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25.01.20 - Sparrow Hawks adventure stories based on Journey to the Centre of the Earth


Sparrow Hawk Class - w/b 03/02/2020


We have been very busy over the past few weeks and the children have been working really hard!


We really enjoyed our Victorian day and learnt all about how our lives would have been very different if we had been born during the reign of Queen Victoria! We particularly enjoyed playing traditional Victorian games, singing Victorian songs and practising our handwriting with slate and chalk! Some photos from our day have been added at the bottom of the page. 


Congratulations also to the children in the choir who came with us to sing at the 02 Arena this week! We were so proud of you and I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did! 



Congratulations to the following pupils for their awards, which were given out just before Christmas: 


Outstanding LearnersAshleigh and Joseph D


Super SpellersGeorge and Mary


Marvellous MathematiciansLola and Cristian


I am extremely proud of you all 



Recently, we have been learning to multiply and divide 4 digit numbers by  1 and 2 digit numbers using written methods. 


This week, we are moving onto fractions! We will start by looking at equivalent fractions and then move on to converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. 



At the beginning of this term, the children wrote some lovely adventure stories based on 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' by Jules Verne. I have shared their writing at the top of this page!


We then moved onto instruction texts and the children really enjoyed writing their own set of instructions for capturing or looking after their own mythical creature! If you ever need to know how to trap a troll, please let us know! 


This week, we are moving onto conversational poetry. We will be reading the poem 'Overheard on a Salt Marsh' and creating our own poems about stealing something from the moon! I am excited to see where our imaginations can take us!  



 Guided Reading:

This term in History, we are learning about the Victorians. In Guided Reading, we'll be reading a story set in the Victorian era - 'Street Child'. This is a superb adventure story about a young street urchin named Jim Jarvis. It follows his journey through a life of obstacles, challenges and triumphs. 





Now that our Brass lessons are over, we have been doing music with Miss Hodges in the new music studio! We have been learning the rap to 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and we have started adding instruments to our performance! We've enjoyed using the glockenspiels and this week, we will introduce recorders. 




This term, we are learning about plants and animals. We will be finding out how plants reproduce and disperse their seeds. You will find our new Knowledge Mat towards the bottom of our class page. 



This term, our topic is a History unit about 'The Victorians'. We will be exploring how the Victorians changed the world with their inventions and finding out about the Industrial Revolution. We really enjoyed our Victorian day!




This half term, we will be evaluating websites and using our research skills to find out more about the Victorians. 




From Tuesday 14th January, we will be taught Hockey by John, an experienced Hockey player and coach. Please make sure you have your PE kit in school, including a jumper to keep warm! 



Our Art project this term is centred around the French Neo-impressionist artist Georges Seurat. 


Seurat was most famous for his unique style of painting, in which he used dots of colour to bring scenes to life - this was named 'Pointillism'. Below, you will see the picture we studied in our first session, 'La Grande Jatte'. How has Seurat created the impression of shade? What differences do you notice across the painting in the way the dots have been used? 




In PSHE, our unit of learning is called 'Dreams and Goals'. In RE we are learning about Judaism and in Spanish we are learning how to use grammatical structures to create sentences 


Please visit our class page regularly to keep informed and find out what is happening in Year 5. I will also continue to post photographs, examples of work and reminders about diary dates etc. 


If you have any queries, questions, concerns or celebrations, please don't hesitate to come and speak to me at drop off or pick up times. 


Useful Reminders

  • Outdoor PE is now every Tuesday but please ensure your child has a PE kit in school all week. It would be useful to send in a fleece/jumper to wear for PE in case the days get colder.  
  • Homework books need to be returned every Friday so we can see how you're getting on. There are some tasks on the 'Victorians' knowledge mat. 
  • Spelling should be practised at home every week. 
  • Please ensure all children bring a water bottle into school so they can stay hydrated. Please also make sure your child wears a coat to school as the weather will continue to be chilly over the coming weeks. 
  • Please read with your child at home as much as you possibly can. It is very important that they bring their Reading Records to school every day so we can record Guided Reading and individual reading notes, too. Thank you. 


Best wishes 

Miss Hodges smiley


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Parent meeting presentation

Key Instant Recall Facts - Maths