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Week Beginning 30 October 2017 (Miss Wilkins)

Class 5 Zebras
For week beginning: 30th October 2017

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful half term and are rested, excited and ready for a very full on term of Shakespeare, lots and lots of learning, Christmas and so much more!

Can it please be reminded 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. The children will be switching their attendance time; I shall remind them of this on Monday.

Next Tuesday (7th) and Thursday (9th) we have our school parent’s evening. Please ensure you have booked one of the 10 minute slots to come and speak to me about your child’s current progress and future goals.

Please keep your eye’s peeled for the letter on our class letter’s page with regards to our Shakespeare production. This is in particular interest to our actors and the practising of their lines. This is of great importance as the children will be required to perform without their scripts in 4 weeks time!!

This week I shall be switching my non-contact day to Tuesday, therefore the children will have Mrs Stanford and I shall be with them on Friday.

As always I am available at the end of the school day for any additional information that you may require.

I look forward to everyone returning,


Miss Wilkins

For week beginning 30th October 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 ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ . 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, etymology and words ending with ‘ible/able’.

Our literacy lessons this week will see the children introduced to the biography of Charles Dickens. We will be exploring the life and works of the author through the use of research, drama, interviewing and report writing.


-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. Please be reminded that the children now have a Times Tables Rock Stars account to help their speed and confidence.

-This week in our Inspire Maths lessons we will continue to explore adding like and unlike fractions, moving on to subtracting like and unlike fractions and finally dividing like and unlike fractions. This term we will be spending a number of weeks looking at fractions…exciting!!

-Further to our maths lessons, each day we will be spending a short period of time looking at problem solving through multi step operations. This will be for addition, subtraction, multiplication and place value.

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


-Our topic focus this term is ‘Geography: The World around Us’. Our session this week will be continuing with exploring the Meridian Line and latitude and longitude.  


-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.

-We shall also be continuing to work on our Path Brite profiles, adding our impressive work and targets for the year.


-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.


-This term in French we will be continuing to  look at the theme ‘as-tu un animal?’/ ‘do you have a pet?’


Our theme for PSHE this term is Health and Well-being, particularly focussing -on healthy lifestyles, keeping safe and finally growing and changing.  Over the next two weeks 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.


-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.

-In their learning journals this week, the children have been provided with an English activity and art and design activity.  Learning journals are due in on Wednesday.