Blackman

Year 5

Mathew 5 vs 9 

‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of god’ 

Welcome to Class 5 Milligan!

Miss Mahon is our class teacher and Mrs Connor is our Teaching Assistant.

 

Class Updates

Friday 13th May 2022

We have had another wonderful week in Blackman Class filled with cricket, gymnastics, Spanish and Kick London alongside our usual English and Maths etc. No grandparents this week however the memories of a wonderful day from last Friday’s ‘Grandparent’s Day’ are still with us.

English

We have continued ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook this week and once again there were cries of “Noooooooo” when we closed our book at an integral part of the story. As a teacher, that’s when you know you have stumbled across a good book! We started the week with a written description of a jungle using our senses and skills that we believed make for an interesting piece of writing. As a class, we brainstormed the use of interesting punctuation, relative clauses and figurative language being used to stimulate our reader. I was very impressed by Blackman Class’ incredible efforts and the following lesson they got the chance to become the reader rather than the writer and edited their pieces to ensure their grammar, punctuation and language was top notch. Following this, we learned how to precise the main points of the story so far and summarise this into a paragraph. This was trickier than it seems as the whole point of this was to condense our language so our paragraph is still interesting to read but focusses on the key points of the plot so far. We will finish this week with comparing our three main characters: Nour, Chaya and Neel.

 

Maths

We have continued with shape this week and focussed on the properties of a rectangle, regular and irregular polygons and identifying the properties of 3d shapes. Today, we will be moving on to my favourite: Coordinates. Pupils always feel like pirates looking for treasure when it comes to this skill but as always we are eager to contextualise this skill into real life situations. Throughout the week, pupils have been exposed to a range of word problems and challenges where they can apply their learning into a different context. This also allows them to use skills from our previous unit ensuring that all important learning is kept alive.

 

Admin

I have been asked by the office to urge parents to check on their PGL payments for the Year 6 trip so please do so at your earliest convenience.

PE kits are needed to worn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 6th May 2022

Another week has flown by and what better way to end it than with ‘Grandparents Day’. Today, we welcome any grandparents or special person your child would like to come to school to enjoy a cream tea and special interview with the wonderful Penelope Wilton. What a treat! Of course we had more excitement than usual this week when we welcomed Mr Hepburn into school to do some debating with us on Wednesday. This was an opportunity that Year Five relished and I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Blackman Class were very persuasive in their arguments and wo betide anyone who gets in their way.

 

English

We are continuing with our class text ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ and we started the week with a comprehension based on chapter sixteen. We particularly focussed on using the language Nizrana Farook (the author) has used so far in the book and analysed the use of it and how it affected our understanding of the characters and the setting. We then created our own description of the jungle that our three main characters: Neel, Nour and Chaya, have just entered in the story. Our emphasis was on using our senses alongside relative clauses and rich adjectives that we had ‘mag-pied’ from the text.  Next week, we will be doing some précising, character comparing and planning of our big text.

 

Maths

This week, we have continued to work with shape. We started the week by finding missing angles on a straight line giving us a fantastic opportunity to put our addition and subtraction knowledge to the test alongside our reasoning knowledge. Following on from this we then worked to find missing angles around a point and finished with some puzzles that would test our understanding of this. Today, we are finishing the week with developing our understanding of parallel and perpendicular lines and the properties of rectangles. Next week, we will move on to regular and irregular polygons and coordinates.

 

Admin

PE kits need to be worn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

With the warmer weather, please make sure your child has a water bottle in school.

Homework is due on Tuesdays.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Emma

Friday 22nd April 2022

We have had a wonderful start to our summer term this week and even the sunshine has made an appearance. We have jumped into our new topics in Science and History head first and Blackman Class’ enthusiasm was contagious as they started learning about ‘The Changing Roles of Women’ in history and ‘Changing Materials and their Properties in Science.’ In R.E. we are revisiting Judaism and we learned about the role of Abraham in this religion and next week we will focus on the importance of the Shema. In Relationships and Health, our unit is titled ‘Being My Best’ and this week we learned about some incredible things our body possesses.

In English we have started our new unit based on the fantastic ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook. We spent our first lesson of this unit using key language in the first two chapters to gather our initial impressions of our main protagonist Chaya and of Sendib, the fictional country Chaya lives which is based on Sri Lanka (which is where Farook is from). I think it’s fair to say that Blackman Class are hooked and itching to read on next week.

 

In Maths we are expanding on our knowledge of decimals by adding and subtracting them in real life contexts. Of course we always kick off each lesson with revisiting our previous learning and it has been great to see children have embedded knowledge of our previous learning from last term. Next week we will continue to expand our knowledge of decimals before carrying out a brief assessment.

 

This term, we are lucky to have cricket on Tuesday mornings so children will need to be in their PE kits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Homework as always is due on Tuesdays

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Emma

Friday 1st April 2022

And just like that we are two thirds of the way through the year! I was astounded by Blackman’s Class’ Ascot worthy Easter bonnets and our class got a special treat of some Lindt chocolates to share for our efforts. We have had another wonderful term as a class and I know every single pupil will enjoy their very well deserved breaks before we move into the warmer months.

English

This week we planned and wrote our newspaper reports based on The Highwayman. Blackman Class got to grips with their journalistic skills and used formal language, third person, quotes and short paragraphs to organise their report. I was very impressed with their efforts and today we will be publishing our reports ready for our Blackman Class authors’ folder that is nestled in our book corner. We have had some really interested discussions about differentiating between fact and opinion in journalistic writing and how this can be tricky especially if you are trying to grab the reader’s attention. In English, we are always careful with the adjectives we use however in this unit we have found that their impact on the reader can also sway opinions! Next term we are reading ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook which is an adventure tale I know Blackman Class will enjoy.

Maths

This week, we have come to the end of the second half of our fractions unit which has particularly focussed on their link with decimals and percentages. We will be working on embedding our decimals knowledge in the context of money next term before moving on to shape. Year Five have worked tremendously hard this term and it was wonderful to see their reasoning and problem solving knowledge being demonstrated in their assessments.

 

Next term our topics will be:

Changing Roles of Women

Materials and their Properties

Judaism in R.E.

Being My Best in RHE.

 

Thank you so much for your endless support this term and I hope you have a wonderful break,

Miss Mahon

Friday 25th March 2022

We have had another busy week as St. Stephen’s of course! Yesterday we started to prepare for our DT day today which is focussing on ‘Structures’. Blackman Class are working in groups to create their own wooden bridge and on Monday we will test which one can hold the most weight. On Thursday afternoon and after an in depth safety chat, Blackman Class used saws to cut 10, 27cm pieces of wood alongside 8 12.5 slanted pieces of wood. I was incredibly impressed with their maturity and responsibility when carrying out this activity but I was not surprised at all that they would rise to the challenge. Today, we will be using glue guns to stick our structure together and adding card supports to help our bridges stay strong.

 

English

This week, we have moved through out Newspaper Unit and after practising writing conclusions and using past tense, formal language and third person to create the right tone pupils then planned what they would include in their final report. We discussed how the writer can be implying a bias in their reporting by using certain language and how to remain neutral such as offering balanced quotes and different perspectives. On Monday, we will write our draft newspaper report and apply the skills we have focussed on throughout this unit as well as embedding previous skills throughout the piece.

Next week, we will carry out end of term assessments ready to inform our teaching for the following term.

 

Maths

This week, we have continued to embed our understanding of fractions and decimals. We have ordered and compared values that include thousandths as well as understanding the abstract as concrete before refreshing our place value knowledge to round to either the whole number or to one decimal place. This was another great opportunity for Year 5 to prove their deeper understanding of something they were taught at the beginning of the year showing a firm understanding of this and previous topics. Next week we will focus on making the link between decimals, fractions and percentages and what to do when the fraction is not out of 10 or 100.

 

Admin

Easter Bonnets next week

Please remind children to complete Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

Friday 18th March 2022

Another busy week has flown by at St. Stephen’s and Spring has well and truly sprung!

English

This week, we have built up our understanding of what goes into a newspaper report. On Monday, we addressed which features we will need to include on our newspaper report about ‘The Highwayman’ and paid particular attention to what is in the introduction paragraph. On Tuesday, studied an example of a newspaper report and answer questions based on its content, language and features and by Wednesday we practised writing our own introduction paragraphs about various well known fables. Of course we are on a trip today so we will hit the pause button for now before resuming on Monday by looking at how we can create a formal tone.

Maths

This week we started with an assessment of our fractions knowledge so far. I was incredibly pleased with their results but not at all surprised as I saw how well year Five got to grips with trickier reasoning problems. On Tuesday, we then started to apply our fraction understanding to decimals. This of course will lead nicely into our understanding of percentages next week but it has been a great opportunity for children to identify if they are dealing with hundredths that can also turn in tenths. Of course we are one lesson down this week due to our wonderful trip but as always we will resume our hard work on Monday.

Admin

Parents Evening is next week please do sign up or contact me to make an alternative arrangement, if you cannot make your original appointment do also let me know and I will happily find an alternative time.

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Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

 

Friday 11th March 2022

What a joy the lighter mornings and evenings are but not as joyful as Blackman Class! It has been wonderful to get back to ‘normal’ after the excitement of Arts Week. We have jumped straight back into our regular schedule this week and Blackman Class are as eager as ever to learn, learn, and learn!

English

We have picked ‘The Highwayman’ back up today after our Arts’ Week hiatus and started the week with Noyes’ use of figurative language in the classical poem. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to revisit our poems unit from autumn term and explore Noyes’ use of similes and metaphors before spotting the more obvious examples of onomatopoeia and alliteration littered throughout the piece. We followed this with a comprehension focusing on the language and imagery being created before turning our hand to creating our own poem inspired by ‘The Highwayman’. Our poems were a little different with motorcycles, Westfield and Shepherd’s Bush infiltrating the pieces as well as some pupils changing their protagonist to a woman. This is a great example of how a pieces hundreds of years old can inspire new generations and I was incredibly impressed by Blackman Class’ efforts.

 

Maths

We are continuing with fractions this week! We started the week with understanding how to break the whole when we need to in subtracting two fractions. As we established a firm understanding of how to do this ‘breaking’ before Arts Week, Year Five soon found this a doddle and moved on to word problems which challenged and ‘tested’ their learning. After we had done this, we moved on to multiplying fractions by an integer and then converting the answer into a mixed number should this be required. We will finish the week with recapping finding fractions of an amount before moving on to decimals.

 

Admin

Please pay for our Classical Spectacular trip which is coming up. We use this payment as your confirmation. Packed lunches will be required on the day and we will get back for a little after 3:30.

Please remind children to pack their school shoes if they have a club in the morning.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 4th March 2022

We have had a wonderful Arts Week this week where we focussed on the wonderful artist Fahrelnissa Zeid. We have spent the week exploring her us of colour and line and I think it is fair to say that our pupils (across the school) have been inspired by her pieces. In Blackman Class, we created our own take on ‘Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life’ with children created their own abstract shapes before colouring them in to create a mind bending effect. We were then inspired by portraits and using black and white photography we created then altered our own school uniforms using a collage of colourful paper and again abstract shapes with defined lines overall creating a wonderful pattern. After we had done this, we made our own kaleidoscopes inspired by Zeid’s patterns and use of vibrant, dramatic colour and pattern. We finished the week with children creating their own free verse poetry and paint spray painting reflecting their emotions on that day. It was wonderful to explore this artist’s work in such detail and alongside ‘Book Day’ this week I think it is safe to say they enjoyed every last moment.

Friday 25th February 2022

The sunshine has welcomed us back this week and after the tumultuous weather of half term, I for one, am glad. We had a wonderful trip on Wednesday to The Natural History Museum and Year Five were a wonderful testament to St. Stephen’s as they wandered throughout the museum and took part in a ‘Mission to Mars’ workshop building on their knowledge of Space as part of our Science topic as well as their coding skills as they programmed Lego models to complete special missions.

English

This week, we started our new unit based on ‘Classical Poetry’. We are focusing on the infamous ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Blackman Class were transfixed by the dramatic events littered throughout the poem and of course its rather spooky ending. We have spent most of the week translating the verses into modern language as well as understanding a bit more about the time this poem is set. Next week is of course Arts Week and so we will hit pause on this unit and pick it up the following week.

 

Maths

This week, we have continued to work with fractions and particularly focussed on adding fractions with unlike denominators. This put our multiplication knowledge to the test as we had to find the lowest common denominators to do this. We of course had no Maths on Wednesday as we were on a trip but today we are adding mixed number fractions with unlike denominators – tricky but I know Year 5 can do it!

 

We started our Geography topic ‘Scandinavia’ this week and throughout the term we will focus on comparing this part of the world with the UK (specifically London) and will get to know about the physical and human geography Denmark, Sweden and Norway. We are continuing with Space in science and have moved on to ‘Rights, Responsibilities and Duties’ in Relationships and Health. In RE, we are focussing in Christian Pilgrimages for two weeks before moving on to our unit based on Easter.

