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Sparrow Hawks class w/b 14th October

We are already over half way through this half term and so much learning has been happening in Sparrow Hawks! Our trip to Winchester Science Centre was a great success. Some photos of our day have been added to the bottom of the page. 





We have now completed our place value unit. Over the last few weeks, we have learnt to compare, order and round numbers to 1 million, count in powers of ten and count backwards into negative numbers. 


Next, we will be learning how to add and subtract large numbers using formal column methods. On Fridays, we are continuing to learn about data and statistics. 





The children's writing about moon seeds was fantastic. They really did consider how to convey a sense of awe and wonder just like H.G. Wells did in his story. 


Currently we are focusing on non-fiction writing. The pupils have been writing a non chronological report about a moon called Pandora. We have designed our own alien insects and described them in a factual, formal style. 


Guided Reading


In Guided Reading we have now finished reading My friend Walter.


Next week, we will start a new book called The Firework Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman. We will continue to work on our retrieval, inference, prediction and vocabulary skills whilst reading the book. 



Our trip to the planetarium was very informative and helped the children learn more about the planets in the Solar System and other galaxies. We are now discussing why we have day and night, seasons and the phases of the moon. We particularly enjoyed creating the phases of the moon out of Oreo biscuits! 





In our Florida topic in Geography, we have been learning about hurricanes, and how they affect people in Florida. The children are creating information leaflets with instructions on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.



This term in PE we are learning to incorporate leaps and gallops into a variety of ‘space dances’. We are working in groups to build our own dance routines and perform them in front of our friends. Already, we have created dances to Holst's Planet Suites 'Mars - the Bringer of War', 'Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity', the theme from "E.T" and Elton John's "Rocket Man". 



Our music lessons with Mr Baker from Berkshire Maestros have continued. The children have now started pressing down different combinations of valves to create different pitches. 



In DT this term we are looking at food and nutrition. Specifically, we have been learning about the different food groups, where our food comes from, and the nutritional value of some different foods.


On 21st October, Sparrow Hawks will be walking to Tesco at the Meadows to take part in a cookery workshop! We will be designing our own burgers and side sauces. 




In RE this term we are learning about Christianity. In PSHE, our unit of work is called ‘Being me in my world’. We have already set some goals for this year and considered the steps we need to take in order to achieve them. In Spanish, we have started by learning the numbers from 1-31. Finally, our computing topic for this term is e-safety.



Please continue to visit the class page regularly for updates and useful reminders and dates. I will also continue to add photographs of our learning and some examples of work. If you have any questions, concerns or celebrations please don’t hesitate to speak to me at drop off or pick up times.


Useful reminders

  • PE is every Wednesday but please ensure your child has their PE kit with them everyday
  • Please bring your homework books every Friday so we are able to look at what the children have done so far. We recommend that you try to do one homework task each week and practise your reading and times tables as much as you can!
  • School trip to Tesco at the Meadows is Monday 21st October. If any parents are able to come with us please let the school office know. 
  • The PowerPoint presentation from the Year 5 curriculum meeting has been uploaded. Please have a read and ask if you have any questions.
  • Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school every day so they can stay hydrated!
  • Please also ensure your child wears a coat to school as the weather will be getting cold over the next few weeks! 


Thank you for your continued support for your children's learning.


Miss Hodges 😊


Trip photos

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Parent meeting presentation

Key Instant Recall Facts - Maths, Autumn 1

Knowledge Mat - Science

Knowledge Mat - Topic