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Week Beginning 16th October 2017 (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 16th October 2017

Just like that, in the blink of an eye, we are in the last week of term 1! I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed but I am sure everyone in Class Five is very ready for the holidays to arrive after a jam packed term one.

This Monday sees the last of our sessions with Bible Explorers. The five week programme has seen the children learn the story of The Bible through multiple actions. Tomorrow the children will be tested on their understanding and have the opportunity to perform to each other.

The children did a wonderful job last week beginning to rehearse The Tempest. All children who auditioned have a role with in the play. A handful of children have expressed their want to be part of the crew, rather than act. Therefore they will become part of the lighting team, costume or design. Tickets are still available so please get booking! We are ploughing through rehearsals and our children and directors are working hard to put the performance together. I do ask that the children who have a speaking role work hard to learn their lines off by heart over the holidays.

Trumpet sessions return to normal this Tuesday. I will send a text to remind you, but could all children remember their trumpets as we have no spare ones to use.

This Wednesday is our open Maths morning. See the school newsletter for further information.

Can it be reminded that everyone should have their PE kit in everyday! This includes trainers for our mile run. No trainers…no run. We have had numerous children expressing interest in a variety of running events, however if they do not participate in the mile run then their position in these events will be at risk.

Please be reminded that this Friday is non-school uniform.

If you have any questions regarding this week please come and see me at the end of the day, rather than the morning.

Miss Wilkins


-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 focussing on colons and  semi-colons. 

Our literacy lessons this week will see the children introduced to fantasy narrative, focussing on the short film ‘Eye of the Storm’. This week we will be focussing on self-editing and writing a final draft of a flashback story.


-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. The children are soon to be introduced to a times table app on the iPad. Watch this space!

-Last week in our Inspire Maths lessons we identified and revised fractions, looking at simplifying and equivalent fractions. This week we turn our attention to like and unlike fractions. Our aim at the end of the week is to add and subtract unlike fractions.

In addition, this week we will also be exploring BODMAS and order of operations


-This week we will continue to use the iPads to update our Path Brite profiles ready for presenting at parents evening. The children all have their unique log in codes and password. Please can I remind everyone that passwords must not be changed. 


-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 we resume our trumpet lessons with Mr Reid. Can all children please ensure they have their instruments with them on Tuesday morning.  


-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 an activity to complete with a partner. To enhance their descriptive language, children are to describe a creature of their choice, which I would also like them to draw. Please refer to their Learning journals for further information. Learning journals are due in every Wednesday.

-The children have now received their spellings to revise ready for our spelling test on Wednesday 18th 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.