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13th January 2017


In English this week, we started a new unit on playscripts. The children identified the features and worked in groups to edit playscripts without stage directions.

Once they added the stage directions in, they performed the scripts to the rest of the class. They also wrote some of their own scripts using film clips as a stimulus and enjoyed performing these in groups.


This week in maths the students have been developing their skills and knowledge in place value and efficient written methods for multiplication and division. Furthermore, they have secured their understanding of how to multiple and divide any whole and decimal number by 10, 100 and 1000 and used their skills in problem solving tasks.

Project Work

This week we began our new IPC topic called Space Explorers. We took part in a space-related word hunt in order to spell out a key phrase launch pad - before counting down for our own water-pressured rocket blast-off. We have also conducted the knowledge harvest and created a pinhole viewer to help us calculate the diameter of the Sun. Next, we will be comparing planet sizes by making 2-D models.

See our video here: http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/singapore/article/2017/1/11/year-5-become-space-explorers


This week, the students worked on the revision of weather and seasons. We used Kagan Structures including quiz-quiz- trade, rally robbin and round robin to consolidate the sentence structures in speaking. We also used role-play to make a dialogue connected with this topic. In writing, students made some sentences with the connected words.


In computing this week, the students have been learning about setting up file and folder structures within their work areas. They have been discussing the various file types and have been learning how to save their work in an organised way.

Physical Education

Welcome back to a new term and different sports during lessons. In athletics, pupils have looked at the technique for the over arm throw to maximize distance. During swimming, pupils have been recapping front crawl and back stroke techniques.


This week, Year 5 music learned to define the term 'orchestra', while aurally identifying the four main families of instruments, as well as the individual instruments of each orchestral section.

Design & Technology

This week in Design and Technology, the children will continue to learn about structures. They will develop ideas for their tower independently and then time permitting, they will start to make their first tower. The challenge is to build a high tower that can withstand a simulated earthquake. The children will develop a range of solutions to this problem.



  • Please see the spelling journal for spelling words this week. Children should learn their spellings for a test and complete one of the spelling activities into their journal. To be tested on Monday 16th January


  • My iMaths: To be completed by Wednesday 18th January
  • Times tables: Please complete the times tables sheet into your homework book, using a pencil. To be handed in on Wednesday 18th January


  • ď‚·Complete the comprehension into the homework book. Please write in full sentences, using a pen. To be handed in on Wednesday 18th January
  • Read for at least 20 minutes per day.


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