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4th November 2016


In English this week, our learning has been based around poetry, with a particular focus on Cinquains and Kennings.  We discussed the similarities and differences between the two types, and unpicked and annotated the features of both types of poem, before brainstorming ideas in order to write our own.  In terms of grammar, we have learned the difference between hyphens and dashes in order to avoid ambiguity in our writing.


This week in Maths, we started our geometry unit.  We revised 2D shape names and properties and then explored regular and irregular shapes, looking at sides and angles.  We also recapped 3D shape names and then developed our skills of recognising and making nets for different solids.  At the end of the week, we looked at the different types of angles; we compared and ordered them as well as estimating their size and will be developing our use of the protractor next week.

Project Work

This week has seen the start of our new topic, The Great, the Bold and the Brave.  This is primarily a history-based module but will also encompass learning related to the art and international areas of the curriculum.  Our entry point into the topic was to create models of classic architecture from Ancient Greek and Roman times.  We then progressed on to the knowledge harvest phase which will inform our work for the coming weeks.


This week, students learnt new vocabulary of seasons and they completed several speaking practices to reinforce the new words. Two new adjectives were introduced in the sentence making activities.  Online flashcards will be introduced in the next Weekly Round Up Email.


In computing this week, students have been reviewing repetition in coding and learning how to break codes into smaller chunks. They have also looked at the purpose of functions. They have linked these concepts to an activity based around the game Minecraft and they can continue to develop their skills by revisiting the following website https://studio.code.org/s/mc/stage/1/puzzle/1

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been working on shooting with accuracy within football. Classes who are currently on double PE have been continuing to work on serving and link volleyball skills in a game situation, or improve on their ball handling and passing in small tag rugby games.


Year 5 music learned to play the melody of one of the 12 Juilliard core works, Blue Monk. We looked at how to play the melody using different types of rhythm, articulation and dynamics. Extended tasks included combining the melody with the primary chords that we have been studying in the left hand, as well as playing in time with others in a group.

Design & Technology

This week in Design and Technology, the children continued to learn how to mark-out work with precision and to safely drill holes. They used the bench drill to drill a hole accurately at 60 degrees. 



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 7th November


My iMaths: To be completed by Wednesday 9th November.

Have a go at this optional game on estimating angles! See how close you can get! https://nrich.maths.org/1235

Times tables: Please complete the times tables grid into your homework book, using a pencil.  To be handed in on Wednesday 9th November.


We would like you to create a timeline of your life from birth until now.  Include significant events, people, places, dates and feelings.  Add pictures if you like.  Complete this into your homework books.  We will be using these in English next week when we start our unit on Autobiographies.  This task is instead of the usual comprehension and should be handed in on Wednesday 9th November.

Project work:

The topic homework project this term links to the English curriculum learning outcome to engage and maintain the interest of an audience.  In order to achieve this outcome, we would like all children to prepare a short (around 5 – 10 minute) presentation related to a famous person from the Ancient Greek, Roman or Anglo-Saxon period.  While the children are encouraged to use aids such as PowerPoint or cue cards if they wish, a particular focus will be placed on their ability to speak fluently, sustain eye contact with the listeners and present confidently about their chosen individual.  Rather than simply reading verbatim from a script or PowerPoint, it is expected that the children will prepare and practise their presentation in good time so as to build a broad knowledge and understanding to support the fluency of their presentation.

Ideas for people to research and present on could be: emperors/leaders, inventors, warriors, mathematicians, philosophers, playwrites, scientists, poets, etc.  These presentations will be made in the last week of term, starting on Monday 12th December until Friday 16th December.


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