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29th September 2017


This week in English, we have completed our final week of explanation texts. In line with our IPC unit, we have used natural disasters as the focus for our writing. We started the week with independent research of either volcanoes or earthquakes, identifying and selecting appropriate information for our final written piece.  After this, we planned, wrote, peer assessed and edited our work against a checklist of criteria. For our final lesson of the week, we worked on a reading learning outcome, focusing on how to answer inference-based questions using the ‘point, evidence, explain’ model.


This week in maths, we have been learning about translations. We have created patterns using repeated translations to the left or right and up or down. We have also revised how to read and plot coordinates in the 4 quadrants and have then used this when translating shapes. We have drawn shapes with corners at specified coordinates, translated them and then read the coordinates of the new shape.

Project Work

This week we have continued with our current IPC topic, The Holiday Show, and have been using maps to locate a variety of places around the globe. We have developed our understanding of longitude and latitude and have learned how to use co-ordinates to find the exact location of a range of major world cities.  We have also practiced how to use an index to find the relevant page in an atlas.  This information was then used to create a map with coloured keys, adding in detail such as oceans and capitals cities as appropriate.


This week, we started the topic on family.  Students were engaged in making family trees to consolidate the vocabulary about the topic.  We also learned the sentence pattern “who is this? ((zhè)(shì)(shuí)?”). In addition, we read and wrote some characters related to this topic.


This week, pupils continued being creative, communicative and collaborative in a Minecraft Education Edition map.  Minecraft is about problem-solving and the game inspires students’ higher-level and critical thinking skills.  It is also a very social game, where students can rely on other players for help in the sometimes-unforgiving Minecraft world.

Physical Education

During our PE lesson this week, we have concluded our cross-country by looking at fun running competitions to show off our skills. We have undertaken a running “rock-paper-scissors” competition as well as playing capture the flag.


In his 'Third Bagatelle',  Ligeti employs different types of instrumental dialogue, including copying and mirroring. This week's Year 5 lesson involved two games which incorporated Ligeti's musical dialogues, and which provided students with opportunities to watch, listen, and cue musical ideas.



  • Complete the Translations sheet.  To be completed by Wednesday 4th October.
  • Times tables: Please complete the times tables grid into the homework book, using a pencil.  To be completed by Wednesday 4th October.


  • Complete the comprehension into the homework book.  Please write in full sentences, using a pen.  To be completed by Wednesday 4th October.
  • Read for at least 20 minutes per day.


  • Please see the spelling journal for spelling words which were given out this week.  Children should learn their spellings for a test using one of the spelling strategies into their journal.  To be tested on Monday 2nd October.


  • Continue with the project.  To be handed in week commencing 9th October.


  • Please practice our songs and learn your lines/dance.