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Week ending Friday 24th June 2022

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We have finished our Queen Elizabeth timelines this week and used them to make a display in the classroom. They look great and are full of interesting information about the Queen's life. 

In Maths, we have been finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes, sometimes having to find the missing values first. 

We have continued working on The Highwayman poem; this week, writing diary entries as one of the characters. We are working hard to achieve our writing targets. 

In Science, we have continued to find out about British scientists. Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing were today's focus - amazing mathematicians and inventors of their time. We made some of our own code-makers before creating and solving our own secret codes.

As the sun was shining, we made the most of it and played an epic game of cricket. I was a little disappointed to be caught out on my second bat... but what a catch!  We also used the javelins to practise our throwing skills. 

In Art, we looked at Holbein's work and recreated one of his pieces of Henry VIII, using pencil and shading. There are certainly some talented artists in Class 5! 

We also made time for some 'show and tell's this week. We have seen medals, cheer-leading pictures, gemstones and a new baby! 

  

Well done Class 5! 

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Week ending Friday 17th June 2022

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The sun has finally made an appearance and it has been hot, hot, hot in school this week! 

This week we have continued to work on The Highwayman in English. We started to look at the story from a different point of view, using drama as a starting point for our writing. 

 

In Science, we have been finding out about Joseph Lister and his medical breakthroughs. We demonstrated how easily germs pass from person to person using glitter on our hands (apologies to our parents if you are still finding glitter!). 

In History, we have completed our group timelines of Queen Elizabeth's reign. We have also started a huge, class timeline displaying all of the British monarchs since 1066. 

We have had some interesting items brought in for show and tell and the return of 'What's in the box?' 

                                           

I'm very jealous of the above fossil discovery; I have been looking on beaches for years and still haven't come across anything quite as amazing! 

Well done Class 5! 

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Week ending Friday 10th June 2022

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It may have only been a short week, but we have packed a lot in! 

We have made a start on our new text, The Highwayman. We used the fabulous description to build up pictures in our imagination and then wrote our own metaphors to describe the scenes. 

In Maths, we have been revising decimals. Some great understanding and problem-solving skills. 

Our History topic this half-term is all about Britain and what better way to start than learning all about Queen Elizabeth II! In small groups, we have researched and created our own timelines about our monarch. We have found out lots of interesting information. 

Our Science is also linked to our topic and we are going to be looking at different British scientists. We started with Sir Isaac Newton and recapped previous learning on gravity. We had lots of fun defying gravity by making alka-seltzer and water-powered rockets! 

Our brass lessons have also continued this week. We are now working towards a final performance and learning to play new music. 

Well done Class 5, another super week! 

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Week ending Friday 27th May 2022

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....And just like that, another half term is over! 

We have had a wonderful day celebrating. We announced to the school 'All you need is love' when we performed The Beatles classic at our 'Proms in the Playground'. The children gave a fantastic performance and all looked fabulous in their red, white and blue outfits. 

 

At the start of the week, we had a special assembly to encourage us to bring back the bees! All of the children have been given 'bee bombs' to scatter at home. 

Well done to all of our super runners for taking part in the Neiley races and especially to our girls team for bringing back the trophy! We are all very proud of you. 

                                                                       

Thank you for another great half term everyone; I hope you all have a wonderful break! 

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Week ending Friday 20th May 2022

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We have reached the end of yet another busy week! Have a look at what we have been getting up to...

The power of persuasion has been an important part of our English lessons this week. Working in groups, we have written and presented a piece of persuasive writing to encourage people to use renewable energy.

  

In Maths, we have been solving money problems. Each group had an imaginary £1000 to plan the ultimate party experience. The children had to think carefully about budgeting for food, drinks and entertainment. 

 

Our Science lesson was fizzing fun today when we mixed bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to see what would happen! We also thought about other reversible and irreversible changes through scientific processes. 

Finally, I would like to say how extremely proud I am of all the children who represented our school at the cricket tournament. The sportsmanship was fantastic; lots of handshaking and support for other players. Well done and thank you for taking part. 

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Week ending Friday 13th May 2022

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A huge well done to all of our wonderful brass players this week! Thank you for joining us at the Holmfirth Folk Festival and performing to a packed audience in The Civic Hall; you were simply amazing! A special thank you also goes to Mrs Walker for running up and down two flights of stairs and delivering children to the right place. 

This week, we have made a start on our DT projects. We have been having a go at different sewing stitches ready to design and make our very own phone cases. 

In English, we have written some non-chronological reports about the resources we take from the earth and how we mine for them. 

Telling the time has been on the agenda for Maths. Please remember to keep having a go at home! 

Mrs Pearce has been busy with her team of gardeners today, tidying up the outside area and preparing the soil for planting. 

Well done Class 5 for being this week's star table in the dinner hall. It was well earned through helpfulness and lovely manners. Keep it up!

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Week ending 6th May 2022

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It may have only been a short week, but we have managed to cram lots in! 

In English, we have been using our knowledge from Geography to write about renewable energy. Lots of great writing and the children then presented their work to the rest of the class. 

In Maths, we have been reviewing fractions, decimals and percentages and using our knowledge to answer word problems. 

The children were all amazing during our second yoga lesson. Everyone tried really hard and managed to get themselves in (and out thankfully) of some interesting positions! 

 

The chocolate bar presentations have continued this week. The standard remains very high and judging the winners is going to be a very difficult task! Well done everyone; you are all superstars. 

 

Another team of archaeologists got to work today, digging up their buried treasure to see what changes had happened over time. 

 

We had lots more fun in Science today. We thought about lots of different ways to separate mixtures (there were some very inventive ideas). In the end, we settled on sieves, magnets, filter paper, funnels and fingers! 

 

Well done for another super week Class 5! 

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Week ending 29th April 2022

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Move over Willy Wonka we have some new chocolatiers on the scene! 

Thank you so much to everyone that has delivered their chocolate presentations this week. I am absolutely amazed at the effort that you have all put into your projects. We have seen some fabulous posters, packaging, PowerPoints, radio adverts and video adverts and have listened to some very persuasive pitches. Lots of you have even made your chocolate bars and brought some delicious samples in for us all to try. The presentations are so good, it is taking a little bit longer than planned to deliver them all, so apologies if your given day has had to change. We will continue next week.  

In Maths, we have been solving problems with 3D shapes, putting nets back together and drawing 3D shapes on isometric paper. 

In English, we have been taking a closer look at how to answer 3-mark questions in more detail. We have also written an ending to a story using our writing targets to guide us. 

On Thursday, our wonderful sports coach Lucy, delivered a yoga lesson to the class. Unfortunately, there aren't any photos as I was completely in the zone and making the most of the relaxation! 

We now know the difference between agricultural resources and geological resources after starting our new Geography topic all about our world and how resources are shared within it. 

Brass continued this week. We are now getting ready for our performance at the Holmfirth Music Festival. It should be a wonderful day and it is such a valuable opportunity for our class to experience performing to an audience, after all of their hard work. 

In Science, we investigated the properties of lots of different materials and made some unexpected discoveries! 

Well done Class 5, I hope you all have a lovely, long weekend!

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Week ending Friday 8th April 2022

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Here we are at the end of another term! 

We have had a very busy week in Class 5. We have completed lots of assessments but we have not let them stop us having fun too! 

Our week started with a visit from the Holmfirth River Explorers. They brought with them lots of outdoor activities, including small water creatures to identify and study. In groups, we completed a wildlife treasure hunt and discussed what healthy and unhealthy rivers look like. 

Mrs Johnson has worked incredibly had to make sure every child has made and sampled a Maya inspired tortilla wrap with salsa. 

In PE, we worked in teams to play a game from Ancient Maya called Pok-ta-pok. The aim of the game was to pass the ball between team members without using hands or feet. Very interesting to watch!

Our Science lesson was fun. We thought about how our bodies change as we move to old age and took part in various investigations: wearing distorted goggles to read messages, picking up beads wearing gardening gloves, wearing headphones to listen to whispers and wrapping our joints in bandages to restrict movement. 

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Sophie's Mum who told us all about the importance of labelling products correctly and what information should be included. A huge thank you for giving up your time to speak with us Mrs Thompson. 

This morning, we got crafty and made our very own Mayan God's eyes whilst listening to some traditional Mexican music. 

Have a look at our week in photos below: 

I hope you all have a happy and relaxing Easter break. See you all in two weeks time! 

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Week ending 1st April 2022

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April already... and snowing! 

This week in English, we have been revising lots of year 5 grammar. Confidence in adverbials and relative clauses is improving and we are using lots of them in our own writing. 

In Maths, we have been converting units of measurement. Our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 has come in handy when doing so. 

We are continuing to think about how we change as we move from birth to old age in Science. This week we have discussed the changes our bodies go through during puberty. We then wrote letters to an imaginary Agony Aunt, asking questions and explaining our worries. 

Next week, we will be cooking and making some Maya-inspired tortillas and salsa. In DT we have planned our healthy wraps and written ingredient lists. 

Some children presented their RE puppet shows this week and we moved on to talk about how important confession is to Catholic people, and how it is carried out. 

In History, we have been finding out why the cacao bean was so important in Ancient Maya. We made a start on a chocolate-based project; I can't wait to see the finished results! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

The Year 5 team xx

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Week ending 25th March 2022

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We have had another busy week in Class 5!

In English, we have written some super playscripts based on the stories we wrote last week. We then transferred our knowledge to write playscripts in RE, for our parable puppet shows! Some groups performed their shows to the rest of the class.

In Maths, we have been solving word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Some children were tasked with measuring children from different year groups to find out how our height changes as we get older. We used the data to work out mean averages. Excellent cross-curricular Science and Maths!

In DT, we taste-tested lots of different tropical fruits, some of which would have been eaten in Ancient Maya. Dragon fruit seemed to be a firm favourite, as did guava. Avocado and physalis had mixed reviews! There were some very interesting facial expressions being made!

Our outdoor learning team have been working very hard this week. They have cleaned out the pond, cleared an old flower bed and planted some more seeds to attract bees and butterflies. Amazing effort by all involved.

We had a rather ‘interesting’ show and tell in the classroom on Wednesday. Oscar brought in a snakeskin after his pet snake had finished shedding it (thankfully he left the snake at home!). Oscar answered some great questions and passed around the skin for everyone to feel.

Well done Class 5, another wonderful week… and the sun is still shining!

Have a lovely weekend. 

The Year 5 Team xxx

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Week ending 18th March 2022

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How lovely to end the week with the sun shining and a blue sky above; let’s hope it stays for the weekend!

In Maths, we have revisited fractions, decimals and percentages. Some wonderful work and great understanding.

We started a new book in English, The Great Kapok Tree, and used it to write our own stories about humans in the rainforest. Our editing skills are getting better and better.

In RE, we listened to two parables from the Bible and we are now in the process of recreating the stories as puppet shows. Our classroom has been filled with felt, glue and pipe-cleaners (thankfully no glitter though).

Miss Monday helped us get creative with clay. We have been examining stelae, stone sculptures from the Ancient Maya civilisation, then designing and making our own.

As it has been Red Nose Day today, we held a class ‘nose and spoon’ race. It was lots of fun and the winner got to stand up in assembly.

A group of children have been working very hard in our lovely school grounds. They have been archaeologists, uncovering a butterfly sculpture that was built a long time ago and has been buried under grass, soil and moss for many years. They have also clipped back thorny bushes to make the area safer and even rebuilt some of the steps.

Another fabulous week. Well done Class 5!

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Week ending 11th March 2022

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Thank you class 5 for supporting Eden's Army this week. You all looked fabulous in pink and we raised lots of money for a wonderful cause. 

In English, we have been offering our best advice to a character in our story, 'The Explorer'. We started with an 'advice alley' and the children walked down the middle whilst listening to lots of different opinions. The advice was then given in the form of letters. 

 

In Maths, we have been translating 2D shapes (sliding them from one position to another and describing the movement). 

We became archeologists in reverse in History! Looking at objects and deciding what would happen to them over time if they were buried. In groups, we then buried the objects outside and we won't be seeing them again for a few weeks! 

    

  

Our 'Growing and Changing' topic continues in Science. Today we have been looking at all of the changes we go through when in the womb. 

Class 5 are so lucky to have so many talented people coming in to deliver lessons. Our brass lessons are sounding great; the children really are making good progress. We had our second Tag Rugby lesson with our coach, Dan, today. Lots of fun had by all. I have some catching up to do with the Mandarin lessons but the children are all doing very well!

Well done everyone. Have a lovely weekend. 

Love from The Year 5 team xx

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Week ending 4th March 2022

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What an amazing start to a new half term we have had this week! 

A huge well done to all of the children who took part in the Strictly Pennine performance. All of the staff are feeling very proud of the resilience and determination shown in unexpected circumstances. It was certainly a performance to remember! 

This week we have continued to read 'The Explorer' and have produced some super diary entries, written from a character's point of view. 

We celebrated World Book Day by reading a short story from George Layton's, The Fib (some of us even confessed to our own little fibs!). The story inspired us to write our own story endings. It appears we have some budding authors within the class! The story was set in 1950s Britain and to help us think about what life was like at this time, we studied some of Lowry's paintings. Using watercolours and poster paint, we then created our own versions. 

  

In Maths, we found out how to reflect shapes using a mirror line. We had lots of fun with practical activities before reflecting our own drawings of 2D shapes. 

We introduced our new History topic, Ancient Maya, and created timelines to compare the events of this time in Central America with Britain. 

Today, we have ended the week with some role-play in RE, tag rugby in PE and a special meet and greet the author event organised by Read. We met Gareth P Jones, the Blue Peter Award-winning author, and listened to his latest story. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Love from the year 5 team. 

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Week ending Friday 18th February

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The end... of another half term.

We have completed our non-chronological reports on Amazonian animals with great success, a wonderful piece of writing in science on the life cycle of birds, the topic of geometry in maths and, most importantly, the street dance routine, in time for the Strictly Pennine show.

We ended the week with a get together with our buddies from class 2!

Whatever you are doing in this blustery weather, have a lovely half term holiday.

On a personal note, can I thank you all for your support; I have loved all of my time at Netherthong Primary school and am grateful for the time that I have spent getting to know so many wonderful children and families.

Thanks also to Mrs Johnson - I could not have done any of it without her.

Mr C 

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Week ending 11th February

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Friday rolls round once more and there is definitely a change in the air - we've even got daffodils in our classroom!


The reason for this is twofold: first, to take them apart, to study the parts (male and female) that are required for fertilisation, to consolidate our science topic; second, before we did that - some wonderful watercolour work with Miss Monday!

In English, we have been working on a non-chronological report on wildlife in the Amazon rainforest - the choice was: green anaconda, Amazonian river dolphin, or piranha! 

Maths has been a hugely successful week working on fluency between fractions, decimals and percentages - never have we seen such an amazing understanding - just superb!

