Spring Term News

Week Thirty. w/e: Friday 31st March 2017

Class Five, I am so proud of each and every one of you. You have made so much progress over this term, and I am very impressed. Well done!

What a busy last week!

Lincoln Castle trip:

We had a fantastic time at Lincoln Castle on Tuesday, exploring Crime and Punishment. We learnt so much from our trip, you were super and really engaged with all of the activities! Have a look at some pictures from the day below:

Geography Field Work:

We explored our local area to see how the land had been used (e.g. industrial, residential) and mapped out the different areas around our school. We have also created our own plans for the proposed Sharp Hill Woods development.

R.E:

We had a special visitor, had lots of discussions and explored 'Holy Week' in lots of detail to discover how Christians might celebrate Easter and why.

I wonder what our next Topic could be...

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

Have a fantastic Easter holiday, stay safe and happy! I shall see you all back safe and happy on Tuesday 18th April.

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Twenty-Nine. w/e: Friday 24th March 2017

English:

This week we’ve looked in detail at 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. We've analysed and annotated our way through the poem, picking out a variety of key features. Well done Class Five, for getting to grips with such a difficult poem to read and understand! Can you remember what the word 'hyperbole' means?

Maths:

This week we have finished with this half term's topic of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. We have looked at multiplying fractions, investigating fractions, decimals and percentages and looking at how we can work systematically to make our mathematical lives easier!

Computing/Topic:

We have filmed, edited and showcased our movies, after a slight technical hitch. Excellent effort, Class Five!

Science:

We looked at how washing up liquid affects the surface tension and fat in whole milk. Can you explain what you thought would happen to the food colouring, and what actually happened? If you have another go at home (https://sciencebob.com/a-color-symphony/) then please take photos and send/show them to me!

Red Nose Day:

You all looked excellent in red! Well done for raising money for a great cause!

We're coming up to the penultimate week of this term! This year has flown by so far, I can't believe we're so close to the Summer Term! I wonder what our Topic could be...

Key dates w/c 27.03.17:

Tuesday 28th March – TRIP DAY! Year 5 Trip to Lincoln Castle.

Tuesday 28th March – Concert 6pm.

Tuesday 28th March – Mathletics due.

Wednesday 29th March – Walk around West Bridgford, 11am.

Thursday 30th March – spellings checked.

Friday 31st March – Last day of Spring Term!

Friday 31st March – RE Day (Easter).

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

One week to go...

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Twenty-Eight. w/e: Friday 17th March 2017

English:

This week we’ve enhanced our annotating, editing, drafting and evaluating skills related to our non-chronological reports all about 'Trial by Ordeal'. We've looked at the features we would expect to be in a report and then self and peer assessed our work based on our success criteria. Excellent writing, Class Five! As we approach the final two weeks of the Spring Term, we will be focusing on our poetry skills...

Maths:

This week we have continued with this half term's topic of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. We have looked at mixed numbers, improper fractions, and how to add and subtract a wide range of fraction types. We've also greated a 'Adding & Subtracting Fractions Guide' to show that we can explain the methods. Next week we will finish our unit on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages by learning how to multiply fractions, before finshing with a Maths investigation!

Computing/Topic:

We have begun to edit the raw footage for our 'Silent Movies'! As we approach our next edting lesson on Tuesday, think about what music you will choose and how you will be as creative as possible! Remember our Year Five competition...

Science:

We looked at irreversible reactions on Friday, by investigating the reaction between bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. What was the conclusion of our experiment? Take a look at some photos of our investigation below:

Key dates w/c 20.03.17:

Tuesday 21st March – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 22nd March – Class Meeting.

Thursday 17th March – spellings set and checked.

Friday 20th March – Red Nose Day! Wear something red!

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-Seven. w/e: Friday 10th March 2017

Message for Parents:

Thank you for your time this week for Parent Consultations!

English:

This week we’ve focused on non-chronological reports all about highwaymen. We've written our own reports using technical language, a formal tone, key vocabulary and a clear sentence and paragraph structure. Well done for all your hard work writing! Next week we will be focusing on our grammatical and authorial skills in the build up to writing our own independent report.

Maths:

This week we have continued with this half term's topic of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Continue to practice equivalent fractions at home, and bring any extra work in to show me! We have looked in more detail at decimals and percentages and how to convert between these three units accurately. Next week we will continue our unit on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages by looking in greater detail at the finding fractions of amounts and adding/subtracting fractions.

