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Spring News 2018

Week Twenty-Six. w/e: Friday 29th March 2018

I am so proud of each and every one of you. Well done for a fantastic Spring Term in Year Five! The year is whizzing by! This last week of term has been no different! Have a fantastic Easter Holiday. I can't wait to hear what you've been up to on Monday 16th April 2018.

Brazil exhibition:

Well done for all the hard work and effort you out into your Brazilian masterpieces. The standard was extremely high. Take a look below:

 

Y1 & Y5 collaboration:

On Wednesday afternoon, Year Five (5P) and Year One (1B) got together again! The year fives were helping to spot how much the year one's writing had improved. They looked at ideas, handwriting, spelling and the enormous progress year one had made since September! Superb peer support across the school. Me and Mrs Bettle were extremely impressed with the collaboration between ALL children! Well done!

English:

This week, we have written our own Brazilian short stories! The quality of writing was fantastic. You used show not tell brilliantly to explore the characters and settings that you created. Superb! We'll be starting next term off with reading for pleasure: please remember to bring in your blankets/pillows/torches...

Maths: 

This week we have finished the term with a range of problem solving! You were able to accurately solve multi-step problems by asking two questions: What do I know? What do I want to find out? After Easter, we will be moving back to Fractions, Decimals and Percentages... Hooray!

RE:

This Friday we have been looking at the Easter story. We have looked at Passover, with a special visit from Rev. Rach! What a brilliant way to end the term!

Key dates w/c 16.04.18:

Monday 16th April - Back to school. 

Monday 16th April - Bring in blankets/torch/pillows for English.

Tuesday 17th April - Summer TOPIC revealed!

Tuesday 17th April - Mathletics set (none due over Easter if you're all caught up!)

Friday 18th April - Science ~ Forces Day!

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great Easter break; stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twenty-Five. w/e: Friday 23rd March 2018

Phew! What a busy week it's been! Well done for all your hard work this week ~ I am really impressed and proud of you all. Well done!

Blue for a Loo day:

It was brilliant to change the usual shade of red for a wide spectrum of blues on Thursday, for our 'Blue for a Loo day'. We wore blue and created crafts with toilet rolls to raise money and awareness of toilet twinning. We will be sponsoring a toilet for a school where they don't have any! Super work!

Homework:

Your Brazilian masterpieces are incredible! You have clearly put in lots and LOTS of time and effort. I can't wait for you to share them with the other Year Five and Year Six classes, as well as Parents/Carers next week, on Wednesday. Thank you to all parents who supported the creative process... I (and the children) really appreciate it! I'll also have plenty of photos to share next week...

English:

This week, we have started our final narrative unit of the Spring Term: stories from indigenous tribes. We have read 'The Great Kapok Tree' and started to develop our ideas for our own short story set in the Amazon rainforest. So far, we have looked at features of short stories and how to write a great setting description. Next week, we will look at writing effective characters before writing our short stories.

Maths: 

This week we have taken a break from fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been looking at mathematical movement ~ translations of shapes. We also had a go at two pretty tricky tests ~ well done for putting in your maximum effort! Next week, we will be focusing on reflections, then finishing the term with a range of problem solving!

Science:

This week, we have investigated air resistance. We have used paper spinners, investigating if the size or shape of the paper, or perhaps the amount of paper clips attached, makes a difference to the air resistance. Brilliant investigative work!

Topic:

This week, we have created our own carnival costumes! We looked at the various colours and themes used in the carnival and designed a costume based on our own interest. Brilliant!

Spellings: In the business that was Friday ~ science investigation day, we didn't get chance to do our weekly spelling test. We'll now do this on Monday, so we can change our spelling lists ready for over the Easter break.

Key dates w/c 26.03.18:

Tuesday 27th March - Mathletics due.

Wednesday 28th March – Brazilian Exhibition! All Y5&6 classrooms will be open for viewing between 3:00 and 3:30.

Thursday 29th March – Last day of Spring Term.

Thursday 29th March – RE Day. 

Friday 30th March - Good Friday. School closed.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twenty-Four. w/e: Friday 16th March 2018

English:

This week, we have completed our writing and published our non-chronological reports. The writing is phenomenal! I am very impressed with the finished products ~ I can't wait to put them up on display for everyone to enjoy!

