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Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely half-term. We are continuing looking at different aspects of WW2 in our topic lessons this term and the children have really impressed me with their knowledge so far. In English we are studying War Poetry and some of the language choices used in these.

 

During Maths this we are focusing on division and using formal methods to aid us. We are also recapping on some of the place value work that we did over the autumn term. 

 

 

Welcome back to a new and exciting term!

 

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone for your lovely gifts over Christmas, they were very much appreciated.

Secondly, I would like congratulate Diamond Class on their first term in Year 5 and on their work towards Christmas time. We had lots going on, such as Art Week, singing rehearsals, Christmas carol concerts, art week, Friendship Day, parties, assemblies.

 

Moving forward this term, we have a new topic; World War 2! Having taught this topic previously I can safely say it is one of the most well received by the children. They already have so much knowledge and today have bombarded me with tales and facts they already know! I suspect many of you will be ordered to go in to the loft or understairs cupboard to dig out WW2 based artefacts from grandparents etc...I can only apologise for any inconvenience this causes! They are all so keen to share their family experiences.

 

We will be linking quite a lot of our learning to this topic, particularly in English. In English, we will be using WW2 evacuee experiences to create diary entries and write stories. In Maths, we are completing lots of learning on fractions, decimals and percentages. 

 

I will be uploading a homework grid for the Spring Term soon, as well as information in a topic letter/web about upcoming events and important things to remember.

 

For now, I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas breaks and New Year. I look forward to a positive and successful Spring Term!

11th October

 

We have continued with our Place value work this week; ordering a comparing numbers. We also took some time to look at negative numbers and investigated where they could be found and how we can order them on numberlines. Towards the end of the week we looked at number sequences (involving negative numbers) and tried to find missing numbers.

 

In English this week we have started our new book 'Floodland.' It is a book set in the future, where sea levels have risen and parts of England have been cut off. The book is set in Norfolk and explores a wide range of dilemmas and issues.  To aid our understanding, we took time this week to explore the landscape of Norfolk and discover where it is. 

6/10/19 - Spelling Bee Focus Words

 

Dictionary

Excellent

Existence

Identify

Language

Leisure

Lightning

 

 

5/10/19

 

In English this week the class have been rounding off their Roald Dahl projects by writing their own 'Twits' chapter. We had some really imaginative pranks (so be warned!) and some fantastic writing throughout the class. The children have really worked well to use a range of descriptive writing. 

 

In Maths this week we have been working on numbers up to 1,000,000. We have explored rounding, ordering and partitioning these numbers.

 

Test you child at home - Give them a number e.g. 1,324,211. How many ways can they partition it? 1,000,000+300,000, + 20,000 + 4,000 + 200+10+1  Can they do it any other ways?  

23/9 - Spelling Bee Focus Words!

 

Bruise

Curiosity

Desperate

Determined

Develop

Dictionary

Friday, 20th September.

 

The class have really impressed me over the last two weeks at how well they have settled down to their learning and begun life in Year 5. In Maths at the moment we are having a big focus on place value and recognising the value of digits up to 1,000,000. We have been working on partitioning, rounding and ordering of these numbers. 

 

In English we have have been studying one of Roald Dahl's most famous books 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.' We have been doing lots of descriptive writing and the children have really worked hard to create vivid images of Willy Wonka's Chocolate room. 

Reading stars for children to complete at home. If your child manages to read 4 times a week at home and parents sign their diary, children receive a lottery ticket towards half term draw. If children complete one of these star tasks each week they also receive a lottery ticket.

Welcome to Diamond Class!!

Welcome back. I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are all refreshed for the year ahead.

Please find below a class letter, topic page and homework grid containing some details about the exciting Autumn Term.

 

I look forward to meeting you all at the upcoming parent coffee morning next week. 

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