Computing/Topic:

We have filmed the raw footage for our 'Silent Movies'! As we approach Tuesday, and start developing our editing skills, think about what music you will choose and how you will be as creative as possible!

Art:

We've finished painting! We have forged our own artwork, in the style of Andy Warhol. They look amazing! I can't wait to share them in a mini-gallery when they are all dry!

Science:

We've completed our termly Science Investigation, looking at how thermal insulators and conductors affect the rate of an ice cube melting. Excellent work, Class Five!

Key dates w/c 13.03.17:

Tuesday 14th March – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 15th March – Class Meeting.

Thursday 16th March – Tamba Roy: Parent's event.

Thursday 16th March – spellings set and checked.

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-Six. w/e: Friday 3rd March 2017

Message for Parents:

Thanks for booking your Parent Consultation appointment next week, I look forward to seeing you Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Also, if any Parents are available to help on the Year 5 trip to Lincoln Castle on Tuesday 28th March, please let me know!

What a week!

English:

This week we’ve focused on our love of reading! We've had a fantastic World Book Day, when we dressed as a book character, shared stories with a year two class and wrote our own mystery short story. We've also had a fantastic visit on Friday from Paul Cookson (a superb poet), who talked to us all about poetry and how it can start with just an idea! Next week we will starting our new unit; all about non-chronological reports!

Maths:

This week we have continued with this half term's topic of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Continue to practice equivalent fractions at home, and bring any extra work in to show me! Next week we will continue our unit on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages by looking in greater detail at the relationship between the three concepts.

Computing/Topic:

We have planned our 'Silent Movies', ready to begin filming next week. Remember to think about how you will exaggerate your movements just enough to engage your audience AND what music you will choose! If you want to bring in any props, you're more than welcome to keep them at school.

Art:

We've started painting! We are forging our own artwork, in the style of Andy Warhol. They are all looking pretty good so far; take a look below!

Space:

On Wednesday, we had a fantastic visit from Colin Stuart (http://www.colinstuart.net/). He is an astronomy/science author and speaker who gave us a super presentation all about Space. You had so many questions!

Key dates w/c 06.03.17:

Monday 6th March – Parent Consultations

Tuesday 7th March – Parent Consultations

Tuesday 7th March – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 8th March – Class Meeting.

Thursday 9th March – spellings set and checked.

Friday 10th March – Science Investigation.

Friday 10th March – JGA Disco.

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

Have a super weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Twenty Five. w/e: Friday 24th February 2017

Message for Parents/Carers:

On Friday an email and physical letter were sent home detailing the new (trial) electronic system for booking Parent Consultation appointments for Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th March. Any problems please contact the Office or me. Thanks!

What a busy, jam-packed week!

English:

This week we’ve focused on our reading skills, using our favourite books to write blurbs, detailed reviews and our own deduction, inference and prediction questions! Well done! Next week we will continue to look at the love of reading, rounding of this unit with World Book Day (Thursday), and a visit from a Poet (Friday). I've got my costume ready, I can't wait to see your ideas!

Maths:

This week we have started this half term's topic of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. This is a huge unit for year 5 and we have started it off confidently. Continue to practice equivalent fractions at home, and bring any extra work in to show me! Next week we will continue our unit on Fractions before moving on to looking at how they relate to Decimals. Have a think about how we multiply by 10, 100 and 1000...

Topic:

We had a fantastic visit from Mrs Oldfield, who told us all about her role as a prosecutor for the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service). You asked lots of interesting questions and found out lots of information about 'Modern Crime and Punishment', which we will be working on in greater detail this week!

DT:

Cooking. Spam. Hash.

Those three words made most of you quiver at the thought of cooking Spam Hash... But, after you had started cooking it and tasted it you were very impressed! I was VERY impressed too at your teamwork and cooking skills: well done! Maybe you could try making it at home for your family? The recipe is at the bottom of this page.

Art:

We have started this term's Art topic: Forgery. Our artist is Andy Warhol, and we have looked in detail at his life and artwork style. We've started to draw our simple design which we will then colour multiple times this week!

Key dates w/c 27.02.17:

Tuesday 28th February – Mathletics due and set.

