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Week ending 14th July 2017

 

Another week has zoomed by on the route to end of term, the highlight for us being Friday afternoon's open art workshop. It is always lovely to have parents in to view the children's work and to have a go themselves at some of the activities we been doing. I think most of you agreed, it looks easier than it actually is! Here are a few pictures of the afternoon, along with some examples of the work on display.

It'll be a busy-but-fun-packed week next week so here are a few reminders to keep on top of the events:

  • Homework focuses on the year 5/6 spelling list, ready for a fun quiz that the children have set their own targets for. Good luck in learning them - there are some tricky ones!
  • The wheels afternoon for the class reward will be either next Wednesday or Thursday. Confirmation will be given by letter on Monday.
  • The year 6 leavers assembly will take place on Friday morning - any parents attending, please ensure you have your tissues ready. It will be the last day for many of our staff as well.
  • The children will finally get to paint Mr Clarke's face on Friday, as the prize for making the longest coin trail, back in the spring term. For maximum humiliation and embarrassment, please come into the school playground at the end of the day so you can have cameras at the ready!

 

Week ending 7th July 2017

 

I can't believe how the last few weeks have whizzed by. My only excuse is that we have been so engrossed in our studies, that we haven't had time to update the website! So, without further ado, here are some of the exciting and enjoyable activities we have been up to since the last input...

These are just some of our Pop Art examples where we used onomatopoeic words to present in the comic style that is so representative of this type of art. 

We are now in the process of finishing off our self-portraits in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. These use Ben-Day dots to give colour and vibrancy to the cartoon version of our likenesses. We have also been introduced to the works of Andy Warhol, possibly the most well-known of the Pop Artists, and look forward to showcasing more examples of our work at the forthcoming open afternoon this Friday 14th July.

It is not just art we have been busy with: our science unit on Forces continues, with our latest lesson on the relationship between mass and weight. This involved an investigation into how heavy some of our everyday objects are and the impact of gravity.

I trust all shoes and pencil cases have returned home in one piece...?!

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We have also been trying to get our heads around the difference between area and perimeter in maths. With this in mind, we went outside to find a variety of objects, of different shapes and sizes, in order to measure in square centimetres. Hopefully, this exercise will have consolidated what area is and we can move on next week to finding the area more exactly with regular and irregular 2D shapes.

And finally...although a week ago now, let's not forget the fantastic sports day we had, wonderfully organised and arranged by Miss Millard. Of course, I can't believe yellow team didn't win - they were a brilliant bunch, ably supported by their leader....me! But all the children enjoyed the activities and congratulations to the overall winners.

 

This week, look out for a short letter home, relaying details of our class reward. The children have earned their 30 gold stars and have opted to have a "wheels afternoon." This will allow them to bring in their wheels - skateboards, roller-blades, scooters, bikes - even hover-boards, which I understand is the new thing, for a fun afternoon's session, demonstrating their skills, tips and tricks. Naturally, protective gear should be worn where necessary but more details of this will be in the letter.

 

The home stretch is in sight now before we can all enjoy our well-deserved summer break but in the meantime, please do remember to dose your child up with suntan lotion and caps with respect to the hot weather. 

 

Week ending 16th June 2017

 

As the weather reached its hottest temperatures this year, Freeman class took the opportunity to get out and about. We visited St Mary's Church, where the vicar David Lloyd answered our searching questions about where Christians get their guidance from to live their lives. It was an enjoyable and informative visit and the children were, once again, a credit to the school.

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We completed our class display on our motorised car project and as you can see from the photos below, the steps to success resulted in some great examples.

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Our final topic of the year focuses on Pop Art, agreed by many to be one of the most original and exciting artistic movements - EVER! We will be exploring some of the more famous pop artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and began this week by creating some colourful onomatopoeic words presented in a comic book style. Here are the initial stages but finished products will be displayed in the gallery as soon as they are complete.

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As mentioned, the weather has been very hot of late and I would  like to remind you to ensure children come to school with sunscreen on whenever possible. We have beautiful grounds here at Brentry but there is a distinct lack of shade in most areas so sun protection, or a cap, is a great help against sunburn. I am allowing far greater access to water in these conditions, too, so do please feel free to send a bottle in with your child which they can refill throughout the day.

