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Highlights of the fortnight beginning 30th June 2014:

 

  • This fortnight we have been finding out about chocolate.  We started with Mrs Dawson, with whom we researched the history of chocolate and how it ended up in Europe.  We found out where the beans originate from and the process they go through to become chocolate.  We then put all of this information into a report.
  • We also carried out some market research, investigating the popularity (or otherwise) of different flavours and shapes.  This led us on to some graph work to present our findings.
  • We then thought about designing our own chocolate bars.  We chose from a list of possible ingredients, ad designed our ideal bar.  Thinking of a name, we designed a ‘logo’ for it, then created the net for the packaging.
  • We have shared the fantastic projects the children have created with each other.  Once again, it has been lovely to see the variety of ways that the children have approached the project, and some children have shown some wonderful imagination (and effort as well). 
  • We have been doing some collaborative art based around buildings and architecture.
  • We have also, as I am sure you have heard, tackled some SRE sessions together, finding out about puberty and reproduction. 
  • Thank you to all those parents who attended consultations this week – it was lovely to see you all and I hope that you found them useful.

 

 

Homework

 

          This week we want you to focus on your spellings and your mental maths.  Spend twice as long as normal practicing – we are aiming for everyone to score top marks and leave the year on a high!

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 9th June 2014:

 

  • This week we have been busy writing some letters of complaint.  We have learnt about their structure and the type of vocabulary which is appropriate to use to get our points across.  We wrote in groups and towards the end of the week have written about the spider in our class book, Bug Muldoon.
  • In maths we have been thinking about fractions and solving problems – focusing in particular on explaining our ideas clearly and ensuring we have all the possible solutions.
  • In the afternoons this week we have been thinking about diversity.  We thought about a quote from Desmond Tutu about there being ‘no outsiders’.  And have been considering how all of us are different in some way and that we all bring something unique to the classroom. 
  • We have also looked at stereotypes and considered where they come from and if they are true.  We then did a quick google search of ‘girls toys’ and ‘boys toys’, and the differences were considerable – we then discussed if there is such a thing as a girls or boys toy and how gender stereotypes can limit our choices.
  • The Year 6 children had a great time at the High School on Wednesday by the sounds of it.
  • The first of our trips to Strumpshaw Fen was great – we enjoyed searching for creatures in three different habitats and managed to find a great variety of animals hidden in each.  Let’s hope the weather is equally kind for the Year 6 visit.

Homework

This weekend we would like you to focus on your projects – we are looking forward to seeing them!

Don’t forget interactive resources – there is a wealth of maths practice available on it.  A game called power lines has proved popular and frustrating in equal measures recently.  The username and password are on the printed 'Highlights' sheet inside the homework book.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 2nd June 2014:

 

  • Welcome back – we hope you all had a lovely half term break.
  • This week in literacy we have started some work based around a new book – Bug Muldoon and the Garden of Fear.  The children have been busy writing their own garden descriptions (which have been superb) and we have been reminding ourselves how we can paint vivid pictures in a readers mind.
  • In maths we have carried out some problem solving, demonstrating an ever growing resilience when a solution does not present itself immediately.  We have also been using stocks and shares to work on our calculation skills.
  • In the afternoons we have been thinking about the classification of animals, and what each group of animals (such as insects or mammals) have in common. 
  • We have used ICT to complete some sorting tree diagrams using keys.
  • We have also been revising what we know about food chains, and the scientific language associated with them.

YEAR 5

In homework books!

 

YEAR 6

This week you have some homework from the High School to be completed before your transition day next Wednesday.  Good luck – we know you will impress them!

FROG PROBLEM

For those children that did not quite manage to complete the frog investigation from before half term, the following is a link that explains the solution.  It wasn’t easy, but well done everyone who completed it!

http://nrich.maths.org/6282

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 19th May 2014:

 

  • In numeracy we have been revising methods of calculation, solving word problems, reading scales and thinking about symmetry.  We have also been practicing our mental maths skills.
  • In literacy we watched a short animated film called ‘The Windmill Farmer’.  We thought about the character and plotted an emotions graph, before writing two contrasting diary entries.
  • We have found out about some of the main features of mosques around the world.
  • We have found out about some of the different types of bridges and the shapes that are used to strengthen them.  We made our own bridges from just one sheet of paper and tested how much weight could be supported from them.  We found out that cylinders and triangles were the strongest.
  • We then made some larger scale bridges from newspaper which we will be testing to see if they are fit for purpose.
  • On Tuesday 9 of the children from the class represented us in an inter-school netball competition.  Our two teams finished third and sixth, a fantastic achievement, and, as ever, they proved to be a credit to Dussindale Primary.
  • Enjoy half term!

 

Spellings

 

This week we have been busy carrying out some spelling assessments.  An individualised spelling program will commence after half term in a new way that should help commit spellings to the long term memory.  More details will follow at the start of half term.

