Hello parents and children,
It was lovely catching up with you on the phone last week, it is so nice to hear your voices and to find out all about what you have been doing. I can hardly believe that we are nearly at the end of this half term - you have worked really hard at home and I am so proud of you all, parents included!
Don't forget that it still isn't too late to send in your photos for the class group photograph. You need to send one photograph in school uniform and one fun photograph to the school email address, (firstname.lastname@example.org) FAO Mrs Wood. I've really enjoyed receiving the photos so far, especially the fun photos, and it would be great to see lots of you on the final picture. The deadline to send them to the office is 2:30pm tomorrow. I will then put the photo montages together before the end of term. If you would like a printed copy, please email the school office and it can be printed off for collection.
I hope that you all have a well deserved rest at half term and I look forward to catching up with you after the holidays.
Hello parents and children,
I hope that you had a wonderful bank holiday weekend in the sunshine and were able to go outside to take part in the VE day celebrations. My family and I took our chairs out onto the drive, ate some delicious cake and joined in with our neighbours to sing "We'll Meet Again," after listening to the queen's speech. It was a very memorable and special way to commemorate the day.
Thank you to the children who have sent in photographs of their home learning, I hope that you have seen them in the class gallery. I am very impressed with the work that you have done - please keep sending it in. Thank you also to the parents who have sent in photographs for the year 5 class photographs. It is still not too late if you have not sent them in yet. Please send two photographs of your child, one in school uniform and a fun photograph, to the school office FAO Mrs Wood.
This week I will be making phone calls to families from the school office to see how you are getting on. I will start making the first phone calls on Tuesday morning, starting with the girls in the class.
I look forward to catching up with you all soon
Hello parents and children,
I wonder how you are getting on this week. Have you tried any interesting enrichment activities or new challenges? I have been busy in the garden, caring for some seedlings that I planted last month and digging the borders ready to plant them out. I also took some cuttings from geraniums and grew them into new plants - I wonder if any of you tried that task for Science home learning. I take my dog Rosie for a walk every day and it is lovely to see the leaves on the trees coming out and the seasons changing.
I hope that you managed to log in to the Oak Academy website to take part in the first English lesson today. I watched the videos and really enjoyed them - I think that the teachers are very helpful.
Don't forget that on Friday, it is the commemoration of Victory in Europe Day. Look out for the brilliant resources from Miss Mcloughlin and Mrs Courtney so that you can join in with the Corsham community.
I look forward to hearing from you all next week.
Hello again children and parents!
I hope that you are well and managing to find things to do at home that keep you both healthy and happy. It was lovely catching up with you all on the phone last week to hear about how you are getting on and especially hearing the voices of the children in year 5. Thank you to Isla K who recited her poem to me over the phone - it really brightened my day! It sounds as if you have all been really busy and I'm impressed with the home learning that you have managed to complete - I can imagine how tricky it is for working parents to juggle so many roles.
I will next be in school to make phone calls in the week commencing Mon 11th May. If you need to contact me at any other time, please send an email to the school office who will forward your message to me.
Thank you to the parents who have sent pictures of their children's work to me. It is so nice to see what you have been doing. If you have any home learning that you are particularly proud of and would like to celebrate - please take a photograph of it and email it to the school office FAO Mrs Wood. I can put it on to the school website on our class page or send an email message back to you. Please let me know if you are happy for your work to go on to the class page.
Please remember that if you are unable to access the home learning on the school website, there are hard copies that you can collect from the school reception area.
We have been very lucky with the beautiful weather up until now, but it looks as if we are in for quite a few rainy days. Perhaps you could start a project on something that interests you - find out about a person or period in history that you don't know anything about, test yourself on world geography or country's flags or have a go at colour mixing with a painting set.
If you enjoy maths and logic games you could have a go at playing 'Shut the Box' using playing cards and two dice or Mancala. If you don't have a mancala game you can make one using old egg boxes and small stones or skittles https://artscrackers.com/2013/04/05/egg-carton-mancala/. There are instructions for how to play this two player game on the attached website.
Hope to hear from you all soon
Hello year 5 children and parents,
It was lovely being in school today, teaching a very small class! It was very strange not teaching year 5 though and I missed you all. I popped my head into the year 5 classroom to see if it is still there - and it is.
It was also lovely chatting with some of you on the phone today. I hope to catch up with you all by the end of the week, so if there is anything that you would like to ask me, get your questions ready . If you have any queries at any other time please drop an email to the school office and I can email a response back to you.
From what I've heard the home learning is going well. Some of you have found it useful to stick with the timetable that I sent home in the home learning pack when the school closed. You will have seen that the new home learning is set out differently to give you the choice of how and when to do the tasks, whatever works best for you. Some of you had also noticed that I tricked you with the spellings by giving you some that you have already done! This was a test to see if anybody would notice!! Well done if you did spot my mistake - I have now updated the home learning on the website with new spellings. (Sorry!)
It would be lovely to celebrate some of your home learning on the school website class page, so if you have any art work from RE, or any other pieces of work that you are particularly proud of, please take a photograph and email them to the school office.
I look forward to catching up with you all soon
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you are all well and have had an enjoyable Easter. I wonder if you did any fun Easter activities during your time at home.
