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10-7-17- Monday- INSET Day. I hope the children had a lovely day off. 


Reports will be given out this Friday, so please make sure that your child gives it to you. 


In English, we will be looking at poetry features and writing our own. 


In Maths, we will be looking at the properties of shapes. 


In Topic, we will be investigating dissolving and separating materials. 


Friday is the good behaviour Disco Day and also our Summer Fayre. 

3-7-17 - This week we attended a bowling practise on Wednesday. The children were fantastic and some of them showed real skill. Well done for flying the Farmilo flag!

On Thursday, the children had a fantastic afternoon with Mrs Ferry and Y6. They created their own games, showed others how to play them and then made improvements. Mrs Ferry was very impressed with their behaviour and how they worked together. 


In Maths, we continued to look at angles. 


In English, we wrote magazine articles. Some of these were fantastic. Well done Year 5! 


In Topic, the children investigated circuits. 

26-6-17- Don't forget to join us for the Summer Fayre on Thursday from 2.45pm. We will be making chocolate strawberry and marshmellow skewers. Fingers crossed for lovely weather :-) 


Monday 26th- The children who visited Manor for the last transition activity, will visit again for the whole day. Don't forget your packed lunch. 


In English, we will be writing a narrative based on our settings from last week. We will also look at how to use the apostrophe correctly. 


In Maths, we will investigate properties of shapes. We will also measure angles, draw angles and solve problems involving angles. 


In Topic, we will be creating circuits and creating our own Alchemy Island using Kodu Game Lab. 


10 children will also be chosen to take part in a cricket festival, which will take place on Friday morning. Please check your child's bag on Tuesday to see if they have a letter. 

19-6-17- Well done to all the children for a brilliant beginning to our last half term in Year 5. The children have tried really hard with their learning and I know they want to show how much progress they have made throughout this year.


We have already written some fantastic reports on gold and we have mastered converting units of time and solving problems involving time. Although remember Year 5: 

30 days have September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31, except February.  


Today (Monday) we have had a brilliant day. We visited Ashfield Fire Station, where we learned about road safety, emergency medical procedures (CPR and using the recovery position), dog safety, water safety and the effects of cyberbullying. The children's behaviour was outstanding. Fantastic!

Sports day was in the afternoon and everyone put in lots of effort. Brilliant! 


In Maths this week, we will be looking at volume and solving problems involving volume. We will also be trying to improve our arithmetic skills. 


In English, we will begin to look at stories. 


In Topic. we will be looking at reading maps and investigate some properties of materials. 

22-5-17- Our final week before half term. Don't forget that it is our trip on Thursday to Twinlakes theme park. You will need a rucksack packed with your food and drink for the day and it is non-uniform. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and don't forget your suncream if it is lovely and sunny. I can't wait!


In English, we will be completing a piece of writing based on our trip to Twinlakes. The children will be able to choose whether they write a story or a diary entry. 


In Maths, we will be completing an arithmetic test and finishing off our learning around area and perimeter. 


In Topic, we will be creating our roller-coasters, with moving parts and will be designing our own theme park and budgeting for an (imaginary) event that our theme park may host. 

15-5-17- This week, we are having a big push on resilience- what it means, how we can be resilient and looking at examples of how others have been resilient in stories or real-life. 7


In English, we will be creating a persuasive text to encourage people to visit our theme park. 


In Maths, we will be finding the perimeter and area of shapes and using money to solve problems.


In Topic, we will be investigating pulleys and levers and how these work. We will be using levers and pulleys to create our own rollercoasters next week. 


In PE, we will be practising our cricket skills. We have also begun practising yoga with the children and they absolutely love it! 


I was extremely impressed with the narrative pieces that the children wrote during the Big Write last week. The children used relative clauses appropriately and punctuated speech correctly too. Well done everyone, they were amazing! 

8-5-17- Well done to everyone for achieving fantastic scores on the Reading Test that we did last week. I was extremely impressed with the amount of children who achieved a high score, it shows great improvement in the children's reading and inference skills. Absolutely brilliant Year 5!


