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Week Beginning 30 October 2017 (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 6th November 2017

Welcome to week two of term two! What a week we had last week! The children came back excited and ready to hit the ground running!  I will try and keep this week’s learning short and brief but there is a lot to communicate.

Can it please be reminded that every Tuesday we have trumpet lessons. Therefore, every child MUST have their trumpets in school. We do not have any additional trumpets to provide if a child has forgotten theirs. It is the children’s responsibility to bring them to school and they will therefore miss out. We become very slack at the end of term, which was incredibly disappointing.

We continue to have Forest school this term. As the weather is getting colder, children are expected to come in multiple layers, with waterproofs and appropriate footwear.  

As many of you may be aware, I was incorrect with the dates of our up and coming parents evening. They are in fact on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th November.  This year the children are invited to attend and present their Path Brite profile to their parents, showing their best work of the two terms. This is also an opportunity for you to see how your child is currently performing. Please ensure you book a slot.

We continue to work hard on our Shakespeare performance. The children are doing an amazing job and it is really coming together with the help of our fantastic directors. Our rehearsals are becoming more frequent from this week. We will begin to look at costumes as soon as possible.

We are becoming more and more slack at bringing in our PE kit. PE takes place on a Monday and Friday, therefore all children must always have a PE kit school at all times.

As always I am available at the end of the school day for any additional information that you may require.

I look forward to everyone returning,


Miss Wilkins

For week beginning: 30th October 2017

-In our reading sessions the children will be using Reading VIPERS to help with their comprehensive skills. This involves children looking at vocabulary, inference, predictions, explanations, retrieval of information and sequencing or summarising within a chosen text. Our chosen text for the next couple of weeks is ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and we shall be focussing on inference, predictions and explanations within comprehension.  Further to this, the children have each selected a reading book which they continue to 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). 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.  We are always looking for help with parent readers so if anyone is interested and willing to support our children in their reading then please pop in and see me at any point this term.

-In our Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons this week we will still be focussing on colons and  semi-colons and words ending with ‘ible/able’.

Our literacy lessons this week will continue focus on the biography of Charles Dickens. We will be exploring the life and works of the author through the use of research, drama, interviewing and report writing.


-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. Please be reminded that the children now have a Times Tables Rock Stars account to help their speed and confidence.

-This week in our Inspire Maths lessons we will be moving on to explore fractions and division and converting fractions to decimals.

-Further to our maths lessons, each day we will be spending a short period of time looking at problem solving through multi step operations. This will be for addition, subtraction, multiplication and place value.

-We continue to use MA books as homework to consolidate the children’s mathematical learning. MA books are due in every Thursday.


-Our computing lessons this term will be linking with our Geography sessions and studying weather reports, with the children aiming to use the green screen to create their own weather report at the end of the term.  Stage one of our weather reports is researching how the weather is presented and what is required in a weather report.

-We shall also be continuing to work on our Path Brite profiles, adding our impressive work and targets for the year.


-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. In our first session this week we will be identifying and completing the different passes in netball, including the chest pass, bounce pass and shoulder pass.

-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 continuing to  look at the theme ‘as-tu un animal?’/ ‘do you have a pet?’


Our theme for PSHE this term is Health and Well-being, particularly focussing -on healthy lifestyles, keeping safe and finally growing and changing.  Over the next two weeks we will be exploring healthy lifestyles, firstly understanding what positively and negatively affects our physical, mental and emotional health and secondly understanding how to make informed choices (including recognising that choices can have positive, neutral and negative choices) and to begin to understand the concept of a ‘balanced lifestyle’. The children will be encouraged to think independently, listen to and share their ideas with a talking partner and eventually the entire class.


-Throughout Year Five the children will learn to play the trumpet. Each child will have their own trumpet to play with and it is their responsibility to ensure it is kept clean. Our sessions are every Tuesday afternoon and the children are responsible for remembering their instrument.


-As previously mentioned, the children this week are required to participate in twenty minutes of reading each evening this week. I ask that the children keep a log of how many pages or chapter they read each time in their planner.

-Our spelling tests continue to be every Wednesday afternoon. It is evident that not all children are revising their spellings. It is important that we take this seriously and we improve our writing and spelling.

-In learning journals this week, children have been asked to watch a weather forecast on the television or the internet. They must then briefly state what they found exciting and interesting, what speed the reporter was talking at, what they likes about the reporter, what they didn’t like about the reporter and finally what, if given the chance, they would do with their own weather report.