Maths: 

This week we have been investigating the link between fractions, decimals and percentages. We have used a place value chart to help us spot the similarities and differences between them. We finished the week by looking at finding percentages of amounts. This can be extremely difficult, but we are so close to nailing the method! Well done for all your hard work and effort this week!

Science:

This week, we have explored air resistance. We have started to investigate the effect of materials and surface area on the amount of air resistance. Great investigative work!

Topic:

This week, we have researched the Awa Tribe! We looked at how the lives of this tribe are different to ours and whether they do really want to make contact with the outside world... Brilliant research!

Key dates w/c 19.03.18:

Monday 19th March - Reading paper.

Tuesday 20th March - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 21st March – Maths paper.

Thursday 22nd March – Blue for a loo day! Dress in blue and donate £1 to raise money for the Toilet Twinning Project. 

Thursday 22nd March – Choir concert.

Friday 23rd March - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twenty-Three. w/e: Friday 9th March 2018

Parents Evening

Thanks to all Parents who could make it on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. It was great to see you all again!

English:

This week, we have started to write our non-chronological reports based on Brazilian animals. We have also looked in detail at topic sentences and using facts and opinions. Next week, we will be completing our writing and publishing our work.

Maths: 

This week we have been investigating the link between fractions and decimals. We have used a place value chart to help us spot the similarities and differences between them. Next week, we will continue to explore fractions and decimals, before moving on to percentages!

Topic:

This week, we have recreated the Amazon River! We used wool at a scale of 1cm=1km to represent the different features of the river. We looked in detail at the source and the mouth, as well as why the river is so big!

Key dates w/c 12.03.18:

Monday 12th March - RE Day ~ Religion and the Individual.

Tuesday 13th March - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 14th March – Football club 3:15-4:15

Thursday 15th March – Paul Cookson ~ Family Poetry Event 7pm-9pm. Tickets £2!

Friday 16th March - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twenty-Two. w/e: Friday 2nd March 2018

Well, what a peculiar first week back! I hope you have all thoroughly enjoyed your snow days! Make the most of the snow, it doesn't come around that often. If you've got any photos or any stories to tell from your time off school, please email them to me or bring them in on Monday to share with the rest of the class! 

Before snowmageddon, we had a fantastic two days!

Animal workshop:

From your faces and all the questions, discussion and ideas after the workshop, I can tell that you enjoyed the rainforest animal visit very much! Well done for having a go at holding or feeling some of the animals. Ollie, our guide, was very knowledgeable. Parents, one of the most common questions was 'can you get these in pet shops?'...

Paul Cookson visit: 

Paul Cookson is a well-known poet. On Wednesday, we had a fantastic assembly with him and a superb workshop. Well done for all your creativity and questions!

English & Maths

In English, we have begun to look at non-chronological reports. We will be writing our own next week so please make sure you have researched your rainforest animals!

In Maths, we have moved on to comparing and ordering fractions by finding the equivalent fraction, converting the denominator. We will be continuing this next week.

Parents Evening: Thank you for making your parents evening appointments for next Tuesday or Wednesday, I'm really looking forward to seeing you again!

Key dates w/c 05.03.18:

Tuesday 6th March - Parents Evening 1 - 3:30-6:30

Tuesday 6th March - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 7th March - Parents Evening 2 - 3:30-6:30

Friday 9th March - Spellings due and set. Plus the 10 words challenge from before half term!

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twenty-One. w/e: Friday 16th February 2018

Well done for all your hard work this half term! We are half way through year five now.

I am so impressed with you ~ well done!

Have a very well earned rest.

Homework: Some children have a compulsory booklet to have a go at over half term. This involves extra practise of writing for a variety of genres, grammar accuracy and the maths topics: time, timetables, area and perimeter and fractions. Please do as much as you can and return on Tuesday 27th February. Any questions, please let me know. 

There is also the Topic homework challenge ~ build a geographical landmark from Brazil! Letter attached to the foot of this page for more information.

There is no Mathletics homework over half term, unless you haven't caught up!

