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Year 5 Blog Friday 25th November

Date: 23rd Nov 2022 @ 9:39am

Happy Friday

Welcome to your Friday Blog 

We have had another fantastic week in Year 5. 

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On Monday we planned our own Greek snack in DT. We decided which snack we wanted to make and then found out which ingredients and utensils we would need and the steps we would follow to make our Greek snack. As a class we decided to make our own pitta breads. Everybody then decided what they wanted to have with their pitta bread. We will make our Greek snack next week! Yum! Don't forget to bring any extra ingredients you want for your Greek snack on Monday. 

We started our new History topic this week. It is called Ancient Greece. We first spoke about what we already know about Anicent Greece. Then we looked at modern Greece - where it is located and what it is like. Finally we looked at Anicent Greece on a map. It looks different to modern Greece. We can't wait to find out more about Ancient Greece. 

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We have been doing lots of map work this week to celebrate the start of the World Cup. Each day we have used a world map in an atlas to locate and talk about the countries that have played matches each day. We spoke about the continent, capital city, bordering countries, surrounding seas and oceans, size, distance from Qatar, etc. 

In French, we began to learn the vocabulary associated with breakfast in France. We also recapped the pronouns je, tu, il, elle, nous, ready to move on to our first verb conjugation next week!

In English we have been reading more of Room 13. We have used some ideas from the book and our own imagination to plan and write our very own story! Everybody really enjoyed using their own ideas and creativity. The focus was to split the writing into paragraphs and to try to include lots of description and some dialogue (speech). 

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In maths we have been learning about statistics. We started by learning about discrete data and answering questions from tables and bar charts. Then we learnt about continuous data and aswered questions from tables and line graphs. Your Sumdog challenge this week will give you the opportunity to practise what you have learned. 

 

Home Practice 

 

Reading

Please read out loud to somebody for 20 minutes every night. Try to answer these questions:

What has happened so far?

What are the characters feeling?

What will happen next?

Why has the author chosen these words? 

 

Spelling

You have all chosen your own spellings this week. Make sure you practise them every day. 

 

Counting

Count backwards:

In 10s from 757.33 to 657.33                     757.33     747.33     737.33     ...

In 0.1s from 19.35 to 18.35                        19.35      19.25         19.15      ...

In 10,000s from 631,246 to 531,246          631,246     621,246      611,246     ...

 

Times Tables

You have been given a new tables target. Please make sure you practise every day. You need to know your tables quickly and confidently. 

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges. These are essential as they practise the skills you need in maths and English lessons. 

There are 3 challenges:

Maths

Times tables

Spelling - these will be some of the words you need to know by the end of Year 5. 

 

DT

We will be making our Greek snacks on Monday. 

Please remember to bring in the ingredients and utensils you need. 

 

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Year 5 Blog Friday 18th November

Date: 16th Nov 2022 @ 7:18pm

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Happy Friday and welcome to your Friday Blog. 

We have had a great week. It was amazing to see the Year 5 children step up to the responsibility of being the oldest children in school whilst Year 6 were on their trip to Robin Wood. Some of the Year 5 children were buddies to help the infants and everybody set a great example to the younger children.

It was great to see everybody in spots on Friday to raise money for Children in Need. 

In geography this week we learnt about land use and natural resources in the UK. We spoke about which of these natural resources are in danger of running out and which we have plenty of like wind to use in wind turbines. We also started to prepare for the World Cup by making flags of the different countries taking part. We will learn more about each country throughout the World Cup. 

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In French, we completed our learning on telling the time. The children have done so well with this. It has been a pleasure to watch their confidence grow over the last few weeks. Please keep practising at home to retain this skill - there are lots of games on time, but also other topics here: https://www.french-games.net/frenchtopics

We have been very active this week. First of all we had Freddy Fit on Tuesday afternoon, he was so impressed with our sporting skills and also our behaviour and manners. You can see us being active here. Then on Wednesday we went swimming in our shorts and tshirt. We learnt how to save ourselves if we were ever in danger in water. On Thursday we had PE. We did a dodgeball tournament, it was great!

In maths we have been using the formal written method (column method) to subtract numbers with up to five digits and numbers with two decimal places. Everybody has done a fantastic job. We then used this method to solve problems, everybody was extremely resilient and motivated and some children even spent their lunch times determined to solve a problem. You can see us problem solving here. 

Next week in maths we will be looking at statistics, including bar charts and line graphs, and also looking at angles in shapes. We will continue to practise counting and our times tables. 

We have been reading Room 13 in English. The main character Fliss finds herself alone in the hotel, she is the only one awake. We have been writing our own stories about Fliss in the hotel on her own at night time. We have been focussing on writing in paragraphs, including speech, and describing in lots of detail to create an image in the reader's mind. We have also been sorting words into their different word classes including noun, adjective, adverb, verb, determiner, pronoun, conjunction, article and preposition. It is important that we know what each of these words means and that we can form sentences using these different types of words. You can see us learning about word classes here. 

 

Home Practice

Reading

Read at home every night for 20 minutes. Look out for ways characters and settings are described. Try to find some good words and sentences to include in your own writing. 

 

Spellings

Your spellings this week have the prefix co- and re-. Some of the spellings have a hyphen separating the prefix and the root word. 

The prefix co- means together, jointly, in partner with or mutually. 

The prefix re- means again, back or repetition. 

Here are your spellings:

co-operate          co-own          co-ordinate          re-enter          re-emerge          coexist          reinvent          retell 

    retell          reignite          re-educate          re-examine          re-enter          reactive          rearrange          reapply 

 

Counting 

Count out loud in:

100s from 12,397 to 13,397                   12,397     12,497     12,597     ...

1,000s from 608,912 to 618,912            608,912     609,912     610,912     ...

10,000s from 751,832 to 851,832           751,832     761,832     771,832     ...

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog Challenges:

Maths Challenge

Multiplication Practice

Spelling Challenge 

 

Research

Next week we are going to write magazine articles all about a famous person. Please choose a famous person you are interested in and find out about them. You might research things like:

What are they famous for?

When and where were they born?

Where did they study?

What was their childhood like?

What are their hobbies?

Who is in their family?

 

Have an amazing weekend and well done for such a fantastic week! 

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Year 5 Blog Friday 11th November

Date: 9th Nov 2022 @ 8:34am

Happy Friday

We have had a fantastic and very busy week in Year 5. 

On Monday we carried out a sensory evaluation of Greek food as part of our DT project. We used words to describe the appearance, smell, texture and taste of feta cheese, olives, pita bread and tzatziki. We then gave each food product a star rating out of 5. We will use this evaluation when we plan our own Greek snack. You can see us in action here. 

On Tuesday we were proud to take part in our Friendship Assembly. Everybody was brave, respectful, hardworking, dedicated and motivated and felt proud to show off our friendships in Year 5. 

How to Nurture Friendships - SALLY FLINT

On Wednesday we went swimming in our pyjamas! This was to learn ways we can help other people if we see them in trouble in the water. 

On Thursday we went on our school trip to Rock and River. We had the best day! Here is a photo gallery of our day. 

In maths this week we have been practising the written method (column) for addition. This has included adding numbers with more than four digits and numbers with two decimal places. Next week we will be using the written method to subtract. Knowing your number facts is so important to be able to use this method successfully. 

This week we have completed our RSE lessons. We started our lessons by coming up with ground rules, these were:

  1. We can giggle if we feel embarassed
  2. We can talk to each other and parents
  3. We can ask questions

Everybody showed great maturity during our lessons, listening carefully and asking thoughtful questions. We gained an understanding of the emotional and physical changes we go through as we grow and develop. 

20 Quotes That Talk About Children's Fast Growing Up - EnkiQuotes

 

Home Practice 

 

Reading 

Please read out loud to somebody every night for 20 minutes. Look at how paragraphs are used - how does the author split up the writing? 

