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Curriculum Information Week beginning 22/05/17

Literacy.  This week we are continuing a unit of work on poetry to support our work for HistoryWorks and Michael Rosen. Here is a link to the features of poems:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

Maths.  This week we will continue to re-visiting multiplication and division calculations. We will be recalling and practising the formal algorithms for these:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/1/

Any other curriculum information:

‘Fiver Challenge’ money will be sent out on Friday this week.

Michael Rosen Workshop – work update. A member of the HistoryWorks team will be visiting the school on Thursday 25th May to take pictures of the children’s work and record them reading these. All the poems will be stuck into a scrap book for Michel Rosen to hold in a photograph on 9th June. If you have not already done so, please send the reply/permission slip in to school as soon as possible? Additional letters have been sent home on Tuesday 23rd May.  http://historyworks.tv/projects/2016/10/25/creating-my-cambridge/

Music Lessons – MX Band. Cambridgeshire Music has encountered some problems setting up the planned sessions with woodwind and brass instruments this term. In place of this we will now be enjoying ukulele tuition! This will take place on Wednesday afternoons starting on 7th June until the end of term. Instruments will be provided by Cambridgeshire Music, but children are welcome to bring in their own if they have any.

Homework.  Please complete the Extended Learning Challenge for this term and hand in by Wednesday 7th June. Here is a reminder of the Challenge. Study an insect or animal that would live in our local environment – this could be a mini-beast or even birds/urban foxes. Research their habitat and life cycle and present your findings in an interesting way. Possible ways:

  • Poster;
  • Artwork with notes to accompany it;
  • Construct a nest/habitat (show box idea here might be useful);
  • 3D model, e.g. spider’s web;
  • PowerPoint;
  • Create a story/play about the creature;
  • Poems;
  • Mobiles with information/models hanging.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Wednesday 24th May (9:15-0:45am) – We will be walking to Jesus Lock as part of our Rivers topic in Geography. The children will gain an insight into how humans have adapted rivers to suit their needs.
  • Thursday afternoon 25th May – We will be visited by one of the HistoryWorks team to copy and record the poems for Michel Rosen to judge.
  • Friday morning 26th May (leave 9:00am for 9:30am start, back by lunch) – A visit to St Clement’s church before heading from Market Square to school via a Victorian learning trail, looking at landmarks around the city centre from that period. This is part of our Michael Rosen workshop connected to the History Works project.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm) – poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.
  • Thursday 13th July – We will be leaving school at 11:00am to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum for the ART AWARD ‘award’ ceremony. This will be followed by a celebration picnic in the grounds of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Museum has arranged for us to have a clay workshop in the afternoon and we will depart at approximately 2:15pm in order to be back to school by 3:15pm. Parents are welcome to attend this ceremony; please let Mrs Corlito know if you would like to join us. More details will follow closer to the time. (Please note that there are new restrictions on parents (who don’t have a DBS certificate) accompanying us on trips, but you can meet us there.
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

Literacy. This week, we have commenced a unit of work on poetry to support our poem and song work for HistoryWorks and Michael Rosen. Here is a link to the features of poems

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

Maths. This week, we will be re-visiting multiplication and division calculations. We will be recalling and practising the formal algorithms for these:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/1/

Any other curriculum information:

  • ‘Fiver Challenge’ money will be sent out on the last day of this half-term (Friday 26th May).
  • Michael Rosen Workshop – work update. We will be visiting the Old Mill (French’s Mill) on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th May. Pearson Publishing has kindly given us permission to have a quick look at the inner structure that still includes the cog wheels and smells of flour (the bricks have been so impregnated with this over the years)! A member of the HistoryWorks team will be visiting the school on Thursday afternoon 25th May to take pictures of the children’s work and record them reading these. All the poems will be stuck into a scrap book for Michel Rosen to hold in a photograph on Friday 9th June. http://historyworks.tv/projects/2016/10/25/creating-my-cambridge/

Homework:

  • Literacy – Have a go at writing a poem about the Mill, the farm or this area in Victorian times. This can be in a different genre from any poems we have created in school. Please hand this in by Wednesday 24th if you would like this to be entered into the Competition. (We will also be writing poems in class for this, but this is another opportunity to create a poem on this theme.)
  • Maths – Worksheets on multiplication or multiplication problems to solve.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Wednesday afternoon 17th May (about 2:00pm) – We will be walking around the corner to visit French’s Mill.
  • Wednesday 24th May (9:15-0:45am) – We will be walking to Jesus Lock as part of our Rivers topic in Geography. The children will gain an insight into how humans have adapted rivers to suit their needs.
  • Thursday afternoon 25th May – We will be visited by one of the HistoryWorks team to copy and record the poems for Michel Rosen to judge.
  • Friday morning 26th May (leave 9:00am for 9:30am start, back by lunch) – A visit to St Clement’s church before heading from Market Square to school via a Victorian learning trail, looking at landmarks around the city centre from that period. This is part of our Michael Rosen workshop connected to the History Works project.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm) – poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.
  • Thursday 13th July – We will be leaving school at 11:00am to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum for the ART AWARD ‘award’ ceremony. This will be followed by a celebration picnic in the grounds of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Museum has arranged for us to have a clay workshop in the afternoon and we will depart at approximately 2:15pm in order to be back to school by 3:15pm. Parents are welcome to attend this ceremony; please let Mrs Corlito know if you would like to join us. More details will follow closer to the time. (Please note that there are new restrictions on parents (who don’t have a DBS certificate) accompanying us on trips, but you can meet us there.
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

Literacy.  This week we will be continuing with our news reports, improving on them and adding more detail.

Maths.  This week we will be finishing off our work on polygons and moving onto 3D shapes and their nets.

Any other curriculum information.  The children in Maple class are keen to tackle the ‘Fiver Challenge’ again. This time, instead of us borrowing money (and paying interest) from Virgin I have asked St Luke’s Finance if we may borrow and re-pay the money from school funds. The money now is available and will be sent out on the last day of this half-term (Friday 26th May).