This week, we will be writing a narrative, which incorporates dialogue and sentences that include relative clauses (they add extra information to a sentence and begin with a relative pronoun- who, which, that and are encased in commas). 


In Maths, we are converting units of measurement of weight and converting between units of measurement. 


In Topic, we will be investigating the structure of rollercoasters and creating our own tracks. We will then use the tracks to investigate the most effective angle for a rollercoaster, where the marble stays on the track as it loops the loop. 


In PE, we are practising our cricket skills and also continuing with yoga. 

1-5-17- I hope that everyone had a lovely bank holiday weekend :-) 


Over this week, we looked at punctuating speech correctly and we wrote a diary entry from the point of view of a rollercoaster.


We were converting units of measurement for length- remember:

10mm= 1cm (so, converting mm into cm- divide by 10- 47mm=4.7cm, cm into mm- multiply by 10)

100cm= 1m (so converting cm into m- divide by 100- 58cm=0.58m, m into cm- multiply by 100) 

1000m= 1km (so converting m into km- divide by 1000- 1238m=1.238km, km into m- multiply by 1000)  


We had a fantastic Science day on Friday, where the children investigated which material made the fastest zip wire. We had lots of fun testing it out and I was extremely impressed with the children's learning that they produced. We know a lot more about friction than we did before- well done everyone! 

24-4-17- Well done to all the children. We walked a long way and their behaviour was amazing during the performance. I was proud of everyone! The performance was also amazing and I know that lots of the children thoroughly enjoyed it. 


In Maths this week, we are focusing on multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also be finding fractions of amounts and then moving on to measures. 


In English, we will be reading a poem called 'The Ride' and then we will write and perform our own poems. 


In Topic, we will be looking at a number of mechanisms that allow rides to work. 

17-4-17 - Welcome back everyone!


I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday. I can't believe that it is the last term of the school year! 


On Tuesday, it is Healthy Day. We will look at drug safety and awareness and also the differences between images in the media and real life. We will take part in circuit training, led by Gordon and we will also look at the hidden sugars within foods and what food labels tell us. 


On Wednesday, we will write an extended piece in our Writing Portfolios and create roller coaster carriages, which will then be displayed throughout the Scream Machine topic. 


On Thursday, we will be multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, thinking about the topic and what we want to find out, doing some more circuit training and a spelling test. 


On Friday, we have a walk to the Queen Elizabeth Academy to watch a performance of Macbeth. 

13-3-17- This week, we visited the allotment again and I was very impressed with the effort from the children. It was hard work, digging up weeds, but we made a huge difference and the ground is almost ready to plant in. Well done everyone!


In Maths, we are finding equivalent fractions and then adding fractions where the denominators are the same or are multiples/factors. 


In English, we are linking paragraphs using cohesive devices and are writing stories that use paragraphs correctly. 


In Topic, we are waiting to see if the pink food colouring comes through into the petals of the flowers. We have also researched Pleasley in the past and have combined text and images to show what we found out. 

6-3-17- This week: 


In English, we are investigating different verb tenses. We are also looking at how to spell homophones correctly and use the correct ones in sentences.


In Maths, we are dividing to find fractions, ordering fractions and looking at improper/mixed number fractions.


In Topic, we are looking at the different parts of plants, will be learning the names of French foods  and in PE, we are practising our multi-skills and squash skills. Andy (the squash coach) was very impressed with the children's skills last week and I know they are going to continue to make huge improvements as we go along. Well done everyone!  

27-2-17- Well done everybody for a fabulous start to the term. 


Last week, we began our new topic - 'Allotment'.

We also had a visit from an author and took part in a workshop where we created our own stories. 

We also began our squash coaching with Andy. 


This week, we will be visiting the allotment on Wednesday morning (1st March) and so the children will need a snack, a drink and a bag to carry them in. It will be non-uniform, just in case! 


This week in Maths, we will be converting fractions to decimals. 


In English, we will be looking at adjectives, synonyms and antonyms and using them effectively in sentences. 