 

Spelling

Here are your spellings this week. These are some of the words you need to know by the end of Year 5. They don't follow a rule or pattern. 

accommodate          accompany          according          achieve          aggressive          amateur          ancient 

          apparent          appreciate          attached          available          average          awkward          bargain          bruise 

 

Number Practice 

As we have been looking at the column method for addition and subtraction this week, it is crucial that you are quick and confident with your number facts. Please go on Hit the Button and have a go at each activity on the Number Bonds page. Continue practising until you can answer the questions quickly without having to do any counting or working out. 

Hit the Button

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges

 

Have an amazing weekend! 

Year 5 Blog Friday 4th November 2022

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 8:38am

HAPPY FRIDAY

We have had a wonderful first week back after Half Term.

We started our new novel in English. It is called Room 13 by Robert Swindells and we are absolutely loving it! This week we have been using different types of sentences to write a suspense story. 

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We started our new topic in DT. We were given our design brief, it is:

Design, make and evaluate a Greek snack for an athlete for after an ancient Olympic event.

We have researched traditional Greek food and ingredients. In future lessons we will be sampling some Greek food to find out what we like, learning about the ancient olympics, planning our own Greek snack, practising the techniques needed to make our snack, and then making and evaluating our snack. 

What to Eat in Greece? Best Greek Food to Try - Greece Travel Ideas

In maths we have been learning different methods to add and subtract mentally. It is so important that we know our number facts to help us with this. 

In French this week, we continued to learn to tell the time in French, learning how to say all the 5 past times. We are doing really well with this now! Tres bien, Y5!

Home Practice 

Reading

Read at home every night for 20 minutes. Tell somebody what you know about verbs, nouns and adjectives. Try to identify them in your reading. 

 

Spelling

Your spellings this week all have an apostrophe. 

These spellings have an apostrophe for contraction. This means words have been put together and then a letter has been replaced by an apostrophe:

couldn't          don't          isn't          you're          won't          haven't          aren't          didn't          they're          it's          

These spellings have an apostrophe for possession. This means that something belongs or that something is connected to something else. 

brothers'          brother's          children's          child's          women's

 

Counting 

Count out loud:

Tenths from 1.6 to 2.6 

1.6, 1.7, 1.8, ...

 

Hundreths from 12.57 to 12.67 

1.57, 1.58, 1.59, ...

 

Ten thousands from 66,975 to 106,975

66,975          76,975          86,975          ...

 

Play on Hit the Button and practise number bonds. This will help you in our maths learning. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges. 

Next week we will start a Sumdog Club at play times, this is to help any of you who struggle to go on at home :)

 

In order to help you prepare for your DT project, look out for Greek food in supermarkets - see if you can try some or even go out for a meal at a Greek or Mediterranean restaurant. 

We look forward to performing our friendship assembly to parents on Tuesday 8th November at 2.40pm. 

Have a lovely weekend. If you are going to a bonfire or celebrating Bonfire Night, please be safe and careful. 

Bonfire night | Park Community Academy

 

Online Safety Update

Date: 19th Oct 2022 @ 1:52pm

Welcome to your latest Online Safety Update

At St Oswald's, we regularly discuss online safety with the children to find out what they are experiencing in their online spaces. We find out what new games and platforms are trending and if any of our children have worries or concerns about what they experience online. A lot of children continue to access YouTube so we have added a refresher guide on the platform. 

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as connecting with strangers, inappropriate content and high visibility.

We have also spotted that some children have the new FIFA 23 football game for the PlayStation and XBox. Gaming has changed massively in the past few years with social connection now becoming an integral part of the gaming experience. We have added the latest guide for this game also. 

Below you will find a link to join the National Online Safety platform and gain free access to a huge range of videos, resources and support.

http://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/st-oswald-s-catholic-primar-school-pr45eb

 

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Year 5 Blog Friday 14th October

Date: 12th Oct 2022 @ 9:34am

Happy Friday everybody.

It was lovely to see everybody for parent's evening this week. The children felt so proud to show off their work, they really have been working very hard. 

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We have had a lovely week in Year 5. We painted our Jo Quigley style cityscapes on Monday and have displayed them proudly in our classroom. You can see us working on our masterpieces in our gallery here. 

We have started our new topic in RE. It is called Life Choices. So far we have thought about how to maintain friendships and what our mission is in life. Everybody produced some beautiful work. 

In PSHE we spoke about stereotypes. We found it interesting to talk about gender stereotypes and came up with sentences to break those stereotypes. Here are some examples we came up with:

Boys and girls can play football.

Boys and girls can be vets.

Boys and girls can be good at English. 

In English we have finished reading our novel Goth Girl. We absolutely loved it and produced excellent work from it. We ended our learning about Goth Girl by writing an epilogue. We chose some of our favourite characters and wrote about what they would be doing in the future. There were lots of fantastic ideas. We will be starting our new novel on Monday...

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We have been practising different strategies in maths for adding and subtracting. We have been focussing on using mental methods and some jottings like number lines. It is really important that we know our number bonds to 100 as we progress with our learning. For example:

51 + 49 = 100

100 = 33 + 67

100 - 22 = 78

69 = 100 - 31 

 

Also, the football league continued at Hutton this week. The A team played really well with a great win and draw, which has set them up for a tense last week as we head towards the play offs. As for the B team, they are working incredibly well as a team and managed to win one and lose one. Please do not forget that the last week of football is at Hutton, Wednesday 19th October at 3.45pm – 5pm.

Results for A team:

St Oswald’s A 1 – 1 Howick A

St Oswald’s A 4 – 1 Whitefield B

Results for B Team:

St Oswald’s B 4 – 2 Cop Lane B

St Oswald’s B 0 – 2 Middleforth

 

Home Practice

 

Reading

Read out loud to somebody at home for 20 minutes every night. Look out for new words, discuss their meaning, try to use them in sentences. 

 

Counting

Count out loud in:

10s from 123,456 to 123, 556

123,456          123,466          123,476

 

0.1s from 6.78 to 7.78

6.78          6.88          6.98

 

100s from 457,812 to 458,812 

457,812          457,912        458,012 

 

Times Tables

You will be given a new times tables target next week. Practise every night using a variety of methods. 

 

Spelling 

Here are your spellings for next week. You will be tested on the plural spelling of the words so you need to know whether to add -s, -es, or -ies. We will be practising in class too. Try to spot patterns and rules. See if you can think of other words which follow the same patterns and rules. 

bus - buses

balloon - balloons

party - parties

worry - worries

school - schools

potato - potatoes

cup - cups

box - boxes

patch - patches

try - tries

lunch - lunches

meal - meals

baby - babies

hiss - hisses

city - cities

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges:

Times tables challenge

Maths challenge 

Spelling challenge 

 

Have a great weekend. 

Year 5 Blog Friday 7th October

Date: 7th Oct 2022 @ 3:35pm

Happy Friday everybody

This week has been the best week yet in Year 5. Everybody has been so kind and we earned all of our golden tokens, we also got our first special token which will go towards an extra special golden time. Mrs Wood visited our classroom on Friday, she said that she has noticed how much everybody has grown up since the start of the year and she said that Year 5 is a happy and lovely place to be. 

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We had a special visitor on Thursday afternoon. Mrs Stone came to visit with her new baby girl Tilly. We loved asking questions to Mrs Stone and she loved how calm and quiet we were. Click here to see some photos. 

We celebrated World Smile Day on Friday. We spent the day smiling (even more than we usually do) and thought about things we can do to make other people smile.

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We also attended Mass at church on Friday morning. We were calm, quiet and still and listened really carefully to Father Michael.

In French, we practised reading words with the vowel sounds in then we learnt question words - Qui? Quand? Comment? etc and how to pronounce them correctly. We also chose the first pair of Language Leaders who will be helping everyone to answer questions in French about themselves. 

