Welcome to Year 5 and Freeman Class
Week ending 20th April 2018
Well, the sunshine has arrived and let's hope it's here to stay. It gives everyone a much needed boost and the children have been no exception - they have worked extremely hard this week and covered co-ordinates, features of persuasive writing, an introduction to forces and the food pyramid to identify the portions of each food group we need to eat for a balanced diet. I must confess, Mrs Jones was NOT held up as an exemplar for this...
Next week we begin the Henbury workshops. A letter has been sent home with details of the workshop your child has been invited to but the original has been attached to the letters link above in case any of you have not received this.
We begin our newly structured Golden Time in a couple of weeks. To help with the set-up of this, please do donate any board games, playdough, lego, meccano or K-Nex type equipment that you no longer use but are still in a decent condition. That would be great.
Many thanks as always for your continued support and I look forward to another enjoyable and productive term with the class.
Week beginning 9th April 2018
It seems that you have all had an enjoyable break over the last two weeks for the children have begun Term 5 with great focus and enthusiasm - the break has been good for them.
We have introduced the new topic on Cars, which will have a DT focus; we have consolidated the properties of shape with all the tricky mathematical vocabulary associated with that; we have met Liam's new hamster (VERY cute!) and raised money for Sports Relief through our skipathon on Friday afternoon, ably organised by Mrs Ochiltree and the Year 6 pupils. Freeman Class were delighted with their immense total of 5,801 skips and we look forward to seeing how much money we have raised through our efforts.
Here are a few photos of our activities from the week.
Week beginning 19th March 2018
The last two weeks have whizzed by and it is almost impossible to believe we are already at the Easter break. Thank you to those of you who came to parents evenings - it is always a lovely opportunity to catch up with you and share the children's work.
Snow, of course, interrupted some of our planned activities but I was delighted to see it did not impact the quality of the children's projects. As you can see, the results were stunning and in addition to the biomes-in-a-box below, I received some fantastic written research in the form of information booklets and power point presentations. (Thank you Drew and Yasmine) Enjoy the slideshow below of their achievements.
We also had some visitors from the local community church who shared their beliefs about the Easter story and the resurrection form the Christian bible. It was a tricky concept to understand for many but the visit generated some interesting questions and some thoughtful debate. Alyssa's face when there was nothing inside her egg was a picture!
The children have had to work extremely hard to cover what was needed in this very short term and I have been really pleased with their efforts and results. They thoroughly deserve a restful and enjoyable break and I will look forward to seeing them again for the summer term, beginning Monday 9th April.
Week beginning 5th March 2018
Courtesy of the snow days, this is the first post for a couple of weeks now - and what a busy fortnight it has been. English Week had been planned and we started with an enjoyable visit to Henbury Library and the traditional Spelling Bee in which the staff, as well as the children, have to demonstrate their own spelling knowledge. Always a scary prospect - and it goes to show just how tricky some of the English language is!
The activities ran on into the second week and Friday's dress-up-as-a-book-character Day was, as always, a great experience and the children excelled themselves in their efforts and inventive costumes.
We have also been spending time examining how media can alter images and what the impact of that is on people's self-image. It has highlighted some hard facts about society today but I have been impressed with the children's awareness and common sense approach to how media is used today. A big well done to them all.
Within numeracy, the class have continued to work hard on all things fraction related and I will be giving them a break from that as we move on to properties of shape next week.
Finally, we are pleased to welcome Thais to the class, another German student who is keen to join the profession - and one who has already fitted in seamlessly with us all here at Brentry.
Parents Evenings will be held for Freeman Class on
Mon 12th March and Wed 14th March
If you have not yet signed up for an appointment - and would like to - please come and see me to slot you in where there are available gaps in the timetable.
Virtual Museum Fri 16th March
Completed projects are due in on this date so they can be proudly displayed at this event.
