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Autumn Term 2014

Friday 19 December 2014

Well, where did the Autumn Term go?

It has been a busy time and I have worked Class 5 hard all term - they deserve the rest! 

I am looking forward to seeing each and every child after the Christmas break and beginning our Mayan and Volcanoes Topic (name TBC).

Happy Holidays!

Mr. Ward

 

Friday 12 December 2014

What a week! I know that I am not just speaking for myself when I say that Class 5 are really excited for Christmas, the holidays and everything that comes with this time of year... 

We were able to watch Foundation Stage and Year 1 children perform their Nativity dress rehearsal this week, which as well as being amazing increased our levels excitement even more!

In numeracy this week we have continued to apply our knowledge to problems, in context, as this is a key area for development still. I am impressed that problem solving is starting to become second nature to many of the children in Year 5 and, even better, that many of them are beginning to use their own techniques too.

Literacy this week has been based on non-fiction writing and a few specific grammar lessons aimed at addressing particular needs in Class 5. 

Well done to all those children who performed, read and/or sang at St. Paul's, Boundary Road on Thursday evening. 

Have a lovely weekend, see you all next week.

Friday 28 Novermber 2014

After another great week of work and learning about WW1, we are now prepared for our Assessment Week, starting on Tuesday with our Reading Comprehension assessment.

As always, please make sure that your children are well rested ahead of their assessments and reassure them that their worth and success is more than how they perform on a certain day, for a particular test.

I look forward to seeing Class 5 on Monday for another excellent week!

 

Friday 21 November 2014

**** LITERACY HOMEWORK UPDATE ****

It has been brought to my attention that some of the children have found it difficult to find information on their chosen topic. Please see the web links below for more guidance on where to find child friendly, accurate and detailed information.

The Imperial War Museum, London: 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/tanks-in-the-first-world-war

BBC Schools WW1:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ww1/

BBC WW1 Primary Site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ww1/25827997

 

The homework, which was handed out on Tuesday this week, must be back on Tuesday 25 November as the information is going to be needed during the lesson that day, and for the rest of the week. The class have been given a week to find information, images, graphs, tables and diagrams, and to make notes from them.

 

Our Weekly Overview

Class 5 have had another great week! Although we have been back in uniform, and have had fewer visits from members of The Avengers and The Justice League, our time in school has still been enjoyable!

Our WW1 topic continues to interest the class (ask your child about Archduke Franz Ferdinand's number plate!!!) and we have been looking deeper into the reasons for the start of the war, even exploring mature topics such as Nationalism. Our Art focus has moved from the iconic Poppy to another integral aspect of war, the use, purpose and production of Propaganda Art. 

Class 5 continue to please and surprise me in their ability to deal with difficult topics associated with WW1 in such a mature and sensitive way. Well done to all!

 

Reminder: Year 5 Christmas Tree Project

Please can you remind your children to return their 'Shooting Star Moment' by next Wednesday (26th November)?

If they have lost their copy of the letter, they merely have to write their name, class and the one moment that they think changed the world for the better. If they can add details such as dates, location and key participants it would be helpful too.

 

Literacy

This week we have been learning about Non-chronological Reports. The children in Class 5 have looked at language and structural features of this type of report, and attempted to apply their knowledge by creating their own reports. 

Each child has been assigned their research topic for Literacy homework this week. They have been asked to find facts, information, diagrams, pictures and/or charts. The homework is required back on Tuesday 25 November as the information is going to be needed during the lesson that day.

 

Numeracy

My Numeracy group have been looking at a formal written method for division (short division) this week. This includes the correct use of the method, applying it to 4-digit / 2-digit division sums, and even to complex word problems. Many children have been challenged even further by converting remainders into decimals, which you will see in their homework activity. 

 

Christmas Chocolate Hamper

Class 5's hamper for the raffle this year is simple! Chocolate. Chocolate. More chocolate.  Please refer to my recent letter for ideas, although I am certain you will have better ideas than me... 

Thank you again to everyone who has already donated an item for the hamper so far. It would be great if all donations could be in by the middle of next week.

I hope the children of Class 5 have an enjoyable and restful weekend!

 

Friday 14 November 2014 

Children in Need 2014 - Superheroes

I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the children for coming into school in fancy dress, to the parents for coming up with so many creative costumes and for all of your very generous donations. It was a fantastic day (even in an extremely hot Bananaman outfit all day! See evidence below...) and I hope the children enjoyed it as much as I did!

 

WW1    

                                                             

This Half Term our school topic is World War 1. To start the topic off we attended a performace by the Quantum Theatre Company, which covered many aspects and contained many facts about WW1. The two-man performance, consisting of songs, drama and poetry, was a delight to watch and I know the children gained a lot from it.

We are loving our new book The little hen and the Great War and have already started collecting interesting words and phrases we would like to use in our own stories.

 

Christmas Fayre

The JGA Christmas Fayre is due to take place on 28 November 2014. Tickets are being sold for this event and more information can be found at the school office.

 

Christmas Chocolate Hamper

Class 5's hamper for the raffle this year is simple! Chocolate. Chocolate. More chocolate.  Please refer to my recent letter for ideas, although I am certain you will have better ideas than me... 

Thank you to everyone who has already donated an item for the hamper.

 

Parent Consultation Evening

It was my pleasure to speak with you, and meet many of you for the first time, to share the progress and wonderful feedback on your child's learning from our short time together. As always, if you have any concerns or if anything pops into your mind that you have forgotten to say, please come and see me or email me. My contact details are below.