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News about the final week


Pizza making:

As mentioned in the previous blog, year 5 will be making pizzas on Thursday. The children have been assigned groups based on the toppings that they asked for. We have asked to children to bring in one bowl and one wooden spoon per group. In the previous blog, we asked that these were bought in on Wednesday, however as this is panto day, this will be a lot for the children to take responsibility of at the theater. Can we therefore ask that these come in on Tuesday or Thursday morning at the latest? Unfortunately, the school cannot provide this equipment, so if nothing is bought in then we will be unable to do this activity.


Across the week, can your child please bring in a carrier bag. This will be used to bring home belongings from their draws on Friday.


Children are being asked to be dropped to the Spotlight theater at 9.30am, we will then walk back to school after. If you are unable to drop your child to the theater and cannot find an alternative way to get them there, the school are running a ‘walking bus’. If you need your child to be on the walking bus, please can you let your class teacher know so that they can tell the appropriate staff.


Thank you for your continued support,

Year 5 team

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (year 5 updates)


The next couple of weeks are expected to be busy ones as we begin to wrap up for Christmas.

Pizza making:

Next week we will be making pizzas as part of a DT project. Please ensure that you let your child’s class teacher know of any allergies. Please could your child also bring in a mixing bowl and spoon on Wednesday 18th December.

Christmas cards:

Some of the children in the school are sorting Christmas cards, using a Christmas postbox, as part of a learning project. If your child has written Christmas cards, please encourage them to write full names and the class of the children they’re sending them to, so that they can be delivered via the Christmas postbox.

Important dates for the next two weeks:

Tuesday 10th – Last messy church of this year.

Wednesday 11th – Children that are part of the choir to sing at Wollensbrook from 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

Friday 13th – Christmas jumper day. Christmas dinner day (£2.50 for a dinner). Christmas fare from 2pm.

Tuesday 17th – Rocksteady concert for parents whose children are in a Rocksteady band (3.15pm in KS1 hall).

Wednesday 18th – Aladdin pantomime – children to please be dropped off at the Spotlight theater. Children are allowed to wear Christmas jumpers on this day too.

Thursday 19th – Christmas crafts workshop with Miss Davies making sweet trees (3-4pm). Forms available at reception.

Friday 20th – Last day of term. Children break up from school at 1.30pm.

Changes to home learning


Home-learning is changing this term. Instead of weekly tasks from the grid, we are reducing children’s grid home learning in order to focus primarily on reading, spellings and times tables. 

Therefore, children will now be expected to complete at least 3 tasks from the choice chart every other week.  They can choose which ones they would like to do and be creative. Grid tasks are due in on a Tuesday. Please ensure these are completed to a high standard. Along side this, they will need to complete compulsory daily reading, times table and spelling practise.


As a result of the new changes, all children will be expected to read at least 5 times a week in addition to reading in school. This must be recorded in their reading record. We are happy for children to record themselves but would like parents/carers to read with their child at least twice a week to improve their fluency skills. The adult can then write a comment and sign the reading records. Reading records are checked on a Monday. 

Times tables:

Children will also be asked to continue to practise their times tables at home. This can be done through TT Rockstars (each child has a log-in) or play games we have shown them in school. Progress will be tracked through TT Rockstars and class tests. 


Also, children need to learn their spelling list words for the test each week. The children might want to complete this by using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method or by using word aware activities. Spelling will be tested on a Friday.

Please remember that we will provide resources for home learning where possible and that there is a home learning club that runs daily. Home learning club runs before school from 8.00am – 8.45am and at lunch time. Here children can access the internet using computers or iPads if needed.

Your child will have their new home learning grid as of today.

Thank you for your continued support,

Year 5 team

Rock Out 2019!


As our pupils love TTRockstars and are committed to improving their timestable knowledge and recall, those in Years 2-6 are taking part in a competition this week called Rock Out 2019 and it’s all done online via the TTRockstars website.

All game modes (Gig, Garage, Studio, etc.) will count but only from games played between 7.30am and 7.30pm on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November.

For every correct answer to a multiplication or division question, your child will earn their class a point. The Times Tables Rock Stars platform will calculate the class average (the number of correct answers per pupil in the class who play during the competition hours). Winning classes in the school and in the country as a whole will be the ones with the highest average.

In the spirit of the competition, please don’t play on their behalf but by all means encourage and support them to the extent that it doesn’t cause high stress levels or impact on family plans. We suggest a limit of half an hour a day outside school hours – some will play more, some will play less.

Thanks for your support and good luck everyone!

Our year 5 learning this week


Learning this week:

This week in maths we’ve been looking at how to multiply and divide whole number and decimals by 10,100 and 1000. Please find some videos which can help you and your child with this area of maths:

In english we have been focusing on the reading skills:

  • Scanning and retrieval – being able to pick information from the text
  • Decoding – understanding the meaning of new words using the stem of the word and by reading around the word
  • Inference & evidence – being able to read between the lines and using evidence from the text to justify their answers
  • Resilience reading – creating an image in your mind of what is happening in the book, making connections between what you’re reading and other books and the world around you, and persevering with a text until the end.

In science we have been conducting different experiments to look at the properties of materials. Again if you would like to help your child with this topic, you can find some helpful videos at:

Sponsorship forms:

As you may have heard from your child, there will be an athlete coming in to visit on the 29th of November. When the athlete visits, the children will be put through their paces completing some fun exercises similar to those that the athletes do. The children are asking for sponsors. If you are able to please sponsor your children for this, as the money raised will go towards the school. Sponsorship forms have been given to the children and should be in their bags. Extra forms can be found at the office. All money should go straight to the office, rather than to the class teacher, along with the completed sponsorship form.