Week beginning 19th February 2018
Despite being the first week back after a good half term break, it's already been a busy one - and we have shed a few tears as well, as our lovely German student Lena returned to Deutschland. We have thoroughly enjoyed having her in our class these past 6 months and will miss her but wish her all the very best for her future teaching career. Here is a snapshot of our goodbye where we presented her with a poem "Our Lena."
We have also been busy ploughing through some tricky fraction calculations but are now confident with fraction equivalents, comparing and ordering fractions and adding and subtracting fractions, including those involving improper fractions and mixed numbers - phew! We will move on next week to multiplying fractions and investigating the link between fractions, decimals and percentages - something to look forward to...
We have also finalised our balanced arguments and I have been totally impressed with the quality of their writing and debating skills. No doubt in my mind, there will be some healthy - eating, careful drivers in the future, born from Freeman Class.
The second project of the year has been handed out this week and relates to our new geography topic on Climate. We have examined different climates around the world this week, to gain some background knowledge, so this weekend's task is for the children to research the different types of biome and decide which one they would like to focus on. Some initial planning notes and ideas have been encouraged.
The end product is due in on Friday 16th March.
Finally, a reminder that next week is English Week and Freeman Class are visiting the library Monday afternoon for which it would be lovely to have some willing parents to help walk us down. It would also be great to see as many of you as are able attend our reading lesson and workshop Tuesday morning and afternoon respectively.
Week beginning 5th February 2018
International Week was a great way to finish off term 3 and Freeman Class celebrated in style. Each day, we greeted each other in a language other than English - aided by our Polish, Latvian, Algerian and Indian pupils - and showed up the teacher on more than one occasion with far better pronunciation! We also researched some background information, in small groups, on the countries of our heritage. We hope to complete and present our posters in the first week back in term 4. Remember to check out our gallery then.
Friday, of course, was the traditional dress-up day and the photos below showed the wonderful efforts and enthusiasm from the children, both in the international costume department as well as the delicious range of foods from around the world - many, many thanks to those parents who contributed these culinary delights.
Lena, our lovely German student, also delivered a power point presentation on her home country of Deutschland. We were told about the Reichstag, Bretzels and the unique culture of Bavaria, including the lederhosen-clad male, swinging his beer tankard!
The excitement continued, though more home-based this time, when we had a visit from Carol Pullin, one of the original members of Brentry Primary School. As part of our on-going celebrations of the school's 60th anniversary this year, Carol was invited to share some of her memories and experiences of life at primary school in 1958. Having been shown the hard, wooden ruler, formerly used to discipline wayward children, Freeman class agreed they were lucky to be receiving the more modern approaches to education in the 21st Century...
Many thanks to Carol for her time and patience in answering all of our questions.
All that is left now, is for us to wish you all an enjoyable and restful half term break. Homework has been set in case the children are in need of something to do (!) and as a heads-up, a new project will be set in the first week of term related to our next geography topic, Climate. See you all again on the 19th February.
Week beginning 29th January 2018
The week kicked off with a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Henbury School to watch their production of Beauty and the Beast. The children looked spellbound for much of the performance and feedback revealed the highlights were: the slap, the "yucky" kissing and the fight at the end! Many, many thanks to the adults who helped shepherd the children along the route - and a big thank you to our year 5 & 6 children who were an absolute credit to the school.
Tuesday's afternoon session of circuit and archery training proved to be a hit and we have some budding archers in our midst: congratulations to Ruby who scored a bulls-eye. Katniss Everdeen has nothing on you!
We have also been working hard this week on understanding fractions and the homework task relates directly to this.
Below are some photos of our science investigation into what factors impact the rate of dissolving but do take a look in the gallery also for more examples of work completed over the last couple of weeks.
It is International Week next week and the children have been invited to dress up on the Friday, in costume reflective of their favourite country. We will spend time learning about some of the countries of our heritage and present our findings to the class.
A lot to look forward to....
Week beginning 15th January 2018
We have had another busy week in Freeman Class and consolidated our knowledge of multiplication and division, working through a wide range of problems and calculations.
