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Week Beginning Monday 15th January 2018 (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 15th January 2018

Welcome to week three (!!) of term three. What an amazing first two weeks we have had in Class Five. We have been steaming ahead with our learning and will continue to do so for the remainder of the school year J

Last week we began our journey exploring The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, studying both their homelands and the settlements of Great Britain they invaded. This week we begin to explore the timeline of their invasion.

As always, the children should all have a reading book at home which they must read at least 20 minutes every evening. I have taken notes to identify the books they are reading and checking their planners every Tuesday to ensure this is being recorded. The children can record this information themselves.

We continue to have trumpet lessons this term as part of our music curriculum. We will still have our lessons every Tuesday afternoon. I will be sending children home with their trumpets this week to practise at home.  

Our PE lessons this term continue to be every Monday and Tuesday afternoon. The children are expected to have a full PE kit and trainers.

Finally, please be reminded we have our Relationships and Sex Education parent information session on Wednesday 4.30-6pm. This is an opportunity to find out further what the children will be learning and discussing in their session on Wednesday 24th January.

I look forward to the week ahead, I hope the children are too!

Miss Wilkins

For week beginning 15th January 2018

-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. 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 20 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 be looking at prefixes and suffixes. Within our spellings information sessions, we will be focussing on apostrophes for procession, apostrophes for missing letters, and the tricky spelling words aisle/isle, allowed/aloud, herd/heard and past/passed. The children will also be set their person spellings for the second test on Wednesday 17th January.

Our literacy and writing lessons these two weeks will turn our attention to our key text ‘How to Train your Dragon’.  This is the first in the collection by the author Cressida Cowell. We will read the first five chapters and shall be looking at direct and indirect speech in writing.


-Our Mathematic lessons begin each day with a mental maths activity. This term we are working on answering multi-step operations using addition, multiplication, division and subtraction.

-This week in our Inspire Maths lessons we will be focusing on products of a proper fraction or a mixed number and a whole number. We will then be turning our attention to exploring the area of a triangle.

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

History and Geography

We begin our new top of The Vikings and Saxons. This week we shall be exploring Viking raids and invasion; confirming our knowledge of The Viking and Anglo-Saxon invasion timeline.

Art and DT

Within our art lessons this term we will be doing all things Vikings and Saxons. This week we shall be completing our Viking Longboat collages.


This term we will be exploring ‘what is the date’? This week we will continue to confirm our understand of writing and speaking the calendar months of the year.


-Within my PE sessions this term we will be focussing on hockey.  This week we will be learning to send and receive the ball with confidence.

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

-All children are expected to take part in the daily mile run at 9am. No trainers…no run!

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


This term our PSHE lessons are focussing on relationships, focussing on feelings and emotions, healthy relationships and valuing difference. This week we shall be exploring how to recognise what constitutes a. positive, healthy relationship.


-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.


In their learning journals this week the children must firstly imagine they are a reporter watching the Viking longboat fleet arriving on the beaches at Hastings and write a report on what is happening.  Secondly, they are required to find and write the definition of the following words. Then practise writing them 5 times (remember to use cursive!)

1. familiar             

2. forty

3. government                

4. harass

5. identity