This week, the football league began with pupils from Year 5 and 6 competing against schools from the local area. Both teams represented the school brilliantly, with superb hat-tricks from Finley and Morgan. Everyone worked really well as a team – we are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next two weeks.

Results for A team:

St Oswald’s A 3 – 0 Whitefield A

St Oswald’s A 4 – 0 New Longton A

Results for B Team:

St Oswald’s B 4 – 1 Ashbridge

St Oswald’s B 1 – 2 Howick B

 

Home Practice

 

Reading

Read out loud to somebody at home for 20 minutes every night. Tell them what has happened in your own words and make predictions about what you think will happen next. 

 

Counting

Count out loud in:

10s from 186,357 to 186,457

 

100s from 276,988 to 277,988 

 

1000s from 341,512 to 351,512 

 

Times Tables

Everybody has been given their new times tables target. Please practise every night. Listen to songs, write them out, play on Hit the Button, say them out loud in the car, etc. Targets will be reassessed each week. 

 

Spelling 

Here are your spellings for next week. They are some of the words you need to know by the end of Year 5. 

believe          decide          describe          different          enough          favourite          important          interest          surprise          remember          question          restaurant          queue          immediately          definite

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges:

Times tables challenge

Maths challenge 

Spelling challenge 

 

Have a great weekend. 

Year 5 Blog Friday 30th September

Date: 29th Sep 2022 @ 7:37pm

Welcome to your Friday Blog. 

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It has been another fun-filled and exciting week in Year 5. 

In maths we have been focussing on rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10000. We found it tricky but used number lines and had lots of practice to get better and better. 

Click to practise rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

Click here to practise rounding to the nearest 1000.

In English we have continued looking at dialogue (speech) and have been looking at different types of sentences we can use to describe characters. In our novel Goth Girl we have been excited to find out about all of the magical creatures at Ghastly Gorm Hall and are becoming extremely suspicious of the character Maltravers. 

In geography we have been learning all about the UK. We looked at maps of the capital cities of the UK and described them by finding out what the different Ordnance Survey symbols represent. We were not surprised to find that London had lots of main roads and museums. Everybody worked so well with their partner. 

You can see our great team work and great geography skills in our gallery here. 

We started a new topic in computing. We learnt that a vector drawing is an image made on a computer by putting different lines and shapes together. We had a go at creating our own vector drawings on the iPads. Everybody showed such creativity and did a great job. 

We were practising our lane swimming on Wednesday. This helps us to build our stamina and become more confident in the water. It was amazing to see everybody encouraging each other and feeling proud of each other getting for better and better. 

 

Home Practice

 

Reading

Read out loud to somebody at home for 20 minutes every night. Look out for dialogue (speech). Look for different ways the author says 'said.'

 

Counting

Count out loud in:

12s from 0 to 144 and back again. 

0, 12, 24, ... 

 

1,000s from 35,678 to 45,678 and back again. 

35,678            36,678           37,678      ...

 

10,000s from 157,000 to 257,000 and back again. 

157,000          167,000          177,000          ...

 

Times Tables

Everybody has been given their new times tables target. Please practise every night. Listen to songs, write them out, play on Hit the Button, say them out loud in the car, etc. Targets will be reassessed each week. 

 

Spelling 

Here are your spellings for next week. They are homophones. This means they sound the same but have different meanings. You need to learn how to spell the words but also their meanings. You will be tested on the spelling and the meaning next Friday. 

isle           aisle

aloud        allowed

affect        effect

herd          heard

past          passed

caught      court

through     threw

favourite (this is an extra word we need to practise)

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges:

Times tables challenge

Lancashire Maths Contest 

Spelling challenge 

 

Have a great weekend. 

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Year 5 Blog Friday 23rd September

Date: 22nd Sep 2022 @ 8:19am

Welcome to your Friday Blog. 

We have had a wonderful week in Year 5.

Despite having only 4 days, we have done lots of amazing work and we earned lots of Golden Tokens. This meant we had a lovely Golden Time on Friday afternoon.

We have been looking at dialogue (speech) in English. We have been learning the rules and have had a go at writing our own dialogue between two characters from the book. Everybody has done really well. Look out for speech in your reading books. 

In maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers and placing them on a number line. We will continue with this next week and will be introduced to millions. 

On Thursday we had our 'Wonderful World' assembly. We heard a story called 'One House For All.' It was a lovely story which celebrated everybody's differences. It spoke about different countries, languages and cultures. 

One House For All – Book Island

We started a new topic in art. We are looking at an artist called Jo Quigley. In our art lesson we looked at lots of different pieces of art by Jo Quigley. We talked about what we could see and came up with questions about the art. We will be creating our own piece of art in the style of Jo Quigley. 

Jo Quigley Parliament Sunset | Signed Cityscape London Art Print | Free UK  Delivery – The Rose Gallery

In French, we recapped the French vowel sounds and actions. Then we played some games to practise reading words with the vowel sounds in. Then we learnt how to name the school subjects and used our new vocabulary in a sentence with our opinion eg J'adore le francais et les sciences mais ma matiere preferee, c'est le dessin.

 

Check out or PE gallery to see us practising some indoor athletics. 

 

Home Practice

 

Reading

Read out loud to somebody at home for 20 minutes every night. Look out for dialogue (speech). Put on voices where characters are speaking. Talk about the puncutation used and different words for said. 

 

Counting

Count out loud in:

9s from 0 to 108 and back again. 

0, 9, 18, ... 

 

7s from 0 to 84 and back again. 

0, 7, 14, ...

 

100s from 124,000 to 125,000 and back again. 

124,000          124,100          124,200          ...

 

Times Tables

Everybody has now been given their own individual times tables target. Please practise every night. Listen to songs, write them out, play on Hit the Button, say them out loud in the car, etc. Targets will be reassessed each week. 

 

Spelling 

Here are your spellings for next week. Most end with -ible or -able. There are also some which we have all been struggling with in our writing so need some extra practice. 

horrible          terrible          possible          invincible          adorable          enjoyable          valuable          identifiable          incredible          sensible          reliable          respectable          recognise          probably          different 

 

Sumdog

Complete the Sumdog challenges:

2 x maths challenges 

1 x spelling challenge 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Year 5 Blog Friday 16th September 2022

Date: 14th Sep 2022 @ 6:11pm

Happy weekend everybody and welcome to your Friday Blog. 

Here is an update of our learning this week. Below is the Home Practice. 

 

Our learning this week 

We have had a wonderful and busy week in Year 5. 

On Wednesday we went for our first swimming lesson. We were put into groups and then all got the chance to wet the teachers with our best cannonball. 

Cannonball Clipart

We have continued to read our class novel 'Goth Girl.' We have met some very strange and interesting characters. We are currently working on our own gothic style story including our own setting and characters. Everybody has been trying really hard to make sure they include our Year 5 learning in their writing. 

In maths we have been comparing and ordering 6-digit numbers and numbers with 3 decimal places. We have used place value counters to help us with our learning. We even did a little bit of algebra in one of our lessons. Everybody has done so well. 

In geography we have been learning about the UK. We have been looking at the different counties of England, and have used the 8 compass points to describe their location. We enjoyed looking at maps online and in an atlas, and were proud to talk about where we have visited ourselves. 

We wrote some beautiful poems in RE about what makes us unique. We love the fact that everybody is different and has their own special talents and qualities. It was really nice to share our poems and learn new things about each other. 

I am unique - Unique - Sticker | TeePublic

We finished the week with science and the Golden Time we had earned throughout the week. We carried out various investigations in science to answer the question 'What is a force?' Check out our gallery to see us in action. 

Home Practice

Reading:

Read out loud to somebody at home for 20 minutes. Tell them what you have read in your own words. Talk about the different characters. 

 

Counting:

Count out loud in 6s from 0 to 72 and back again.

0, 6, 12, ...

72, 66, 60, ...

 

Count out loud in 1,000s from 23,401 (twenty three thousand, four hundred and one) to 33,401 (thirty three thousand, four hundred and one). 

