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Week 6


Another busy week has flown by! 

We all felt the pressure of the weather with the constant rain! However, it gave us the perfect chance to explain the word "dreary" from the poem we have been looking at, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. We all enjoyed the poem and specially the Simpsons version ;-) The children have worked really hard in their writing based on the poem and are gathering more skills every time we write - we are really impressed with their effort and commitment to their writing. More work on the Raven in the coming week. 


Maths - we have been looking at telling the time. This is a really key skill and one you can support at home by getting your child to tell the time via a range of different devices. This really helps time work in school. Mobile phones and tablet devices all have a range of different clock settings so you can use these to help as we need to be able to tell and convert time in a range of ways. 


It's is getting near to half term and we have noticed the children are getting a bit more tired and this tends to lead to a few more disagreements and things seeming more overwhelming. We are here to help the children with this and please let us know if your child needs a bit more support during the next two weeks. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel 

Week 5 


This week seems to have flow by so quickly! 


We have been covering decimals in maths with lots of ordering and comparing to 3 decimal places and then finished off with rounding decimals again to 3 places. This took a bit of practise and we were in the purple zone especially with the Prove it questions this week. 

The children all showed great resilience and use of our Emerald learning powers. 


In our writing we have been working on description using a range of features such as expanded noun phrases. We have been so impressed by the children's attitude to their writing. They have worked really hard and have produced some fantastic pieces. They are listening carefully and trying to use new ideas in their work all the time. We are really proud of all of them. Well Done Year 5, you are going to be an amazing group of writers! 


Homework - can we just remind everyone that homework is Reading at least 3 times a week. Please record in the yellow reading record. These are collected in on a Monday for stamping and stickers, then Mrs Daniel produces our % of readers. We have been getting higher each week but we are still not all reading at home. Please do make time for this, it makes a huge difference in learning. Spellings - these come home on a Friday and are tested the next Friday. If your child forgets they are here on the website. TTRS and MyMaths these are both optional to use online, the children love TTRS (times table rockstars). MyMaths is more classroom style learning tasks but gives your child a chance to repeat something we have learnt in class if they are not sure or want to build a bit more confidence. 


As always please do come and chat to use about any problems or to tell us good things! The children are all working so hard and we are really proud of year 5. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Week 4


We were so lucky with the weather for our trip to St Fagans this week, we managed to dodge the rain! The workshop was great and the children really impressed us with their questions and their knowledge of history from the Roman times (covered in year 4). They really conducted themselves well. 


In class we have been recapping on Addition and Subtraction and working hard on our maths language and explanations. We move on to decimals in week 5. 


In our writing we have been looking at expanded noun phrases for description and trying to add a preposition to expand the phrase further. For example, Under dusty brown soil. We will continue with this in week 5 writing setting descriptions for the Chinese Gardens from our book How to Live Forever. The children are listening carefully in our writing lessons and their writing is moving on in style already. 


Class hamster, Mo the Syrian hamster moved with Miss Cripps from Year 2. She is currently living in Elephants as Miss Cripps is a bit protective of her! She will be ready to go on home visits from this weekend. If you would like to have Mo please sign up at Elephant Class. She comes with a bag of sawdust, food, treats and her ball. She can be handled and is a very busy hamster who loves chewing and climbing about her cage. 


As always please let us know any problems or concerns and we can't believe we are half way through the first term already! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Week 3


We have all really settled in our routines now in year 5. 

Please note that we are all finding the mornings really busy, teachers too so we are aware. We are doing a few short lessons one after the other and it is feels quick! We will get used to it and it is nice to get us going and into our learning but please do let the children know that we are all still finding it a rush so not to worry if they are too! 


Elephants enjoyed the walk to the library this week, it is a lovely library and really well stocked so a good way to read all the latest books without the cost. Thank you to Mrs Hyde for arranging this one for us, it was lovely. 


MyMaths - letters with user names and passwords have gone home and there are maths activities if your child wants to do them. We don't set this as homework but its there if needed. We have matched to what we have been doing in class so if a bit more practise is needed or your child said it was tricky or hard they can have another look at home. 


Reading at home

We ask for reading at home 3 times a week please. Just sign quickly in the yellow book and both classes check the books on Monday. Children can read books from school, home, library, magazines, ebooks etc it all counts please just sign in the yellow books. Thank you. 


Next week - we have our trip on Thursday. Please send children with a packed lunch, drinks and clothing to match the weather. The site has a lot of outdoor areas and we will be moving around so we can see as much as possible. We are not going to the shop on site so no money is needed. Thank you to those who have paid, we have to cover any non-payment from our class budget so please do contribute. Thank you as well to the volunteers to come on the day. 


