Welcome to the Summer Term!
Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter and made the most of the glorious sunshine over the Easter weekend. Despite only being a 4 day week, it feels like we are well and truely back and ready to go! On Tuesday we had a visit from the local fire station. The children had a talk from some of the firefighters and then had an opportunity to look at their equipment and even have a go at squirting the hose!
In Maths we have started looking at decimal numbers revising how we add and subtract using them. It was important to remind the children of some of the important rules when linking up our digits. Our new topic this term is 'Natural Disasters' and we have already had some in depth conversations about what events these might be.
Next week we have our usual Forest visit on Friday, but also a trip to Lingfield Racecourse on Tuesday. Please look out for the homework grid which will be coming out next week.
Friday, 11th March.
In English his week we have been continuing with our class book 'Letters from the Lighthouse' the children have been writing postcards and secret notes as if they were evacuees during WW2. We have been exploring muliiplication of fractions in maths this weeks and learning what happens to the numerator and denominator during this process.
On Friday we had a wonderful day in the forest. The weather managed to hold off for most of the day and so we spent much of the day outdoors exploring a new part of the forest.
It has been wonderful to have the majority of the class back this week and it has really been an opportunity to push on with our learning. In maths this week we have been working hard on learning a formal method for short division. We started by using place-value counters, however as the children became more confident, we have moved onto written methods. The children have been set some work on this in their homework books.
During our English lessons we have been preparing to write a biography about Winston Churchill. On Thursday, we went on a fact finding mission using the Chromebooks. We have also looked at the different features of biographies. Spellings for this week have been set on Spelling Shed.
This week we have begun looking at biographies and some of the key features. We looked at the work origins of auto- bi- and graphy- and found other associated words. During Maths we have started to explore division and some of the words associated with division. This will really help us next week when we will be looking at formal methods of short division. Ending the week in Ashdown Forest was lovely, and we really did have such beautiful weather.
It has been lovely having the children back this week. They all appear to have so much enthusiasm for the term ahead and excited about this terms learning. This week in maths we have been having a big focus on long multiplication. The children have worked really hard on this and are i have been so impressed. During English we have been looking at different story genres and the description used to create a setting.
We have had a wonderful first term in Year 5 and the children have really worked hard. I have been really impressed with their attitude and determination throughout the term. I hope they all have a well deserved rest and come back fresh for the Spring Term.
Thank you once again for all the wonderful cards and generous gifts you have given us all, it is very much appreciated.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friday, 8th October.
An excellent week of learning form Diamond Class. They have worked their socks off at investigating deforestation and have ended the week by creating an explanation text on it. Their concentration has been fantastic and I can tell that they have really focused and tried to rememebr some key facts. In maths this week we have been revising bar modelling and trying to apply this to multi-step word problems. This has been quite a challenge!
Next week we are focuing on our 5x table - ensuring we know and can recall quickly the multiplication and related division facts. #
Have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, 17th September
Well done on the completion on another full week. The children are very quickly adapting to Year 5 and are really impressing me with their concentration and focus. Next week I will be starting to send home spellings. These will be tested each Friday. The words that the children come home with will also be the same spelling pattern as their assignment on SpellingShed.
This week, we have been finish out story writing based around the book 'I don't like books.' The children have have really imaginative with their work.. In maths, we have been looking at rounding and place value up to 1,000,000.
Have a great weekend
It was lovely to see many of you attending this mornings coffee morning. Please find attached below the powerpoint. If you wish to discuss any of the points raised, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
It had been wonderful to welcome the children back and to see their enthusiasm for the new school year. They appear to have settled into the new routines quickly and adapting to their new classroom.
There will be a 'meet the teacher' session tomorrow on 9th September at 9:15am, which will give more details about the term to come. This will be online as well in person (technology permitting) and I look forward to meeting you in this session. I will upload the brief PowerPoint to the class webpage following the meeting.
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