23,401                      24,401,                         25,401 ... 

 

Count out loud in 10,000s from 196,612 (one hundred and ninety six thousand, six hundred and twelve) back to 96,612 (ninety six thousand, six hundred and twelve). 

196,612                        186,612                         176,612 

 

Times Tables:

Next week you will be tested on different times tables and then given your own individual times table target. 

Please practise your times tables ready for the test on Thursday. Hit the Button is a good website to use. 

 

Spellings:

Here are your new spellings. You have also brought home a paper copy to stick up and practise every night during the week. When you are writing out your spellings, it is important that you are writing in neat joined up handwriting. It is good practice and will also help you to remember the spellings. We will be practising and going over the rules next week in class. 

doubt          island          lamb          solemn          thistle          knight          thumb          numb         

autumn          whistle          debt               isle          knowledge       surprise        interest                   

 

Sumdog:

Please complete the challenges on Sumdog. 

There are two maths challenges and one spelling challenge. 

 

Have a fantastic weekend :) 

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Online Safety Update

Date: 9th Sep 2022 @ 5:42pm

With your children returning to school, it is a great time to review online safety in your homes and make sure we are all up to date with developments in the online world. At St Oswald's, all classes will be beginning their Online Saftety learning where they will learn all about safe practices online in the following areas. 

Self image and identitiy

Online relationships

Online bulllying

Health, Well-being and lifestyle

Online reputation

Managing online information

Copyright and ownership

We will blog regularly to keep you updated with developments in the online space, sharing platform guides and links to expert training for you to keep your children safe when exploring the internet. Below you will find a guide on some back to school online safety tips for children.

To access a huge range of information on the National Online Safety website click the link below and join our school online safety hub.You will get access to videos, training and guides to keep you informed of the best practices in keeping your children safe online.

http://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/st-oswald-s-catholic-primary-school-pr45eb

Year 5 Blog 9th September 2022

Date: 9th Sep 2022 @ 3:35pm

Welcome to your Friday Blog. 

We have had a wonderful first week in Year 5. We have worked hard, played hard and been kind to each other. We were delighted to earn 46 golden tokens for our hard work and teamwork which gave us 23 minutes of Golden Time on Friday afternoon. We played a team game outside called Kick the Can and then watched some children sing and do magic tricks. It was a fantastic celebration of all of our hard work throughout the week. It takes the whole class to earn the tokens so it is a real team effort. 

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In maths we have been looking at 6-digit numbers and numbers with 3 decimal places. We have been using place value counters to make different numbers and have been solving problems involving the numbers. Everybody has done so well and tried their best!

We have started to read our class novel Goth Girl. We have identified the novel as a gothic style novel. We have looked at features of gothic novels including where they are often set, the different types of characters you would usually meet, and things that might happen in a gothic story. We have been looking at how the author develops the different characters and are working on developing our own characters. We have been looking at spellings with the letter string ough. Everybody has brought a spelling sheet home to stick up. We will practise these in school next week and everybody will practise writing them out at home too. 

 

Today we had a very special Golden Assembly in school as we took some time to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We had a minute silence and said some prayers for the Royal Family at this difficult time. 

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We can't wait for another super week next week, and are excited to earn as many golden tokens as we can!

Well done Year 5. 

Have an amazing weekend! 

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Year 5 Final Blog - 17th July 2022

Date: 15th Jul 2022 @ 3:46pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This will be our final blog for this year, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun! I would like to thank you for all your hard work and support this year, the children have been a pleasure to teach and I wish them all the best for next year. They are all ready to face the challenges of year 6 and I look forward to coming back and seeing them all at their production next year! Many thanks again, and a very fond farewell.

This week in year 5

In Maths, the children have worked on adding and subtracting decimals of different decimal places and have completed their final arithmetic quiz of the year! They have worked really hard to consolidate all of the strategies and knowledge gained over the year to show how much they have learnt. 

In English the children were challenged to write a short story with a build-up and dilemma, to show Mr Mears all that they have learnt this year.  They were given two photographs as inspiration and then planned and wrote a fantastic piece of work.  They did themselves proud.

In RE the children have continued to work hard on their stewardship topic and have shown outstanding understanding.  They are really learning to link the scriptures that we read to the learning taking place.

In PE the children had their last lesson practising net and wall techniques in tennis. They have really enjoyed this topic and they have improved their aim and power skills using good hand-eye coordination.

In computing, the children completed some online safety training, looking at commenting online.  They were given access to comments on seesaw and had to think carefully about comments they made on others work and the consequences of not being nice.  This was linked on online social media and the responsibility they have of using it appropriately in the future.

The children have been practising their singing for the Joseph show next week. They have the weekend to have their final practises at home and really learnt all the songs before the dress rehearsal on Monday and the live shows on Tuesday.  Please encourage them to practise at home.

The children had a great time on Wednesday at Tough Kidder.  I was told, “All the teachers join in!” Once I was wet through, I realised I had been duped! The children have been chatting about how fun it was all week and it really has been a highlight for them as we approach the end of their year 5 journey.

 

DON’T FORGET

Reading books need to be returned to school by Monday 18th July

Children need to bring in black leggings or black shorts for the dress rehearsal on Monday 18th July.  Boys may wear their school shorts if they wish. They must be plain black without logos etc.  The children will be provided with a coloured t-shirt on Monday.  Please come to school in uniform as normal but bring black shorts or leggings with them.

Please can you send a carrier bag in with your child, with their name on so they can bring all their work home in it.

 

Over the Summer

Please remember to encourage your child to continue to read over the summer holidays and discuss with them what they have read.  Ask them to summarise what they have read, or ask them questions about the characters in the book.  These are skills that will help them hit the ground running next year.  There are lots of maths games online that the children can play during the summer.  If you type Topmarks maths into google and select key stage 2 games.  There are all different kinds of skills to practise, whilst having fun.

Sumdog has a challenge section where the children can undertake diagnostic challenges and then it will provide them with a range of challenges at their level to help them develop.  Feel free to access these over the holidays. 

Year 5 - Friday 8th July 2022

Date: 8th Jul 2022 @ 2:53pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, the children have completed a number of assessments, including reasoning and their times tables check.  They have all worked so hard. I am very proud of the work they have put it.  We have also had time to work on adding decimal numbers up to 3 decimal places. We have looked at adding decimals when they have a different number of integers (the number in front of the decimal) e.g. 25.272 + 346.081 = and we have also practised adding when the number of decimal places is different e.g. 390.45 + 283.173 =.  The children have practised this in my different ways, including word problems.

In English we have again worked on some assessments but we have also managed to complete our novel Varjak Paw. The children seemed to have really enjoyed the book and for those avid readers there is a follow up book called Varjak Paw the Outlaw, the author is S. F. Said.  We have written lots of work using a variety of features to show everything we have learnt this year, including a set of contrasting descriptions of the different settings from the book.

In Science, the children researched insects and amphibians as part of their life cycles topic.  They had to find out the names of the creatures at the different stages, how they changed and whether they undertook full metamorphosis or partial metamorphosis. 

In RE we continued with our topic of stewardship.  The children were able to go outside and take photos and videos of our wonderful world and then wrote why it was precious to them.  We also read scripture about creation and discussed what this meant in terms of stewardship and our responsibility of looking after God's precious earth.

We had a special visitor this week in French. Mr Hennigan, who is Head of Modern Languages at All Hallows came to join us for the lesson. He was so impressed! He said, "The standard of French in Y5 is amazing! Their pronunciation is exceptionally good and their grammatical knowledge is very impressive!" Very well done to everyone who joined in wholeheartedly with the lesson. You did St Oswald's proud!

In PE many of you will have seen the children enjoying their tennis session. This was slightly shorter than usual due to the lovely parent's afternoon.  The children did however manage to practise their skills keeping the ball bouncing on their racket to improve control and force, they threw a ball to their partner who had to hit it back to them to catch, to improve aim and control power and finally we had a competition like last week where the children had to return a serve. 

