Welcome to Year 5 and Freeman Class
Week ending 12th October 2018
We have managed to withstand the onslaught of rain bursts and blustery winds this week so hopefully the weekend will be a lot calmer.
The class have made great progress with their Viking newspaper reports, using the Talk for Writing process to help record the article in writing. We are looking forward to using this structure to compile and write up our own newspaper reports for next week.
In numeracy, we have been busy applying all our addition and subtraction knowledge to tricky word problems and puzzles - with some fantastic results. We can move on confidently now to finding perimeters of rectangles and investigating different angles.
The science unit on Materials has thrown up a whole range of technical vocabulary but the terms "thermal conductor and thermal insulator" should now result in a nod of acknowledgement when you mention them to your children... and they should be able to provide examples of each if you ask them!
It was lovely to receive a special visitor from the Dogs Trust early Monday morning. We were treated to a workshop session on Being Dog Smart and learned lots of interesting facts about dog behaviour. Thank you to Helen and, of course, Trekka.
Harvest Festival is taking place next Friday and it would be lovely to see as many of you there as can make it. The class will be contributing a little 5 mins "piece" and I know the children always like to see a friendly face or two in the audience. Hope to see you then.
Week ending 5th October 2018
It has been another fantastic week and Freeman Class have accrued 12 gold stars already for their hard work, positive attitude and good behaviour. Long may this continue!
With the biographies now complete, in literacy, we have moved on to identifying and using features of a newspaper article. We have begun by learning an account of the Viking attack on Lindisfarne monastery through the process of Talk for Writing - and the results have meant I am already looking forward to their finished products: we have some creative and descriptive writers in the class, that's plain to see.
We have also been working hard in maths, applying our knowledge of addition and subtraction to some tricky problems and inverses.The homework this week is directly related to this - but it comes with a warning: do double check that the answers make sense!
It was good to see that the children knew so much about electricity from previous learning and we will be using this next week to investigate electrical and thermal conductivity as part of our science unit on materials and their properties.
We have also managed to fit in some art activities and once again, I have to say how pleased I am with the quality and detail of their work. Some of their pencil sketches of dragon heads for the Viking long ship design are shown below.
Believe it or not, Brentry classes were given their first taste of Christmas 2018 this week... Organised by the ever-supportive and proactive team of POMs, the children were invited to design a card cover which will be printed up and offered as a pack to buy. Their efforts were commendable - and have been displayed in the gallery section: I couldn't quite bring myself to put them on the front web page this early in October - but I think you'll agree, they are fabulous.
Week ending 28th September 2018
It seems unbelievable that we are already at the end of September but I guess the saying is true: time flies when you're enjoying yourself!
The children continue to work hard and I have been particularly impressed with their decimal calculation skills and the first drafts of their biographical writing on Cathy Freeman. The homework this week relates to the time adverbials which we have covered in class, words and groups of words that add detail to a verb about when it happened.
We have also begun our science unit on materials by introducing some of the language associated with their properties. Below are a few photos of the children working together to help identify some of these scientific terms and match them with the relevant material.
Congratulations to Sophie who continues to win more medals and trophies for her collection through her involvement in BMX competition. Her recent foray saw her awarded 6th place from a starting number of around 140 entrants. Here, she looks deservedly happy and proud.
To end with, here is a date to put in your diary: Wednesday 21st November.
Last year, the class, as a whole, won the attendance award at school and, as tradition demands, the winners are given a reward. This year, Mr Clarke has arranged a day trip for Freeman Class to visit Weston-Super-Mare. The weather, no doubt, will limit our chances of having a picnic lunch on the beach (!) but we have been given an afternoon's ice-skating session at Icescape Tropicana while we are there. We plan to also fit in a trip along the pier but the day's full agenda will be finalised nearer the date. In the meantime, please do let me know if you would be able to come and lend a hand on the day - adult supervision is essential but also I can't face the thought of tying up 30 sets of laces by myself!
A letter will be out in due course for the necessary permission slips.
Have a good weekend.
Week ending 21st September 2018
This has been an enjoyable and productive week, with the children really beginning to show what they are capable of. We have begun to examine biographies and have learned how to organise ideas and statements chronologically, using this to apply time adverbials to our writing and to order Viking events along a time line. We discussed how and why the Vikings invaded Britain and will be looking at the power of their long ships more closely next week.
Within numeracy, we have completed a number of activities to help round large numbers and decimals to the required degree of accuracy.
In PSHE, we discussed the setting of personal targets for the year and it was good to see so many aspirational - but achievable - goals being recorded. Let's see if they stick to their commitment and achieve their goals by the year's end.
It has also been noted what a great bunch of sportspeople we have in Freeman Class: they thoroughly enjoyed and participated in a great session from Clifton Rugby Club: fun, energetic and informative, we are hoping the coaches will be able to run a club at the school later in the term so watch this space! Photos of the session are below.
Week ending 14th September 2018
It seems that the first two weeks of school have flown by yet already the children have mastered their new routines and expectations - and, indeed, the art of navigating the new school buildings! Congratulations to them on such a positive start.
Thank you, too, to the parents who attended the back-to-school meeting on Thursday. It was fantastic to see the familiar faces of some previous siblings' parents but also to welcome those of you I had not yet met. I look forward to getting to know you more over the coming year.
Freeman Class have begun the term with some work on place value, including the comparing and ordering of decimals. We have been consolidating some basic punctuation rules for our writing targets and practising the spellings of words that use the -able suffix. Our history topic has kicked off with examining where the Vikings came from and our class display is a work in progress to show-case some of their artwork.
The highlight so far was participating in a yoga workshop and testing our flexibility and balance. There is room for improvement - but it was great fun and we were taught some useful techniques for calming the mind and body.
See if you can pick up a few moves from our photos!
A reminder: Homework will be set on a Friday and expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. The first task has now been given out so do please check the children's bags this weekend! You should also have received a parent overview, 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 let's hope we have a little sunshine left for it.