Silverstein

Year 5

Matthew 5:9 -‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’

Welcome to Class 5 Silverstein.

Our teacher is Mr McInroy

Our class TA is Miss Kayleigh

 

 

Weekly updates

Friday 1st April 2021

Happy Easter! Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday and I am looking forward to seeing the children refreshed and raring to go for the summer term. We’ve had a busy term and the children have worked exceptionally hard, so they deserve a well-earnt break!

There is no homework over Easter.

Best wishes,

Mr McInroy

Friday 26th March 2021

It was lovely to speak to all of the parents this week! I look forward to catching up with you all in person at some point.

English 

We are in the thick of our second week of our work based around the book, ‘Boy in the Tower’. The children are continuing to enjoy the text and the discussions we are having in class have been fascinating. We are now preparing to write a persuasive letter inspired by the story, and we have been looking in depth at the features and language that need to be applied.

Maths 

We move onto decimals. This links nicely to our fraction work and I’m looking forward to teaching decimals to the children. We start with the place value of decimals, before moving onto rounding decimals and word problems involving decimals next week.

Homework 

All homework will now be accessible on Google Classroom. Most activities: spelling practise, grammar and times tables practise, should still be completed in homework books.

Admin

We will be parading our Easter Bonnets in class and taking lots of photos – so please help the children have these ready for Thursday! 

Friday 19th March 2021

Again, a fabulous week in 5 Silverstein! Time flies by when you’re having fun and it definitely did this week!

English 

We started our new unit this week, which I have been really excited to start teaching. We are using the wonderful book, ‘Boy in the Tower,’ by Polly Ho-Yen, as a stimulus for the next five weeks. This week we have got stuck into the text, focusing on character analysis, the skill of inference, vocabulary development and some drama, which naturally, the children excelled in.  Next week we will be focusing on persuasive letter writing, which I’m confident the children will produce some high quality work in.

Maths 

This week we finished off fractions. We covered multiplying fractions by an integer, subtracting fractions and fractions of an amount. The children have worked incredibly hard throughout this topic, and although some of the learning might’ve been more challenging since it was covered during lockdown, the children have all made really good progress. Next week, we will be moving onto decimals!

Homework 

All homework will now be accessible on Google Classroom. All the children have joined the new Classroom, where all homework will be posted going forward.

Other Reminders:

On Tuesday we will be doing our cross country run by Wormwood Scrubs, lead by Alistair and Claire.

It is Parents’ Evening next Wednesday and Thursday, so please make sure you have booked a slot!

It is Down Syndrome Awareness Day on Monday, so we are wearing odd socks and asking for a £1 donation from the children.

Virtual Easter bonnet parade on Wednesday, 31st March. Get the children to think about using recycled materials and wear their hat to school.

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

 

Friday 12th March 2021

It’s great to be writing a blog again! I think it’s safe to say we are all glad that schools are open and the children are back with their classmates. Monday morning there was an air of elation in 5 Silverstein and we’ve continued the buzz throughout the week! We’ve hit the ground running with our learning and I am looking forward to more of the same in the coming weeks.

English:

We wrapped up our poetry this week with some free-verse and nonsense poetry writing (always fun). Today we performed ‘The Marrog’, one of my favourite poems, which we shared with Mr Schumm. As usual, the class were extremely enthusiastic and energetic and delivered an engaging and exciting performance!

Maths:

This week we started by recapping the lockdown learning and then carried on with our Fractions unit. We’ve covered adding and subtractions fractions including those with mixed numbers and next week we will be moving onto multiplying fractions. The children have worked really hard in maths this week and the results have been impressive. Let’s keep it up!

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

Art this week stands out. In our topic of ‘The New’, we have been exploring Banksy and some of the techniques he uses to create his work. The children created stencils and we did some spray painting yesterday afternoon. They looked amazing and I’m sure you’ll see them at some point!

Homework:

Please remind your child that the homework is on Google Classroom from now on. They should still however be completing their spellings, grammar and times tables in their homework books: the only thing they should be completing online is the comprehension activities, which are every other week. 

Additionally, please make sure your child learns their spellings throughout the week and not just on Friday morning. This is the best way to retain the spelling they are learning. 

It’s been lovely to chat to some of you in the playground and hopefully will catch up with all of you soon,

Mr McInroy

Friday 18th December 2020

Firstly I’d like to say thank you so much for the gift voucher and the amazing gifts I have received (Miss Kayleigh echoes this; she is delighted!) You have all been overwhelmingly generous and it is greatly appreciated (I don’t think I’ve ever been this spoilt before!)  

Friday 11th December 2020

I nearly wrote this as the final blog of the year! (Wishful thinking) Only one week to go now, and it’s starting to feel a little bit more Christmassy as each day passes.