Homework this week relates to the proofreading we practised in class and the time conversions we covered through the maths lesson. These need to be handed in by Wednesday please. Thank you.

 

Week ending 26th May 2017

 

Freeman class have finished the term off in style by completing their motorised cars and celebrating with a day visit to St Werburgh's City Farm. Many thanks go to all the parents who supported both of these projects - and in a truly hands-on, practical way! 

Photos of these events are shown below.

In addition to this, Inset day on Friday meant a shorter week than usual in the classroom itself. As a result, the first week back in term 6 will focus on consolidating and completing the maths unit on time and the children's own persuasive letter, using the structure learned from our Talk for Writing example. There will be NO homework for the half term break.

Have an enjoyable week with your children and we look forward to seeing you again for the home stretch: Term 6 begins Monday 5th June.

 

Week beginning 15th May 2017

 

It has been an enjoyable couple of weeks with our motorised cars taking shape, ably helped by our parent governor Mr Elwood; the introduction of our Talk for Writing unit on persuasive writing; some fabulous maths work on line graphs and statistics... all topped off with the Football Fun Day this Friday. 

The children have had a number of successes too, individually and as a class, for certificates a-plenty continue to be awarded for good behaviour, 100 club levels and general work ethic. Keep it up, Freeman Class! Here are some photos of our highlights.

We spent some time this week experimenting with electrical circuits so that we could devise an appropriate circuit for our cars. We had to create a functioning circuit that included a motor and would turn the wheels on our axle to ensure the car moved. We also had to design a switch that would access the on-off controls. It became quite tricky to fit everything under the shell but some innovative designs saw the switch being made on the outside of the boot. Good to see such creative inventors!

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Many thanks to all of you who have returned the permission slip and payment towards the trip next Wednesday. We are really looking forward to it and all that is left to do is to keep our fingers crossed for good weather on the day.

Please remember to bring a packed lunch, unless you have ordered one from the school kitchen, and to remind the children to dress in sensible, farm-worthy clothes.

 

Week ending 5th May 2017

 

Term 5 is only two weeks in and we have already seen a bank holiday, a polling day and plenty of fun workshops at Henbury School. We have also begun an exciting new topic on Cars which, with its focus on D & T skills,  is well underway with the designing and assembling of a car shell and the making of a wooden car chassis.

All but the PE and Computing workshops (which are imminent) have been delivered at Henbury and the children have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences. The latest Food Technology session resulted in the making - and eating - of some delicious-looking pizzas, much to the envy of those who remained.

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Next week, we will be starting our literacy unit on persuasive writing and introducing statistics in maths. The homework task this week has been limited to a solitary literacy activity, on account of such a short week, and consolidates our class work on the semicolon.

Finally, as a heads-up, please look out for a letter that will be coming home this week regarding a class visit to St Werburgh's City Farm. We have been granted £200 to put towards the cost of this trip as a follow-up to the year 4 camp the children enjoyed at the Magdalen project last year. Not only will it build on the children's previous experiences but it will also give them the opportunity to learn new aspects of outdoor life as 4 workshops have been planned into the day's timetable.

It will be an important week next week as our year 6's sit their SATs exams in preparation for the next step of their school journey. I am sure you will join us in wishing them well.

 

Week ending 7th April 2017

The past fortnight has whizzed by and it is no surprise for it has been packed with some exciting events and some (not-so-exciting) assessments. Fortunately, the beautiful turn in the weather made everything run smoothly and we all managed to keep smiling to the end of term. As you know, the class achieved their target amount of gold stars and celebrated their last day with a games morning and outdoor picnic

As a result of all this, international week and the completion of their biome projects, there is a whole new selection of photos to browse through. Some are below but many others can be found in the gallery section through the link above.

Have a great end of term break and we look forward to seeing you again for summer term 5.

Our outdoor picnic

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Geography climate posters

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Parents open afternoon - "Fly the World"

International Day costumes

 

Week beginning 20th March 2017

 

Without a doubt, Comic Relief was the highlight of our week on Friday with a whole variety of fun activities to help us raise money for a great cause. Below are a selection of photos from the day's events, including dressing-up in red and laying the longest line of coins - well done, Freeman class: we're already looking forward to choosing a "suitable" design for face painting Mr Clarke. Congratulations go to Chanelle and Ben for their deserved success in the Singing and Dancing Talent Show but to all the children who auditioned. You really are a talented (and entertaining) bunch!

