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Week Beginning Monday 2nd October (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 2nd October 2017

Welcome to week 5 of term 1!

What a week we had last week! As I type I am in my dressing gown, with a hot chocolate looking through all the wonderful photographs I took over the past three days. Keep your eyes peeled over the weekend as I upload them bit by bit with my slow internet connection. We all had an amazing time and I’m sure you’ve heard lots of wonderful stories of their adventures. I also hope they get plenty of rest this weekend, ready for our jam packed week of learning.

This week we will return to our regular schedule, therefore all children will need to ensure they have their PE kit in every day, trumpets in for Tuesday (particularly as we have no additional ones in case one is left at home) and Forest School on Thursday.

If you have any questions regarding this weeks intended learning please just pop into the classroom in the morning or after school.

Kind regards,

Miss Wilkins

For week beginning Monday 2nd October 2017

-In our reading sessions the children will spend the session either reading in their tables with a teacher, reading with each other or working through the comprehension activity. Further to this, the children have each selected a reading book which they will be expected to take home every evening and read for 15 minutes either independently or with someone else (even if they read to their pet). I ask that the children write in their planners how much they have read so I can keep a log and know how they are getting on with the text. Some of the texts are my personal books so I ask that they are taken care of and returned to the class reading zone when finished with. We are lucky to have a wonderful parent reader who is reading with the children each week and they will be expected to read the book they have selected to read independently.

-In our Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons this week we will be revisiting clauses (in particular co-ordination and subordination), prepositions and then moving onto digging deeper with punctuation; focussing on colons, semi-colons, brackets, dashes and commas.

-Within our writing this week we will be focussing on producing a recount of our trip to Swattenden. The children will be writing this in the style of a newspaper


-Our Mathematic lessons begin each day with a mental maths activity. This term we are working on our times tables at speed. The children have two minutes to complete as many as they can.

-Last week in our Inspire Maths lessons we finished our journey with rounding numbers to the nearest thousand and estimating and approximating answers when completing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This week we move onto our next mathematical journey, further exploring whole numbers. Our lessons will focus on learning to use a calculator correctly, multiplying numbers by tens, hundreds or thousands and finally dividing by tens, hundreds and thousands.

In addition, this week I will host a session this week on Roman Numerals!


-Our topic focus this term is ‘Geography: The World around Us’. Our session this week will be continuing with exploring continents and countries in the world and the world’s oceans. This week we turn our attention to understanding the Meridian line, identifying what it is and researching the countries that lie along it.


-The children are incredibly lucky this term to have three separate PE teachers! Within my PE sessions we will be taking part in invasion games, in particular the sport of netball. Last week we identified and completed the different passes in netball, including the chest pass, bounce pass and shoulder pass. This week we continue to master the three types of pass used in a netball game and she then move forward to understand the rule of footwork.

-Mrs Mileham will be continuing the theme of invasion games and shall be teaching tag rugby.

-Mrs Stanford will be working with the children on cross country running.

-All children are expected to take part in the daily mile run at 9am.

-Please can it be reminded that PE kits and trainers should be in school every single day of the school week.


-This term in French we will be looking at the theme ‘as-tu un animal?’ / ‘do you have a pet?’ In our session last week we revised our core French vocabulary for family members and moved on to remember the numbers 1-100. This week we shall be introducing the aim of the remainder of this unit, as-tu un animal? We will then move to learning eight nouns and genders for different pets.


-This week the children will have their second trumpet lesson. Please remember to bring trumpets in on Tuesday! I also still ask that the children continue to bring in an old rag to clean the mouth piece of their trumpet.


-As previously mentioned, the children this week are required to participate in fifteen minutes of reading each evening. We will eventually be moving this to twenty minutes as the term moves on. We are working to foster a love of reading with in the class, therefor they are asked to read a book of their choice; no comics or magazines please as we save those for a Friday. I ask that the children keep a log of how many pages or chapter they read each time in their planner. They are not required to always read to an adult, they are more than welcome to read independently, to a pet, a sibling or even to a teddy.

-In their learning journals this week the children have been set a research task and a handwriting practise activity. Firstly, the children have been asked to research and write a short report on any play that is currently on in London’s West End. This can be facts, figures, cast lists…anything they can find out about it. The children are not required to have seen the show first hand; it can be one that they have heard of, would like to see or one that they have found online. Secondly the children are required to practise their cursive handwriting (with a handwriting pen if possible). Please can they practise the words ‘bargain, ‘bruise’ and ‘aggressive’ five times, ensuring they check the correct spellings. Learning journal homework is due in one Wednesday 4th October.

-The children have now received their spellings to revise ready for our spelling test on Wednesday 4th October. They will find a copy of these in their planners. Spelling tests will always be on Wednesday for the remainder of the term.

-Thank you for continuing to complete and support children with their MA books. The children are required to complete at least one page every week. Submission date of MA is every Thursday morning for the remainder of the year.

-Whilst in Swattenden the children were given a diary to record their journey. This was to be completed if and when they had the opportunity amongst the days activities. If the children have completed them, please can they be returned to school on Monday to support them with their writing activity.