 

Project

 

A new project is attached.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 12th May 2014:

 

  • Well done Year 6!  You have all survived SATS week and should feel very proud of the way that you approached and tackled each of the tests.  You have all worked so hard (and along the way earnt of all our respect).  With the attitude you have shown you have absolutely nothing to fear from high school!
  • The Year 5 children have had a bit of an unusual week as a result of SATS.  Back to knuckling down on Monday so be prepared!
  • They have designed their own games in PE each morning, refining them and deciding on instructions which they can explain to others.
  • In the afternoons we have been learning about community and have been finding out about Muhammed and Islam.
  • We have found out why Muslims do not believe in drawing pictures of Muhammed, and as a result why patterns have become so important as a part of the religion.
  • That led us to designing some repeating patterns (using compasses) and then into creating a wood block to carry out some printing.  A messy process, but the results should be dry in a week or so.

 

 

YEAR 5

 

Next week we are carrying out some work based around bridges.  For your homework, could you produce a one-page factsheet about a well-known bridge.

 

 

YEAR 6

 

There is no homework for you this week - I think you have done enough for one week!

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 5th May 2014:

 

  • A short week owing to the bank holiday.  With this being the last few days before the Year 6’s sit SATS, we have been busy revising in both literacy and numeracy.
  • We have been reading texts as a whole class and answering questions about them, and have looked at lots of grammatical terms again to re-familiarise ourselves with them.
  • In maths, the year 6 children have been revising angles, fractions, decimals and word problems.
  • The Year 5’s have had their final week of being split for maths, with some working on their understanding of number and others on scaling.
  • Next week, while SATS are taking place, the Year 5 children will be having some additional PE lessons.  Please ensure that your PE kit is in school every day next week.

 

 

YEAR 5

 

Create an animal passport – see the enclosed sheet.

 

YEAR 6

 

There is no homework for you this week.  The most important thing is to have a relaxing weekend so that you are ready and awake on Monday morning. 

Keep calm and don’t panic – you are more than ready for the tests!

 

 

 

Highlights of the fortnight beginning 21st April 2014

 

  • We hope you all had a lovely Easter break (although I am sure it feels like a distant memory by now!)
  • With SAT’s approaching ever nearer, we have carried out a lot of revision this fortnight.  In maths, we have arranged the classes so that the Year 5 children can continue with their normal work, whilst the Year 6’s revisit some key areas in preparation for their tests.
  • In literacy, we have been looking at a lot of punctuation and grammar, which will benefit all of the children.  We have solved a murder mystery and have been trying to remember all of the different grammatical terms we need to know.  The Year 5 children have also been designing some posters to go onto the stairs at either end of the school – these should be up soon.
  • This week we have been using a free internet based site called Scratch.  We have been constructing scripts to program the software – making two different games - from scratch.  Some of the children have already been able to eclipse what I am able to do with it!

Spellings are changing.  A letter will explain all soon.

Mental maths is enclosed.

HOMEWORK YEAR 5 - It’s a Bank Holiday Weekend. For your homework this week please can you put together a factsheet or leaflet all about May Day – its traditions and their origins and how it is celebrated around the country.  The following link may prove useful:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/mayday.htm

SATS HOMEWORK YEAR 6 – a maths activity is enclosed.  Other than this, try to spend some time relaxing and resting.  If you want to do a little revision, then the spelling patterns list has already been sent home.  There is also the grammar section of Espresso or the BBC KS2 Bitesize site – links for both are in our class page on the school website.

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 31st March:

 

  • In maths we have been working with ratio and proportion.  This has proved to be something of an abstract concept for everyone to get to grips with, so we will return to it after the holidays. 
  • In literacy we have been writing our newspaper reports based on King Kong, drafting, editing then re-writing them to ensure they reflect our best efforts. 
  • We have been busy typing up some of our Kingswood writing – these will appear on the school website very soon along with some more of those promised pictures (one of my holiday jobs!)
  • We have looked at the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus, producing some writing and some art work inspired by Henri Matisse’s technique of ‘painting with scissors’.
  • Thank you to all of the parents who came to our Family Learning event around e-safety.  The children were pleased with their board games – if you have time there is a section all about e-safety on the school website with advice for both children and adults.  Keep talking to your children about what they do online and when they do it.
  • After Easter we will be providing the Year 6 with some dedicated SATS revision sessions – something for them to look forward to!

 

HOMEWORK YEAR 5

 

Your homework is three fold:

  • Please continue to learn the key mathematical facts from the sheet sent home earlier this year.  If you have lost it then it is in our classes pages on the school website.
  • Reading – please read a little every day over the holiday.  Your writing will get better the more you read!
  • Create an Easter themed maths board game – instructions enclosed.