The Street Dance is complete and we just need to practice this now, in our last lesson.

Hockey has been amazing - we had 4 matches running at once, with some superb skills - especially in goal-keeping.

This week has been Children's Mental Health Week, so we have been doing activites around that and discussing the importance of positive mindsets and growing TOGETHER.

It has also been Internet Safety Week, which has been covered in lessons and assembly.

Lots going on, as usual.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs P and Mrs M

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Week ending Friday 4th February

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The Street-dance is really shaping up now!

Everyone is in positions and most of the dance is learnt; it's very exciting - not long until the show!

This week we have completed our complaint letters and we will be despatching them to a very busy Jason McCartney (I bet he can't wait to get more letters to read!); some people have written to the Prime Minister and others the Environment Minister instead. We are hoping the letters get us a visit. Watch this space!

In maths, we have been working with decimals, rounding and ordering them, then moving on to problem solving, which the class has been really very successful with.

Due to the changeable weather, we moved hockey into the hall this week, which actually benefitted our close control skills - so much so, we moved onto short matches. These will look really great when we move it outside onto the playground.

Miss Monday has really got some fantastic rainforest artwork out of the class - here are just a small selection: 





Have a lovely weekend everyone,~
Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs P and Mrs M

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Week ending Friday 28th January

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The weather seems to be getting warmer and outdoor PE is now a thing. We've been playing hockey again this week, practising our dribbling and passing skills with drills and relays.



In maths, we have been studying area and perimeter and have moved onto the new topic of volume - working in centimetres cubed.

Deforestation has been our theme in English, as we have looked at the impacts of this and begun to prepare to write a complaint letter to someone who can explain to us exactly what is being done about this. I'm not sure Mr Bolsonaro will reply, so we may need to look closer to home.

The rainforest topic has also inspired more artwork, which you can see here.



We have also been looking more into the human geography of South America and trying to understand what lies behind life expectancy.

On Thursday is was Holocaust Memorial Day and we had a frank discussion around the subject of genocide and how it is important that the new generation grow up understanding the horrors of something that keeps being repeated, in the hope that their generation can lead us to a better place.

Miss Monday continued the work of Mrs Pierce in forest skills



Spring is almost here - it's in the air.

Have a lovely weekend,
Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs M and the team.

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Week Ending Friday 21st January

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Another packed week of fun here in class 5.

Maths has been grappling with the metric and imperial systems - converting units. This was a bit tricky to begin with, but we have been more successful as the week has gone on.

In English, we began by looking at the Carnival of the Animals, listening to music and working out which animal it related to and why. From there, we made our own music for the sloth! This lead into us using the rationale for the music, to write poetry about sloths. This has been such a fantastic week with lots of productivity in different disciplines.

In PE, we have been continuing with the Street Dance, which is REALLY looking good!


The other PE session is hockey, where we are negotiating our dribbling skills - a work in progress.

 

The artwork is backing up our topic work on Rainforests. We are currently looking at physical and human geography and relating it to South America.

Our class book is Katherine Rundell's, The Explorer - the tale of a small group of children lost in the Amazon, following a plane crash.

I'll sign off with an attachment for a netball group, which Mrs Matthews has asked me to share.

Have a lovely weekend - Spring is almost upon us!
Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs M and Mrs P

Netball JUNIOR POSTER (1).pdf

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Week ending Friday 14th January

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Well done to EVERYONE who has stepped up and played a part in Class 5 for the past two weeks.

Miss Monday and Mrs Lindley for front of house, Mrs Pearce for supporting the children, teachers and me and, Mrs Johnson, without whom nothing would run smoothly.

Not forgetting, of course, the wonderful children of class 5, who just get on and smile and work hard.

I've returned to lots of amazing English brochures on rainforests, incredible artwork and grammar, superb maths work on problem solving with multiplication and division and stories of Mandarin lessons and Street Dancing (not at the same time).

Thanks again and I look forward to a full week back in here next week.

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Mr C  

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Week ending Thursday 16th December

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... And, just like that, 14 weeks have flown by.

We have had a fantastic Autumn term and - so far - we've managed to stay in school. Fingers crossed this continues into the New Year.

The final week has seen a Christmas party in the hall, a BRILLIANT performance of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, with songs, jokes and stories of what Christmas means to some of us, festive games and puzzles in class, the conclusion of the Greek topic with Greek Gods and symbols and the end of the science project of levels and gears with a Greek toy!

Thank you to those who came into the hall for the performance and made us all feel like things were back to normal and now I'll leave you with some photos of the last week.

Have a wonderful, relaxing and SAFE holiday period. I hope you all get everything that you deserve and manage to see family and friends.

Thank you for all of your support - it is much appreciated.

Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs P and Mrs M

 

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Week ending Friday 10th December

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This week, we have been very busy completing topics, at the same time as preparing for the Xmas performance, next week.

Maths has been fractions, fractions, fractions - with some decimals thrown in. And then, just when we were getting our heads around everything, I decided to throw some year 6 Long Division in, to see how we all coped. What fun!

In English, we have been looking at reciting of poetry - practising speaking with intonation and projecting our voices - all getting ready for next week.

Topic - Greek Gods/Goddesses - a really fun activity matching imagery with the relevant God/Goddess.

Miss Monday has taken over the science, working with levers - this will continue into next week.

And then, on Friday morning, we were all treated to a fantastic pantomime version of A Christmas Carol!

It's beginning to feel a lot like...

Have a lovely weekend!
Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs M and Mrs P

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Week ending Friday 3rd December

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Hello!

I hope you are all enjoying your advent calendars - I know I am!

To kick off this week's round-up, here's a bit of clarification on what we are doing for the Xmas performance, which will be on Monday 13th December, at 2.15pm.
Your child will have some lines to learn for a poem and some songs. In addition, some will be writing a short speech, or telling a joke. Any help you can give them with this would be appreciated. They will not need any official costumes, or outfits, but if you have any Xmas hats (elves, reindeers, Santa, etc), then they would be appreciated. I have invited them to wear a Xmas jumper for the performance also (or anything seasonal).

This week, we have begun preparing for the performance, in and around some assessments - which we will send home during the last week. We've had two more Claytons in class - Billie-Rose taking a group in Guided Reading and Paddy supporting maths. 

Maths has been fractions based, with a large emphasis on fluency with conversion between improper fractions and mixed numbers - then we moved on to adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.

We have also done the usual Speed Tables, in preparation for the times table test, which is next week.

Here is a copy of a Speed Table sheet - we encourage everyone to join in at home! Speed Tables Left 12.xlsx
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Topic this week was a look at the timeline of Ancient Greece - putting in the key events and understanding their relevance.

We also did the usual PE of handball and gymnastics and brass practice in music, concentrating on some Xmas tunes, which I'm sure you are hearing at home.

Finally, on Wednesday, we had an exciting afternoon with Wei Zhao and Guofeng Zheng, who are both from Shanghai, but are currently living and working in Huddersfield, for the Confucius Institute of Huddersfield University. They entertained us all with some fascinating information about the history and culture of China, as well as teaching us all some basic Mandarin. Watch this space, as we are hoping this will be the start of something...

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Mrs P and Miss M

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Week ending Friday 26th November

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Lots of data handling this week - line graphs, tables and timetables. If the children want to catch a bus to college or (more importantly) a train to a festival in the coming years, they'll need to know what time they need to be at the station/bus stop. Most of the class will make their first lessons and they'll certainly make the headline act!

We have completed the news reports on the huge storm outside Ithaca, that blew Odysseus off track and ended the week writing non-chronological reports on the island of Ithaca as part of the topic.

Science - forces - involved a fun activity with Mrs Pearce, testing buoyancy and discussing water resistance. Would the little paper-clip person survive?

In forest skills, the children have been using palm drills and peelers to make Xmas decorations, as well as den building and leaf cleaning.

We have talked around resilience this week; this has helped with our problem solving in maths and general independence factors, as we are negotiating upper key stage 2. On a daily basis children are cycling around jobs at lunchtime and some are successfully being play leaders in the playground - this is a great stepping stone for the prefect roles next year!

We are enjoying the handball in PE and negotiating the flight topic in gymnastics, incorporating different jump combinations.

Also - we got a letter back from Sir Tim Peake! And he sent us a signed photo!

Oh and we won back the Mathletics trophy! Now let's try and keep it up until Xmas!

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs P, Miss M and Mrs M

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Week Ending Friday 19th November

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The end of another busy week in class 5.

English has seen us in the midst of a newspaper report on the impact of a storm on Odysseus's journey - specifically the Sack of Winds.

In maths, we have been challenged by trying to find the decimal and fraction versions of remainder in division. We have also been working with prime numbers and prime factors.

Times tables continues to be a focus with most of the class REALLY progressing. 

We have been looking at maps in geography and working out routes from Leeds to Athens - in particular trying to find the quickest and cheapest options.

Kirklees pedestrian trainers visited on Wednesday and did training in and outside class, to ensure that our children are all safe in the narrow, car-filled roads of Netherthong.

In science, we continued to investigate forces, with the class getting into groups and coming up with their own experiments on friction.




It wasn't all practical, pushing cars down ramps - we all had to make and log predictions, collect data and record our conclusions.

Have a fun-filled and safe weekend,

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Mrs P and Miss M.

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Week Ending Friday 12th November

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Hello everyone...

This week, we have been finding out what happened to Odysseus, when he decided to stop on what looked like a paradise island, but turned out to be the home of the Polyphemus (who is Polyphemus, I hear you ask...). We wrote diaries to capture our thoughts and feelings - oh, and we drew a picture of the Cyclops!

In maths, we have been looking at negative numbers and decimals, before tackling Roman Numerals (just in case we want to work for BBC productions, read some fancy clocks, play in a Superbowl, or climb the abbey steps in Whitby).

PE - handball... just one of the greatest PE sports ever! 

We have continued with our Greek topic, compiling facts and understanding the differences between Greece and the Holme Valley, whilst also refining our map-reading skills with 6-figure map-reading activities.

Science was fun, as we worked on air resistance with practical activities, using aliens on parachutes (as you do) and running across the playground with large sheets of cardboard. We planned our own investigations and had a certain amount of independent scientific leeway, which was very successful.

On Thursday 11th November, at 11am, we observed a 2 minute silence, together with the rest of the school, to remember those who sacrificed themselves in order that we can enjoy the freedoms that we often take for granted today. Each day, year 6 children have been coming into class with poppies and we have been donating to this very worthy cause.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Mrs P and Miss M 

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Week Ending Friday 5th November

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Remember, remember... something?

First week back and we've continued to pack things in! The topic is now Ancient Greece and we have started to look at the story of Odysseus in English, writing a letter to Penelope as we set sail for a rather long war in Troy!

We also had a superb virtual lesson with author, Steve Camden, through our FANTASTIC local bookshop, Read.
 
He worked with us on throwing a storyline together; gathering ideas for writing a poem, or an exciting story.

In maths, we've been looking at angles; Mrs Johnson and I have honestly never seen a class as good with protractors - very, very positive! To add to that, the improvement in times tables across the class since September is now looking very good. Well done everyone - keep it up!

The topic of Forces began in Science, as we worked with gravity and used Newtonmeters to test push and pull on objects in class. This was a lot of fun!

We have started to read a new class book - my all-time favourite childrens' book - Someday Angeline, by Louis Sachar. I LOVE reading this book. It must be the 12th time (by my calculations) and it just gets better!

In Geography, we are re-visiting map-reading and applying it to Greece - where is Greece? How about Ithaca (where Odysseus is from)?

Art - Miss Monday has begun a half term on levers and moving parts and re-visited the Space topic as a starter.




I told you it was a busy week! To add to that, we have had the final week of swimming. Oh, and here are some photos from music (brass with Mr Whiteman).



As you may have seen in the newsletter, we will be running a range of fun activities for the children during the week of the 15th November for Children in Need. If you are in a position to donate, we are asking this to be done online via this link. Please don't bring any money into school. Thank you!

https://app.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Foc/Default.aspx?shopid=4743

Have a fantastic weekend and stay safe around fireworks and bonfires.

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Mrs P and Miss M

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Week ending Friday 22nd October

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The end of the half term - it has FLOWN by, hasn't it?

This week we have finished our letters to Tim Peake, so they'll be making their way to him over the holiday. We also completed the Space topic and did a short assessment to check that we all know how the celestial bodies move around each other and when. Ask your child about the stages of the moon, why we have seasons, why it gets dark at night and the order of the planets.

Maths has been a week of fractions - scary at first, but easy at the end. Lots of practice on Mathletics and a link to BBC Bitesize on Teams.

We've been reading The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O'Doherty this half term - we WILL finish this today. If you are looking for some books to read here is a link from Read, Holmfirth: https://www.thereaderteacher.com/year5

And some books that they recommend at the moment: 

Enjoy the holiday - read lots, get outside in the fresh air, research Greek myths and keep doing times tables practice!

Speed Tables 12.xlsx

Speed Tables Left 12.xlsx

Mr C, Mrs J, Miss M, Mrs M and the whole team.

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Week ending Friday 15th October

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Another week flies by... 

This week, we have grappled with long multiplication and begun division. This has taken a lot of patience and good presentation skills, but we have seen much progress!

In English, we've continued with the spelling skills of looking at adding suffixes and the rules around this. We've also been talking about simple, compound and complex sentences and working with co-ordinating conjunctions. We completed our comprehension work on the solar system and are looking forward to the 'Black Death'!

In writing, we have drafted out letters to Tim Peake, which we will write up next week and mail out, in the hope that he will love our work and launch into replies (sorry!).

We've also been dancing, swimming and musical. In particular, our musical talents have been preparing a song for Harvest Festival, which has brought smiles to all our faces.

We also found time to work with our buddies - reading with them and also (taking advantage of the last of the sun) measuring shadows.
 

This is all part of a science experiment, that we will (weather-permitting) continue next week. It's all go in here.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Miss M and the team.

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Week ending Friday 8th October

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It's starting to get dark out! Autumn has fallen...

Luckily, we are becoming experts in the night sky and the solar system. We know how days and seasons work and the relationships between the Earth, Sun and Moon. We rounded off the week with non-chronological reports on planets: 




Related dad joke: Why wasn't Tim Peake hungry when he reached the ISS? Because he had had a big launch.
Sorry!

Maths has been all about rounding, factors and multiples - now we move onto the long multiplication! We appear to be taking it all in our stride... I've even been sneaking some year 6 in there, just to test the water... you never know, we might be doing long division by Xmas?

We have wrapped up our Tim Peake biographies this week; some even threw a semi colon in there (see what I did?)! Lots of hard work has gone into this piece and we've been assessing our own performances.

This week, the dance was tap - boy was it complicated (maybe that's me!), but there were only smiles. Superb!

Have a lovely weekend.
Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Miss M and all the team.