A final reminder that all remaining projects are due in this Monday 27th March. Those that have already been handed in are fantastic so I am thoroughly looking forward to marking them if this is the standard to go by.

Thank you for all the efforts you have put in to support this at home.

Finally, please be on the look out for a letter about Henbury workshops, coming soon. Each child will have the opportunity to attend one of these sessions over the next few weeks but permission is required.

 

Week beginning 6th March 2017

We have had another great week in terms of learning and it culminated in a whole school retelling of Mr Wolf's Pancakes in Friday's assembly. Unfortunately the video of the class performance is too large to upload onto the webpage but I will endeavour to sort this out with a more able ICT technician and post it as soon as possible. Watch this space!

We have begun our new unit on poetry and I was really impressed with the children's initial responses to the symbolism and language features the author used in our example poem.

In science, we considered a variety of catchy "mnemonics" in order to help us remember the order of the planets in our solar system - it might be fun for you to test your child and see whether they can recall their favourite one.

The homework this week relates to the maths work we have been completing on multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Please ensure this is done, alongside continuing the home project on "Make a Biome in a Box."

Do remember that we are holding Parents Evenings next week. If you have not yet made an appointment, please sign up on the sheets that are displayed before and at the end of the school day. I look forward to seeing you then.

 

Week beginning 27th February 2017

It is English week and a whole variety of exciting activities have been planned by Miss Evans to help make this an enjoyable and memorable event.

To begin with, we are busy learning our section of "Mr Wolf's Pancakes" through the Talk for Writing process, which was the focus of our recent in-service day. Below are the prompts that will help the children with the retelling of their passage -word perfect!        We aim to perform this for you at our spring festival.

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Our visit to Henbury library takes place Wednesday afternoon, after our morning's "Spelling Bee" competition which takes place as a whole school. As is tradition, this is a great opportunity to show the teachers up - for the children often fare better under the pressure! Don't forget, Bedtime Stories is later that evening: from 6:00 - 6:45pm.

PJs compulsory - complete with cuddly toy.

We are looking forward to seeing some of you at our open sessions on Thursday. At 11:00am we invite you to join in with our spelling lesson - the focus will be those tricky homophones: words that sound the same but have different meanings.

In the afternoon at 2:30pm, we will simply be enjoying the pleasure of reading books and listening to stories. Please join us and lose yourself in the joy of reading and story-telling.

Friday will be our annual "Dress-up-as-a-book-character" in celebration of

World Book Day. Teachers will also be swapping classes for a story telling session at 11:30.

Here are a few snapshots of the week's events - many thanks to all those parents who were able to join us.

 

Week beginning 6th February 2017

The week kicked off to an exciting start with Mrs Moore's planned Science Day. Monday morning's science show was full of "oohs and aahs" as the "mad" scientist created a whole range of bangs, noises and chemical reactions.

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In our classrooms, we continued the fun and followed a theme of "Colour" in science. First we created rainbows with skittles and hot water; we then went on to mix oil, water and food colouring to help understand the principles of lava lamps; we soaked filter paper in red cabbage juice and then made some rainbow fish from dipping our paintbrush into lemon juice, vinegar or a solution of bicarbonate of soda. Very clever - and very effective.

 

We finished the week off by completing our topic work on Modern Britain with some artwork in the style of Bristol's famous graffiti artist Banksy. We identified the themes he tends to reflect (social and political messages of war, peace, government and equality) and tried to replicate some of his images. Here is a selection of our finished pieces.

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The homework tasks this week seek to consolidate the numeracy and literacy work we have been covering in class - namely fractions of numbers and different types of conjunctions. I do apologise for completely forgetting to mark last week's homework - and promise to catch up with both lots after half term!

Enjoy the coming week off with your children and I look forward to seeing you for our new geography based topic on Climate. I am waiting to hear if we have been successful in our bid to subsidise a trip to London's science museum for this topic - so fingers crossed.

 

Week beginning 30th January 2017

 

The weather has really taken a turn for the worse this week but the children have coped with some indoor play times and, thankfully, it has not dampened their work efforts. They have produced some great maths work on our new unit of fractions and their relationship with division. The homework task gives them the chance to revise and consolidate the short division (or "bus stop") method related to this.

