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Mrs Jones & Mrs Baigent

Friday 17th November

Apologies for the technical issues with the webpage last week. The updated home learning was available for a short time and then reverted to the previous week's. Hopefully, we are all back on track!

Have a look in the Gallery for an album of photos from the recent brilliant pizza making workshop at Pizza Express.

Class Learning Assembly

Thank you to all of you who came to support the children this week by watching their 'Immigration' learning assembly. They did a fantastic job, as always. They planned and prepared all the material themselves in their groups, showing excellent teamwork. In addition, they embodied our theme of the week 'Bravery and courage in our learning' by presenting their learning so clearly.







Anti-bullying week workshop

The theme for this year's anti-bullying week is Everyone dfferent, everyone equal. The class enjoyed a fabulous workshop this week where they learned about: controlling anxiety; positive poses; and confident speaking, amongst other things.



Home Learning


Use the Interactive Resources website folder 'Factors/multiples' to get ready for next week's learning!


Please continue to read every day and record in your Reading Records. Don't forget to complete your Reading Challenge too. Look at and learn the spellings from your personal lists using some of the strategies that we have used in class. We have been learning about apostrophes for possession this week and many of the children have found this challenging, especially when the nouns are plural. Use the Year 5 English skills sections B11 and B13 on the ixl website to practise.

RRSA (Rights Respecting School Award)

The children have been learning about the challenges which face child refugees, especially when they are separated from their family (including grandparents, aunts and uncles). They have started to discuss what can be done to change this in the UK. For home learning, write a letter to our local MP, Damien Hinds, asking him to commit to keeping refugee families together by fixing the UK's family reunion law. There is a possibilty that Damien Hinds will be coming into school shortly to collect the letters. Article 9: children must not be separated from their parents unless it is in their best interests (for example, if a parent is hurting a child). 

Topic - Polar Explorers

We are extremely lucky to have an engineer, Becky Cusworth, visiting Year 5 next Friday morning. She has visited the Antarctic and will have some equipment and photos to share with the children. Have a think about some possible questions that you would like to ask her.

The Rapid Stationery shop opens with an eye-catching advert!











A taste of our learning


Once again, we have been thoroughly entertained by our brilliant music recital this week. Well done to all our musicians. This week we grooved along to a very jazzy version of 'When the Saints Go Marching In'.

All the children who are learning to play instruments have been invited to perform during our music lessons over the coming weeks.


We have begun our topic about 'The Swinging Sixties'. The children have been learning to twist and do the hand jive. Can you explain to someone else, or write a set if instructions, about how to do the dances?

Stationery Shop

Rapid Stationery Shop has been very successful. The stock has flown off the shelves. Well done again to the pupil team. Updates on takings and profit made will be available after the half-term holiday. Look out for information about our next sales in the week running up to the Christmas holidays.









All of the children presented their Immigration topics this week and it was fascinatimg to see the diversity of their subjects, approaches to the research and how they presented their findings. Well done!


We were treated to a super sing-a-long performance of Away in a Manger which was composed by  William J. Kirkpatrick who emigrated from England to the USA.






We have completed half-termly arithmetic tests this week. Afterwards, we made corrections and discussed our learning. 'Expert Learners' were on hand to help out.







We have been investigating the properties of materials ( magnetism, transparency, hardness, permeabilty and flexibilty) and linking them to the materials' uses.

Computing: The children have also been learning about e-safety and have completed posters advising others how to keep safe online. These are displayed in front of the computing suite.

PE: Practising these basic shapes will improve your core strength - have a go!

Rights Respecting School

The children have created their own charter by voting for the UNICEF articles on which they would like to focus this year. After that, they made suggestions about what children should do and adults must do in order to ensure all children at the school access their rights. The resulting work is displayed in the classroom. I am very proud of the children for showing their understanding of the articles and the mature way they approached the task. They are starting to independently consider the rights during all aspects of the curriculum.

Our class representatives

Our newly elected Arts Ambassador, School Councillor and Rights Respecting steering group members.

Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • Music Mark
  • Offsted
  • RRSA Level 1
  • Sing Up
  • Sports Mark