In literacy, the children have been working hard on improving their writing by using a range of conjunctions and sentence type - and been rewarded by their efforts with some fantastic pieces of story retelling.
Here is a photo of our display - in - progress on Modern Britain with some individual collages shown below.
We continued with our science experiments and investigated whether liquids can make new solutions. We had some varying results but this generated some interesting discussion about what factors make a difference to how well something dissolves.
Well done all you Freeman budding scientists!
Homework this week is all about multiplication and is due in on Wednesday.
Week beginning 8th January 2018
A very belated Happy New Year to you all - alongside an apology for this being our first post
However, now that we are all well and truly back in the swing of things, I am glad to report that the children have come back, clearly refreshed, and are ready for the term ahead.
We have begun our new geography topic with Modern Britain and the recent homework about what Britain - and being British - means to us, has resulted in a colourful display that has already generated a number of interesting questions.
We have also been tying up the final investigations into different materials and their properties by creating liquid mixtures and solutions when learning about dissolving.
Here are a few pictures of our wannabe scientists...
Now that we have completed our work on multiplication strategies, we will be moving on to the concept of division and then applying our understanding of both to a variety of word problems. Later in the term, we will use this knowledge to help with our work on fractions.
Within literacy, the children finished their planned adventure stories (which were fab!) and are now in the process of identifying how to make them even better.
As a heads-up for a forthcoming date, we are hoping to take up the invitation from Henbury School to attend their matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast on Monday 29th January. Once we have been able to confirm this, please be on the look-out for a letter in your child's bag, asking for signed parental permission.
Many thanks and I look forward to another enjoyable term in Year 5.
Week beginning 4th December 2017
It has been an eclectic week with a combination of assessments, continued hard work and a Greek open afternoon - as well as half of the class leaving for a long weekend's school trip to France. Let's hope the journey wasn't too cold and choppy as the weather reports were suggesting and that the children have a fabulous time.
Below are some snap shots of the week's events.
The children handed in their completed home projects this week and I have to confess, they look fantastic and showcase a whole range of different aspects of Ancient Greek life. I shall look forward to working my way through the marking of them and will put the photos in the gallery section shortly so those of you who could not attend the workshop can view the rather wonderful results.
Week beginning 27th November 2017
This week, it's been all about the boxes... Our Pandora's boxes have been completed with all the finishing touches, depicting key scenes and symbols from the famous Greek myth. We also spent Friday's art session making and decorating boxes for our school Christmas Fair. Stuffed full of sweets and goodies, they were a bargain at 50p each so it was no surprise that all 66 of them were sold. Well done Freeman entrepreneurs!
Home projects are due next Wednesday 6th December so I have not given out any new homework this weekend to allow the children to complete these. These will be displayed with our class work on the Ancient Greeks at the virtual museum on Friday afternoon.
Next weekend, of course, many of the year 5 and year 6 pupils will be off to France and will return for the last few days of term. How quickly the autumn has flown by!
The fortnight ahead, therefore, will undoubtedly stray from the usual timetable as we squeeze in Christmas rehearsals and undertake the required end-of-term assessments. We can then join together for a fun and relaxed sing-song at the Carols by Candlelight evening on Thursday 14th December - make sure this date is in your diary as it always proves to be a most entertaining event. I look forward to seeing you there.
Week beginning 13th November 2017
It has been a busy week with anti-bullying activities, a tree-planting session and even a visit from Pudsey Bear so it is a feat indeed that the children have also completed their maths, literacy and history tasks. They have worked confidently through the tricky angles work, developed prediction skills for comprehension and made good headway on designing and decorating their Pandora's boxes. More photos can be found in the gallery but here is a selection of some of those activities.
Week beginning 6th November 2017
After a busy weekend of firework displays, it was good to see everyone had a safe and enjoyable time. It seems to have put the children in a focused mood for working hard as well - for they have completed a fantastic display of their work from the Sixties topic and utterly nailed their numeracy tasks on measuring perimeter and angles!