HOMEWORK YEAR 6

 

SATS revision:

  • A maths pack is being sent home – please spend 10 minutes per day over the holiday working through it.  Please let me know straight after the holidays anything that you found tricky.
  • Reading – please read a little every day.
  • Grammar – there are exercises which you can keep trying on Espresso (there is a link from our class page on the school website).

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 24th March:

 

  • We survived Kingswood!  With cold but sunny weather for much of the time, I think it is safe we had a wonderful time.  It was a fantastic opportunity to see the children outside of the school environment and so many of them surprised us – in a good way – with what they challenged themselves to do, and also with their teamwork skills.  I think we all learnt valuable lessons from the trip and will remember it for some time to come.  Well done everyone for coming!
  • In literacy this week we have carried out some writing about one of the activities we took part in at Kingswood (some of which we will type up and post on the website as soon as we can get hold of the laptops!).  We have also carried on our work based around newspapers, this week turning a nursery rhyme into a front page scoop.
  • In maths we have been working with area and perimeter, as well as solving a problem involving straws and shapes.
  • We have been thinking about e-safety this week in preparation for our open session on Tuesday – we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible then.

 

 

Homework:

  1. Mental Maths enclosed.  Next week’s spelling test will be a selection of words that have been learnt over the course of this half term.  It will be interesting to see just how much has been retained.
  2. No formal maths this week, however Interactive Resources is always there if you want to revise any particular area.
  3. Enclosed is a sheet to complete as a follow up from Mrs Bailey’s sessions with the children on a Thursday afternoon.  To complete it, choose a country from around the world and research their education system, filling in as many sections as possible.  If you do not have internet access at home, let me know ON MONDAY and we will find time during the week for you to complete it.  Do not leave it to Wednesday as that will be too late.

 

 

Week Beginning 17th March

No Learners Log this week because of Kingswood.  The Blog page has been updated with some pictures - please have a look, and keep checking back regularly over the next couple of weeks as we will be adding to it.

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 10th March:

 

  • In maths this week we have been handling data, reading from and creating various graphs and charts.
  • In literacy we have been looking at newspapers.  We have read some articles, discussing the main features, used the internet to reinforce the main parts of this style of writing and then written some articles based on Team GB’s performance at the Winter Paralympics.
  • We have found out more about the genius Archimedes, hearing about one of his most famous discoveries and carried out a science investigation into water displacement.
  • We carried out some research into a Greek God, and produced a factfile about them.
  • We have been revising some grammatical terms and identifying the different parts of sentences and word classes.
  • Kingswood next week – a letter should have come home today to confirm some of the final details.  It is on the website of your child did not bring it home.
  • There will be no learner log next week – please return your homework book and completed homework by Wednesday 26th March.

 

 

Homework:

  1. Spellings have come home already – these will be tested in 2 weeks time.
  2. Similarly, our next mental maths test will be in 2 weeks.
  3. For literacy homework, could you write two diary extracts.  The first should be written before we leave for our trip to Kingswood, and should cover what you are looking forward to and anything you might be worried about.  The second, to be completed in the week after our return, needs to cover your own personal highlights of the trip.  Each extract should be at least 3 paragraphs long.
  4. There is no formal maths homework – please keep practicing your mental maths skills and those facts that upper KS2 children just need to know.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 3rd March:

 

  • We have been working with fractions this week in maths.  The children are gradually becoming more confident in handling them, and more and more are realising they are nothing to be afraid of.  (‘Oh – that’s quite straightforward actually’ being a common response!)
  • In literacy we have written some character descriptions of King Kong, again thinking carefully about our descriptive vocabulary.   Next week we are starting a couple of weeks focus on journalistic writing, so if the children have the chance to read any newspaper stories over the weekend it may prove useful.
  • We have designed and made some Greek Hoplite shields, which should be on display soon.
  • It has been World Book Week.  We enjoyed the book swap event, listening to teachers favourite stories during some special assemblies and decorated the classroom door to resemble the front cover of Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl – picture on the website.
  • Some of the children took part in the music festival at St Andrews Hall this week and, as ever, performed fantastically well.  Those that remained behind at school revised their knowledge about circuits, creating a shaky hand wire game.

