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Decimals, Debates and Daffodils

19/03/2021 at 16:16



In maths this week, we finished off our last few lessons on fractions, focusing particularly on solving problems. These problems covered a range of topics that we have been covering, including adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts. Many of the problems were very tricky and required multiple steps to complete, but the children persevered and tackled them well.

Towards the end of the week, we temporarily said goodbye to fractions and moved on to decimals. To start with, we introduced the concept of decimals and used our knowledge of fractions to understand that decimals also represent parts of a whole. Next week, we will be looking at developing this further.


In literacy, we have been creating balanced arguments about deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest as part of our extended writing. Before we could start, we had to do some research into what deforestation was, as well as some of the reasons that it occurs. From here, the children had to carefully consider the arguments on both sides of the debate and the evidence that supported them. The most difficult part of writing any balanced argument is presented both viewpoints fairly and without bias, but the children coped really well with the challenge. We are really looking forward to reading the finished arguments!


As part of our science work this week, we dissected some daffodils in order to understand and identify the different parts of a flower, as well as the role that they play in reproduction. The children were all so careful as they separated each piece and created some great looking work!

In addition to this, we checked in with our investigations into which vegetables can be used to grow new plants. We found that, though some of the vegetables showed no change at all, some of the vegetables had grown new roots or even started sprouting!

This week’s maths homework has been set using the diagnostic questions website (the link can be found in the pupil bookmarks section on their Chromebooks).

Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill

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Welcome Back!

12/03/2021 at 16:07


We have been thrilled to have the children back in the classrooms this week! Strangely, it has felt a lot like the start of a new school year. It has been wonderful to see the children getting to catch up and play with their friends and see them engage with their learning in real life!

We have been continuing with our fractions topic in maths this week, focussing on finding fractions of amounts and using fractions as operators. We have been really impressed with the mathematical thinking that we have seen! We will complete our fractions topic next week and then will be moving on to decimals and percentages.

In literacy this week, we have been learning all about debating and balanced arguments. In our first lesson, we discussed what a debate was and had a go at one ourselves. The children chose the topics to debate and thought about their own opinions about them. They were then able to put their well thought out opinions forward in our class debate. Later in the week, we looked at balanced arguments and how they differed from debates. We created a ‘story book’ courtroom based on Alice in Wonderland. The children had to use evidence to decide whether Alice was guilty of stealing the Queen’s jam tarts and created some fantastic balanced arguments to come to a conclusion about who the culprit was.

We have continued with our reproduction topic in science, this week looking at how plants can reproduce without seeds. We set up an investigation to test which vegetables we could use to grow new plants. The children planted one of their vegetables in soil, put one in water and left one out as a control. We will check on their growth weekly and keep our fingers crossed for some new plants soon!

We hope you have a very well deserved rest this weekend after a busy week!

Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett

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You did it!

05/03/2021 at 07:41


Good morning! We have finally made it to the end of home learning! We are so proud of the incredible effort that the children have put into their learning while at home, and very grateful for your help you support with this too. This week has been no different, with lots of wonderful writing, fantastic mathematical thinking and super musical talent too! Have a look at some musical masterpieces below, which show music can really be made from anything!

World Book Day

Officially, yesterday was World Book Day, but we are celebrating it today! We have lots of lovely activities planned, including reading scavenger hunts, wild adventures and creating characters!

Children are invited to come to their Google Meets in pyjamas, to link with the idea of reading stories at bedtime. Below is a timetable for the day, which includes the planned activities and Google Meets too.

9am – Google Meet (Year 5 Live Lessons)
In this session, we will have a World Book Day Assembly, complete a book scavenger hunt and ‘pack a suitcase’ for a wild adventure, which will come in useful later on!

10.30am – Share a Story Live Event: Books and the Real World
There will be no Google Meet for this, as it is a live event hosted by Jessie Cave and features other authors too, including Katherine Rundell, the author of The Explorer. This event should last for approximately 30 minutes and the link will be available on Google Classroom.

