Milligan

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 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

HOMEWORK- All sections must be completed. Please read the homework instructions. 

Aut 2 Wk 4 – Homework Instructions Y5

Aut 2 Wk 4 – GPS – Y5 Homework

Aut 2 Wk 4 – Spellings Y5 Homework