Week Commencing 3rd December
Next week will be an exciting one as the first celebration of the festivities begins on Wednesday night 'Christingle'. The children will be rehearsing their items on Wednesday afternoon so we may not get a topic lesson in, although we will endeavour to carry on with our sewing on Monday. We are also hoping to start making some peg dolls too!
English continues with our unit on Oliver Twist, particularly focusing on characterisation. It may help if you can find character descriptions in their reading books and discuss how effective they are and what makes them effective (or not). We have talked about how to become a better writer and the impact of reading on upskilling their ideas. We will be starting our final spelling pattern of the term on Monday before the grand spelling check of all patterns covered during the term.
Next week will also see the children complete end of term assessments (timed) for Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
In maths, having finished our unit on addition and subtraction, we will be completing the hot test and also the cold test for the next unit, multiplication and division. More children moving up levels in Tackling tables, however we still have 11 children who have not moved up any levels yet. sadly. We are focusing on these children to try to help them make progress - can you please support them to speed up at home - maybe try the internet games? On Thursday and Friday the children will look at 3d shapes and their properties and will also start to look at the nets of shapes.
Next week (Friday) will see the launch of the termly Sumdog competition - not that I am competitive (OH YES I AM!) but Y5 normally feature some children in the top 10 and have won the competition several times too - NO PRESSURE 😉
In RE the children will be finishing their topic on Christian Aid and Islamic Relief in RE and in Science will continue to look at the properties of different materials.
If you happen to have driven past and seen your child laying in the playground with an old blanket on, please don't be alarmed as they are still filming Street Child book trailers on imovie as part of our ICT, hopefully these will be completed soon and shared with you.
Week commencing 26th November
Here’s hoping you are all having a restful and fun weekend.
Is every week a busy one? It appears so as we are starting to prepare for lots of activities and celebrations.
On Tuesday the children will be attending the Eucharist service in church which starts at 9.30am. In preparation the class are making a kindness paper chain, where, if a child does something kind, they can write it on a class paper chain. We are keen to see how long this can become, ready to display in the service.
In English we will begin work on our exciting new Oliver Twist unit, firstly looking at Charles Dickens and his life, then developing the children's understanding of the characters and settings within Oliver using both the original black and white film and a more modern version, along with the child friendly version of the novel. Spellings and handwriting will take place as usual on Monday. Grammar this week will begin to look at Year 5 work starting with ‘Recognising Relative Pronouns’.
In Maths we are hoping to finish our + and – unit after working on applying this knowledge to problem-solving and then the ‘hot’ assessment. On Thursday and Friday we will continue to look at irregular and regular polygons and identify different types of 3d shapes. Tackling Tables as usual on Tuesday afternoon.
We will be continuing our work on the Victorians, launching independent research projects on Wednesday , and also carrying on with our Victorian Sampler sewing on Monday. Still trying to find time to resume our Spanish lessons too!!
In science we will continue to look at materials. Thank you to Grace Baker for telling us about the exciting BBC Dr Who Live Lesson on Space where we further reinforced our knowledge of the properties of different materials.
In RE we will be looking at Christmas/seasonal wishes such as non-material sentiments we would like for Christmas such as kindness and health ready for the Christingle service on Wed 5th Dec at 6pm.
Any queries please feel free to drop us an email.
Week Commencing 19th November,
Well after another busy (but fun!) and successful week (assembly, RESPECT workshop and an anti-bullying cycle stunt workshop) – what does next week hold in store for us all!
In English we will be working on the Highwayman Narrative poem, learning about characters and feelings and how stories can be viewed from a different viewpoint. Hopefully by the end of the week the children will have planned and written their own alternative ending. Spellings and handwriting will be happening Monday, the spelling pattern the children should be learning is the -ency pattern. It is important children make some effort to learn these spelling patterns and then use these words in their writing. Soon we will be giving the children a dictation test checking the retention of all the rules covered this term (12 rules). We will also be taking a final look at the children’s retention of the Y3/4 spelling words. In the New Year we will be looking at the knowledge of Y5/6 words.
FYI both spelling lists are included on the Y5 page on the school website. In Grammar we will be looking at apostrophes, the last Y4 revision unit!
Maths continues on addition and subtraction and the formal methods used. We will also look at approximating, inverse operations and finally applying this knowledge to problem solving. Tackling Tables will happen as usual on Tuesday and this week saw another 3 children move up levels with several more making dramatic improvements in scores, so we are expecting more next week! The number of children working ‘At Age Related’ is improving slowly and there are several children nearing this target. Mrs Steven's will be looking at Area and Perimeter on Thursday and Friday.
