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Autumn Term News

Week Fifteen. w/e: Friday 16th December

A fantastic week: a treat afternoon, Christmas party, Trip and much more... Even though it's been the final week of term, we've still worked hard on homophones, prefixes, suffixes, root words and spelling strategies! We've worked on our times tables and had plenty of competitions...

Thank you for all your hard work over the past term; it's gone so fast! You should all feel proud and accomplished. Well done for your behaviour and attitude, and excellent effort for your space homework.

Key dates w/c 19.12.16:

Monday 19th December – RE day: Christmas.

Monday 19th December – Class Hamper raffle draw.

Tuesday 20th December – Christmas jumper day. You can bring in toys/games (nothing electronic) and wear your festive clothing all day!

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a superb weekend!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Fourteen. w/e: Friday 9th December

A fantastic week: working extremely hard!

After a peculiar week 13, with lots of disruption, we were back to normal and working well all week. Thank you all for your effort and hard work!

English:

This week we’ve written our own chapter for a book! A tricky feat, adding your own ideas into the middle of an already complete book. We looked at how we could compose our best writing, including sentence starters, fronted adverbials, perfectly punctuated speech and much more... Next week, we will be having grammar-intense lessons ready for the Spring Term...

Maths:

This week we have developed and enhanced our skills in problem solving and multi-step word problems. We looked at the RUCSAC method (Read, Understand, Choose, Solve, Answer, Check) to help us when facing difficult challenges and working systematically. Next week, we will be focusing our attention on our times table knowledge...

Topic:

We've finished our WWII Topic with the consequences of the War; creating our own encyclopedias to show off our knowledge, skills and understanding.

Science:

This week we have had looked at how the Earth orbits the Sun, and how we could use the Sun to tell the time. We've also done our end of term investigation into which liquid would keep fruit preserved for the longest. Well done!

Key dates w/c 12.12.16:

Monday 12th December – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 13th December – Treat Afternoon (letter emailed/foot of this page).

Wednesday 14th December – class meeting.

Thursday 15th December – Year 5 and 6 Christmas Party!

Friday 16th December - Santa's Grotto!

Friday 16th December - Visit to West Bridgford Methodist Church - am.

Friday 16th December - Space Homework due.

Thank you for your class hamper donations! Raffle tickets are still on sale... Good Luck!

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


1st December 2016

Dear Year 5

Please find some lovely activities at the bottom of our class page.

We hope you enjoy them!

From The Year 5 Teaching Team

PS Don't forget to do your Space Homework too!

Long Multiplication and Times Tables Practise:

http://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication05.html

http://www.longmult.co.uk/activity/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twelve. w/e: Friday 25th November

A fantastic week: I'm really impressed!

English: 

This week we’ve looked at direct and reported speech; how we can use dialogue in narrative writing to show action. I am SO impressed with your adaptations of a play script! They showed flair and imagination and used accurate punctuation. Well done, class five! Next week, we will be adding a scene to Fantastic Mr. Fox...

Maths:

This week we have developed our skills in long multiplication, with a focus on solving word and multi-step problems. We are continuing to challenge ourselves to see which Maths Challenge we can reach. Next week, we will be continuing with application of multiplication in a variety of ways...

Topic:

As our World War Two topic comes to a close, we will be looking at the consequences of WWII. Question: how did WWII influence Europe today?

Science:

Next week, we will be continuing to explore space! We will be looking at day and night, including the Earth's movements. We will also be doing an independent investigation...

DT:

This week we will be cooking a WWII recipe: Spam Hash! On Thursday, please remember to bring in a plastic container!

Key dates w/c 28.11.16:

Monday 28th November – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 29th November – Mathletics set (due Monday 5th December).

Wednesday 30th November – class meeting.

Thursday 1st December – DT (cooking). Bring in a plastic container please!

Thursday 1st December – spellings set and checked.

Friday 2nd December - Year 3 assembly! 

Our class hamper theme this year is cosy! Thank you to everyone who has brought something in so far!

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a superb weekend!

Mr Price



Week Eleven. w/e: Friday 18th November

Thank you for your donations and support!

All children in Class 5 (and across Jesse Gray) looked superb today! Thank you to everyone in class 5 for taking part, and raising over £500!

We've had a super (and busy) Children in Need themed day! We've designed, created and marketed our own ideas for a fundraising campaign. They were all very persuasive: a lot of entrepreneurs in the making...