Tuesday 28th February – Art. Please bring in an old T-Shirt or apron which might get paint on it.

Wednesday 1st March – Visit from Colin Stuart - Space author!

Thursday 2nd March – World Book Day! Come as any character from a book!

Thursday 2nd March – spellings set and checked.

Friday 3rd March – Visit from Paul Cookson - Poet!

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

Have a super weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Happy Half Term!

What a fantastic, busy, interesting half term filled with learning! Well done Class Five, I am so proud of each and every one of you!

English:

This week we’ve finished writing our newspaper reports and they are brilliant! I am so pleased with all the features you have managed to include in the three columns: direct speech, reported speech, parenthesis, facts, opinions, change in tense and so much more! Well done! We will be starting a new unit of English after half term.

Maths:

This week we have finished our small unit on time, tables and timetables! You did superbly with the big solve on Friday; trying to find how many buses went from B to A... Even the teachers were a little confused at times! After half term, we will be starting our unit on fractions, decimals and percentages which is the largest unit in year 5.

Topic:

Your emotive writing from the viewpoint of a witch or witch-hunter was super! You used lots of emotive language, historical details and a clear structure. We will be continuing with Crime and Punishment after half term!

DT:

We (almost) finished our DT projects! You did so well to nearly complete your moving toy in the time we had - well done! We will be moving on to looking at Art in more detail after half term...

Key dates w/c 20.02.17:

Monday 20th February – INSET day. School closed!

Tuesday 21st February – back to school!

Tuesday 21st February – Mathletics set (none due from over half term).

Wednesday 22nd February – class meeting.

Thursday 23rd February – spellings set and checked.

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

Have a super weekend and half term! I can't wait to hear what you have all been doing!

Stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Notice to Parents/Carers: If you haven't already, please check the ParentMail you received on Friday from Miss Law regarding online safety. Thank you.

Reminder: English Homework. The English booklet is due Thursday 9th February. If any booklets are ready to be handed in before Thursday, please send them in!

English:

This week we’ve looked at newspaper reports; revising/analysing the key features before moving on to writing our own first paragraph. These were fantastic, Class Five! I'm very impressed with your journalistic talents. Next week, we will be developing our own newspaper reports, making them effective, engaging and entertaining!

Maths:

This week we have looked at representations of time. We've also looked at how we can read information from a table with accuracy. Next week, we will be finishing this unit on time by looking at timetables, finishing this half term with a Big Solve.

Science:

Mrs Moore was extremely happy with how you conducted your scientific experiments into solubility. Thank you for sharing all your ideas with me!

Resilience:

We all enjoyed having Mr Tamba Roy visit our school to talk about resilience and ensuring we have a positive mindset. It was fantastic to have our own class session with him too; remember your power statement...

Key dates w/c 06.02.17:

Monday 6th February – RE Day. Theme: Religion and the Individual.

Tuesday 7th February – Mathletics due.

Wednesday 8th February – class meeting.

Thursday 9th February – English booklet due.

Thursday 9th February – spellings set and checked.

Friday 10th February– Year 2 assembly.

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

Have a super weekend!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Twenty One. w/e: Friday 27th January 2017

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, the trip to The Galleries of Justice (specified on the Curriculum Map) has been cancelled. We are currently finalising a different trip to tie in with our current 'Crime and Punishment' topic. Once confirmed, a letter will be sent home.

A superb week, Class Five!

English:

This week we’ve written our own mystery story, and I must say they are looking great! We've written, edited and almost written our final copy ready to be 'published' next week. Next week, we will be finishing our stories, before looking at how we can write effective newspaper reports.

Maths:

This week we have looked at how 2D nets represent 3D shapes. We have moved on to angles; investigating them and making reasoned judgements. Next week, we will be deepening our understanding of angles before moving on to looking at time in detail. So please start practising using an analogue rather than a digital clock!

Topic:

We've created a wide range of creative pieces all about Crime and Punishment through the ages we've looked at so far. Next week, we will be looking at witches and how they influenced crime and punishment.

DT:

Wow! What a fantastic day making our moving toy mechanisms on Friday. You impressed me so much with your hard work and effort to finish the main structure of your moving toy. Excellent safety with various DT equipment, and well presented works in progress:

Key dates w/c 30.01.17:

Tuesday 31st January – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 1st February– class meeting.

