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14th October 2016


In English this week, the students have been pulling together all they have been learning about explanation texts to produce a final piece. Using their researching and note taking skills on geographical topics in Project Work lessons this week, they have had lots of information to refer to, enabling them to build their final text. Their focus this week has been on developing their understanding and construction of complex sentences and embedding these into their work. Additionally, the students have explored ways to link their paragraphs effectively, incorporating these features into their final written piece. 


In maths this week, we continued our work on fractions.  We applied what we learnt last week and began to add and subtract fractions with different denominators by converting them.  We also started to look at how to multiply fractions and discovered how to convert a mixed number into an improper fraction and vice versa.

Project Work

This week, we have continued to look at natural disasters, with a focus on earthquakes.  We researched how and why earthquakes happen and looked more closely at one chosen earthquake.  We then worked pairs to produce a Prezi presentation, showing what we had learnt.  Please see the additional attachment for the links to the presentations.  Alongside this, the children presented their homework projects to the class and we have had great fun learning about new landmarks, places and people.


This is the final week of the topic about clothing. Students revised the words and sentence structures to reinforce what they learnt before. A new verb which means "to think", was also introduced to students to make sentences in the context of clothing. They also learnt how to recommend someone do something by using the particle "ba”.


In computing this week, the students have been experimenting with the website https://codecombat.com/play to learn about the programming software Python. They have been learning how the codes are set out and have problem solved. The students should try out this website during the holidays to improve their skills and become even better coders!

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week, pupils have been working on passing and dribbling to attack within football. In tag rugby, the children have been improving on their ball handling and passing in tag rugby drills. 


Year 5 music explored ways in which blues improvisation is similar to conversation, particularly the use of repetition and question-and-answer phrasing. We listened to one of the Juilliard core works, Blue Monk, and observed the ways repetition can be expressed.  We then learned the Blue Monk melody on keyboard while reflecting on its repetitive structure.

Design & Technology

This week in Design and Technology, the children continued to learn how to mark-out work with precision and how to safely drill holes. They were introduced to using geometry to locate centres and to accurately measure locations for holes to be drilled. Also, they were introduced to how to safely use the bench drill. 

  • There is no homework over the holidays.  Enjoy the break!

Well done to all those that completed the Project Work homework for this half term.  We have had a great week finding out about different landmarks, places and people around the world and the children have presented their work really well to the class.


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