They were rewarded with a very messy science afternoon investigating different methods of separating materials. Apologies for the extra washing...
They are also busy designing their individual Pandora's Boxes, related to their learning about Greek Gods and the beliefs of people of Ancient Greek times.
Homework has been set this week, including spellings, but I would like to send a reminder that this will be less, each week from now on, as the children continue with their projects.
Next week, it will be national anti-bullying week so a number of activities will be directly related to the theme , "All different, All equal." Also, on the Wednesday morning we will be busy planting the trees we have chosen, so a warm coat and appropriate footwear will no doubt come in handy for that.
Week beginning 30th October 2017
Welcome back after what seems to have been an enjoyable half term - the children appear refreshed and eager to begin a whole new set of exciting topics...
We will be missing Lashantai for a while, as she is recovering from the first round of her surgery. We were totally inspired by her courage and outlook - and delighted in a big round of hugs and well-wishes. We passed on a card with all our heartfelt messages - and hope she enjoys her chocolate birthday cake as soon as it is more comfortable to eat!
In literacy next week, we will consolidate some important grammar rules before beginning our unit on adventure writing, focusing first on how to build tension and create atmosphere in our stories. Within numeracy, we will be finding missing numbers in different contexts, such as missing lengths of 2D shapes and missing angles around a point. This will lead on into week 3 when we will look at other types of number, including factors, multiples, prime, square and negative numbers - so plenty of brain power being needed there!
Our science work continues with materials but the emphasis will be on mixing and separating materials, through a variety of practical (and messy) processes, while our history topic on the Ancient Greeks begins in fighting style! To engage the children from the start, this week's homework introduces the related project task - a choice of 3 options. The children have been given just over a month to complete the project and it is due in for Wednesday 6th December.
A reminder that Parents Evenings will be held next week, on Monday and Wednesday for Freeman Class and I look forward to seeing you there.
Week beginning 16th October 2017
We have arrived at the end of Term 1 and finished the week off with a fabulous couple of performances celebrating the 60th birthday of our school. It was a real delight to watch the children from each class deliver a "stint" from the decade they were studying and we were treated to a whole combination of songs, dances, role play - and the burial of items into a time capsule. The photos below capture only moments of the day but hopefully reflect some of the fun we had.
The children seemed particularly pleased that no homework has been set for the half term. However, we will be starting the new history topic on the Ancient Greeks on our return so if any of the children are at a loose end this week, do feel free to point them in the direction of some research here to get a head start!
In the meantime, I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable time and I look forward to seeing you at the start of term 2: Monday 30th October
Week beginning 9th October 2017
The class has been alive with the sound of music this week for we have been rehearsing our performance for the birthday celebration assembly next Thursday and are really hoping that many of you will be able to attend. No doubt by then you will know the words to "California Dreaming" just as well as your child does!
Below is our completed class display on the Swinging Sixties, exhibiting some work samples from the children as well as a few authentic photos from the decade. It really has been a great topic to study and certainly brought back some fond memories for me.
We also raised awareness for Young Minds' campaign on #HelloYellow by wearing yellow for the day on Tuesday 10th October (World Mental Health Day). The children discussed some sensitive issues with great maturity and it was such a boost to read the messages of support they recorded for all those children across the UK that need to know they are not alone. I hope they bring a smile to you all as much as they did me.
We continued with our science unit on materials and investigated how we might "insulate" an ice cube in the best way (i.e. in the event of not having a freezer!) It made interesting observation as we recognised the thick felt fabric worked best - it kept the cold in as well as keeping the heat from the warm classroom out. It was a better insulator than the other contenders of foil, baking paper, rubber, plastic and the "naked" ice-cube.
Below are a few pictures of the scientists at work.
Homework tasks have been attached to the link above and I look forward to seeing some of you at the assembly next week.
Week beginning 2nd October 2017
Our 1960s topic grows apace with some interesting observations and debate on the influence of the media throughout this decade, specifically how men and women were portrayed. It is safe to say that a lot has changed since then. Below is a sample of some of our finished posters, showing the research the children completed on a particular event or theme from the 1960s.
