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Writing from different perspectives

This week we continued writing from the SSE Maya advert. We became other characters from the advert who saw Maya on her journey through London and wrote recounts from their perspectives.


Although we found it difficult at times, we were learning about the formal multiplication methods. We started with short multiplication before beginning to learn long multiplication (expanded and contracted).


Our biscuit companies now have names and logos. They even have a target audience and final designs to be made soon!


Next week we will be completing an independent piece of writing and a reading comprehension in small groups across the week. Support and guidance will still be given. If you have any worries, please speak to your class teacher.

Homework 23/11/2018

Homework was handed out: 23/11/2018

Homework is due back: 28/11/2018


Task 1: continue to practise spellings sent home. We suggest completing the spelling sheet a task a day to help consolidate the learning.


Task 2: Complete the maths questions using formal addition and subtraction methods.


Task 3: How do Christians celebrate christmas? Share your understanding through any method. e.g. writing, art, poster.

Maya the Orangutan

This week in Literacy, we used an advert created by SSE as inspiration for our recount writing. It was all about an orangutan exploring London. You can see the advert here.

As well as introducing the use of a colon and semi-colon, we were having to develop our descriptive skills as Maya wouldn’t have known what all these wonders would have been called.


In maths, the children have been extending their knowledge about formal addition and subtraction to large, different sized and decimal numbers. They also developed their reasoning abilities by trying to solve some formal addition and subtraction questions where digits has been removed.


Homework was given out today.

It is to be handed in on Wednesday 21st.


Task 1: Spelling

New spellings have been sent home this week. Your child needs to practise them and they will be tested next week.


Task 2: ICT

This half term, the children will turn a news story into a newsroom video. This week, spend some time looking at different news stories (local, national, global) that interest you. Come with an idea ready for your ICT lesson.


Task 3: Literacy

Find a newspaper article and create a poem by deleting the text. This is called blackout poetry.

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In maths, we have been practising different mental strategies to help us add and subtract.


We’ve taken our first steps towards our biscuit companies by learning about some key vocabulary and making a glossary.


In literacy, we have continued learning about poems, however this week we have learnt about free verse poetry. Today we practised writing poetry on a topic of our choice and focused on using one or two different poetic devices (metaphors, similes, personification, repetition and rhyme).


Next week, we are looking at developing our descriptive skills to develop characterisation and formal strategies for addition and subtraction in maths.


Homework was given today.

It is due back on Wednesday 14th.


*NEW* Task 1: This week your child completed a spelling diagnostic. This helped us identify gaps in their spelling knowledge.

Each week, your child will receive a spelling list and activity to complete and practise at home. The following week, they will be tested at school. If this test identifies they need more practise, they will continue with the same words for another week. However if this gap has now been addressed, they will move on to the next rule.

This is in addition to Year 5 spelling lessons at school throughout the week. We hope you agree that this more personalised approach will help improve your child’s spelling by targeting their gaps.


Task 2: To help us create inspiring biscuit companies, we need you to look at some biscuit designs. You can use the internet, look in shops or even find ones at home. Draw them. Photograph them. Record why you would buy them.


Task 3: Research an animal and how it has adapted to living in its habitat.

For example: camels in the desert; sloths in the rainforest; or sharks in the ocean.



Where did Vikings Live? What did they wear?

This week we have been looking at how the Vikings built their homes and what they would have been like inside.

We’ve also discussed which jobs Viking males and females would have had and how roles have changed over time.


In maths, we’ve been exploring different problems and how to find a starting point.


Linked to Remembrance Sunday, we have discovered the patterns within a Cinquain (san-cane) and are developing our own poems linked to WW1.


Next week, we will begin the process of creating our own biscuit companies!

October Half Term Homework

Sent Home: Friday 26th October

Due Back: Wednesday 7th November


Task 1: Family Time

Please take a photo or draw a picture of something you did over the half term. Write a paragraph about what happened and use brackets, dashes and commas to help create relative clauses.

e.g. After I had my tea, I went out knocking on stranger’s doors with a tap, tap, tap. One door (which was covered in cob-webs) opened with a creak.


Task 2: Reading

Continue to read everyday. Create a book review about what you’ve read.


Task 3: Art

Before our art unit next half term, we would like you to research about Norse art. How you present this, is up to you (for example: a mood board, a piece of art or a poster).

How to…

This week we have been learning about 4 and 6-digit grid references. In geography, we used maps to write grid references for places and found places using grid references given to us. We used this knowledge to create instructions about how to read them. Our writing included time and prepositional phrases, adverbs and some of us even included relative clauses and semi-colons in a list.


In maths, we’ve been developing our knowledge about prime and composite numbers. We also learnt about how to tell if a large number was a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.


Three homework tasks were sent today and is due back on Wednesday 7th November.



After half term, we will be sending home spellings weekly. Spellings (which are based on rules), will be matched to your child’s spelling ability. Each week, a set will be sent home then tested a week later. When they are ready, your child will move on to the next stage. Year 5 spelling rules will continue to be taught in class across the week. If you have any worries or questions, please speak to your child’s class teacher.


Have a great half-term break.

Pollination Success

This week in Science we have been learning about the pollination process. Did you know 84% of flowers are pollinated by insects in the UK? The children created fantastic information posters explaining the different stages, and even included a labelled diagram of the inside of a plant.

In Literacy the children have been writing up their explanation texts with some great success. This linked nicely into Science as they explained different life cycle processes. There has also been some great improvements in presentation across the week.

In Maths we used our knowledge of factors and multiples from last week to support us when learning about prime factors and composite numbers. It’s fair to say it’s been a little tricky but the children have really persevered and done themselves proud.