 

Admin

Please respond via Parentmail about our trip to Classical Spectacular

Mrs Connor has had an accident and broken her arm so unfortunately will be out of the classroom for a few weeks. Please bear with us re. book changes and homework marking.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

Friday 11th February 2022

And so we have officially made it to the half way mark! It’s strange to think this time last week we were in Woodrow House just heading out to our final activities  – it seems like a lifetime ago! This week we had a wonderful start with an assembly with athlete Ezekial Ewulo, DT day split across Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and of course the usual gymnastics, Spanish and Kick London. It’s all go at St. Stephen’s but as always Blackman Class are constantly full of enthusiasm, kindness and hard work.

English

This week, we have carried on with reading The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen but this time our focus has been on creating instructions on ‘How To Prevent Boredom In An Apocalypse’. Blackman Class came up with an number of fun activities for our protagonist Ade to enjoy such as ‘How to Play the Floor is Lava’, ‘How to Turn Your Flat into A Jungle’, ‘How to Make a Race Car Out of Cardboard Boxes’. In our pieces, pupils had to write in present tense, use imperative verbs, chronological starters as well as adding extra advice within complex sentences. When we come back after half term we will be starting our Classical Poetry unit and focussing on ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.

 

Maths

This week, we have started our unit on Fractions. This is by far my favourite unit to teach partially as I can completely empathise with those children who find it slightly overwhelming. When I was a child, I despised this subject so I therefore have a determination grows to love this topic through a solid understanding. As our children have a solid understanding of fractions through White Rose Curriculum, half the battle is done by the time I get them in Year Five and we can really explore this topic thoroughly through reasoning and various word problems. We have focussed on finding equivalent fractions, converting improper to mixed number fraction and back again this week. When we come back after half term, we will focus adding and subtracting fractions.

 

Admin

Please make sure you have paid for our trip on the 23/02. Children will need a packed lunch on this day and should be back in time for a normal pick up.

Homework as always is on Google Classroom

Spanish spelling test: The Spring 1 Spanish spelling test will take place on the first week back to school after the break. Make sure that you practice the words before your next Spanish lesson. Remember; words will be called out in English and you need to write it down in Spanish remembering any accents!

 

Have a wonderful half term and as ever thank you for the tremendous support and kindness this term,

Miss Mahon

Friday 28th January 2022

Well we have come to the end of another week and next week we have our exciting residential and Spanish trip to look forward to! Please refer to all Parentmail letters from Mr Faith for last minute information.

English

We have focussed on reading skills this week and made great strides in our book ‘The Boy In The Tower’. Our first lesson focussed on retrieval skills and analysing the author’s use of language developing our understanding of the plot and the characters involved. As a teacher, you know you’re on to a good thing when you hear the groans of ‘Nooooo!’ when we stop reading at a certain point and this is routinely heard from our classroom during our English sessions this term. Following on from this, we refreshed our memory of how to ‘read around the sentence’ to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words and really put our minds through the paces to work out what ‘squamous’, ‘tenebrous’ and ‘prestidigitation’ means. By the end of the week, we had reached an incredibly exciting part for our protagonist Ade and developed our prediction skills to consider what will happen next. We shall just have to see….

Maths

This week, we have continued with our unit on perimeter and area and it has been great to see all our pupils becoming more familiar with finding missing values within this context. We moved on to finding the area of irregular shapes on Monday and even found the area of our feet on Tuesday realising that using squares/rectangles within our shapes is a quick way of finding the area with large surface areas. We were also able to apply our understanding of this topic to compare different areas using addition or subtraction to find the difference as well as ordering shapes based on their perimeter/area size. We will have a small assessment today and then after Woodrow House we will get started on our fractions unit.

Admin

Packed lunch is needed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Please ensure your child is with you when packing your bag so they know where to find everything

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 21st January 2022

Another week has whizzed by and thank goodness for the dose of vitamin D. We’re in the countdown for the end of January and of course our residential trip is that bit closer. A kit list was published for this trip so please start gathering your bits and pieces ready to pack. We also have a trip straight after half term so please refer to ParentMail payment details.

 

English

This week, we have turned our focus to persuasive writing after being inspired by ‘The Boy in the Tower ‘ by Polly Ho-Yen. On Monday, we analysed the features of a persuasive text and on Tuesday then examined an exemplar written by ‘Ade’ from TBITT. When we were confident we could recognise and manipulate these literary features to get our point across, we then moved on to planning our own letter persuading the Prime Minister in the book to help the people of London escape ‘The Bluchers’. Today, we are writing our letter ensuring we include the skills we found at the beginning of the week (emotive language, rhetorical questions, flattery).  Next week, we will move on to a reading focus where we will continue to read Ho-Yen’s piece and work on our retrieval and prediction skills.

 

Maths

This week, we have started our new unit ‘Area and Perimeter’. Of course due to various disruptions for the previous two years, we went back to basics and clarified the meaning of the perimeter and then how we find missing measurements to help us find the perimeter. Following this, we have now moved on to finding the area of compound shapes which has also applied our ‘missing number’ knowledge from the previous day. Next week, we will find the area of irregular shapes, solve word problems involving this and then have a small assessment before we break for Woodrow House.

 

Admin

Please respond to all ParentMail letters re. trips after half term.

Library books are due Fridays

Jumpers/hoodies are needed everyday

 

 

A small message from Ms. Hall

 

You have a chance to have your art displayed in a famous London art gallery!

The Royal Academy’s Young Artists’ Summer Show is now open to children between the ages of 5 to 19 and if your work is chosen it could be displayed online or in the Royal Academy itself! There is no theme so you can submit a painting, sculpture, photograph, video, drawing, or a combination of anything that inspires you.

 

The deadline is 30 March 2022 at 5pm. Happy creating!

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 14th January 2022

Well our first week is nearly over and the sunshine has welcomed us back to our normal routine. Today, we have a history workshop organised by our History lead and of course Year 5 Class teacher, Mr McInroy. It will focus on our current topic World War One which the children are finding fascinating. It’s set to be a wonderful morning enriching our children’s historical understanding.

English

This week, we have continued our new unit based on Polly Ho-Yen’s ‘The Boy in The Tower’ and I think it’s safe to say that Blackman Class are well and truly hooked! We have spent the week reading up to page 92 with the pupils having physical copies of the book in front of them as we analysed our main characters, the language Ho-Yen has used and worked on our inference skills. Today, we will be introducing modal verbs and creating persuasive sentences using these special words ready to help us create a persuasive letter based on the text next week.

Maths

This week, we revisited the ‘bus stop’ method (short division method) from Year Three but built upon this by introducing larger numbers, more remainders and analysing incorrect methods. On Tuesday, we solved multi-step word problems applying division, multiplication and other operations. Wednesday had us finishing off this unit with a little assessment and today there will be no Maths as we have our history workshop. Next week, we will have apply our reasoning skills with an investigation and then move on to ‘Perimeter and Area’.

 

Admin

Please respond to the ParentMail letter regarding our trip to the Natural History Museum.

Contact information letters and brown envelop with £5 in coins are needed for Woodrow House. Please respond ASAP.

Please ensure all pupils have gloves and hats on days they are doing sport as it can get a little nippy!

 

Thank you so much for your constant support!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Emma

Friday 7th January 2022 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2022. It was wonderful to see the lovely cheerful faces of Blackman Class back in the classroom yesterday and I know we are going to have a fantastic (and very busy) Spring Term. In History, we are learning about World War One and in Science we are learning about ‘Space’ over both Spring One and Spring Two. A letter has been sent regarding a trip we will be taking to the Natural History Museum regarding this topic so please do respond to this letter at your earliest convenience.

Yesterday morning the children had their first Kick London session of the term as well as music with the wonderful Ms. Rachel returning to St. Stephen’s which we are all absolutely thrilled about. In the afternoon, we had our first history lesson of the term where we analysed the causes of WWI.

Today, we are back to the usual routine of Maths and English. In Maths, we are starting division and in English we are beginning a new book called ‘The Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen. We will cover reading skills and persuasive writing drawing inspiration from this fantastic, haunting story which will have the children on the edge of their seat.

This afternoon, we are finishing off our art unit of ‘The Figure’ and will be looking at some wonderful pieces by Lubaina Himid. Taking inspiration, we will be recreating some of her figures using paint mixing to create the vivid colours for our figure’s outfits.

Next week, we are full steam ahead with our learning journey!

 

Admin

PE kits need to be worn on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Library Books to come in every Friday to change or renew

Homework is due on Tuesdays and will be found on google classroom

Please respond to your Parentmail letter re. a trip to the Natural History Museum

 

Thank you once again for myself and Mrs Connor’s wonderful gifts at the end of last term. We incredibly appreciative and feel very lucky to have such supportive parents.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Emma

Friday 17th December 2021

Thank you so much to those of you who could make our carol concert last night or our end of term service via zoom this morning!  A huge thank you also for your support this term and I look forward to what Spring Term holds for Blackman Class.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a superb 2022!

Friday 10th December 2021

A week of carol service practises, Christmas lunches and yet more chutney has been the order of the day in Blackman Class. As we edge closer and closer to the 17th of December we are beginning to finish topics and take the time to reflect on our learning from the past six weeks. Once again, Blackman Class have really impressed me during our end of unit assessments in Science, Geography and R.E. but with one more week to go, we still have some subjects to explore.

English

We are coming to the end of our ‘Writing from Visual Media’ unit and are exploring the John Lewis advert from this year. We are applying our visual comprehension skills, exploring the use of prefixes and then we will plan and write a diary entry based on this stimulus at the beginning of the week. It seemed only fitting to finish this term with Christmas offering us some inspiration and as our children are faced with more and more forms of visual media it’s been really powerful to get them to consider the theme and message of one particular advert. It also tied in very nicely with our unit ‘Valuing Difference’ in Relationships and Health.

Maths

This week, we finished off the first section of our multiplication and division unit with recapping and expanding our knowledge of multiplying and dividing values by ten, a hundred or a thousand and then applying our understanding of factors, multiples, prime, composite , square and cube values to solving word problems involving all of these. On Wednesday, we carried out an assessment on the above and on Friday we learned how to multiply two digit values by two digit values which we will continue to embed and build upon next week.

Admin

Thank you so much for the jars – myself and Mr McInroy had to quickly make another batch on Tuesday but your cheeseboard is in for a treat I promise you!

The Christmas Fair is on Saturday so please do pop along if you can

Carols by Candlelight is next Thursday evening so please do let us know as soon as you can if you child cannot attend – this just helps organise who is standing where etc.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 3rd December 2021

We had a phenomenal time at Gunnersbury Park Museum last week and it was incredibly fun to watch our pupils get into the swing of being a Victorian pupil in the  formidable classroom led by ‘Miss Killyjoy’. Blackman Class learned about the behaviour expectations, shameful punishments and the Victorian lesson format and I think it’s safe to say that they prefer their 2021 class! All in all a fantastic day was had by the class and I was incredibly impressed (but surprised) by how they conducted themselves from the minute we left the school gates.

English

This week, we have been continuing to work on ‘Visual Media’ unit and focussing on the video ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’. Blackman Class were on the edge of their seat as they predicted what would happen at different parts of the 3 minute video and we used our inference skills to determine how the music, setting and character determined if there would be a happy/sad ending. Following on from this activity, we then reviewed a paragraph based on setting of the village in the film and considered how we could edit and improve this paragraph with the help of a thesaurus. After producing what were quite frankly outstanding paragraphs, Blackman Class then moved on to using a writing technique called 4, 3, 2, 1 which ensures they use a variety of skills to really uplift their writing and pull the reader in. We have also focussed on –tial and –cial words this week which Blackman Class are happily littering throughout their pieces.

Maths

This week, we have continued with our multiplication and division unit focussing on the vocabulary that Year Fives come across in their topic. On Monday, we focussed on Prime and Composite numbers finishing with some true or false challenges related to this topic. Tuesday saw us examining what square numbers are which put some of our multiplication knowledge to the test and Wednesday we expanded on this and focussed on cubed numbers. As starters, we have reviewed our knowledge of factors and multiples last week including playing the now infamous game ‘Coconut Multiples’. As we have D.T. day this Friday, we will carry on Maths next week and we will focus on word problems involving the above topic before moving on to formal written methods.

 

Admin

Thank you so much for all the jars! We team chutney this morning and will look forward to getting this delicious Christmas treat jarred for the fair today.

