Welcome to Class 5 Milligan!
Miss Mahon is our class teacher and Mrs Connor is our Teaching Assistant.
Another great week has passed us by and it seems hard to believe that we have already been back for two weeks. On Tuesday, we had a lovely session in the Life Bus from Coram Education. Every year, we see the bus park up on our playground and each class from nursery to reception gets a session teaching us about friendships as well as physical and mental wellbeing.
This week, we have been carrying on with our unit ‘Myths’. Using myths such as Pandora’s Box, How the night was made and the Minotaur as inspiration we plotted out our own ideas. Milligan Class came up with some fantastic ideas about where colour, rain or even rainbows came from. On Wednesday and Thursday, we wrote up our versions of the myths before using our editing skills today to put our finishing touches on our stories which we will get the chance to share on Monday.
This week, we have been continuing our unit on Perimeter and Area. We started the week by finding the area of compound shapes using our multiplication knowledge before moving on to finding the area of irregular shapes which had us using our estimation skills. Today, we finished the week with having a range of perimeter and area problems to solve applying our knowledge from last week and this week.
All children need to bring bikes and a helmet (preferably with a lock) on the week beginning 27th for bike training. Parents were sent a permission slip letter last week
Please ensure all children are in school by 8:55 everyday.
Jumpers and coats are needed in this horrible weather
Grammar and spellings
Have a lovely weekend,
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful break and managed to carve out a few days of peace and quiet over the two weeks. Everyone has returned refreshed, revived and dare I say taller? The pupils that is of course not the adults…I think.
Once again a huge thank you for your tremendous generosity towards myself and Mrs Connor. It is incredibly kind of you and we loved the beautiful cards which were decorated with Milligan class’ Spanish adventures – they will be something I keep forever along with your kind words.
We were straight back into it with a new unit focussing on Myths and Legends. We started by looking at a variety of creation myths from around the world and began to make a list of features these tales included. We decided that most of them were from ancient civilisations and passed down by word of mouth. They usually include a supernatural element and explain why something is the way it is. We then moved on and looked closely at the classic myth Pandora’s Box and created our own retrieval and inference questions based on the text. Following this, we went on to write a piece as Pandora herself. Of course some myths have a monster that strikes fear into a particular hero’s heart and so we finished the week creating our own mythical beast and describing in detail its wicked ways.
In Maths we also started a new unit on ‘Perimeter and Area’. Building on what our Year Fives did in Year Four we revised what these two words mean but this time we went straight into using addition and subtraction to find the missing values in compound shapes. Once we felt confident on this we started on finding the area using multiplication. Next week, we will find the area in irregular shapes before moving on to word problems and a little assessment. As always we have been practising our mental maths each day and this week, we have been particularly focusing on adding and subtracting larger mental values.
Please ensure reading books (including free readers) are brought in every day
PE kits are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
A letter has been sent regarding bike training sessions that will be taking place on the 27th January. Previous year groups have taken part in this training and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Please refer to the letter sent home on Wednesday 8th for the full details. If your child does not have access to a bike or can’t ride a bike please do let us know and we will do our best to help you.
Spellings and grammar sentences
Have a wonderful weekend,
Friday 20th December 2019
We made it! This is always the longest and sometimes hardest term as the temperature drops and darkness descends however it has been a real pleasure and privilege getting to know Milligan Class. They are such a wonderful, caring bunch of children and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next two terms with them in 2020.
Milligan Class gave a wonderful rendition of ‘Walking in the Air’ at the Carol Service last night so thank you so much for giving up your time to get them there and pick them up. Of course, throughout the week, we had plenty of rehearsals ready for the big show as well as finishing off our humanities project which was an information booklet on the ‘Industrial Revolution’, a computer presentation about the Nativity as well as completing our unit on ‘Life Cycles’ in Science.
This morning, we took part in the KS2 house quiz led by Mr Faith before having some fun in the classroom this afternoon – my goodness have these children earned it.
Before I run off for a mince pie, I just want to thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the incredibly kind gift you gave myself and Mrs Connor. It is incredibly kind of you and we very much appreciate your generosity. I really do mean it when I say that it is a privilege working with your wonderful children every day but of course they are only wonderful because of you. Thank you so much for all your support, understanding, friendly smiles and chats this term and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Have a beautiful (hopefully somewhat restful) Christmas,
We appear to be one step closer to the end of term but we have a few more hurdles to cross before we open the quality street tins and don our Christmas knitwear for two weeks. Christmas lunch was gobbled this week and KS1 trod the boards with their Nativity and on Thursday we created dioramas of the Nativity scene using boxes as our starting point. So not a dull week at St. Stephen’s but is there any other kind here?
A huge thanks to Mrs Connor this week who took the reins on Tuesday and Wednesday when the Christmas cold struck me down. All hail Lemsip and Strepsils!
This week as you can imagine, has slowly descended into Christmas chaos but we have done our very best to keep some levels of normality with English and Maths.
In Maths this week, we have continued on with our understanding of multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 as well as dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and taking special note of those values with decimal places. We have continued to revise our understanding of prime, square and cube values and using our multiplication knowledge to build on our understanding of factors and multiples and then have used this knowledge to sole word problems.
In English this week, we have continued to revise different grammatical skills as well as building on our comprehension knowledge ready for a little assessment next week.
Thank you so much for sending children in various bits and pieces to make their dioramas we had a lovely day yesterday getting to grips with pom, poms and paint.
The carol service is next Thursday evening so please do let us know if any children cannot attend just so we can adjust thee lines the children will perform in.
Please know this is the last homework going out this term. There will be NO homework over the Christmas break.
Spellings and descriptive paragraph
Please bring all reading books in
Have a lovely weekend,
We’ve just got back from a fantastic trip to the Water and Steam Museum in Kew where all day children have been expanding their knowledge of forces (which we studied last term) and the Industrial Revolution. We even had the chance to ride on a genuine steam train which was a fantastic opportunity that the children will always remember.
Even though we finished our poetry until last week, I was desperate to get some the fantastic pieces the children produced into our book corner and so on Monday we put our computing skills to use and typed up our favourite poems. Having finished our big units this term, we have turned our attention to some specific grammar focuses such as modal verbs and using the pronouns I and me. We also got the chance to analyse a fantastic piece written by Roald Dahl where a young boy plays a mean trick with a mouse…I hope Milligan Class don’t get any ideas.
This week, we continued with our multiplication and division unit and have worked on expanding our vocabulary. We learned about prime values which Year Five took to like a duck to water before moving on to understand square and cubed values. Our multiplication knowledge was put to good use this week as well as revising the formal written method for multiplying bigger values that we learned last year. Of course we start each maths session with a little mental maths starter and I have to say that if you get the chance to play the number round of the hit game Countdown (there are many online versions) our pupils absolutely love it.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 17th January 2020
Please remember to bring in your reading book and record daily.
Spellings and Grammar