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Autumn Term Blog Updates

Friday 22nd November

Wow - what an amazing job in the class assembly. I was so proud of all of them for their performance, it is a very daunting thing to perform to so many people and they smashed it! Thank you to those of you who were able to make it as I know it is not always easy to get into school with work etc. 


Sorry for the spelling shed issues the past couple of weeks, hopefully they are sorted now. Just in case, I have attached the spellings to the children's planners. Homework this week alongside spellings is mymaths short division, it is quite challenging but we are focusing this week on pushing ourselves that little bit further - the children have worked really hard. 


With parents evening coming up please do not forget to book an appointment, it is essential to your child's progress that we can discuss what is happening in school and how you can help at home. Please contact me if that date is difficult or if all the slots are full (they fill up very quickly). 


We are looking forward to the Christmas lights switch on next week, the children have made some amazing angels which will certain catch everyone's eye!



Thursday 24th October 

We made it to the end of our first half term. I have really enjoyed getting to know the class and getting them settled into routines. I think the children have started to realise that year 5 is a big step up and that the expectations of them are higher. We are working on independence skills and taking care of their own things. On that note, if children leave something in the classroom or cloakroom at the end of the day it should be the children that comes to collect it, not the adults. They have to start taking responsibility for their things, thank you in advance for your support with this. 


For next half term, I have explained to the children that we will be focusing on their spelling scores more closely, children who get below 7/10 in their spellings will be asked to stay in at break time to practice the ones they got incorrect. 


Have a lovely half term! Just a reminder that class assembly is Thursday 21st November 2019 


Mrs T.


Friday 11th October

Another packed week. Thank you for those people who popped in on Wednesday, it was a great atmosphere and a good chance to play match the child to the parent! There will be a formal parents evening before Christmas where we can share data from the assessments. This half term there will be some very informal assessments to inform what we need to work on next half term, these will be done over the next couple of weeks along with the star reader test. On Thursday we took part in the BBC Teach live lesson as part of World Mental Health Day, the children really engaged with this and understood the importance of a healthy mind. On this note, homework this week is to design a leaflet to explain what the purpose of World Mental Health Day was, why it is important to discuss it and how you can keep your own mind healthy. We talked a lot about this on Thursday so the children should have ideas to include. Paper is available from school and the children know where to find it.


On another note...
Just a quick message to inform you about an exciting opportunity for the children at Trent College next Tuesday. We have been invited to hear an author talk from Will Mabbitt, he'll talk about what inspired him and much more. There is no need to return a reply slip or do anything this is just to inform you that we are going along. There is a chance to purchase a book and have it signed by Will Mabbitt but there is no obligation whatsoever to do this.
The books cost £7 and if you would like to purchase one, please send the exact money in an envelope with your child's name and the name of the book they wish to purchase by MONDAY.
They can choose from the following books:
The unlikely adventures of Mabel Jones
Mabel Jones and the forbidden city
Mabel Jones and the doomsday book
The embassy of the dead
The embassy of the dead: Hangman's Crossing
I can only draw worms (picture book)

A short biography is below:
Will Mabbitt writes. He writes in libraries, in cafes, on the toilet, and sometimes, when his laptop runs out of power he writes in his head. Before he got paid to do this he worked in London and spent a lot of time stuck on the train - which is where he wrote his first proper book, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt has an overactive imagination. It used to get him in trouble but now it's his job. His first book, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He's achieved little of else note, preferring to spend his time loitering in graveyards. He can also be found wandering the streets of Brighton in a daze. He is probably having an idea. He lives with his family, in Lewes, on the south coast of England.‚Äč


Friday 20th September 

Another great week over and done with, the children have worked so hard and I have been blown away by their efforts and attitudes. This week we have been reading some more of our War Horse text and learning how to infer information from the text, we have also completed a newspaper cold write (whereby the children complete a task independently without teacher input so we can see where their starting point is and plan accordingly) ready for us to start looking at how to write a newspaper report next week. In maths we have looked at rounding and have become confident rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 - we have also rounded decimals. In science our focus was air resistance, in computing we are starting to plan and create our own adverts to convince people to visit Argentina and in topic we have started to look at the reasons why different wars have started. 


Just a polite reminder to please make sure that names are on everything the children bring to school, we have already had a few jumpers and cardigans make their way to lost property as the children have not claimed them and they're unnamed.


Mrs T.


Friday 13th September 

Homework this week is mymaths, place value. The children have also been set a home activity for the DCCT Joy of Movement (Move and Learn) project, they need to complete their activity log over the course of the coming week.

It has been great getting back into routine this week and I have enjoyed it, hope the children have too. Have a lovely weekend - fingers crossed the weather stays this nice.

Mrs T.


Friday 30th August

Not long to wait now before the start of another amazing year! Keep a look out on class dojo and the website for updates. The children will get their new planners on Thursday. Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday's, we are taking part in the Derby County Community Trust 'Joy of Moving' program - six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom sessions, the programme encourages physical activity, promotes nutritional education and builds awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and active lifestyle. This will be our Friday PE slot starting w/c 16thSeptember. The children will still need their PE kits in school on the first week back. 

As I explained to the children on the transition morning, they do not need to bring pencil cases into school as these are not allowed out on tables, everything they need will be provided. 

Looking forward to next week, have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs T.