SpellingsIn the business of the last day of term, we didn't have time to complete our weekly spelling test! This will now roll over to Friday 2nd March. I explained to the class that if they can be tested at home that would be great and that they can then try and learn these 10 words from the statutory Y5/6 spelling list:

  1. According
  2. Bruise
  3. Identity
  4. Persuade
  5. Queue
  6. Programme
  7. Signature
  8. Equip
  9. Conscience
  10. Category

English:

This week, we have looked at parenthesis. This is a technique used to add extra information to sentences, using brackets, dashes, commas or italics. We looked at the different uses of parenthesis and created some very interesting sentences about Zeik the cat... After half term, we will be looking at reports. What rainforest animal would you like to research?

Maths: 

This week we have started our next unit: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages! We have been exploring equivalent and simplifying fractions. We were a little shaky after Tuesday's lesson but by Thursday, we'd mastered it! Well done! We will be continuing with Fractions after half term.

Science:

This week, we have been exploring irreversible reactions! These are reactions that produce new mixtures that cannot be returned to their original form. We looked at the combination of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Take a look at what occurred below:

Key dates w/c 26.02.18:

Monday 26th February - INSET day.

Tuesday 27th February - Rainforest animal visit!

Tuesday 27th February - Mathletics set.

Wednesday 28th February - Paul Cookson visit ~ Poetry workshop.

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day! Dress up & bring blankets/pillows for a reading for pleasure themed day.

Friday 2nd March - DISCO!

Friday 2nd March - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Twenty. w/e: Friday 9th February 2018

D.T/Topic:

In our DT afternoon this Wednesday, we made a Brazilian stew: a feijoada! You learned and used so many skills ~ cutting, frying, mixing, peeling... Well done! Hopefully everyone at home enjoyed your creation. I can tell you enjoyed it from the tasting at the end! Superb! I'll hand out copies of the recipe on Monday. Great teamwork:

English:

This week, we have written persuasive letters to a company producing palm oil in Brazil. We have written letters against deforestation, using a variety of persuasive techniques (such as rhetorical questions, modal verbs and personal pronouns) to tell them to stop. The letters are FANTASTIC! You're writing is extremely persuasive. Top quality.

Maths: 

This week we have been planning a journey to Brazil, using timetables and our geographical knowledge of Brazil. We have also tried a variety of representations in questions for shape, perimeter, area, time and angles. Great personalised learning from all of you ~ well done! Next week, we will be starting our new unit (it's a big one): Fractions, Decimals and Percentages!!

Key dates w/c 05.02.18:

Monday 12th February - Instrumental concert 6pm. Rehearsal to school 9:15. If you are involved PLEASE remember your instrument!

Monday 12th February - Challenge House Team ~ Crafty Afternoon!!

Tuesday 13th February - Last Mathletics set for this half term ~ none over the week break. Please make sure you are up to date!

Wednesday 14th February - Exciting Rainforest Day...

Friday 16th February - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk



Week Nineteen. w/e: Friday 2nd February 2018

English:

This week, we have looked at the persuasive features used in adverts and trailers. We have focused on emotive language and the role of sentence structure in persuasion. We have used the 'I have a dream' speech by Martin Luther King Jr to inspire our own writing. We have also used this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24FNE60FRzw to inspire our persuasive and emotive writing... Well done!

Maths: 

This week we have been investigating time and timetables. These are real life skills! Remember to practise with an analogue clock too! We have investigated the range of information that we can take from a timetable ~ there's loads! We have also had a visit from class 3TH, helping them to tell the time. Great explaining!

Geography:

This week, we have used a vast array of maps and information to create our own 'messy map' of Brazil! They look incredible and show visually the different areas of Brazil... Well done!

Homework: Children need to research deforestation as part of our English work. This is due by Wednesday 7th February please. Notes/ideas/posters are great!

Key dates w/c 05.02.18:

Tuesday 6th February - Trip to the Emmanuel School. Everyone must bring a packed lunch on this day. School uniform please.

Tuesday 6th February - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 7th February - Feijoda DT cooking! Please bring a tupperware pot!

Friday 9th February - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk



Week Eighteen. w/e: Friday 26th January 2018

DT ~ Food.

On Tuesday, we had our first cooking lesson. We looked at health and safety, especially with knives. We also looked at a range of cutting skills, in order to make our salsa. I hope you enjoyed making and eating it!

English:

This week, we have written about what we would do if we crash landed in the Amazon jungle. We have used TIPTOP to structure our paragraphs and made sure to include dialogue which is punctuated accurately. We have also used a film clip called 'Ride of Passage' to inspire our creative free writing. Well done for both your independent and free writes! Next week, we will be moving on to persuasion. How are you persuaded?

