Mrs Boyce, Mrs Kingsbury, Mr Stratford and Mrs Myers
Our classes are named after two famous authors: Rowling class (after JK Rowling) and Lewis class (after CS Lewis). We will be sharing lots of work by these authors in school and would encourage you to do the same at home.
Should you need to speak to any of the Year 5 staff then please contact the school office to make an appointment or email the member of staff directly using the contact details below.
Helping your child at home
Here are a few suggestions of activities which would be particularly beneficial:
1. Regular opportunities to write. Keep these sessions short and focussed e.g. writing a shopping list, a thank you letter or a diary entry.
2. Please ensure your child reads 5 times a week. Encourage your child to respond to their reading in their reading diary (please sign once a week ) which needs to be brought to school each day. As much exposure as possible to a variety of texts supports your child’s effective progress in reading. This can include magazines, signs, online reading etc.
3. Help develop your child’s Maths skills by allowing them to manage pocket money and real life money opportunities. It is also important for them to develop their knowledge of time and time management ( a watch is an ideal present.) They must practise their times tables including division facts ( 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, 10x, 11x and 12x) on a daily basis as these are fundamental Maths skills. Regular use of TT Rockstars will consolidate their tables knowledge.
4. We will be sending home weekly spelling words to be learned and will be holding a spelling bee challenge every half term. We would appreciate your continued support in the learning of these important skills.
Keep your multiplication and division recall skills sharp by playing Hit The Button.
You should also be regularly visiting TT Rockstars to improve your skills, sharpen your speed and dress up your avatar as a reward.
Keep your English skills sharp by playing these online games.
A range of games that help you to develop your use of written English.
Rewrite the sentences and add in the missing punctuation.
A literacy game where you need to sort words into either proper nouns, common nouns, adjectives or comparative adjectives so that you can escape from the Forbidden Chamber!
A game that can help you to improve your use of nouns and adjectives. You get to be an editor who improves a fairly dull story into a bestselling horror story. Select great nouns, adjectives and illustrations to improve the story's impact.
Edit the comic book adventure called Bushfire to make the story more interesting. Choose a conclusion for the story and then improve the grammar by looking changing nouns to pronouns, by adding adverbs and choosing saying verbs.
World Book Day
We studied the poem 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. We listened to him reading it and used this as inspiration to write our own versions of the poem. Click here to hear it for yourself.
We enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters.
Our focus this year was performance poetry. We answered the register with a line from The Song of the Jellicles. Jellicle cats are a fictional type of feline from T.S. Eliot's 1939 book, Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats.
The Song of the Jellicles
Jellicle Cats come out to-night
Jellicle Cats come one come all:
The Jellicle Moon is shining bright -
Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball.
Jellicle Cats are black and white,
Jellicle Cats are rather small;
Jellicle Cats are merry and bright,
And pleasant to hear when they caterwaul.
Jellicle Cats have cheerful faces,
Jellicle Cats have bright black eyes;
They like to practise their airs and graces
And wait for the Jellicle Moon to rise.
Jellicle Cats develop slowly,
Jellicle Cats are not too big;
Jellicle Cats are roly-poly,
They know how to dance a gavotte and a jig.
Until the Jellicle Moon appears
They make their toilette and take their repose:
Jellicle Cats wash behind their ears,
Jellicle dry between their toes.
Jellicle Cats are white and black,
Jellicle Cats are of moderate size;
Jellicle Cats jump like a jumping-jack,
Jellicle Cats have moonlit eyes.
They're quitet enough in the morning hours,
They're quitet enough in the afternoon,
Reserving their terpsichorean powers
To dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon.
Jellicle Cats are black and white,
Jellicle Cats (as I said) are small;
If it happends to be a stormy night
They will practise a caper or two in the hall.
If it happens the sun is shining bright
You would say they had nothing to do at all:
They are resting and saving themselves to be right
For the Jellicle Moon and the Jellicle Ball.
Making a Podcast
We had a great time using Audacity recording software to make podcasts.
All the software that we used is available free of charge and you can download Audacity here so that you can improve your recording and editing skills at home.
We listened to some podcasts and jingles too. Backing tracks are available for download here.
Please ask permission from your parents before you download anything.
The day an author came to school....
On Tuesday 19th November we were visited by award winning author and the Omega MAT Champion of Reading, Curtis Jobling for a writing workshop. We enjoyed learning about his journey as a writer and the inspiration behind his chosen career. He also talked us through his writing process and shared extracts from his novels with us. He explained the formula for story writing and how to write an interesting story.
You can learn more about Curtis here:
Visit his Wereworld books website here: