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Week Beginning 9th September 2019


The Year 5 children have worked incredibly hard this week and have produced some brilliant pieces of work in their learning theme books! They really enjoyed drawing a map of a typical Anglo-Saxon settlement and using the Ipads to research information about the houses, their location, how villages were protected and what jobs people did. We have discovered that we have lots of budding artists and historians in the year group!


Ore reading work has focused on retrieval and inference skills whilst in English lessons we have been trying hard to master all of the 'Key Skills', such as accurate punctuation and adventurous vocabulary choices. The children have written some absolutely fantastic setting descriptions, using a thesaurus to ensure their vocabulary is precise and engaging for the reader. We will be editing and redrafting them on Monday.


We have been continuing to develop our understanding of place value in maths lesson, focusing particularly on rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and even 100000. We have discussed how this is a really important skill when estimating answers to check they are reasonable.


Our Mathletics and ReadTheory accounts are now set-up and ready to use - passwords can be found in the front of homework books. Please make sure you are keeping the reading records in the back of homework books up to date.



Week Beginning 2nd September 2019


Welcome to Year 5! What a busy first week it has been. As well as learning about all the new routines and expectations, the children have already been working hard in lessons and making a great first impression on us. 


We have got stuck straight into our exciting new learning theme, Traders and Raiders, by finding out why the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings chose to settle in Britain. We also recapped what the children learnt about the Romans in Year 4 and compared the lifestyles, values and beliefs of the Romano-Britons and Anglo-Saxons, using a Carroll diagram to present our findings. Please make sure you have read the Traders and Raiders Knowledge Organiser (see 'Knowledge Organisers' tab above) as this contains all of the main information you need to know about for our history unit of work. 


This half term, we are reading Viking Boy by Michael Foreman and we were really intrigued by the mysterious prologue. In reading sessions, we have been focusing on vocabulary and have used dictionaries to find the meaning of unfamiliar words used. We recapped what the VIPERS acronym stands for to explain the different areas of reading we will be practising this year:









We have been trying really hard to ensure our handwriting is neat and joined and have practised editing our work, following the Coten End marking codes (which can be found in the front of all of our exercise books).  


Our Maths lessons have focused on place value, including reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000! 


A few things to remember:


- PE kits should be in school all week (indoor and outdoor) but our PE afternoon is on a Tuesday for all 3 classes.

- Homework will be set on a Thursday and is due in the following Monday.

- Spellings will also be set on a Thursday and will be tested the following week (different days for each class).

- Children should record any books they have read in the reading log at the back of homework books. 

- Children have the opportunity to change books in the school library every day.

- Optional homework project suggestions can be found on the Knowledge Organiser for each unit.


We look forward to a fantastic year ahead!


The Year 5 Team