Information and Reminders
There is lots coming up over the festive period. We are looking forward to the Carol Concert, Christmas STEAM Day and the class parties! We also look forward to seeing everyone at our Christmas Bazaar on Sunday. Don’t forget to come and try out the game at the Year 5 stall! A letter also went out this week about Secret Santa in preparation for the Christmas parties. Please remember to let Ms. Preston or Mr. Johnson know whether your child would like to be included.
Sunday 27th November - Christmas Bazaar
Thursday 8th December – Christmas Carol Concert
Friday 9th December – CCAs finish today
Wednesday 14th December – Primary Workshop and Coffee Morning (Reading) – 9am to 10.30am
Wednesday 14th December – Primary Christmas themed STEAM Day
Thursday 15th December – Early Years and Primary Christmas Parties
Friday 16th December - Last day of term (School ends at 12pm)
Monday 9th January – First day of spring term
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week in 5A is Tanner Calton, for making a positive start to every morning.
Star of the Week in 5B is Yoyo Teo, for fantastic research skills in our Ancient Greek topic.
Next week in English, we will continue our work on Greek Myths and Legends. After describing and identifying the natural phenomena explained through Greek myths, we will be drafting and writing our own myths, or versions of myths. Looking at how Having read the story of Pandora’s Box, we will then look at the story of Persephone, and begin to consider how the Greeks used storytelling to explain natural phenomena, such as the seasons. In spelling, we will be focusing on how to convert nouns and adjectives to verbs by using the ‘ate’ and ‘ify’ suffixes. We will also be thinking about the roles different word classes can play in a sentence as part of this. If you want to work with your child on this at home, you could use the words and activities found on Spellzone website, a great starting place for online games and activities linked to spelling.
Next week in Mathematics, we will be focusing on 2D shape. In particular, we will look at polygons and the properties of these. Initially, we will look at the difference between regular and irregular polygons. Our in depth focus will be on properties of rectangles, and we will explore rules and patterns for finding the perimeter and area of these. Once we are confident with the properties, we will attempt some problem solving. An investigation that can be carried out at home might include asking ‘What is the largest area I can make with a rectangle that has a perimeter of 50cm?’. We will be using the properties of rectangles to find missing lengths and angles and to find points on a coordinate grid. To support your child at home, please continue to revise times tables facts with them. You could use the following websites to help, where there are some great games available:
BBC Skills Wise (http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find)
Top Marks (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables)
Next week, we will begin to look at a different great civilisation – The Roman Empire. We will look at the set-up of the Roman Republic and its political systems, and we will talk about how this was similar and different to the Greek system. We will then investigate famous Roman sites, showing an awareness that the Roman history extends across what was the Roman Empire in Europe. Finally, we will begin to consider the social hierarchy of the Roman system, and will again compare this to life for Ancient Greeks. A great website for finding out more about the Romans is:
BBC Primary History (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/romans).