime for the children.

Thursday 29th November – 5EG Forest School – please can children remember to bring their clothes for this.

Saturday 1st December – 1pm – 4pm - Fofs Christmas Fair

Wednesday 5th December – Year 5’s church worship.

Wednesday 12th December – 6pm - Carol Concert at the church.

Friday 14th December – Christmas jumper day.

Wednesday 19th December – End of term!

 

 

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Friday 16th November

Learning Journey

This week in learning journey we have been discovering about the different layers of the rainforest; from the forest floor to the emergent layer. During our art lesson, the children enjoyed looking at some art work by Oenone Hammersley. They thoughtfully critiqued her work; explaining what they liked and why.

English

In English this week, we have continued to use ‘Ride of Passage’ to create thoughtful pieces of writing. We have been looking at ways that we can make our writing more exciting by varying our sentence openers. Please encourage your child to look at sentence openers in the books they are reading at home and discuss how effective they are.

 

Maths

This week, the children have been looking at multiples and factors. They have discovered exciting patterns in our number system. Next week we will be multiplying by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. It is really important that the children are confident in their times tables for the activities that we will be doing, so please keep practicing at home.

 

Science

This week in science, the children were looking at the life cycles of different mammals. Next week in science, the children will be looking at eggs!

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 21st November, 9.00 – Open morning in Year 5 – please come along to see all the fantastic work that your child has been doing.

Saturday 24th November, 9.30am – planting day.

 

 

Please visit our class page on the website to see some photos from this week.

 

 

 

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Friday 9th November

Learning Journey

As the temperatures are dropping here, we have been learning about the climate in South America. This ranges from the driest desert on earth (the Atacama Desert) to the glaciers in the South of Argentina and Chile. We discussed how world temperatures vary greatly, depending on which climate zone a country is in. At home, please talk to your child about other countries and show them where they are on a map particularly in relation to us and South America.

 

English

In English this week, we have been looking a short video clip called ‘Ride of Passage’. It is based on a mission that a young tribal boy has been sent on into the rainforest. I am sure that the children will be able to tell you all about it! The children have done some detailed writing from watching this video. Please keep encouraging your children to identify powerful descriptive vocabulary whilst they are reading. We have made the children aware of books that they can be reading which are based on the Amazon Rainforest.

Maths

Following our discoveries in learning journey, this week in maths we have been using a line graph to plot and compare temperatures in Brazil with temperature back here. In addition, the children really enjoyed investigating their pulse rate whilst taking part in the daily mile. They took their pulse rate at different intervals and then plotted these on a line graph in order to compare them.

Science

This week in science, the children have been learning about non-flowering plants like: pine trees, fern, moss and Cyprus trees.

Next week, the children will be looking at the lifecycle of mammals.

Dates for the diary:

Friday 16th November – own clothes day for Children in Need (a donation of £1)

Saturday 24th November – planting day.

 

 

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Friday 2nd November

 

Learning Journey

Our new Learning Journey topic – ‘Let’s Fly, South America’ - launched with a stunning start. The children enjoyed discussing the flight to South America, where they got to sample some South American in-flight snacks and musical entertainment. The children learnt about the different countries within South America and some of the World’s oceans that they would fly over to get there. Once we ‘landed’ we delved deeper into the rainforest and learnt about different species there. The children were very excited to learn about carnivorous plants and created their own venus flytrap.

Please encourage your children to carry out research at home about South America. They could do this using the internet or by visiting the library.

English

Linked to our Learning Journey, this week the children have been looking at a text called ‘Vanishing Rainforests’ by Richard Platt. We discussed what impact deforestation has on tribes and species that live within this habitat. Next week we will be looking at climates in South American countries.

Please keep encouraging your child to write down powerful descriptive vocabulary that they find whilst they are reading. We will display these words in the classroom so that the children can use them to enrich their writing.

Maths

This week we have been looking at presenting data in tally charts and interpreting data that is in a table. The children even helped to plan my journey to London at the weekend using a train timetable. In order to support their learning, please show children bus and train timetables and let them help to plan and work out journey times.

