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Welcome to Elephant Class!





My name is Miss Beard and this is going to be my second year as part of the Barley Close team and I am really looking forward to it! My first year in Elephant Class was absolutely amazing and I am excited about getting to know another set of fabulous children and their families.


In my spare time, I love getting out in the fresh air and exploring, in all weathers. I am also a huge live music fan and try to get to as many concerts as I can, as well as at least one music festival in the summer. 


 In Year 5, we have lots  of work to do and lots of challenges to set ourselves, to build on all  the fantastic work we did in Year 4, but I also think that we can  have lots of fun at the same time!


 Mrs Kiff and Miss Harris will be working alongside me in Elephant  Class and I know they are both excited about the coming school  year.



 In Term 1, PE is on a  Thursday. We will be completing our lessons on the field, so trainers are probably better than daps, as they keep feet drier! Please remember to bring your kit in  at the start of term and leave it in school (unless it gets really dirty).  Please remember that you need a separate pair of shoes for PE rather than wearing your school shoes.  Long  hair will need to be tied back and earrings will need to be removed  for all PE activities.



In Term 1, we will be swimming on a Monday. Girls need a one piece swimming costume and boys need trunks - don't forget your towel as well!



 You need to read at least five times a week and record it in your  reading record. Please remember to bring your reading book AND  reading record into school everyday please! I will be checking reading records every Friday afternoon.



 A list of words will be sent home every Wednesday and will also be posted here. You will be  tested on these words the following Wednesday!


 Please don't hesitate to come and speak  to me at the end of the school day, if you need to pass on  information about your child or have any questions.



 I will be posting weekly updates to share  what we have been doing and what we will be doing. 






Week 3 has flown by, and as is our way, we packed a lot in! In English, we wrote a persuasive letter to the main character Peter, persuading him to read the book 'How to Live Forever'. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the children's work and I'm sure it won't be a surprise to hear they can be very persuasive when they put their minds to it! In Maths, we concluded (for now), our work on Number and Place Value and it was reassuring to hear the children talk about how much more confident they felt, compared to the beginning of the unit. In Science, we learnt about friction (with the help of some jelly); in RE we thought about why people may or may not have a religious faith; in swimming, we focused on our sculling skills and in PE we braved the rain to work on our Tag Rugby skills! I have been really impressed with the amount of reading that lots of children are doing at home and thank you for your suppport with this. Having given the children their account details for Times table Rockstars, it has also been great to see how many of them are logging in after school. I can already see a difference in their ability to recall facts and hope this new found interest lasts! 

  Our Rock Legend this week is Harry, our Numeracy Ninja Master is Talliah and our Pupils of the week were Finley and Abigail! Also well done to Maddox, who was voted our class Eco Ranger for the year!

  Next week, we will be planning an alternative part of 'How to Live Forever' in English and in Maths, we will be revisiting the calculation strategies we used in Year 4. In Science, we will continue our work on forces and we will also fit in PE, RE, Swimming, Computing, French, PSHE and Guided Reading!! WOW!!

 Our Talk Topic is Lucy, the sister of Peter in 'How to Live Forever' and in the Big Write on Friday, the children will be writing a character description of her. All we learn about her in the book is that she is serious and lives in a library where all the books come to life at night, so we can create all the other details about her and there won't be any right or wrong answers!!

Spellings - To be tested on Wednesday 27th September













Talk Topic picture, for Big Write - Friday 22nd September. Story starter - what is behind the door?

Talk Topic picture, for Big Write - Friday 22nd September. Story starter - what is behind the door? 1


Yet again, I have had another fabulous week in Elephant Class and I'm hoping that all the children would agree with me! We packed a lot in - again - continuing our work on persuasion in English, number and place value in Maths (get them to tell you about the cheesy rounding rap we used) and also starting our Science topic on forces and our first Guided Reading sessions. Everyone who dressed up or wore yellow for Roald Dahl day looked fabulous and it was great to meet some of you at 'Meet the teacher' on Wednesday afternoon! 

   We have also started our new times tables programme 'TTRockstars'. This has replaced 'Mighty Multiples' and focuses on improving our own scores over a period of time, rather than simply learning one table before moving onto another one! We complete the test whilst listening to a class rock tune and every week, we will award the title of 'Rock Legend' to the person who has improved their score the most. The first Rock Legend of the year was Gabija!

    This week, we will writing a persuasive letter to the main character of 'How to Live Forever' in English, in Maths we enter our final week of working on Number and Place Value and we will be looking at friction and air resistance in Science. On Friday, children are able to wear their jeans to school, in return for a small donation, to raise money for 'Jeans for Genes' day.



Spellings - To be tested Wednesday 20th September













Talk Topic - Week Beginning 11th September. Our focus is the attached picture, which is from 'How to Live Forever'


Well I have an amazing first week back at school (I hope the children have as well!) and it has been fabulous getting to know everyone! We have achieved a lot in our first week - in English, we started work on our unit based around the book 'How to Live Forever', in Maths we concentrated on place value and we also did lots of work on Purple Learning and how we can help ourselves become better learners. We elected our school councillor (Imogen) and also took part in the elections for Year 6 Sports Captains. Everybody has worked hard and I know we are going to have an amazing year!


  Next week, we will continue with the same topics in Maths and English. We will be celebrating 'Roald Dahl day' on Wednesday by completing some artwork (and dressing up/wearing yellow hopefully!) and will also be beginning our Science work which is based around forces. Children will bring home their first set of spellings on Wednesday. A reminder that we are holding a 'Meet the Teacher' event on Wednesday 13th September. There are no set times for anyone, just come along if you want to say hello! I will be in Elephant Class between 3.30 and 4.30.


Welcome back Elephants!!

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again and hearing about the adventures you have been getting up to in the holidays! Try not to worry too much about coming back to school... it will be okay and we are going to have lots of fun together!!

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