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Spelling Bee


Due to the looooonnnnnnggggggg list of words that Year 5 have to learn for the Spelling Bee, we have only managed to get through two thirds of the list in school. We have managed to learn up to the word 'sufficient' so when the class completes their Spelling Bee test on Friday this week, we will only be testing them on the words we have learnt. It is of course still important to learn the words as they are part of the Year 5 curriculum, so we will continue to learn them after the Spelling Bee is complete.

The first round will take place in class as a written test of the words we've learnt, then on Monday next week I shall be selecting the few in the class with the highest score. They will then complete a verbal test in the class, before the final on Wednesday, which will be in the hall.


Tomorrow, we have our carnival dace workshop, which we are very excited about!! Thank you for sending in your £2 for this fun and topical opportunity, if you have not yet sent it in, please do so at your earliest convenience.


Finally, Year 5 took part in a mindfulness session yesterday and had some lovely responses to the activity! I think some of us were so relaxed we were close to falling asleep! Here is a picture of us relaxed and mindful!


Wednesday 3rd October 2018


I have been very impressed over the last few weeks at how Year 5 have been learning. They have been working steadily through our book for English: Coming to England. We have written diary entries and empathised with the characters, as well as improving our vocabulary.

In Maths, we have been focusing on place value and I have been impressed with Year 5's number knowledge.


Today however, I was particularly pleased. I panicked at the prospect of handing over a set of steel drums to a class of 10 year olds...but I was pleasantly surprised at the respect they showed for the instruments, the creativity of their compositions and their ability to follow instructions sensibly! Well done Year 5, a fantastic music lesson full of fun (and I have been left with my ear drums in tact!)


Below are a few photos from our Ashdown Forest trip the other week and a few from today's music lesson!

Steel Pan/Drum Music Lesson

13th September 2018


Well, Diamond class have impressed me this week! They have settled down beautifully in to Year 5 and are showing a great enthusiasm for learning!

Next week, Year 5 will be making a start on the Dormansland Spelling Bee! Hopefully you will have received a separate letter about this, but I have attached a copy below for your convenience in case. I have attached the list of Year 5 Spelling Bee words to learn, however, if you feel these are becoming TOO challenging for your child when practising at home, then I have also attached an alternative list of words for them to try instead.

Autumn Home Learning

Parent Letter and Autumn Topic Web

Welcome to Year 5!


I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer holidays and I look forward to hearing about all your exciting news in our first week back!


Just a few bits of information for you ready for the Autumn Term:


Reading Books

Please make sure your child is equipped with a reading book to use in school. We have lots of wonderful books here in our library too. It is expected that your child reads at least 5 times a week for about 10 minutes. This could be to you or to themselves but please make sure it is recorded by somebody in their reading diaries and signed by an adult. For every 5 signed reads your child will receive a house point and move up on our reading journey display!



Year 5 spellings are taken from the National Curriculum and are based around a rule. Each week on a Monday your child will be given a slip with a rule and some spellings to learn. These will be learnt in school but please make sure you practise at home too. Your child will then be tested on these spellings on Friday.



The homework grid will be handed out at the beginning of the term and it is expected that your child complete at least 6 over the course of the term. If they do they are able to achieve certificates. There will also be additional worksheets in the classroom on our Maths and English working walls, which the children are welcome to help themselves to.


Equipment and Uniform

It is important that all your child's belongings are named clearly so we can reduce the amount of lost property. All uniform and PE should be correct and named clearly (preferably permanently too!) It would be extremely helpful if your child came to school equipped with a handwriting pen (not a biro please), pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, glue and whiteboard pen. We do have some of these in school if anyone runs out.



PE sessions will be confirmed ready for the first full week back, but please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school at all times. Occasionally there may be an ad hoc session and it is best if it is in school as much as possible.


Other bits!

A topic letter will be sent out in the first full week back so you know what we will be learning over the term, and our Year 5 and 6 coffee morning will be in the second full week back. Our first Ashdown Forest session is on Friday 21st September and any help with transport would be greatly appreciated. Finally, I have uploaded a document below with some resources and ideas for practising times tables and spellings at home if you need inspiration!


I am very much looking forward to seeing you all back on Thursday 6th September and I am very excited to get to know you all over the year!


Miss Newns

Times Tables and Spellings Ideas

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