 

 

Homework:

  1. Spellings and mental maths have come home to practice.
  2. For maths homework this week I have set up a folder on interactive resources named ‘fractions, decimals and percentages.’  Please have a look at the games and spend some time playing some of them – the more practice the better!
  3. A literacy task is enclosed.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 24th February:

 

  • Welcome back!  It was lovely to see so many parents in class this week having a look at the work we have been doing in class recently.  Reports are going to be sent home early next week – now you’ve seen their books hopefully these will make more sense.
  • This week we have been hard at work on a narrative based on a kidnapping scene from King Kong.  It was a good opportunity to see just what the children have remembered from our work on writing this year.
  • In maths we have been thinking about probability and chance, and have started to learn the language associated with it.  We have also been creating line graphs: some of us using the computers and others using pen and paper to show an aspect of last year’s weather in Norwich.  Some of us created a line graph to show the relation between an old imperial measure and it’s metric equivalent.
  • In our Greek work, we have been finding out about the trireme, the most feared warship from the time.  We have also started designing shields that reflect an aspect of our life – just as Greek hoplites did.
  • Some of the class were involved in a swimming gala this week, competing against other local schools.  They did brilliantly, and once again we are very proud of them - not just for their results but also for the manner in which they competed.  Well done!
  • The annual music festival at St Andrews Hall in Norwich takes place on Tuesday next week.  Lots of the class are involved – we will let you know how they get on next week.

 

 

KINGSWOOD:

Letter sent home today.  If it does not arrive home then it can be found on our class page of the website.

 

WORLD BOOK DAY…

…is next Thursday.  If any parents wish to come in for the first half an hour of the morning to share a story with a small group of children then please let us know via the contact book.

 

 

Homework:

  1. A punctuation activity is being sent home.  It is quite tricky so do what you can – reading the extract aloud a couple of times should help you spot where the missing punctuation is.
  2. A times tables activity is enclosed for maths.
  3. Spellings should have come home today, together with the weekly mental maths test.

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 10th February:

 

  • We have been looking at shape this week in maths.  We have revised shape properties, carried out investigations into nets of 3-d shapes and have been translating and rotating shapes.  There are a lot of opportunities to consolidate this work on interactive resources.
  • In literacy we have been story mapping a section of the King Kong story and have started thinking about ideas for a narrative about a kidnap scene and search, which we will continue in the first week back after the holiday.
  • We have found out about Spartans in our Greek topic work.
  • We found out a little about the pilgrimage to the river Ganges that millions of followers of Hinduism make in their life time.
  • Our Greek paintings are almost finished after an afternoon of adding more detail.
  • Some of the class took part in a tag rugby competition this week – well done to all involved who showed great commitment and finished second overall.
  • The children have been thinking hard about people’s right to an education with Mrs Bailey – who has been very impressed by their ability to think deeply and carefully about issues such as this.

 

 

Times Tables

 

Some children have cracked it, others are not there yet.

Please keep practicing regularly, as we can only spend a short time each day going over them.  The more done at home the quicker they will be learnt.

If you know them, can you quickly work out the division rules (eg instead of asking 7 x 8, can you work out 56 – 7?)

 

 

Homework:

As it is the holiday, and the children are clearly tired, we are keeping homework to a minimum over the holidays:

  1. Mental maths and spellings have been sent home – keep practicing!
  2. There is a grammar activity enclosed.
  3. Please keep looking at and revising the key facts that children just have to know that was sent home a couple of weeks ago.  A lot of questions in our recent tests involved using these facts.

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 3rd February :

  • In literacy we have been thinking about how to present dialogue within a story.  This has proved to be quite tricky as there is a lot to remember.  Perhaps you could pay close attention to this when reading at home.
  • In maths we have been answering word problems, looking for key information to help us find the answer.
  • We have found out about another religious pilgrimage – this time the Hajj.  We used clues to help us work out some of the important details, and also found out about the 5 Pillars of Islam.
  • We have used powder paints to create an image of Greece – some of these will be on display in the classroom soon.
  • In PE we have been using the hall apparatus and wall bars, building our confidence and abilities.
  • In our community times, we have been thinking about teamwork, what makes the ideal classmate and how to get along with each other.
  • As I am sure you have heard, we have also been testing; maths over the last few days and reading and grammar at the start of next.  Soon be over!

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 


 

 

Homework:

  1. Spellings have been sent home.  Last week’s score is below.  The spellings we have been using this half term have come from the new curriculum list for years 5 and 6.  We have some new ideas for spellings – watch this space!
  2. A maths activity is enclosed.
  3. Reading.  Some of the children tell us they do not read much at home.  Research shows that more avid readers write better and perform better in maths when compared with those that do not read as often.  Please encourage your child to be reading daily – fiction, non-fiction, graphic comics, newspapers – a variety is best.  Details of the local mobile library service were on the last newsletter which is on the website if you missed it.

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 20th January:

 

  • In literacy this week we have started some work around the book King Kong by Anthony Browne.  We have read the opening pages, and have used causal connectives to justify an opinion on whether we thought one of the main characters, Ann, should leave to work on a new film.
  • We have also been using our descriptive language to describe a journey through New York during the Great Depression.  Many of the children were interested to understand how banks could go bust, and why richer people did not lose all of their money in the way that the poorer ones did.  We will follow this up in our community time later.
  • In maths we have been either solving problems that involve money or working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • We have found out about Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, and created either a storyboard of the main events or written a letter from a friend.
  • Research has been carried out into some famous Greek landmarks for an interactive Greek map that we will be creating using ICT later in our project.

