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Spring 2015

Friday 2 April 2015


Year 5 were lucky enough to have a bit of a head start to Science Week, with a visit to MAGNA Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham last Friday. Thanks to all of the parent helpers for giving up their time to assist us during this visit - we really wouldn't be able to access these experiences without you!




This week we have carried out many investigations, had visits from scientists, engineers, mathematicians and many other professionals from within the Jesse Gray community. See some of the images below, ask your children or come and look at our class scrapbook to find out more...


Marble Run Time Test









Crazy Soap Observation


Tram Engineering

Hot Air Baloons!






Monday 16 March 2015

Mr Ward is currently on Paternity leave. If you have any immediate questions please see Mrs Viggars or one of the office staff who will be happy to help.

Many thanks


Friday 27 February 2015


I've been hearing about all of the weird, wonderful and exciting things the children in Class 5 have been getting up to over the Spring Half Term break, and I'm pleased that each and every child has returned refreshed and full of energy, and ready to hit the ground running with even more learning!



This week we have been learning about Biographies. We have studied various biographies of famous people from all walks of life, analysing the language and structural features, and have even attempted our own biographical writing style out a little. We will continue to focus on this non-fiction sub-genre of writing next week.


In Numeracy this week we have been converting between different metric units of measurement (km, m, cm, mm, l, cl, ml etc.) and applying our knowledge to word problems. Additionally, we have been looking at equivalencies between Imperial and Metric units of measurement. Next week we will return to mental and written methods for addition and subtraction, focussing particularly on larger numbers.


Our Mayan Topic homework continues this half term. Each child must complete at least 16 points worth of homework from the list of activities given out in January. I am pleased with the quality of work that is already beginning to come in and look forward to seeing what each child chooses to produce.

In class, we move on to focussing on Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. This topic promises to be interesting and offer a wide range of historical and geographical learning opportunities.


Friday 13 February 2015

I hope you all have an enjoyable mid-term break and the children return to school feeling refreshed and ready for another six weeks of fun-filled learning.

Year 5 Seal Assembly

The main talking point this week is, of course, the Year 5 SEAL Assembly - Stronger Together. 

I am so pleased for, and proud of, the children in Class 5 for their effort and determination over recent days. They really pulled together, learned from each other and worked as a team to create an assembly they can be proud of. Everything Class 5 performed today was conceived by them; the television show links, family narrative scenes, sound effects were all their idea!

I am pleased that so many parents and family members were able to come along and watch our assembly this morning. Whether you made it along or not, thank you for your support with helping your children to learn their lines, providing props, outfits - everything!


Friday 6 February 2015

This week we have been looking further into the Mayan culture, their religious beliefs and the lifestyle of different groups from within their society. We have also been starting to think ahead to our Year 5 assembly (next Friday) and have plans in progress - watch this space! Class 5 have some excellent ideas. We hope you can make it.


This week we have been continuing to improve our writing by looking at spelling patterns, paragraphing and refining our use of commas, dashes and brackets for parenthesis. The children in Class 5 have editied a recnt Big Write and improved their already amazing narrative passages.

Next week we will look at script writing, interview questions and performance (Speaking and Listening) skills, as we create our Mayan assembly.


My Numeracy group have been working with fractions this week. We have been adding and subtracting fractions, converting between Mixed Number Fractions and Improper Fractions, and using our knowledge to create mathematical statements (E.g. >1 = 2/4 + 3/4 = 5/4 = 1 1/4). This is what our homework is based on.


I hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend.


Friday 9 January 2014


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and enjoyed the (almost) white Christmas we had! I certainly did, not least when I visited Wolloton Park and relived childhood memories of sledging down the big hill... 

This week began, as you may have heard, with an Quality Control Agreement. We are implementing a no nonsense approach to our writing in Year 5. There's a copy of the agreement in class and you are welcome to see it. Each child has agreed, signed and stuck a copy of the agreement in their new Literacy books.

We have been covering prepositions, prepositional phrases and the use of apostrophes for contraction in Literacy this week. Next week, we will be looking at speech punctuation.

In Numeracy this week, my class have been investigating properties of 2D shapes, particularly regular and irregular polygons.

Our Topic has been revealed! This Half Term we are studying the ancient civilisation of the Maya (Mayans). For a more detailed outline of the teaching and learning that is taking place this year please look at the attached curriculum document entited, 'Mindmap_Mayans_Spring 2015', which can be found by going to our attachments page (select the link on the right of this page    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>).


Have a lovely weekend!