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Week ending Friday 1st October

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October? Already? 

Maths this week has been a week of addition and subtraction (mental and column). Soon it will be multiplication and division - so we are working furiously to try and consolidate times tables in other sessions.

English - Who is Tim Peake? We have been finding out all about this great Briton and discovering lots of facts in advance of our biography writing. We have also been looking at spelling patterns with affixes and continuing with our words of the day, which are being used throughout creative writing and our weekly topics.

Topic - continuing Out of This World by looking at the planets; can we remember them all with a mnemonic? How far away are they? We have been throwing maths into this by converting km and miles, using calculators. The art work is still weaving its way around this on a Thursday afternoon; this week Miss Monday was working with the children on planet Earth. The same afternoon we are also doing brass, which I'm sure you are all well aware of at home.

This week, we also shared a break time with our buddies from year 2 and had a fantastic time. We will be planning lots of shared activities this year.
 

Our class awards are numerous - MVP (most valuable pupil), Row Awards, Star of the Week to mention a few. It is very rare that one child scoops the lot, but Josie did just that, this week!

We also drew the first winners for the class 5 reading competition. Congratulations to Austin, Max and Mia - who each received a new book. The October competition has now begun... get reading!

Brilliant... it could be YOU!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Miss M and the team.

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Week ending Friday 24th September

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The weeks are really flying by!

This week, we have had lots of fun with using metaphors and similes in haiku about the moon, sun and stars. We have had some incredible poetry - very impressive!

Rules for spelling plurals was this week's spelling challenge and grammar moved on to modal verbs and prepositions.

In maths, we got so confident with multiplying and dividing by 10s, 100s and 1000s, that we borrowed a book from Mr Kershaw and moved on to the year 6 level, working with decimals. 

The contemporary dance was preceded by a circuit to work on our abs - I can testify that it was very challenging, but there were smiles to go with the groans.

The artwork on planets continues with Miss Monday - here are some fine examples!

I hope your child is talking about the Monday Mindfulness sessions, which Seth is delivering - ask them which techniques they have developed.

Hopefully they can also explain about how we get seasons from the tilt of the Earth's axis and they should be able to talk about waxing and waning moons!

Have a great weekend,

Mr C, Mrs J, Mrs M, Miss M and Mrs P

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Week ending Friday 17th September

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Things are settling down into a nice routine in class 5.

We completed our opening piece of writing in our Journals and also did a piece of creative writing on a haunted house - helped tremendously by our new pocket dictionaries, which Mrs Moran kindly sourced for us.

In maths, we wrapped up place value and reviewed our progress, before we move onto formal methods of addition and subtraction next week. We have continued to work on fluency with times tables all week and began the Y5 mental maths.

In topic, we began looking at the science part of Out of this World, by investigating why, and how ,day turns into night and, using a cross-curricular link with maths, we grappled with time zones. To back up this topic, Miss Monday did some fantastic artwork with the class based on the sun - photos of the display coming next week!

The dance in PE was ballet, which involved a LOT of stretching and challenging balances and we also continued with the Friday swimming sessions.

Whilst we do French on a Friday, we had an unexpected change to plans when I managed to drag a family friend in, who was visiting from Frankfurt. Sophie visited Netherthong 8 years ago, to do her Year 10 work experience in class 6 and was thrilled to return to teach a short lesson on cognates between German and English. Ask your child which words they learnt.

Eine schoenes Wochenende wuenschen wir ihnen!

Mr C, Mrs J and the team!

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Week ending Friday 10th September

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Week 1...

What a lovely week we have had. Mrs Johnson and I feel quite privileged to be teaching this class and, after 4 days, we are quite sure that this is going to be a superb year.

We have been doing maths since day 1, consolidating and moving on in place value as a firm foundation for the year. Every day we been singing times tables songs; it is so nice to be able to sing again!
In English, we have begun to work on creative writing and talked about grammatical terms and writing points for the year.

PE - we began dance with Street Dance and swimming!

We've been doing lots of team-building and talking about feelings and our class expectations and ethos. We did some fun art with Miss Monday and had an introduction to brass from Mr Whiteman.

We've also been reading a class novel about a boy called Rex, who has gone to spend summer holidays with his Uncle Derm - will he REALLY rob a bank?

The class topic for the half term is Out of This World and we have begun to look at the amazing projects that have come in from home, such as PowerPoints and Fact Sheets, but we also had some rockets and models. Incredible!

Brilliant; we can't wait for Monday!

Have a lovely weekend - Mr C, Mrs J and the team.

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Thank you

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A huge thank you to each and every one of you who has a child in Class 5. Your support throughout this difficult year has been amazing and I am delighted that I can continue to work with you all next year. Your children are absolute legends and I can't wait to start teaching them again in September! Thank you for all the lovely cards and gifts. 

Have a lovely and restful Summer!

Mr. K

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9.7.21

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Another week has been completed in Class 5. Only two more weeks to go until we all move up to Year 6!

This week, we had transition day on Tuesday. Obviously it was a bit of a strange transition day, as we didn't have any need to get to know each other! We got stuck in with some Y6 maths and did some graffiti art in the afternoon. Also, a big thank you to everyone who was on the virtual transition meeting. If you missed it, there is a recording on it on our website under office>parent info>transition. 

Also this week, we have carried on with our Holbein portraits. The children have done many drafts of these and really improved their observation skills. In the end, the results have been stunning. I am so proud of them!

As a result of us working so hard on the art, I thought we would have a bit of a silly art lesson this afternoon, where we drew our pets in Holbein portrait style. Here are some of the results. Hilarious! 

Have a lovely weekend! Come on England!

Mr. K

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2nd July Update

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Good afternoon!

First of all, I am delighted that the news has finally being shared with you that I am moving up with this class into Year 6. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this class and did feel our year was fractured by a lockdown, so I am thrilled that I get to see them through to the end of primary school. We will be working hard and having lots more fun next year, I'm sure!

Sports Day was a huge success. The children really enjoyed it. Frazer said, 'it was nice to have some normality back!' and I have to say, I agree! Here are some pictures of the day. Keep an eye on the website where Miss Kelly will be sharing some videos of the event as well.

Thanks for all your support and I will see you at the virtual transition evening on Tuesday 6th July.

Mr. K

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25.6.21 Updates

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The last two weeks have been really busy in Class 5. The class have impressed me so much with their English work on the poem 'The Highwayman'. They have produced two really great pieces of writing and we did some freeze frames in drama - as you can see below.

Also, the children's history work has continued to be awesome. The class have really enjoyed learning about British/English monarchs from the last 1000 years. I would love to cover more of the monarchs, but I only have time to do so much, so if your child wants to learn more about a specific monarch from the last 1000 years, please encourage them to bring their work in to show us! 

Finally, I have a couple of photographs from gardening club, which some of the children attend. Georgie and Lily have been working hard clearing the brambles in the woods. Frazer has worked so hard, he's had to have a lie down!

Have a lovely weekend! 

Mr. K

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Welcome back to the last half term of Year 5!

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I cannot believe we have got to the last half term in Year 5 already! We have got stuck into our new topic 'We Are Britain' this week. We started by creating a huge timeline of the kings and queens of England and the United Kingdom. You may see it on our window from outside. Here is a photograph.

Also, we then did some acting of different parts of history this afternoon. We looked at how the power of monarchs in this country has changed since 1066. The children have done some fabulous re-enactments! 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Happy Half Term!

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We have finished our first full half term in school since Christmas! It has been so lovely to have a complete half term in school and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! We have learnt lots about the environment and materials in the world. 

Here are some photographs of our textiles project where the children made their own mobile phone case. The children will be able to take these home after half term.

In the meantime, I wish you all a restful half term. 

Mr. K

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21.5.21 Update

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This week in Class 5 we have carried on with 'Our World' topic, with a science focus. On Wednesday, we looked at irreversible changes. The children observed the burning of a candle where the flame was placed close to a ceramic tile and they observed the solid carbon that was created as a result. They then mixed vinegar with bicarbonate of soda to see another irreversible change. On Friday, we looked at the everyday uses of plastics and why they became so popular over the 20th century. We then looked at the unfortunate consequences of our overreliance on plastic and how we can start making changes in our life away from plastic. The children looked at examples of single-use plastic such as plastic straws, carrier bags and plastic cutlery. I must hasten to add that these were not bought for this lesson and were donated by members of staff and will be used next year for the same lesson! 

Here are some pictures of the children examining their single-use plastic. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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14.5.21

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We have had another lovely week in Class 5. The children have written their persuasive piece encouraging people to use renewable energy. I have added a photograph of one of the posters they made last week. In science, we have been investigating the rates of evaporation at different locations across the school. In maths, we have investigated what 'a million' really is. Ask your child how many ways they can make a million!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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7.5.21

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In Class 5 this week, the children have completed some fabulous presentations persuading people to use renewable energy. Next week, they will be using their presentations to write their own persuasive piece of writing. In maths, we were solving problems involving money. The children even got to budget for their dream birthday party! Also, we have started our new science topic on changing materials. The children investigated whether different materials were soluble, magnetic, buoyant, transparent and conductors of electricity. They had to bring in their science knowledge from Years 3, 4 and 5 for this task. Also, today, we have been separating mixtures using equipment like sieves, filter paper and magnets. 

The spellings this week are:

Community

Definitely

Disastrous

Excellent

Frequently

Persuade

Recommend

Vehicle

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mr. K

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30.4.21

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We have had a great week! We have had a debate about the environment in PSHE, learnt about world resources in geography and spent the week working out time in maths. Also, in science, we have designed new products to help elderly people. Some of the ideas were amazing!

Here are the spellings for this week:

Community

Definitely

Disastrous

Excellent

Frequently

Persuade

Recommend

Vehicle

Have a lovely long weekend!

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24.4.21 Updates and Homework

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This week, we have really got stuck into our topic, 'Our World'. We have connected our geography outcomes of understanding different types of energy resources, with our PSHE topic on taking care of the environment. These have combined with our speaking and listening skills in English to present information on renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal and hydro power. The children have proved their commitment to our planet and truly are stewards of the future! 

In science, we have continued our topic on the life cycle of humans by looking at puberty. Your child may have further questions about this, which they may wish to ask you about. As always, myself and Ms. Kewley will also be available to answer questions that the children may have. Next week, we will be looking at how humans change as they reach old age.  

The homework this week is as follows:

1.) Mathletics: More percentage, decimals and fractions work. I think the children are nearly there with this topic and this homework should give them a chance to consolidate what they have learnt. Mathletics had a few issues last week with functionality, but it seems to be working just fine again now.

2.) The spellings are the same as last week and I have copied them below:

Ancient

Available

Average

Environment

Foreign

Government

Muscle

Physical

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Welcome Back

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Welcome back! I hope you have had a lovely Easter break. We have jumped straight back into our learning this week. Our new topic is 'Our World', which is all about natural resources across the world. We will be looking at renewable energy and fossil fuels. Also, this week, we have continued our science topic on growing up. We have looked at the average height of girls and boys in each year group in primary school and made graphs to show this. In PE, we have started our new cricket topic, with many of the children showing us what they already know. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Happy Easter

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A big thank you for all your support this half term. The children have been fantastic and it was lovely to catch up with many of you at parents' evening. I know this year hasn't been at all ordinary, but the children have certainly dealt with it fantastically. 

I can't wait to have them all back after Easter, but in the meantime, I will be enjoying a rest! Please feel free to upload on Teams any of the optional cooking tasks I have given the children. As always, I can be reached via my class email if you need anything. 

Happy Easter and stay safe!

Mr. K

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Week Ending 19th March update

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This week in Class 5, we have learnt the rules of an ancient Mayan game called 'Pok-ta-Pok'. We have then started a 'Pok-ta-Pok' tournament which we will be continuing next week. Also, we have been writing the class story that we mapped out last week. The chapters we have written so far have been thoroughly entertaining. We will be finishing this story next week. I am incredibly proud of the writing the class have produced! In RE, Miss Hewitt has been teaching the class about the importance of Easter in the Christian calendar. 

Next week, we will be looking at Mayan architecture and learning about the type of food the Mayans ate. I will be setting some optional homework over Easter with a recipe for an ancient Mayan dish. 

Finally, I look forward to catching up with you all at our remote Parents' Evening on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Welcome Back

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We have had an absolute blast welcoming back all the children this week in Class 5. I have certainly enjoyed having the class back and being able to catch up with everyone. The mood in the class has been incredibly jovial and in all honesty, I think everyone is just happy to be back to relative normality! 

We have continued with our rainforest topic this week by looking at the history of the Mayan civilisation and comparing that to the other periods of history we have studied in earlier year groups. We have also created our very own story, where all members of the class have contributed ideas to a story about logging in the rainforest. The children had some amazing ideas, and I can't wait for them to start writing their own version of this next week. Also this week, we have made handwriting a real focus, with plenty of practice every day. I hope to see some fabulous handwriting examples in their writing next week.

This week has been dominated by belly laughs in class, stories from the latest lockdown (including comparing our lack of haircuts!) and an all round 'feel good' atmosphere, which I hope continues! A huge thank you from me, Ms. Kewley and Miss Hewitt. We are thrilled to have everyone back!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from me and the Class 5 team. Thank you so much for your support this term; it hasn't been an easy time for anyone, but I for one have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the class. 

Here is a message from Mr. Curly Wurly:

Merry Christmas and a very happy 2021 to you all from Mr Curly Wurly. He has missed all of you children and staff this year but hopes to see you next year.

Have a wonderful holiday.
Lots of paws and furry tinsel,
Mr Curly Wurly

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Important information regarding homework

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As you may have seen in the newsletter, notifications regarding homework will be moving from this blog to Microsoft Teams. I will be creating an 'announcement' each week on the 'General' area of our Class 5 Teams where it will notify the pupils of their Mathletics task and their spellings. In addition, I will add some form of assignment on Microsoft Teams. This could be a quiz, a research task or a piece of reading. 

The blog will continue to be used for sharing photographs and news of what we are doing in class. 

So for one final time on this blog here is this week's homework. 

1,) Mathletics is on statistics. We have looked at line graphs and timetables this week, but one of the Mathletics tasks will be on bar graphs. The other will be on timetables. 

2.) Spellings are the same as last week: reasonable, reasonably, responsible, responsibly, possible, possibly, legible, legibly. 

3.) A Microsoft Teams quiz on Ithaca.

Thank you to everyone who has engaged with Microsoft Teams and supported our move over to it. I see it as an incredibly useful tool to aid the children in home learning and homework. I will be hosting another online quiz on Monday 30th November at 4pm. 

Mr. K

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Exciting News

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Exciting news in Class 5. Another author is doing a virtual talk through Read Book Shop. Katie and Kevin Tsang will be discussing their new book Dragon Mountain on the morning of the 30th November. Our class will be joining them! 