Please remind your child to complete Mathletics

Please listen to your child read at least once a week – it makes a world of difference

Parent Helpers – we would love to invite any parents who would like to offer a spare 10 minutes here and there to listen to child readers across the school. Please reach out Mr Schumm if this is something you would like to do.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm,

Miss Mahon

Friday 26th November 2021

We have come to the end of another week here at St. Stephen’s and for the past four days, Year Five have enjoyed cricket, a visit from author of ‘It’s Up To Us’ Christopher Lloyd and today we are about to embark on a trip linked with our pervious history topic ‘The Victorians’. Phew! That’s a lot to pile into one week and of course we have continuously worked hard throughout our lessons.

 

English

This week, we started our learning with a creating our own version of Karl Nova’s ‘The City of My Birth’. Year Five created their free verse poems using any poetical skills that we have learned about for the past two weeks and I have to say it was a real treat to get to read their final pieces. I think I would go so far to say that an anthology from Blackman Class would fetch much critical acclaim indeed.  Following on from this, we then took the opportunity to perform our poems for one another and heap praise on each other’s tremendous efforts. As a breather between our poetry unit and our next unit, we then took the chance to create a book report which allowed us the chance to recommend our favourite books to one another.

 

Maths

We have started our new unit this week which is multiplication and division. This is a great opportunity to brush up on all that fantastic learning Year Five experienced in Year Four. We are building on their understanding and mathematical language and this week, we focussed on multiplies and factors along with playing some cool games (coconut multiplies anyone?) and introducing my famous times table challenge! It is clear to see a lot of hard work went into learning our multiplication facts last year and this year and this will give our pupils a firm foundation to jump off when we move on to more complex topics this unit.

 

Admin

Please send in a clean, standard glass jar with its lid and no label for our Christmas Fair project. We will be making a spiced tomato and apple chutney which will go perfect with that festive cheeseboard or Boxing Day sandwich.

Please ensure your pupil is coming to school wearing a coat.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Emma

Friday 19th November 2021

We are flying through this half term already and, whisper it, but Christmas preparation has tentatively begun here at St. Stephen’s. Christmas carols are being sung in music and hymn practise in preparation for the Carols by Candlelight service on the 16th and if that wasn’t a sign that Santa is on his way, I don’t know what is. Teachers are currently planning what to make for the Christmas Fair on the 11th and in R.E. we are beginning our unit on Advent through art.

 

English

This week, we have continued our unit on ‘Poetry to Perform’ in English. We have been inspired by Joseph Coelho with our nonsense poems and created some funny limericks using an established structure. Riddles had us scratching our heads and repeating a chorus ‘Ohhhh of course!’ before we performed our efforts to each other with clear voices, expression and movement to add to the meaning of the poem. Blackman Class have had great fun in this unit so far and I know they will be sad when it comes to an end but we have one more treat in store for them when we look at a free verse poem by Karl Nova entitled ‘The City That I Live In’. Following on from this, we will be focussing on a descriptive writing unit using ‘Visual Media’.

 

Maths

Year Five have become much more confident with looking at timetable this week and using the 24 hour clock. We have been using a number line to help us identify the difference between two times and have focused on word problems to test our reasoning. It has been really tricky at times this week however I have seen Year Five’s confidence blossom and develop which has been wonderful to see. As always, we have revisited our previous learning this week and it’s great to see our children demonstrating key skills we learned in September confidently. Next week, we are moving on to multiplication and division applying mental maths skills as well as written.

 

Admin

We have a number of children turning up to school with no coats – please ensure they have a coat ready for break time and lunch time.

We have our trip next Friday. All children will need a healthy packed lunch, bottle of water and warm coat.

Our School Fair is December 11th and ‘Carols by Candlelight’ is on the 16th. Please let us know if your child cannot attend the latter for organisation purposes

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Emma

Friday 12th November 2021

It was wonderful chatting to you this week during our Parents’ Evening sessions and it was wonderful to hear that Blackman Class really are enjoying their time in Year Five so far. Thank you for being patient with us while I was off work ill this week and your kind words have been very appreciated.

English

This week, we have started our unit on poetry to perform. We started the week with looking at ‘The Marrog’ and worked in groups to perform different sections of the poem to each other. Following this, we then moved on to looking at limericks and had great fun using a rhyming website on the chromebooks to make some hysterical creations which gave us all a chuckle. After our exploration of limericks, we then moved on to personification and looked at the poem ‘The Greengrocer’ which is a fantastic example of this type of figurative language. Next week, we will continue to look at personification before moving on to riddles, free verse and nonsense poems.

Maths

This week, we have continued with our statistics unit which also incorporates timetables so therefore pupils are putting into practise their knowledge of the 24 hour and 12 hour clock. Pupils had the chance to apply their reasoning and problem solving skills where they had to convert, find the difference and interpret multi step problems. Next week, we will be finishing off this topic with a little assessment and then moving on multiplication and division.

 

An email was sent out to parents recently about an exciting trip to Gunnersbury Park revisiting our topic ‘The Victorians’ last term. Please do respond to the Parentmail request at your earliest convenience.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 22nd October 2021

Well our first half term is done and dusted and what a finish! Our assembly went incredibly well and Blackman Class were stupendous – but we all knew that was going to be the case didn’t we? I am so proud of their efforts and how hard they have worked over the past few weeks to build this assembly from scratch. They deserve a jolly good rest over the half term.

We also had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Black Voices Week and focus on scientists. We learned about Dr Donald Palmer who is an immunologist and is an expert ion understanding how age can affect our immune system. We then dove into the world of immunology and learned about malaria and how immunologists have helped prevent the spread of one of the most dangerous diseases there is. Imagine Blackman Class’ excitement then when we found out we would be speaking with the real life Dr. Donald Palmer today via Zoom. Blackman Class have created a list of questions we are eager to ask him and I think it is fair to say he has inspired all of us with his intelligence, determination and as he described it ‘hunger to succeed’.

 

In between assembly practise, we have been completing Maths in our home class groups as Silverstein Class are taking part in their BikeAbility training. We have started to learn about line graphs this week. We have interpreted various line graphs, introduced more than one line on a line graph and then we will be finishing the week with using data to create our own graphs before creating questions about what he has created. In English, we have kept things light this week and focussed on grammar and reading activities linked to our information text as we have had our assembly, assessments and ‘Black Voices Week’ activities to finish.

 

When we return after half term, we will have our BikeAbility sessions. All children must bring:

A working bike

A helmet

Be dressed in their PE kits all week –with plenty of extra layers please as it will be a tad chilly.

 

Have a wonderful half term and thank you so much for your support this term,

 

Miss Mahon

 

 

Friday 15th October 2021

Hola! We are celebrating Hispanic Day today and of course, as you know our country in Chile. We are lucky enough to have some parents coming in this morning (thank you Alexander and Arnaud) ready to read a story to us in Spanish and tell us about living life in Madrid. Our story is inspired by the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. Following our sessions with our parents, we then take part in a flamenco workshop and this afternoon we will be looking at one of Mistral’s poems, translating it and turning it into our comic strip before trying our hand at our own Spanish poetry.

 

English

This week, we have continued with our unit on ‘Information Texts’ and planned the aliens that we will be writing about. We had great fun deciding where these extra-terrestrials would come from, their diet and forms of communication and how they have adapted to life on Earth. These plans will come in very handy next week, when we start to write our reports. On Wednesday, we spent more time examining our exemplar and completing a comprehension on it so we are incredibly familiar with its structure, language and tone and therefore ready to apply these skills in our own reports as ‘alienologists’. As we have Hispanic Day today, we have only had three lessons of English and not the usual four.

 

Maths

We have focussed heavily on word problems this week and by Friday, you could really see that the hard work had paid off. Multi step problems are applied in every unit we learn about in Maths and so this was an integral week for Year Five allowing them to apply their reading skills with their mathematical understanding. We started the week with children simply having to recognise the language used in each in addition and subtraction problems and sorting these problems accordingly. We then moved on to recognising how many steps a word problem had and then solving these accordingly before moving on to word problems with missing values. This put us in good stead for our assessment on Wednesday in which Year Five did very well. As Hispanic Day is today, there will be no Maths and we will move back into home classes for maths next week while Silverstein class are biking. We will complete our statistics next week and the week after half term.

 

Admin

We have a very busy week next week:

Our assembly is on Thursday starting at 9:10am – thank you so much for helping your child learn their line

We are celebrating Black Voices week next week and spending all of next Friday learning about Donald Palmer who is an immunologist! We are very excited about this and even more so as we will be privileged to talk with Mr Palmer too – I’m sure this will be an inspiring day for all!

DT day for Blackman Class will take place after half term as we have our assembly to rehearse for.

 

We have a design competition available for all children so do please click on the attachment to find more information.

DESIGN COMPETITION

Homework as always is on Google Classroom

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 8th October 2021

One more week has flown by and thank goodness for some sunshine! We are in full rehearsal mode for our assembly in a fortnight and I am so impressed (but not surprised) by the effort of Blackman Class so far.

 

English

We have started a new English unit this week focussing on Information Texts. On Monday, we read a selection of information texts and then as a class discussed the features we must have in our own piece. We also discussed how this type is writing is different from our myths unit and other fiction pieces. Tuesday had us carrying out a comprehension on an information text to have a more detailed look at the structure of this type of text. On Wednesday, we created paragraphs using lots of rich detail, formal tone and relative clauses in informative paragraphs about animals. This is in preparation for when we create our own information reports about an extra-terrestrial species next week.

 

Maths

This week, we have carried on with our unit in addition and subtraction. We started Monday with using the inverse to check our own answers and also to find the missing value. Taking this skill, we then applied it to word problems and inverse pyramids. This was a fantastic opportunity to build our independence and helped us develop our ‘spy’ skills to spot errors or potential errors before they happened. By Wednesday, we moved on to rounding and estimating answers which was an excellent opportunity to revisit our learning from our previous unit: place value. Although quite tricky, we were then able to apply these skills within word problems and develop an understanding as to why this is a useful skill to use in everyday life. Next week, we will move on to word problems and then move into statistics.

Admin

Thank you so much for returning all the Bike-ability forms.

Please ensure you hear your child read at least once a week and note in the reading record where they got up to.

Mrs Connor is still unfortunately ill but we are being heavily supported by a rotation of timetabled TAs from KS2. Thank you for your understanding.

Homework as always is on Google Classroom

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

 

 

Friday 1st October 2021

Another week has passed us by and I think it is fair to say we are truly on our way to autumn although a couple of days of sunny weather has been a welcome respite. Blackman Class have once again worked incredibly hard this week and I have been particularly impressed with their enthusiasm for our R.E. unit ‘What is it like to live as a Jew?’ Our Year Fives enjoyed another experiment in Science this week, when we tested water resistance using ‘Blue Tac’ and large measuring cylinders. We manipulated the ‘Blue Tac’ into different shapes and children therefore drew their own conclusions as to what is the best shape to move through water at speed and what is better for floating. Next week, we will focus on pulleys and levers and make our own catapults.

 

English

This week, we have come to the end of our efforts in our ‘Myths and Legends’ unit and finished writing our own Myths. It took us three days to write from the beginning to end and then another day to edit. Following this, each child then had a ‘consultation’ with myself going through their myth and having a chance to be celebrated 1:1 which I find to be a very powerful method for children’s confidence in writing. I have been blown away by the quality of Blackman Class’ writing and the application of the trickier skills we have been learning about in order to create rich, exciting and ‘delicious’ pieces if writing. Today, we will be having a little rest and focusing on our comprehension skills before moving on to information texts next week.

Maths

We have started addition and subtraction this week and built on our learning from our ‘Place Value’ unit and worked with numbers up to a million. We needed a couple of days on this as we dusted off the cobwebs of the column method using exchanging/carrying but we were soon on our way and ready to apply this learning to use the inverse to check if our calculations are correct. We will be continuing this today but applying our learning to true or false problems, puzzles and word problems. Next week, we will be continuing with this topic and working on multi step problems.

Scientist In Residence

It was the first Scientist in Residence workshop today and Y5 explored what it will take to send the first humans to Mars. This is particularly relevant to them as the first Martian is probably at primary school right now – it could be them.

 

They tackled challenges from the astronaut training process, learned how a space toilet works (and what to do when it doesn’t!) and discovered how to extract oxygen from water.

 

We took a trip on board the first space tourism flight, learned that Martian sunsets are blue and that there bags of poo on the Moon.

 

The next time I see them we’ll look at how space affects their lives everyday, often without them realising it.

Admin

Thank you so much to those of you who could make our Harvest Festival on Thursday.

PE kits to be worn on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Water bottles should be brought in school

Assemblies are going out this week for children to gradually learn

 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

 

Friday 24th September 2021

We have had another wonderful week in Blackman Class. This week we have begun to get to grip with our assembly which takes place in the last week of this term and I have really tried to create something that demonstrates Blackman Class’ enthusiasm, intelligence and hard work. From the practices so far I know they will relish the challenge and love the opportunity to demonstrate their dramatic flair.