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

Spellings:

 

Keep practicing.

 

 

Homework:

  1. PROJECT – details enclosed.  This is the priority for this week please.  We are keeping the maths tasks to a minimum to allow you all to make a fantastic start to your chosen topic we al need to know about…
  2. Enclosed is a sheet of mathematical facts upper key stage 2 children just need to know.  Regular practice and questioning on the facts at home will help ensure they are well and truly known.  The children will be tested on these at various points  over the coming year – stick them on the fridge, keep them safe and keep coming back to them!

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 13th January:

 

  • In maths we have been working with percentages, scaling the quantities needed for a recipe up and down and using till receipts to generate and answer questions.
  • In literacy we have been writing in the style of travel brochures, using pictures of Greece to explore our descriptive vocabulary.
  • We have used masking tape, paint and salt to create some winter tree paintings.
  • We have found out more about how democracy in this country works, and have written a short report about what we have found out so far.
  • We have been finding out about Greece, using the computers to carry out some research.
  • To help launch our new topic about Greece, we had a food preparation and tasting day.  Following a Sainsbury’s visit for ingredients by a couple of the children (who were given VIP treatment!), we spent Thursday morning preparing Greek salad, hummus, tzatziki and pitta bread.  We then enjoyed the fruits of our labour at the start of lunch – although not everything was a resounding hit with the taste buds!

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

 

Homework:

  1. A maths activity is enclosed to consolidate some of the work we have done in class over the week.  This is quite an open-ended task that the children can take as far as they wish to…
  2. PROJECT – details enclosed.  Feedback for the Kings and Queens projects will be sent home next week.
  3. Spelling lists were sent home yesterday - the children will have a test on these on this coming Thursday.  Please practice them!  Your child’s results so far are written in the boxes below.

 

Maths to be handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 6th January:

 

  • Happy New Year – I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break – the children certainly seemed to have!
  • This week the all of the children across the three classes had the chance to show off their projects and look at what other people had produced.  I have to say, the overall quality of them has been fabulous – everyone who has seen them has been impressed.  We even got to show them off to the whole school during assembly time.  A number of children have come up with an idea for the next project – details will follow next week.  I am excited about what they will all come up with this time!
  • This week we have been busy writing a narrative to a short animation about a young girl called Alma and a doll shop. 
  • In maths we have been thinking about decimals and calculations.
  • We spent an afternoon carrying out the finishing touches to our boat models – when they are all done pictures will start appearing on the school website.  We have also written about how we made them and evaluated their overall success.
  • We have been finding out about Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.
  • On Friday, Chloe Smith, the local Member of Parliament came in to talk to the children about how government works in this country.  We will be following this up with some investigations over the coming weeks.
  • Some of the Year 6 children this week became medical guinea-pigs, being trained to role play patients to help trainee doctors at the UEA.  Mrs Hart, who went to the UEA with the children, came back saying just how proud she was of all of them and what a credit they were to both you and the school.  Although this is no surprise, it is nice to hear it confirmed by others just how great they are!

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

As well as the mental maths sheets to practice, it would greatly benefit most of the children to also practice the following ‘little and often’:

  • Instant recall of times tables
  • Doubling and halving
  • Pairs of numbers that make 100 (eg what goes with 54 to make 100)
  • Multiplying and dividing by 100 and 100

 

Homework:

  1. A maths activity is enclosed.
  2. Spellings came home (hopefully!) yesterday – Thursday is the day that the children will be tested and given new spelling for this term.
  3. Mental maths is enclosed.

 

Maths to be handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the fortnight beginning 9th December:

 

  • A busy couple of weeks!  We have, as I am sure you have heard, been making boats.  We used a clay mould to create a modroc hull, which we have built up from using various materials.  The children have really enjoyed using saws – and have learnt how to use them safely and sensibly.  Once the basic model was built we painted them and they really are looking fab.
  • Pastor Venner has visited again to share his beliefs about the Christmas story, which we have written in our Learning Journey books.
  • In maths we have been using timetables and calendars as well as having a go at some seasonal maths tasks.
  • We used Microsoft Publisher to turn our instructions into very professional looking booklets – they are on display in the classroom and we hope some of you noticed them when you were in this week.
  • We enjoyed seeing so many of you for our craft and carols sessions.  I am sure you agree the children sounded wonderful and their hard work in learning the songs really did pay off.  It even made me feel festive!
  • I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.  See you in 2014!