We have had 2 afternoons of PSHE this week to conclude our topic on careers.  The children discussed the different careers they might like to take on in the future and whether these were realistic expectations with their skills and abilities. We looked at what they would need to work on to make these ideas and dreams a reality. We then went on to look at the importance of a range of jobs, the children ranked 17 careers in order of importance. Then I challenged them on the importance of each job, and they concluded that many jobs are important, and it really depends on the situation. I then shocked them by revealing the average wage of the different jobs and the children were able to discuss what wages they thought were unfair and unjust.  This sparked a discussion on choosing a job based on wages over interest, vocation and enjoyment.  We then went on to look at stereotypes in jobs, where these come from and how they, as future adults, can help to break these stereotypes. We had a discussion on job choices and training with link to university, college and apprenticeships and this all gave them food for thought.  They worked really well and debated the topics in a respectful and mature manner.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

Spelling words are homophones part 2

alter altar farther father guessed guest heard herd passed past their there they're here hear

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to adding and subtracting decimals.

Spelling words homophones and near homophones.

Year 5 - Friday 1st July 2022

Date: 30th Jun 2022 @ 6:20pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have been completing a number of assessments.  The children have been working on their arithmetic and reasoning skills.  They have also been given some bike related maths activities to complete whilst taking part in bikeability.   

In English we have continued Varjak Paw, he has now found our 6 of the skills needed to help him get a dog to save his family.  We have met a particularly nasty character called Sally Bones, we wrote a diary entry as her and her encounter with Varjak.

We have had some lovely outdoor learning this week.  We had our Bikeability sessions and the children worked really hard. They also had a ‘wild weaving’ session, I’m sure you all got to see the children’s fantastic wreaths and crosses that they brought home on Wednesday.  They worked so well together and collected some lovely flowers and leaves to help them create their fabulous pieces. They also planted their sunflower shoots into the ground, so hopefully they should flower in the coming weeks.

In RE the children have looked at their role as a steward and how they can be a steward in our world and help sustainability.  We created a sustainability tree with ideas of how we can help keep the earth safe and create a positive future for it. We also attended church on Wednesday for the Mass for St Peter and Paul.  The children behaved very well and remembered their knowledge of St Paul whom we studied earlier this year.

In French, we wrote sentences about sports saying who you play with, what equipment is used, where it is played and what to wear to do the sport.  Our friends had to guess which sport we had described.

In Music, the children have been practising songs from Joseph and will be bringing home song sheets to practise at home.

In PE the children did lots of cycling skills throughout the first part of the week.  During our PE lesson on Thursday we practised our tennis technique.  They children threw a ball to their friend who had to use a tennis racket to knock it back to them.  Once they had improved their aim when returning the ball, they started to play with two rackets.  We then played a game where the teacher hit a ball to them and they had to return it, within the playing area.  If they missed the ball or the ball went ‘out’ they had to join the teacher and became ball catchers.  If they caught their friends out they were allowed to re-join the game.  They had a really great time and developed their skills.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

Spellings words homophones and near homophones. We will look at these in more detail in school next week, they should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday. 

advise advice device devise which witch practise practice bear bare aisle isle aloud allowed who’s whose

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to angles.

Spellings words homophones and near homophones

Year 5 - Friday 24th June 2022

Date: 23rd Jun 2022 @ 5:10pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have finished off number and place value by doing a little more work on multiplying and dividing by powers of 10 and relating this to measure. Some children have secured their facts about measure but some could do to revisit this at home every now and then.  They need to remember 1000g = 1kg, 1000ml = 1 litre, 1000m = 1km, 10mm = 1cm and 100cm = 1m for starters. We have moved onto angles at the end of the week, estimating and measuring angles with a protractor. 

In English we have continued with the drama in Varjak Paw. The mysterious Vanishings in the book have lead us to writing a newspaper article asking for help to find out what is happening.  The children have published these reports in class.  We have also been using our inference and comprehension skills by reading chapters and answering questions, using evidence from the text.

In Science, the children continued with their work on living things. They investigated the life cycles of insects and amphibians and learnt common facts about insects and common facts about amphibians.

In RE the children ended their freedom and responsibility topic with a lovely worship, remembering all the things they have learnt.

In French this week, we used all the vocabulary we have learned over the last few weeks to write a paragraph about sports using adverbs of frequency, opinions and negatives. Super writing year 5!

In PE many of you joined us for an outstanding sports day. I’m sure you enjoyed watching the children who put in so much effort, on such a warm day.  The children had lots of fun and earned many points for their houses. I’m sure you will agree it was a great afternoon! Please look at the video on St Oswald's YouTube channel.

In Geography, we concluded our topic on China with an investigation in the economic growth of China and how this has impacted upon the country and its people. The children looked into which countries import the most from China and then located these countries on a map.

Online Saftey Update - Live Streaming

Many of our children access YouTube and TikTok as their primary source of online content. Live streamers are becoming ever more popular with children and young people.

Live streaming is the term used to describe the broadcast of a real time video from a mobile device, tablet or games console. Many live streaming apps have functionality for interactions from viewers, such as commenting, live chats and sending reactions during the broadcast. 

In this guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as online grooming, privacy & security and online reputation. Also, be aware of age ratings on any platforms you allow your children to use.

DON’T FORGET

The children completed their Common Exception Words Spelling test this week. Thank you for helping them practise.

All Hallows £3 dinner money to be returned.

Bikeability on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  Please make sure your booklet and bike check sheet are returned.  Children will need their bikes and helmets on all 3 days.

 

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Reading daily is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

No spellings this week, due to completing the Common Exception Words test and the All Hallows visit next week.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to converting time and multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.

No spellings this week, due to completing the Common Exception Words test and the All Hallows visit next week.

Year 5 - Friday 17th June 2022

Date: 16th Jun 2022 @ 5:49pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

 

This week in year 5

In Maths, we have worked on number and place value.  We have practised converting between numbers and Roman numerals, we have rounded numbers up to 1000000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000we have been comparing and ordering numbers up to 3 decimal places and we have been practising a range of reasoning questions relating to all these topics.

In English things are really hotting up for Varjak Paw! We have been reading about mysterious Vanishings that have been happening in the city and Varjak has been attacked by a cat gang!  The children have been using comprehension skills to answer questions, using the text as evidence and have almost finished a newspaper article about the Vanishings.

In Geography, we have learnt a lot about China, its location, its continent and bordering countries.  We also learnt about the desertification of China and how rapidly this is happening and how they are trying to stop it.  The children finished with a question scavenger hunt where they ran around the playground finding facts about Chinese culture that would help them answer quiz questions.

In RE we finished our topic on freedom and responsibility by looking at the sacrament of reconciliation.  The children produced a lovely piece of work that explained all the different actions and words used during reconciliation and their significance.

In French, we practised using the first and third person to write about likes and dislikes from a cafe menu. We also recapped the verbs avoir and etre that the children need to learn off by heart before year 7. Homework - please keep singing the song Je suis un enfant de paix on Youtube. Again, it needs to be learnt off by heart. In PE we played playground games and worked on teamwork and cooperation.

In PE the children had their bike checks ready for bikability in the coming weeks and they practised their hand eye coordination using a tennis racket and ball. They had partners that threw the ball to them and they had to return the ball to their partner, on target, using a tennis racket.  We then finished with a relay race in final preparation for next week’s sports day.

In Computing we have been learning about vector drawing.  The children used lines and shapes to create pictures.  They worked really hard and created many great pictures.

DON’T FORGET

If you forgot to bring your bike or helmet for the bike check, the catch up day is Tuesday.

Common exception words will be tested next Friday

Sports Day on Thursday - children must have their PE kit in school to participate.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

Spellings Common Exception words. They should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday.  Please see sheet provided and highlighted each term.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the 

appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to number and place value.