Thank you for your support with helping the children learn their tables and also their spellings. We do appreciate that it is not easy for all children although it is very clear the effort most children put into this.
We are going to start designing and sewing our own bookmark ‘samplers’ in art on Monday (hopefully) and aiming to have a Spanish lesson too later in the week (fingers crossed). Topic will be looking at famous Victorians and why they are famous.
On Thursday the school will be visited by some police officers who are going to discuss Road Safety and cycling which is useful with the winter nights drawing in, we will continue to look at that in class during PSHE and link it to our Science by considering reflective materials.
It has been nice to see some children chatting on Google Classroom and sharing some photographs, please ask if your child is having trouble logging on.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow .
Week Commencing 12th November,
Two weeks into half term already – can you believe it? Thank you to those of you who came and joined in with our maths lesson on Wednesday – we hope you enjoyed seeing a snapshot of how we work.
As you may have read on the school newsletter, children are being asked to make sure their PE kits include a tracksuit to keep the warm as the weather turns colder. PE lessons will be outside as KS1 need the hall for nativity Rehearsals so please make sure your child is prepared for outside conditions.
Also having spoken to a few parents about supporting your child with learning their times tables, if you search on youtube ‘times tables songs’ you will get a lot of choices for fun songs to learn (depending obviously on which tables they are focusing on. If you are not sure – remember the class page on the school website has a list of the tables covered within each level (under the website tab on Y5)! There are also links to some webpages we have found that children can access for ‘electronic’ practice!
Next week in Y5 will be another busy one as we prepare for our assembly at 9am on Thursday.
On Monday morning, as part of Safeguarding week, Y5 children will be taking part in a RESPECT workshop on Monday morning. There will be other activities happening throughout the week for them too.
In maths we will be reviewing our marking (children seem to read the marking comments and say ‘ok’ but don’t actually attempt their corrections ........ until now) MWHAHAHAHA !!!!! Really we are working very hard in all subjects to see the children improve their feedback to marking to make it a worthwhile experience – giving them advice and them acting upon it. This week saw us do the same with English books (their idea of ‘I have done it’ and ours is still differing a little at this point!) and we are really stressing the importance of presentation and taking care of the basics (like punctuation, spelling and grammar) so that the children’s work is more reflective of a Y5 standard. No pen licences have yet been awarded in Y5 for this very reason. We will be continuing our addition and subtraction unit in maths as well as 10 children from Y5 (along with 10 children from Y6) being put forward for a primary maths challenge which will happen on Tuesday morning. Tackling Tables should happen on Tuesday (we missed a week this week due to other events in school).
English – spellings will continue as usual, we are looking to reward children whose scores increase from one week to the next, with additional dojos for children who gain full scores (the same as we do with Tackling Tables) and we are hoping to continue with out Highwayman work, continuing look at older unfamiliar words and their meanings as well as poetic style in Narrative Poetry. In grammar we will be rerevising (is there such a word?) direct and indirect speech and the correct use of punctuation. We have been working on ‘Active punctuation’ to try to make it a bit more memorable – ask your child for a demo but try not to laugh!
We are still trying to complete the work on William Morris (printing) but should hopefully be moving onto designing and stitching Victorian samplers soon. Our topic lesson this week will be comparing the lives of poor children to those of the rich (from last week) and looking at reforms that helped the lives of children.
Enjoy your weekend.
Week Commencing 5. 11. 18
We hope you had a brilliant half term. We are looking forward to another busy and exciting term.
This week sees the ‘Learn with your child’ event in Year 5 on Wed morning from 9 until 10:15am. I am intending it to be a normal maths lesson so if you want to see what we do – feel free to join us. It may be a bit of a squeeze until the children move onto independent work but after the lesson we can hopefully spread out a bit. Advanced reminder too – Thursday 15th November is our class assembly from 9 – 9:30 a.m.
In maths this week we will be starting to work from our new unit, addition and subtraction, once the last few hot tests on Number and Place Value are complete and also the cold tests for Addition and Subtraction. Tackling Tables as usual on Tuesday afternoon! Next week in maths with Mrs Stevens, the children will continue measuring the 'Perimeter' of shapes and estimating missing lengths.
In English the children will complete a couple of reading comprehension activities, firstly about Guy Fawkes and secondly one using poetry about bonfire night. This will help them prepare for a reading assessment which will take place soon. Spelling and handwriting as usual on Monday (tomorrow). Grammar will focus on identifying and using fronted adverbials correctly. We will hopefully get a chance too to work on our Highwayman Narrative poetry unit, but we didn’t want to miss the chance to embed some British History with Bonfire Night being this week. With Mrs Stevens they will make a book trailer using ' i Movie' for Street Child and in Booktalk they will look at a series of poems. They have actually become very good at listening to and evaluating each other's answers.