Homework:

  • Literacy – Make a list of the sights and scenes you might see along the River Cam in Cambridge.  Instructions for this will be sent out on Friday.
  • Maths – Looking at nets for 3D shapes.  A worksheet and instructions will be sent out on Friday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Wednesday 24th May (9:15-10:45am) – We will be walking to Jesus Lock as part of our Rivers topic in Geography. The children will gain an insight into how humans have adapted rivers to suit their needs.
  • Friday 26th May (Leave 9:00am for 9:30am start, back by lunch) – A visit to St Clement’s Church before heading from Market Square to school via a Victorian learning trail, looking at landmarks around the city centre from that period. This is part of our Michael Rosen workshop connected to the History Works project.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm) – poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.
  • Thursday 13th July (Morning) – A visit to the Fitzwilliam museum for an award ceremony and workshop to celebrate our art award! There will be a workshop on clay after this, which will then be followed by a picnic lunch in the grounds of the museum. Parents are welcome to attend this ceremony, please let Mrs Corlito know if you would like to join us. More details will follow closer to the time.
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

Literacy.  This week we will be exploring and writing Newspaper Reports:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/newspapers/read/1/

Maths.  This week we are recalling the features of 2D shapes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/2d_shapes/read/1/

Any other curriculum information.  The children are keen in Maple class to tackle the ‘Fiver Challenge’ again. This time instead of us borrowing money (and paying interest) from Virgin I have asked St Luke’s Finance if we may borrow and re-pay the money from school funds. When I have confirmed this I will let you know when it will start. I am hoping for this to take place during the month of June.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Writing Newspaper Reports – instructions for this will be sent home Friday.
  • Maths – Questions on 2D shapes.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Well done to the year 5 Maths Challenge team who came second in the competition!
  • Wednesday 3rd May – A visit in the afternoon from Michael French who will talk about his family’s connection to the area and answer the children’s questions.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm) – poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 24/04/17

Literacy.  This week we will be starting a new topic of report writing; this will initially focus on writing newspaper reports:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/newspapers/read/1/

Maths.  This week we are practising measuring and drawing angles accurately. Here is a useful link to this shown on the excellent Khan Academy site:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basis-geo/basic-geo-angle/measure-angles/e/drawing-angles

Any other curriculum information:

  • We will be examining the Victorian classroom and the local area with Professor Helen Weinstein on Thursday. This is in preparation for our poems work with Michael Rosen. This work will also be enhanced by a visit from Michael French (his family owned French’s Mill and the land that St Luke’s currently stands on). Mr French will join us on Wednesday afternoon 3rd May for a Q and A session with the class and will show us some video footage of the school area in the past. This should be fascinating; it will also introduce the children to the value of Oral History as we hope to record his answers to the children’s questions.
  • Maple children are keen to tackle the ‘Fiver Challenge’ again. This time, instead of us borrowing money (and paying interest) from Virgin I have asked St Luke’s Finance if we may borrow and re-pay the money from school funds. When I have confirmed this I will let you know when it will start. I am hoping for this to take place during the month of June.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Writing connected to our report writing topic
  • Maths – Questions and problems to solve on angles and shapes

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Thursday afternoon 27th April – A visit from Professor Helen Weinstein to initiate our HistoryWorks activities        http://historyworks.tv/projects/
  • Friday 28th April – MX Band Music starts again! The permission slips relating to taking instruments home are still valid we believe. We will know more about which instruments the children will learn on Friday. This will continue for the whole term. Lessons are from 1:30 to 2:30pm.
  • Wednesday afternoon 3rd May – A visit from Michael French who will talk about his family’s connection to the area and answer the children’s questions.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm) – poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/04/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be focussing on ‘Boundaries between Clauses’ using colons, semi-colons and dashes to separate main clauses.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/reading/sentences/revision/5/

Maths.  This week we are revising angles including acute, right angles, obtuse and reflex angles. Here are some useful clips to illustrate these angles:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zb6tyrd

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zb6tyrd/resources/1

Any other curriculum information.  We will be looking at Tudor portraits and paintings at the Fitzwilliam Museum on Wednesday.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Complete the worksheet on colons, semi- colons and dashes.
  • Maths – Calculations worksheets to revise the written methods for + – x and ÷

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian theme. We will be back for lunch. Please note we will be leaving promptly at 9:00am.
  • Thursday afternoon 27th April – visit from Professor Helen Weinstein to initiate our HistoryWorks activities.  http://historyworks.tv/projects/
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm) – poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/03/17

Literacy.  This week we will be focussing on parenthesis using brackets, commas and dashes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zskmhv4

Maths.  This week we are continuing to explore ways to find fractions of quantities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/fractions_basic/read/4/

Any other curriculum information.  A summer term curriculum information sheet will be sent out shortly after Easter.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Complete the SPAG challenge sheet
  • Maths – Calculations worksheets to revise the written methods for + – x and ÷

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming – last session this Wednesday 29th March 2017.  We would be grateful if parents who have been paying for swimming by weekly instalments now pay the balance.
  • Friday 31st March – Easter service at St Luke’s Church.
  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch. Please note: We will be leaving promptly at 9:00am
  • Friday 9th June (10:30am to 12:30pm)  –Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

Literacy.  This week we will be focussing on punctuation (commas):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/punctuation/read/3/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-going-to-work-with-commas

Maths.  This week we are continuing our work on fractions, exploring ways to find fractions of quantities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/fractions_basic/read/4/

Any other curriculum information.  We all enjoyed a great Chemistry lecture on Monday 20th. Many thanks to those parents who kindly accompanied the class, it made the trip so much easier for all of us to have extra support when crossing roads.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Write in detail about one thing that we saw during the chemistry lecture on Monday. Use lots of good descriptive language.
  • Maths – Fractions of quantities worksheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • There have been a few reported cases of head lice in the school and some in Maple Class. Please could all parents and carers check their child’s head for these annoying bugs?  If everyone manages to tackle this at the same time, we can prevent them from spreading.
  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • Tuesday 28th Marchtrip to St Clement’s Church to explore their Easter Trail. This will be from 10:45 am to 11:45 am. We will leave at about 10:15 and be back for lunch.  Please do join us on this visit if you can.                                                                                                                                   http://www.stclementscambridge.org/
  • Friday 31st MarchEaster service at St Luke’s Church.
  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30-12:30) – Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

Literacy.  This week we will be focussing on more grammar work and also enjoying talking about and recording Science Week activities.

Maths.  This week we are drawing graphs and handling data connected to our Science Week work.

Homework:

  • Literacy –a grammar-related worksheet.
  • Maths – graph and data problems to answer.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

NEWS FLASH – I have just heard that all our great work on the Art Award has been passed by the Trinity College London! Well done to all the children and adults concerned. It was not an easy task and a high standard of Art work and response to Art was demanded. We are hoping for a formal Certificate Awarding Celebration (and maybe more) at the Fitzwilliam Museum later this year! I will keep you informed.

On Monday 13th we went to Shire Hall for the Commonwealth Day flag-raising ceremony. After this we had refreshments and the opportunity to find out more about the County Council. We met the current chair of the Council along with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County. We had a personalised tour of the Debating Chamber and found out many things that County Councillors have responsibility for. We were the only local school attending and the children’s excellent behaviour and interesting questions were praised by the CC representatives. Well done Maple Class!

Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.