In Topic, we will be tasting different vegetables and we will be visiting the allotment. We will be planting some flowers, herbs and vegetables. We will also be looking at the life cycle of plants and how they reproduce. 


World Book Day is on Thursday (2nd March) The theme this year is Traditional Tales and the children can dress up as a character from any traditional tale. I can't wait to see the children's outfits. If the children do not want to dress up, they need to wear school uniform. On this day, we will be completing the Readathon, so don't forget to ask for sponsors :-)  

6-2-17- Please join us tomorrow afternoon from 2.45pm to come in and look at your child's learning. We will have tea and biscuits and it would be lovely if you could come to look through your child's book.


This week is Safety Week.


Monday - we will be discussing risk assessments and how to make sure we are safe. We will also be completing our solar systems.

Tuesday- is internet safety day. We will be looking at how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet. We will also be creating aliens and rockets and please don't forget to join us at 2.45pm so the children can share their learning.

Wednesday- We will be attempting to launch a rocket into space. We will also look at road and water safety.

Thursday- We have the NSPCC visiting us to complete an assembly and a workshop. We also break up today- have a lovely half term everyone!

Friday- INSET DAY! 


During this week, we will also be completing a maths arithmetic test, a SPAG test and a reading test (The children will be ready for a break after all of that!). 

30-1-17- Please join us this week for our Maths Drop-ins. They will take place every day between 8.45 and 9.15. You are more than welcome to come more than once :-) 


Also, on the newsletter, I had invited parents in to look at the children's learning on Thursday 9th February. However, I need to change this date and will post the new date as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience. 


In Maths this week, we will be continuing to look at using formal methods to solve multiplication problems and will move onto beginning to use formal methods for division later on this week. 


In English, we will be choosing a planet that we would like to live on and then writing a persuasive piece about why you should choose to live on that planet. I will be posting some examples on the website. 


In Topic, we will be making a model of our planet (the one we are focusing on in English). We have Bible Explorers in on Monday and we will also be coding in Computing. We are going to investigate the moon phases too. It's going to be a very busy week!

23-1-17- Please check your child's reading folder for the letter regarding maths drop in sessions next week. Please feel free to drop in next week Monday-Friday (week beginning 30th Jan) from 8.45-9.15am to look at our maths teaching. I look forward to seeing you. 


I would like to start by saying how proud I am of the children for completing polished pieces of writing with excellent attitudes. Our polished piece perfectionist will be chosen this week. 


In English this week, we will be looking at how to take information from a non-fiction text and put it into a cohesive paragraph. We will also be looking at using a range of sentence starters. 


In Maths, we will be using written methods to multiply numbers with up to 4 digits by 2 digit numbers. 


In Topic, we will be researching individual planets. We will also be creating artwork relating to space. 

16-1-17 - What a busy start to the term! 


It was lovely to see all the children back after having relaxing, but exciting Christmas holiday. I have heard many stories about the amazing Christmas days that children have had and the family time that they have spent together.  


We started out topic with a trip to the National Space Centre. Here we explored many activities related to space and the universe, watched a film about what it takes to become an astronaut in the planetarium and took a ride on a space simulator, on a mission to Jupiter's moon. The children had a great day and I was very proud of the children's behaviour and attitude throughout the entire day. You were a pleasure to take Year 5. (Pictures of the day will be posted on the website shortly.) 


I would also like to say how impressed I am with the quality of children's writing that I have seen since January. The children are making improvements to their writing each time and this is wonderful to see. Well done everybody!


In English this week, we will be writing a narrative based on an adventure in space. We will be using 2AD sentences (I hope you know what this means Year 5!) and writing exciting story openings. We are also practising our editing and rewriting skills by completing polished pieces. Will you be my polished piece perfectionist of the week? 


In Maths, we are multiplying and dividing. We are exploring square and cube numbers, multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000, solving problems and beginning to use formal written methods to multiply. 


In Topic, we have Bible Explorers on a Monday afternoon, where we are learning about the Old Testament. We will be investigating why Galileo Galilei is famous and we will be beginning our computing lessons on coding. We will also be answering questions in Science on our Science day (which is Thursday morning). 