Also this week:

English: 

This week we’ve finished our in depth look at persuasion, choosing our own topic and writing a very impressive persuasive text. Well done! We've also looked at how voice-overs on film trailers engage their audience and provide detailed description in short bursts. Next week, we will be looking at inverted commas, and how speech can improve our narrative writing...

Maths:

This week we have developed our skills in short and long multiplication, with a focus on how the method works. Some of us still need a little practice, so feel free to have a go at home and bring it in to show me! We've applied this skill to different areas and challenged ourselves in a variety of ways, through our own choices. Next week, we will be developing our multiplication skills and applying them to multi-step problems...

Science:

We've started our new Science topic: SPACE! This is an incredibly intriguing topic, and I'm really pleased it's hooked you already. We will be looking more at our solar system, the Earth's movements, eclipses and much, much more...

Computing:

For the rest of this half term, we will be designing our own websites! Google has just released a new version of 'Google Sites' so explore using your Jesse Gray email account if you want to get ahead!

Key dates w/c 21.11.16:

Monday 21st November – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 22nd November – Mathletics set (due Monday 28th November).

Tuesday 22nd November – RE day. Theme: inspiration!

Wednesday 23rd November – class meeting.

Thursday 24th November – spellings set and checked.

Friday 25th November - INSET day.

Our class hamper theme this year will be...cosy! Letters went home this evening detailing all the key information. Digital copy available at the foot of this page.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a super weekend!

Mr Price



Week Ten. w/e: Friday 11th November

A superb week: working extremely hard!

English: 

This week we’ve looked in detail at persuasive speeches - ranging from Martin Luther King to Michelle Obama. We looked at both written and paralinguistic features. We've also written a persuasive speech about why break time should not be cancelled. We've looked in detail at modal verbs and rhetorical questions and how they can influence a persuasive text. Next week, we will be finishing this unit of persuasion, and moving on to digital literacy...

Maths:

This week we have developed our skills in column addition and column subtraction, with a focus on solving word problems. We challenged ourselves to see which Maths Challenge we could reach. Next week, moving on to multiplication and division...

Topic:

We've developed our knowledge of the role of women in WWII. Next week, we will be looking at evacuees in greater detail.

S.R.E:

This week we have had our second sex and relationships education lesson, for this half term. We've looked at physical and emotional changes specifically for boys and girls.

Key dates w/c 14.11.16:

Monday 14th November – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 15th November – Mathletics set (due Monday 21st November).

Wednesday 16th November – class meeting.

Thursday 17th November – spellings set and checked.

Friday 18th November - Children in Need day. Non-uniform day, theme: spotty!

Parent's Evening: Thank you to parents for attending Parent's Consultation meetings last week. It was great to meet you all!

Our class hamper theme this year will be...cosy! 

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price


Week Nine. w/e: Friday 4th November

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic half term!

English: 

This week we’ve explored persuasive speeches and focused on our speaking and listening skills. We looked at how to structure cue cards and then presented our 4 pieces of WWII homework in front of the class. We looked at famous speeches throughout history and analysed/evaluated them. We've then presented a persuasive speech as a group! Next week we will be looking at body language and persuasive features, such as rhetorical questions, in more detail.

Maths:

This week we have developed our skills in place value, column addition, working within a budget and solving word problems. We've started to look at how we can solve addition equations such as 16.03 + 0.098 + 12.012 + 65.0012 = ? Next week, we will be looking at this method in greater detail for column subtraction and applying our understanding in different situations.

Topic:

We've developed our timeline skills and looked at key WWII events in greater depth. We've also looked at bunting designs, including repeating patterns. Next week, we will be looking at the role of women in WWII.

S.R.E:

This week we have had our first of two sex and relationships education lessons, for this half term. We've looked at physical and emotional changes and what this means as we grow up. Next week, we will be splitting up into separate boys and girls groups for our second session.

Key dates w/c 7.11.16:

Monday 7th November – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 8th November – Mathletics set (due Monday 14th November).

Wednesday 9th November – class meeting.

Thursday 10th November – spellings set and checked.

Friday 11th November - Remembrance day. Poppies on sale all week, and 11:00 silence.

Please note: Parent's Evening is Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November. I'm really looking forward to meeting parents over the next few days!

Sneak peek: our class hamper theme this year will be...cosy! 

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price


Week Seven. w/e: Friday 21st October

You've done it! You've all been extremely successful in your very first half term as Year Fives! I am immensely proud of each and every one of you. Well done!   