Here is a trailer for the book:

Dragon Mountain (Book #1 in the Dragon Realm series) by Katie & Kevin Tsang - Book trailer - YouTube

Read are again offering a discount on the book, reduced from £7.99 to £6.00 if ordered through school by the 4th December (so after the event this time!). Please bring in the £6 by this date if you would like a copy of the book. The books will be sent out as soon as possible after the 4th December. 

I have also attached the press release for the book, below. 

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20.11.20 Update

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Another weekend is upon us! I hope we have all had a good week. I can't believe we will be in the last full week of November next week!

Homework

1.) Mathletics: I have set two tasks. One on multiples and one on factors. 

2.) Spellings: The spellings this week are listed below. I have also added them onto Spelling Shed. 

      reasonable, reasonably, responsible, responsibly, possible, possibly, legible, legibly

3.) I have loaded up a new Teams task. It is a special mystery research task! 

Keep your eyes peeled next week for more information on another virtual author visit!

Thank you for all your support!

Mr. K

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13.11.20 Update

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Wow, this week has flown by! It has been another busy week in Class 5. I must say, the enthusiasm this class have for learning is second to none. I thoroughly enjoy introducing them to new concepts. 

Homework

1.) Mathletics - Two tasks on Roman Numerals. My advice when converting our numbers to Roman numerals is to split it into place value. So with 1,235 you would make 1000 (M), make 200 (CC), make 30 (XXX) and make 5 (V). Then put it all together. MCCXXXV

2.) Spellings are the same as last week. I have put them on Spelling Shed. The spellings are: fasten, glisten, castle, listen, soften, whistle, wrestle, thistle.

3.) The Teams task last week didn't really work for many people. I think it is because iOS doesn't support the Class Notebook. This week, I have put an additional maths quiz on Teams. We not only covered Roman Numerals this week, but we also covered negative numbers, so I have put a quiz on this on. 

Microsoft Teams

Thank you again to all that could get onto our Teams lesson on Wednesday. I am aiming to do another one in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for news of this. Miss Kelly was very impressed with the class and their behaviour and engagement. Unfortunately, each time I do one, some children will inevitably miss out as they will be in wraparound club. I will aim to do it on a different day next time, so other children can have a chance to get on. I will always do it about 4pm, as I am conscious that this is the children's own time and I wouldn't want to interrupt tea time! 

Obviously, I would hope that we wouldn't have to use Teams for home learning, as I would much prefer to be teaching in school. However, I feel confident now that if a bubble or school closure was to occur, we could carry on with new learning in a way we were not able to in the previous school closure. This has been made possible by the engagement of the pupils, so thank you so much. 

Jason McCartney

Today, our local MP for Colne Valley had a Teams meeting with Years 5 and 6. He explained the role of an MP and answered lots of questions from both Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. It was great to hear our children ask such intelligent and interesting questions. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the role of an MP and hearing about the time that Mr. McCartney met the Queen!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Thank you

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A big thank you to everyone who could attend the Microsoft Teams test lesson this afternoon. Your behaviour was amazing and I was so impressed with how well you responded to online learning. I am honestly so proud! If you struggled to get on, please come and see me tomorrow in school or get your adults to email me.

In other news, we observed two minutes silence today for Remembrance Day. Here is a photo of us at 11am this morning. 

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6.11.20 Update

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It has been lovely to welcome you all back this week; I have thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into the new topics. A reminder that Class 5's curriculum letter is on the Class 5 page on the website. 

Homework

The homework this week is as follows:

1.) 2 Mathletics tasks on angles.  A big thank you to everybody who has been keeping up with the homework. If you are unable to get on at home, or you need more time to complete the homework, I would encourage you to come to homework club on a Wednesday lunchtime. The homework is really helpful to ensure you have understood the maths taught in school.

2.) The spellings are: fasten, glisten, castle, listen, soften, whistle, wrestle, thistle.

3.) I have uploaded a collaborative Teams document for you. It is a sheet which all of you write on and it appears as one document. I would like you to write on the document things you would like to find out about Greece (both ancient and modern). So it is just simple a line or two of writing with a question about what you would like to learn in the topic. I will then do my best to answer all your questions throughout the next 6 weeks of lessons on our Greece topic. Please be aware this is a learning document, so sensible questions only, please! 

To access this, please go to the Class Notebook section on Teams and look in the class pages sections. This is the first time I have used this, so please let me know if it works!

Next week

I am delighted to invite all children in the class to a Teams online meeting on Wednesday at 4pm. It will be a short 15 minutes lesson where I will be doing a quick, fun task with you. I am using this to test out our ability to deliver remote learning. Please ensure your microphone is muted when you join, but I may ask you to unmute it at different points. Bring a pen and paper! 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and stay safe!

Mr. K

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Happy Half Term from Mr. K

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Happy half term! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my new class and I feel we have really come on in the last 7 weeks. I hope the children have enjoyed our topic on space and I am so so sorry that I left our class book, Cosmic, on a cliffhanger, but you will find out what happens after half term!

Homework

1.) Mathletics: 4 tasks for the 2 weeks on equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.

2.) Spellings are the same as last week. They are: Miserable, reliable, adorable, believable, enjoyable, understandable, comfortable, changeable.

I will also upload the list onto Spelling Shed.

3.) Over a half term, I often set some additional homework on our new topic. Please see the sheet attached.

Balloon Race

Here is some information on the FONS balloon race. Keep an eye out for our Class 5 balloon!

It was lovely to get to meet you all (albeit virtually!) at parents' evening this week. Thank you for your support. Have a lovely half term!

Mr. K

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Week 6 in Class 5

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We are already 6 weeks into Year 5! The time has gone so fast! I have to say, it has been a lovely week in Class 5, with all members of the class working hard. I have particularly enjoyed reading their writing this week, which has revolved around a mysterious figure and a magical green portal. 

Homework

1.) This week, I have put two Mathletics tasks for the children. One is on long multiplication and the other is on short division. You will need a pen and paper to complete these. 

2.) I have uploaded a grammar quiz onto Microsoft Teams. Hopefully the children will 'wow' you with their amazing grammar knowledge!

3.) Here are the new spellings for this week. The first test will be on Thursday 22nd October and then the second test will be on the Friday back after half term.

Miserable

Reliable

Adorable

Believable

Enjoyable

Understandable

Comfortable

Changeable

Something to watch

I have discovered a documentary on Netflix called 'A Year in Space'. It follows the story of astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent nearly a full year on the ISS back in 2015. There are 12 episodes and each one is only short (usually around 15 minutes). It was absolutely fascinating to learn how the astronauts live on the ISS and I highly recommend it. The rating on Netflix is that it is suitable for 'all' audiences and after watching it, I would love to recommend the children watch it. As we have written a biography about Tim Peake, who was also on the ISS, it seems very relevant to our topic. The episodes that I think they would most be interested in are episodes 5, 7, 9 and 10.  

This isn't homework, but just something I thought the children might be interested in to help pass the time over the next few weeks when we may all have less leisure activities to do!

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to speaking to you all at parents' evening next week.

Mr. K

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World Mental Health Day 2020

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9th October 2020

As October 10th is World Mental Health Day, throughout the today, every year group has learnt about what mental health is, discussed this topic and completed different activities based upon this. Why not ask your child/ren about what they have learned today?

Young Minds is a charity that is leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. They are there to make sure young minds get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

For more information about Young Minds click the link here: 

Young Minds

For more helpful links about the topic of wellbeing and mental health, please visit our PSHE curriculum webpage. Here, you will also find other useful links to topics such as healthy lifestyles, safety and anti-bullying. The link can be found below: 

PSHE Curriculum Webpage

Have a lovely weekend! 

Miss H x

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Week 5 in Class 5

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Another week is over! We are zooming through this half term, now. This week, we have had our first 'virtual' visitor! We had a Zoom call with the owners of Read bookshop and the author Harriet Muncaster. She led a great workshop on how she is inspired to write. The children got to draw a dragon, create ideas for their own 'world' and she answered questions submitted by pupils. Here are some photographs of the event. It really is lovely to see that despite everything going on at the moment, we can still have a visitor inspire and enthuse the children! If your child has pre-ordered a signed version of her book, it should be with your child early next week.

Homework

A big thank you to everyone who has been keeping up the homework so far. The Mathletics and spellings are the main homework components and anything I put on Teams is a little bit of extra work. Apologies for the HUGE document I put on Teams last week, I should have mentioned that reading this was only an extra task if the children wanted to prepare for Wednesday's topic lesson. All the children got the opportunity to look at this document in the lesson and make notes. 

The homework this week is:

  • Mathletics: Rounding. We have done a lot of practice this week on rounding, and we are feeling more confident as a class now. I think this task will just solidify rounding in their heads!
  • Spellings are the same as last week and are listed below.
  • No assignments on Teams this week, but please check you can log in to it if you haven't already. 

Horrible

Terrible

Visible

Possible

Sensible

Responsible

Credible

Edible

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe! 

Mr. K

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Week 4 in Class 5

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This week, we have come up with mnemonics to help us remember the order of the planets in our solar system. There were some very entertaining ones! Hopefully, they will help the children remember the planets. Also, we have worked hard to get our addition and subtraction written methods back on track - I was very impressed! We have also learned about the British astronaut Tim Peake and we will be writing a biography about him next week.

A big thank you to everyone who has logged on to Microsoft Teams and completed the quiz. If you haven't already, please log on to Teams with your child and have a look at the quiz. Teams will be really important moving forward in the event of any remote learning, as well as being used for parents' evening. If you have any issues logging on, please get in touch. Remember, the username needs to end with @netherthongprimary.co.uk

Homework

If any of the children are having trouble gaining access to a laptop to complete Mathletics, please let me know and I can arrange for them to attend homework club on Wednesday lunchtimes. I am keen for all the children to continue the great start they have had completing the homework; it really helps them consolidate what they are learning in school. 

  • Mathletics this week is on the written method for addition and subtraction. You will need a pen and paper with you to complete them. 
  • Your child should have come home this week with a library book. Please ensure they are reading it. I am keen to start a reading log in their planners next week, where I write in them and it would be great to see the planners being written in at home as well.
  • I have put a pre-reading task on Microsoft Teams. This is some research on the planets in our solar system, ready for some written work in science next week. Just give the documents a read. 
  • The new spelling list is below. 

Horrible

Terrible

Visible

Possible

Sensible

Responsible

Credible

Edible

Behaviour

A massive well done to the class this week with daily routines. I have noticed them coming into class much more focussed and ready to learn. It really helps to have these routines in place as it can maximise learning time. 

Just a reminder of our theme for well-being this half term is 'being kind' and we are encouraging all the children in school to think before they speak and ask themselves are their comments necessary, helpful and kind. I am continuing to talk to the class about this theme and it would be great if these discussions could happen at home as well.

Coming up

Coming up next week is our virtual author visit from Harriet Muncaster. She will be hosting a live talk on her new book Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering. This will be on Wednesday 7th October and will last approximately 40 minutes. I, for one, am looking forward to getting the opportunity to hear from a successful author! If you have preordered a signed book from her, please send your child in with £5 on the day of the talk. 

Have a great weekend, and keep smiling!

Mr. K

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Week 3 Homework.

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Thank you for another productive week in Class 5. We have learnt about the phases of the Moon and why we have seasons here on Earth. We have also fully got started with our maths curriculum this week and it has gone well!

The homework this week is:

1.) Two tasks on Mathletics on mental addition and subtraction. Please read the guidelines, which give you different ways to work them out in your head.

2.) The same 8 spelling words as last week. We will be having a second test on these on Friday 2nd October.

Thumb

Crumb

Doubt

Climb

Tomb

Numb

Debt

Comb

3.) I have put a quiz on Microsoft Teams for you to try out this weekend. It's a bit of fun, and I'm mainly just looking to see how you get on using teams. 

With Teams, you need to type in your username followed by @netherthongprimary.co.uk

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Virtual Author Visit to Year 5

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Hello, exciting news!

On Wednesday 7th October during school time, Harriet Muncaster will be hosting a live talk on her new book Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering. It is her first novel aimed at upper Key Stage 2 and our class will be part of the live event organised through Read Bookshop. Class 5 will be watching and joining in on this event. 

If you would like to preorder a signed copy of the book for a discounted price of £5, please let me know and I can arrange for the book to be sent to school. Please let me know by Monday 28th September if you would like a signed copy of this book.

Thanks,

Mr. K

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Homework Friday 18th September

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Just like that, week 2 is over! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into the curriculum this week, including starting our 'Out of This World' topic. 

Here is the homework for this week.Your child's Mathletics and EdShed logins are in their planners.

Mathletics: Place value task. 

Spellings: The silent 'b' rule.  I have sent the spellings list home with your child today, but I have also uploaded them onto EdShed (part of Spelling Shed) where your child can practise the spellings online through games. 

Their spelling words are:

Thumb

Crumb

Doubt

Climb

Tomb

Numb

Debt

Comb

The first test of these words will be on Friday 25th September.  

A reminder that the summer challenge sheets are due on Monday 21st September. Winners to be announced next week!

Have a great weekend, and if you need to contact me, I am available via email Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. A reminder that my email is class5@netherthongprimary.co.uk

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Welcome Back!

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A big thank you to everyone in Class 5 this week. It has been so nice to meet you all properly and get to know you. We have spent lots of time settling back into school this week, and I couldn't be prouder! I am excited for this school year!

We are just in the process of moving the Mathletics accounts over to the next year group, as well as setting up Spelling Shed for the current year, so for homework this week, if the children could practise their times tables ready for another speed tables session next Friday. Most of the class (including myself!) quite understandably had a dip in their speed tables result. We completely expected this and are not concerned at all, but it would be great if the whole class could practise their times tables at home. This could be a quiz with an adult, or one of the times table games on the Cool Maths Games website. 

I have also attached the speed table sheets to this blog in case you want to practise at home.

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Finally a big thank you to all parents this week. We feel you have all been very supportive of the new arrangements in place at school. Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. K

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Year 6 hoodies

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Hello all,

We have had quite a few emails and phone calls about hoodies.

The news is that now they are available at Term Time Wear, in Huddersfield.

You can ring them on 01484 453534, or email: enquiries@termtimewear.com and discuss it with them direct. The artwork is sorted and all they will need is your size requirement, how many you want and what name your child wants on the front.

Good luck and have a wonderful summer.

See you all in September.

Mr Clayton

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A letter to my class

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Also, today, have one last pop at speed tables. Here are the links.

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Don't forget to do the work for Mr. C over the summer. Take your time with your project; Mr. C likes well-thought out work that can be displayed in his classroom. Also, from me, don't forget to keep practising your times tables and READ READ READ.

Thanks again for a wonderful two years. I am feeling quite emotional today. 

Mr. K

xx

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Y6 Transition

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Good Morning Y5,

For those of you who didn't manage to get in this week to see Mr Kershaw, here is the bingo sheet with the activities for your summer. See how many points you can accrue; points make prizes, you know!