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

Homework:

 

We are not setting any homework for the holidays.  Thank you for the projects – they look wonderful and I am looking forward to reading them all. 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 2nd December:

 

  • This week the children have been writing some fantastic instructions for the spy gadgets that they have designed.  I have once again been impressed by the overall quality of their writing.  We will be writing these up soon for a display.
  • In maths we have been using co-ordinates and thinking about units that measure length, weight and capacity.  Many of the children have found converting between the units really tricky so we will need to keep practising.  If you are doing any practical cooking in the run up to Christmas perhaps you could ask your child to help you with the measuring of the ingredients.
  • We have carried on thinking about boats, creating a scrap book of design ideas which led to the design of the model we will be making next week.
  • On Monday, Mrs Bailey spent the afternoon working with the children, and told me she was really impressed with their ability to empathise with others.
  • Cookery has continued – this week some of the class made some mini quiches for us all to try.  They were delicious!
  • We have, as a class, nearly learnt our poem ‘The King’s Breakfast’ off by heart.  Well done everyone who has been showing a real commitment to making this happen.

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

Homework:

  1. A maths activity is enclosed to consolidate some of the work we have done in class over the week. 
  2. PROJECT – keep going, two more weeks to go.
  3. Spelling lists were sent home on Monday - the children will have a test on these on this coming Monday.  Please practice them!  Your child’s results from this week are written below.

 

Maths to be handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 25th November:

 

  • This week we have started thinking about instruction manuals, reading an example that we will use to help us structure the instructions for the gadget we have been busy designing.
  • In maths we have been thinking about the mean, median, mode and range of a data set and we have also been working on area and perimeter.
  • We spent Wednesday afternoon with one of our governors, Kerry Giles, who came in to tell us about her experiences as a part of the Salvation Army.  We also had the chance to look at some model boats to inspire our own models.
  • On Tuesday, the Year 6 children spent the day at the UEA, thinking about their future options.  The children enjoyed the day – especially their mini graduation in gowns (pictures on the website soon!).  Hopefully it has inspired them to work hard and aim high in whatever it is they decide to do in the future.
  • The Year 5 children back at school contributed to a large scale artwork based on the book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan, as well as having a go at a code breaking activity.
  • Friday was pyjama day in aid of The Dog’s Trust – again, photos will appear on the website soon.  We spent the morning making models of our gadgets to help us with our writing next week, and in the afternoon had a visitor to tell us all about the work that the charity does.

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

Homework:

  1. A maths activity is enclosed to consolidate some of the work we have done in class over the week.
  2. PROJECT – keep going.
  3. Spelling lists were sent home on Monday - the children will have a test on these on this coming Monday.  Please practice them!  Your child’s results so far are written in the boxes below.

 

Maths to be handed in by Wednesday please.

 

Week 1 spelling test

 

 

Week 2 spelling test

 

Week 3 spelling test

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 18th November:

 

  • We have been practicing our grammar work this week – the children certainly have a wonderful vocabulary and their abilities at creating fantastic and ambitious sentences are fab.
  • In maths we have been handling data, drawing and interpreting information from charts and diagrams.
  • This half term we will be carrying out a mini-topic about boats.  This week we have been turning balls of plasticene (which sink) into something that will float by changing its shape.  We also thought about how to make a ‘boat’ which was self-propelled using just cardboard, tape and an elastic band. 
  • We have started to design new gadgets that could be used by a teenage spy, producing a labelled blueprint.
  • In PE, as I am sure you have heard, the children have been country dancing.

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Practice makes perfect – some of the children are beginning to fly through the tests so keep it up.

 

 

Other Homework:

 

  1. The project has a few more weeks to go.  We looked at some examples of previous projects this week so that the children have some idea of the type of work that can be done.
  2. There is a maths activity enclosed – a break from test questions!
  3. Spellings will be tested again on Monday.

 

 

WANTED!

We will soon be turning our gadget blueprints into models so that we really get thinking about how they would work (this will lead us into some more writing). 

If you have any junk modelling equipment at home that could be donated then please send it in.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 11th November 2013:

 

  • This week we have been thinking about gadgets linked to Stormbreaker and have been writing persuasively.  The children continue to impress me with their ideas in writing – there are some future authors amongst us. 
  • In maths we have been calculating again – the methods we have been learning have definitely stuck now and accuracy continues to improve.  Some of us also constructed our own 3-d nets from scratch whilst some of us were measuring and learning about angles.
  • We had another visit from Pastor Venner who talked to the children about his faith in Christianity and how it impacts on his life. 
  • We have been using atlases to locate information and have created a world religion map of our own.
  • On Wednesday afternoon we spent some time with each of the Year 5/6 teachers to learn some French, some RE and undertake some outdoor learning.  We will be doing this each fortnight for the rest of the year.
  • We have also been taking some tests (boo!) to get them out of the way before December (hooray!).  It is important for all of the children to get used to test questions and test conditions in the upper part of Key Stage 2 so that when SATS roll around they see them as ‘just another test’. 
  • We have a new poem to learn ‘off by heart’ – this time the ‘The King’s Breakfast’ by AA Milne.  Here is a link to a video recital if you have time to practice it at home:
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/offbyheart/video/andrew_mudie_the_kings_breakfast.shtml

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

 

Homework:

  1. Some old test style questions are enclosed to have a go at – remember, the more of these we do the easier they will become.
  2. PROJECT – keep going.
  3. Spelling lists were sent home on Monday - the children will have a test on these on this coming Monday.  Please practice them!