Topic work over the next few weeks will be comparing the lives of rich and poor children in Victorian times, starting with a look at the lives of the wealthy. Art will be completing our William Morris designing and printing wallpaper designs. We are hoping also to get back to our Spanish lessons!
In PSHE and linking to RE and charity the children are planing their own games to raise money for Children in Need and will need to pitch their ideas in our own 'Dragon's Den' to one of the 'dragons' aka Mr Kendall! to see if their idea is chosen. They will continue using Google Classroom and Google Sheets to design a spreadsheet to add up the profits from each game.
The school council will shortly be deciding how to dress up for Children in Need day so please bear with us for this information.
week commencing 15th October 2018
Can you believe that we are only 1 week away from half term?
We are looking forward to seeing most of you at parents evening in the week ahead. Those of you with appointments after half term, your child’s books will be out in their tray on both nights, so please feel free to come and look through and share them whenever is convenient.
With Mrs Clayton in English having completed the diary unit of work with Street Child we will be doing a mini-week unit on biographies focusing in on Doctor Barnado and Lord Shaftesbury who were both Victorian reformers and connected with the story Street Child. Spellings will be on Monday as usual and the children should have completed most tasks on both the spelling and reading grids. New ones will be issued after half term. The Victorian homework menu will continue – thank you for all the inspired homework we are seeing. In grammar we will be working on direct and indirect speech to support the work on biographies. On Thursday and Friday we will continue with Book Talk, reading skills and will be planning and producing a book trailer on Street Child using Imovie.
In Maths – we are getting to the end of the Numbers and Place value unit, which will be assessed after half term to measure progress. Tackling Tables is as usual on Tuesday afternoon and many children are moving up levels which reflects the hard work they are all putting in. In geometry with Mrs Stevens they will be looking at perimeter and looking at properties of rectangles.
PE will be as normal this week.
In topic the children should complete their research into Workhouses, which will help prepare them for their visit on 31st October. If time allows they will work on a timeline of Queen Victoria. Art – we will be designing Christmas Cards in school and hopefully getting onto the William Morris work also (we run out of time frequently!)
In Science we will continue looking at reversible and irreversible changes(hopefully none of the children reconstructed last week's experiment of Mentos and Diet Coke in the house for you!) In ICT we will practice downloading work into Google classroom. In RE we will further reinforce our work on charity and Fair Trade by playing a game to show how unfairly certain workers are treated and paid.
Wishing you all a happy and restful half term, if the children complete their normal homework during the week this week, they should have a rest from school work during half term (apart from keeping an eye on spellings and reading please). Enjoy family time and child friendly activities like kicking up the autumn leaves!
week commencing 8th October
Next week it ‘looks’ like it may be a normal week (famous last words!) Don’t forget to book your parents evening slots if you haven’t already as booking closes early next week.
In English we will be continuing on our Street Child work linked to diary writing, there's spellings as usual on Monday and grammar will be looking at expanding noun phrases. In 'Book Talk' the reading teams will be working on their inference and comprehension skills and trying to score points with amazing answers and vocabulary.
In Maths with Mrs Clayton, the children will be looking at number and place value and Tackling Tables on Tuesday . On Thursday and Friday the class will be using their knowledge of shapes to find missing lengths and angles. We are going to refer to the clock and time more as we noticed some children needed reminding on reading clock times on quarter to/past and half past , it will be great if the children talk about time too at home.
For PE the class will continue activities with the coach outside and working on passing and signalling in benchball on Friday.
In Art the class will be looking at the work of William Morris.
Topic work will be looking at specific events that occurred during the life of Queen Victoria (a timeline of events) and considering what her life may have been like.
With Spanish we will be looking at basic greetings when meeting people.
In Science we have looked at dissolving materials and how to retrieve them again , we will see what has happened to our sugary solution that we left on the windowsill and next week conduct experiments on 'reversible' and 'irreversible changes'.
IN RE we will look further into Islamic relief and their charity work.
IN ICT we will be showing the class 'Google Classroom' and will be sending details of this out to them, also we showed the children how to login to 'ReadTheory.com' and showed them how to start their pretest, they seemed really keen to do this.
