Summer term – busy, busy, busy…it’s week 3!

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-05-2017

What a busy return to school!  

We have certainly hit the ground running since our return from the Easter break!  Before moving on to events this term, it is worth a special mention to the closing events of Spring term.

A special mention to Harry who was our deserving GOLD CARD CHAMPION at the end of Spring term. A fantastic achievement and thoroughly deserved.

Team Honesty can also be hugely proud to have been crowned Spring term HOUSE POINT CHAMPIONS, enjoying the reward for their efforts before we broke up.

Finally, we cannot forget our very own Tudor themed class assembly.  The children did a super job, thank you so much to those parents that were able to make it along.

Back to the here and now… The children have settled back in despite a few weeks punctuated by a couple of bank holidays and a polling day.  Following our sporting focus of previous weeks, this week 3 days was enough time to pack all of this in…

Our focus in English has been poetry with children expanding their knowledge of literary devices to spice up their writing.  Meanwhile some mean old maths this week as the children tackled averages when analysing our classes Gold Card data, getting to grips with mean, mode, median and range to draw conclusions.

We are certainly ‘celebrating good times’ with our new topic theme, this has already involved travelling the World to explore rivers and we have also been considering the significance of Kumbh Mela. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the latter using a range of information sources.

Attendance

95%

Star of the Week

Watch this space, such a short week!

Championship Stars
3 Worthy winners last week:

1st – Matthew
2nd – Toni
3rd – Logan

Good work, well done.

Our House Points top team: Honesty

Class information

A reminder that PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days.

Spelling focus continues, with a reminder that we have sent a full set of those focus words and continue to work on one column each week with a selection of words chosen for the weekly test.

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Thursday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. They can be changed any day from 8:45 am- 9:00am. Please feel free to pop into school with your child and help them change it.

Times Tables: Children will have a tables test each Friday, they need to know the facts and the related division facts and be able to recall them quickly.
Children can use the website: www.topmarks.co.uk to play lots of different times tables games to help them improve their recall.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Simpson teaches on Thursday and Friday.

Spring Term – Week 9 including Parents’ Evening

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 17-03-2017

What a busy week  

The tension continued to mount in ‘Treason’ this week and it’s fair to say the children have become absorbed by the events so far and the historical (Tudor period) knowledge being developed in other subjects is certainly enhancing the experience. Certainly the children’s powers of persuasion were put to the test as they stepped into the shoes of Margery, writing a letter to protest at her proposed marriage!  The skills of persuasion didn’t stop there, as in science they were trying to convince an audience that the World is an approximate sphere, not flat as some still believe.

Meanwhile, the children sharpened their number operation skills, developing their efficient written methods for addition and subtraction (column method) and using those skills to solve worded problems. We will follow a similar pattern for the remaining weeks of this term, next week concentrating on multiplication and division in the final week.

All that, and we still had time for French and to develop both their netball and volleyball skills!

Finally, we thoroughly enjoyed parents evening, it is always  a pleasure to discuss children’s progress and compare notes, we certainly appreciate your positive comments and continued support.

Attendance

97.0%

Star of the Week

Our star this week was Adam,  who continues to impress us all with his progress and positivity!

Championship Stars
3 Worthy winners this week:

1st – Razvan
2nd – Bridie
3rd – Diya

Great job boys, well done.

Our House Points top team: Passion

Class information

A reminder that PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days.

Spelling focus continues, with a reminder that we have sent a full set of those focus words and continue to work on one column each week with a selection of words chosen for the weekly test.

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Thursday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. They can be changed any day from 8:45 am- 9:00am. Please feel free to pop into school with your child and help them change it.

Times Tables: Children will have a tables test each Friday, they need to know the facts and the related division facts and be able to recall them quickly.
Children can use the website: www.topmarks.co.uk to play lots of different times tables games to help them improve their recall.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Simpson teaches on Thursday and Friday.

Spring Term – Week 7 – Back to school…

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-03-2017

Well we certainly hit the ground running after a well earned half term break for all!

Everyday’s a school day  

A welcome return to Tudor times following the week off as we launch a new book ‘Treason’ by Berlie Doherty. The novel will be the focus in English for this term and parts of the narrative will be revealed as the weeks progress.  Set during the reign of Henry VIII, it is the perfect text to allow the children to apply all the knowledge gleaned since our topic began, a basis for some wonderful discussions.  For example. in history/R.E, further consideration of our game changer, Henry VIII revealed the changing shape of religion during this time, something referred to in the opening chapters of Treason.

Staying with reading a hot topic at the moment, how could we fail to mention World Book Day, always a wonderful event and the perfect way to end a week in which our new class reading area was launched. The latter given an ’emoji’ theme as chosen by the children. We are really encouraging children to read for pleasure at the moment so I would highly recommend Books by David Walliams (an author we have enjoyed as a class),  the comedy contained in his books is accompanied by some extremely rich vocabulary.