Spellings Common Exception words

Year 5 - Friday 10th June 2022

Date: 9th Jun 2022 @ 5:07pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have been working hard on number and place value. We have identified, represented and estimated numbers on a number line, where all the numbers have not been given.  We have rounded numbers all the way up to 1000000 to the nearest 10000 and 100000.  We have counted forwards and backwards through zero, using positive and negative numbers and also looked at converting numbers into Roman numerals and vice versa.  It’s been a busy first week back!

In English we are getting excited about Varjak Paw.  He has escaped the Contessa’s house and trying to find his way in the city.  The children have spent lots of time exploring the characters and their feelings, reading into the text and seeing how the author shows the characters feelings with their words and descriptions.

In PSHE we have been reflecting on our school year so far.  Looking at what we have enjoyed, where we have improved and what we hope for next year.  The children enjoyed looking back through their books and their seesaw accounts and remembering all the amazing things they have done.

In RE the children continued looking at freedom and responsibility, examining the scripture from the Old and New Testament linking to this.  They have reflected on times when they may not have ‘loved their neighbour’ and written to God asking for forgiveness and help with being able to ‘love their neighbour’, even in difficult times.

In French this week, we practised conjugating the verb jouer - to play. We are really good at these regular ER verbs now - great progress, year 5! Some people even managed to write sentences independently, with correct verb endings and even including negatives. Impressionant!

In PE the children practised techniques for sports day, they worked so hard and they are really starting to understand how to use their bodies to do their very best. 

Online Safety Update

This week, our update is focused on how to set up devices for children. Read our short guide below for some useful tips to safeguard young people against online risk.

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen later this month.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

I’d also encourage you to do a daily count with your child.  This week we are counting up in 0.04. Give the children a number to start from and they must continue to count from that number in 0.04s, either forwards or backwards.  It often helps the children if they note down the numbers as they say them, it helps them work out the next number more easily when they can see it. Help them use bridging where appropriate to count on e.g. 4.08 + 0.02 = 4.1, then add the other 0.02 to get to 4.12.

Spellings words for possibility and Common Exception words. We will look at these in more detail in school next week, they should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday. 

definitely, possibly, probably, frequently, infrequently, occasionally, rarely, certainly, obviously, often, curiosity, restaurant, conscience, disastrous, community.

Don’t forget the children have a big list of Common Exception words to learn, these can be practised each week to push your child further.  You should all have received a second sheet with these words on by now, I have highlighted the words that your child wrote correct in a spelling test before Easter. This will give you an indication of how well they are remembering these spellings. We will be assessing the children on these words later in June.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to number and place value.

Spellings words for possibility and Common Exception words

Dance From the Heart

Date: 7th Jun 2022 @ 3:03pm

Here is the Dance From the Heart video to practise before the roadshow on Tuesday 21st June 2022.

Year 5 - Friday 27th May 2022

Date: 26th May 2022 @ 4:35pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

The children have had a great half term, working hard and showing improvement in all that they do.  I hope you all have a lovely half term and look forward to seeing you all for our final few weeks, after the break!

 

This week in year 5

In Maths, we are back on place value.  We have been looking at numbers up to 1000000, reading, writing and comparing them.  We have also been counting forwards and backwards in powers of 10 e.g. adding 10, subtracting 100000, adding 1000.  The children were really good and were able to count and find tricky patterns. On our Jubilee day the children completed a maths challenge, ‘Who made the Queen’s cake?’ they had to solve a series of mathematical problems to eliminate suspects, they thoroughly enjoyed this task.  Finally on our last day we had a spirited ‘Pirate Game’, where the children have to use quick addition, subtraction, doubling etc. to ‘steal’ the most points.

In English we have started our new novel Varjak Paw by S F Said. We have made predictions for the story, deciding who is the mysterious man, who are the strange cats, what is Varjak going to do? They have used the first 2 chapters to find examples that tell us about the characters, what type of cat are they, how do they feel, how do they act, what are they thinking? 

In Science the children have begun to look at life cycles.  We have looked at how some animals give birth to live young and some lay eggs.  We have compared the life cycle of 2 metamorphic animals, the European common frog and the Monarch butterfly. The children used research skills to find facts and then wrote a comparison of the two. 

In RE we read scripture relating to the 10 commandments, we discussed how the Israelites might have felt when they were asked to keep these rules and why they agreed to them and then we looked at how we could keep the commandments in this present day.  We also attended Mass on Thursday for the Mass of the Ascension.   

In French, we learnt when to use Je joue and when to use je fais with sports words. Then we wrote a paragraph incorporating these new verbs, the sports vocabulary and our opinions. Great job, year 5!

In PE we played playground games and worked on teamwork and cooperation.

On Wednesday we had a lovely day celebrating the Queen’s jubilee.  The children took part in Jubilee maths, Jubilee comprehensions, we made a red white and blue profile collage of the queen and we joined the whole school for a 7 decade sing-a-long, where we sang ‘Help from my friends’ from the 1960s.  We had a picnic outside where the queen joined us for a quick photo shoot (see attached).  It was a lovely memorable day for the children.

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen shortly after our break.

 

Please encourage your child to read over the break so they can change their book on the first day back.  Times tables are also something the children can continue to practise over the break, there are lots of fun games online that they can use to practise (top marks maths has some good games to keep them occupied)

If you want some extra work there are English and Maths Challenges on Sumdog that are available at all times.  Once the children have completed the assessment, challenges will be set at their level.

Online Safety Update

This week, our update is focused on keeping children safe when accessing online content. A lot of platforms that our children use are dependent on uploaded content. Due to the sheer number of videos added to these sites, moderators find it almost impossible to stop all harmful or distressing content from reaching your phone or tablet screens. The guide below outlines ways in which you as parents and carers can limit the risk.

 

Have a lovely break.

Year 5 - Friday 20th May 2022

Date: 19th May 2022 @ 5:32pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have worked hard calculating the difference between and the sum of two numbers.  We looked at bar graphs and had to analyse data.  We also calculated the range, median and mode of a group of numbers.  The children were really good at this topic and enjoyed the session.

In English we have finished our poetry topic.  We examined figurative language within poetry and discovered different perspective of characters within the poem.  The Highwayman is a long and somewhat tricky poem to read, but the children have really done well to understand the metaphors, personification and similes within it.

In Science, our sunflowers seeds are really coming on, we are hoping to plant them out next week.  The children have carried on with their work on plant life and have moved onto seed dispersal.  Looking at how animals and wind can help plants to spread their seeds, after pollination.  Then we planned and carried out a fair test using a model seed with wings. We were able to identify the different variables and how to make it a fair test. As we didn't all get the same results, we understood that scientists would repeat the investigation in order to get a more accurate answer. 

In RE the children started their new topic on freedom and responsibility.  They looked at the responsibilities they are afforded, when more freedom is offered.

In French, we practised numbers up to 100 and giving our opinion about different sports. Then we carried out a survey in class asking people what their opinion of different sports is.

In PE the children had another practise for sports day. We are preparing ourselves for a great afternoon.  Then the children were able to choose between a game of football or rounders.  They had a great time and were very hot afterwards!

We have also had another den building session outside in our outdoor classroom.  The children were able to build on their skills and techniques from their last session and improve their dens.

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen shortly after our May break.

Online Safety Update

Below you will find this week's online safety guides on YouTube and YouTube Kids. In the guides you will find tips on a number of potential risks such as connecting with strangers and inappropriate content.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

I’d also encourage you to do a daily count with your child.  This week we are counting up in 0.4. Give the children a number to start from and they must continue to count from that number in 0.4s, either forwards or backwards.  It often helps the children if they note down the numbers as they say them, it helps them work out the next number more easily when they can see it. Help them use bridging where appropriate to count on e.g. 4.8 + 0.2 = 5, then add the other 0.2 to get to 5.2.