Please remember we need newspapers if you have any spare.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
week commencing 1st October
Sorry for the later weekly news – it’s all a bit busy atm! Firstly we have to say how brilliant the children were on their trip last Wednesday – it was a pleasure to take them out and we think they got a lot from the day. We were very proud of them all despite the long journey! The children entertained themselves (and us) all the way!
Next week we have individual photo’s on Monday in school and we will try to keep the class as neat as possible until Y5 are called (no promises though!) Tuesday is KS2 Harvest in church at 10:30 and we will be showing our skills during the service (not giving anything away 😉 but they might ask to bring a baseball hat and sunglasses in on Tuesday)
Maths is still progressing through the place value unit, working on developing reasoning and problem solving problem skills alongside. Tackling Tables as usual on Tuesday. English we are still working on Street Child and will be for the rest of the half term, at the moment working on diary writing skills especially description. We are stressing to the children the importance of always showing their skills and they all have a list of non-negotiables as a bookmark to remind them of our expectations, particularly in punctuation. We will be having our usual cold and hot spells and handwriting tomorrow and starting to look at grammar later in the week , revisiting Y4 objectives starting off with pronouns.
PE will now be taken by a PE coach on Mondays, straight after assembly and children will need to make sure they have their OUTDOOR PE kit ready in school. For girl who wear tights, they will need to have a pair of socks in their PE bags as they will not be allowed to wear tights for PE.
In art we will be looking at the work of William Morris (a Victorian artist) and will be designing and printing our own patterns eventually. We are hoping to start Spanish lessons this week too, looking at numbers 1-10 and basic greetings. Topic will be making a timeline of the Victorian Era.
We are hoping to be able to award our first pen licences this week too, for children who consistently form their letters correctly and write in a fluent and joined up style.
Mrs Stevens says:
Next Thursday and Friday we will be extending our work on Angles by relating degrees to turns on a clock and compass turns. In English we will complete book talk in our new teams to try and win points then ultimately smarties!
In Science we will continue our investigations into Solubility and look at the factors that affect substances to dissolve quicker, completing fair tests and then learning scientific reasoning behind it. In PE , to further strengthen team work we will look at improving our positioning in Bench ball and work on passing and moving the ball forward.
21st September 2018
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend. Thank you to all the parents who came to the Open Evening presentations on Wednesday. For those of you who were unable to get there, the presentation powerpoint has been uploaded onto our class page for your information. Please let us know if you have an queries.
This Wednesday sees the school trip to the Black Country Museum. Early start and late return. We will be talking to the children about the trip and what to bring etc but we need to stress the importance of comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved. They will be recording the trip details in English with Mr Bell on Thursday.
On Monday the children will be witnessing the final rocket launch, remembering a local WW1 soldier killed in the line of duty. This will mean that the afternoon will be shorter and there will not be time to do P.E. We will be doing an art lesson on silhouettes.
In Maths we are continuing with our unit on Number and Place Value and Tackling Tables. With Mrs Stevens we will be continuing to use protractors to measure and draw angles, estimating if they are acute, right angle, obtuse or reflex angles.
In English we will be continuing reading Street Child and discussing the themes in Book Talk, and we will be starting to use the features of diaries in our own writing. Spelling and handwriting will continue this Monday as usual. Also, as we discussed during Open Evening, please keep an eye out for your child's user name and password details for the online reading resource https://readtheory.org/ , where your child can access different reading materials online and practice answering comprehension type questions. The first time they log on will be an assessment type activity whilst the site levels your child’s individual level. Activities following this will be specifically designed for your child.
In RE we will be continuing the topic of Charities and considered if Christian Aid and Islamic Relief can change the world.
We have also looked at Internet Safety and the dangers of sharing personal information online.
Any queries please drop us an email.
Sarah Clayton, Becki Stevens & Richard Bell
15th September 2018
The first full (and hectic) week completed and we have been busy in 'Wellbeing' week , trying different kids of exercise, cooking apple crisps and painting pebbles. We were also lucky enough with Year 6 to watch a rocket being launched in memory of a local soldier who fought in the First World War and to hear about his life. Next week ‘should’ see us settle into a ‘normal’ school week.
Thank you for being so prompt with the payments for the Black Country Museum Trip! It makes it a lot easier for us to plan exciting events for your children when this happens 😊
The children should have all brought home their homework book, including a menu of homework tasks for them. There will also have been reading and spelling menus for them to choose an activity each week. Please can you tick and date the activity they have chosen each week - we give out dojo points for children who have completed homework tasks. The children have all got a list of 10 spelling words to learn. Next week we hope to be highlighting the specific words they need to learn (having missed off any they have shown us they already know). Dojo points are awarded for improving scores and also full scores. Spelling tests happen on Mondays.