 

English

This week, we are beginning to wrap up our myths unit. On Monday, took the opportunity to explore parenthesis within our writing. I was really impressed with Blackman Class’ efforts to apply this skill in their writing and I know as we move on to our final piece our pupils feel confident to use this to create an interesting piece of writing. On Tuesday, we created our own questions about the exemplar myth ‘The Rainbow Bird’. We particularly focussed on creating inference questions based on the language used by the author. Wednesday saw us planning our myths ready to write our myths on Friday. We are all very excited about our stories and I know they will be a pleasure to read when they are done. Next week, we will finish writing our myth and then edit our piece.

 

Maths

We have reached our final week of Place Value and tackled the final topics within this unit which are Roman Numerals and ordering and comparing decimal values. We were also able to move on rounding decimals to the nearest whole value. Towards the end of the week, we were able to apply our understanding of the topics we have tackled in the past few weeks with a range of difference problems across a variety of contexts. I have to say I have been really impressed with our children’s capacity to apply their mathematical understanding to reasoning problems and it’s clear to see that our adoption of the White Rose curriculum has embedded in our pupil’s understanding of maths. Next week, we will carry out a small assessment and then move on to addition and subtraction.

 

Harvest Festival 

It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St Stephens and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9am (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephens Church.

Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You would have all received a parentmail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Admin

Please let me know if you need another form for your child to take part in their cycling proficiency training.

Please can all children bring a water bottle into school that they can refill throughout the day.

Homework is on google classroom.

Poor Mrs Connor is still unwell and unable to return to St. Stephen’s just yet. As a consequence we will have a rotation of TAs working with Blackman Class. We appreciate your patience and support while we get used to this new structure and wish Mrs Connor a speedy recovery.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 17th September 2021

We have had a wonderful week, once again jam packed with curiosity and hard work. As we embark upon week four, it’s remarkable to think about how much work Blackman Class have carried out and dare I say they don’t seem to be slowing down their pace anytime soon.

English

In English this week, we turned our attention to creating our own myth about how a certain type of natural phenomena came to be. Blackman Class suggested many different focus’ of their myths such as lightening, earthquakes, snow, volcanoes – the list is endless and it was great to see them get excited about their forthcoming task. We examined an exemplar entitled ‘The Rainbow Bird’ and unsurprisingly this explained how the rainbow came to be in the world. Through examining this story, we identified the skills we want to include in our own pieces which we will write next week. We also focused on using relative clauses in our writing this week which will be a big skill we expect all pupils to apply confidently by the end of Year Five. On Wednesday, we brushed up on applying inverted commas to demonstrate speech and the all important rule of starting a new line with a new speaker – we will continue to revise these skills throughout the term.

 

Maths

We have carried on with Place Value this week focussing on the consolidation of rounding to the nearest 10, 000 and 100, 000 and then counting forwards and backwards to the power of ten. It’s wonderful to see our pupils building in confidence and independence throughout the topic and they show determination and resilience every lesson. In every lesson, we always focussing on applying our skills with word problems, true or false problems and out of context puzzles. I have been very impressed with Year Five’s application in these problems and many are showing a greater depth of knowledge in these topics we cover already. Next week, we will move on to (my favourite) roman numerals and word problems applying our place value skills before a little assessment the following week.

 

Admin

Please contact e.mahon@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk if you have anything you would like to discuss.

All children to wear PE kits on Monday as they have an extra gymnastics session on this day.

Please ensure children bring water bottles which they are free to fill up throughout the day.

All homework is on Google Classroom

 

Have a glorious weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 10th September 2021

What a wonderful first full week we have had at St. Stephen’s. Of course, the wonderful sunshine making a much awaited appearance made it all the sweeter although I can’t help but think it would have been wonderful to have in the summer holidays too. Nevertheless, it has certainly put a smile on everyone’s faces.

This week, we have started our topics in History (The Victorians and the Industrial Revolution), Science (Forces), RE (Judaism) and RHE (Me and My Relationships). In English, we are starting the year with ‘Myths’ and in Maths we are exploring ‘Number and Place Value’.

 

Every week, I will give a little more detail about the specifics of English and Maths in my blog post and update you on what we expect to cover the following week.

English

Over the past week, we have been exploring different myths from places such as Australia, North America, South America, Europe and Asia. If nothing else, I now know that Blackman Class devour stories at a tremendously rapid pace which will give us lots of time to explore fiction and non-fiction pieces in future. We identified what these myths had in common and created a list of features that we will go on to explore next week. On Tuesday, we flexed our comprehension muscles and read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, Wednesday we turned a myth of our choosing into a cartoon strip and today we will be acting out the infamous ‘Pandora’s Box’. This week, will give us a very solid grounding into the structure of a myth and the characters we often find in them. Next week, we will begin plotting our own myth explaining a natural phenomenon. We will begin learning about relative clauses before exploring rich description we can include.

Maths

In Maths, we have started our Place Value and Number Knowledge unit. We started the week identifying values up to one million and recognising this in words. Tuesday saw us ordering these larger values and comparing them to each other and on Wednesday we refreshed our memory of rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 ready for our lesson today where we will explore rounding to the nearest 10, 000 and 100, 000. Next week, we will apply this rounding to word problems and then move on to counting in powers of 10 and exploring negative numbers.

Schools are fortunate to have received funding from the government this year to support children to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Miss Williams, as our KS2 Specialist Catch-up teacher, will be working with a number of children from Year 5 who need additional support in their Maths and English learning. These sessions will take place on a weekly basis as on-to-one sessions and in small groups. More details on this will follow later on in the term.​

 

Homework

Please refer to Google Classroom

Admin

Bikeability consent forms have been emailed to you. Please sign and send back as soon as possible.

PE kit is to be worn on Wednesdays and Thursdays please.

Library books are due on Fridays ready for children to renew or choose a new book.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

 

Friday 3rd September 2021

Short but sweet what a wonderful week! I am of course talking about getting to know your lovely children and not the three day week for teachers. I hope you had a wonderful break and managed to carve out periods of calm for you and yours. Despite the sun not making much of an appearance, it is clear the children had a wonderful time exploring many places both old and new.

Let me give you a bit of back ground on 5 Blackman Class. I have taught KS2 for (eek) nearly ten years and as well as teaching I am also the coordinator of Relationships and Health Education as well as Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Experiences across the school. In our classroom, we have the wonderful Mrs Connor who will work with me to help provide the best educational experience for your children.

 

Yesterday, we created our own class charter to establish the rules we would like to have in place to create a safe and happy learning environment. We then carried out our first writing exercise of the term as the children regaled me with their written accounts of the summer holidays and I was very impressed by the high level of content Blackman Class was ready to share. We finished the day with creating our own self-portraits ready for display with oil pastels and black card ready to display in our classroom.

Today, we will be creating more displays to make Blackman class their own. We will write some prayers for the year to help support us when things get tricky this year, create our own cultural influences display giving us the chance to celebrate everybody’s heritage and then move on to researching about our class’ namesake, the wonderful Malorie Blackman.

Homework- Please do not worry if it all goes wrong this week with technology/ google classroom etc. 

Homework will be going out this week in order to get children longer to settle into the new routine.

All homework will be set on google classroom.

It will consist of:

  • Spellings and grammar sentences
  • Mathletics
  • Extra Grammar OR comprehension
  • Mental Arithmetic
  • Reading (to do throughout the week)

We would expect all children to produce high quality pieces of work and as children are in Year Five any pieces that are messy, rushed or below their ability will be done again. We appreciate your support with this immensely.

Reading is monitored by myself and Mrs Connor through various in class activities reflecting on fluency when reading aloud, prediction and inference skills as well as recall.

We appreciate many parents are keen for children to move on to free readers, however we will take the following half term to get to know your child’s abilities and decide on the next best steps for them using our professional knowledge and expertise.

 

Admin

Children are to come dressed in their PE kits on Wednesday (gymnastics) and Thursday (Kick London).

 

We both look forward to working with you in what is hopefully a much calmer year than the previous two. I know Blackman Class are eager to go and will relish the many challenges they will meet head on. On behalf of myself and Mrs Connor, please know we consider it a real privilege to be a part of their learning journey for the following year.

Friday 9th July 2021

And so we have two weeks to go! This week, we have not had a trip or Sports Day but this has given us the opportunity to get stuck into finishing some foundation topics before the production for the show really gets underway. Milligan Class have shown resolve and resilience as they push through our topics, which by the end of Year Five are rather tricky indeed.

English

In English this week, we have started our final class text of the year and who better than the bard himself, Mr Shakespeare! We are learning about one of my all-time favourite plays ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and thankfully, the children are utterly enthralled by it too. We have spent the week, getting to know the cast of the play and their tangled love lives and next week, inspired by the author, we will become playwrights ourselves and create our own scripts to accompany the child friendly abridges version we have been learning about.

Maths

We have continued with our unit involving problem solving with measures this week. This is a really valuable unit where children get to explore their learning from earlier in the year to a ‘greater depth’. As most of our learning with measures was carried out over lockdown it has been fantastic to witness their understanding of these topics combined with tricky problems set in a variety of contexts. Next week, we will be moving on to applying our knowledge of days/weeks/months and then scaling problems using weight, volume and capacity.

 

Admin

Please ensure children have water bottles in school ready to refill

Please prompt your child to learn their spellings – we are noticing they are a bit inconsistent across the board at the minute.

 

Homework is on Google Classroom

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 2nd June 2021

We had a wonderful time at Sports Day yesterday and although it was a real shame to not have parents there the children put their best foot forward and competed in javelin, hurdles, sprints and long jumps to name a few. The rain even held off for us which was an extra bonus of the day. Fingers crossed this is the last year of disrupted Sports Day routines and we can return in 2022 with all of you in tow too.

 

Next week, we have our Relationships and Sex Education sessions. Next week will cover an internet safety session and an outline of the changes that children will experience during puberty.

 

English

This week, we have been full steam ahead with continuing to write our Non Chronological Reports based on our animals from Sri Lanka. We have written our paragraphs based on Diet, Habitat, Appearance and any additional interesting facts. On Wednesday, I gave the children the opportunity to choose their own ‘Success Criteria’ for their pieces and it was fantastic to see what they consider to be necessary to make a ‘good’ piece of writing. Today we will be editing and publishing these pieces which are jam packed with formal tone, technical language scintillating facts and interesting openers. Next week, we will be moving to exploring ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by the one and only Mr Shakespeare.

 

Maths

This week, we have looked at using our knowledge measures and apply it to finding the area of compound shapes. We rapidly moved on to then finding the area of irregular shapes and by the end of the week we were exploring the difference between capacity and volume. This gave us the opportunity to carry out a practical maths investigation using unifix cubes which was a great way of making the abstract concrete. Next week, we are moving on to solving multistep problems converting using units of time so please do go through the days in every month and converting between the 12 hour and 24 hour digital clock.

 

Admin

I will not be in school on Friday as I am moving house but please direct any notifications to the school admin office.

Please remind children to bring in their library books every Thursday.

Homework on Google Classroom

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 25th June 2021

It has been another fantastic week with Milligan Class and it is mad to think that we only have 4 weeks left altogether! We had a lovely trip out to Holland Park Opera on Tuesday. We walked to the park very early so Milligan Class could have a chance to run around and enjoy the change of scene and we even had the adventure playground to ourselves before the show. The format of the show had to be changed sadly due to half the cast having to isolate but we still had the chance to meet some of the cast, enjoy some songs and listen to a real life (albeit partial) orchestra. The weather held out for us and as always Milligan Class were excellent representatives of the school!

 

English

This week, we have started a new unit based on non-fiction writing. At the beginning of the year, Milligan pupils wrote an information report about their very own alien. As we are nearly at the end of the year, myself and Mr McInroy thought it would be great for children to demonstrate what they remember about this unit. Using our previous text ‘The Girl Who Stole An Elephant’ as inspiration, our pupils will write a non-chronological text about the an animal found in Sri Lanka which is where the book is based on. To name a few, we have sloth bears, Sri Lankan leopards, purple faced langurs, jungle fowls and toque macaques being researched in preparation for Milligan Class writing their reports next week. This is a marvellous opportunity to see what skills children are applying independently.

 

Maths

This week, we have continued with measures. Building on our knowledge from the previous week, we have now progressed onto switching between the two measuring systems we use in this country – imperial and metric.  This was a fiddly affair but gave us a fantastic opportunity to apply our multiplication and division knowledge. We then moved on to refreshing our memory of perimeter and area. Given we actually covered this topic in lockdown it was fantastic to see how much our pupils remembered when applying their knowledge of measures in this context. Today, we are going to be applying our reasoning and problem solving skills to solve a series of mysterious problems. We had a few head scratching moments but it was wonderful to see no one gave up! Next week, we will be moving on to volume and have some fun practical investigations lined up.