English: 

This week we’ve had a special visitor; a fantastic gentleman, who was an evacuee during WWII. We've looked at formal letters, acrostic poems and practiced for our Assembly performance! Next half term, we will be developing our knowledge, skills and understanding of non-fiction texts...

Assembly:

Wow, wow, wow! The Year Five assembly was fantastic! The dramas had been perfected, the Victory quotes were powerful and your marching was top notch. You really showcased Victory in all its glory. Well done!

Key dates w/c 31.10.16:

Monday 31st October – back to school! (I'm very excited!)

Tuesday 1st November – Mathletics set (due Monday 7th October).

Wednesday 2nd November – class meeting.

Thursday 3rd November – spellings set and checked.

Topic homework: 

Remember Topic homework (4 pieces) is due Monday 31st October. Those that have brought homework in already: well done! I'm looking forward to going through them all and seeing all the hard work you've been putting in. We'll be showcasing all of your efforts after the holiday...

Again, well done! You're ALL brilliant!

As always, any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous half term holiday!

Mr Price


Week Six - Friday 14th October

Another fantastic week!

English: 

This week we’ve looked at how to write formal and informal letters. We used our class book 'Friend or Foe' for inspiration and wrote a letter in character, as a soldier. We have also looked at editing, and spent time doing self and peer assessment. Next week, we will be perfecting the art of questioning, ready for a special visitor...

Maths:

This week we have been continuing to develop our knowledge, skills and understanding of negative numbers. We have also been working systematically to look for patterns when adding or subtracting consecutive numbers: a little tricky, but we'll keep moving forward! Next week, we will be looking at calculation methods and challenging ourselves in this last week of the half term.

Assembly:

This week we have developed our assembly theme of Victory! Remember to practice the songs, perfect your acting, and get marching... It's very exciting!

Key dates w/c 17.10.16:

Monday 17th October – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 18th October – Special guest...

Tuesday 18th October – Mathletics set (due Monday 31st October).

Wednesday 19th October – class meeting.

Thursday 20th October – spellings set and checked.

Thursday 20th October – Author visit: Alan MacDonald.

Friday 21st  October - Year 5 assembly to Parents.

Friday 21st  October - last day of Autumn 1 half term (back to school Monday 31st October).

Mathletics: The optional workbook is available at the foot of this page if you would like an extra practice.

Topic homework: Please bring in any Topic homework (4 pieces due 31st October) or anything else you wish me to have a look at. Those that have brought homework in already: well done! I'm looking forward to going through them all and seeing all the hard work you've been putting in!

As always, any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price


Week Five - Friday 7th October

A superb week!

English: 

This week we’ve looked at how to make our writing interesting. We've also explored relative clauses and how we can use a variety of sentence structures for impact. We wrote our settings descriptions (copies of which were sent home on Thursday), based on our own planning. They were fantastic: I was immensely impressed! Keep it up!

Maths:

This week we have been developing our knowledge and understanding of negative numbers, and how to answer mathematical word problems. We looked at working systematically, which we will revisit next week. We have also had an 'Ultimate Times Table Challenge'. 

Christmas cards:

Most Christmas cards were sent home on Friday, along with a letter explaining how to order them and a unique number to stick to the back of the card. If you would like to order some then they need to be back in school by next Monday (17th October).

Topic:

This week we explored the overall timeline of WWII, as well as revisiting the Axis and Allied Powers. On Friday, we made digital books using iPads. In groups, we recorded video, audio and added information. They're great, and I look forward to showing you the finished products next week. We have also started to plan out our WWII assembly. Remember our theme is Victory...

Key dates w/c 10.10.16:

Monday 10th October – Photo day!

Monday 10th October – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 11th October – Mathletics set (due Monday 17th October).

Wednesday 12th October – class meeting.

Thursday 13th October – spellings set and checked.

Mathletics: The optional workbook is available at the foot of this page if you would like an extra practice. Please have a go at page 30 (Smart Buttons) to start with if you are going to have a go! 

Homework: Please bring in any Topic homework (4 pieces due 31st October) or anything else you wish me to have a look at. Those that have brought homework in already: well done!

As always, any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price


Week Four - Friday 30th September

Another marvellous week!

English: 

This week we’ve looked at different sentence structures: simple, compound and complex. We have written our own descriptions during our first 'Slow Write' of the year, using a variety of sentence structures, lengths and styles for the greatest IMPACT! They are absolutely marvellous; I'm so impressed! Although we may need to work on how to miss a line... 

