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Sport and Fitness Week


Year 5 have really excelled themselves during Sport and Fitness week and shown some real enthusiasm and sportsmanship. They really enjoyed sports day and although we didn't have the same audience, they certainly made up for it with the loud and encouraging cheers!

The class made some delicious oaty bars and fruit kebabs on Thursday and we joined by the rest of the school for a big brunch. I will try to upload some more picture of our week on Monday. 



This week has STEM week and the theme was: innovating for the future. 


The children kicked off the week with  an explosive with Professor Chris from Bubbleworks.

Throughout the week the children have been conducting lots of different investigations including the themes of Sound, Motion, Weapons and Forces.

It is clear, from all of the work carried out this week that we have some budding young scientists. I have been really impressed by their high quality questioning skills and their methodical approach to their practical work. 



Well done Year 5 for this Term. It hasn't quite been the one we all wanted, but I have been so proud of you all. 


This week the class have been starting their own chocolate companies by developing a brand name, logo and packaging as well as conducting some scientific tests on different sweets. They even got to taste the end results. 


Have a fantastic Easter. 

Chocolate Science

Welcome Back!


It has been so lovely to welcome back the Class this week and brining life back into the classroom. It has been a big week for them all, but they have all coped remarkably well. 

As a school we are looking at the brand new new book by Oliver Jeffers called 'What We'll Build'. We have discussed the meaning behind the book and used our imaginations to create a destination for us to journey to. We have used descriptive writing techniques to give detail to the reader, thinking abut different ways to start our sentences.

In Maths, we have  been looking at decimal numbers. We have been learning to order, partition and arrange them along a number line. 


I look forward to catching up during our parents evenings next week. Don't forget to book your appointment if you haven't done so already.

Many thanks.


Mr Cook

Happy New Year.


Not quite the start of the Year that we were expecting. Please find below some home-learning for today. From tomorrow all home-learning will be set via London Grid for Learning. Please bear with us whilst we transition to our virtual learning world.  


Below you will find a 'stand-alone' English and Maths task for your child to complete. 



Holidays are coming...


In this final full school school week of the term, Diamond Class have been rounding off their learning as well as completing some end-of-term assessments. We have completed our work on the short film 'Bear and the Hare' , to which the children have written some fantastic stories. I have been really impressed with the children's concentration and focus, despite the festive season rapidly approaching.  The children will be brining home their PE kits this week for a well earned wash! Please ensure they are back in on the first week of the Spring Term. 



Welcome Back. 


I hope you all had an enjoyable half-term (despite the weather) and are ready for next. This week we have been fruit tasting and using these experiences to write some descriptive passages. This had some interesting results with most children appearing to really enjoy the taste of  a pomegranate. In science this week we have been learning about light refraction and the class have been experimenting with this by seeing the effects of putting objects in water. During our Maths lessons this week, we have been having a money focus which has involved looking at household accounts and learning a range of new terminology associated with accounts. 


Have a lovely weekend. 

Pictures from the week.

Harvest Celebration - Videos to follow (size permitting)

Friday 16th October


Year 5 have been continuing their English learning based around 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' this week. The particular focus this week has been learning about Refugees. The class have been writing letters to the Home Office based on some of the issues they have been reading about. I have been so impressed with the mature attitude that they have shown. 


In Maths we continue to focus on Addition and Subtraction problems, with a particular focus on non-routine problems. The class are beginning to become more resilient to these types of challenges. 


Have a good Weekend. 


Mr Cook

Friday, 2nd October. 


What a wonderful, wet and windy day we had in the forest today! I have to say, despite the atrocious weather, the children's behaviour and attitude was fantastic. There was very little grumbling (apart from by the adults) and they were all really engaged throughout the day. 


Last week in Maths we continued with our focus on place value and began to look at numbers up to 1,000,000. Although we all agreed that the number looked scary, we soon realised that the processes were exactly the same and started to enjoy the class activities. Next week we are re-capping on our addition and subtraction strategies and applying them to a range of different problems. 


In English next week we are beginning our work on 'The Boy at the Back of the Class.' This is a fantastic story and is bound to raise many questions from the children. 


Enjoy your weekend. 



Thank you to those parents who were able to join our virtual Coffee Morning on Monday morning. For those who weren't able to join us, attached is the powerpoint from the session, which gives an idea of the areas covered. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.


Year 5 and 6 Coffee Morning

Friday 18th September 2020


We are very much back into the swing of things and the children have very quickly adapted to the new routines over the last few weeks.


In English we have been doing some creative writing based around Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It has been great to see and hear the children's descriptive language skills coming through.  In Maths we have been revisiting our place value knowledge and looking at numbers up to 1,000,000.


Next week, we will be starting work on our ‘Coming to England’ topic and will be carrying on with our place value work.


The reading diaries and log ins for Times Tables Rockstars (TTR) were sent home last week.  I have asked the class to bring their reading diaries in every Friday and will endeavour to remind them on a Thursday afternoon. 


Please, please, encourage your child to read at home but also practice their times tables. Quick recall of these facts will help them enormously with so many aspects of maths work. 


I have set the children spelling via spelling shed. Please do let me know if there are any issues with this. 


Welcome Back


What a fantastic sight...33 children back and all eager and ready to learn. It has been a lovely couple of days becoming reacquainted with the children. Although it has only been a year since I last had them, they seem to have grown and changed so much. 


Below you will find the class letter and topic web which outlines some of the plans for the exciting term ahead. 


Don't forget that if you need to contact me, you can do so on info@dormansland.surrey.sch.uk or telephone the school and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively, you can use the contact form found below. 


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If you would like to contact Mr Cook, please use the form below. Please note that the response time to this system of contact is three working days.