You will find on this page your first week of home learning for the Summer term which includes activities for maths and English and also learning tasks across the curriculum. Spellings have been set for each group so that you can still follow the same spelling programme. If you have access to the internet, there is a fantastic website resource for maths called White Rose Hub. This is the scheme that the school follows for maths so the children should recognise the same style of questions. Each day there is a video tutorial for parents and children to follow with additional questions to practice. If your child finds the maths concepts and questions too tricky, please take a look at the year group below.
Home Learning answers will be available to look at on the class page of the school website on Friday.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact me by emailing the school office and I will reply by email.
Good morning year 5. I hope that you and your families are well and are enjoying your time at home together. I wonder if you completed some of the home learning enrichment tasks and which ones you chose. I would love to read your newspaper reports about the Highwayman and look forward to seeing your workbooks when you return to school.
Well done for completing your first week of Professor Assessor questions on Place Value and I have seen that some of you have already logged in this morning to start your next assignment on calculations revision. At the end of this week I will look at the questions that you have completed and set individual assignments over the Easter break for you to have a go at. The questions will be based on the answers that you submitted so that you can practice topics that you find tricky.
After the Easter holidays we will be starting new topics for Maths and English.
Keep working and keep smiling year 5!
You are all amazing
Well done class 5 for logging on to Professor Assessor to complete the first maths home learning task today. I've had a look at how you are getting on. Keep up the good work.
Hope you are also enjoying the lovely weather.
PS: Check out Miss Wilkinson's Story Time reading on YouTube. It's a lovely story and so nice to see a familiar friendly face. Thank you Miss Wilkinson. xx
Good morning year 5!
I hope that you are enjoying the sun and are itching to start your pack of home learning activities!
On your timetable you will see that your afternoons should include enrichment activities. You will already have received a large list of suggestions on a letter from Miss McLoughlin.
Here are a few more that you might like to try...
Golden Book 19/03/2020
Tomorrow all of class 5 are in the Golden Book for their fantastic work on the Highwaman. This week we have written diary extracts, designed wanted posters and performed our version of the Highwayman poem to an audience of class 3. Well done class 5!
Spring term newsletter 2020
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and are now refreshed and ready to start a new term at school. I am looking forward to getting to meeting parents at ‘Meet the Teacher’ on Tuesday 14th January and hope that you are as excited as I am about the work that is planned for this term!
This term, the children will continue to learn about Ancient Greece in History and will also study North and South America in Geography. In English, we will be looking at the book ‘Varmints’ and using it to inspire writing on character descriptions, writing balanced arguments, newspaper reports, instructions and stories. In maths, we will be working on multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and problem solving. In Science we will be looking at materials and testing their properties. In PE we will be playing Netball and learning new team games. Our art and DT work will be connected to our English and History topics with a focus on watercolour painting and woodwork. In music this term the children will be learning songs from Musicals for a concert which will be performed with other local schools in Corsham School on Wednesday 5th February.
Your child will continue to bring home a reading book every day to share with you. ’Free Reading’ books may be chosen from the class library or from home. Please encourage your child to choose books that are a little challenging for them to read. Comics and easy books are also great to read as they can improve comprehension skills and give ideas for story writing, but they will not stretch their vocabulary and reading ability. Please encourage your child to read with expression, and to express opinions about the characters in the story, the plot, and what might happen next. Reading books and reading record should be brought to school each day.
In year 5 this term, the children will be challenged to move up the class reading ladder. Reading records will be collected in on Mondays and a record kept of how many adult signatures there are to show that they have read at home. A small prize will be awarded to the first child to reach 100 reads. There can only be one signature per day, although your child may read more times than this! Weekends and school holiday reads will also count towards their total.
Please save the date of Wednesday 5th February in your diaries for the ‘Magical Musicals’ concert which will take place at The Corsham School in the evening. More details about the concert timings and tickets for parents to follow.
A list of spellings for each week will be given out each week. Your child will be tested in class on Thursdays with the words listed and new spellings will be given out on Friday. We encourage children to learn spellings using the Look, Cover, Write, Check method, following the sequence:
LOOK at the word
COVER the word
WRITE the word
CHECK their spelling against the word.
Children will also be given fun strategies in class to help them to learn their spellings both in school and at home. In the case of spelling lists being lost, spare copies will be kept in the classroom – so no excuses!
The children in year 5 have been given login details for an online maths system called Professor Assessor. Numeracy homework assignments will be given for the children to complete on computers/tablets at home. Each child will get an assignment unique to them, to practise skills that have been taught in the numeracy lessons. In addition, the children will be able to use the ‘Times Tables Fun’ system on their Professor Assessor login.
New home learning will be given out on Fridays. Please remember to hand home learning folders in each Thursday.
Please ensure your child brings a named bottle to school every day, filled with water. The children are allowed to fill their water bottles up during the day if they run out. Please ensure water bottles are also taken home regularly and washed.
Please ensure your entire child's uniform and PE kit is named, one school sweatshirt looks very like another!
Our class PE lessons will be on Mondays and Fridays. I would advise children to bring their PE kits to school on Monday and keep them in all week.
Timetable of things to remember!
Please help your child to take responsibility themselves for the things that they need to remember. Perhaps your child could cut out the timetable and place it somewhere at home or in their school bag to remind them each day.
I need to remember...
Bring in PE kit
Reading record checked for signatures
Home Learning folder handed in
New spellings given out
New Home Learning given out
Take PE kit and water bottle home to be washed
I look forward to working with you and your child this year. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to see me at the end of the school day.
For more detail of curriculum planning, please see document below.