We have also completed a class display on the work we have been gathering for our Modern Britain topic. Below shows a selection of the collages, geography and key figures of this eclectic and multicultural country.

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We also managed to investigate the outdoor environment in our science lesson, on a mission to collect as many different types of seeds as we could find. We observed them to see what differences and similarities we could find and grouped them according to how they were dispersed. We will be keeping our seeds for next week's science day with a view to testing which of the seeds travels furthest.

On that note, you should have received a letter to say a spare set of clothes would be useful for Monday in case the science gets messy...!

We have continued finding out more about Islam in RE and focused this week on the importance of the Qur'an for Muslims. We learned how this holy book is stored, looked after and read and are in the process of creating some information leaflets on the processes for a class display.

The literacy homework relates to the grammar work we have covered on how to extend and improve simple main clauses. (A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb e.g. the dog barked)

Enjoy your weekend and fingers crossed the weather will brighten up again.

 

Week beginning 23rd January 2017

 

What a fantastic week! The class has been totally engaged with the debate: Should Britain have a monarchy? As a result, the children have produced some quality writing as part of their unit on balanced arguments. Their completed display is shown below.

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Our science topic on Living Things has been thoroughly enjoyable so far and we have learned about life cycles, reproduction of plants and how seeds are dispersed in different ways. We aim to conduct an investigation on seeds next week and then wrap the topic up with a lesson on comparing different life cycles (i.e. mammal, bird, insect, and amphibian).

In numeracy, we have revised some mental methods for division and will consolidate the "bus stop" method next week, including how to express remainders as fractions and decimals.

Unfortunately, we did not complete all the planned maths lessons this week so I have given out only the literacy task for homework today.

 

Week beginning 16th January 2017

 

We completed our second and final set of swimming sessions this week and were tested at the end to check our overall progress. The results will be passed on to the school in due course and given to the children but I must re-iterate how pleased the instructors were with the efforts and behaviour of the whole class - a big well done to them all.

Our maths work has continued to focus on the multiplying and dividing of numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. Here is a photo of Mason and Mackenzie looking (deservedly) pleased with themselves after working through a related puzzle.

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After a lot of hard work and some great perseverance, Chanelle, Kristel and Nicole also completed their collages of Britain. These will be put towards our class display on Modern Britain as they outline the key regions and counties of this country.  

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The literacy homework this week is related to our new unit on writing to discuss, argue and debate. I have set a piece of research for the children, to list reasons for and against the issue: Should Britain have a monarchy? I look forward to hearing their suggestions and using the discussion to generate some balanced arguments for another whole school display.

 

Week beginning 9th January 2017

 

This week, Freeman class began their first set of swimming sessions and what a success these have been. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, developed their swimming skills and the pool instructors made it a point of telling me "what a delightful bunch of kids they are who listen, behave well and really work hard." That is no mean feat - swimming instructors are notoriously hard to impress so well done year 5!

 

The children have also impressed me. As a leftover from term 2, we still had our final drafts of our planned adventure stories to write up and this was done fantastically. The variety of plot ideas and engaging, exciting language kept me on the edge of my seat for the two hours it took me to read them all! But another huge well done to them all - we have already gained 7 gold stars towards a whole class reward on the back of such great work. Here are a few photos of the children enjoying and evaluating each other's stories. 

 

 

 

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Week beginning 2nd January 2017

 

A very happy new year to you all and I hope you had a restful, enjoyable time. The children have certainly come back refreshed for they have worked fantastically so far and achieved almost as much in these four days as they would do in a normal week!

Here are a few photos of our first science lesson on the new unit:

Living Things and their Habitats where we identified the different parts of a flower.

We have also started our new geography topic, Modern Britain, and the children have truly impressed me with their knowledge of the UK and its capital cities. The homework this week is related to some of our discussions on "What does Britain/Being British?"

I have asked them to create a collage of "All things British" and I look forward to seeing the results by next Wednesday.

Within maths, we have consolidated some written methods for multiplication of larger numbers and, again, the homework task is related to those we have learned in class.

In literacy, we have looked once more at the tricky subjects of possessive and plural "s" as well as the -ible and -able spelling pattern.

Finally, our first Golden Time of the spring term was mightily successful as we discovered some very creative and accomplished Lego makers! By popular request, their efforts are displayed below.