This week has been busy with the start of the festive activities. The children sung beautifully during their performance for the ‘Christmas Concert’, and I’m sure you’re looking forward to watching it!

English:

We’ve spent the week looking at the features of newspaper, including tone, paragraphing, third person and past tense, and we are now starting to plan our newspaper report based on ‘The Highway Man’. The children are excited to get stuck into writing their reports and I’m excited to see what they produce!

Maths:

With only a few lessons left of the term we are spending our time together revising some of the trickier areas we’ve encountered. The children in my maths groups have given 100% effort this term and I’m looking forward to another productive term when we return in the New Year.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

We wrapped up Science by researching famous naturalists, including Beatrix Potter, Charles Darwin and Cynthia Earl. In RE we discussed Christmas Carols and their relevance to Christianity and had a go at creating our own. They were great!

Admin:

On Tuesday we will be going for a cross-country run and will be out of the school for a couple of hours. Please prepare children for this: leggings, joggers, gloves etc. are advisable.

Homework:

Spelling and grammar sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! 

Have a great weekend,

Mr McInroy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 4th December 2020

Happy Advent! Can’t believe it’s nearly that time already. Time is flying by and (thankfully) the Winter Break will soon be upon us. Thank you for all the Christmas baubles that came in. I got roped in to help decorate the enormous tree we have and I must say it looks fabulous!

 

English:

The children finished their own contemporary versions of ‘The Highway Man’, which were highly enjoyable to read and listen to when they were performed. We now move onto writing a newspaper report based on the poem, which will take us up to Christmas.

Maths:

We’ve been looking at bus and train timetables in maths. We will spend the next couple of weeks revising some of the trickier areas from the term: multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 100, word problems involving money and mental addition and subtraction.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

The highlight this week has to be the football tournament today. Despite the bleak weather, all the children got on without complaints and seemed to really enjoy themselves. Everyone gave 100% effort, worked well as a team and there were some absolute screamers scored!

Homework:

Spelling and grammar sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

Seems like we are stuck with bitterly cold weather for a while – so keep warm, and have a great weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 27th November 2020

Matthew 5 vs 9

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.’

Please can children learn this quote – thanks. 

 

All-in-all a great week.

English:

The children have really enjoyed looking at figurative language this week. We have spent time looking at examples from ‘The Highway Man’ (similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration and personification) and the children have begun generating ideas for when they write their own poems using a similar style next week.

Maths:

This week we’ve been working on line graphs. The children tackled some tricky activities, in which they had to respond to questions about a line graph, and created their own. Creating line graphs can often be tricky, as it a skill not often practised; however, they focused well and tried hard to produce accurate and neatly presented graphs.

 

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

Cricket club for the girls continues to be a success. They are really fortunate to have this opportunity and I’m glad they are enjoying it so much. We were also lucky enough to have a drama session this week, which the children thoroughly enjoyed, and we will have another session next week. In Science, we continued our work on life cycles, this week comparing two birds from different environments.

Admin:

We have an additional football session on Friday, so please can all children wear their kit. Thanks!

Library session on Thursdays – bring books in.

Homework:

See uploads.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend,

Mr McInroy

Friday 20th November 2020

Another busy week with lots going on. ‘Movie Night’ proved to be a particular highlight, and is as good as we’re going to get with the cinemas closed!

English:

We have started our unit on ‘The Highway Man’ by Alfred Noyes. This week, we unpicked the story, discussed formal and informal language and focused on retelling the story through art. Next week, we will be learning about figurative language and building up to writing our own version of the poem.

Maths:

We have spent a couple of weeks looking at multiplication and division terms and skills, i.e. prime and composite numbers, factors and multiples and x and ÷ by 10, 100 and 1000. We will revisit multiplication and division after Christmas, where will focus on written methods and applying our skills to reasoning problems. For the next few weeks, we will be looking at statistics, starting by looking at line graphs next week (interpreting data and creating our own).

 

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

A couple of highlights this week include RE, where we explored how Jesus is depicted through art, and Geography, where we researched some of the major cities in the UK and created fact-files. The children are really enthusiastic about, and engaged in, our current topics, which is really pleasing to see!

Admin:

Library session on Thursdays – bring books in.

Girls cricket on Fridays. Either wear kit or bring in.

Homework:

Same as usual.

Make sure you complete the comprehension on Google Classroom.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend,

Mr McInroy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 13th November 2020

I enjoyed speaking to all the parents during Parents’ Evening this week. It was quite strange not seeing parents in person, but it seemed to run smoothly! Thank you all for your punctuality.