Monday 20th March, 10:30am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers ‘Burning Issues- Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road (any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated).  We will leave promptly at 9:00am and will be back for lunch.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              https://en.wikipedia.org.wiki/Peter_Wothers

We will be joined from Tuesday 21st March by Luke Keeble, a final practice PGCE teacher from the Faculty of Education. He will be teaching the children in Maple class alongside myself for several weeks until early June. Mr Keebel will be teaching many aspects of the curriculum; he is also a keen sportsman and a trained Junior Cricket coach.

Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch.

Friday morning 9th June – Poetry Workshop (10:30-12:30) with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be continuing with our story writing and attempting to use the grammar, spellings, punctuation and sentence formats that we have been studying this year.

Maths.  This week, we are continuing with our work on decimals (sometimes known as decimal fractions) and fractions. We are attempting to make sure that the children are secure with these concepts as well as a good understanding of place value.

Homework:

  • Literacy –a grammar-related worksheet.
  • Maths – decimal calculations.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • We will be joined from Tuesday 21st March by Mr Luke Keeble, a final practice PGCE teacher from the Faculty of Education. He will be teaching the children in Maple class alongside me for several weeks until early June. Mr Keeble will be teaching many aspects of the curriculum; he is also a keen sportsman and a trained junior cricket coach.
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum).  A packed lunch will be needed. This is to examine Victorian Artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience. There is a cost of £5 for the day; an account has been opened on Parent Pay.         http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk/
  • Monday morning 13th March – Children will be attending a Flag-raising Ceremony for Commonwealth Day at Shire Hall from approximately 9:30 to 11:00. You are very welcome to join us if you wish. The Commonwealth really is an amazing organization and more work goes on here than many realise! It is made up of 52 countries! The Theme this year is ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’.                                                                                           http://thecommonwealth.org/about-us                                                                                                                                                  http://www.youngcommonwealth.org/
  • Monday morning 20th March – Year 5/6 children will be attending a Science Lecture given by Dr Peter Wothers on ‘Burning Issues – Fire and Flame’ at the Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road (any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated).  We will leave at 9:15; the lecture is approximately 10:30-11:30.                                                                                                                                                           https://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wothers
  • Wednesday morning 19th April – visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch.
  • Friday morning 9th June – Poetry Workshop (10:30-12:30) with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Literacy.  This week we will be looking at stories connected to our ‘Book Week’ theme. We will explore again the genres of myths, legends and traditional stories. Here are some animated examples of these tales from around the world – you can even create your own (trial version only) – http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/

This will give the children an opportunity for some extended, creative writing where they can attempt to use good descriptions and a variety of sentence structures.

We will also be exploring more grammar topics and continue to learn spellings.

Maths.  This week we will be converting fractions to decimals and vice versa. Here are two useful links:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/converting-fractions-decimals.html

https://www.mathsisfun.com/converting-decimals-fractions.html

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings – Children will select from words their own work and 5/6 word lists.
  • Literacy – Write an original version of a traditional tale – with a ‘twist’, e.g. – set it in a modern setting or reverse the roles of characters (Red Wolf and Big Bad Riding Hood).
  • Maths – Revising calculations sheets and problems to solve.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • Thursday 2nd March – ‘Taster’ morning at Chesterton Community College. We will leave at approximately 9:00am and be back by 12:30pm. The children will have the opportunity to talk to secondary teachers as well as experience lessons of Art, PE and Science. Children should come to school wearing suitable footwear for the PE session or be able to change into trainers in school.
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum).  A packed lunch will be needed this day. This is to examine Victorian Artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience. This will be £5 for the day, an account has been opened on Parent Pay for this.  http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk/
  • Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr. Peter Wothers ‘Burning Issues – Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road (any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated). We will leave school at 9:15am.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wothers
  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian theme. We will be back for lunch.
  • Friday 9th June (10:30-12:30) – Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).  We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

Literacy.  This week we will be commencing with letter writing in our BIG WRITE experience. We will later cover some more Grammar and spelling topics. We will also be exploring more grammar topics and continue to learn spellings.

Maths.  This week we are continuing our work with fractions; we will be looking at multiplication of, and later, division of fractions:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions_multiplication.html

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings – Children will select from words their own work and 5/6 word lists.
  • Literacy Homework – A worksheet with a Grammar focus.
  • Maths Homework – Calculation and times tables worksheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please note that the proposed visit from Professor Weinstein will not happen this week. The date for the Workshop with Michael Rosen has also been amended. Please see below.
  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • Thursday 2nd March – ‘Taster’ morning at Chesterton Community College.
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum). A packed lunch will be needed this day. This is to examine Victorian artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience. This will be £5 for the day; an account has been opened on ParentPay for this. http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk/
  • Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers ‘Burning Issues – Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road. Any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated. We will leave at 9:15am. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wothers
  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme.  We will be back for lunch.  The Fitzwilliam Museum does not ask for payments, but is always grateful of donations.  We have enjoyed many visits to the Museum and would therefore suggest that £2 per head could be voluntarily donated on this trip.  Mrs Peters will have a small box in the office to collect these donations and we will take them to the Museum for the children to give on the day.
  • Change of date – Friday 9th June (10:30-12:30) – Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church). We may take a picnic and eat this on Jesus Green if the weather is good.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

Literacy.  This week we are continuing our unit of work relating to non-fiction reference materials. This will include examination of Internet websites such as Wikipedia. The aim of this unit is to explore which sources of information we can trust as well as how to check facts. We will also be exploring more grammar topics and continue to learn spellings.

Maths.  This week we are continuing our work with fractions, we will be looking at multiplication of fractions by whole numbers and revising addition and subtractions of mixed number fractions. Here is a link to explain this in details – https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions_multiplication.html

Any other curriculum information

Please could you be aware that our visit to the Museum of Cambridge is at a cost of £5.00. A ParentPay account has been opened for payments.

The Fitzwilliam museum does not ask for payments, but is always grateful of donations. We have enjoyed many visits to the museum and would therefore suggest that £2.00 per head could be voluntarily donated on this trip. Mrs Peters will have a small box in the office to collect these donations and we will take them to the museum for the children to give on the day of our workshop there (19th April).

You may be aware that many of the children in Maple class are now working with volunteers from STIMULUS.  These are fantastic graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University who give their time freely.  We hope to challenge and inspire many of the children in Maths, as well as give them some great problem solving experiences with enthusiastic young people.  Much of the work that the children cover in these groups will be supporting the maths curriculum and all their work in class.  Materials frequently used for these sessions are taken from NRICH https://nrich.maths.org/   This website has the most ‘hits’ in the world for its genre.  I have recently been appointed an NRICH ‘Ambassador’ (a very exciting title!).  My task is to promote the ‘rich’ mathematical activities in schools and to a wider audience, such as yourselves!

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – Children will select from words from their own work and 5/6 word lists.