 

Admin

Sport Day is next Thursday. Please make sure children come to school with a packed lunch, a big bottle of water, a sun hat, sun cream (also ensure this has already been applied) and are wearing their PE kit. Please refer to the email sent out for details about the venue and time.

No toys should be brought to school at all.

 

Homework is on google classroom as always.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 18th June 2021

We had glorious sunshine this week when we ventured out to Liquid Leisure in Windsor this week. The sun beamed down on us as we donned out wetsuits and literally took the plunge into the lake which held the inflatable obstacle course. All staff were so impressed with the excellent behaviour Year Five exhibited and they demonstrated such resilience and determination that we were frankly in awe of them.

It has been a very busy week this week and as such myself and Mr McInroy took the decision to clear English and Maths from out timetable as the various trips/workshops and rehearsals would have been too much for our Year Fives to cope with. We have focussed on our foundation subjects this week as they are standalone lessons but Year Five have worked just as hard as a normal week.

On Monday, we of course had our workshop from Holland Park Opera where we had a real life opera singer and pianist tell us all about the show we will go to see next week, ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. The children were utterly entranced with the workshop and as a consequence are very excited for next week. Thursday saw us engaging in a workshops led by ‘Red Card to Racism’ expanding on our learning we have done in Relationships and Health Education and provided a valuable and educational experience which we will continue to address in class.

Today, we have class photos and QPR in the afternoon. QPR outreach will be working with Year Five every Friday afternoon until the end of term where children will be learning about how to keep our bodies healthy and happy. Last week, the children thoroughly enjoyed their session!

 

Homework

Please refer to Google Classroom for homework

 

Admin

The weather looks a bit soggy next week so please make sure children are dressed appropriately.

Our trip is on Tuesday and all children will need a healthy packed lunch, backpack to carry it in and bottle for water.

Spelling scores are starting to dip a little which is normal as the children have been hot and bothered but please urge your child to learn their words or a review of their spelling group may be required.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

Friday 11th June 2-21

We have had a scorcher of a first week back and it was lovely to see the beaming Milligan Class back in school after a week’s well deserved rest. We have begun our new topic in Humanities ‘Rivers’ and Science ‘Animals Including Humans’ as well as ‘Being My Best’ in RHE. We are at that point in the year where we really get to see our pupils’ growth in independence, maturity and responsibility and we start to get little snippets of the people they will grow up to become. As a little replacement for our cancelled Spain trip, our very hard working pupils therefore deserve a treat and next week begins an exciting couple of weeks.

Next week, we will have a workshop with Opera Holland Park about ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ which we will get to see over the next couple of weeks and on Tuesday, we are of course off on our watery adventure. Please refer to the email Clare sent out with the list of items pupils will need for this trip. Thank you so much for your support with these trips and we should have a fantastic time.

English

This week, we have been focussing on planning and writing our own endings to our book we started before half term: ‘The Girl Who Stole An Elephant’. As we’re at that point in the year where we like the children to explore their own writing style we have let them run riot with what they think Chaya, our protagonist, will do in order to get the King’s Guards off hers and her friends’ tail. I was so impressed with the tone, quality and amount that Milligan Class wrote and I know when they take their books home at the end of this term they will be very proud to show you their efforts.

 

Maths

This week, we have started our unit on measurement. We were drawing on our knowledge of area and perimeter as well as decimals with multiplication and division to convert between different units of measures to start with before moving on to volume.

 

Admin

Please make sure children have a refillable water bottle in school

Sun cream on before school and some in their back to top up if needed

A sun hat would be great to have in school every day too

 

Homework will be on Google Classroom as always

 

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine,

Emma

Friday 28th May 2021

The final week is upon us and I think it is safe to say that the lovely Milligan Class are ready for a very well deserved break. We were lucky enough to have a cricket tournament at Shepherd’s Bush Cricket Club on Tuesday where we played matches against St. Peter’s Primary School. What a treat it was to get out and about! The children really enjoyed a change of scene and despite the cold weather and grey clouds they were beautifully behaved. We also had DT day yesterday and inspired by our book in English, ‘The Girl Who Stole An Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook which is based on Sri Lanka we created some vegetarian samosas. The folding of the filo pastry was a little tricky but by the end of the day we had a delicious treat to finish with. We have also started rehearsing for the school musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ and over the half term we ask that all children start learning their song.

 

Our topics next term will be ‘Animals Including Humans’ and will establish puberty facts with the children according to the statutory science National Curriculum. We will build on their knowledge they established at the beginning of the year in ‘Life Cycles’. In Humanities, we are moving on to a Geography unit about rivers. The children have really enjoyed our current history topic ‘The Changing Roles of Women’ and had some great conclusions to make from this topic. In Science, they have enjoyed some great experiments (yes including coke and mentos) and were very responsible when dealing with lots of different chemical reactions.

English

This week, we have read a whopping ten further chapters of ‘The Girl Who Stole An Elephant’ and now that we know the main characters really well, we took the opportunity to compare them. We identified similarities and differences and even began to compare Farook’s characters with others we have met in different texts. This is a really useful skill and helps children question how the author has portrayed certain qualities and characteristics to the reader. We finished our English learning this week by analysing an exemplar of how the book could end. When the children return after half term, they will create their own endings for the book.

 

Maths

This week, we finished off our unit of shape and position and direction with leaning how to reflect coordinates and then carried out an end of unit assessment. All children did really well and it was great to see their confidence and understanding has progressed nicely setting them up for our next unit which is measurement and volume. Due to cricket and DT day we had slightly fewer Maths sessions this week however I know Year 5 will be raring to go upon our return.

 

Admin

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Homework

Please refer to Google Classroom for your child’s homework

 

Have a lovely half term and a very well deserved break,

Miss Mahon

Friday 21st May 2021

And so our penultimate week is over and with it came rain, hail and thunderstorms – a typical May week in the UK. Despite the turbulent weather, Milligan Class still managed to enjoy their cricket session in the playground which I think was the only sunny session of the week!

 

English

We have continued to read our current class text ‘The Girl Who Stole An Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook and I think it is safe to say that we are all loving the change of pace in this story. We started the week, by writing a beautiful jungle description which is where our main character ‘Chaya’ has escaped with said elephant in order to avoid the king’s guards. We have been transported to a world of papaya trees, myna birds and lotus speckled rivers which given the weather mentioned above is a slight relief. The description from the children was a pleasure to read and I and Mrs Connor felt we had been flown to Sri Lanka by the end of the lesson. We finished the week, with learning how to surmise the main points of the story so far and then analysing our three main characters to recognise any similarities and differences they have and how Farook has highlighted this to the reader.

 

Maths

We have moved on to coordinates in four quadrants this week before moving on to translation of shape. No this does not mean we are learning shape names in Spanish but rather we are learning to move a shape to a different position on a grid. As always, in Maths we are furthering our pupils learning with true or false problems, explanation problems or multi step word problems and it is lovely to see their progress from the beginning of the year. Our multiplication challenge is a great, snappy way to start off this session and it is super to see that most of my group are filling in the chart more and more each day. Next week, we will start with a little assessment and then move on to units of measurement.

 

Admin

Please note that pick up is from 3:25pm onwards – we are having a lot of children being picked up much later than this recently.

Our cricket tournament is on Tuesday and all children will need to come in PE kits with a big bottle of water, a piece of fruit (for after) and waterproof jacket (with their name clearly labelled) inside it.

 

Homework

Please go to Google Classroom for homework.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

 

Friday 14th May 2021

This week, we have had a flurry of exciting lessons including writing a prison break in English, exploding coke bottles in science, cricket in the sunshine and creating our own inventions in Art. Never a dull moment in St. Stephen’s, I’m struggling to understand how we only have two weeks left until half term!

English

This week, we have started out new fiction unit in English, ‘The Girl Who Stole An Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook. This book has a very different pace to our previous class text and we were definitely ready for a bit of adventure and a plucky protagonist. Although the country in this book ‘Sendib’ is fictional Farook actually based it on Sri Lanka and so we are taking the opportunity to learn about this beautiful country’s wildlife and nature ready for the written pieces we will create over the next few weeks. We spent the first English lesson, predicting what might happen based on the blurb and then moved on to analysing some of the language from one of the first chapters. On Wednesday, we used our knowledge of our main character ‘Chaya’ and the setting to help Neel escape from jail before reading the next few chapters ready for a comprehension activity today.

 

Maths

This week, we identified how to find missing angles around a point and then refreshed our memory of parallel and perpendicular lines and introduced the term ‘congruent’. We then created our own rectangles set to specific measurements before labelling the above features on each shape. Yesterday, we identified missing angles and measurements in quadrilaterals before identifying regular and irregular polygons today.

Walk to School Week – w/c 17th May

 

The benefits of fresh air and daily exercise are well documented for keeping us all healthy in mind as well as body.  The last year of lockdown has proved that walking has also been beneficial for our mental well-being.  Not only is it great for us but also great for the environment.

 

So as part of a national Walk to School Week – we are encouraging all children to walk, cycle or scoot to school with their families instead of using their cars for the whole week.  We will awarding special Walk To School house points for each child who has walked, cycled, scootered to school every day for the week.  So set the alarm clock a little earlier, ditch the car and hop, skip and jump to school next week!

 

Mr Schumm will announce the house who has collected most Walk to School points on during assembly on Friday.

 

 

Admin

Please ensure your child is completing Mathletics homework

Water bottles in school please

School gates open at 3:25pm for pick up

Scientist in Residence position at our school: We have started advertising for a new Scientist in Residence to work at the school one day a week enthusing the children in all things science with lots of practical work. If you know anyone who may be suitable and interested please send them the link to the job advert on the LDBS website. Closing date is 31st May.

Jobs Archive – London Diocesan Board for Schools (ldbs.co.uk)

Homework

Please refer to Google Classroom for your homework this week.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 7th May 2021

A slightly shorter week but still just as sweet especially when the sun has decided to make an appearance. We will be finishing off this week with MATHS DAY where our pupils will be throwing themselves into a range of ‘off the books’ Maths activities such as using position and direction to negotiate an obstacle course blindfolded, estimating how long it will take to eat a Jaffa cake – with a twist of course and using triangles to create an artistic masterpiece. Today is all about encouraging the children to think about Maths as a universal topic rather something restricted to the classroom and I am sure our Year 5s will enjoy the day!

English

This week, we have finished our instructions and after spending two lessons writing up our ideas inspired by ‘The Boy in The Tower’ we then got the rare chance to ‘publish’ our pieces ready to share with our partners. We move at such a fast pace in school that it is great to squeeze in the opportunity to really ‘make a show’ of our pupils’ efforts and of course give them the chance to share those with their friends (and Mr Schumm of course). Due to the Bank Holiday and Maths Day, we will be starting our new unit on Monday and I know Milligan Class are really going to enjoy our next unit on ‘Stories from Other Cultures’.

 

Maths

We started ‘Geometry’ on Friday and we are certainly continuing it this week. On Wednesday, we revised our knowledge of angles but this time, we had to create our own angles of a certain size. On Thursday, we then moved on to identifying angles on a straight line. Using our knowledge that a straight line equals of 180 degrees, we were then able to identify missing values which incorporated trial and error problem solving skills which will inevitably prove useful during today’s Maths Day challenges. Next week, we will be continuing with Geometry.

 

Admin

Please ensure all children bring their homework in on Tuesday – we had a bit of shaky week this week.

Water bottles in school every day.

 

Homework

Please go to Google Classroom to see this week’s activities.

Have a lovely, restful weekend,

Emma

Friday 30th April 2021

This week, we have of course been very busy BUT we had an added treat of cricket on Tuesday. The sunshine was ready for us and although a little bit chilly Milligan Class enjoyed working with Jonathon our cricket instructor.

English

This week, we have carried on reading huge chunks of ‘The Boy In The Tower’ and my goodness we were on the edge our seats the entire time. Our focus last week was on reading skills such as prediction and inference but this week, we have turned our attention to instructions and as Ade we created instructions for someone in TBITT universe to collect food, fight boredom and survive a day in the blucher infested world. We identified the features we need to include such as writing in present tense, using imperative verbs and formal tone with some helpful hints to make it clear to the reader you know what you’re talking about. As we are in Year Five, we had a wonderful opportunity to use all the other skills we have learned this year such as relative clauses, semicolons and parenthesis. We had a good discussion about figurative language and why this type of text is not the best time to use it. Next week, we will finish this unit and move on to another text which we will create fiction pieces from.

Maths

We finished off our decimals unit this week and one of our final lessons was a purely reasoning and word problem lesson. This is of course incredibly tricky but we were very impressed with the strategies the children used to solve the problems such as: trial and error, using our previous number and fraction knowledge as well as breaking down the key actions of the problem. This is great to see and shows the children are one step closer to becoming an independent mathematician at a Year Five level. After an assessment yesterday, today we will be moving on to geometry. We will be starting with angles before moving on to 3d shapes and symmetry and translation.