12-12-16- Well done to all of Years 4,5 and 6 for a fantastic Christmas performance! We were very proud of all the children, as they worked so hard. Thank you to all parents and carers for your support! 


This week, we have written a narrative about time travel and I was very impressed with the quality of the children's writing. We have completed a mental maths test and completed a Science investigation entitled 'Do we get slower as we get older?' 


Friday is party day and disco day and I am proud to say that everyone in Year 5 is attending all of the disco. This is a great achievement, so well done Year 5! 

5-12-16- Wow! December already!! 


Parent interviews take place this week, so I look forward to seeing everyone on either Wednesday or Friday :-) 


In English this week, we will be focusing on grammar and examples of definitions of terminology (eg. determiners, nouns, adverbs, prepositions and many more!) We will also be undertaking reading assessments. 


In Maths, we will be focusing on improving mental arithmetic strategies and using these to solve problems. 


In Topic, we will be practising the Christmas play and Christmas songs a lot! Our performance is on Monday and the children have done so well so far. Well done everyone! We will also undertake an 'Hour of Code' where children will be able to use their coding skills within programs. 


We are also lucky enough to be able to watch the KS1 and FS dress rehearsals of their Christmas plays. What a busy week! 

28-11-16- This week we are rehearsing for the Christmas play in earnest, so please learn your lines if you have any. 


In Maths, we are doing lots of problem solving using addition. 


In English, we are comparing characters of Gangsta Granny and the man from 'The Piano' animation. We are looking at similes, metaphors, personification, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. 


In Topic, we will be completing our Andy Warhol inspired paintings and finding out more information about the artist. 


We will be rehearsing the Christmas play lots this week, practising singing songs and creating actions.


On Friday, we will be making lanterns, ready for the Lantern Walk, which takes place on Thursday 15th December. All children will make a lantern and it would be lovely for you to join us to do the walk. Information was on the latest school newsletter, but more information will follow closer to the time. 

21-11-16- This week, Miss Chilvers will be teaching quite a lot, but I am around, working with children, so please come in and see me if needed. 


Thank you to everyone for sending in baby pictures of the children. We have loved showing them off and discussing the stories behind them. We used them to create timelines of the children's lives, with speech bubbles to explain each picture. The children thoroughly enjoyed the task. 


In Maths, we are subtracting numbers with more than 4 digits, completing missing number calculations and solving subtraction problems. 


In English, we will be discussing the character of Gangsta Granny and writing a character study about her, using noun phrases. 


In Topic, we will be investigating diurnal and nocturnal animals and looking at how a foetus develops. We will also be continuing our research of Andy Warhol and painting pictures in his style. 

14-11-16- Thank you to all the children who have already brought in their baby photos. We have had a lovely time looking at all the photos and talking about the stories behind them. If you have not yet brought in your photos, please do by Wednesday as we need them in order to complete our topic learning. Please let me know if there is a problem with any of this. If you are unable to print out the photos, please email the office and we can print them out in school. 


Thank you to all parents for your support during last week's home learning task. The children thoroughly enjoyed writing the interview questions for their relative and I know that those who have already carried out their interview had a fabulous time! 


In Maths, we are using column subtraction to solve subtraction problems (including missing digits) 


In English, we will be writing interview questions for a range of different generations and comparing how they are different. 


In Topic, we will be researching Andy Warhol and talking about our own lives and the journey they have taken. 


Anti-bullying day is on Thursday and we will be completing activities celebrating diversity and promoting tolerance. 


Children in Need day is on Friday. Don't forget your spotty clothes and a donation. We will also be looking at how children are helped with the money that is raised and how people's lives can be different. 

7-11-16- Well done for a fantastic first week back everyone. What a great start to this half term!


In English this week, we will be writing poems about a relative or someone in our family (pets included!)


In Maths, we are looking at negative numbers, placing them on number lines and adding and subtracting them. 


In Topic, we are looking at how areas of life have changed over the years, including technology, clothes, entertainment. We are also looking at the art of Andy Warhol and in Science, we are looking at human growth. 