Spellings words with ough said o, uff or ow. We will look at these in more detail in school next week, they should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday. 

although dough though doughnut bough enough tough toughen plough drought toughest rough roughest

Don’t forget the children have a big list of Common Exception words to learn, these can be practised each week to push your child further.  You should all have received a second sheet with these words on by now, I have highlighted the words that your child wrote correct in a spelling test before Easter. This will give you an indication of how well they are remembering these spellings. We will be assessing the children on these words before summer.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to the difference between and sum of using graphs.

Spellings words spelt ough said o, uff or ow

Year 5 - Friday 13th May 2022

Date: 12th May 2022 @ 4:47pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have been working on area and volume. The children have been able to use perimeter measurements to help work out the area.  They have used calculations to do this (length x width) and also drawn the shapes in their maths books and counted squares to check their answers.  They have used cubes to build 3D shapes and counted the cubes to find the volume and then managed to learn the calculation (length x width x height).

In English we have started to examine narrative poetry, specifically The Highwayman and The Owl and the Pussycat.  We have looked at the features of narrative poetry and spent time discussing how to use tone, intonation and pace to get the emotion of the poem across to our audience.  The children each learnt a section of The Highwayman and performed it together. Please see video on St Oswalds TV.

In Science, the children continued with their ‘living things’ topic and investigated different types of pollination.  They watched video clips showing the different types and then went on a nature walk to try and find plants that used the different types of pollination. They have been looking after their plants and we have a number of sunflowers sprouting and our strawberry plants now each have flowers.

In RE the children completed our topic on transformation.  We looked at the scripture of Paul on the road to Damascus in more detail and how he managed to transform the lives of others due to his transformation.  We reflected in a lovely collective worship to celebrate out learning during this topic.

This week in French, we learnt how to pronounce an/am/em/en and read some unknown words correctly. Next we recapped -er verbs with the verb jouer - to play.  We then used an online dictionary to look up some sports words and talked about the advantages and disadvantages of an online dictionary compared with a book. We talked about cognates - words that look the same or very similar to English but are not pronounced the same. Sports words are all cognates so they're easy to learn.

 In Art we sketched portraits of the queen.  The children were all given the same photo of the queen and were asked to sketch a picture of her in this likeness.  They did an amazing job.  They really thought about the placement of her features and sizes.  They were able to use light and shade to really make the portraits come alive.

In PE the children began to practise skills for sport’s day. They practised running races, collecting bean bags in a hoop, sack racing, egg and spoon and quoit throwing.  They had a great time and were all very competitive, I feel we have a great sport’s day ahead (Dates TBC shortly).

In computing the children were able to develop their coding skills using commands and loops.  They really enjoyed the session as the programme used had characters from Minecraft so really engaged the children.  Remember they are able to use the coding programme at home, they will feel like they are playing a game but actually they will be developing computing skills.

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen before the end of the summer term.

Online Safety Update

Age ratings can be used by adults to make an informed choice as to whether a game or platform is suitable for their child.

Below you will find our guide with tips on a number of potential risks including inappropriate content, peer pressure and online spending.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

I’d also encourage you to do a daily count with your child.  This week we are counting up in 6 and 0.6.  Give the children a number to start from and they must continue to count from that number in 6 or 0.6s, either forwards or backwards.  It often helps the children if they note down the numbers as they say them, it helps them work out the next number more easily when they can see it. Help them use bridging where appropriate to count on e.g. 4.8 + 0.2 = 5, then add the other 0.4 to get to 5.4.  This is bridging.

Spellings words containing the letter string ‘ough’ where the sound is /aw. We will look at these in more detail in school next week, they should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday.  12 spellings this week not 15.

bought fought thought ought thoughtfully sought nought thoughtless brought wrought afterthought thoughtful

Don’t forget the children have a big list of Common Exception words to learn, these can be practised each week to push your child further.  You should all have received a second sheet with these words on by now, I have highlighted the words that your child wrote correct in a spelling test before Easter. This will give you an indication of how well they are remembering these spellings. We will be assessing the children on these words before summer.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to perimeter

Spellings words containing the letter string ‘ough’ where the sound is /aw

Year 5 - Friday 6th May 2022

Date: 6th May 2022 @ 1:13pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have concentrated on properties of shape.  The children have a much deeper understanding of angles within triangles and quadrilaterals. They can find missing angles when given limited information.  They are also able to work out perimeters of shapes that have been made by joining 2 different polygons together.

In English we have finished our book The Adventures of Adolphus Tips.  Again, the children were gripped until the end.  I always enjoy their reactions when final pieces of information are given and they cheer or gasp. They have spent this week finalising their extended written piece, including their exciting part or dilemma and their ending.  They have all worked really well on these and should be very proud.

In Science, this week the children were botanists.  They have been learning lot about asexual and sexual reproduction in plants and this week they were able to facilitate plant reproduction through vegetative propagation.  They took cuttings from two different plants and planted them in compost, they planted seeds and one child brought a runner from their spider plant in and we were able to re-pot that.  The plants and seeds are now all in our school greenhouse, along with some strawberry plants that we will be taking care off and hoping to see runners sprout from them.  Mrs Quilliam, our resident science expert, spoke to the class this week and questioned them on their plant knowledge and she was suitably impressed.

In RE the children continued to look at transformation.  We read and discussed the scripture of Paul on the road to Damascus and how this transformed his life.  We also looked into how he went on to transform the lives of others.

In Geography, this week we continued our topic on the UK.  We looked at old maps of Lancashire and how they were set out and then used DigiMaps online to look at maps from the 1800s, up to present day.  We observed the geographical differences in our local area over this time and were able to locate a number of places we recognised, including Chapel Lane and how it may have been given its name.  They then went on to look at OS symbols and their meanings and used coordinates to locate landmarks.

In PE the children continued to develop their cricket skills.  They split into groups of four and practised batting, bowling, fielding and being backstop.  Then two teams joined together to from four teams that played a tournament to apply these skills.

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen before the end of the summer term.

Online Safety Update

Lately, we have seen a huge increase in the number of children accessing the Roblox gaming platform. This includes children in our infant classes. This week's guide dives into what to expect your children to find when they use Roblox including any potential risks they may meet. These risks include in-app purchases and chatting to strangers online.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

I’d also encourage you to do a daily count with your child.  This week we are counting up in 0.4. Give the children a number to start from and they must continue to count from that number in 0.4s, either forwards or backwards.  It often helps the children if they note down the numbers as they say them, it helps them work out the next number more easily when they can see it. Help them use bridging where appropriate to count on e.g. 4.8 + 0.2 = 5, then add the other 0.2 to get to 5.2.

Spellings words spelled with ’ie’ after c. We will look at these in more detail in school next week, they should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday. 

deceive conceive receive perceive receipt protein caffeine seize either neither weird seizure heinous being deceit

Don’t forget the children have a big list of Common Exception words to learn, these can be practised each week to push your child further.  You should all have received a second sheet with these words on by now, I have highlighted the words that your child wrote correct in a spelling test before Easter. This will give you an indication of how well they are remembering these spellings. We will be assessing the children on these words before summer.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to properties of shape

Spellings words spelt with ei and pronounced ee

Year 5 - Friday 29th April 2022

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 5:09pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

The children have had a busy week, working hard and trying their best.

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have investigated properties of polygons, both regular and irregular.  We have looked at rules that make them polygons or irregular polygons including length of sides and size of angles.  We have looked at how to work out the size of missing angles when we are given some information.  It is vital that the children are aware of the names of different shapes and their properties.  Please encourage your children to name a range of shapes and their properties e.g. a square is a regular polygon that has 4 equal sides and 4 equal angles, the total of its angles will equal 360° or an irregular hexagon has 6 sides of different lengths and different size angles, the total of all the angles will equal 720°.

In English the children are working hard on an extended piece of work.  They are writing about what happens to Tips when she goes missing.  They have planned their story and have completed their opening and build up and edited them.  They will continue and complete the story next week.  There are some great stories emerging.