Homework:

  • Literacy – a worksheet with a grammar focus.
  • Maths – Revising calculations worksheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • Wednesday 22nd February (pm)** (please note that this date may be amended) – A visit from Professor Weinstein to introduce our Victorian Project on the local area.
  • Thursday 2nd March (am) – ‘Taster’ morning at Chesterton Community College.
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum).  A packed lunch will be needed this day.  This is to examine Victorian Artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience.  This will cost £5 for the day; an account has been opened on ParentPay for this. http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk/
  • Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers ‘Burning Issues- Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road. (Any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated.)   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wothers
  • Wednesday morning 19th April – visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch.
  • Tuesday morning 4th July – Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge University Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Literacy.  This week we are continuing our unit of work relating to non-fiction reference materials. This will include examination of Internet websites such as Wikipedia. The aim of this unit is to explore which sources of information we can trust as well as how to check facts. We will also be exploring more grammar topics and continue to learn spellings.

Maths.  This week we are returning to fraction work; we will be looking at improper/imperfect fractions and mixed number fractions. Here is a link to explain these in detail:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/improper-fractions.html

Any other curriculum information:

I have ordered some ‘Pocket Poster’ information books for all the children which I think will be very helpful with learning Maths and English vocabulary and concepts. If you would like to look more at these, here is a link to the publisher’s website and Amazon:

https://www.daydreameducation.co.uk/early-years-primary/key-stage-2/pocket-posters

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maths-Key-Stage-Pocket-Posters/dp/1906248338/ref=pd_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=FB21ZFDY2KZR5RTYFNX2

As part of ‘Interfaith Week’ we will be looking at how faiths can work together to improve our world, and why we should respect and learn about others’ beliefs.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – Children will select from words from their own work and 5/6 word lists.

Homework:

  • Literacy – a worksheet with a grammar focus.
  • Maths – Worksheets on fractions.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February – Parent Consultations
  • Wednesday 22nd February (pm) – A visit from Professor Weinstein to introduce our Victorian Project on the local area.
  • Thursday 2nd March – Taster Morning at Chesterton Community College.
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum). A packed lunch will be needed this day. This is to examine Victorian artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience. This will be £5 for the day; an account will shortly be opened on Parent Pay for this.  http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk
  • Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers – ‘Burning Issues – Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at CU’s Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road. (Any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated.)
  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch.
  • Tuesday morning 4th July – Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge University Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Literacy.  This week we are commencing a unit of work relating to non-fiction reference materials. This will include examination of Internet websites such as Wikipedia. The aim of this unit is to explore which sources of information we can trust as well as how to check facts. We will also be exploring more grammar topics and continue to learn spellings from the 5/6 list.

Maths.  This week we are looking at a number of maths facts, ideas and problems. These may be related to our book ‘Maths Curse’, but may also include other areas of maths.  We will be using nrich materials to help us explore things such as Pascal’s Triangle and the Fibonacci number sequence.

https://nrich.maths.org/5347

https://nrich.maths.org/2563

https://nrich.maths.org/2470

Any other curriculum information.  We have started our History topic of the Victorians. If you have any artefacts, photographs, etc. that we could borrow to enhance our studies, I would be very grateful. I am very excited that we will be working with Professor Helen Weinstein from Clare Hall, on a Victorian Local History Project later this term. This will also involve a trip to the Museum of Technology (to be arranged) and a poetry workshop with Michael Rosen on Tuesday 4th July!

Homework:

  • Literacy – A worksheet with a Grammar focus.
  • Maths – Maths key skills worksheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.
  • Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February – Parent Consultations
  • Wednesday 22nd February (pm) – A visit from Professor Weinstein to introduce our Victorian Project on the local area.
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum). A packed lunch will be needed this day. This is to examine Victorian artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience. This will be £5 for the day; an account will shortly be opened on Parent Pay for this.  http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk
  • Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers – ‘Burning Issues – Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at CU’s Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road. (Any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated.)
  • Wednesday 19th April – morning visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum on our Victorian Theme. We will be back for lunch.
  • Tuesday morning 4th July – Poetry workshop with Michael Rosen at Cambridge University Debating Chamber, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Literacy.  This week we will continue to look at short stories and writing/improving our own. We will also be looking at adverbs, fronted adverbials and adverbial phrases as well as looking at spelling patterns.

http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-fronted-adverbials

Maths.  This week we are looking at comparing and ordering fractions. We will be using our times table knowledge to help us determine the Lowest Common Multiple (LCM). Here is a link to support this:

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0933352.html

Most children will be using Method 1 (using multiples) on this website, but those who are secure with this will be introduced to Method 2 (using prime factors) to determine the LCM.  LCM is sometimes also known as the LCD ( Lowest Common Denominator).

Here are some good Fraction games and puzzles from NRICH:

https://nrich.maths.org/8283

https://nrich.maths.org/1048

https://nrich.maths.org/1102

Any other curriculum information:

  • We have started our History topic of the Victorians. If you have any artefacts, photographs, etc. that we could borrow to enhance our studies, I would be very grateful.
  • Swimming continues this week; the children have been assessed and will be placed into ability groups for tuition.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – the children will select some words from the 5/6 list or their own work to learn each week.

Homework:

  • Literacy – a worksheet on adverbial phrases.
  • Maths – fraction worksheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017;
  • Thursday 19th January – Dick Whittington Pantomime in school;
  • Tuesday 31st January and 1st February – Parent Consultations;
  • Thursday 9th March – a whole day visit to the Museum of Cambridge (Folk Museum).  This is to examine Victorian artefacts and enjoy a Victorian Cambridge experience.  There is a small charge for this workshop; a letter will follow when visit details have been confirmed.  A packed lunch will be needed.  http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk/
  • Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers, ‘Burning Issues- Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6, at CU’s Department of Chemistry in Lensfield Road. (Any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated.)

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Literacy.  This week we will start a new unit of work on Short Stories. We will be examining this genre of writing and also looking at some classic stories from the Victorian era to support out Victorian History Topic. We will be looking at the famous Oliver Twist and watching some sections of the musical ‘Oliver’!

Maths.  This week we are revising addition in many concepts and will then continue to look carefully at fractions. Later this half term we will explore decimal fractions and percentages, linking these to their fraction equivalents. Here are some good fraction games and puzzles from NRICH:

https://nrich.maths.org/8283

https://nrich.maths.org/1048

https://nrich.maths.org/1102

Any other curriculum information:

  • We have started our History topic on the Victorians.  if you have any artefacts, photographs, etc. that we could borrow to enhance our studies, I would be very grateful.
  • Swimming starts this week and a letter to give you more details of payments, etc. will be sent out shortly.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – Children will select some words from the 5/6 list or their own work to learn each week.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Create a short story with a ‘twist’ about a toy or game at home. Try to do this in less than 100 words.
  • Maths – Some ‘Reasoning’ Problems to solve.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

A very Happy New Year to you all and I hope that your holidays were enjoyable.  Welcome back to a short-ish, but very busy, term.