 

Maths to be handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 


 

Highlights of the week beginning 4th November 2013:

 

  • In maths this week we have been tackling division, revising the methods we know and using them to solve some word problems.  We also carried out some problem solving to get back into the swing of things after the half term holiday.
  • We have been thinking about Remembrance Day for much of the week.  We watched some archive film and interviews about the Blitz, taking notes of what we were hearing.  We then took snippets from the notes to create our own Found Poems – they can be found on our class page of the website.
  • We have carried out some artwork to go with our projects (which will also appear on the website over the coming days).  We created some abstract images connected to fear, then used the art of Paul Nash and Henry Moore’s tube shelter sketches as inspiration for our own war based art.
  • We carried out some research on the Baedeker Raids to show how air raids impacted closer to home in Norwich – the research was then turned into fact sheets or posters.
  • If you have not had the chance to look at the following website then I can recommend it – it brings home the destruction of Norwich vividly –

http://www.flickr.com/photos/osborne_villas/sets/72157625836754972

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

Homework:

 

  1. Some division homework has been set to consolidate this week’s maths homework.
  2. PROJECT – see the enclosed sheet
  3. Spelling lists were sent home on Tuesday – the children will have a test on these on Monday.  Spellings will come home on Monday or Tuesday of each week – please practice them.

 

Maths to be handed in by Wednesday please.

Swimming – there was some confusion this week re-swimming.  The same children will be swimming this half term as last half term – all of the children were told this but it would seem some failed to pass the message on!  We will send out letters to the children swimming after Christmas towards the end of this term.

 

Highlights of the week beginning 21st  October 2013:

 

  • In maths this week we have been looking at shape.  The children have undertaken some challenges to recap and reinforce their learning and knowledge of shape names and properties.
  • The Year 6 children spent what seems to have been a very enjoyable morning at Thorpe High School.  They were rightly proud of the fact that Mr Clayton, the principle, congratulated them on their behaviour and manners – well done all of you!
  • The Year 5 children carried out some maths problems to solve a murder mystery, displaying on the whole a great deal of resilience and perseverance.
  • In celebration of Black History Month we researched key people and events from history.  We then had to decide how to present the information that we uncovered to share with each other.
  • We went to the cinema to watch Despicable Me 2, and on our return wrote some great film reviews.

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

E-Mail accounts

We are sending home today the children’s school e-mail account details.  We have spoken to them about the need to be responsible with their account, which should only be used for school related work, and spoken about the potential dangers of e-mail usage.  We can monitor their usage and would ask that you try to do so at home as well.  If you have any concerns then please speak to us – the school website has some useful links to websites that provide tips about e-safety under the parent area section.

The reason for sending them home is that they are able to access Espresso at home using it, a website we use a lot in school.  For holiday homework, can I ask that the children log in to Espresso (at https://idp.nsix.org.uk/) and carry out some of the activities found under ‘Key Stage 2 English’ concerning Grammar and Punctuation.  Year 6 especially – all of these activities are excellent in preparing you for your SATS so keep playing them all year!

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 14th October 2013:

 

  • This week we have used the book Stormbreaker as a stimulus to write some letters and e-mails to characters from the story.
  • In maths we have been busy practicing calculation methods and have carried out some shape based activities, revising or learning the names and properties of 2-d shapes.  We have also been thinking about how we can use properties to help us sort and classify.  We also carried out some triangle based problems.
  • We had a visit by Pastor Venner who told us about his experiences of apartheid in South Africa when he was younger.  The children were shocked to learn about the way the country used to be run along the lines of race.
  • This has led us to some report writing about Africa and apartheid.
  • We carried out a science experiment to show the effects of mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in a very visual way.
  • We also really enjoyed looking at the adverts that the children produced from last week’s homework – it is clear just how much effort was put into the homework again.  Let’s hope that it continues!

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

 

Homework:

 

  1. A shape based homework this week is enclosed – a game for 2 players.
  2. A literacy task is enclosed on a separate sheet of paper.

 

 

Handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 7th October 2013:

 

  • This week we have edited and written up the first of two narratives we have written based on the film Stormbreaker.  You will get a chance to see them next week at the open classroom session.
  • In maths we have been multiplying and problem solving.  In one activity we tried to make rectangles from ‘puzzle’ pieces in a group without any verbal or non-verbal communication.  This proved something of a challenge and resulted in some underhand tactics!
  • We made some slime!  Having thought about solids and liquids, we challenged the misconception that solids are ‘hard’ by making a substance that was somewhere in between the two states. 
  • We have been learning how to use e-mails using our school e-mail accounts.  We sent some e-mails, and had a talk about how to stay safe when using any e-mail system and what to do if something unexpected or unwanted happens.  The accounts the children have been given are for school use only and their use can (and will!) be monitored.