11am – Google Meet (Year 5 Live Lessons)
Imagine a wild adventure with Katherine Rundell
In this lesson, we will learn all about what it takes to write an adventure story and hopefully come up with ideas for our own!

1pm – Character competition
There will be no Google Meet for this session, but children will have the opportunity to take part in the character competition, which was explained in the World Book Day letter. Children can choose to do this in different ways. They could choose to write a character description of their favourite character, draw their favourite character, create a completely new character and tell us all about it…the possibilities are endless! Entries should be sent to class teachers so that a winner from each class can be chosen.

We have also uploaded various links to other World Book Day resources and activities that you might like to complete during this time.

2.45pm – Special Mention Assembly (Special Mention Assembly – Year 5 & 6)

All of the resources children need for today’s activities are available on the 5L or 5W Google Classrooms. There is a new World Book Day topic, where all the resources will be. If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Reminders ahead of Monday

We can’t wait to have the children back in their classrooms on Monday! We just have a few reminders to help things go as smoothly as possible!
Please can you ensure children bring the following items back to school:
– Fractions booklet
– Whiteboard and pen
– Library books
Children should also bring their Chromebooks as normal (charged) and will need to come in PE kit on Monday.

We would just like to thank you again for all the hard work, effort and time that you have put into home learning over the past weeks. We hope you have a very well deserved rest this weekend!

See you next week!
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett

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Home Learning Update: 3/3/21

03/03/2021 at 07:50


Good morning! We hope you have had a lovely week of home learning so far. Only three more days to go!

Google Meets

9am – Maths (Year 5 Live Lessons)
11am – Literacy (Year 5 Live Lessons)
1pm – Guided Reading (Year 5 Live Lessons)
1.30pm – Coding (Year 5 Live Lessons)

9am – Maths (Year 5 Live Lessons)
11am – Literacy (Year 5 Live Lessons)
1pm – Guided Reading (Year 5 Live Lessons)


Maths – Multiply mixed numbers by integers
Literacy – Modal verbs (SPaG)
Guided Reading – Roles on the wall
Coding – Codebreakers!

Maths – Calculate fractions of a quantity
Literacy – Parenthesis (SPaG)
Guided Reading – Character comparison
Topic – Countries of South America and human and physical geography features

As always, more information for each assignment can be found on Google Classroom and please get in touch if you have any questions.

Remember, we will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday. Friday’s blog will outline the activities we have planned for the day.

Have a great couple of days,
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett

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Home Learning Update: 1/3/21

01/03/2021 at 08:05


Good morning! We hope you are ready and raring to start our very last week of home learning. We have lots of interesting topics to cover this week and World Book Day to look forward to! Please see below for Google Meet schedules and assignments due over the next couple of days.

Google Meets (Monday & Tuesday):

9am – Maths (Year 5 Live Lessons)
10.10am – KS2 Assembly (Farfield Assembly)
11am – Literacy (Year 5 Live Lessons)
1pm – Guided Reading (Year 5 Live Lessons)


Maths – Multiplying unit fractions by an integer
Literacy – Planning a persuasive letter
Guided Reading – Reading more of The Explorer and finding key vocabulary
PE – Challenges

Maths – Multiply non-unit fractions by an integer
Literacy – Writing a persuasive letter
Guided Reading – Character profiles
Music – Music challenge

As usual, more information for each assignment can be found on Google Classroom. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We hope you have a great week and we will look forward to this time next week, when we can welcome the children back into their classrooms!

Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett

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Home Learning: 26.2.21

26/02/2021 at 08:14


Good morning everyone! Here is the information about today’s home learning timetable. We have been so impressed with how hard the children have been working, not just this week, but throughout lockdown.

Google Meets for Friday

9am – Maths (Year 5 Live Lessons)
11am – Literacy (Year 5 Live Lessons)
2:45pm – Special Mention (Special Mention Assembly)

Assignments for Friday
Maths – Subtract two mixed numbers
Literacy – Comma recap – What can we use commas for?
PSHE – Looking after our mental health

Keep up the good work and have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill

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