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Week Beginning Monday 25th September 2017 (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 22nd September 2017

Welcome to week 4 of term 1! This week is the one we have all been waiting for…SWATTENDEN!

I know the children are very excited about all the activities, about being independent and the food! Below is a short list of areas to prepare for, please help your child with these before the trip:

  1. Label everything including underwear,      Wellingtons etc – it is amazing how many items of unnamed clothing we have      to deal with during the 3 days.
  2. Pack your child’s bag together! I know it sounds obvious but they do need to know where their belongings are, especially wash bags and nightwear.        It will also help them with the packing for home on Friday.
  3. Make sure your child can carry their own bag.      We meet in the car park on Wednesday morning and then as a class, we walk      to the dormitory, independently, to be allocated rooms and to settle in.
  4. When the children are in their rooms, their      first task is to make their bed. Please practise putting a pillowcase onto      a pillow and how to put a duvet into a duvet cover.


The activities that are planned include: orienteering, bivouac building, high ropes, raft building, zip line, climbing wall.

It is a fantastic team building trip and all the children who have been to Swattenden in previous years have enjoyed the experience immensely. The weather may well be quite cold or wet so please make sure your child has a warm hat, gloves, waterproof trousers and jacket!

Kit list for Swattenden visit


  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 jumpers/sweatshirts
  • 3 pairs of trousers/shorts/jog bottoms (jeans      are very uncomfortable when wet)
  • 3 underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves if cold
  • 1 set of nightclothes
  • 1 dressing gown
  • 1 pair of slippers/indoor shoes to wear around      the building
  • Outdoor trainers
  • Wellington boots
  • Washkit
  • Sun cream
  • Book/magazine to read
  • Card games such as Top Trumps (optional)
  • Towel
  • Any medication required
  • One bin bag to put dirty or wet clothes in!


The children have to carry their luggage from the car park to the centre so a bag/case with wheels makes this easier. Please could the children have no electronic/electrical devices; eg iPads, iPods, mobile phones etc.   Please also note that children are not allowed to bring sweets. We shall be meeting in the car park at 10am.

As the children are away Wednesday to Friday we will be having our Forest School sessions this Tuesday (26th). The children will remain in their groups and the same times that they would normally do on a Thursday. I will remind them all on Monday to be organised.

A massive thank you to all of the children who auditioned for a speaking role in our up and coming performance of ‘The Tempest’. Mrs Plewes and I were blown away by the children’s auditions and therefore need this weekend to make our final decisions on the cast list so I shall inform the children on Monday 25th September.

Good luck to all of the children participating in the football festival on Tuesday! We can’t wait to hear all about it during our trip!!

If you have any questions or queries about next week, please pop in to see me.

Kind regards,

Miss Wilkins

For week beginning Monday 25th September 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 exploring words with silent letters. We will be testing our spellings of the words, creating poetry with them and finally participating in a dictated sentence activity to consolidate our understanding.

-This week we are excited to continue working with Shakespeare. The children will be continuing to look 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 were comparing, rounding and estimating 10 million. This week we will continue to approximate answers when completing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and gather all our knowledge together to explain why a 6-digit number is greater than a 5-digit number and then explain the errors made in rounding numbers to the nearest hundred and thousand.


-This week we will not be having a trumpet lesson as the children are at Forest School. Normal lessons will resume Tuesday 26th September. I hope you are all enjoying the children’s new instrument!


-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 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 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. As we have Swattenden this week the children have a pass next week and can submit them on Thursday 5th October.