English

We’ve had a great week in class working on finishing our information reports on aliens. They are amazing and the children have all worked really hard to meet the learning outcomes of the unit. We now move onto looking at classical poetry, specifically, ‘The Highway Man’. It is something a bit different and I think the class will really enjoy it.

Maths

This week, we started our Multiplication and Division unit, and have been exploring factors, multiples, prime numbers and squared numbers. Next week, we are moving onto x10, 100, 1000 and ÷10, 100 and 1000. We will also be applying what we have learned in the last week or so to different reasoning problems.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum

The class are really enjoying our Geography unit learning about the UK! This week we spent time identify the counties of the UK and next week we will be major cities

Homework:

Same as usual.

Make sure you complete the comprehension on Google Classroom.

Enjoy the weekend,

Mr McInroy

 

Friday 6th November 2020

A great first week back! It was Parliament Week this week, so we spent time exploring what parliament is and how it works. One activity the children took part in, was voting for a new school lunch option. There were lots of delicious options and I look forward to trying the winner soon! Parliament Week also tied in nicely with the US election currently happening, which they children are fascinated by, and hopefully we will hear the result soon!

English:

The children our writing up their information reports on a species of alien they have created. The children have worked really hard during the last few weeks, so really excited to see what they produce over the next few sessions.

Maths:

We move onto multiplication and division now. We start off by solidifying some key areas: factors, multiples, prime numbers, square numbers etc. before moving onto mental and written methods. My group have been working really hard and making good progress, so I look forward to more of the same this half-term.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

Lots of exciting topics this half-term! In Geography we are exploring the UK (cities, counties, rivers, hills and mountains and coastal areas). In RE, we are looking at Monastic Communities (the life of monks and nuns) and Advent (art, carols and the story). In Science we are learning about life cycles (parts and life-cycles of different flowers and animals) and in Art we are focusing on figures (Keith Haring, Edgar Degas, and a few other artists for inspiration). A couple of highlights from this week including dissecting a lily, which the children thoroughly enjoyed, and ‘playground graffiti’: we used chalk to create artwork on the playground inspired by Keith Haring – they look amazing!

Homework:

Spelling and grammar sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 23rd October 2020

An exciting week to end a great half-term! The highlight of course being DT Day yesterday. The children displayed impressive sewing skills and worked well to create their own drawstring bags. Hopefully they will find a use for them! Additionally, we have 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 recreate one of his landscapes.

 

It always takes a little while as a teacher settling into a new school, but 5 Silverstein have been great at welcoming me into St. Stephen’s life, and I already feel part of the family. I am now looking forward to the rest of the school year: teaching 5 Silverstein and hopefully getting to know the parents and carers better.

 

The children have worked exceptionally hard throughout the half-term, and I’m sure they’ve told you about some of the learning that’s been happening in school. Looking forward to more of the same!

 

Homework:

There is still homework for the half-term week. Thank you so much for your support so far, the quality is usually great.

I hope you, and the children, have a well-deserved break.

 

Mr McInroy

 

 

Friday 16th October 2020

There has been lots going on this week! Some children out filming, Red Card to Racism day, and today: World Hispanic Day! Yesterday we spent time engaging in discussions and activities which promote awareness to racism. The children really showed their mature side with their thoughts on the matter.  Today has been fantastic. It has been an opportunity to discover more about a Spanish speaking country which the children didn’t know a great deal about before. In groups, the children created amazing posters about Chile, which they then presented to the class. We also spent time exploring the Easter Islands and the fascinating statues that are found there. 

English 

During the week we spent time pulling apart a range of information texts, gathering vocabulary and ideas for when we plan our own on aliens next week. Should be a fun writing task!

Maths 

We looked at the skill of approximating answers to a calculation in order to check if our answer is correct. Additionally, we tried some tricky maths puzzles which really had the children thinking! 

Homework:

Comprehension – Please see Google Classroom. 

Spelling sentences – Please make sure your child does not just learn the spellings once. To provide the best chance of learning the spellings, and achieving full marks in the test, they should be revisiting the spellings at least three times during the week.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 9th October 2020

Another busy week has flown by. Not long now until the half-term break: let’s keep the hard work going!

English

The myth writing is done and dusted! I have been so impressed with the children’s writing. I definitely had a few laughs and was on the edge of my seat when reading them this week! Really well done to every child, as they all listened well and applied our learning foci to their writing. Now, we move on to information texts.

Maths

The children have shown an impressive application of their addition and subtraction skills. This week, we focused on using the inverse to check our answers and to complete missing number questions. Next week, we will be applying a range of skills to complete addition and subtraction word problems.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum

Our RE topic for this half-term (Judaism) has been one of great enjoyment. The children started the unit with very little subject knowledge, but have worked well to explore the Jewish culture, identify and practices of their religion. This week we learnt about Shabbat, which the children found very intriguing, and next week we will be having a closer look at synagogues.