 

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A letter should have reached you by the end of this week, outlining some of the key areas we will be studying over the next two terms. However, of immediate importance is the reminder that we are starting our fortnight's swimming session this Monday 9th January. Thank you so much for your prompt replies and payments. As always, swimming kits, towels and long hair tied back are the key requirements.

The end of last term finished in quite a rush but the last few photos of our activities have now been loaded onto the gallery section - definitely worth a look. They include the children's Greek projects, the pantomime Aladdin (courtesy of POMs - thank you!) and Christmas jumper day.

 

Week beginning 5th December 2016

 

Another eventful couple of weeks have flown by as those in Freeman class have been busy completing end-of-term assessments, re-telling tales of their trip to France, creating Greek masks and vase designs in their parent afternoon workshop and delivering their Enterprise activity at the school's Christmas Fair.

Here are a few photos of the winter/Christmas decorations they are making.

A big thank you goes to the parents who found the time to visit our Greek workshop on Thursday afternoon. The children always love to have you in the classroom, admiring their work and joining in with the activities. There were some pretty impressive designs going on and a clear love of Greek food!

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In preparation for the Christmas fair, year 5 embarked upon an Enterprise activity, helped by many of the year 6 pupils. POMs kindly donated £100 for us to buy any equipment and resources needed to set up and we decided on some fun stalls for the Christmas fair. Any profit we were able to make would go directly back to the children for a class treat. We had great fun constructing a whole range of activities: Buy-a-Box; Find a Cracker; Snowball Santa; Rudolph Hoopla; Guess the name of the teddy or the items in the stockings to name a few.... Here are the photos of the stalls and the children in action.

(All prize winners and takings will be announced next week.)

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And finally... a number of the children in year 5 were chosen to help Mr Clarke prepare and cook his infamous chilli concoction to warm the hearts of brave customers at the fair. Here they are, holding back the tears from chopping onions - and Mr Clarke's traditional dare to sample a raw chilli!

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I have been thoroughly impressed with the Greek projects that have come in so far - the deadline for the remaining projects is this Monday, 12th December. I look forward to seeing them - and will mark them all by the week's end.

No homework this weekend while the finishing touches are being made to the projects - and a last reminder about the Carols by Candlelight evening next Thursday 15th December. We hope to see many of you there.

 

Week beginning 21st November 2016

 

Our Pandora's boxes have been finished and all individual boxes have been added to complete our whole class display - it's quite striking, we think you'll agree. A big thank you to the class for working with such care and perseverance to get these done.

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We began our new literacy and numeracy units this week, too, with introductions to adventure writing and multiplication respectively. The numeracy homework is directly related to the work we have covered involving square numbers and the literacy homework is aimed at consolidating the use of the apostrophe when used for possession.

We continued learning about the life of Ancient Greeks and compared the differences and similarities between Athens and Sparta at that time.

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The science unit on Materials continued with a further investigation on dissolving. We tested to find out if other liquids dissolved in water to make a solution and made some interesting observations about vegetable oil.... 

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The Christmas break seems to be rapidly approaching and rehearsals for various plays and evening events will no doubt interrupt the usual timetable. As always, we will endeavour to minimise the impact on the children as much as possible and we hope to see many of you in attendance at these special performances. A quick reminder of approaching key dates:

Years 5/6 trip to France - Friday 2nd December

Virtual History Museum - Thursday 8th December

KS1 Christmas performance - Tuesday 13th December

Carols by Candlelight - Thursday 15th December

 

I have given Monday 12th December as the deadline for handing in the Greek projects but do feel free to hand them in beforehand: in light of the virtual museum, this would be a great opportunity to showcase the children's work.

 

Week beginning 14th November 2016

It has been a particularly busy week as the national anti-bullying theme "Power for Good" took hold across the school and children participated in a range of activities that helped them understand how to manage bullying situations. In year 5, we discussed a variety of scenarios that involved bullying and created our own Snakes and Ladders games to identify how we might help each situation and what things would make it worse.

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We then acted out some of our scenarios and discussed the effect of bullying on the victim and the effectiveness of our resolutions.

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On Tuesday, Mrs Price took  4 children - Anna-Lise, Nicole, Kristel and Jaimee - to an orchestra workshop at Bristol Plays Music. It was a productive, challenging and enjoyable session and many thanks must go to Mrs Price for organising such a great opportunity for our musicians.