In Science, we looked at sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.  We recapped sexual reproduction of plants and how seeds are made. We then went on to look at the life cycle of that plant from germination, to shoot, to an adult plant that is able to reproduce and another seed is formed.  We looked at asexual plants such as daffodils and potatoes and how they reproduce by themselves.  We also dissected fruit and conducted a pattern seeking investigation with the hypothesis, ‘If the fruit is bigger, it will have more seeds.’  We were able to disprove this theory through our investigation.

In RE, we have continued our topic on transformation, around the feast of Pentecost.  The children discussed scripture where Jesus appeared to the disciples and how this made them feel.  We discussed how their energy was transformed by their faith in Jesus and how they went to spread the Good News in order to transform others’ energy also.

This week in French, we practised listening and reading skills. Then we recapped food words with a game of bingo and a song.

In PE, the children completed their train run warm up and then split into groups for cricket skills.  We started developing an overarm throwing technique and catching a small ball.  After this they went on to develop their aim and fielding by either throwing at a wicket or acting as backstop to retrieve the ball and return to the bowler.  They then practised, in rotation, in groups of 4, at bowling, batting, fielding and being backstop.  This then enabled them to join another group for a cricket match.  They showed some great promise, we have some great batters (real sloggers), some amazing throwing and catching and the makings of a great cricket team developing.

 In DT, the children have now completed their design stage of their cams and followers mechanism.  They have work hard on their designs and completed a list of the resources required.  They will have an afternoon in the coming weeks to use their knowledge gained from teaching sessions and making their prototype to make their working mechanisms.

In PSHE, the children looked at different types of drugs in society – socially acceptable drugs (that still have negative effects), prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and illegal drugs.  They were very sensible in the discussion work and were able to ask questions relating to information they had heard that wasn’t necessarily true.  We will continue with this topic this term, looking at healthy habits and how to avoid unhealthy life choices.

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen before the end of the summer term.

ONLINE SAFETY UPDATE

This week's Online Safety Update is all about age-appropriate content online. Children can chance upon inappropriate content in various ways, from pop up ads to TikTok or YouTube videos. In this guide you will find tips on a number of potential risks such as social media, gaming and adverts. See link.

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of the curriculum.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

I would also encourage you to do a daily count with your child.  This week they can count up in 6s and 0.6s. Give the children a number to start from and they must continue to count from that number in 6s or 0.6s, either forwards or backwards.  A strategy we use is bridging e.g. if the number is 45 and we are adding 6 we would use 5 to bridge it to the next 10 first – 50 and then add the remaining 1.  If subtracting we would again subtract to the nearest 10 – this time subtracting 5 to get to 40 and then subtracting the leftover 1.

Spellings words spelled with ’ie’ after c. We will look at these in more detail in school next week. They should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday. 

ancient science species efficient deficient glacier scientists sufficient emergencies inefficient fanciest  conscience society scientifically bounciest

Don’t forget the children have a big list of Common Exception words to learn, these can be practised each week to push your child further.  You should all have received a second sheet with these words on by now. I have highlighted the words that your child wrote correct in a spelling test before Easter. This will give you an indication of how well they are remembering these spellings. We will be assessing the children on these words before summer.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES. 

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to regular and irregular polygons

Spellings words with ie after c

Year 5 - Friday 22nd April

Date: 22nd Apr 2022 @ 3:43pm

Welcome to this week’s Year 5 class blog

The children have settled back into the summer term and have been working hard this week.

This week in year 5

 

In Maths, we have been working on equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and converting improper fractions into mixed numbers.  This is a difficult concept for some of the children and will require some practising at home.  We discussed the rules with equivalent fractions – we can only use divide and multiplication and whatever we do to the top we do to the bottom.  When adding and subtracting fractions the denominator needs to be the same and we only add the numerator NOT the denominator. 

In English we are getting towards the end of Adlophus Tips.  Things are now getting a little exciting.  We have been practising different openers this week for our writing.  We have planned an extended piece of writing today that we will develop, edit and complete next week.

In Science, we have started a new topic about living things and their habitat.  We started off looking at plants and how they reproduce.  We looked at botanical illustrations and discussed how these have help botanist understand plants and their reproduction and we were also able to dissect a number of flowers.  We looked inside the flowers and were able to find the male and female parts of the flower.  If you have any old tulips or daffodils that your children can dissect at home, you could ask your children to show you the different parts of the flower and how it reproduces.

In RE, we have started our new topic on transformation, around the feast of Pentecost.  The children first looked at energy and how this can be made and changed.  We then looked at scripture relating to Jesus appearing to the disciples and how this energy affected them.

In French, we started with a quiz. The children had to read some paragraphs in French, trying to get the gist rather than understanding every word, in order to answer some questions. It was tricky, but everything is first time!  Then we recapped some food vocabulary.

In PE, the children ran their orienteering course again, as a warm up and they were able to complete the course in a much better time, due to developing effective techniques.  They then went on to practise skills needed for cricket.  They practised over arm throwing at a target, they practised catching an over arm bowl and then they were able to practise batting, in teams of 4, with 1 being the bowler, 1 the batter, 1 the back stop and 1 the fielder.  They were able to shoe great promise. I hope to see some real skills emerging over the next few weeks.

 In Geography the children developed map reading skills.  They were asked to identify human and physical geographical features within the UK.  They used knowledge of counties and use of the index to find where these landmarks would be and plot a point on a map.  They were very good and worked well in groups to find many locations.

Online Safety Update - Please read our guide for TikTok below.
In this guide you will find tips on a number of potential risks such as age inappropriate content, addiction and in app spending.
 

DON’T FORGET

Common exception words have been sent home and the final test for these will happen before the end of the summer term.

 

Home Practice all relates to this week's learning - These are the tasks to be completed.

Reading - You all have a Home Reading book for year 5 so reading every night for 15-20 mins is essential. You also have a Reading Journal/Diary that must be completed and signed. Some children had a break from reading over the holidays but please ensure this is made a priority now that we are back at school.  Practise is vital to improve in all areas of English.

You can change your reading book on any school day (book bags to be left on Mrs Mulgrew's desk)

Maths – please ask your child what their times tables target is and help them practise this in order for them to progress.

I’d also encourage you to do a daily count with your child.  This week they can count up in 6s and 0.6s. Give the children a number to start from and they must continue to count from that number in 6s or 0.6s, either forwards or backwards.  A strategy we use is bridging e.g. if the number is 45 and we are adding 6 we would use 5 to bridge it to the next 10 first – 50 and then add the remaining 1.  If subtracting we would again subtract to the nearest 10 – this time subtracting 5 to get to 40 and then subtracting the leftover 1.

Spellings words Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in –fer. We will look at these in more detail in school next week, they should be practised at home, ready for the test on Friday. 

referring preferred transferring reference referee preference transference difference inference conferring offering conference preferable different transferred

Don’t forget the children have a big list of Common Exception words to learn, these can be practised each week to push your child further.  You should all have received a second sheet with these words on by now, I have highlighted the words that your child wrote correct in a spelling test before Easter. This will give you an indication of how well they are remembering these spellings. We will be assessing the children on these words before summer.

Sumdog challenges

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE SUMDOG CHALLENGES, MANY CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT ACCESSING SUMDOG.

Please encourage your child to complete the Maths and Spelling Training.  As you know, we set weekly challenges that are linked to the learning that takes place in school.  As an extra feature, the maths and spelling training sections will provide a tailored challenge for your child to practise skills, facts and words they find difficult.  Once the diagnostic challenges have been completed Sumdog will set challenges to aid improvement and development in the appropriate areas for your child.  Once you have completed the class challenges, please use this feature for extra challenge in both maths and spelling.  Many children have still not completed the diagnostic section.

Times tables have been set to reflect class targets

Maths the children have been set activities relating to fractions and mixed numbers

Spellings words adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in –fer

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