Year 5 Netherthong Summer Challenge.docx

Don't forget to complete your Shakespeare project for the first week back.

It would also be great if you could work on your times tables before September.

And don't forget to read plenty of books over the Summer!

I look forward to seeing you all in our new classroom. Have a lovely break.

Mr C

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Thursday 16th July

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Morning, guys! I am really sorry, but I am having issues uploading photographs onto the blog. I have quite a few bits from the last few days, which I will upload as soon as I can. That's why today, any work I am putting up, is on as a link, not as a direct photograph. Sorry about that!

Reading

Chapter 2 of the Nightmare Machine on PurpleMash.

Geography

In terms of today's work, remember when I asked you to research a state of the US? Well, today I would like you to do the following.

Use an atlas or Google Maps to fill in this map of the US with the names of the states.

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Now, can you colour each state in so that any states that touch it aren't the same colour? 

Now complete this quiz, using the map and the compass on the sheet, answer these questions.

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Wednesday 15th July

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Morning Class 5. I had such a nice time with you all yesterday! It really lifted my spirits! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. 

 

First of all, you may still have chapter 1 of The Nightmare Machine on PurpleMash to complete.

 

Today, I thought we could do the Lockdown Awards! 

 

Award Category: Best Parent Teacher

Fill this certificate in for the adult you have found to be the best teacher whilst being at home. It can be one of the adults you live with, or perhaps you have someone else in your life that helped you? Maybe via a video call?

With this certificate, it is completely blank. So you will need to put the name of the award, the name of the person who has it and the reason why they deserve it.

Here is a link to the certificate. Use the same link for all 3 certificates.

Blank certificate.jpg

 

Award Category: Best Remote Friend

Give this award to one of your friends who has helped you through lockdown. Maybe they've stayed in touch with you and kept you feeling positive? 

Again, you have a blank certificate, where you need to fill in the name of the award, the name of the person who has it and why they deserve it.

 

Award Category: Best Key Worker

Do you know a key worker? Someone who deserves an award for going that extra mile? Same again, fill this certificate in!

 

Trophy

Design a trophy for the Lockdown Awards. Research trophies like the Oscars and BAFTAs before you design it. Send your designs in to me!

 

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Tuesday 14th July - Summer Send Off Day!

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Hi guys! As it is the summer send off day today, I won't be putting much work on the blog. However, I have put a few activities for you.

Reading

I have set you chapter 1 of The Nightmare Machine and the quiz to do. Enjoy! I have given you Wednesday to do this as well, so you don't have to do it today!

Art

I have a Draw With Rob for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeecq8-5x5I

It is on sheep! 

Geography

Finally, pick a US state and do some research on it. We will be doing more regarding this later this week, so just do a bit of research today, nothing more. 

I am beyond excited to be seeing most of you today! I have a few nice activities planned for you when you are in!

Mr. K

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Monday Updates

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Afternoon, Class 5. Thank you to everyone that sent me in some work today. I am sure Bella and Esme will love looking at what was sent in. Here is a selection of work from today and some from Friday too!

Fred made his story box, and used the words to write a story about... you guessed it.... Dave the Sloth!

James made his story box and also sent in his awesome spiral art. It is brilliant!

Libby F promised us she would send in pictures of her in her new glasses... and here they are!

Here is Madison's amazing art from Friday. I really like how she has done this!

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Monday's Blog Takeover with Bella and Esme

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Morning, Class 5. We are in the last week of Year 5! Lots to look forward to this week, with the Summer Send Off and a few other things. Did you know that a year ago we had just got back from Cliffe House? How time flies! Today, Bella and Esme are taking over the blog with these activities. Enjoy!

Maths

For maths, we will be making a cube using a net. Mr. K has attached it below.

Before you cut it out, decorate it in any way you like, like this. 

Then stick it onto some firm card and cut it out. Don't forget the tabs as you need them to stick it together. Don't glue the lid shut, because this is going to be your story-teller box for English. It should look something like this.

English

Think of some words and phrases to fill your box with. You will write each word or phrase on small pieces of paper and put them in your box. Mr. K has come up with these suggestions:

Use a thesaurus to help you and use this as your guidance:

1.) Put 5 adjectives into the box.

2.) Put 5 nouns into the box.

3.) Put 5 adverbs into the box.

4.) Put 5 verbs into the box.

5.) Put 5 sentence openers into the box (things like 'all of a sudden'). 

Now close the lid and shake it up. Pull 10 of the words/phrases out of the box. You have to use the 10 words/phrases that you pull out to write a short story. You are going to write this now! It should only be roughly 3 paragraphs long.

Art

We want you to do some spiral art today. Here are some examples:

Mr. K here again. Spiral art can be done in many different ways, including using nature like some of the work above. Spiral art is a form of abstract art, so you are building on what you learnt about on Friday. 

Exercise

In the key worker bubble at school, we have done some GoNoodle every day. Here are some of our favourites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl5dRW4E9hc   Pizza song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdBlXPWM8AI  Popping bubbles!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b6axyuaKcY   Boom Chicka Boom!

Mr. K again. A big thank you to the girls for coming up with these ideas. My advice would be to embrace the madness of GoNoodle - we have in school! Apologies to parents - these songs will get stuck in your head! I am looking forward to seeing most of you tomorrow for the Summer Send Off! 

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Friday Shout Outs

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Hi guys!  A jam packed shout out session today. I have speed tables, sports day pictures, some work from the week and the winner of the blog takeover. 

Blog Takeover

The winner of the blog takeover is...  Bella & Esme!

They worked together in the key worker bubble today to produce these lovely pieces of art. 

A big thank you to everyone else involved. Here are some more pieces of amazing abstract art.

Alex has sent his in. It looks awesome!

Fred has done his. Even when doing abstract art, Dave still makes an appearance!

Isla has sent in a lovely piece of abstract art.

Tom has sent in two very different pieces. I am waiting for him to reply to me email explaining his inspiration behind these pieces.

Luke did his in the key worker bubble as well. Amazing!

Jake in Class 4 also got involved. Well done!

James has also sent his abstract piece of art. Well done!

Speed Tables

James did it in 3 minutes 22 seconds. Amazing!

Max did it in  3 minutes and 52 seconds. Well done!

Esme did it in 3 minutes and 39 seconds. Awesome!

Bella and Mrs Greenwell got a couple of gaps this week, but they are going to work on it for next week!

Sports Day Pictures

Here are some lovely pictures of some of your from sports day. A big well done to everyone who took part!

Some other work

Fred forgot to send me his photos where he spelt out his name. Here they are!

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Friday 10th July

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Morning guys! I hope you enjoyed sports day. I enjoyed seeing some of the children in school do their activities. 

Reading

I have put chapter 7 of the Great Marvello, which is the final part of the book. There is a quiz as well. Enjoy!

Grammar

I have assigned you three activities on PurpleMash. One is on adverbs of possibility, one is on modal verbs and one is on relative clauses. Enjoy!

Maths

Speed tables today! Try to get your best ever score today. Even if it takes you a couple of attempts. I have attached the links for the speed tables sheets.

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Competition Time - Art

For your chance to win the FINAL blog takeover next week, here is your challenge for today. I need your entries by 2pm today for you to be considered for the blog takeover. 

I would like you to research abstract art, and once you are happy with the meaning of this, I would like you to create a bit of abstract art. I will be asking Miss Watkins to help me judge the final results. Once we have decided, I will email the winner by 3pm with the good news and instructions for how the blog takeover work. 

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Sports Day results sheet

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Morning! Here is the results sheet for Sports Day. Please fill it in and send it back to me. Make sure you write the name of your house on it. Also, don't forget to send me a picture of you in your house colours doing one of the activities. It is a bit soggy today, but the afternoon is looking marginally better. Some of them you can do indoors as well.

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Sports Day

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Here is a reminder of the sports day activities for today. Have a fabulous day and send me in your results!

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Wednesday Updates

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First of all, Edward says he is super sorry to Toby. He left the Y off his name! Luckily, Ethan realised this and did the word search with an add on. I have uploaded Ethan's version of it below to see where Toby was.

Here are some guess who clues for you. I have wrote the name of the person who wrote it, but NOT who it is. Can you guess who they are writing about?

Here is Fred's guess who. Who could it be?

Here is Isla's guess who. I wonder who that is?

James' guess who is a good one. It is very accurate about the person, but it could also be a couple of people. I got it wrong with my guess!

Madison's guess who. I got this one correct!

Here is some pebble art:

Edward

Fred.... it's Dave!

Isla

Madison

Madison also did great in the maths. Also, Isla did some extra art. She made this rabbit out of a pair of old socks.

Some more updates from the last few days. Luke worked off this chocolate bar.

Evie and her family made some lockdown ornaments made out of salt dough. 

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Wednesday 8th July

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Morning Class 5. Today's blog is actually a mixture of Libby F's left over work and Edward's ideas. Just a reminder to save your mazes from last week, as you will be writing a short story on this tomorrow. Don't forget (!!!) that my email address is class5@netherthongprimary.co.uk

I will upload some updates from this week on the blog this afternoon. Sorry - it has been so busy at school in the last few days.

Reading

I have set chapter 6 of the Great Marvello for you. Enjoy! There is a quiz to do afterwards.

English

Edward has had the idea of sharing some memories about each other for English today. He wants you to write a short description of someone in the class (kind and positive things only, of course) without saying who it is. Then, when I load them onto the blog, you will have to guess who each piece of writing is about. Edward suggests writing about a memory that has happened that involves that person in the class, or something that is only relevant to them. Send in your short paragraphs to me when you're done, and I will load them onto the blog. I shall enjoy guessing who you have written about!

To carry on the theme of the class, he and his mum have made this word search by hand! He says it should have everyone in the class on it, and he doesn't think he has missed anyone out. 

Edward says he thinks he has remembered everyone. He said he has put in these children in this format:

LIBBYF

LIBBYK

IZZY

WILL

Everyone else should be in there as their normal name with the normal spelling. If he has missed anyone, he is really sorry, but he is confident that he hasn't! Send me your answers when you have done it! There should be 32 including Mrs Greenwell and Mr Kershaw. I won't put a class list up, because I want to see if you guys can remember the whole list of names, like Edward did!

Maths

This is the 3rd worksheet from Libby that she prepared for her blog takeover. It is a good one!

Topic/Art

Edward suggested we do some pebble art this afternoon. It is a really cool idea and I've found a website with some instructions on it. It says you need a glue gun, but you can secure the pebbles in a number of different ways. Also, you don't need a frame, you could create your own frame too. 

Here is the link with some ideas. 

https://www.bluebearwood.co.uk/using-pebbles-to-make-pebble-art/

Alternatively, you could simply create some pebble art which isn't permanent, send in a photo of it and then return the pebbles from where they came. Just to say, you guys are a bit older than some of the children who made the art on the website, so you could make more complex art!

A great idea, Edward!

PE

Why not incorporate your exercise today with the art? Go on a long walk and find the best pebbles!

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7th July - Tuesday with Mr C

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Good morning Y5

This is going to be my final transition blog, so I'd like to remind you about the summer project - Shakespeare.
Shakespeare will be our topic, when we return, in September, with most things based around his life and works, and Britain during that period of history.
So... your topic is to research William Shakespeare. What can you find out about him? When did he live? Where did he live? Why is he so famous? You can present your topic however you wish. In a report/a PowerPoint/on a poster - I will let you decide. Some people might just do one side of A4 paper, some might do a lot more. Whatever you find out during the summer, will help you in September. 
You can start the topic today, or in August... as long as you bring it in during the first week of the new school year.
Enjoy!

Here's a montage of activities that Libby has been getting up to over the last few weeks:


Fred's window project from last week.

Today, I would like you to have a go at a different activity.
One of the year 1 parents happened to mention to me that this summer was going to be wet - lots of rain. This is not good news - if he is correct?
So, how do we know?

I'd like you to research the weather. How do meteorologists make their predictions? How accurate are they? Does anyone check afterwards to see how successful different people are? Is BBC weather more trustworthy than the Met Office?

Write a report, based on your findings.

Finally, can you look into the weather for this summer? What is it going to be like? Will it be different in Yorkshire to Wales? Scotland? Cornwall?

I look forward to your findings.

Fingers crossed you have some good news.

As usual, I look forward to hearing from you. Your emails have been superb. I have been sent quite a few jokes, so... here are some: 

What does a snail call its home?
Michelle. 
(Fred)

Lightbulbs on offer.
It's a flash sale.
(Toby)

For sale - a saw.
Get it sharpish!
(Ethan)

For sale - Muhammed Ali DVD, George Foreman grill
Both boxed

I started a business building model yachts in my loft, during lockdown.
Sales are through the roof!

Racing geese for sale.
Let me know if you want to take a gander.

All three from Madison - nice work!

Here are some more pieces of work from last week - well done everyone.


Camron


Toby




Ethan


Fred



Isla


James


Madison

Tom

Again - well done everyone and thanks for getting involved. 
I'm really looking forward to teaching you all in September!

Take care,
Mr C

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Monday 6th July with Libby F

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Morning, Mr. K here. Libby F won the blog takeover, and so all the work on today's blog is from her. Because Libby has sent me lots and lots of fun activities, I haven't done the daily questions this week. Enjoy!

English

I had a think about a topic that would interest everyone and came up with chocolate! In English, I would like you to do the comprehension activities below and then the word search for fun.

Chocolate for all occasions

  1. Chocolate is a very popular gift around the world for many different occasions. Why is chocolate so popular and where does it come from originally?
  2. Chocolate, which is made from cocoa beans, was a spicy drink before becoming a food. The first people to drink it were the people of Central America and Mexico thousands of years ago. The Aztecs used the drink as part of   their religious ceremonies and people say the Aztec Emperor Montezuma drank fifty cups of chocolate each day! They also used cocoa beans as a form of currency. For example, you could buy a rabbit for ten cocoa beans and a slave for 100.
  3. Spanish explorers brought cocoa beans to Europe in the 16th century, but only rich people could drink chocolate because it was expensive to import the cocoa beans and sugar. People didn’t start to eat chocolate until about 150 years ago.
  4. Nowadays chocolate isn’t only for rich people, but for everyone. Europeans are the biggest consumers of chocolate and they mostly eat chocolate between 8.00 pm and midnight. Too much chocolate is unhealthy because it contains a lot of sugar and fat, but some scientists say eating small amounts of chocolate can be good for you. Studies suggest that eating a little dark chocolate once or twice a week can help prevent heart disease and lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate because it contains more cocoa.
  5. You can eat or drink chocolate but you could also use it to run your car! In 2007 a team of British people drove a special truck 4,500 miles from the UK across the Sahara Desert to Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa and their truck ran on fuel made from waste chocolate!
  6. The best news for a chocoholic is that every year a chocolate company in the United States has a competition and the prize is a chocolate hotel room! Yes, almost everything in the room is made of chocolate: the walls are covered in chocolate, the pictures on the wall are made of multicoloured chocolate pieces and even the furniture is partly covered in chocolate. The lucky winner can eat as much chocolate as they like!
  7. Chocolate contains a chemical which your body produces naturally when you fall in love, so it’s not surprising that chocolate is a popular romantic gift in many parts of the world.