 

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

 

 

Homework:

 

  1. A maths task is enclosed to reinforce times tables.  It is noticeable just how many children do not know them well enough and are then left struggling with any calculations.  We will be pushing the learning of times tables over the coming months – some internet sites that may help are on our class page of the website.
  2. A literacy activity is enclosed.

 

Handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 30th  September 2013:

 

  • This week we have been watching a short clip from the film Stormbreaker and have written a short narrative to go alongside it.
  • We have continued working on our presentation and handwriting, and have been practicing writing complex sentences which contain a main and subordinate clause.
  • In maths we have been subtracting and solving word problems.  We also carried out another investigation to help us practice working systematically to find all of the possible solutions to a problem.
  • On Wednesday we had two sessions of music.  In the afternoon we carried out an experiment into fire extinguishers, which like all of the best science experiments did not work first time!  However, most of the class got to see that carbon dioxide is heavier than air, and will sink and extinguish a flame.
  • Some of the children took part in a cycle safety course within the school grounds, learning or reinforcing how to stay safe when out and about on their bikes.
  • We have been sharing what we found out about famous people in last week’s homework – I can see how hard the children have worked and it was lovely to find out so many interesting facts about such a range of different people.

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly, and the only way to learn them is through lots of practice.

Please also encourage them to regularly practice their times table facts, and the corresponding division facts, e.g. 3 x 4 = 12, 12 ÷ 4 = 3

Homework:

 

  1. A maths task is enclosed to consolidate some of the learning from this week in class around based around word problems.
  2. Your literacy homework is to write a diary extract for your weekend.  Remember to try and include enough detail to interest the reader, together with your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is you did.  If you remember complex sentences and time connectives that would be fab!

 

Handed in by Wednesday please.

Highlights of the week beginning 23rd September 2013:

 

  • This week we have been scientists.  We carried out an experiment named ‘Faraday’s Candles’, discovering that fire cannot burn without oxygen.  We looked at the fire triangle and saw for ourselves the effects of air expanding as it warms up.
  • As the experiment name suggests, we used matches to light the candles and spent quite some time discussing how to be safe around matches!
  • In maths we have had to work systematically to solve problems.  The children have surprised me with their ability to do this, which is promising for the rest of the year!
  • We have also been practicing addition – next week we will move on to subtraction.
  • In literacy we have been writing up our science experiments (incredibly neatly I must say) and have been looking at a setting used in our class book Stormbreaker.
  • We have also been working with semi-colons and complex sentences – I wonder if your child can explain them both to you over the weekend?

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Is back!  Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly.

Please also encourage them to regularly practice their times table facts, and the corresponding division facts.

e.g. 3 x 4 = 12, 12 ÷ 4 = 3

 

Homework:

  1. This week’s maths homework is a more open-ended task that the children can keep returning to.  In class next Thursday we will be talking about what the children were able to find out.  I would recommend they spend at least 30 minutes working on the problem as a guide.
  2. Please see the separate sheet for this week’s literacy homework.

 

Handed in by Wednesday please.

 

 

Highlights of the week beginning 16th September 2013:

 

  • Welcome back!  We have had a busy fortnight getting to know each other and carrying out activities to settle us back in after the long Summer break.
  • In art, we have been thinking about portraits, and have experimented with a number of different techniques.  We bent and joined wire to create some very effective art – and some very sore fingers too.  The results of these are on our class page of the school website (which no longer needs any passwords!).  We also looked at the work of Julian Opie, picking up some of his techniques to use in a portrait on the computer program Paint, and used charcoal, chalk and pencil for a portrait inspired by Frank Auerbach.
  • We have started a block of literacy work based on the novel Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.  We have only read the first chapter so far, which led us to write some fantastic diary entries.
  • In maths we have been revising place value and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. 
  • We are having a big push on presentation this year, with a special focus on handwriting – hopefully you will all see the impact of this when you come in to look at your children’s books towards the end of this half term.

 

Mental Maths Homework:

 

Is back!  Please practice them over the coming week – the best mathematicians are the ones who can recall facts instantly.

Please also encourage them to regularly practice their times table facts, and the corresponding division facts.

e.g. 3 x 4 = 12, 12 ÷ 4 = 3

 

Homework:

  1. Your child has been given a separate piece of maths homework this week to consolidate the learning that we have done in class.
  2. Some grammar based work has been provided that your child needs to write out in best handwriting.

 

Handed in by Wednesday please.