Tackling Tables has been started with two children already completing levels (there are dojo points available here both for improving scores and new levels too!) Any children who are not yet working at ARE (age- related expectations) will have been given a sheet to bring home so that they can practice. Tackling Tables tests happen on Tuesdays.
We will be starting PE lessons next week so PE kits In school Mondays and Fridays please.
Please can you help your child get themselves organised and have their home school pack in school every day, with their planner and homework book and reading book in it? We have had a few children this week who did not have their planners (which are also their reading records) in school when required.
Next week the lessons should be as follows:
Maths – Number & Place value and Angles
English – Streetchild & grammar as well as spellings and handwriting. Booktalk for reading.
Art – Victorian Silhouettes
PE – gymnastics and team work.
Topic – History timeline
RE - Charities and their impact.
ICT - Internet safety
Don’t forget our Open Evening on Wednesday with talks at 3:30pm or 4pm. Please come and see us and have a chat and feel free to bring any questions with you about the routine in Y5.
Welcome to Year 5 – an exciting and enriching year for us all we hope! We hope you have had a good summer! We look forward to talking to you more about life in Year 5 at the Open Evening on Wed 19th September. If the email address we have used today is not the best one for you – please email us the correct address and we can change it on our parent email list. Likewise if both parents want to receive our weekly ‘gems’ then again just let us know!
The children have had a good start to the new term over the last few days and have been awarded lots of positive dojo points. If you look in their new weekly planners given out Friday you can see that the children need 15 points a week to collect their weekly stickers towards a bronze, silver and gold award. The planners went home in their new home/school folder, please could these come in every day.
We have spent two days getting to know the children and looking at the class rules, writing holiday news, contributing to class displays and assessing the children on their Angles knowledge for the next block of Maths work on a Thursday and Friday. We have used the ipads to complete a poster and we are looking forward to using 'Google Classroom' and creating book trailers. In PE we have worked on team building and have been completing orienteering challenges in pairs using obstacles and blindfolds and this will continue after well-being week.
Mrs. Clayton is looking forward to working with the children next week, although on Wednesday, is out of school on a course so Mrs. Lakey will be teaching the class. On Monday the children will bring home their homework book, with a half termly menu. They will also bring home half termly spelling and reading menus. We ask that the children choose one of each of the activities each week and that you sign and date the activity completed.
Next week, as I am sure you have read in the weekly bulletin, is ‘Well-Being’ week, so there will be some exciting activities planned, alongside the start of some of the ‘normal’ lessons in the curriculum. Due to yoga and combat fitness sessions, PE lessons will start the following week. For this half term lessons will be on Monday afternoons and Friday afternoons although children will benefit from having their kit in school all week.
On Friday, the children will be helping commemorate the life of a ‘fallen soldier’ who died 100 years ago witnessing two Y6 children launch a rocket. They will bring home a card to share the details of the fallen soldier with you afterwards.
In Maths, the children will complete a brief assessment to check their overall understanding of maths taught in Year 4 before beginning the first unit of work on place value. We will be starting Tackling Tables too and it won’t be long before we are ‘nagging’ children to improve their levels. If you look on the Year 5 page on the website you will see an overview of Tackling Tables showing you expected levels. You will see that at this point in their school career, all children should have completed Blue, Green and Red levels.
In English children will be working on a narrative writing unit closely following the class read 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. We will also be having an initial spelling assessment and sending home the first spellings of the year to learn, ready for a test next Monday.
In 'Book talk' we will be using the 'Street Child' book . Children will have the opportunity to read and discuss texts in groups and feedback to the class. This is an excellent way to encourage the children to talk about books and hopefully they will come home and be able to talk to you about the book they are reading in a similar way. We are encouraging them to support their ideas using evidence from the text.
This is just a reminder that information about what your child's class is doing is updated weekly on this class page. Teachers will post what is coming up, how you can help your child and suggest things that you could do at home. This is because we feel it benefits children to look at the curriculum before they are taught it and helps you know what is happening in the class before it happens rather than after it has occurred.
Homework will be set via a half termly menu and will focus on what the children are going to be learning about. We feel it is helpful to your child if they complete homework suggestions or activities. We know that families are busy, have activities out of school etc and this menu allows you to choose when your child completes their homework and what they complete. Homework, although strongly encouraged, is optional and your child should not be penalised for not completing it and you do not need to provide an explanation to the teacher as to why it has not been done. There will be rewards and incentives for those who do complete their homework, but no sanctions for those who do not.
Please remember to check this page for weekly forthcoming class information and copies of homework posted.