Maths:

This week we have been developing our knowledge and understanding of place value up to 7 digits (1 to 1,000,000). This led us to look in detail at roman numerals, and how they relate to our own number system. We have also had another 'Ultimate Times Table Challenge'. This is a mix of all the times tables up to 12 x 12. We are trying to improve our own personal target of how many we can answer in 10 minutes, or how long it takes us to answer all 144!

Christmas cards:

We've very nearly done our Christmas cards, ready to be sent home this coming week. They've been a challenge but look fantastic! 

Key dates:

Monday 3rd October – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 4th October – Mathletics set (due Monday 10th October).

Tuesday 4th October - remember to bring in a baby photo to share!

Wednesday 5th October – class meeting.

Thursday 6th October – spellings set and checked.

Mathletics: The optional workbook is available at the foot of this page if you would like an extra practice. Please have a go at page 29 (Crack the Code challenge) to start with if you are going to have a go!

As always, any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price


Week Three - Friday 23rd September

Another fantastic week; I'm very impressed with each and every one of you!

English: 

This week we’ve continued to read ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. We looked in detail at how an author shows the reader a character's personality through their appearance, behaviour, actions, and speech... rather than telling the reader directly. We also added our own scene into our reading books! They were fantastic!

Maths:

This week we have been developing our knowledge and understanding of  factors, multiples. This led us to explore square and cube numbers. We have also had an 'Ultimate Times Table Challenge', and worked systematically to work out the possibilities for a 4 digit PIN number!

Topic:

We explored the outbreak of WWII as well as the details of the Axis and Allied Powers. We investigated and analysed a European map which showed the occupation of each country throughout the War. We also began to create our propaganda posters in best!

Green 'Christmas Card' Letter

Apologies Class 5, the green 'Christmas Card letter' went home a little too early!  We are making our Christmas cards next week and you will be able to take them home for your parents to see and order very soon. Sorry!

Key dates:

Monday 26th September – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 27th September – Mathletics set (due Monday 3rd October).

Wednesday 28th September – class meeting.

Thursday 29th September – spellings set and checked.

Mathletics: The optional workbook for this week is available at the foot of this page if you would like an extra practice. Please start with page 10 (Factors and Multiples) if you are going to have a go!

As always, any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price


Week Two - Friday 16th September

Autumn Curriculum Map:

This term's Curriculum map was sent home on Friday 16th September. A digital copy is available at the foot of this page.

English: 

This week we’ve started to read ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. We’ve made predictions of what we think will happen both from obvious clues and our own inferences. We’ve described characters and looked at how a character’s personality and appearance are presented.

Topic: 

We had our first Topic lesson, and discovered this term we will be looking at World War Two. We looked at primary evidence belonging to Mrs Durkin’s Grandfather, who was an aerial photographer in the War. We’ve also explored propaganda posters and started to plan our own in our Art lesson.

Maths:

This week we have been exploring factors, multiples and prime numbers. We have been discovering patterns in times tables and explaining the reasons behind these patterns on a 100 square.

Key dates:

Monday 19th September – Mathletics due.

Tuesday 20th September – Mathletics set (due Monday 26th September).

Wednesday 21st September – class meeting.

Thursday 22nd September – spellings checked.

Reminder: Class 5 will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon (indoor) and Thursday afternoon (outdoor). Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit (including long hair tied up) on these days as they will not be allowed to participate without it. If your child has their ears pierced, if possible, please take these out and leave them at home on these days.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mr Price


Meet the Teacher

It was great to meet some parents this afternoon - thanks for coming along! Please see the foot of this page for the Meet the Teacher PowerPoint.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Thanks!

Mr Price


Week One – Friday 9th September 2016

Superb, marvellous, awesome!

This week has really set the standard for how the rest of year 5 should be. We have all had an interesting and busy first week and I know you are all feeling rather tired now!

We’ve done Challenges on the field, written a letter to our future selves, used David Hockney as inspiration for our own artwork, set ourselves an interesting range of targets and so much more…

We start our normal timetable on Monday, and I am really excited for you to show off your abilities, skills and talents in all areas. You all have so much potential and I am very proud to have you in class 5.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Price

Parents - I look forward to meeting you on Monday at 2:45. All the information will be on the website for those of you unable to attend. If you can't make it, but have any questions, please feel free to email me. Thanks! 

If you need to contact me please use my email address:

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Please feel free to pop in at the beginning/end of the school day!