We have begun our new literacy unit on writing a newspaper report and have started by using the Talk for Writing process which provides us with an example structure to draw from. Their homework this week is to practise retelling the report with the help of the story map prompt in their books. The original versions (drawn and written) have been added to the homework link in case anyone has forgotten what the symbols stand for.
In numeracy, the class have continued to excel themselves with the addition and subtraction of large numbers and decimals so we will be moving on to more problem-solving activities next week as well as introducing other types of number, such as negative numbers and Roman numerals.
As you will know from this week's newsletter, Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. As a school, we are extremely keen to show our support for all the work that goes on in helping young people with mental health problems and in view of this, we have invited the children to wear something yellow on this day in line with the national campaign from the Young Minds organisation. Our aim is to spread the word that any child, struggling to cope, is not alone and that it is good to talk. Please do support us in this important aim - and start digging out those yellow items in readiness for Tuesday. Thank you.
Week beginning 25th September 2017
Mr Clarke kicked off the week with a fun maths morning on Monday involving the rounding up and down of larger numbers. We went on to apply this skill to decimal numbers and consolidated our learning through a variety of games. As our photos below demonstrate, "Make a Row" was a popular one.
We also completed our final drafts of our biographies on Cathy Freeman. It is a testament to the class that they were prepared to put the finishing touches to these on Friday afternoon so many thanks to them for that.
It is payback that I now have them all to mark over the weekend!
We continued to investigate properties of materials for our science unit and focused on the meaning of electrical conductivity. I was most impressed to see what knowledge the children already had on the importance, workings and origins of electricity so we will be testing materials for conductivity and insulation over the next couple of weeks.
Our history topic moved on with an interesting discussion about the impact of music in the 1960s and how music was used to reflect the changing attitudes in society, moving away from the more traditional values. The literacy homework task uses a short text about this.
A quick reminder that we have indoor PE on Monday afternoon so please ensure the children have their PE kits.
Week beginning 18th September 2017
We have had a busy and eventful week and the children are really beginning to demonstrate what they are capable of. I have seen some fabulous maths work involving decimals; read some engaging opening paragraphs to their biographies on Cathy Freeman and, not least, witnessed some entertaining renditions of The Twist to Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again!" We also received a visitor on Thursday afternoon: John Atkinson from the council's One Tree came to help plan an area for more tree planting and after an informative update on the importance of trees, took on board our requests for the trees we would like to see in our grounds. Planting will begin in the winter and we look forward to that. Congratulations to Kaydon and Lashantai who were deservedly voted in for our class council members and to our deputies, Bella and Ben. All the children who applied for the position were brave enough to speak before the class and to put forward their reasons for wanting the job - so a very big well done to them too.
Examples of some of our activities this week are displayed below.
The homework tasks for this week have been attached through the link above and also stuck into your child's homework book. The literacy activity involves time adverbials and the maths activity requires positioning decimals along a number line.
Please note: the children coped with this better than I had anticipated so if the task takes them only a few minutes, then there is a challenge activity in the homework section to keep them occupied a while longer!
Enjoy the weekend everyone.
Week beginning 4th September 2017
The first week, as always, has sped by but it has been a delight to have your children back again from two years ago - haven't they grown?!
It is sad that Anu has moved on but it has been a real pleasure to see Dylan Blake as an addition to our class. I have been impressed with how friendly and welcoming the children have been to help settle him in so smoothly.
For those of you who were able to attend the back-to-school meeting on Thursday, you will know homework will be set on a Friday and expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. The first task has already been given out so do please check the children's bags this weekend! You should also find a parent overview alongside it, outlining the curriculum we will be covering throughout the autumn terms.
As the term progresses, this web page will be updated regularly and aims to keep you informed with all up-coming events, what the class has been doing and provide you with photos and examples of the children's work. Definitely worth checking in with!
In the meantime, enjoy your weekend and I look forward to starting a full time table next week.