We are really looking forward to another great week. Please let us know any problems or if you need any information. 

Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Week 2 Round Up


Another great week in Year 5! 

The timetable is starting to swing into full gear and the children have done a great job and getting fully into life as a Year 5. Both classes are stacking up the class points quickly, which is a great start to the year. 


We have completed our first week of English, our book is How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson. It's a picture book with lovely illustrations and we have been discussing if we would want to live forever. We have also been learning modal verbs - turns out we knew them all the time but didn't know they had a special name! Modal verbs are words such as should, would, might, may, ought and we have used them in our writing this week. Next week  will be be trying to persuade Peter to read the book in a letter. 


In maths we have been looking at comparing and ordering numbers up to 1 million, we have been excellent at this and enjoyed looking at houses and car prices to test our knowledge. We then moved on to a quick refresh on negative numbers. Next week rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000, 100 000 and Roman Numerals. 


We have smashed Times Tables Rock Stars - especially Elephants who showed they were up for a challenge and have done us proud!! Keep going, we need to win the local school battle! 


A reminder that homework is spellings, times table rockstars and reading at least 3 times a week. Book changing and stamping is on Monday's in both classes. Spellings will be on the website each week in case they don't make it home. 


It was great to see you at meet the teacher but remember we are here for you anytime, just let us know and we can organise times to meet, we are here to help. 


Elephants are walking to the library on Wednesday pm, Rhinos really enjoyed their trip and loved learning about the category system. 


We are looking forward to another fab week! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Popel and Mrs Hyde.

Week 1 - Done! 


Year 5 have smashed it this week, with a great start to the year.

All the Year 5 teachers think we are on for the best year ever! As teachers we went off to the weekend with smiles and spring in our steps, we hope the children did too.


Overview of the Year

The overview the year is attached, this shows you the books, topics and areas we are going to be covering this year. 


Spellings, Times Table Rockstars and Reading


The spellings came home on Friday in the red spellings book, in case they don't make it home we will add to them to the web page each week so that there is a plan b. 


TTRS, user names and passwords went home for Elephants and Rhinos (will go home on Monday due to a printer issue). We have not "set" the tables but ask the children to let us know if they find all 12 x a bit much. Most importantly we have a TTRS battle with Blackhorse Primary School. So please encourage playing as much as possible, as we would LOVE to win! 


Reading - please read 3 times a week at home, its a quick sign in the book and can be done anywhere. It would be good to start the year with 100% of Year 5 reading. We did put a note in the front of the yellow reading books with ideas to support. 


Meet the Teacher

This is on Wednesday this week at 3.30 until 4.30. We will be in class rooms to meet you and just chat about Year 5 or just to say hello! It's very informal and just a chance to see the classroom and us if you need to. Again we are here to help and to support the children and you so please come to us any time you need to and don't worry about contacting us. All the Year 5 teachers are working parents so if you are too then we know it can be tricky to see us, please drop a note or call in and we will find away. 


Letters and Trips

This week there were letters for: 

  • Flu vaccination 
  • Pride in Play and Football Clubs 
  • Trip to St Fagans - on parent mail and if it didn't go Friday it should be with you on Monday. 

We won't always remember to put letters on the web page but the flu one is important so just wanted to let you know in case any did not make it home as we all got back in the swing of school life. 


As above it was a brilliant start to the year and we are looking forward to Monday and getting into our full time table. Say thank you to the children for making us all feel calm and settled this week, we have had a lovely week - long may it continue! 


 Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel 

Great Start to 2019 - 2020!


We have had an amazing morning in Year 5 today! It was lovely to see all the children again and make such a positive start to the year. 


We have organised our swimming and PE timetable so for Term 1: 

Monday - Swimming 

Thursday - PE outdoor

Please remember that children wear their outdoor PE kit to school, it should be the school uniform PE kit and please ensure proper footware. If you need more information about the uniform please check the main website.. 


Trip - We have also organised our first school trip, it is to St Fagans in Wales and we will be visiting the Celtic Warrior section and having a workshop to link with our topic for term 1 and 2 - the Anglo Saxons. The date of this will be Thursday 26th September information will be via parent mail/school email system. 


It was a great start the year this morning and we can't wait for tomorrow! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 



Welcome to Year 5

We hope you are enjoying the summer holidays! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel have been into school and we can now say the classrooms are looking ready for welcoming our new Year 5's back in September. 


If you are starting to get bored, remember it never hurts to do some reading or a bit of maths work to keep your brain active. There are so many free games for maths, spelling apps and reading is everywhere! 


We can't wait to see you in September and we are all looking forward to our school year together. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

Year 5 Elephants and Rhino teachers. 


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