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Wednesday afternoon saw the finishing off of our Pandora's boxes, some artwork inspired by this well-known Greek myth. Each design shows scenes and symbols from the story of temptation that told how, despite the evils and illnesses of the world being released, still hope survived... Here are a few examples of our work.

We ended the week with a practical science lesson to investigate what materials or substances dissolve into liquid to form solutions. We had great fun pouring, stirring and shaking a variety of powders into beakers of water - and even managed to avoid all spillages in the process! We are looking forward to seeing what other solutions we can make in future weeks and what factors affect the rate and ease of dissolving.

Somehow this week, we also managed to complete our play scripts on a scene from Theseus and the Minotaur and applied our knowledge of rounding skills to help solve a host of mathematical word problems.

In view of such a hard-working week, I have not sent out homework this week (beyond spellings) but have encouraged the children instead to research the subject of their home project. I have asked them to reach a decision on what the artefact will be and to begin thinking about design and materials needed to create it.

 

 

Week beginning 31st 0ctober 2016

I trust you all had an enjoyable half term and a weekend of fun firework displays with your children. We have certainly begun term 2 with a vengeance and started our new history topic on the Ancient Greeks; revisited some tricky grammar rules about contractions and prepositions and used the column method for subtraction to solve some increasingly more complex calculations. A great start all round.

Next week we will be looking at the conventions for writing play scripts, using the well-known Greek myth: Theseus and the Minotaur and moving on to look at angles in the maths lesson.

I look forward to meeting you on Parents Evening too. If you have not yet been able to book an appointment, do please come and see me and I'll find a slot to fit you in.  

Please also take a look at our photo gallery. There are some uploaded photos from the last week of term, showcasing our piece on Mo Farah in the Black History assembly, as well as some examples of our Viking warrior portraits - well worth a look.

 

Week beginning 10th October 2016

As the end of term is nearly upon us already, Freeman class have been busy finishing off the topics they have started and putting the final touches to the numeracy and literacy units we have been working on.

Luckily, we still had time to enjoy a special visitor this week when Bella, Evie P's new King Charles puppy, came to see us. She was very tired and nearly fell asleep in Luke's arms but she managed to stay awake long enough to meet us.

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The maths open morning proved to be a valuable and enjoyable experience and we were so pleased to see so many of you attend. The addition problems we investigated kept you all busy (and hopefully amused) for some time and the homework task is related to these strategies.

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We also had fun towards the end of the week when some of the children presented their research on an aspect of Viking life. We learned about smelly cesspits (yuk!) through to delicious foods (yum!) and discovered what Viking homes, clothes and jobs were like.

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Finally, we all got a little bit messy when we were set the challenge to separate a mixture of materials. We were given specific pieces of equipment and had to work out which order we would separate the materials in - and by which process. Through this investigation, we learned two processes of separation: sieving and filtering.

 

Week beginning 3rd October 2016

This week started with a spray tan - when we painted our Viking treasure hoard with gold and silver and make our final products look as authentic as possible.

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In maths we learned some new strategies for mental addition and subtraction, including compensation and bridging. We will be continuing this unit for maths week, starting Monday 10th October, when we will look forward to seeing as many of you as possible join us for the 2nd session on Monday.

In literacy, we are in the process of learning a newspaper report on the Viking attack of Lindisfarne. We have created a picture map to help prompt a retelling of the report and we will be using the features and structure of this example to support writing our own newspaper report later in the unit. The homework is related to this task and gives the children an opportunity to rehearse.

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Towards the end of the week, the children worked in small groups to research one aspect of Viking daily life. They will present their information before the class next week.

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Week beginning 26th September 2016

It has been a particularly enjoyable and productive week in Freeman class this week.

In PE, the children worked developed some fantastic balances that illustrated our understanding of counter-balance and counter-tension.

The children also delivered, equally as well, in their numeracy lessons and really grasped the concept of negative numbers. They were able to count on and back through zero, compare and order negative numbers and interpret information in context, using a range of graphs and tables. I was thoroughly impressed with them all.

Our work on Cathy Freeman's biography came to an end with some stunning written pieces, showing all the key features that we have been working on - and an awful lot of marking for me this weekend!