Meanwhile in maths, our children became well equipped to help with any future sales shopping you may have in mind, as finding a percentage of an amount was the task at hand.

Finally, following on from a recent focus of e-safety, Mrs Arnold from Droylsden Academy paid us a visit on Tuesday. It was beneficial for the children to get a secondary school perspective and consolidate the sessions we have been undertaking on effective online communication and keeping safe.

Attendance

96.2%

Star of the Week

Our star this week was Angel,  who’s focus and enthusiasm has been superb since returning from the break.

Championship Stars
3 Worthy winners this week:

1st – Jephthah
2nd – Alfie
3rd – Sam

Great job boys, well done.

Our House Points top team: Self belief

Class information

A reminder that PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days.

We have 3 spelling sessions per week and the words we send home relate to the lessons. On the Friday the children complete a short dictation to check if they are able to spell the words.

Check out the homework book for our latest spellings.

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Thursday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. They can be changed any day from 8:45 am- 9:00am. Please feel free to pop into school with your child and help them change it.

Times Tables: Children will have a tables test each Friday, they need to know the facts and the related division facts and be able to recall them quickly.
Children can use the website: www.topmarks.co.uk to play lots of different times tables games to help them improve their recall.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Simpson teaches on Thursday and Friday.

Spring 1 – week 6

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-02-2017

This week certainly started with an art focus as the children completed their multi media portraits of famous Tudor Game changers. The attention to detail and careful consideration of palette and media suitable for portraits of that period was a pleasure to see unfold.  We really can’t wait for you to see the results!

Internet Safety Day 

Quite different to our look backward at Tudor portraits, was the learning undertaken on ‘Internet Safety Day’ and in subsequent sessions. Social media, including messaging apps are more prevalent than ever before and more and more we are finding children bringing issues to school that have begun the previous evening online at home, often difficult to solve quickly, therefore eating into precious school time.  The sessions undertaken this week included looking at what information is safe to share online and in profile pages, as well as considering cyber-bullying and issues surrounding communication online.

There is an abundance of information available, here are just a few to consider:

  • www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
  • www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zs83tyc

Other Learning 

During English, the children set about finishing writing our modern day versions of Hamlet, the final pieces to be completed next week.

Maths kept us busy adding and subtracting fractions.

Reading: Our Class Novel is -Groosham, Grange by Anthony Horowitz and The worlds Worst Children by David Walliams. This week we read – Nigel Nit Boy, the children have loved it.

We are really encouraging children to read for pleasure at the moment so I wold highly recommend Books by David Walliams as the children are hooked.

Attendance

96.2%

Star of the Week

Our star this week was Alfie,  who demonstrated sensational resilience and skill when completing his Tudor portrait and has shown a great enthusiasm for fractions.

Championship Stars
3 Worthy winners this week:

1st – Matthew
2nd – Alfie
3rd – Owen

Great job, well done.

Our House Points top team: Passion

Class information

PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days.

We have 3 spelling sessions per week and the words we send home relate to the lessons. On the Friday the children complete a short dictation to check if they are able to spell the words.

Check out the homework book for our latest spellings.

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Thursday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. They can be changed any day from 8:45 am- 9:00am. Please feel free to pop into school with your child and help them change it.

Times Tables: Children will have a tables test each Friday, they need to know the facts and the related division facts and be able to recall them quickly.
Children can use the website: www.topmarks.co.uk to play lots of different times tables games to help them improve their recall.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Simpson teaches on Thursday and Friday.

Spring 1 – week 5

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-02-2017

How did Henry and his family come to power? That was our historical focus last week. The children learnt lots of facts, names and dates related to the War of the Roses – particularly the Battle of Bosworth.

During English, the children have been busy ‘changing’ elements of the story ‘Hamlet’ to create a modern day version. There are some very interesting twists so far: from Justin Beiber and Boraca Bama as main characters to cycling contests and boxing matches replacing the famous duel.

This week we are creating multi media portraits of famous Tudor Game changers.
We will finish planning and start writing our modern day versions of Hamlet and we will be investigating the force of gravity in science.

Reading

As mentioned previously, we have recently launched a new way of teaching reading across ks 2, which the children continue to love. It’s called Reciprocal Reading. There’s lots of information about this on line, or ask your child to tell you all about it.

As a school, we have been set a challenge to re-vamp our reading areas. This week we are asking the children to come up with ideas that they would like to see and that would encourage them to use our reading area more often. Any suggestions, help, donations gratefully received.

Our Class Novel is -Groosham, Grange by Anthony Horowitz and The worlds Worst Children by David Walliams. This week we read – Nigel Nit Boy, the children have loved it.

We are really encouraging children to read for pleasure at the moment so I wold highly recommend Books by David Walliams as the children are hooked.

Star of the Week

Our star this week was chosen by Mr Smith. It was awarded to Charlie H for his hard work, enthusiasm and reciprocity. A great team player!

Championship Stars
3 Worthy winners this week:

1st – Diya
2nd – Alfie
3rd – Owen

A superb performance, well done.

