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Year 5

We finished last week with our school council vote and we are incredibly proud of the children who gave speeches to represent their class; we are also proud of all children who respectfully listened and voted for their classmates. The week started with some mindful yoga and the children enjoyed a different form of movement, which made them rely on their balance. In English, we dived into a suspenseful piece of writing retelling the heroic battle between Beowulf and Grendel. We have been practising writing with plenty of detail and including literary devices: similes, alliteration, trick of three and onomatopoeia. Make sure to read these pieces in their published writing books when you come in for the family teacher meeting next week - they are going to be special! We have continued our investigations into multiplication and division in mathematics and we have focused this week on square numbers, cube numbers and multiplying numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.

It is clear that Viking-mania has reached Year 5 and we recreated the raid on Lindisfarne by the Norwegian Vikings. From the battle-cries and fearsome raiding, it is obvious that we have some Viking descendants amongst our year group! Finally, the children have continued their PE success by starting their new sports for Autumn 2. In indoor PE, they are playing dodgeball and in their outdoor session, they are enjoying practicing the key skills required for netball.

Key Messages

  • Key vocab: pathetic fallacy, prime number, composite number, monastery, raid

  • KIRFS: halving and doubling numbers to 100

  • Reading diaries will be checked on Monday

  • Family teacher meetings next Tuesday and Thursday after school. If you need any help booking an appointment, please email the school office.


Year 6

Year 6 have had yet another busy week. In maths, we have been diving deeper into our unit of work on fractions and have been mastering how to add and subtract mixed numbers. Ask us how to do this - we are very confident with explaining our methods using key vocabulary. History this week has been focused on learning about the strengths and weaknesses of the RAF and the German Luftwaffe. We used a range of historical sources and worked in groups to find out a lot of interesting information. Our trip to the Imperial War Museum is coming up early in December and we can’t wait to see the spitfires and other war related artifacts. 

In English, we have come to the end of our work on Macbeth. We have really enjoyed using this story as a stimulus for our writing. Our narratives, letters and most recently news reports have shown off a huge range of our writing skills. This week, we enjoyed finishing the story of Macbeth and summarising the story in different ways including through drama and through writing on our tables! We have also focused on learning about apostrophes as there are some tricky rules regarding plural possession for us to get our heads around. Our next unit of writing will focus on autobiographies - please see the extra homework sheet coming home today to help support with this.

Key Messages

  • Key vocab: integer, mixed number, heart, circulation, spitfire, prejudice, autobiography 

  • KIRFs: common factors

  • Spelling rule: suffixes (when root word ends in ‘e’

  • Please make sure the children are bringing healthy snacks for breaktime. 

  • Reading diaries will be checked on Monday

  • Family teacher meetings next Tuesday and Thursday - we hope to see you all there.