I am very much looking forward to our trip to the University’s Chemistry Department to experience one of the fun and exciting (lots of bangs and explosions usually!) lectures by Dr Wothers. Hopefully I will be arranging other trips and experiences for the children soon!

Week beginning 9th January – Swimming starts and will continue every Wednesday until 29th March 2017.

Friday 13th January – Movie Night

Thursday afternoon 19th January – Dick Whittington Pantomime in school

Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February – Parent Consultations

Monday 20th March, 10:30 am start for about 1 hour – Science Lecture with Dr Peter Wothers – ‘Burning Issues- Fire and Flame’ for years 5 and 6 at CU’s Department of Chemistry in Lensfield Road. (Any adult helpers to support us on this walk would be appreciated.)

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy.  This week we will be continuing our work on poetry. We will also be looking at some classic seasonal literature – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This will support our exploration of Christmas traditions and be a good introduction to Victorian times, which is our Spring History focus.

Maths.  This week we will continue work on fractions.  We will also be looking at ‘Shanghai’ maths ideas on calculations and tackling some interesting problems from the nrich website.  Here is the link to their mathematical advent calendar for KS1 and KS2:

http://nrich.maths.org/12902

For more challenging maths try the KS3 and KS4 one!:

http://nrich.maths.org/12956

Any other curriculum information.  We will be looking at some Victorian traditions over the next two weeks in preparation for our spring term history topic.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be the last few words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Homework for the holiday – write a Christmas/ winter story. You can include ghosts (like A Christmas Carol) or make it funny. Try to include speech, descriptions and a variety of sentence structures.
  • Maths – Calculations – to practise and recall number facts.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Friday 16th December – Maple Class Party in the afternoon session. Any donation of cakes, biscuits, fruit and drinks (not fizzy please) would be appreciated. We hope to play some party games in the hall followed by a small ‘tea party’ with a quiz/ games in class.
  • Tuesday 20th December – Children can bring small games to play with their friends after we have finished our work and cleared the classroom this morning.
  • Tuesday 20th December – 1:45pm Christmas Service at St Luke’s Church – parents welcome

A big thank you to all the parents that have supported us in and out of class on trips etc. We really appreciate all your support and some trips would have been impossible without it.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy.  This week we will be commencing our next unit of work on Poetry. We will be looking at different aspects of Poetry as well as trying to tackle some tricky spelling words.

Maths.  This week we will continue work on Fractions. Here is a useful link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/fractions/read/1/

A useful link to explain why adults need to learn fractions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/fractions

Some good video clips to explain fractions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zhdwxnb/videos/1

Here is a link to the Maths Advent Calendar on the great Nrich website:

http://nrich.maths.org/12902

There are KS1 and KS2 versions.  A fun maths problem for each day in the countdown to the holidays!

Other curriculum information:

  • Please see the curriculum information sheets and other planning placed on the school website.
  • Well done to all those children who have completed their Extended Learning Projects. They really look amazing and we will be sharing these with the class, and possibly year 3, over the next two weeks. They can be taken home after that.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – A poem to learn at home
  • Maths – Puzzles and Investigations sheets

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Friday 9th DecemberOur last music lesson with the MX Band instruments. They will need to be handed in after this session. If you wish for your child to continue please let the music service know (I believe that a letter will be coming home shortly about this). If 2 or more children wish to continue with the same type of instrument (Brass/ Woodwind) they can arrange to have paired or small group lessons. This will of course be cheaper. The Music Service will let you know more about this in the near future.
  • Friday 9th December – Year 5 sharing in Gold Book Assembly 2:45pm – we will share our Brass and Woodwind rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ with the school. We will also share our Extended Learning models and some of our work from the Arts Award Project. This is due to be formerly marked and moderated later in the term. Samples will be sent to Trinity College London, who will hopefully award certificates for all those who have completed the tasks.
  • Friday 16th DecemberMaple Class Party in the afternoon session. Any donation of cakes, biscuits, fruit and drinks (not fizzy please) would be appreciated. We hope to play some party games in the hall followed by a small ‘tea party’ with a quiz/ games in class.
  • A big thank you to all the parents that have supported us in and out of class on trips etc. We really appreciate all your support and some trips would have been impossible without it.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

Literacy.  This week we will be re-visiting some aspects of reading, punctuation and grammar. The children will be taking part in some small assessment task activities.  We will also be completing our Arts Award journals and go on to experiment with some calligraphy and illuminated letters for the file cover design.  We may also have time to commence our next unit of work on poetry.

Maths.  This week we will continue work on fractions. We will be looking at equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and finding fractions of quantities. We will also be using our knowledge of division to better understand the concept of fractions.

Here is a useful link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/fractions/read/1/

A useful link to explain why adults need to learn fractions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/fractions

Some good video clips to explain fractions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zhdwxnb/videos/1

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the curriculum information sheets and other planning placed on the school website.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy.  Please start to complete the Reading Record from to challenge yourself to read more over this academic year. Write a book review of a recently read book.
  • Please note that the Extended Learning Challenge, the ‘Shoe Box Model’ is due in on Monday 28th November 2016.
  • Maths – Puzzles and Investigations sheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Walk to St Clement’s Church on the corner of Portugal Place and Bridge Street, on Wednesday 30th November. We will be leaving at 9:00am and will be back for lunch. St Clement’s have invited us to an ‘Advent’ themed activity. This is suitable for all ages and faiths. NB – St Clement’s is one of the oldest churches in Cambridge and parts date back to the early part of the 1200s – http://www.stclementscambridge.org/history.html
  • Friday 2nd December – PTA Christmas Fayre at 3:30 to 5:30pm.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy.  This week we will be examining more recounts in a variety of styles. We will be examining these in a unit of work inspired by UFO ideas and hoaxes. The children have already experienced a ‘hoax’ UFO on the school grounds; do ask them what they thought!  We are still enjoying lots of writing opportunities updating our ARTS AWARD learning journals. These are due to be formally marked in late December and moderated in January.

Maths.  This week we will commence some work on fractions. We will be looking at equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and finding fractions of quantities. We will also be using our knowledge of division to better understand the concept of fractions. Here is a useful link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/fractions/read/1/

A useful link to explain why adults need to learn fractions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/fractions

Some good video clips to explain fractions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zhdwxnb/videos/1

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the curriculum information sheets and other planning that have been placed on the school website.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – None this week. Please use this time to get started on the Extended Learning Challenge, the ‘Shoe Box Model’ These are due in on Monday 28th November 2016.  Small prizes will be awarded for the most creative displays. Topics are Anglo Saxons, Earth in Space or could be inspired by our recent Art Award work.
  • Maths – Fractions work on sheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Please note that children are to no longer bring football cards into school.