Maths: 

This week we have been investigating area, perimeter, volume and capacity. How would you define those words? We investigated a problem involving capacity on Friday. Well done for all your hard work reasoning and problem solving!

Science:

This half term, our Science topic is Materials and their Properties. Today, we have explored separating mixtures. We have conducted an experiment into how to separate a variety of mixtures, such as rice, sand and staples . Can you remember the six ways of separating mixtures?

Homework: Some children are 8+ Mathletics behind! Parents, can you please check your child has completed the set work before Tuesday 30th January. Thank you.

Key dates w/c 29.01.18:

Tuesday 30th January - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 31st January – Class meeting. 

Friday 2nd February - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk



Week Seventeen. w/e: Friday 19th January 2018

Thank you to all those who attended the Kingswood Information Evening on Thursday. If you couldn't make it, please find the PowerPoint attached at the foot of this page.

English:

This week, we have been using the novel, 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson to inspire our writing. The book is set in Brazil, following a young girl as she explores her new surroundings. We have been looking at correct paragraphing ~ TIPTOP (TIme, Place, TOpic, Person) and the correct punctuation of speech. Both difficult concepts, but you have done well! Next week, we will be applying this to an independent write. If you want to get ahead...what would you do if you crash landed in the Amazon jungle?

Maths: 

This week we have been investigating angles and 3D shapes. We have also been looking in detail at how to calculate perimeter and area. Can you remember the tricks to work out the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes? Great investigation work:

Science:

This half term, our Science topic is Materials and their Properties. Today, we have explored solubility. We have conducted an experiment into the solubility of various materials. We looked at ten different everyday materials and tested their solubility. Can you remember how to define solubility?

Homework: A grammar booklet has been sent home, which needs to be complete by Friday 9th February 2018. Any questions, please let me know. There will continue to be weekly Mathletics homework as well as spellings. Some of you may have extra angles homework. Please complete this by Tuesday 23rd January.

Key dates w/c 22.01.18:

Tuesday 23rd January - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 24th January – Class meeting. 

Friday 26th January - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Sixteen. w/e: Friday 12th January 2018

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas holiday. What a fantastic first week back!

Topic:

This week, we have been introduced to our Spring term topic ~ Brazil! We have had a Brazilian drumming masterclass, so we are now experts in the samba... There are lots of exciting activities planned for this topic; watch this space...

 

 

English:

This week, we have had a grammar focus. We have explored apostrophes for possession, plural possession and contractions. We have also looked at homophones. Can you remember the difference between two, to and too? What is special about its and it's? Next week, we will be starting our new book focus in English. If you want to get ahead, check out 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson.

Maths: 

This week we have been looking at 2D nets, 3D shapes and a whole load of angles! We have learned how to use a protractor, how to calculate missing angles on a line and round a point and even how to draw our own angles. I'm seriously impressed with all your hard work this week. Next week, we will be moving on to perimeter and area.

Science:

This half term, our Science topic is Materials and their Properties. Today, we have explored Moh's Hardness Scale, looking in detail at how we can group and classify materials. We also watched an interesting video about seven of the strangest materials. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo1lDsESD90

Homework: A grammar booklet has been sent home today, which needs to be complete in the next four weeks, by Friday 9th February 2018. Any questions, please let me know. There will continue to be weekly Mathletics homework as well as spellings. 

Key dates w/c 15.01.18:

Tuesday 16th January - Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 17th January – Class meeting. 

Thursday 18th January - Y5 children for Parents. Information about Kingswood 2018.

Friday 19th January - Spellings due and set.

P.E kit is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays please!

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

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

 

  • Mathletics will be set on a Tuesday, due in the following Tuesday. 
  • Spellings will be set and checked on a Friday.
  • I will be looking at your planners/reading records on Tuesday.
  • PE will be on a Tuesday and Thursday, so please remember your PE kit.

I will be giving you all a copy of the timetable, once we've had a week or two to iron out any mistakes.

Parents and carers, the meet and greet will be on Monday 11th September at 2:45. If you are unable to make it, don't worry, the PowerPoint will be on this class page next week. Feel free to catch me on the playground, or send me an email.

Any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!