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As you can see from the photos above, we were visited by John from Bristol City Council on Thursday as part of the awareness campaign for the One Tree Initiative. This work continues the visits from last year and we participated in an informative and fun session on identifying trees and how we can work out their height. More photos will shortly be added to the gallery section but those above show the "Birds of  feather Flock Together Game."

Some convincing bird calls were practised.

We finished the week off creatively by designing and making our own authentic Viking artefact. Using clay, we made either a coin or brooch and decorated it with runes, images or patterns taken from the Viking period. Once they have dried, we will be spraying them gold and silver for the finishing touch. Here is a selection of some of our artefacts so far.

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Week beginning 19th September 2016

 

Congratulations to Nicole and Michael who were voted in as Freeman's school council members this week. Each candidate prepared a speech and presented them to the class, stating their intentions and views about why they would be good for the role. It turned out to be quite an intense process for the audience bombarded the candidates with some challenging questions but they were answered with honesty, maturity and with a good deal of thoughtfulness and common sense.

Of particular note was the good grace with which the other candidates accepted the decision - a big well done to them all.

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In numeracy we have worked really hard to secure our understanding of rounding numbers and decimals to different levels of accuracy. Together with the efforts the children have made in their biography work, Freeman class are already 8 gold stars towards their class reward - a genuinely outstanding feat this early into the term. Keep it up!

On Thursday we plan to receive a visitor from the One Tree Initiative, a great opportunity to participate in a tree workshop (including tree ID), some science work and even a spot of maths in working out the height of trees.

Finally, homework may look a little daunting this week as I have sent home two pieces. I have encouraged the children to do the best they can within a good hour of work and will look forward to seeing the results next Wednesday.

Enjoy  the weekend and, most probably, the last remains of the summer-ish weather.

 

Week beginning 12th September 2016

 

A second week has flown by and what a fun-filled, busy week it has been... We started off with an enjoyable and informative session in the now-familiar Life Education Bus. We participated in a workshop on assertiveness and examined strategies on how to deal with peer pressure. We were all delighted to end the session with a welcome visit from our old friend Harold the Giraffe.

The Vikings topic continues to run apace and we have all contributed to our developing display below.

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We focused this week on discovering how the Vikings invaded and why. The long ships or "Dragon ships" as they were known to their enemies, were fast, well-crafted vessels and allowed Vikings to attack en masse, with speed and with the element of surprise. Those poor monks at Lindisfarne never stood a chance. Here are a few examples of our work.

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We have also been working hard on our maths unit on decimals. Although a challenging area, the class have excelled themselves and surprised me with their quick understanding of comparing, ordering and rounding a variety of decimals, including those with up to 3 decimal places. A big well done to them all.

The homework this week relates to the work we have covered here.

Take a look at the gallery link above to see more photos of some of the activities we have been involved with - my favourites are those from our RE lesson on the strengths and weaknesses of oral traditions. We tried out the "Whispering Game" to see if a simple message could be passed around the class without mistake - to some hilarious results!

Enjoy a restful weekend and I look forward to next week when we will be beginning our write-ups of our biographies on Cathy Freeman.

 

Week beginning 5th September 2016

 

   A big welcome back after what I hope was an enjoyable and restful summer break.

 

It was lovely to see some familiar faces on Wednesday evening at the back-to-school meeting and to bring you up to speed with the expectations of year 5. For those of you who were unable to attend, a pack has gone home with your child so do please rifle through the bottom of their bags to find out the plans and timetables for the coming year.

 

The Vikings history topic has already engaged the class's interest with tales of warriors, long ships and raiding and we haven't wasted any time in getting going with out first maths unit on place value. It has been an eye-opener to see how much the children have grown up and matured since I last had them in year 3 and I am really looking forward to building on that progress throughout this important phase of KS2.

 

A first homework task has been set for this week to help the children get back into the swing of things and this should be handed in by next Wednesday. Spellings have also been included. As explained in my introductory talk, the expectation for year 5 homework is significantly more than the lower years so, in future, I will be sending two tasks home in addition to the usual requirements for reading, spelling and times table facts.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to come and see me if there are any further questions.

I look forward to catching up with you all over the coming weeks. 

 

Here are a few examples of the art work we can look forward to over the coming two terms as we discover the delights of Viking and Ancient Greek crafts. Many thanks to the children from last year's Freeman class for allowing me to showcase their work.

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