Visits:

  • Tuesday 22nd November – Arts Award workshop in school to create patterned tiles second and final session with local artist.
  • Friday 25th November – Walk to St. Giles’ Church to help decorate the St.Luke’s Christmas tree in their ‘tree festival’. This will be from 9:30am to about 11:00am. We are making little trees to decorate the large tree! (Also practising symmetry skills!)

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy.  This week we will continue our work with report and recount writing. The children will be writing recounts of imaginary events based on ‘eye witness’ accounts and their own experiences. We will look at how recounts differ in style and features from reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/recounts/read/1/

This unit will continue over a second week as we had so many exciting things happening in the mornings last week. We are still enjoying lots of writing opportunities updating our Arts Award learning journals.

Maths.  We will continue to practise division methods and apply this to problem-solving activities:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/7/

Any other curriculum information:

Please see the curriculum information sheets and other planning that have been placed on the school website.

Visits this week. We will have a follow up session on Tuesday 15th November for our Arts Award work. This will be in school and led by a local artist. It will involve work with clay, possibly creating tiles.

Children in Need. I hope to arrange a biscuit-making session on the morning of Thursday 17th November. All the children can help in small groups, but I would be very grateful if any adults can spare the time to assist this. Experience has taught me that these are very popular and raise a lot of money for the charity – we do therefore need to make a lot of biscuits! We will be selling the Pudsey Bear shaped biscuits on Friday 18th in school. I will provide all the ingredients.

This is an interesting site for any of you who would like to see the expectations of SATs and also have a go at some of the subject areas we are currently covering and will continue to work at in year 6:

http://www.icteachers.co.uk/children/children_sats.htm

These websites are very good for all work too:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/ for maths

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/index.html for all subjects and a link to the cyber café for internet safety information

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education – the updated version of Bitesize, look for the KS2 area.

Also, please don’t forget this great maths site:

http://uk.mathletics.com/

We are all signed into this in school and the children have their own accounts – great for mental ‘live’ maths as well as helping with vocabulary and concept skills. Fun times table learning activities too! Each child has their own log in username and password.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – None this week.  Please use this time to get started on the Extended Learning Challenge, the ‘Shoe Box Model’ These are due in on Monday 28th November 2016. Small prizes will be awarded for the most creative displays. Topics are Anglo Saxons, Earth in Space or could be inspired by our recent Art Award work.
  • Maths – Multiplication and Division work on sheets.

Dates/Messages/Trips:

  • Tuesday 15th November – Arts Award workshop in school to create patterned tiles
  • Thursday 17th November – Cooking biscuits for the Children in Need Charity.
  • Friday 18th November – Children in Need Day, come to school wearing something spotty
  • Friday 25th November – Trip to St. Giles’ Church to help decorate the St.Luke’s Christmas tree in their ‘tree festival’. This will be from 9:30 am to about 11:00 am. We are making little trees to decorate the large tree! (Also practising symmetry skills!)

I would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips and arts workshops; please let me know if you help. Thank you.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy.  This week, we will continue our work with Report and Recount Writing. The children will be writing recounts of imaginary events based on ‘eye witness’ accounts and their own experiences. We will look at how recounts differ in style and features from reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/recounts/read/1/

We are also keeping an ARTS AWARD learning journal to record our inspirations, ideas and responses to these art experiences. This will develop into descriptive and reflective accounts of this project and will afford the children an opportunity to write creatively and apply good quality literacy skills. This journal will be included in the submitted Arts Award work.

Maths.  We will continue explore fractions and divisions. We will go on to recall divisibility rules and some formal methods for division. We will then use these skills to solve multiplication, division and fraction problems.

Divisibility Rules link – https://www.mathsisfun.com/divisibility-rules.html

Division methods – http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/7/

Any other curriculum information:

  • Please see the curriculum information sheets and other planning on the school website.
  • Visits this week. We will have 2 follow up sessions from our Stained Glass Project visit last Thursday. These are in school on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th (morning sessions).
  • Trips this week. We are going to The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Friday 11th November. This is a morning visit and we will be back for lunch. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome and I always appreciate extra adult support when walking the children to and from places. We will be leaving school promptly at 9:00am.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Grammar activity. This will be on a sheet revising recent grammar work.
  • Maths – Problem solving with divisions.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Tuesday 8th November – Stained Glass Workshop session1 in school ( morning session)
  • Thursday 10th November – Stained Glass Workshop 2 in school ( morning session)
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. (Arts Award) We should be back for lunch.

I would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips and arts workshops, please let me know if you help. Thank you.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy.  We will start our week by commencing an Arts Award Journal to record the various experiences and art discoveries that the children have looked at and will be examining over this term.  Our new topic is Report writing with a focus on Newspaper/ Magazine Article styles of reporting.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/newspapers/read/1/

Maths.  We will be commencing the week with a ‘BIG MATHS’ day. Here we will be looking at some maths with a pirate theme. This will involve some investigations and problems to solve. It should be fun!  We will then continue maths work to look again at fractions and divisions. We will go on to recall Divisibility Rules and some formal methods for division.

Divisibility Rules link – https://www.mathsisfun.com/divisibility-rules.html

Division methods – http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/7/

Any other curriculum information

Please see curriculum information sheets and other planning on the school website.

The Learning Bus will be with us this week. Children from year 5 are likely to go on this on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Trips this week: We are going to All Saint’s Church on Thursday 3rd November. This is a morning visit and we will be back for lunch. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome and I always appreciate extra adult support when walking the children to and from places. We will be leaving school promptly at 9:15 am.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Write a brief ‘newspaper style’ report on an event at home or a recent experience. Make it sound exciting! E.g. Homework Horror! or Mystery of untidy bedroom!  If possible include interview quotations from witnesses and dramatic language.
  • Maths – Division calculations sheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school, morning session. (Arts Award)
  • Thursday 3rd November – Trip to All Saints’ Church in the morning (Stained Glass Project)
  • Tuesday 8th November – Stained Glass Workshop 1 in school (morning session)
  • Thursday 10th November – Stained Glass Workshop 2 in school (morning session)
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. (Arts Award) We should be back for lunch.

I would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips and arts workshops, please let me know if you help. Thank you.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy.  We will continue our study of classic poems and share any poem that the children have brought into school from last week’s homework. We will be enjoying some classic ‘cautionary tales’ by Hillaire Belloc and looking at the limerick style of poetry. Punctuation introduced this week will be hyphens and a revision of the use of dashes/brackets.

