Saturday, 10 September 2016

Welcome to 5SG's blog!

What a fantastic start 5SG have made to the new school year! We have been really impressed with the children's attitude to learn and focus this week, despite it being a long week after the summer holidays.

It was lovely to meet many of you on Wednesday at our Parent Meeting. For those of you who were unable to attend, we have spare hard copies of the powerpoint we went through and the sheet we gave to help prompt your child when reading, at the back of the classroom. I know our fabulous Parent Reps have also sent these out to you.

In Maths this week we have been revising place value and using column addition to add 4 digit numbers. We will be moving onto subtraction next week and investigating palindromic numbers!

We began our new unit in Literacy entitled 'Poets Voices'. The children have enjoyed reading poems by Charles Causely and using his poems as models to create their own poems. We will study poems by Michael Rosen next week.

Our topic in Science this half term will be Space. You should have received a parent mail yesterday informing you of a trip to the Space Centre in Leicester on October 4th. Please could we ask for reply slips as soon as possible.

We began our new Geography topic 'Climate Change' this week too. We were really pleased to see such a high standard of presentation in the children's homework, which they produced over the summer holidays, earning them an extra housepoint each. Next week we will study places along the Gambia River and look at how the local people have been affected by the unreliability of rainfall in these areas.

In RE this week the children have been discussing the meaning of our school's Mission Statement and learning more about St Dominic (writing acrostics and stories about him!). They have also learned about the symbolism of the 'Light of the World' painting by William Holman Hunt. Some of their work is displayed in the entrance of the school for you to enjoy.

Finally, we have talked a lot about the importance of following our own class rules this year and of developing perseverance and independence and we have been pleased that the children have worked hard to meet the new challenges and expectations of Year 5.

Enjoy your weekend. I hope the children have a good rest after a busy first week back!

Mrs Sandhu and Mrs Gritz

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