Thursday 2nd February– spellings set and checked.

Finally, a helpful reminder that your English homework for this term is due in soon...

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

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Twenty. w/e: Friday 20th January 2017.

Thanks to all parents/carers who attended the Kingswood information evening. The PowerPoint is attached at the foot of this page. All children received a letter regarding places/deposits on Friday. Please return this before 21st February. Thank you!

English:

This week we’ve looked in detail at our authorial skills ready to write a mystery story in 500 words! We looked at how to write believable characters, how to use dialogue to progress a story, paragraph use, how to write an action sequence and we've written our plans ready for our mystery writing! Your action sequences were FANTASTIC! Well done, Class Five! Next week, we will be finishing with mystery writing unit with writing our own story! I'm really looking forward to reading them! We will then be starting to look at writing newspaper reports.

Maths:

This week we have looked in detail at 2D and 3D shapes, focusing on the properties of regular polygons. We looked at 2D representations of cubes can be organised and drawn accurately. Next week, we will be deepening our understanding of 2D and 3D shape before moving on to looking at angles in detail.

Topic:

We've looked at the Terrible Tudors, focusing on 'Tudor prisons' and how this compares to crime and punishment across the ages. Next week, we will be looking at Witches.

DT:

We have planned our moving toys; focusing on cams and mechanisms. We will have a whole day of DT on Friday to make our toys!

Key dates w/c 23.01.17:

Tuesday 24th January – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 25th January – class meeting.

Thursday 26th January – spellings set and checked.

Friday 27th January – DT Day!

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

Have a superb weekend!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Nineteen. w/e: Friday 13th January 2017.

A superb week; a great start to the Spring Term!

English:

This week we’ve looked in detail at how we can write settings that change within a mystery story. For example, going from lush, green countryside to a cold, desolate and haunted village. Excellent writing, Class Five! Next week, we will be continuing with mystery writing in the build up to writing our very own story! I'm really looking forward to reading them!

Maths:

This week we have finished this full unit on the short division 'bus stop' method, but we  will be revisiting it over the course of the year. Keep practising! Next week, we will be deepening our understanding of polygon properties and looking in greater detail at our investigation skills...

Topic:

We've looked at the Dreadful Dark Ages, focusing on 'Trial by Ordeal' and how this relates to crime and punishment across the ages. We acted out a crime, ordeal and punishment to evaluate their effectiveness. Excellent drama, Class Five! Next week, we will be looking at the Terrible Tudors!

DT:

We have started to look at moving toys; with a focus on cams and mechanisms. We started to plan out our ideas for a moving toy related to our topic: 'Crime and Punishment'. We will have a whole day of DT making our toys in a couple of weeks too!

Science:

We've looked at how the Earth, Moon and Sun are similar and different and how the Moon 'moves' across the sky. Remember to fill in your Moon phase diaries!

Key dates w/c 16.01.17:

Tuesday 17th January – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 18th January – class meeting.

Thursday 19th January – spellings set and checked.

Thursday 19th January – 6pm Kingswood Meeting for Year 5 parents/carers. Please return your reply slip ASAP! Thanks!

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

Have a marvellous weekend!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Week Eighteen. w/e: Friday 6th January 2017.

Happy New Year and welcome back!

Thank you for your Christmas presents and cards, Class 5! You're very kind and thoughtful, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas break.

English:

This week we’ve read the start of Sherlock Holmes, and looked in detail at writing in the mystery genre. We've evaluated what makes an excellent piece of mystery writing and started to think about how we could write our own! Next week, we will be continuing with mystery writing in greater detail.

Maths:

This week we have developed our knowledge, skills and understanding of the short division 'bus stop' method. Next week, we will be deepening our understanding of the short division method, as well as doing our first 'Big Solve' activity of 2017...

Topic:

We've had our first Topic lesson, introducing us to our Spring topic of: Crime and Punishment. We looked at what makes a crime in different places around the world, and had a very thought-provoking discussion, debating if a crime can ever be justified. We also looked at Forgery; we attempted to forge our own version of the Mona Lisa!

Key dates w/c 19.01.17:

Monday 9th January – English homework set for this half term.

Tuesday 10th January – Mathletics set.

Wednesday 11th January – class meeting.

Thursday 12th January – spellings set and checked.