In Art, we continued our work on portraits. This week, the children created some amazingly colourful and vibrant portraits in the style of Amy Sheridan. I’m sure you will see them at some point!

Other News:

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 Silverstein Class is Chile. Please can all children come to school wearing colours of the Chile flag (red, blue and white). 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:

Spelling sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 2nd October 2020

A great week in class this week – hopefully the weather behaves next week, so we have no more wet plays (they are good for no one!)

English

The myth writing this week has been highly enjoyable for both the children and me! I have been so impressed by the children’s ideas and effort and I look forward to reading the final edits next week.

Maths

We finished up our place value unit by looking at negative numbers. A big well done to all children, as I know both groups have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks. We are now certainly ready to move onto addition.

Other News

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.

Homework:

Spelling sentences – Please make sure your child does not just learn the spellings once. To provide the best chance of learning the spellings, and achieving full marks in the test, they should be revisiting the spellings at least three times during the week. 

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 25th September 2020

I can’t believe it’s the end of week three! It’s been a great week with lots going on – the only negative looking like it’s the start of the cold weather!

English

We have laid the foundation for our myth writing starting next week, covering: story structure, direct speech and using adventurous vocabulary. The children have been unbelievably enthusiastic about this topic, with their focus and interest being sure to pay dividends in their writing.

Maths

This week, we continued to look at Place Value. After we completed our rounding focus, we have moved on to look at counting forward and backward to the powers of 10, 100, 1000 and 10, 000 and have just begun looking at Roman Numerals.

Other News

We were very lucky to have a zoom talk with the author of ‘The House by the Lake’, Thomas Hardy. He shared his story with the children and held a Q & A session. With 5 Silverstein being fascinated by anything related to the history of the world, the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to having a closer look at the text.

Homework:

Spelling sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Thursday evening.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 18th September 2020

It’s been another fantastic week in Silverstein Class! The children have continued to settle well and worked hard throughout this very busy week.

In English this week, we have continued our work on Myths and Legends. A particular highlight being the drama, in which the children re-enacted the story of Pandora’s Box. They were highly entertaining and will be a useful tool when we come to generating our own ideas for writing myths. In Maths, we have continued our work on place value, focusing primarily on rounding, which the children did exceptionally well in due to their focus and effort. Well done! We started our Forces unit in Science, conducting an investigation into the effects of gravity on different size/weight balls (linked to meteorites). Next week we will be exploring friction.

Admin:
Water bottles are necessary every day, especially when we are experiencing warmer weather.
Children need to bring a bag every day.
Please ensure your child knows which days they have club and that they have their PE kit if needed.

Homework:
Thank you for all your support with getting the homework returned by Tuesday. The children worked hard on their homework last week.
Spelling and grammar sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.
Comprehension – I have provided a paper copy for ease.
Mathletics – please ensure your child has completed this by Thursday evening.
Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 11th September 2020

It has been a fantastic week in 5 Silverstein! It was always going to be trickier than usual starting back after such a disjointed period, but the children have settled incredibly well and we seem to be quickly establishing a good rhythm to our days. I would also like to add that it has been refreshing to see the children coming to school smiling and so enthusiastic about their learning! Let’s keep it up!

It has been a pleasure meeting some of the parents and carers this week, and I look forward to meeting all of you at some point; it is however more difficult than usual given current circumstances.

Our first English topic of the year is Myths and Legends, which the class seem to be eager to get started with. Over the next few weeks, we will be building up to writing our very own etymological myths, which explain how a certain natural phenomenon came to be (I am already looking forward to reading them!) In Maths, we will lay the foundation for our Year 5 learning by securing place value and number. Additionally this term, we are covering ‘The Victorians: The Industrial Revolution’ in History, ‘Judaism’ in RE and ‘Forces’ in Science, which involves some exciting experiments in the coming weeks.

Admin

Reading books will be given out on Mondays and need to be returned on Fridays. However, if you child finishes the book it can be brought in earlier in the week.

Homework is on the website class page (the same as pre-lockdown) and is due in by Tuesday. Apologies for such a short turnaround; however, the books need time to be decontaminated before Miss Kayleigh can mark them.

Children are to come in PE kits on Mondays and Tuesdays only. If they have a club before or after school, they need to bring their school uniform.

 

My e-mail is j.mcinroy@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk. Please contact me if you have any queries or would like to discuss anything further.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend and what looks to be sunny weather next week,

Mr McInroy