Admin

PE kits are to be worn on Mondays and Tuesdays.

In the wonderful British weather, we never quite know what temperature we will encounter so please ensure pupils have a jumper in school.

Water bottles are please kept in school

Please listen to you child read at least a couple of times a week – this is an area we really believe has been affected due to the previous lockdowns.

Homework

Please refer to Google Classroom

 

Have a lovely long weekend,

Emma

Friday 23rd April 2021

I hope you had a wonderful break and managed to enjoy the relaxations safely in the last week of the break. Milligan Class returned to school full of smiles and their usual happy, cheerful selves but were ready to knuckle down and get to grips with our learning this week. We have started a new history topic which has never been taught in our school titled ‘The Changing Role of Women’. Milligan Class were incredibly engaged in our initial discussions and had some very interesting points and questions to share with one another throughout the lesson. I think it’s safe to say they will get a lot from this unit!

English

This week, we have continued with the eagerly anticipated next chapters of ‘The Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen. Towards the end of last term, we used this book as a stimulus to write a persuasive letter. This week, we are focussing on developing our language, retrieval and inference skills. We carried out a comprehension based on the text on Tuesday and Wednesday had us analysing sentences to find with unfamiliar words. Using our general knowledge and breaking down the author’s use of language helped us ‘estimate’ the meaning of the word and understand the whole sentence. Milligan class really enjoyed this task and learning words such as: squamous, tenebrous and vertiginous. We developed our prediction skill based on information presented to us rather than what we as the reader ‘want’ to happen and found this quite tricky. Next week, we will be moving forward with writing some instruction texts based Ho-Yen’s work.

 

Maths

This week, we have carried on with decimals after our initial start just before we broke up for Easter. Wednesday had us rounding decimals to one decimal place and whole values and then moving on to comparing and ordering values with three decimal places before we finish with establishing an understanding between fractions, decimals and percentages today. We will continue with this on Monday and then have a recap of the whole unit and an assessment about the topic. This week, we have also resurrected the 2 minute times table challenge and understandably after a break we are little bit slower than we were pre-Christmas but I have no doubt that we will be zooming along with our multiplication facts in no time.

Admin

There is no extra PE session on Friday mornings anymore

Children need to be in PE kits on Mondays and Tuesdays

Reading books need to be in everyday so we can read with the children

No library for a few weeks while we switch over to a digital system.

 

Homework

This week, homework will be:

Spellings and Grammar sentences

Extra Grammar work

Mathletics

Times table practise

Earth Day activity

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

 

Thursday 1st April 2021

We have been incredibly lucky with sunshine this week which is an incredibly fitting end for a tricky term – sunshine and hope to move us forward into the holidays, a fresh mind set and a well-earned rest. It was lovely to chat to some of you over the parents evening and it was great to see that we are on the same page with prioritising your children’s happiness and mental health.

Happiness was definitely afloat this week when the children had cricket on Tuesday morning, drama on Wednesday and of course our Easter Bonnet parade too! It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you see a plethora of bunny ears in the playground really isn’t it?

Of course, as well lots of enriching activities, we have worked hard this week so can put our best foot forward on our return after the Easter holidays.

English

We put our learning from ‘The Boy in the Tower’ to good use when we wrote a persuasive letter urging the Prime Minister to help London after its experiences with the ‘Bluchers’. Having analysed the features of a persuasive letter last week, we knew that emotive language, a formal tone, rhetorical questions and flattery would help improve our chances of the Prime Minister listening to Ade’s letters. I was very impressed by the end result and it is clear that we have some future campaigners in Milligan Class. They have worked tremendously hard this term and should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

 

Maths

With cricket taking up Tuesday’s maths slot and Friday being a Bank Holiday, we squeezed in our sessions where we continued building our knowledge of decimals. We moved on to turning decimals into fractions (which is a key step we will need to understanding turning fractions into percentages) and finished the week with deepening out understanding of the ‘thousandths’ place value. Reviewing our fractions unit which we carried out last week, I was very impressed by the understanding the children had of the topic we started in lockdown and carried on in school. Word problems seem to be the main issue for even those of the highest ability and so we will be focussing on addressing this in the following term.

Admin

Please note there is no school on the 20th April.

Emails sent in the holidays will not be replied until the end of the break.

If you missed your parents evening slot, please arrange an alternative time with me by email.

 

Homework

No homework over the holidays as the children (and parents) have worked so hard but we do encourage reading to take place.

Friday 26th March 2021

Another week has whizzed us by and we are one step closer to the end of term. It was lovely talking to all of you this week and it’s lovely to hear that we’re all on the same page – your children’s happiness and mental wellbeing is the priority for the summer term!

 

English

This week, we are continuing with ‘The Boy in the Tower’ and following on from developing our reading skills last week, we have been looking at language and grammar for the last few days. We started with looking at ‘Modal Verbs’ and using these to write persuasive sentences to one of our characters. As we had Cross Country on Tuesday there was no English but on Wednesday we analysed the features of a persuasive letter as next week, we are going to have this as our main focus. As always we are encouraging our children to apply their previous skills independently and it is lovely that in spite of everything the children have been through they are very impressive writers.

 

Maths

This week, we reviewed our learning of fractions on Wednesday ready for an assessment today. As we had cross country on Tuesday we missed that lesson however with hard work and the excellent dedication Year Five demonstrated over lockdown I’m pleased to say that we are on track with our learning so far. Today, we will be moving into decimals and will refresh our memory of decimal place value before moving on to rounding decimals and developing our knowledge of ‘thousandths’. This will help us when we come back after Easter when we will tackle decimals into percentages and fractions.

 

Admin

Please ensure you are hearing your child read at least a couple of pages of their book – reading aloud is a key skill we would like our children to have.

Easter Bonnet Parade next week

Our Easter service will be live streamed next Thursday.

All PE kits home next week please.

Please remind parents to donate Easter eggs and buy their raffle tickets via parentmail – all proceeds going towards Friends of the Earth charity and Year 6 final trip to Whitby. Here’s

 A video you can include thanks.

https://youtu.be/aJxV5LBKqMc

Homework

Comprehension – on google classroom

Spelling and grammar sentences in homework books

Multiplication Facts

Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

Friday 19th March 2021

Our second week is down and it feels like we have never had the rather rude interruption that we experienced in Spring 1. The children are working so hard and their resilience is a true inspiration to the rest of us! We have ploughed forward this week with our Spring 2 topics of Scandinavia and ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ in Relationships and Health but Milligan Class rally are working hard across the board.

English

This week, we started our brand new class text ‘The Boy in The Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen and I think it is safe to say we are hooked! We have spent the week group reading the first few chapter and are already up to chapter 12. We have focussed on the very tricky skill of inference and then used this to predict what might happen next. On Wednesday, we looked at using synonyms to change the ‘power’ of a sentence as well as being able to clearly portray to the reader a character’s feelings. We used words such as ‘despondent’, ‘disconsolate’ and ‘melancholy’ and considered the effect each word would have on the reader’s understanding of a character’s experience. Milligan Class took to this fresh vocabulary like ducks to water and I’m excited to see how they will use them in the future. Today, we will be doing some drama based on a scene from the book which will further our knowledge of the characters and the plot.

 

Maths

This week, we have continued with our knowledge of fractions and started the week with learning how to subtract mixed number fractions. After showing they were more than capable we moved on to playing ‘four in a row’ (similar to connect four) where pupils had to solve these problems and race their partner to getting ‘four in a row’. Wednesday had us multiplying unit fractions and on Thursday we introduced mixed number fractions again as the next step. Today, we will be recapping fractions of an amount which Year Five will of course be confident in from their previous learning in Year Three and Year Four but we of course will be throwing them some tricky challenges and reasoning problems to develop their understanding. I know Year Five will be more than up to the challenge! Next week, we will be looking at decimals and how they correlate with fractions.

 

Admin

Parents Evening is next Wednesday and Thursday so please do book a slot. I am aware that 10 minutes may not be very long after such a tumultuous year so please do not hesitate if you would like to arrange a phone call for a different day/time. I urge all to be on time as much as you can but do not worry if technical issues prevent this as we can arrange another suitable time.

Reading – please encourage your child to read one or two pages out loud when they are reading their books. This is a key part of public speaking and we have noticed that all children would benefit from doing this regularly.

Virtual Easter bonnet parade Wednesday, 31st March – get them to think about using recycled materials and wear their hat to school etc.

 

Down syndrome awareness day is on Monday so we are wearing odd socks and asking for a £1 donation from the children.

There will be a virtual whole school Easter service Thursday, 1st April at 9.10am

 

 

Homework will be on google classroom

Creative writing to be done on a google document

Spelling and grammar sentence

Multiplication facts

Mathletics

Reading

 

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week,

Miss Mahon

Friday 12th March 2021

What a treat to be back! Milligan Class have settled back into school life very nicely making the previous half term seem like a very odd dream. They are much taller than when I last saw them in December but are still the same happy, calm and funny bunch that were very patient with my many ‘Can you hear me-s?’

 

We have jumped right back into our learning this week but are still carrying on with the topics we started on Google Classroom. In English, we are continuing with poetry and have looked at Joseph Coelho and Karl Nova for inspiration in nonsense poems and free verse poetry. For the last few days of the week, we looked at performance poetry and focussed on ‘The Marrog’ by R.C. Scriven. Today we are set to take over the music hall and in groups, perform to each other this wonderful piece. Next week, we will be starting a new class text ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen which will inspire the next few weeks of English lessons and I’m sure is set to be a favourite of the Milligans.

In Maths, we are continuing on with fractions and during our recap lesson on Monday I was very impressed with Year Fives understanding of the topics we covered in such a difficult time. Confident in our previous learning, we moved on to adding three fractions this week and subtracting mixed number fractions. Next week, we will be looking at multiplying fractions and recapping fractions of an amount from Year Four.

 

Our topics are Scandinavia in humanities and we are continuing with Space in Science until the end of this term.

 

Admin

Please ensure children bring a bag to school for reading records/letters etc.

Water bottles in school please.

Children are also able to come in their PE kits on Fridays if they attend the extra PE session with Alaister and Claire.

 

 

Homework – All homework is on Google Classroom Click on here to go to Google Classroom Log In

Spellings and five grammar sentences

Extra grammar focussing on phrases

Mathletics

Times Table facts

Reading – reading books and records to come in every day as we can still have the children handle their own book and read to us.

International Women’s Day research task.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 18th December 2020

Well we have made it to the end of term. We have still managed to have our St Stephen’s traditions but of course they looked slightly different this year. Our carol concert recording should be available for you to enjoy soon and I think you will agree Milligan Class are simply marvellous in it. Our KS1 nativities have been live streamed as well as recorded and of course we had our Christmas service streamed earlier today.

Throughout our last week we have been none stop but of course we have tried to ensure that the children are really having a treat after all of their unending efforts. Monday had us finishing our Newspaper report before we ‘published’ our final drafts into our ‘author’s folder’ ready to share and carrying out little assessments in Science and Humanities which always tends to be a celebration of our hard work rather than something to be scared of. After the cancellation of our cross country competition on Tuesday, we had the opportunity to finish our publishing and finishing off our bits and pieces Wednesday morning had us painting using acrylics after learning about Lubaina Himid and in the afternoon we finished our coding unit where we have been turning an animation into a game. Thursday saw our final Spanish session, an investigative maths session (Christmas themed of course), our final library session of the term and creating Christmas pop up cards after I finally relented and gave in to pure Christmas carnage.

After the service this morning, we got together in our Year Five bubble and had a Christmas quiz which was filled with little known facts that I’m sure will be shared with you later and as I write this your lovely children are being treated to some Christmas craft and a few rounds of ‘jingle bells’.

Your children have shown such resilience and determination this term and should be so proud of the progress they have made when they have had to overcome such difficulties. I know myself, Mrs Connor and Miss Michelle are really looking forward to what next term holds but from our school family to yours – we hope you have a safe, relaxing and very happy Christmas and here’s to much, much better 2021!

Friday 11th December 2020

One more week to go and my goodness Milligan Class have earned their break. We have had a busy week jam packed with carol concert rehearsals, filming and D.T. day as well as desperately trying to finish off our various topics.

English

This week, we have carried on our newspaper unit. We spent Monday creating introduction paragraphs which would answer the questions Who? Where? When? What? This was rather tricky as the temptation was to write the whole report in the first paragraph but reflecting on the pieces that we have read we knew to hold back from giving too much away. We then focussed on creating the correct tone for a newspaper piece and changed sentences to third person and present tense. Wednesday had us reflecting on what goes in a conclusion paragraph before we planned our newspaper report on Friday ready for writing on Monday.

