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Week Beginning 27th November 2017 (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 27th November 2017

Welcome to week four of term two! Can you believe we are almost half way through the term?


WOW! What a week we had last week! The children’s performance of ‘The Tempest’, and I’m sure you’ll agree, was absolutely outstanding! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support with everything from line reading, to transportation sharing and to costume preparing. The children will remember that night forever and I am bursting with pride. What an amazing first year of teaching I am already experiencing!! I am also aware that some parents were unable to attend the performance on Thursday, so I would like to invite those parents who missed out the opportunity to come and watch the children for the last time on Monday 4th December, along with our KS2 children. Due to limited space this will be for parents who have not yet seen the performance. I will confirm the time closer to the event.  

As rehearsals are now well and truly over, we will hit the ground running with the curriculum and our Topic until Christmas.

Can it please be reminded AGAIN 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.  

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. Trainers should be in every day for the mile run. No trainers, no run!

Miss Wilkins

For week beginning: 27th November 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 ‘Wind in the Willows’. 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 still be focussing on colons and words ending with ‘able’, the homophones isle/aisle, aloud/allowed, affect/effect and using brackets, dashes and commas.

Our literacy lessons this week will move to focus on the story of Wing. The children will be focussing on character descriptions, emotive language for a character’s feelings, pathetic fallacy and writing a prequel. Within our lessons we will also revisit sentence structures including subordinate clauses and expanding noun phrases.  


-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 moving on to explore adding and subtracting mixed numbers and word problems with fractions.

-Further to our maths lessons, each week we will be spending a short period of time looking at reasoning and problem solving through multi step operations.

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


Within our art lessons this term with have been looking at great artists through time. This week is the end of our journey and we will be exploring and recreating the work of Andy Warhol.


This term we will be exploring ‘do you have a pet?’


-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.


-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.

-For their learning journals, children have been asked to research the artist Andy Warhol. They are to present their findings in the form of a report, poster or PowerPoint presentation (which must be submitted on a USB stick). Homework due on Wednesday 30th November.