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Week Beginning 20 March 2017

Year 5 will be having their Themed Learning Showcase on Friday 24 March from 8:50am-9:40am. We would like to invite parents to join us in celebrating all of the hard work the children have done during their Silk Road topic. The showcase  will begin promptly at 8:50am in Stage One with a short fashion show to demonstrate the children’s Hanfu designs that they have created. We will then will move up to classrooms for the remainder of the showcase. We look forward to welcoming you at this special event.


  • Wednesday 22 March is World Water Day! This links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030. Please support this day by wearing anything BLUE and donating 10 RMB to the charity Water Aid!
  • Please ensure that your child has the correct school uniform. In particular please ensure your child is wearing black shoes. Girls should wear plain white socks and boys should wear black or grey socks. You can review the school’s uniform policy here.


Next week in Literacy, the children will be continuing their author study on Shaun Tan. The second book of his that we will be reading and analysing is The Viewer, which is an intriguing picture book with a curious ending. The children will be responding to the text through discussions and writing.


Image,  illustrations, prediction, character, plot, theme, literary style, language


Next week the children will be working on transformations. These take the form of both translating shapes on a grid up, down, left and right and reflecting shapes. The children will spend time creating and describing patterns using mathematical terminology, ensuring they know the names and properties of shapes. They will then use their knowledge of coordinates to describe how these shapes have moved. Some children will be able to recognise patterns in the coordinate points and  make predictions, generalising rules and possibly using basic algebra.


Transformation, translation, reflection, mirror line, up, down, left, right, polygon, congruent, coordinate, x axis, y axis, point, plot


The children are looking forward to Friday when they will have the opportunity to showcase their Themed Learning work once again. This week the children will also carry out some research work based on the famous Merchant Marco Polo. The children will again look at the difference between fact and opinion as they consider the question, “Did Marco Polo actually go to China?”


Marco Polo, fact, opinion, merchant, famous, Persia


After our exciting school trip this week to investigate the Silk Road, we will be using this experience to update our blogs. Making sure we are using  the correct etiquette and writing in our own personal blog style, we will  complete our second entry onto our blog website. Remember these are not live but parents will have a chance to see the childrens work at our showcase.


Etiquette, blog, update, entry, personal style


This week we will be discussing our World Water Day diaries and thinking carefully about how we use water. The children will be engaged in a variety of games and challenges to show that will educate them about this precious resource. They will also learn facts about water and howwater consumption and availability differs in part sof the world. We are also looking forward to World Water Day on Wednesday 22nd March.  


Water, waste, consumption, availability, charity


Y5 C1

Topic: Subjects of study

We will learn how to introduce the subjects you like/dislike and also the reason why.

Homework: worksheet

Y5 C2

Topic: Writing of Lesson. 13 ‘House’, prepare for Mandarin speech show.

Students will be encourage to write about their “house” and meanwhile prepare for their upcoming Mandarin speech show.

Homework: Revision worksheet

Y5 C3

Topic: Lesson 6-Sickness-Text 2

Student will learn how to describe common symptoms

Homework: Mandarin Speech Show preparation

Y5 C4

Topic:  Lesson 10 Time-Text 2

Student will be able to tell the time

Homework: Worksheet

Y5 MND05CN              


家庭作业: 完成周记+准备中文演讲秀演(下周一班级分享)。


Year 5  Spanish -  Ms Watson

We are employing prepositions to describe where items in a house can be found. Students will be able to describe the room and location in the room to find a range of items and ask where items are. For homework students have been asked to continue to learn a Spanish pop song. We have looked at Shakira and a Katy Perry song already but they have been asked to find their own. This is to help them to develop their fluency and to understand the speed at which they should be speaking Spanish.

Year 5/6   Spanish - Ms Caldwell

Next week the children will continue to revise the names of items in their pencil cases and school subjects. They will build sentences using their vocabulary and be able to describe them in more detail using adjectives and offering opinions.
Homework is to create a short presentation naming the items in their pencil cases.

Year 5/6  Spanish -  Ms Martinez

Next week we will begin to learn about hobbies, and learn the use of the phoneme j.
Homework: On Linguascope and Rockalingua, revise the vocabulary for weather.

Year 5 / 6 French – Ms De Borger

The year 5 children have made a lovely quiche this week, practising their French food vocabulary and following the French instructions.  Next week we will reconstruct the recipe and prepare a French dessert:  `le flan au chocolat`.   Bon appétit!   

This week`s homework will be designing a cover for our `livre de cuisine` (cooking book). 

Key Vocabulary: le dessert, le chocolat,  le lait,  le récipient, le fouet, battre, Bon Appétit, la cuisine, la recette

Year 5/6 French - Ms Rae    

Next week in French we will be focusing on Mother’s Day. We will be learning about Mother’s Day celebrations in France and making a French Mother’s day card.
Homework this week is to revise modes of transport. Play the transport game – roll a dice and create sentences using the picture clues. Où vas-tu?  Comment?  Pourquoi? 

Year 5/6 Native French – M. Valente

La semaine prochaine, nous travaillerons sur des petites dictées de phrase pour mieux évaluer la progression des enfants et le type de fautes qu'ils font. Pour les devoirs, il faut compléter la feuille d'exercice donnée en classe.

Year 5/6 Native German – Ms. Brannasch

Wir beschäftigten uns diese Woche mit den genauen Beschreibungen der Wikinger, ihrer Häuser, ihrer Ausrüstung und ihrer Krieger. Dabei haben die Kinder eine Vermisstenanzeige geschrieben und vorgelesen. Wichtig waren dabei die treffenden Adjektive. Zu Hause sollten die Kinder Seite 68 im Booklet machen („Personen beschreiben: Menschen vermisst“) und in der Aufgabe 2 den Steckbrief verfassen, in dem die vermisste Wikingerfrau genau beschrieben sein soll.

Year 5/6 Native Spanish  – Ms Garcia

La semana que viene vamos a seguir trabajando los cuantificadores numerales e indefinidos junto con la comprensión lectora. Como deberes, deben leer unas 10 páginas de su libro y resumir los acontecimientos.


Kunst met een grote K

We vervolgen het thema ‘Een hele kunst’, wat door de kinderen is omgedoopt tot ‘Kunst met een grote K’. We leggen de nadruk op beschouwen en ervaren en het formuleren van onderbouwde meningen.

Verschillende boeken staan weer centraal, waaronder: ‘Willewete, Naar het museum’, ‘Het grote Rijksmuseum voorleesboek’, ‘Kunst voor kinderen’, ‘Kunstige Kwasten’ en ‘De Stip’.

We werken verder aan de themawoordbank. Ook sluiten we het programma aan bij de verschillende boeken die we lezen. In Year 3 en 4 zullen we uitwerken hoe een museum werkt. Year 5 en 6 onderzoekt hoe beeld kan leiden tot een verhaal.

Op dinsdag en woensdag krijgen we bezoek van Victoria Farkas, workshops creatief schrijven komt geven. De leerlingen hebben vorige week een aangepaste huiswerkopdracht ontvangen rond dit thema.