Comprehension Questions

Which paragraph in the text (1-7) talks about each of the following:

  1. Why was chocolate expensive in Europe? paragraph____________
  2. The connection between love and chocolate. paragraph __________
  3. The origins of chocolate. paragraph ___________
  4. A very different chocolate prize. paragraph___________
  5. Chocolate as a present for different occasions.  paragraph________



Read the article again and decide if the statements are true (T) or false (F). Correct those that are false.

  1. People ate chocolate before it became a drink. T/F
  2. Everyone started to drink chocolate in Europe in the 16th century.        T/ F
  3. People eat chocolate more in the evening.     T/ F
  4. Eating a little milk chocolate can be good for you. T/ F
  5. Some British people used fuel made from chocolate for their vehicle. T/ F

Match the meanings below to the following words from the text. 

ceremonies

chocoholics

consumers

currency

explorers

fuel

multicoloured

spicy

expensive

romantic

  1. With a strong hot taste (adjective)______________________________.
  2. Formal public events with special traditions, actions, or words (noun) ______________________.
  3. Money people use in a country (noun)_________________________.
  4. People who travel to places that other people do not know much about to learn more about the places   (noun) ____________________________.
  5. People who buy and use goods and services (noun)__________________________.
  6. Something like oil or wood that produces power when you burn it (noun)_________________.
  7. People who love chocolate, and eat a lot of it (noun) _______________________.
  8. With several different colours (adjective) _____________________________________.
  9. High-priced costly (adjective)______________________________________________.
  10. Displaying or expressing love or strong affection______________________________.



Maths

For maths, there are 3 worksheets so I do not mind if you do not get them all done, but try your hardest.  The problems might be tricky, but use your common sense.

Mr. K here... I have saved one of the 3 worksheets for Wednesday, so there are two activities for you to do. Hope that is okay, Libby!

Topic

 

It is important to think about where chocolate comes from. Often the people who farm cocoa beans are not very well looked after. Please watch the following video to learn more:

 

https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/under-appreciated/

If you buy chocolate with this symbol, you know the farmers are living a comfortable life and are properly paid for the hard work they do.

This quiz will test your knowledge of chocolate! I only got 10/14. Try and beat my score.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get%20involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight/How-Much-Do-You-Really-Know-About-Chocolate-Quiz

Mr. K here... you should all get the answer to question 9 correct. You know this! I also got 10/14 in the quiz!

Mr. K here again... A huge thank you to Libby F for creating this blog. She has put a lot of work into it, and I know she would love to see your work on the blog, so please send me in any work you do! Include your quiz score and I will do a shout out like I do with speed tables.

Libby - you are a superstar and you will ALWAYS be part of our class. 

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Friday Shout Outs

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Afternoon, Class 5. Did you know that today was meant to be our Summer Fayre? Judging by the weather, it would've been a wet one (although every one is wet for me when I am in the stocks and having sponges thrown at me!). Anyway, you can always imagine throwing a wet sponge at me if you want. I'm sure most of you do anyway!

I have some updates for you.

A big thank you to everyone who sent me in their quiz answers. It was a tough quiz, but all of you did really well. 

TWO people got 20/20. Libby F and Edward. I have just done a raffle for those two and the winner is...

Libby F - well done! You are doing the blog takeover on Monday.

However, because Edward was the only other 20/20, I am giving him the opportunity to choose two activities to do at some point next week, so get in touch, Edward, if you want to do this!

Speed Tables Shout Outs

James did it in 2 minutes and 58 seconds. Well done!

Isla finished it in 4 minutes and 3 seconds. Awesome!

Esme did it in 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Nice work!

Seb completed it in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Fabulous!

Max did it in 4 minutes and 28 seconds. Fantastic!

Mrs Greenwell did it in 3 minutes 54 seconds. Well done!

I managed it in 2 minutes and 12 seconds. 

Madison completed it in 4 minutes and 29 seconds. Great job!

Mason did it in 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Nice work!

Here is Fred's Dave Maze and his sloth picture. These are great!

Madison has spelt her name in these photographs. I wonder if I should've ordered them as Nosidam or Madison?

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Speed Tables

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Don't forget to send me in your speed tables times today!

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Friday 3rd July

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Morning Class 5. It's Friday again! I am finally getting my haircut on Saturday, so I am looking forward to getting the mop chopped! No more pony tail - wahoo!

Here are the answers to yesterday's daily questions:

1.) Where is the conjunction?     Despite being warm, the clouds were full of rain.
2.) How many apostrophes are needed?  We're nearly ready for the pantomime.   1
3.) Where is the possessive pronoun?   We should tell them it is theirs.
4.)  Where is the reflexive pronoun?      They have tried it themselves.
5.) Add commas to indicate parenthesis.      The classroom, which was too warm, was full of tables.   Woops! I already put the commas in, so that is a free mark for you!
6.) What word type have I underlined?        The race was nearly complete.     Race is a noun in this sentence
7.) Add 2 commas.          "Well," said Mr. Smith, "I am very impressed with you."
8.) Which word type replaces a noun? Pronoun
1.) 675 X 23  15,525
2.) 50,000 X 70    3,500,000
3.) 4.5 divided by 100 0.045
4.) 100.32 divided by 100    1.0032
5.) 6/50 as a percentage.  12%
6.) Round 6.0599 to the nearest whole number.   6
7.) I have 569 pencils. A pencil pot holds 9 pencils. How many pots would I need to hold ALL the pencils?     64  (because the answer is 63 r 2, and we can't leave the 2 pencils out of a pot).
8.) 5/8 + 3/4       3/4 = 6/8             5/8 + 6/8 = 11/8 or 1 and 3/8
9.) What are the next two numbers in the sequence?     5.067, 5.068, 5.069 .....    5.070    5.071
10.) 50% of 9   4.5%
Reading
I have loaded up chapter 5 of The Great Marvello on PurpleMash. Check your 2Do list for the chapter and the quiz. 
Grammar
Today, we are going to look at two ways to show possession. You can use apostrophes to show possession on a noun (called a possessive noun) as well as possessive pronouns. 
Have a look at this example text. I have highlighted the possessive nouns in red and the possessive pronouns in blue. 
Should we be concerned about the planet's future? As the world's population increases and the Earth's natural resources decrease, what will happen? Should we listen to environmentalists' concerns about climate change and people's destruction of habitats? The choice is ours
You can change noun phrases into possessive nouns. For example:
The anger of the public can be 'the public's anger'. 
The reports carried out by journalists can be 'the journalists' reports'.
Now try page 39 of your Schofield and Sims grammar book.
Maths
Speed tables today. Try to beat your best time. I want to get under 2 minutes today (I doubt I will). 
Friday afternoon challenge
Today, can you try and make every letter of the alphabet using photos of yourselves? Here is an example for you.
If you prefer, you can just spell out your name. This activity was inspired by Edward who spelled my name out the other week, but with objects.

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Thursday Updates

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Hi guys! Thank you for your quiz answers so far. I have only had ONE person so far that has got 20/20, but you have until 10am to send me your answers. 

Eavan has sent in a picture of her sloth. It looks fab!

Ethan has created an amazingly detailed maze with some creatures. Keep your mazes for next week!

Madison has sent in her brilliant drawings of sloths and aliens, as well as her maze.

Yesterday, Owen went on a walk and managed a HUGE amount of steps. I've only EVER in my ENTIRE life walked more than that once, when I did the Holme Valley Circular last year. Here is a screenshot of his steps and him having a lunch. 

Here is Toby's scary maze! I am looking forward to the story!

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Thursday 2nd July

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Good Morning! I hope you have seen the great news that I will be able to invite you all back to school for one last time before the Summer! I am so excited to see you all! Make sure your adult books you a slot.

Here are the answers to yesterday's daily questions:

1.) Where is the conjunction?    You can come, but you have to listen carefully.
2.) How many apostrophes are needed?    It's time to tidy up the teacher's classroom.  2
3.) Where is the possessive pronoun?   He has his work, but he needs yours too.
4.) Where is the reflexive pronoun?  We are trying to do the best for ourselves.
5.) Add a dash to show the parenthesis.        The chocolate was melted do you think this is acceptable?
6.) Which type of pronoun does the 'his' represent?     The car was definitely his.  Possessive pronoun
7.) Add a comma.            The man came running out screeching, "Stop! Stop!"
8.) Which word type introduces a noun or noun phrase?   A determiner
1.) 77 X 346   26,642
2.) 60,000 X 40    2,400,000
3.) 0.005 X 1000    5
4.) 10.01 divided by 10    1.001
5.) 7/25 as a percentage.    28%
6.) Round 65.74 to the nearest whole number.    66
7.) I need 7 matches to complete my match stick man. How many complete match stick men can I make with 276 matches?    39
8.) 3/10 + 4/100 + 2/1000     Change them all to thousandths        3/10 = 300/1000        4/100 = 40/1000               300/1000 + 40/1000 + 2/1000 = 342/1000
9.) What are the next two numbers in the sequence?   3.007, 3.008, 3.009     3.010          3.011
10.) 50% of 7    3.5
Reading
There is chapter 4 of The Great Marvello on PurpleMash along with the quiz. 
English
Yesterday, you should have created your maze. I have seen lots of good examples of these. Today, you need to think about what type of creatures and obstacles lurk in your maze. Is the story you write going to be a scary one? An adventure story? Will it contain magic? 
These are all things you need to be asking yourself when you add the objects/creatures into your maze. If you don't have a lot of space to draw creatures in your maze, you can draw a line to where it is in the maze and then label it with a drawing around the outside. 
You should add at least 5 obstacles that you will be using in your story when we come to write it. 
Here are your 8 questions:
1.) Where is the conjunction?     Despite being warm, the clouds were full of rain.
2.) How many apostrophes are needed?  Were nearly ready for the pantomime.
3.) Where is the possessive pronoun?   We should tell them it is theirs.
4.)  Where is the reflexive pronoun?      They have tried it themselves.
5.) Add commas to indicate parenthesis.      The classroom, which was too warm, was full of tables.
6.) What word type have I underlined?        The race was nearly complete.
7.) Add 2 commas.          "Well" said Mr. Smith "I am very impressed with you."
8.) Which word type replaces a noun? 
Maths
Since you did some place value work with Mr. C, I thought you could look at place value of decimals. 
Have a look at the videos on this page, then try the quiz and the worksheet. 
Here are your 10 questions:
1.) 675 X 23
2.) 50,000 X 70
3.) 4.5 divided by 100
4.) 100.32 divided by 100
5.) 6/50 as a percentage.
6.) Round 6.0599 to the nearest whole number.
7.) I have 569 pencils. A pencil pot holds 9 pencils. How many pots would I need to hold ALL the pencils? 
8.) 5/8 + 3/4 
9.) What are the next two numbers in the sequence?     5.067, 5.068, 5.069 .....
10.) 50% of 9
Topic Quiz and Competition Time
For the blog takeover competition this week, I have a quiz on all the topics we have done this year. Send your answers in by 10am tomorrow, and I will add anyone who gets full marks into a raffle. The person that gets pulled out of the raffle will get to take over the blog on Monday.
Round 1 - Earth and Space
1.) What is the 4th planet from the Sun?
2.) What is the name of the phase of the Moon which reflects no light towards Earth.
3.) The Earth has seasons because it is tilted on its .......
4.) Name a gas giant planet in our solar system.
5.) Name one of the terrestrial planets in our solar system.
Round 2 - Greece
1.) What is the capital of modern Greece?
2.) Which currency do they use in Greece today?
3.) Athens fought the Peloponnesian war against which city-state?
4.) What was the name of the king of the gods in Greek mythology?
5.) Which Greek island did Odysseus come from?
Round 3 - May the force be with you (FORCES, not Star Wars!)
1.) Name the force that keeps everyone on Earth.
2.) Which force acts against an object falling from the sky?
3.) Which force acts against an object in water?
4.) Which force slows the toy car down when you drop it down the ramp?
Round 4 - Rainforest and South America
1.) What is the name of the Ancient Mayan ball game that we played in school?
2.) Name 3 countries in South America.
3.) What is the capital of Uruguay?
4.) What is the name of the desert that is situated in Northern Chile?
5.) What is the name of the grasslands in Southern Brazil, Uruguay and Northern Argentina?
6.) What is the name of the layer of rainforest where the trees create a 'roof' or 'covering'?
Send your 20 answers to me and if you get 20/20, I will enter you into a raffle to win the blog takeover on Monday.
Good luck!
PE
If you saw the newsletter yesterday, you will see that we have a (kind of) sports day coming soon. Today, try out a couple of activities that you think might be included in a sports day at Netherthong. 

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Wednesday Updates

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Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I can't believe we're nearly at the end of the school year! Here are some updates for you.

Alfie has been creating huge bubbles and growing crystals. They look so cool!

Isla made her fruit kebab on Monday. She also shared her gratitude scavenger hunt and some pop up art she made. Finally, she tried out the sloth this afternoon. It all looks great!

Toby has made his fruit kebab. I hope you enjoyed it, Toby!

Tom has taken some photographs of some geese near him. You are becoming quite the photographer!

James has done his Drawing With Rob alien and sloth.

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Wednesday 1st July

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Morning guys! I hope you enjoyed Mr. C's work yesterday. I spent far too much of my own time trying to think up 'For Sale' jokes! Also... HOW is it July? I am so confused with the way time is going. Some days it feels like it is going fast, other days it feels like it is going slowly.

