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Week beginning Monday 18th September 2017 (Miss Wilkins Monday-Thursday)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 18th September 2017

Welcome to week 3 of term 1! This week is jam packed with lots of exciting and brain stretching learning, so please all be ready and excited!!

This week we begin our journey of learning to play the trumpet!!! Mr Reid, our trumpet teacher, will be in every Tuesday afternoon and the children will have a thirty minute session for thirty sessions.

After school clubs start this week so please check which ones you are participating in. I shall be running the school’s netball club every Thursday, which I am very excited for. My netball season began this week and I am so happy to transfer the skills I have learnt to the children attending.

We are very close to our residential trip to Swattenden and I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am. Please take a moment to read through the list of what the children are required to bring. As we are away on a Thursday, Forest School that week has been moved to Tuesday 26th September. I will remind the children of this numerous times so they are ready and prepared to spend their time in the forest.

Finally, we begin our work on our Shakespeare performance which is in November. The children were all given a card with our performance date and information to book tickets. Please log on the website asap and get your tickets to see our performance of The Tempest at The Trinity Theatre. Please note that you are not required to buy a ticket for the child performing. Tickets are selling fast, please don’t miss out!! This leads me to inform you that we will be holding a small two minute audition for each of the children who would like a larger role within the performance. On Monday 18th September at lunchtime the children can perform a brief two minute poem/dance/song/anything of their choice to myself and Mrs Plewes. This will be a stress free and enjoyable experience but we would like to know who is interested in a character.

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


-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 applying our understanding of words with the string letter ‘ough’ into our writing, exploring ways to construct sentences, subordination and coordination, revising different clauses  and finally also revising different types of punctuation to use in our writing.

-This week we are excited to begin working with Shakespeare. The children will be looking at his famous writings and play scripts, in particular learning about inverted commas, speech bubbles and script layout.


-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 began to explore Numbers to 10 million.  This week we will continue to compare numbers within 10 million, stating which numbers are greater or smaller and then arranging a set of numbers in order. We are then turning our mathematical attention to rounding numbers to the nearest thousand and estimating and approximating answers when completing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


-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.


-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.


-Throughout the term we will be exploring ‘Great Artists through Time’. Last week we studied the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, with the children creating their own self-portraits in their sketch books using sketching pencils. This week we are turning our focus to explore the life and art of Claude Monet, with the children creating a painting using Monet’s style of the outdoors.


-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.


-Our theme for PSHE this term is Health and Well-being, particularly focussing -on healthy lifestyles, keeping safe and finally growing and changing.  This week 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.


-This week I am very excited to announce that we will begin our trumpet lessons. On Tuesday the children will receive their designated trumpet, which will belong to them for all thirty music sessions. I 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, which the children are still free to decorate so long as they keep the name sticker visible; the children have been set a research task and a handwriting practise activity. Firstly, the children have been asked to research the life of William Shakespeare. I would like for them to write their findings as a list of bullet points. All are also allowed to include any pictures and additional information they find. Secondly the children are required to practise their cursive handwriting (with a handwriting pen if possible). Please can they practise the words ‘available’, ‘attached’ and ‘average’ five times, ensuring they check the correct spellings. Learning journal homework is due in one Wednesday 20th September.

-The children have now received their spellings to revise ready for our spelling test on Wednesday 20th September. 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 getting back into the swing of 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.