Our House Points top team: Determination

Class information

PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days.

We have 3 spelling sessions per week and the words we send home relate to the lessons. On the Friday the children complete a short dictation to check if they are able to spell the words.

Next week’s spellings focus on words containing ‘mm’ and are taken from the Year 5 /6 spelling list :

Recommend    Communicate    Community    Immediate    Accommodate

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Thursday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. They can be changed any day from 8:45 am- 9:00am. Please feel free to pop into school with your child and help them change it.

Times Tables: Children will have a tables test each Friday, they need to know the facts and the related division facts and be able to recall them quickly.
Children can use the website: www.topmarks.co.uk to play lots of different times tables games to help them improve their recall.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Simpson teaches on Thursday and Friday.

Spring 1 week 3

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-01-2017

Spring 1 week 4

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-01-2017

What a very busy week!  We started the week at pace with a circuits and running challenge and seemed to keep up the momentum for the rest of the week.

More ‘Game Changers’ considered as we delved into the topic of marriage in Religious education and one of our Tudor favourites, King Henry VIII, inevitably came to the fore.

Another ‘Game Changer’ William Shakespeare continues to dominate English with children exploring the characters appearing in Hamlet in greater detail this week.  This was done in a variety ways including story retelling, talk for writing and drama. We certainly have a dramatic bunch and perhaps a few future Oscar contenders!

Our Bramall Hall trip continues to enrich our learning and provide a wonderful reference point. This has been evident in mathematics as our class continue their training to be a ‘good wife’ responsible for creating wonderful natural remedies.  This week fraction of number/quantities have been top priority, very important if out medicines are to contain a combination of herbs necessary to treat a particular ailment.

As mentioned previously, we have recently  launched a new way of teaching reading across ks 2, which the children continue to love. It’s called Reciprocal Reading. There’s lots of information about this on line, or ask your child to tell you all about it.

Our Class Novel is -Groosham, Grange by Anthony Horowitz and The worlds Worst Children by David Walliams.

Star of the Week

What a very difficult week in terms of choosing our star, in a good way! It’s always nice when there is a number of candidates, but this week one person really did shine. Bridie, wow, a sensational attitude to all aspects of learning this week. We are so impressed, well done.

Championship Stars 

 

A very high scoring week with children adding additional points for attendance. Rising to the top…

  • Matthew
  • Sam
  • Charlie H

A superb performance, well done.

Our House Points top team:  Determination 

Class information

 

PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days.

We have 3 spelling sessions per week and the words we send home relate to the lessons. On the Friday the children complete a short dictation to check if they are able to spell the words.

Next week’s spellings focus on words ending in -ably and -ibly.

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Friday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. I’ve set up a challenge in class whereby for every 4 books children read they get a reward. A special reward given for 12. This can be reading books, library books or books from home.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I teach on Thursday and Friday.

We’re blogging!

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-10-2016

Hi,

A huge welcome to our first blog now that we are up and running.

What an exiting few weeks we’ve had in school so far. The children have been getting used to the expectations and routines and are now fully immersed in their learning. Lots and lots of collaboration, absorption and  making links going on in 5A at the moment and we are in the process of fine tuning these skills o maximise our learning potential.

Our stars of the week so far have been: Diya, Charlie, Kian and  Sophie who have all shown a magnificent capacity to exercise the above learning muscles: well done guys.

Our topic is based around Greece for the full term, firstly concentrating on the human and physical geography of modern Greece, then we will delve into the history of Ancient Greece; identifying the Heroes and Villains of the past.

In English we are learning to write Non Chronological reports  about Greece, carrying out research using a variety of sources and investigating the use of modal verbs and embedded relative clauses.

The children are helping me to decide where to book for my next holiday so our Maths is based around investigating populations, temperature and traveling time to the different Greek islands to help me make my decision.  This includes lots of place value work and number recognition up to 7 digit numbers and decimal notation up to 3 decimal places.

PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Can we ask that your child has the correct kit (plain white top and dark blue bottoms) on both of these days…they have been great at remembering so far.

We have 3 spelling sessions per week and the words we send home relate to the lessons. On the Friday the children complete a short dictation to check if they are able to spell the words.

We have a times table test each Friday. A letter explaining the process should have made it’s way to you by now. If not I’ve attached one on here. Please encourage the children to make a note of which games they have played on line in the book.

We expect spelling and tables homework to be handed in no later than Wednesday. If homework isn’t completed I will assist the children with it on Friday break time.

In year 5, we expect children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books. I’ve set up a challenge in class whereby for every  4 books  children read they get a reward. A special reward given for 12. This can be reading books, library books or books from home.

Lots of information, I know. However if there is anything you are unsure about or wish to discuss, Mr Hoyle and I are more than happy to speak to you.

Mr Hoyle teachers the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I teach on Thursday and Friday.

Hello world!

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Posted by Mr Hoyle | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-09-2016

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