 

Maths

This week, we have had the chance to review topics we all found tricky in the previous months. We jumped back into rounding to the nearest 10, 000 and 100, 000 and applied this knowledge to a variety of contexts. Feeling confident following this dip into a past unit we then jumped into some multistep word problems which were designed to stretch the mind and I think from the silence that descended over the class organically, everyone was well and truly focused on solving the problems. Happily, the hard work we have been putting into word problems is really paying off and it has been great  to see our pupils’ confidence rise.

 

Admin


FREE Online Maths Tutor Programme from St Paul’s Boys

 

I hope you might have seen the Parent Mail on this virtual maths mentoring programme led by St Paul’s Boys School. The programme provides students with on-demand, remote Maths homework help: students simply snap a photo of their question to get help from a mentor right away, all via smartphone. Here’s a short video with more details from some of the student mentors on how it works.

 

What next?

 

Having watched the mentor video, if you would like your child to have access to free online tutors, please complete this consent form. We will then verify your child as a Y5 or Y6 pupil at St Stephen’s.

 

Homework

Comprehension

Spellings and grammar sentences

Times Tables

Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 4th December

With only two weeks left to go we are officially in a countdown to the Christmas holidays and I’m once again going to pull out the old cliché of ‘But where has the year gone?’. Milligan Class have worked so hard this term and with their (and mine) last ounces of energy they are still throwing themselves with gusto into their lessons.

English

We started the week with Monday and Tuesday dedicated to writing their own version of ‘The Highwayman’. The pupils’ ideas were ingenious and pulled Noyes’ work into the twenty first century with a yank. Following on from these efforts, Milligan Class then typed up their finished pieces which we will print and put into our Milligan Class poetry folder which the pupils can peruse at their leisure. With our classical poetry unit over, we then moved on to our Newspaper unit which will take us until the end of term. We will focus our pieces on – you guessed it – the highwayman! But of course we will learn about reported and direct speech, using specific starters to aid with cohesion and understanding, paragraphs and seeing if we could even squeeze in a few pieces of figurative language.

Maths

This week, we have carried on reading and analysing timetables using the 24 hour clock which finished off our statistics unit and yesterday we had a small assessment where Year Five got to flex their mathematical brains and show off just a tad. As always I was incredibly impressed by their hard work, determination and resilience. As we only have just over a week before we descend into full Christmas chaos, we will be focussing on brushing up a few of the skills we have worked on this term. Rounding to the nearest 10,000 and 100, 000 and multistep word problems will be our focus as well as a few end of term assessments reviewing our efforts across the whole term.

 

Admin

All children need jumpers and coats in school everyday please

Homework is due on Tuesdays and is compulsory.

Please read with your children a couple of times a week at least.

 

Homework

Creative writing task in your homework

Spellings and grammar

Mathletics

Times tables

 

Have a lovely weekend and stay warm,

Miss Mahon

 

Friday 27th November 2020

Well another week has whizzed us by and Christmas is very much on the agenda at St. Stephen’s this week. Obviously, our lovely Carol Concert is off the cards this year BUT of course Mr Schumm won’t let a little pandemic stop him from creating some sort of musical masterpiece and so Miss Rachel has been practising with the Year Fives ready for filming on the 8th December. How exciting!

 

English

This week, we have continued with ‘The Highwayman’ and focussed on figurative language in our lessons learning about similes, alliteration, metaphors and onomatopoeia (try saying that with a toffee in your mouth!). Milligan class took to these techniques like a duck to water and are ready to create their own for versions of Noyes’ work today. What a treat to look forward to! During our lessons, we of course begin with a little grammar or spelling and we are particularly focussing on the different types of apostrophe (for contraction or possessive) which is a tricky concept to grasp but Milligan Class are working hard to succeed.

 

Maths

We have continued with statistics this week, particularly focussing on line graphs which Year Five created on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday had us moving on to timetables using the 24 hour clock, which are such an integral part of school life, so it was great that our pupils could contextualise this easily. Today, we will continue with interpreting this type of data ready for a little assessment next week.

 

Admin

Please ensure coats and jumpers are in school everyday – the British weather does like to keep us on our toes.

 

Homework

Spellings and grammar

Extra grammar work

Mathletics

Times Tables

Practising the Year 5 carol

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

 

Friday 20th November 2020

We seem to be speeding rapidly towards December and nearly have our first full term under our belt. With the likes of movie night and ‘Beaujolais Night’ it’s no wonder our weeks are flying by. With only four weeks to go before the end of term, the countdown is on to get all our topics all tied up with a bow ready for Santa.

English

This week, we started a new topic ‘Classical Poetry’. Our focus is Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’. On Tuesday, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much Milligan Class were absorbed by this centuries old piece. The tension, the rhythm and the language had us enthralled although there were a few cries of disgust (of course) at the mention of the Highwayman fancying Bess. On Wednesday, we looked at formal and informal tone, examining how the old language has an influence on our interpretation. We translated some stanzas into modern language although it did not quite have the same dramatic flair. Today, we will be plotting the events of Noyes’ work  before turning into a comic strip which is something I don’t think he had in mind for his great piece but a primary school teacher can all but try.

 

Maths

We finished our first multiplication and division unit this week but on Tuesday we applied our knowledge in various word problems and then moved on to an assessment on Wednesday showing the culmination of our efforts. Year Five absolutely smashed their expectations and should be incredibly proud of their efforts over the past few weeks. Yesterday had us jumping into our new unit ‘Statistics’. Line graphs are a big focus of this unit and so yesterday we grounded our understanding of when and how to use them before interpreting a variety of word problems about them. Today, we will be continuing our efforts in this ready for creating our own line graphs on Tuesday.

 

Admin

Reading books need to be in every day ready for the children to be called upon to read.

Water bottles need to be in every day.

 

Homework

Spellings and grammar

Times tables

Mathletics

Comprehension – on Google Classroom again

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 13th November 2020

Thank you so much for those tuning in on Wednesday and Thursday evening for their Parents Evening slot. As teachers, we were ‘slightly’ nervous about the new set up but this was made even easier chatting with such lovely parents. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding of the ten-minute time slot. Please know my door is always open and ready for a chat whenever you need me.

 

English

We started our final information reports this week and what a treat it has been getting to read such fantastic pieces. They were packed full of technical language, parenthesis, relative clauses, special spelling words and rich vocabulary. Milligan Class have tremendous in their efforts and it clearly paid off in their fantastic pieces making them qualified ‘alienologists’. Today, we will be starting our new unit ‘Classical Poetry’ and we will be analysing ‘The Highwayman’ next week which should be a fun unit packed with drama, cartoon strips and thinking of our own version involving Westfield. I’m sure Alfred Noyes knew his poem would inspire a replica involving a big shopping centre….

 

Maths

This week, we have carried on with our ‘Multiplication and Division’ unit. Tuesday had us applying our knowledge of square numbers (which we learned last week) to understand cube numbers. On Wednesday, we investigated a variety of statements such as

‘Think of a number. Square it. Subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? Try with other numbers. What do you notice? How do these images help you explain your observations?’

After a variety of reasoning problems, our confidence and resilience was growing which is the powerful thing about these lessons. Yesterday, we multiplied whole and decimal values by 10/100/1000 and today we will tackle word problems which will be carrying on the learning we did in our ‘Addition and Subtraction’ unit. Next week, we will be carrying out a little assessment for this unit and then move on to ‘Statistics’.

 

Admin

Thank you for all children coming in with coats this week.

Please ensure all children have their own water bottle each day.

 

Homework

Spellings and grammar sentences

Comprehension is on Google Classroom.

Mathletics

Times Tables

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

 

 

 

Friday 6th November 2020

First week of Autumn Two down and Milligan Class still had bounds of energy to spare today. We have celebrated Parliament Week this week where children learned about all the little things parliament are in charge of as well as learning about the life of an MP. We of course had the chance to flex our democratic muscles and voted for two new additions to the school menu! Stay tuned for the results to follow…

We have started our new half termly topics which as ‘Life Cycles’ in science and ‘The U.K’ in Geography as well as ‘Valuing Difference’ in Relationships and Health and ‘Monasteries’ in R.E. which will change to ‘Seeing Christmas through art and music’ after two weeks.

 

English

This week, we continued with our Information Reports unit and drafted the paragraphs about our alien’s habitat and diet making sure to pack in relative clauses, rich descriptive vocabulary, technical vocabulary and parenthesis. Phew! We also had a grammar lesson at the beginning of the week focussing on using commas appropriately either in a list, after fronted adverbials to show parenthesis or to add extra detail. Our children have such remarkable imaginations and it has been so lovely to see the creative flair in their writing. It was such a treat to see what our Milligan pupils have in store for the rest of their report which we will write on Monday.

Maths

This week, we have started our new Multiplication and Division unit. We started the unit with looking at multiples and factors. We identified the meaning of both before using our knowledge to find common factors and multiples across the various times tables. We used our knowledge of statistics to apply this knowledge using a Venn Diagram. On Thursday, we were ready to tackle Prime Numbers especially as some of us were spotting these particular numbers in our factors lesson. We had an investigation to solve using our prime numbers knowledge before moving on to squared numbers today. Next week, we will be focusing on cubed numbers, multiplying and dividing values by multiples of 10 and word problems.

 

Admin

Coats are a must everyday from now on please

 

Homework

Mathletics

Spellings and grammar

Extra grammar

Multiplication facts

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 23rd October 2020

How can it be half term? It feels like we were starting our first day back only moments ago.

We have a had a lovely final few days of Autumn One as it has been ‘Celebrating Black Voices Week. This was such a treat as we got the chance to reflect on some incredibly special voices that have inspired, changed and challenged the world. We began the week with researching people from the black community who were the first to break the barriers on society’s limitations. We learned about Clive Sullivan, Frank Bailey, Diane Abbott and Margaret Busby who were pioneers in their career and remarkable people. We then dived into Malorie Blackman’s Cloud Busters, which is such a powerful poetry book that tells the story about a friendship between two boys. We finished the week, with learning about Jason Lawrence who was a wonderful painter and inspired us to try to recreate the Shepherd’s Bush skyline in his style.

This was not all of course, yesterday we had DT Day and of course by now you have seen the fantastic drawstring bags created by Milligan Class. I was incredibly impressed by their sewing skills as well as the individual creativity that each pupil expressed in their project. DT is such a fantastic opportunity to throw the ‘rule book’ out the window and let personalities fly.

 

As this week has been such a busy week we have combined the activities above into our English sessions. Before this, we had to plan and design our aliens ready for our return after half term when we will write our information reports then.

In Maths this week, we carried on with clarifying our understanding of word problems. On Tuesday, had a selection of one and two step problems which we then had to identify if they were one or two step problems and then solve them accordingly. This really put our brains to work and required us to use our comprehension skills too. On Wednesday, we then had to write our own multistep word problems, which was such a good way to apply our reasoning. On Friday, we carried out a small end of unit assessment so we are ready for multiplication and division when we return after half term.

 

Admin

Please wear a mask when coming through the school gate at the beginning and end of the day.

Please ensure all children have a water bottle with them which they can refill at school.

Get your child to log on to google classroom throughout half term. No work has been set on here but we want them to gain their independence with this – unfortunately if a parent keeps logging on for the child, the child will not develop this.

 

Homework

Extra grammar

Spellings and grammar sentences

Arithmetic

Mathletics

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 16th October 2020

Well it has been none stop this week but is there any other way at St. Stephen’s?

On Wednesday, we had some of our pupils out all day finishing filming for the Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang documentary. A wonderful day was had by all and despite the chilly weather, all children returned with beaming smiles alongside Mr Schumm of course. Yesterday, we held our third ‘Red Card to Racism’ day where all pupils came wearing something red (no matter how big or small) to show unity with those who experience racism and as a school this is something we are incredibly passionate about fighting. Milligan Class had an assembly provided by the charity and in the afternoon we had scenarios printed on cards which provided a starting point on how to be anti-racist. This is a topic we will be working on a lot (but not exclusive to) next term as part of our ‘Valuing Difference’ unit in Relationships and Health Education lessons.

Today, we are donning our blue and yellow outfits in celebration of our class’ chosen region for ‘Hispanic Day’ – the Canary Islands. Following assembly where we will sing a Cuban song ‘La Bodeguera’ before researching what the ‘Islands’ have to offer, taking part in a Sevilliana dance workshop and before looking at the blue Tenerife lizard to inspire our artwork.

English

This week, we were stuck into our new unit ‘Information Texts’. On Monday, we brushed up on our comprehension skills and answered questions to get to know the format of these texts just a little bit better. On Tuesday, we collected vocabulary that would be appropriate for our own information reports on an……ALIEN! Milligan Class were superb at this and found words such as ‘carnivorous’, ‘incubate’ and ‘indistinguishable’ to name a few. This put us on good standing when on Wednesday we tackled relative clauses about animals to help us consider what we might have to describe about our own animals. Thursday had us examining an exemplar about the ‘Mercurian Alien’ and picking out the skills we need to include in our own pieces. Next week, we will be focusing a bit more on the exemplar and then planning our aliens before we break for half term.