Here is a link to the features of poetry:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

Here is a link to some lovely classic poems for children:

http://storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/

Maths.  This week, we will be continuing to explore maths problem-solving and also the features of 2D and 3D shapes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zvmxsbk/resources/1

Here is a link to ‘Thinking Blocks’ which are the ‘Bar Models’ for analysing problems in maths. These work very well for more complex fractions and proportionality problems as well as problems involving + – x and ÷

http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

If you are interested, the BBC have a useful article here on supporting your children with problem solving using the (Singapore) Bar model to analyse problems:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/0/24925787

Any other curriculum information

Please see the Curriculum Information sheets and other planning on the school website.

ARTS AWARD

This week, we will make our first visit to a museum to commence our Art award. Year 1 and 5 have been asked to participate in this exciting project with Kettle’s Yard and Cambridge Museums. We will also be supported by a local ceramics artist.

The ‘Arts Award’ is a nationally recognised qualification and is first experienced at an introductory level. The first stage is a basic ‘Discovery’ level (year 2) and the second stage is called ‘Explore’ (year 5). This is supported by Trinity College London and recognised by Arts Council England. It was launched in 2005.

The children will work with professional arts educators and artists, alongside their teachers in school. The children will create a brief ‘Arts Log’ to show their journey of finding out about and creating art work. This ‘Portfolio’ will be annotated/marked to support the learning and the completed Log will be given a certificate. The next level of award is Bronze and this can be commenced in year 6. Silver and Gold levels are continued into secondary education and enable access to University for those who wish to follow a career in the arts. It is highly regarded in arts education.

The ARTS AWARD is intended to also promote and develop creativity, leadership and communication skills. For older children it progresses into preparing them for employment. Arts Award also motivates and celebrates all artistic achievements. It aims to connect with (local) artists and cultural organisations.

All of this should fit well with other learning and art work in school. We have chosen ‘PATTERN’ as our theme and will be examining this in many forms at the Fitzwilliam museum next week. Links will be made to patterns in other cultures e.g. Islamic patterns as well as Celtic/ Anglo- Saxon inspired designs.

These will also link well with our separate Stained glass window designs. I will also connect Arts Award ideas to mathematical repeating patterns and the use of symmetry and application of geometric properties.

At the end of this project the children should have completed a portfolio (collection) of work and some 3D ceramic work. They will receive a certificate for this from Trinity College London and the work may be exhibited in Cambridge, possibly at a museum or in the central library.

There are only 2 schools in Cambridge that are currently part of the Arts Award.

Here is a link to Trinity College Arts Award website for your information:

http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

I have a strong feeling that I will be learning alongside the children with this exciting project!

Do let me know if you would like to join us on these trip of support with workshops.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Reading – Read a book over half term and be prepared to write a book report and share this with the class after the holiday.
  • Literacy – Find an interesting report in a newspaper or magazine.  (Just a small clip is needed here – one story or report on a football match/local event, etc.)  Put this in your homework books and say why you chose this report.  Was it exciting/interesting?  Did it catch your eye?  Also look at the language used by the reporter.  How is this different from other writing genres?
  • Maths – Word problems to solve and times tables/mental maths practice sheets.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Harvest Festival is on Thursday 20th October – donations of food would be greatly appreciated. Please see the weekly school newsletter for more detailed information.
  • Years 5 and 2 have been asked to design a large section of the new ‘Stained Glass’ window for St Luke’s School. In order to plan the designs we will be visiting All Saints’ Church on Jesus Lane in the morning of Thurdsay 3rd November. We will be looking at their special Stained Glass windows and making sketches of the William Morris art patterns to incorporate in our designs. Two in-school workshops will follow this to enable the children to produce exciting and creative designs. These will be printed onto material that will stick on to glass. It should be very interesting!
  • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Thursday 20th October – Harvest festival service in the afternoon
  • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school. (Art Award)
  • Thursday 3rd November – Trip to All Saints’ Church in the morning (Stained Glass Project)
  • Tuesday 8th November – Stained Glass workshop 1 in school (morning session)
  • Thursday 10th November – Stained Glass Workshop 2 in school ( morning session)
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning (Art Award). We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips and arts workshops; please let her know if you help. Thank you.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy.  We will conclude our investigation of explanation texts. Later in the week, we will begin a unit of work based on classic poems, including ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’ by Lewis Carroll and ‘Cautionary Tales’ by Hilaire Belloc.  Here is a link to the features of poetry:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

Maths.  This week, we will be continuing to explore multiplication and division, we will then begin to examine 2D and 3D shapes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zvmxsbk/resources/1

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the termly curriculum information and other planning on the school website.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  These will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy.  Find a favourite poem and bring it in or copy out one small part. Say why you like this poem.
  • Maths.  Word problems to solve involving x and ÷

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Harvest Festival is on Thursday 20th October – donations of food would be greatly appreciated. Please refer to school newsletter for more detailed information.
  • Years 5 and 2 have been asked to design a large section of the new ‘Stained Glass’ window for St. Luke’s School. In order to plan the designs we will be visiting All Saints’ Church on Jesus Lane in the morning of Thursday 3rd November. We will be looking at the church’s special Stained Glass windows and making sketches of the William Morris art patterns to incorporate in our designs. Two in-school workshops will follow this, to enable the children to produce exciting and creative designs. These will be printed onto material that will stick on to glass. It should be very interesting!
  • Tuesday 11th October – A whole day visit to Ely Cathedral (a free coach is arranged for this). Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please. Inhalers and travel sickness tablet too if needed.
  • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Thursday 10th October – Harvest festival service in the afternoon
  • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school.
  • Thursday 3rd November – Trip to All Saints’ Church in the morning (Stained Glass Project)
  • Tuesday 8th November – Stained Glass workshop 1 in school (morning session)
  • Thursday 10th November – Stained Glass Workshop 2 in school ( morning session)
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips; please let me know if you help. Thank you.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy.  We will continue looking at instruction and explanation texts. This will include instructions needed with new technology. Here is a link to the BBC Bitesize site to explain these genres:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/explanation/read/1/

Maths.  This week we will be looking at multiplication and division calculations:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/1/

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the termly curriculum information and other planning on the school website.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.