Next week, the children will be presenting data on a line graph. This will be linked to our South American climate work. The children will use a line graph to compare the climate in Rio de Janeiro with the climate in London.

Science

Moving on from observing carnivorous plants during out Learning Journey, we dissected British plants during our science lesson this week. We were able to name the different parts of the plant and discuss the flowering life cycle.

P.E

We have been very lucky in Year 5 because a trained dancer is coming in on a Wednesday afternoon to teach the children samba. The children really enjoyed learning some new moves this week and we look forward to seeing how the children progress with this. We definitely saw some evidence of ‘Strictly come dancing’ talent this week!

 

Congratulations

*Well done to Charlie Chick in 5EG who received the certificate this week for showing determination during his swimming gala trail.

*Well done to Luca Picco in 5S who received the certificate this week for his outstanding contribution to sports.

 

Dates for the diary:

7th November – Church Service

 

 

 

 

 

This week in Year 5 -Venus fly traps, dissecting flowers and Samba

Year 5's 'Fight for England' display

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Friday 19th October

We have certainly had a busy week this week in Year 5! We had a fabulous trip to Battle Abbey – thank you to all the parents who came on the trip to help us. We have put some photos on our class page on the website so please do have a look at these. It has been lovely to meet you at parents’ evening and discuss how your child is settling in to Year 5.

Learning Journey

This week we finished off our learning journey with the monumental ‘Fight for England’. During our trip, the children really enjoyed re-enacting the fight on part of the land where the actual battle took place. Once we were back at school, the children wrote about the battle and how the English throne was lost to the French. In addition, we looked at the Bayeux Tapestry and recreated scenes from the battle in the style of the Tapestry.

English

This week, our English has been strongly linked to our learning journey in order to complete our historical understanding of that era.

Maths

This week we started our new topic of statistics. The children used line graphs to help them ‘tell and story’ and problem solve. Next half-term, the children will move on to look at data presented in tables and timetables. If you catch a bus or train over half-term, please show your children the timetable and see if they can answer questions about it.

We have sent home some arithmetic papers that the children have completed on a Friday. It would be helpful if you could go over some of these questions that your child found difficult.

Congratulations

*Well done to Noah Boyles in 5S who was this week’s Privilege trophy winner.

*Well done to Charlie Chick in 5EG who was this week’s Privilege trophy winner.

 

*Well done for the whole of 5S who received their certificate for mature behaviour during their battle re-enactment.

*Well done to Callie and Callum Stoor who received their certificate for producing a creative PowerPoint on The Vikings at home.

We hope you all have a brilliant half-term.

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Friday 28th September

Learning Journey

This week we have been learning about King Alfred the Great. The children did some research to discover fascinating facts about this amazing King. At the weekend you could use a range of resources, such as the library or the internet, to find out more about King Alfred and how he ruled the Anglo-Saxons.

English

After some wonderful poem performances last week, we have been learning about Beowulf this week. As a whole class, we have been reading Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo and looking at the powerful descriptive vocabulary that he uses. In addition, we have been learning about how to use fronted adverbials and commas to enhance our writing. Next week we will be doing story writing based on Beowulf. At home you could read your children a range of stories to support your child’s learning.

Thank you to everyone who is signing the Reading Record Books on a daily basis. It is really important that your child reads every day.

Maths

This week we have been learning about negative numbers and Roman numerals. Next week we will be learning how to use the formal written method for addition and subtraction. At home you could ensure that your children have a secure knowledge of their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 to support your child’s learning.

In addition, it is important that the children are learning their times tables. We have a weekly test which takes place on a Friday morning.

Science

This week we have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes by carrying out filtering, sieving and evaporating experiments. At home you could engage your children in cooking and discuss changes that occur and whether they are reversible or irreversible.

Diary dates for our year group

  • 16th and 18th October – Parents’ Evening
  • 17th October – Battle Abbey trip

Important Message

Please ensure that your child brings to school with them a black pen that they are comfortable writing with and that does not smudge. 


  

 

 

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