Friday 01st December
December already! Only three weeks to go until your much deserved break after a busy term!
We are still writing to inform in English and the children have been planning a newspaper report about the effects of deforestation. These are starting to look great and I can't wait to see the finished product next week! In maths, we have been focusing on multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1,000, which most of you have mastered and deepened your understanding in. Key changes in old age was our focus in science this week and it was interesting listening to all of your ideas about what happens when you get older! The art work that the children have started this week is beginning to look great. It is based on the work of Beatriz Milhazes - bright, bold and full of shapes!
Have a super weekend,
Friday 24th November
A busy couple of weeks in class 12 with lots of exciting learning happening. Thank you all so much for the effort and hard work you put in last Friday for Children in Need. The catwalk show was a HUGE success and the votes for the two best dressed were extremely close!
In English, the children have done some fantastic pieces of writing about the dangers of the Amazon Rainforest. These are going to look brilliant on our display! In maths, we have been learning all about multiples, factors, primes, squares, cubes and prime factors. This week's science lesson was about puberty. The children begun to learn about the changes that happen during this time and learnt the reason this happens is so humans can successfully reproduce.
Christmas rehearsals are well and truly underway! Years 5 and 6 are learning the following:
- All I Want for Christmas Is You
- It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Silent Night
- The Christmas Song
- Step Into Christmas
- Merry Christmas Everybody
- Jingle Bell Rock
They are doing really well during singing practices, but it would be great if you could encourage them to keep learning the ones they aren't sure on.
Have a great weekend,
Friday 03rd November
I cannot believe it is November already! This year is whizzing by!
We have begun our new focus text 'Journey to the River Sea' and the children are loving learning about the Amazon and all the animals that live there! We are writing to inform this half term and at the minute our focus is a persuasive letter. In maths, we have been tackling line graphs and most of you are now confidently and independently able to read and interpret them. In Art we have begun learning about some famous South American artists and this week the children created their own picture memory based on the work of Joaquin Torres Garcia.
Don't forget next week is the school disco
Have a fab weekend,
Friday 06th October
Another really busy and exciting week full of super learning in Class 12. It was the third week in a row that we have had 100% attendance, so this week we got an extra ten minutes afternoon play!
Nearly all of you have been Mega Maths Masters in maths for column addition and subtraction and you have blown my socks off in English with your amazing, ambitious vocabulary. In science, you all mastered the life cycles of some mammals and we continued with hockey in P.E. There was some fabulous learning in topic! We found out all about why Nelson Mandela is such a famous and important historical figure and you produced some great fact files about him. We finished the week with a Christmas card making afternoon (yes really!) ready for them to be sent off and made in time to be bought.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Friday 29th September
A parentmail has been sent out about Structured Conversations. If you would like one, please either grab me or write a note in your child's reading diary.
A really busy week in Class 12! Well done to our two Gold Book superstars for next week. Click on the Gold Book tab at the top to find out more.
Thank you so much if you donated to our Macmillan fundraising event in some way! Without you, our event wouldn’t have been the success it was.
We have recapped our learning on fronted adverbials this week with the children adding them to sentences from Journey to Jo’burg. We have finished our place value block in maths and the children completed a review of their learning this afternoon. Nearly all of you are now feeling super confident with all things place value!
As you know, it was Macmillan Coffee Afternoon today so we spent an afternoon learning about what Macmillan is and the work that they do. The children have created a timeline of important events from 1911-2017. Some of them will be going on a new display in the corridor.
We finally got outside for P.E. this week and begun our hockey lessons. We began by concentrating on ball control skills.
Have a great weekend! See you Monday.
Friday 22nd September
Another great week in Class 12! Two Gold Book superstars (Beth and Oliver) and joint first for 100% attendance so we have Jessica for the week!
In English, we have been continuing with our recounts of chapters 2 and 3 and the children have begun to copy them up into neat to go on to the wall. We have also done lots of work on using brackets for extra detail and instead of commas when using a subordinate clause.