Homework:

  • Literacy – Create a design for a ‘Homework’ machine that will complete all your homework for you. Explain how it works and how much time it will save you. You can include a diagram if you wish.
  • Maths – Multiplication sheets will be sent home, use mental methods, the grid method, expanded or compacted x methods to solve these.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

    • Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October – Bikeabilty for year 5
    • Tuesday 11th October – A whole day visit to Ely Cathedral (a free coach is arranged for this). Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please
    • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please
    • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school
    • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips, please let me know if you help with any of these.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy.  We will begin to look at instruction and explanation texts.  Here is a link to the BBC Bitesize site to explain these genres:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/explanation/read/1/

Maths.  This week we will be continuing our work on subtraction calculations and practising formal written methods. We will also be working with word problems involving addition and subtraction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/addition_subtraction/read/5/

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the termly curriculum information sheet and other planning on the school website.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.
  • Literacy – Write instructions for someone. This could be how to make something or how to get somewhere, e.g. your journey to school. Include illustrations and numbered stages if these would help the reader
  • Maths – Revise times tables for a test; some practice sheets will be sent home.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

    • Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October – Bikeabilty for year 5
    • Tuesday 11th October – A whole day visit to Ely Cathedral (a free coach is arranged for this). Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please
    • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please
    • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school
    • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips, please let me know if you help with any of these.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy.  We will be continuing to look at biographies and autobiographies, including the diary writing genre.  We will be covering ‘noun phrases’ and revising ‘simple, compound and complex’ sentence constructions.  The children will also listen to and read more of Roald Dahl’s ‘Boy’, using drama to act out some key ‘popular’ memories, e.g. the sweet shop and the ‘mouse’ incident!

Maths.  This week we are looking at mental strategies for subtraction and written methods. (The formal compacted column method is taught.)  We will also be covering subtraction calculations involving money, e.g. how to work out the correct change.

Any other curriculum information:

  • Please see the termly curriculum information and other planning on the school website.
  • Please see the note below regarding the Shepreth Wildlife Park trip next Tuesday 20th.
  • Please note that there will be a KS2 Literacy themed presentation for parents on Tuesday 20th September from 5:15 onwards.  Here we will talk about the importance of reading, how you can help and encourage your children to read more at home, how we teach reading and literacy in school, National Curriculum expectations and how this is examined in school (SATs).

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.
  • Literacy – Write a book review of a book that you have recently read; this can also be non-fiction. Say what the best parts of the book were and why you liked it. Would you recommend it to others? Why?
  • Maths – Addition problems to solve, this will be on a worksheet. Sheets showing the expected formal methods for addition and subtraction will be stuck into the back of the books for your information and future reference.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Tuesday 20th September – A whole day trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park. We will be leaving school at 9:30 and return by the end of the day. (We intend to leave at 2:30 pm.) As so many children raised so much money from the ‘Fiver’ challenge last year, we are only having to pay £4.50 for this trip. This is far less that the entrance cost and we have workshops, animals handling and talks as well! You may remember that the Kentwell Trip was also at a reduced price due to money raised by the children. A big WELL DONE to all those who raised so much money! If you would like to join us on the trip please let me know as soon as possible. A Parent Pay account has been set up for the Shepreth cost of £4.50 by the office.
  • Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October – Bikeabilty for year 5. A sheet has already been sent home to complete if you wish for your child to participate.
  • Tuesday 11th October – A whole day visit to Ely Cathedral (a free coach is arranged for this). Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school.
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in the morning. We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips, please let me know if you help with any of these.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Literacy.  We will be continuing our studies by examining biographies and autobiographies this week.  We will continue to look at extracts from ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl and examine simple, compound and complex sentences in writing.  Here is a good link to his website that contains some of his autobiography – ‘Roald Dahl Day’ is 13th September, the anniversary of his birthday:

http://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids and

http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/2000s/more-about-boy

Spelling testing should be finished early this week and we will begin to learn the 5/6 words for most children. A number of words from this list will be sent home each week to learn as well as completing ‘Look, Say Cover, Check’ sheets in class. A dictation will take place each week to check if these words have been successfully learned. These words can be very tricky! I will send home a complete list of these in the homework books.

Maths.  We will continue to revise place value from Year 4, using this understanding in column additions. We will then go on to examine decimal numbers and use the decimal point in money calculations.  Here is a reminder of what the children need to learn for place value:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/place_value_headings/read/1/

Here is a like to information on decimals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/decimals/read/1/

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the termly curriculum information and other planning on the school website.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings – these will continue most weeks to cover individual spellings or those from the 5/6 list.
  • Literacy – Write a biography about someone you know. If possible interview a member of your family and write about their early life. Include facts and some interesting stories and anecdotes.
  • Maths – Worksheets for decimal number work.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Monday 12th September – visit for the whole class to The Leys School, Trumpington Road to view the Davis Cup (Tennis). Also to receive some free mini-tennis coaching, as well as watching some exhibition tennis. Our time slot should be sometime between 10:00 am and 12:00. It will last 1 hour. If you would like to accompany us please let me know.
  • Tuesday 20th September – A whole day trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park. Further information will follow in a separate letter.
  • Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October – Bikeabilty for year 5 (Information will be sent out to you nearer to the time).
  • Tuesday 11th October – A whole day visit to Ely Cathedral (a free coach is arranged for this). Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school.
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips, please let me know if you help with any of these.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/09/16

Literacy.  We will be commencing our studies by examining Biographies and Autobiographies. We will explore the origin of these words (etymology) and write a brief Autobiography. We will begin to look at why some people wish to write Autobiographies and study some chapters of ‘BOY’ by Roald Dahl.  Here is a good link to his website that contains some of his Autobiography – ‘Roald Dahl Day’ is 13th September, the anniversary of his birthday:

http://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids

http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/2000s/more-about-boy

Maths.  We will revise Place Value from Year 4 as well as looking at some interesting maths ideas to start of the year with some challenging but fun maths. You may wish to explore some of this with the ‘Monty Hall’ problem.

http://www.montyhallproblem.com/

http://www.mathwarehouse.com/monty-hall-simulation-online/

Here is a reminder of what the children need to learn for Place Value:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/place_value_headings/read/1/

Any other curriculum information.  Please see the termly curriculum information  and other planning on the school website.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings – these will be 10 words from the 5/6 list to learn, a LSCWC sheet.
  • Literacy – Write an autobiographical story that one of your toys might have written (if it could!) e.g. Teddy’s ‘My holiday adventure’.
  • Maths – Worksheets on Place Value.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Monday 12th September – visit for the whole class to The Leys School, Trumpington Road to view the Davis Cup (Tennis). Also to receive some free mini-tennis coaching, as well as watching some exhibition tennis. Our time slot should be sometime between 10:00 am and 12:00. It will last 1 hour. If you would like to accompany us please let me know.
  • Tuesday 20th September – A whole day trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park. Further information will follow in a separate letter.
  • Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October – Bikeabilty for year 5 (Information will be sent out to you nearer to the time).
  • Tuesday 11th October – A whole day visit to Ely Cathedral (a free coach is arranged for this). Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Tuesday 18th October – A whole day trip/ workshop to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will be part of our ‘Art Award’ project. We will be walking there and back. Packed lunches will be needed for this trip please.
  • Tuesday 1st November – Kettle’s Yard Art activity in school.
  • Friday 11th November – Trip to the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum in the morning. We should be back for lunch.

Mrs Corlito would be very grateful of any adult support you can give on trips, please let me know if you help with any of these.