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Mrs Jones & Mrs Baigent

19th January 2018 - Theme of the week: Gratitude

Home Learning

The outline for Year 5 home Learning is attached at the bottom of the page.


We have been practising efficient written methods for division this week. Some of the children have been  asked to practise five calculations at home and to bring them in on Monday. The methods that we teach in school are displayed below in the 'Taste of our Learning' section. You could use the activities in the 'Division' folder on the interactive resources website to practise too.


Proofreading, editing and improving our writing are strong focuses in Year 5. When you write at home for home learning (including when you write in your Home Learning log), remember your CUPS and ARMS. Explain to the adults at home how we use CUPS and ARMS to review our writing.










  • Our current English topic is Pig-Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. We will be reading the entire book in class but you might want to investigate some other books by the same author. She does write books for teens and young adults as well as children so please choose carefully. 
  • Please continue to read daily and record in your Reading Records using the Blooms questions. In addition, make a start on this term's Book Challenge if you haven't already done so.
  • In class, we have read the first two chapters of The Suffrajitsus from Serial Mash on the Purple Mash website. Read chapter 3 and complete the associated activities too.
  • Our grammar focus has been 'cohesion'. The children should be able to explain what this means. Cohesion can be created in a text by using co-coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. You could practise by using skills H1-4 of the ixl website.


This half-term our History topic is The Indus Valley.  This was one of the first great ancient civilisations. The children will need to research one of the other ancient civilisations (such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans or Chinese). They will then report back their findings to other pupils in their group. They will need to consider the following criteria (the 5 Rs of significance) when reporting:

1. Revealing (does the civilisation tell you a lot about history?)

2. Results (did the civilisation have a big effect on history?)

3. Remarkable (was the civilisation important at the time?)

4. Remembered (do people still remember the civilisation today?)

5. Relevant (are the issues the civilisation raises still important for us today?)

Due Thursday 1st February.

PSHE -It's My Body

Thank you to all the parents who attended the information meeting regarding our Spring Term 1 topic. The curriculum outline is accessible from the Curriculum tab on the school website. Please scroll down the page to 'Year 5 & 6 SRE overview'.

Here is a link to the programme that we will watch during the course of the unit. It is an episode from the children's series 'Operation Ouch'.

A taste of our learning









The method that the children have been using is called the 'bus stop' method.


We have begun our topic by thinking about how to keep ourselves fit and healthy. The children also discussed UNICEF's Article  24: Every child has the right to the best possible health.


A guide to our written methods for multiplication:

Isabelle commented, 'This week, I have learned that you must make sure you carry numbers and don't let your times tables let you down.'

The Rapid Stationery Shop reopens for Christmas with an advert putting their own twist on a festive classic












The children have successfully designed, made, assembled and decorated their gingerbread structures. They have really impressed with their creativity, teamwork and resilience. More photos to follow.








Year 5, joined by Year 4, were lucky enough to be invited to an inclusive sport event at Bohunt School. The children participated in many events including guided athletics, seated basketball and goalball. They had a fabulous time and were commended for their creativity, team work and empathy. (Rights Respecting article 23: A child with a disability has the right to a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the community.)













We were lucky enough to receive a visit from civil engineer Becky Cusworth this Friday. She talked to the children about her visit to the Antarctica research centre. She is designing a wharf for the British Antarctic Survey's new boat and will return there once construction is underway.




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 different, everyone equal. The class enjoyed a fabulous workshop this week where they learned about: controlling anxiety; positive poses; and confident speaking, amongst other things.



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













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 fascinating 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, permeability and flexibility) 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 Silver
  • Sing Up
  • Sports Mark