Place value is still our focus in maths. I have been amazed with the children’s knowledge of reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers up to one million. We are continuing on Monday with rounding numbers within a million.
In science we have been learning about sexual and asexual reproduction. The children have learnt that asexual reproduction needs only one parent. We have taken cuttings from a pansy and we will be closely monitoring their progress over the next few weeks. If we have been successful, the cuttings should grow new roots becoming an identical copy of the parent plant.
P.E. this week was fun with the children continuing their Haka dance with Mr Smith. With me, the plan was to do hockey, but thanks to the Great British weather, we ended up doing Yoga in the classroom! The children did enjoy it nonetheless.
Tolerance is our key word this half term and the children have begun to understand what this means in PSHE with Mr Honey.
As you know, year 6 are hosting a Macmillan coffee afternoon next Friday. We hope as many of you can get involved as possible, whether that is by donating some cakes for us to sell or by coming along.
See you on Monday!
Friday 15th September
We got off to a brilliant start this week with our learning in Class 12! The children have been enthusiastic and eager to learn, meaning plenty of Dojos have been handed out! Well done to Ravina for ending the week with the most Dojos meaning she got to have a dip in the box.
In English this week, we have read chapters 1-4 from Journey to Jo'burg. We have studied each chapter in detail through comprehension lessons. Our grammar focus this week has been the use of relative pronouns for subordinate clauses. All of the children soon got the hang of this and are confident in applying this to their homework. We ended the week by beginning to write a recount of the of Naledi and Tiro so far.
In maths, we have kick started our place value block off with adding and subtracting 10, 100 and 1,000 to numbers, recapping knowledge on Roman numerals and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000. The maths homework is to complete the number square up to 100 in Roman Numerals and it is safe to say all of the children loved the Roman Numerals lesson, so they should be eager to get on with it!
In science we have begun our living things and their habitats unit by looking at how some plants reproduce and understanding the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction. We also identified plants that are pollinated by the wind and insects.
In computing with Mr Honey, the children begun to research South Africa, which they will continue over the next few weeks to create an informative power point presentation.
In P.E. with Mr Smith, the children started to learnt he traditional Haka. This will be continued over the next few weeks with the children developing their dance skills to be able to create their own synchronised Haka.
Have a fab weekend everyone and I'll see you Monday morning!
Friday 08th September
Back to school with a bang has been the theme in Class 12 this week! The children have really impressed me with their willingness to learn and meet all of the new expectations being a year 5 brings. I have loved hearing all about your holidays and what you have been up to! I hope this enthusiasm continues into next week when we begin our 'normal' lessons.
We have been doing lots of work around the book 'The Colour of Home' this week. It is about a boy called Hassan and his journey from Somalia to the U.K. We started by drawing the picture of Hassan's house into the CoG books then went on to comparing a typical Somalian house with a house here in the U.K. Finally, the children have begun to create emotion maps for display in the corridors.
I hope you have all enjoyed your first week back to school! Have a great weekend and I'll see you all on Monday!
Hello class 12!
I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break and are enjoying the last week of your holiday. I am really excited to see all of your smiling faces back in school on Wednesday 06th September and hearing all about what you have been up to.
My summer has been busy filled with exciting trips that I can't wait to tell you all about. I went to Florida at the beginning of the holiday and had lots of fun visiting Disney World and Universal Studios!
I hope you are all excited to come back to school and start the new school year as a brand new year 5!
See you on Wednesday,
Autumn Term Topic
Stories from Other Cultures
This term, you will learn about stories from around the world. Our key text will be Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverley Naidoo; we will be comparing and contrasting this text with other stories from different cultures, including Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson which is set in the Amazon Rainforest. We will be learning about the apartheid in South Africa, as well as finding out about the life of Nelson Mandela. We will experience and compose traditional music, create traditional tribal artwork and learn about different cultural aspects, including dance and food. We will look at the geographical features of the continents and countries we focus on, including Africa and North and South America.
Our science will cover the following topics:
‘animals including humans’ and ‘living things and their habitats.’