Maths

This week, we tackled using rounding and estimation to solve addition and subtraction problems. This is such a useful skill for children to learn and the children agreed that it was too- especially when thinking about how much pocket money you might need in a shop. For the remaining sessions of the week, we were word problem obsessed. We started by doing a sorting activity where children had to simply identify if they had a one or two-step problem and organise accordingly. We then moved on to working out actual problem on Thursday before finishing for Hispanic Day on Friday.

Next week, we will do one more session on word problems and then have a little assessment to finish off the unit before half term.

 

Admin

Please can all children bring a coat to school – the day can turn quite quickly at the minute so we need to prepare for rain as is the great British tradition as much as possible.

Homework is due for Tuesday. We are having quite a few ‘forget’ after such a strong start so hopefully between home and school we can push this message through.

 

Homework

This week comprehension is to be completed via the Google Classroom. Please read the text and write the answers on the attached google document.

Spellings and grammar sentences (in homework book as usual)

Arithmetic

Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 9th October 2020

Another busy week has flown by jam packed with facts, fun and fantastic learning. We have been continuing our learning on Judaism in R.E. and learned about Shabbat and the significance of the synagogue in Judaism. In History, we have been learning about medical care in the Victorian age and I think that was just one more reason to send a silent prayer of thanks for our wonderful NHS – no leeches for Milligan Class thank you very much.

 

English

This week, we finished our myths, which was such a treat for me as I grabbed a cup of tea, and tucked into all the delicious tales that Milligan class created. I was incredibly impressed with the language and plots that our lovely pupils came up with and am incredibly excited for what is to come over the coming year. In the middle of the week, we refreshed our dictionary skills, in integral skill to becoming more independent, and on today, we will be beginning our new unit on ‘Information Texts’.

 

Maths

This week, we started our new unit on ‘Addition and Subtraction’. Monday, had us refreshing our understanding of the topic before moving on to using the inverse to check our answers and find missing values. We tucked into ‘inverse puzzle pyramids’ which proved a great success and then today, we will move on using estimation and rounding to solve addition and subtraction problems quickly. Every lesson, we have been either completing our times table challenge or having a go at the maths challenge from ‘Countdown’, which is an excellent way to warm up our brains. Next week, we will be moving on to multi-step word problems but my goodness I think Year 5 are ready for it.

 

Next week, we have lots of amazing enrichment opportunities happening. On Thursday, we have ‘Red Card to Racism’ day for the third year in a row. All children are encouraged to come in and where something red to show their allegiance to anti-racism. We will be having a special (streamed) assembly and all children will carry out an anti-racism activity in their classes. Next term, our ‘Relationships and Health Education’ learning unit is ‘Valuing Difference’, which will continue the conversation from Thursday. We can’t collect in buckets this year but shou8ld you wish to support the charity ‘Red Card to Racism’ please text ‘RED’ to 70470 to give £1, ‘RED5’ to give £5, ‘RED10’ to give £10 or ‘RED20’ to give £20 if you are able to.

 

On Friday (16th) it is Hispanic day and our country in Milligan Class is the Canary Islands. Please can all children come to school wearing colours of the Canary Island flag (yellow and blue)? It is set to be a lovely day as always where we will dance ‘Sevillana’ style and learn about our country of the day.

Homework

Thank you for your cooperation re. Google Classroom last week and your endless levels of patience with putting up with a few glitches. We are back to normal this week (I hear the sighs of relief), so please look in the homework box for all activities.

Spellings and grammar

Extra grammar work

Multiplication facts

Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Emma

 

 

Friday 2nd October 2020

Another week has flown by and suddenly we are in October and autumn has arrived with determination. We have carried on with our topic ‘The Industrial Revolution’ this week where we have learned about all the inventions that were invented in this time such as tarmac, the postage stamp and of course the telephone! Where would we be without these amazing inventions? In Science, we have continued with science where we made our very own parachutes to learn about air resistance before throwing them off the top of our staircase and timing their descent. Of course we had our library session today but we do need our young Milligans to remember to bring their books back in.

 

English

This week, we have reached the climax of our unit ‘Myths and Legends’ and after much discussion over the previous two weeks  we have started to create our etymological myths where the children decide how a natural phenomenon came into the world with a few Hydras, Phoenixes and Gorgons thrown into the mix for good measure. I must say I have been totally blown away by our pupils’ efforts and if this is their first piece of writing (after a tumultuous last term) then I am incredibly excited for their efforts to come. Next week, we will have an editing and sharing session and then move on to our new unit ‘Information texts’.

Maths

Our Place Value unit has ended this week and after brushing up on our knowledge of decimal places we applied all that we had learned in a series of word and contextual problems. Yesterday, we did a small assessment where pupils had a chance to show off what they had learned. Today, as a reward for their efforts, we will be starting with countdown to wake up our arithmetic skills and then move on to a Cluedo style investigation. They have earned it! Next week, we will starting our addition and subtraction unit.

WALK WITH US ON W/C 5 OCTOBER!

Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate. 

St Stephens has decided to take part in the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. Each pupil will be challenged to walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school every day for one week

Our five-day walking challenge aimed to be fun and engaging all week long, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

 

This year we invite you to join us in celebrating the incredible physical and mental health benefits walking brings to every individual.

Strong hearts, healthy bones, increased muscle strength are all well-documented outcomes of walking, but the benefits for the mind are just as powerful. Increased sense of calm and self-esteem, time to connect with friends, family and the natural world, awakened creativity and improved overall cognitive function! All that makes for a happy, healthy child set up for success in and out of the classroom.

 

Class teachers will be awarding daily house points to all those who walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride into school next week.  Mr Schumm will announce the class winners in next Friday’s Stars of the Week Assembly.  So check out the weather, waterproofs or wellies, cycles or scooters, jumpers and jackets – join us for Walk to School next week.

 

 

Admin

Library books are due in on Fridays

Homework is due on Tuesdays

Please encourage your child to log on to google classroom in preparation for an at home task being set next week.

 

Homework

Comprehension – Please log on to google classroom and answer the questions on document provided. You do not need to write the question out just a full sentence answer.

Spellings and grammar sentences

Arithmetic

Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 25th September 2020

We have made it through another week and had a few opportunities to get used to the ‘rainy day’ routine in our bubbles and as usual, Milligan Class took it in their calm, easy going stride. We had hymn practise this week with Miss Rachel, experiments in science and even a chat (digitally of course) with Thomas Harding who is the author of ‘The House by the Lake’. Thank you so much to Claire Gill who kindly organised for this to happen – it was a lovely way to start our Wednesday.

 

English

This week, we have been getting to grips with some skills that we need to use next week when we write our own myths. On Monday, we examined an exemplar myth that I created and picked out the skills we liked. We also plotted out the structure of the myth so we would be familiar with this when thinking of our own. Tuesday had us revise direct speech and using inverted commas as well as synonyms for said. The good old rhyme ’66 99, new speaker, new line’ will be forever etched on Milligan Class’ minds. Wednesday had us picking out the interesting vocabulary and phrases from our exemplar and today we will be creating questions about the text so we can apply our comprehension skills.

Next week, we will be planning and writing our own creation myths.

Maths

We have carried on with Place Value this week but this time we have been learning about using the powers of ten to calculate the difference. We also worked hard on being able to spot mistakes in sequences, which was trickier than we first thought and had to work hard to think of clear explanations explaining what had gone wrong. On Thursday, we learned about negative numbers and solved word problems using this particular skill. Today, we will be jumping into one of my favourite topics, which is reading and interpreting roman numerals. These lessons are a mixture of memory skills and code cracking and something I know our Year Fives will enjoy a lot.

Admin

Please have all children practise logging on to google classroom at home. We are practising in class but unfortunately, we need to keep this skill alive and well in case circumstances change.

 

Homework

Spellings and grammar sentences

Mathletics

Times tables

Extra Grammar work

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Mahon

Friday 18th September 2020

How can we be at the end of our second week already? We have really gotten to grips with our new routine this week. Our ‘soft’ start and designated play time/lining up spots are now familiar territories with us and we have of course become firm friends with the antibacterial points throughout the school. Thank you so much for cooperating with the new guidelines – as teachers we really appreciate this.

English

This week, we got stuck into our new unit based on ‘Myths and Legends’. We spent Monday reading ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ before answering some questions on the text and on Tuesday we moved on to creation myths from Japan, Africa, South America, the Aborigine population and Native American population. We then turned our own favourite myths into comic strips helping us identify the main points in each tale. By Wednesday, we were ready to look at another popular Greek myth ‘Pandora’s Box’ which some of us knew already of course. We took this opportunity to get to know Zeus’ mischievous character a little better before acting out a section of the story in groups.  Today, we will dip our toe in some grammar and start to learn about ‘relative clauses’ which will be another handy tool to help make our writing full of rich description this year. Of course, we have been revising our ‘-tious’, and ‘-cious’ words this week ready for our spelling test this morning.

Next week, we will be learning about parenthesis, direct speech and developing our comprehension skills.

Maths

This week, we have continued with our ‘Place Value’ unit. On Monday, we ordered and compared six digit values and on Tuesday, we recapped our knowledge of rounding to 10, 100 and 1000 so we were ready for our lesson on Wednesday where we rounded values to the nearest 10, 000 and 100, 000. This was a fantastic opportunity to consolidate our place value knowledge where we built on our Year Four skills. By Thursday, we were ready to apply our knowledge with some challenging reasoning problems, which required us to also use our comprehension skills. Today, we will be working on a set of challenges where we are only able to use our mental maths skills. It should prove to be an interesting lesson from which we can identify strategies that can help us in the future.

 

Admin

Water bottles are necessary every day

All children need to bring a bag everyday

Please ensure children know if they are doing club that day

 

Homework – We had a fantastic turn in of books on Monday and Tuesday so thank you so much for your  support with this.

Spelling and grammar sentences

Comprehension

Mathletics

Times Tables

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Mahon

 

 

 

Friday 11th September 2020

What a treat it has been getting to know Milligan Class this week. After what was a very tumultuous final term in the last academic year, we have certainly gotten off to a very smooth start (long may it continue). As Mr Schumm relayed in his letter last week, we have hit the ground running over the past few days ready to make up for lost time, although I’m happy to say Year Five have very quickly found their feet and have dived head first into all our tasks. Understandably, we have had to do quite a few assessments to gauge where our lovely bunch are but they were very good sports about it.
Our topic this term in History is ‘The Victorians: The Industrial Revolution’ and ‘Forces’ in Science which will involve some great experiments in the coming weeks. In English, we will be looking at Myths and Legends and we will be writing our very own etymological myths, which explain how a certain natural phenomenon came to be. In Maths, as always we are kicking off our Year Five with a unit on Place Value and building on what they learned about in Year Four.
Sadly, we do not have any trips planned now as there are all sorts of restrictions and concerns in place but hopefully as our confidence and understanding of the changing situation develops we will be able to plan some wonderful experiences when it is safe to do so.
Typically, at the start of the year we would soon be having our open classroom event however for obvious reasons this is not possible. We have already sent home the timetable Milligan Class will be adhering to and the curriculum map, which we will follow for the coming year. Due to the new system of picking up and dropping off, I am afraid I have not been able to meet many of you, which is such a shame and definitely not an ideal way to start the term. Please know that my virtual door is very much open and do drop me an email if you have any concerns no matter how small. Hopefully we will have plenty of opportunity in the coming year to get to know each other very well.

Admin
Reading books can be brought in throughout the week if completely finished. If not finished, please keep them until Friday.
Homework is on the website class page (the same as pre lockdown) and is due in by Tuesday. We apologise for such a quick turn around however homework books need to be given a couple of days stretch in the old ‘quarantine basket’ before Mrs Connor can mark them.
Children are to come in PE kits on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Should they have a club before or after school, they need to bring their school uniform.
My email is e.mahon@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk
Mrs Connor is our TA and will be marking the homework and changing the books this term. Should you have any queries about anything in this matter please direct a message to her or I can pass on any emailed messages.

Homework – due Tuesday 15th September
This week, homework will be:
Spellings and grammar sentences
Mathletics
Arithmetic – times tables

Have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for your patience, support and cooperation with the school while we all get to grips with the tweaks and changes,

Miss Mahon

Homework

INFORMATION

HOMEWORK-Please log on to Google classroom to complete your homework.

 

Please find the link to our timetable below:

Blackman YEAR 5 TIMETABLE blank

Y5 CURRICULUM MAP 2021-22

Our poem this half term has been ‘Change’ by Karl Nova

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx0Ce14P5g4