Here are the answers to Monday's daily questions:

1.) Where is the conjunction?       I need to go to the park and look for my rucksack. 
2.) How many apostrophes are needed?         I couldn't find Ryan's rucksack.      2
3.) Where is the possessive pronoun?    I am not sure if that is mine.
4.) Where is the reflexive pronoun?  He needs to try it for himself.
5.) Add brackets to show the parenthesis.             The cat (belonging to Fran) was meowing.
6.) Which two word types does 'her' represent in this sentence?              Gabby needed to bring her phone with her to school.    Determiner              Pronoun
7.) Add the comma.            The play was so good, wasn't it?
8.) What three pieces of punctuation can be used to indicate parenthesis?  Brackets, dashes and commas.
1.) 6032 X 44    265,408
2.) 8000 X 20     160,000
3.) 0.7983 X 1000    798.3
4.) 9.332 divided by 100   0.09332
5.) 3/4 as a percentage.   75%
6.) Write a fraction that is the same as 100%   Any full fraction where the numerator and the denominator are the same. Example:   2/2          6/6     110/110
7.) If a table sits 4 pupils and I have 31 in my class, how many tables do I need to seat all the pupils?        8  (one would have 3 children on it).
8.) 1/1000 + 2/100     2/100 is the same as 20/1000              So 1/1000 + 20/1000 = 21/1000
9.) What are the next two numbers in this sequence?   8.305, 8.307, 8.309,  8.310, 8.311
10.) 50 % of 5   Finding 50% is the same as finding half, so its half of 5 which is 2.5
Reading
I have set you chapter 3 of The Great Marvello and the quiz from this chapter. Please complete.
English
For the next few English lessons, you are going to be describing a journey through a maze. First though, we need to plan out our journey. We need to know what our maze will look like and what creatures lurk in it. 
Today, I want you to design your maze. The key to this is to make sure it is a maze with a way out! It has to work! It can be a fairly simple maze, or you can make it really difficult! Don't worry about adding any of the creatures or obstacles just yet. Today, just get the maze drawn and then keep it safe for later!
Here are some examples of mazes to help you:
If you want to try and solve these, you can, but I only loaded them onto the blog to show you examples of mazes!
Here are your daily grammar questions:
1.) Where is the conjunction?    You can come, but you have to listen carefully.
2.) How many apostrophes are needed?    Its time to tidy up the teachers classroom.
3.) Where is the possessive pronoun?   He has his work, but he needs yours too.
4.) Where is the reflexive pronoun?  We are trying to do the best for ourselves.
5.) Add a dash to show the parenthesis.        The chocolate was melted do you think this is acceptable?
6.) Which type of pronoun does the 'his' represent?     The car was definitely his.
7.) Add a comma.            The man came running out screeching "Stop! Stop!"
8.) Which word type introduces a noun or noun phrase?
Maths
In maths today, we are going to look at lower common multiples and highest common factors.
We have done factors and multiples many times before, but we haven't used the phrases above.
The lowest common multiple of 2 numbers is the smallest number that is in both times tables.
So for example the lowest common multiple of 4 and 5 is 20. 20 is the smallest number that is in both those times tables. You'll find that sometimes you can just multiply the two numbers together to get your answer.
However... that doesn't always work. The lowest common multiple of 2 and 10 isn't 20. It is 10. 10 is in both the 10 and 2 times tables. So be careful!
The highest common factor is the highest number that goes into two different numbers. So the highest common factor of 32 and 24 is 8. 8 is the largest number that goes into both of those numbers (even though 4 goes into them, 8 is higher).
Have a go at this: 
Make sure you play both games. 
Here are your 10 questions:
1.) 77 X 346
2.) 60,000 X 40
3.) 0.005 X 1000
4.) 10.01 divided by 10
5.) 7/25 as a percentage.
6.) Round 65.74 to the nearest whole number.
7.) I need 7 matches to complete my match stick man. How many complete match stick men can I make with 276 matches?
8.) 3/10 + 4/100 + 2/1000
9.) What are the next two numbers in the sequence?   3.007, 3.008, 3.009
10.) 50% of 7
Art
The key worker children have been trying out this fantastic YouTube account Drawing With Rob. He has some amazing tutorials on how to draw some really cool things and everyone who has done it has loved it and not found it too challenging at all. Here are two tutorials for you to have a go at. Please send me in your results! 
PE
Get back outside today! The forecast looks better and it'll be good to get some fresh air. I have started an app I used to use last year with Joe Wicks style exercises. 

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Tuesday 30th June - Mr C

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are all ok and aren't getting too wet.

What did Yoda say, when he saw himself in 4K?
HDMI.

I'm happy with that one.

Thanks once again to all of you for the work that came in last week. Take a look: 

 James

Isla


Madison


Mason

A variety of musical tastes there... 


Libby did a walk, then a run - 

Fred tried to increase AND decrease his number of steps; well done!

Madison, as usual, put loads of work in, despite the heat - 

And Mason made sure I know who the rock god is, in Y5 - 

Toby's dad contributed a 'joke' to try and compete - here it is: 
What do you get when you cross a pig and a dinosaur?
Jurassic pork.
Well done, Mr Stead. It must have been our teachers at King James's that turned us into these joke machines.

So... first task - I've asked year 6 to try and come up with a joke based on the following format:
For Sale: ...

Here are two examples - For Sale: Packet of Polos, unopened. Mint condition
For Sale: Midwife. Can deliver.

Mr Kershaw has got in on the act and contributed this: 
For Sale: Discarded Litter. Pick up required.

Speak with your parents, grandparents, anyone you know who has a funny bone. I look forward to the responses.

Next task - I would like you to send me a photo of one of your pets (if you have one) AND a drawing of that photo. If you don't have a pet, go online and google your favourite animal and cut and paste a photo of that.

Once you have drawn the photo, I would like a short diary from this animal/pet, giving their thoughts and feelings about what has been going on during the lockdown. Perhaps they are loving the extra attention, maybe they just wish you would leave them alone? Try to capture their personality and their voice. Maybe they have an accent? Do they speak in slang? I always think that cats are quite posh and dismissive, whereas dogs are just, well... dogs? Perhaps I'm wrong... maybe you have an intellectual dog, who likes to read, when you've all gone to bed, or he/she plays chess against a friend on ZOOM?

I can't wait to see what you do with this. Be creative.

Finally - some maths; Place Value.
Have a go at these and I will post the answers before the end of the week.

Right, I'm off. 
I hope you are all happy and well.

Take care - Mr C

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Monday Updates

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Hi guys! A few things to say to you before I hand you over to Mr. C for tomorrow. 

First of all, a big thank you to Owen for providing the blog activities for today. I know it was popular with the key worker children in school and I'm sure the rest of the class loved it as well!

Second, I have some results from the English quiz:

A big thank you to Libby F, Alex and Tom for sending your answers in, you all scored very highly, as you know!

Max and Esme worked together and got 10 out of 10! Well done!

If you want your English quiz marked, please send me over your answers. I will not be posting the answers on the blog, as I want to mark them myself.

Here is a picture of Alex's fruit kebab, which looks yummy with the chocolate on it!

Here is Fred's fruit kebab which looks just as yummy, but I would say healthier!

Alfie has made fruit kebabs with extra sprinkles! Yum!

So... Owen worked hard to come up with the blog, so what did he do today? He did the rounding and the scavenger hunt, here are some of the results of his scavenger hunt.

Eavan has been busy this week making buns and elderflower coridal! Very nice!

If you still have work to send from today, you can send them to me at any point over the next couple of days and I will load them on Wednesday afternoon's blog.

Have a great day with Mr. C tomorrow!

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Monday 29th June with Mr. Simpson

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Good morning, Class 5. Mr. K here. Owen has sent me over his great blog work and instructions. I hope you enjoy the work set today. I have really liked seeing some of you come up with your own ideas for the blog - I think it is great to have different ideas each Monday! Keep your eye out for more blog takeover competitions! Don't forget, all this work has been prepared by Owen, except the daily questions, which I have added in. Enjoy!

English
I have wrote out some blurbs or starts of some of the books we have read in class, or some books you might have read when you were little. See how many you can guess. Eliza only got 6 out of 10. Send your answers to Mr. K for marking.
Daily grammar questions:
1.) Where is the conjunction?       I need to go to the park and look for my rucksack. 
2.) How many apostrophes are needed?         I couldnt find Ryans rucksack.
3.) Where is the possessive pronoun?    I am not sure if that is mine.
4.) Where is the reflexive pronoun?  He needs to try it for himself.
5.) Add brackets to show the parenthesis.             The cat belonging to Fran was meowing.
6.) Which two word types does 'her' represent in this sentence?              Gabby needed to bring her phone with her to school. 
7.) Add the comma.            The play was so good wasn't it?
8.) What three pieces of punctuation can be used to indicate parenthesis?
Maths
Have a go at this maths game. It is good fun and you can make it as easy or a hard as you like.
Mr. K here. Do at least three of the different game modes on the rounding, please!
Daily maths questions:
1.) 6032 X 44
2.) 8000 X 20
3.) 0.7983 X 1000
4.) 9.332 divided by 100
5.) 3/4 as a percentage.
6.) Write a fraction that is the same as 100%
7.) If a table sits 4 pupils and I have 31 in my class, how many tables do I need to seat all the pupils?
8.) 1/1000 + 2/100 
9.) What are the next two numbers in this sequence?   8.305, 8.307, 8.309, 
10.) 50 % of 5
Food Tech
Try and make the best fruit kebab you can, mine has chocolate on, so it not very healthy, but very yummy. Make sure an adult helps you with the cutting.
Mr. K here: Send in photos of the fruit kebabs, please!
PE
Have a go at any of the following:
Hooping - How long can you keep the hoop up for? (I managed 5 mins 23 sec)
Trampoline - How many jumps can you do?
Skipping - How many skips can you do without stopping?
Racket and ball - How many times can you tap the ball up, without dropping it?
Extra
Try the gratitude scavenger hunt. I have done this and really enjoyed it. 
I hope you have a good Monday and enjoy the work. It is hard being a teacher and thinking of things to teach, but I hope I have made it fun for you. 
I miss seeing you all and being in our classroom. I hope you are all safe and well and enjoying lockdown. I hope I can see you soon.
From Mr Simpson 
Mr. K here. A big thank you to Owen for preparing this blog! Lots of great stuff for you to be getting on with today, Class 5. Enjoy your day and don't forget to send me over your work, so I can share it on the blog!

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Friday Shout Outs

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Good afternoon, Class 5. It is much fresher today, but no thunderstorms here just yet! 

Speed Tables Shout Outs!

James did it in 3 minutes and 5 seconds. Awesome!

Max completed it in 4 minutes and 17 seconds. Amazing!

Madison finished it in 4 minutes and 36 seconds. 

Alex completed it in an AMAZING 1 minute and 56 seconds! Wow! Way quicker than me at 2 minutes and 15 seconds!

Tom got 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Well done!

Mrs. Greenwell did it in 4 minutes and 29 seconds. Well done!

Now for the competition results. I have to say, I have been overwhelmed with all the amazing photos you have sent in. They are absolutely fantastic! I have found it super hard to pick this week, as they all have their unique charm. In the end, I chose this person because they have perfectly represented nature in the lovely valley we live in. 

The winner is.... Owen! 

He has titled his photographs 'yesterday' when he went up to Holme Moss with his mum and brother to watch the sunrise and spend some time up there. When they were up there, there was a man playing music and they had a dance! Plus they took some lovely photos of the nature up at Holme Moss.

A big well done, Owen!

Everybody who sent photographs in has impressed me so much! Here are Edward's which he has called '5 Signs of Summer'. 

Isla chose to look at 'pollination' as part of her photography series. 

James took some beautiful photographs up near his house. 

Libby F is getting the to showcase her beautiful new home in Scotland, with these beach photographs.

Madison has sent in some amazing photos on the theme of nature.

Nell has sent in some lovely ones too, including a very cute one of the cat!

Toby has done his in a really unique way, where he has printed out his first 4 photos and then spelt out nature in his last one and placed the photographs around it. Really creative, Toby!

Tom has got some brilliant photos here, my favourite is the one of the cows!

Have a lovely weekend! Thanks again for all the great work you are doing. I miss you all!

Mr. K

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Friday 26th June

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Morning Class 5. I hope you enjoyed the lovely weather. It is meant to cool down later today, but be careful as there is a weather warning for thunder storms. Don't forget to email me your photography project for a chance to win the blog takeover!

Here are the answers to yesterday's daily questions:

1.) Use some words in the sentence to make a contraction:              I will not give up.    will not = won't

2.) Add a comma:              You are okay, aren't you?

3.) Where is the adverb?   I will probably find this work difficult.

4.) What is wrong with this sentence?   Are you okay!    It should have a question mark, not an exclamation mark.

5.) Where is a common noun?       The budgie was perched on Henry's shoulder.    Either one gets you the mark.

6.) Punctuate this:             If you don't understand, let me know.

7.) Where is the preposition?  Julian was already beyond the crest of the hill.

8.) Write a noun from this word family:                 Hungry                 Hungrily             hunger

1.) 674 X 28   18.872

2.) 9478 divided by 12 (short division as usual!)         789 remainder 10

3.) 7/10 as a percentage    70%

4.) Which 3D shape has 4 rectangles and 2 squares in its net?    Cuboid

5.) 75/100 as a fraction in its lowest form.    3/4

6.) How many prime numbers larger than 75, but less than 100?     There are 4: 79, 83, 89 and 97

7.) 49,000 divided by 7,000   7

8.) 6.432 + 5/10    6.932

9.) 0.32 as a percentage.             32%

10.) 10 cubed multiplied by 10 squared             10 cubed = 1000          10 squared = 100         1000 X 100 = 100,000

Reading

I have chapter two of The Great Marvello for you and the multiple choice quiz. 

Grammar

Today we are going to recap some word types/classes. 

Have a look at these two sentences.

1.) I left before the end of the match.

2.) Indicate before you turn left.

In the first sentence 'left' is a verb, but in the second it is an adverb, as it is describing the verb 'turn'.

In the first sentence 'before' is a preposition, but in the second it is a conjunction.

Sometimes words can be different word types depending on how they are used in a sentence.

Another example is:

I see her everyday walking her dog.

The her in the first part of the sentence is a pronoun, but in the second part of the sentence it is a determiner. 

Try page 38 of your Schofield and Sims grammar book.

Maths

As it is still fairly hot this morning (and I have finished all the mental maths tests!), I just thought you could have a go at speed tables today. If you want to spend more time on maths, why not try it twice? See if you can beat your score? Remember to email me with your time for a shout out this afternoon.

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Friday afternoon challenge - Computing

This afternoon, I have a suggestion for you from Seb and Max. It is a bunch of tricks you can do on the search engine Google. I have listed some things below to type into Google, and see what happens. Let me know what you think, and if you know any others, send them in to me!

Type in:

1.) Do a barrel roll.

2.) Askew

3.) Google Gravity          (click the I'm Feeling Lucky' button after typing instead of pressing enter).

4.) Google Sky - This doesn't have a funny trick, but the Google Sky service lets you look at the night sky and the different stars etc. 

5.) Pacman       - You can play it right at the top of your search results!

6.) Atari Breakout      - Type this in, go to images and click on the first image. It should change it into a cool brick breaking game.

7.) Flip a coin         - It will randomly flip a coin for you.

8.) Google Sphere      - Then press I'm Feeling Lucky

There are loads of Google tricks, so let me know if you find out or know about any others!

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Thursday 25th June

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Morning everybody. I don't know about you, but this hot weather makes it difficult to work! I thought I'd give you slightly less to do today, as it is so hard to get work done when it is THIS hot. It is meant to cool down slightly over the weekend. Also guys, I know it is a tough time not being in school, but CAN YOU IMAGINE being in my classroom when the weather is THIS hot? 