We will be talking about politeness. 


Also, we will be discussing remembrance day, why it is important and how we can show our support for people who fight for freedom. 

31-10-16- Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely half term holiday. 


This week in English, we will be looking at the features of poetry and writing poems about time machines, using similes and metaphors. 


In Maths, we will be focusing on Roman numerals, both reading and writing them. 


In Topic, we will begin the week by building our own time machines and we will be drawing self portraits with a twist!


PLEASE CHECK BUG CLUB FOR NEW ALLOCATIONS. Well done to all children who have completed their old books. (The children know where to find their username and password). 

17-10-16- What a busy week for Year 5! 


On Monday, we will be practising for the Harvest Festival- don't forget to bring anything that you need for your artwork :-) 


On Tuesday, please join us from 3pm to look through your child's topic book and look at some of the fabulous creative home-learning that the children have completed. There will be biscuits! 


On Wednesday, it is Photo Day and in the afternoon, we are leading the Harvest Festival at St Barnabas at 2pm, so we hope lots of you can join us. Also, after school, it is the Disco for KS2- 5pm until 6.30pm- please purchase a ticket from the office and the children can come in costume if they wish. 


Thursday is our last day at school, as Friday is an INSET day. We will be investigating the question- Why does milk go off? 


At some point this week, we will also be painting our Ancient Egyptian masks that we have made and will hopefully be able to perform some of the playscripts that the children wrote last week. 


What a busy week, but I know the children will be fantastic and make us all proud!

10-10-16- This week, we are visiting the Palace Theatre on Tuesday 11th October to watch the Ministry of Science show. I can not wait!


In Maths this week, Miss Chilvers will be teaching most of the maths this week and we are going to be using column addition to add numbers with up to 6 digits. 


In English this week, Miss Chilvers will teach most of the English too, where we will be researching the story of Osiris and then writing and performing our own playscripts of this story. 


In Topic, we will be practising how to wrap ourselves as mummies and making death masks for the afterlife celebrations. 


We will also be allocating roles for and practising the harvest festival (which takes place next Wednesday 19th October at 2pm) so please join us if you can :-) 

3-10-16- This week we have Miss Chilvers joining us, who is a trainee teacher and she will be with us for two weeks and then continuously after half term until the beginning of December. We are very excited to have her join our team and she will begin teaching lessons this week. Let's show her how amazing we are Year 5! :-) 


In maths this week, we are counting on and back in powers of 10.

I am very impressed with the children's knowledge and how they are working with numbers up to (and sometimes larger than) 1,000,000. You are all amazing!


In English this week, we are using fronted adverbials to help create a mood within our writing. We are also creating comics related to the mummification process. I can't wait to see what the children will produce. 


In Topic, we are researching the mummification process, making a 3D Egyptian village and making Ancient Egyptian headwear. 


Our new focus for values is 'Friendship'. We are thinking about what makes a good friend and how important it is to compromise. 

26-9-16- It is lovely to see some topic home-learning being brought in. Thank you for your support in completing these tasks at home :-) 


In Maths this week, we are rounding numbers with up to 7 digits to the nearest, 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 1,000,000. We can do it! 


In English, we are creating information texts about Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and we will be writing a short mystery story. 


In Topic, we will be looking at how and why the Nile was so important to Ancient Egyptians and possibly making Egyptian bread. 

I apologise for the lack of information for last week. I had a slight technical issue with my page (it disappeared!) and so I am playing catch-up. Fingers crossed it will be ok from now on :-)  

19-9-16- This week, we are celebrating Roald Dahl, so don't forget your costume on Thursday 22nd this Thursday). I can't wait to see what the children have in store! 


In Maths, we are comparing, ordering and estimating numbers up to 1,000,000


In English, we are writing an information text about the Ancient Egyptian hierarchical system. 


In Topic, we are locating famous places in Egypt (eg. locating the Sphinx, the Pyramids) and we are drawing detailed pictures of decorative artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb. 


Have a lovely week everybody!