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Spring 1 Newsletter

We hope that you have had a fun and festive Christmas holiday and are recharged and ready for the new term!

We would like to begin by welcoming Mr Commander to our classroom.  He will be with us for his final teaching placement and we are looking forward to working with him.

This new term will start with a 4-week geography topic on Florida, where we will learn about the tourism and travel industry in Orlando, as well as seeing how it compares to the UK.  After this, we will go back in time to study WWII and investigate how it affected life in Britain. 

Targets

Reading

I can identify themes and conventions across a range of texts.

I can distinguish between fact and fiction.

I can read books that are structured in different ways and for a range of purposes.

 

Science: Evolution and Inheritance

I can describe how the earth and living things have changed over time.

I can explain how fossils can be used to find out about the past.

I can explain about reproduction and offspring (recognising that offspring normally vary and are not identical to their parents).

I can explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

I can link adaptation over time to evolution.

I can explain evolution.

 

PSHE – Passport Targets

To show a good understanding and commitment to e-safety.

To stand up against views and opinions that go against the school’s values.

 

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 5th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 12th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 19th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 26th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 2nd  February

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 9th   February

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 16th   February

Topic based homework

 

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book in school every Monday.  Please support your child by asking them to practise their spellings as these are revisited at the end of each half-term, at the end of the year and eventually in the SATs!

Dates for the diary

  • Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day
  • Wednesday 14th February 2:30pm – KS2 Maths Fair!  This will a celebration of our hard work in maths and will also be a valuable opportunity for parents to learn about the methods that we use! 
  • Thursday 8th February – WWII Day!  A list of ideas for the day will be sent home soon…

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch!
Mrs Caballero

Spring 1 Topic Web

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All Different, All Equal!

The Magical Masterminds had a fun day of celebrating our uniqueness as part of Anti-Bullying Week.  We dressed up in blue, wore odd socks and took part in an Anti-Bullying workshop!

Autumn 2 Topic Web

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Trip to the Derby Open Centre and Mosque

The Magical Masterminds learned how to write their names in Arabic, dress ready for a Hajj pilgrimage and visited a Mosque!

Celebrating Black History Month

We learned about famous historical figures and how they changed the world we live in today. We also had great fun in our African dance and drumming workshop!

A monster invasion

We arrived at school on Monday 16th October to discover a scene of madness and mayhem - what had happened?  Luckily, the  Magical Masterminds were there to investigate...

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Welcome back Magical Masterminds!  I hope that you have had a lovely Summer holiday and are now refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of Year 5! 

We have had a busy start to the week, learning our new model text – ‘Find Me’, which you can hear by following the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rx3hm

This will give us the techniques, language and grammar skills needed to write our own spooky adventure stories, which we hope to display in our local area (details coming soon!).   To help fuel our imaginations, we are reading ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl – we’re already hooked!

To help us develop our reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read for at least 10 minutes, 3 times a week and sign their reading record.  This can be their class book or a book from their Lexiled reading list, which can be found by logging into Reading Pro.  We appreciate your support with this, we know how busy life can be but those extra reading sessions will help your children to achieve their highest potential.  As a reward for reading regularly, each child will be awarded a sticker each week that they read 3 times to an adult (not including this week!).  If they get 12 stickers, then they will achieve the Bronze Reading Medal!  You can do it Magical Masterminds!

This year, our class will be taking part in ‘Mindfulness’ training, which aims to help our pupils be more aware of their emotions and reactions.  The lessons should enable our children to improve their decisions when under pressure or angry and to help them to recognise when they are feeling these emotions so that they can begin to regulate them.  Look out for the meditation diary which we will be sending home soon…

Finally, I hope that our children have a wonderful year and it is a pleasure to be working with you all again! 

Targets

Reading

I can actively discuss a wide range of texts, justifying my ideas with evidence.

I can discuss how authors use figurative language.

I can explore the meaning of words in context.

 

Science 

Properties and changes in materials

I can compare and group materials based on their properties (e.g. hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, [electrical & thermal], and response to magnets).

I can describe how a material dissolves to form a solution; explaining the process of dissolving.

I can describe and show how to recover a substance from a solution.

I can describe how some materials can be separated.

I can demonstrate how materials can be separated (e.g. through filtering, sieving and evaporating).

I know and can demonstrate that some changes are reversible and some are not.

I can explain how some changes result in the formation of a new material and that this is usually irreversible.

I can discuss reversible and irreversible changes.

I can give evidenced reasons why materials should be used for specific purposes.

Passport 

Understand why we have rules and laws in England and always follow these

Show an understanding and commitment to democracy

Homework 
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Week beginning

 

4.9

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

11.9

Maths – books

English

Spellings

18.9

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

25.9

Maths – books

English

Spellings

2.10

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

9.10

Maths – books

English

Spellings

16.10

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  As you will have seen from the Spellings letter, children are now having 6 spellings a week with the expectation that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

With this letter, we are sending home a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be sent home for the spelling tests but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Years 5 and 6.
Water Bottles & PE Kit

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

This half term, indoor PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon and outdoor on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

Parent Helpers
We now have a volunteer to hear readers on our class however we still need more help to give our children as many opportunities to read as possible.  We would also be grateful if anyone would be able to test pupils on their times tables – we will give you a sheet with the answers on so don’t worry if you’re rusty!  Even 20 minutes would be appreciated so please get in touch. 

If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask!

Mrs Caballero

Autumn 1 Topic Web:

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