Here are the answers to yesterday's daily questions:

Daily Grammar:

1.) Use some words in the sentence to make a contraction.       I would never do that!    I would = I'd

2.) Add a comma:      Once you have finished your food, you will need to wash your plate.

3.) Where is the adverb?        You certainly need to be careful.

4.) What is wrong with this sentence?          What a beautiful day?   It should have an exclamation mark, not a question mark. 

5.) Where is the proper noun?   Cats are Hannah's favourite animal.

6.) Punctuate this:      The car came speeding down the road; almost couldn't watch.               < Make it all one sentence.

7.) Where is the preposition? Behind the plant, there was a huge spider!

8.) Add a suffix to make this a noun:                  Assess               Assessment or Assessor

1.) 493 X 37         18,241

2.) 9568 divided by 6     1594 remainder 4

3.) 4/5 as a percentage    80%

4.) Which 3D shape has a square and 4 triangles in its net?   Square-based pyramid

5.) 77/88 as a fraction in its lowest form.     7/8

6.) What is the prime number BEFORE 40?   37

7.) 80,000 divided by 40    2,000

8.) 9.339 + 7/100     9.409

9.) 67% as a decimal.    0.67

10.) 12 squared add 11 squared    12 squared = 144           11 squared = 121               144 + 121 = 265

English

Write your playscript that you made notes on from yesterday. 

Remember to include:

  • Stage directions in brackets.
  • Scene name at the top.
  • Character name followed by a colon in the margin.
  • New line for each new character speaking.
  • Inverted commas are NOT used for speech.
  • An introduction to the scene at the top of it.

Daily grammar questions:

1.) Use some words in the sentence to make a contraction:              I will not give up.

2.) Add a comma:              You are okay aren't you?

3.) Where is the adverb?   I will probably find this work difficult.

4.) What is wrong with this sentence?   Are you okay!

5.) Where is a common noun?       The budgie was perched on Henry's shoulder.

6.) Punctuate this:             if you dont understand let me know

7.) Where is the preposition?  Julian was already beyond the crest of the hill.

8.) Write a noun from this word family:                 Hungry                 Hungrily 

Maths

Before lockdown, we began to look at changing imperial units of measurement into metric units of measurement. We looked at changing miles to kilometres. 

Today, all I want you to do is answer the following questions. Use the Internet to help you.

1.) 1 mile = ? kilometres

2.) 1 metre = ? yards

3.) 1 inch = ? cm

4.) 1 kilogram = ? pounds

5.) 1 metre = ? feet

Here are you daily 10 questions:

1.) 674 X 28

2.) 9478 divided by 12 (short division as usual!)

3.) 7/10 as a percentage

4.) Which 3D shape has 4 rectangles and 2 squares in its net?

5.) 75/100 as a fraction in its lowest form.

6.) How many prime numbers larger than 75, but less than 100?

7.) 49,000 divided by 7,000

8.) 6.432 + 5/10

9.) 0.32 as a percentage.

10.) 10 cubed multiplied by 10 squared

Competition Time

The competition this week is a photography competition. I 'borrowed' this idea from the Year 4 blog! Basically I would like you to send me in 5 photographs on the theme of 'nature' to me. 

The photographs that I think best represent 'nature' will win a blog takeover next week!

Your photos can be of animals or plants. If your 5 photos 'connect' in some way or have a clever slant, then you are more likely to impress me. 

You have until 10am on Friday to send me in the photographs.

PE

PE? Today? No way! Far too warm! If you have a paddling pool, I recommend using it!

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Wednesday Updates

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I feel like I'm writing this blog from Spain! It is so hot! But actually, I'm sat in a very warm staff room at school, feeling very sleepy. 

First of all, Fred did an amazing colour walk for Isla on Monday. Can you guess what colour he did?

Also, he has produced a brilliant Holbein pet portrait of Queen Betty I.   

These Holbein pet portraits are making me chuckle! Here's James'. Again, brilliant!

Libby F has done Ernie the VIII. He looks like a true king!

Madison has done it slightly differently and done a Queen Victoria the wasp. Very clever, Madison!

Tom has done his Holbein pet portrait on his cat. I knew he would. Awesome!

Here are some more updates. Owen has found a pupa of a butterfly, and is going to keep us updated. Tom has seen a frog... I wonder if it is one of Anna's tadpoles?

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Wednesday 24th June

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Morning Class 5. I hope you enjoyed your day with Mr. C yesterday and with Isla the day before. Here are the answers to Monday's daily questions. 

1.) Use some words in the sentence to make a contraction. Hint: Apostrophe!              I couldn't believe what was in front of me.

2.) Add a comma.       Since it is warm today, we are going for a walk.

3.) Where is the adverb?   I nearly tripped over my own laces.

4.) What is wrong with this sentence?            The puppy looked at me and i couldn't stay mad.      Capital I needed.

5.) Where is the proper noun?   My uncle lives in Wales.

6.) Punctuate this:          From behind the tree, the fox waited to pounce on the chicken.

7.) Where is the preposition?    I found my pen under the table.

8.) Add a suffix to this word to make it a noun.            manage           (Hint: there isn't just one answer.)     Manager or management

1.) 693 X 39    27,027

2.) 7945 divided by 7   1,135

3.) 2/5 as a percentage      40%

4.) Which 3D shape has a net of 6 squares?    Cube

5.) 50/70 as a fraction in its lowest form.   5/7

6.) What is the first prime number after 30?     31

7.) 66,000 divided by 110     600

8.) 4.597 minus 4/1000     4.593

9.) 75% as a decimal.      0.75

10.) 6 squared minus 2 cubed.     6 squared = 36            2 cubed = 8                   36 - 8 = 28

Reading

I have got a new book on PurpleMash for us to start. The Great Marvello chapter 1 is on your 2do list now.

English

Daily Grammar:

1.) Use some words in the sentence to make a contraction.       I would never do that!

2.) Add a comma:      Once you have finished your food you will need to wash your plate.

3.) Where is the adverb?        You certainly need to be careful.

4.) What is wrong with this sentence?          What a beautiful day?

5.) Where is the proper noun?   Cats are Hannah's favourite animal.

6.) Punctuate this:      the car came speeding down the road i almost couldnt watch                      < Make it all one sentence.

7.) Where is the preposition? Behind the plant, there was a huge spider!

8.) Add a suffix to make this a noun:                  Assess

We are going to look at playscripts this week. We did them last year using the BFG as inspiration. This week, we are going to create another playscript, but I am going to give you a bit more freedom on what to choose. 

First of all, you need to make sure you know what these are:

  • Stage directions in brackets.
  • Scene name at the top.
  • Character name followed by a colon in the margin.
  • New line for each new character speaking.
  • Inverted commas are NOT used for speech.
  • An introduction to the scene at the top of it.

I have got an example of a playscript here. If you can pick out the features above in it, you are ready to move to the next part. So first, pick the features out!

Act 1 Scene 5

Jimmy and Jeff are sat in the living room. Although they are nervous about their missing tortoise (Bill), they are feeling optimistic after receiving a phone call from a neighbour who has spotted a tortoise in his garden. They are discussing what to do about the situation.

Jimmy: (Clapping his hands together) I'm telling you, that's Bill!

Jeff: (Remaining calm) Let's not get our hopes up until we are sure. There are plenty of people in our village who own tortoises you know!

Jimmy: I know that, but Mr. Jolly said it had a strange marking on its shell - that's got to be Bill!

Jeff: It does sound like him (he rubs his chin thoughtfully). I tell you what, let's head over there now and take a look. 

Jimmy: (Jumping up eagerly) Yeah! Great idea!

 

     (The two boys run off stage)

So, after you have reminded yourself of the features of a playscript, you need to choose what topic you want to do your playscript on. 

I have a couple of videos for you to watch, that you could turn into a playscript.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0moCnj1Vqw         Since you all go on about Peppa Pig so much, here is an episode with them on a boat. The first scene lasts up to 0:40 on the video. This could be the scene you use, or you could watch more of it and choose a different scene. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFl8nzZuExE      Here is a scene from Shrek that has quite a bit of dialogue between two characters. It is a bit harder, but there are lots of opportunities to turn this into a playscript. Only watch up to 1:06.

Your task for today is to choose which video you are turning into a playscript. Then, make notes whilst watching the part you are turning into a play script. Note down what they say and any actions they do. This will help when your write your playscript tomorrow. You will need to watch it more than once and keep pausing it.

Maths

We did some time problems all the way back in March when we first went into lockdown. I remember some of you found it difficult, and I am keen to revisit it. BBC Bitesize has done a great lesson using football as a theme. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbdwg7h

Activity 1 and 2 should be done, but 3 and 4 are optional. This is a great resource and should help you with time. 

Here are your 10 maths questions:

1.) 493 X 37

2.) 9568 divided by 6

3.) 4/5 as a percentage

4.) Which 3D shape has a square and 4 triangles in its net?

5.) 77/88 as a fraction in its lowest form.

6.) What is the prime number BEFORE 40?

7.) 80,000 divided by 40

8.) 9.339 + 7/100

9.) 67% as a decimal.

10.) 12 squared add 11 squared

History/Art

Last week, we looked at Holbein as a painter of monarchs. A recent trend I have noticed with some pet owners is that they get a 'portrait' of their pet done in a Holbein style. I think it is hilarious! I thought we could try to recreate this with either one of the pictures below, or you could even paint/draw your own pet in this style!

This may take some practice, so don't be disheartened if it doesn't work at first. 

If you are really struggling with the painting, you could make it into a collage by finding Holbein portraits and cutting them out yourself and adding a picture of your pet onto it.

PE

Did you complete Mr. C's challenge yesterday? Try it out if you didn't! If not, you can try and beat my 20,000 steps I did on Saturday. 

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Tuesdays with Mr C

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Good morning everybody,

Again, a big thank you to all of you who have been in touch with me, helping me to develop relationships with you before we get together in September. I've had some lovely work - especially on the window topic.

Here are some: 


Edward 


Toby


Ethan


Isla

 Eavan

 James


Libby


Madison


Mason - Stars!


Luke - Luke window.docx

And well done to those of you from the key worker group: Bella, Esme, Seb, Alfie, Izzy and Max - I have had work handed into me from you also.

Why can't male ants swim?
They are buoy-ant!

So... tasks for you today...

First, make sure you are reading - here is Bella reading upside down:

Second, make sure you are getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. I'm sure Mr Kershaw is encouraging this also, but this is one of today's topics.

I'd like you to walk out of your front door and count the number of steps it takes you to get to the end of your street. 
Then walk back and check it is the same. If not, be scientific and check it again.
Once you have decided on the exact number, record it, then try to beat it somehow and see how much you can beat it by.
Now, I should probably say at this point, that you will need to be aware of other road users - pedestrians, cars, bicycles, etc - so it may be worth doing this with an adult.
The other benefit of the adult is that they can get a photo of you doing this in your other method.
Finally, as an extension (for those of you who want to), can you try to work out the fraction, or percentage difference that your other method gained you?
I look forward to hearing how you did and how you did it.
I have been walking into work every day for the last 15 weeks. I know from my watch, it is 2322 steps to work. Tomorrow morning, I will try to beat it.

Next topic: Music - who is your favourite musical act?
I would like you to decide on ONE favourite and write me a short report on WHY they are your favourite. How did you first hear of them? Which songs do you really like? Have you ever seen them live in concert?
As an extension to this, I would like you to design a new album cover for their next song, which YOU have to name - so it should be something that I would expect. Again, be creative. The writing is important and so is your design.

I have many, MANY favourites and next year you can expect to hear a lot of Blink 182, Bring Me The Horizon and Yonaka. The band I have seen most is Metallica - a whopping 19 times! I think I must have about that many t-shirts also (much to the delight of Mrs C).

Have an enjoyable day and I hope to hear from as many of you as possible.

Mr C.

PS - thanks to Edward for telling me he wants to follow the Dallas Cowboys next year. I could have predicted this, as I went with his dad to the Cowboys stadium (the AT and T) for his dad's birthday, a couple of years back. If anyone else has a favourite, let me know.

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Monday Updates

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Afternoon! Sorry if I have taken a while to get back to you today, the Internet has been down in school, and I think across most schools in Kirklees! I know the High School haven't had any either. Anyway, here are some examples of the work you have sent in for Isla. I have also got the answers to the maths and the riddle. A big thank you to Isla for sorting this blog out, it has been awesome! Keep your eyes peeled for this week's competition later in the week.

Maths answers:

Answer to the riddle: Tomorrow!

Alex has written his story and some facts on Argentina. Read his last fact; it is amazing! I think we need to discuss this in more detail, Alex!

Edward has sent in his fact file on Brazil. Great job, Edward! He also got all the maths correct.

Fred has sent in his flag of Paraguay, his yummy Spanish menu and his story. Give his story a read - I highly recommend it!

Libby F has sent in her beautifully described story and her facts on Argentina.

Owen has sent in his cool Argentina facts, which are fab! He also got all the maths correct.

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Monday 22nd June with Miss Aitken

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Morning, Class 5. Mr. K here briefly. Today, I am handing over control of the blog to Miss Aitken who you all know as Isla. She has worked hard over the weekend to make lots of great activities for you. I'm sure she would love to see all your work, so make sure you send them into me. I have added the daily questions for English and maths. Enjoy!

Here are your daily grammar questions:

1.) Use some words in the sentence to make a contraction. Hint: Apostrophe!              I could not believe what was in front of me.

2.) Add a comma.       Since it is warm today we are going for a walk.

3.) Where is the adverb?   I nearly tripped over my own laces.

4.) What is wrong with this sentence?            The puppy looked at me and i couldn't stay mad.

5.) Where is the proper noun?   My uncle lives in Wales.

6.) Punctuate this:          from behind the tree the fox waited to pounce on the chicken.

7.) Where is the preposition?    I found my pen under the table.

8.) Add a suffix to this word to make it a noun.            manage           (Hint: there isn't just one answer.)

Mr. K here... I really like this maths task. I have the answers that Isla sent me, so I will publish them this afternoon. Here are your 10 maths questions from me:

1.) 693 X 39

2.) 7945 divided by 7

3.) 2/5 as a percentage     

4.) Which 3D shape has a net of 6 squares?

5.) 50/70 as a fraction in its lowest form.

6.) What is the first prime number after 30?

7.) 66,000 divided by 110

8.) 4.597 minus 4/1000

9.) 75% as a decimal.

10.) 6 squared minus 2 cubed. 

A big thank you to Isla for the blog takeover. It has been lovely to see all your ideas, and I am sure the class will love doing these tasks. Make sure you send your work into me, including your guesses for the answer to the riddle. I have the answer, which I will share this afternoon, along with the answers to the maths.

Enjoy your day, and if you need me, you know my email! 

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