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Bookings are now open for the February INSET day and Half Term holiday club. Session Opening Times...
This week we've been loopy coders, dragon describers and Viking researchers....In Book Club...
The children this week have been finding out the answer to the question "If dinosaurs are...
Year 5 News
We had an exciting week last week!
Not only did Y5 have the highest number of children attending our Mosquito Drive on Tuesday evening, but Jo also won the Y5/6 prize for her character for our World Book Day Celebrations on Thursday! There were some fantastic costumes. I was a little wary of Orlanda as the Demon Dentist and very grateful that my dentist is nothing like that!We enjoyed the character parades, we swapped a good read and we thoroughly enjoyed our reading time with our friends in Y1.
An email has been sent out about the parent workshop I have organised for parents of Y4-6. It should be a really beneficial talk for any parent wanting to keep abreast of how to ensure their child is safe on-line. Some of you have already replied with your intention to attend. Please can you also indicate if you will need childcare supervision. If your child normally attends our Out Of School Club, that should be your first option.
We have continued with our story writing and I have been very pleased with how many of you are engaging with the reader and building a sense of anticipation as we move our writing on towards 'The Discovery!' Well done! We keep referring to our Writing Tool Kit — a set of 'tools' that enhance our writing eg the sentence of 3, slow motion writing, interesting sentence starters, alliteration, changing weak verbs to more powerful verbs...When we listen to each other's work we are doing very well at commenting on what works really in the writing and giving tips to the writer about how it can be improved even more!
We have completed a reading assessment this week using the Y6 Reading Booklet 'You can do it!' It seemed a fitting read as it linked so well to the achievements of all our paralympians competing in Sochi. I've been very impressed with how well you have all achieved!
We continue to focus on prefixes and this week it was the turn of 'un-' meaning not / opposite of...I do not always give you words in your spelling lists that you know but DO expect you to find out the meanings of any unknown words and try to use them in your own writing. Some of you are focussing on 'ui' for your spellings this week.
We have journeyed through multiplication, the grid method, other mental strategies to division and the chunking method. I think we've pretty much got the hang of it. We are moving on now to Area and perimeter.
I have set you a new task on www.mymaths.co.uk . I have tracked who has or hasn't completed the last set multiplication tasks for my groups and shape tasks for Mrs Burns' group!
Please do your homework as it will help consolidate the work you have done in class. Some parents have requested regular information about the numeracy learning in class and homework — the class news feeds should give you an overview of what has been covered weekly, whilst the school has invested in the on line homework to fulfil the second request.
We now know how to classify 'animals' and have focussed our work this week on food chains and food webs. We are able to use scientific vocabulary linked to this focus: producer, consumer, top predator, decomposer, omnivore, carnivore, herbivore. We have a better understanding of the impact on the food chain/web if one food source is under threat.
You looked at the story of The Feast with Mrs Taylor this week and wrote party invitations inviting and persuading others to join the feast. This was Mrs Taylor's last lesson for a while. Mrs Griffin will be teaching you on Friday morning from next week.
Sportscape's Sports Star of the Week was Katie, this week. Well done Katie.
An extra taster session was offered to Years 5 and 6 by Andy Pemberton (First team player and coach from Crewe and Nantwich Rugby Club) on Friday afternoon as part of our school focus on Sport for Sports Relief Week.
Please note: you will need your PE kit in school all week next week as there are other taster sessions on offer.
Our new Learning Log task has a Geography focus: India. In our class story, Mary often compares her life in England with her life in India. There are two parts to the task: the first is the physical and human geography of India, whilst the second is a your own choice from a large list of options. You should be able to find something you're interested in! The Learning Log Task sheet was sent home on Friday.
You have now recorded your compositions for your walk through The Secret Garden. This next week you'll be presenting them for your Study Work Books. One of Teaching and Learning governors commented to me on how well you were all working together, when she popped into your music lesson. Well done year 5!
On that 'note', I'll end by wishing you a lovely, sunny Sunday and I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!