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Skylarks WB 24.01.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 20th Jan 2022 @ 10:15pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

What a busy week we have had in Skylarks class! This week we have been super story tellers, magnificent mathematicians and amazing artists. My highlight of the week has most definitely been seeing the children’s superb art work inspired by Monet and Turner. Well done everyone!

 

Next Week (W.B. 24.01.22)

In English, we will further explore our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We will start by using our story maps created last week to help us write a recount of Arthur’s journey across the sea to Valhalla. We will also be looking at how we can use adverbials to introduce new ideas and connect sentences/paragraphs.

In Shared Reading, we will continue to read our book ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ which the children are thoroughly enjoying. Our focus next week will be on making comparisons within the text. We will compare and contrast the viewpoints of different characters, as well as how characters change throughout the book.

In maths, we will be exploring how to calculate, compare and estimate the area of different shapes, included irregular shapes. We will look at the multiplication method as well as counting squares to help us. We will also consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4-A-Day activities.

In RE we will continue with our humanism topic. Our focus will be on the humanist view on why humans are special. We will explore the theme of curiosity which is a key strand in humanism.

In science we will be thinking about our new science topic ‘Animals, including Humans’. We will start our topic by researching David Attenborough and the work that he has done.

During our topic day we will start by placing the Anglo Saxon and Viking era on a timeline so that we can compare this to other periods of time that we have studied, such as the Romans. We will also play a Saxon Settlement game to help us understand where they came from and to, before locating and labelling these places on a map.

In DT, we will use what we learnt during our tinkering day to design our own mechanical system that uses a level and a pulley. It must help us answer the question “How did people in the past move things?”

 

Our PE day for the Spring Term will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 23 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 28th January. This homework is looking at mental multiplication and division.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 28th January will be the next 10 words from the Y5/6 statutory word list:

existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, forty, frequently, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

Skylarks WB 17.01.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 13th Jan 2022 @ 8:17am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had a super week of learning in Skylarks Class and I have been very impressed with how the children have settled back into our school routines. Well done Skylarks!

 

Next Week (W.B. 17.01.22)

In English, we will further explore our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. As we read through the story, we will collect and innovate noun phrases to describe the characters, animals and setting. We will then use these noun phrases to help us write a poem about the Norse world. We will also do some work around summarising and create a story map to show what the character Arthur encountered on his journey to Valhalla.

In Shared Reading, we will continue to read our book ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’. Our focus will be on drawing inferences, such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives. We will also be focussing on developing our vocabulary and will use dictionaries to explore the meaning of new words in context.

In maths, we will be exploring how to measure and calculate the perimeter of both regular and irregular shapes. We will also consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4-A-Day activities.

In science we will be thinking about our new science topic ‘Animals, including Humans’. We will start the topic by considering what we already know about the changes humans go through as they develop to old age. We will also ask some questions which we aim to answer over the coming weeks.

During our topic day we will focus on our Design and Technology project on leavers and pulley mechanisms. This will link with our learning on the local area and Anderton Boat Lift, which uses huge pulleys to make it work. We will have a tinkering session where we will explore these different mechanisms and how they work.

We will also have an art day next week where we will be exploring the colours and techniques used by Monet and Turner. We will then use these techniques to create a piece of inspired artwork.

 

Our PE day for the Spring Term will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 21 and 22 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 21st January. This homework is looking at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.  

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 21st January will focus on words containing the -ibly suffix:

incredibly, responsibly, possibly, horribly, terribly, visibly, sensibly, accessibly

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

Skylarks WB 10.01.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 10:02am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. It has been so lovely to welcome the children back into school this week.

This week we have started our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Todd-Stanton in our English lessons. We started by asking questions about the book and building new vocabulary about the ancient Norse world and the Gods.

In maths we have been learning about square and cube numbers, as well as revisiting the four operations.

During our topic day, we consolidated our understanding of our local area before comparing and contrasting Northwich with Llandudno. We looked at the human and physical features of each town before making comparisons between the two using a Venn Diagram.

In Science, we finished our Materials topic with a study into the Scientist ‘Spencer Silver’. Ask your Skylark what he discovered and why he is important!

In RE, we began to think about our new theme ‘Humanism’. We started our topic by asking our own questions about Humanism which we aim to answer through our learning this half term.

The children also enjoyed completing their computing projects about how computers impact our lives. We added to our Key Note presentations after finding out more about the advancements of robots around the world and how social media is developing.

 

Important Reminders:

Parents Evening Phone Calls:

Parents evening phone calls for Skylarks Class will take place next week on Tuesday 11th January 2022. You will recieve more information soon about how to book your time slot through School Spider. 

Swimming:

Next Thursday (13th January) will be the final swimming session for Skylarks Class. Some children may continue to attend alongside Year 4, however you will be contacted separately if this includes your child.

 

Next Week (W.B. 10.01.22)

In English, we will further explore our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We will start the week by exploring the family tree of the Norse Gods before writing character profiles using relative clauses. We will also focus on developing our vocabulary next week, creating a glossary of new words and definitions.

In Shared Reading, we will start our new book ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’. Like our writing book, this story also focuses on the ancient Norse world ‘Asgard’. Our focus will be on drawing inferences, such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives. We will use our ‘visualising’ and ‘thinking out loud’ techniques to help us infer information stated and implied, justifying our answers with evidence from the text.

In Maths we will be revising inverse operations and how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4-A-Day activities.

In RE we will continue to explore our topic on ‘Humanism’. We will read the book ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers to help us understand what Humanism is and the 5 main themes/beliefs.

 

Our PE day for the Spring Term will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

We will also be having our final swimming session next week (Thursday 13th January 2022) so the children should come to school in their PE kit on this day as well.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 16 and 17 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 14th January. This homework is looking at square and cube numbers.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 14th January will focus on words containing the -ably suffix:

Understandably, suitably, miserably, comfortably, adorably, reasonably, considerably, predictably

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks WB 13.12.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 9th Dec 2021 @ 6:24pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

What a fantastic week we have had in Skylarks Class. The children have worked so hard on both their final pieces of writing and end of term assessments this week and we are so proud of them!!

Looking ahead to our final week of the term, we have lots of festive fun planned to say thank you for working so hard.

 

Next Week (W.B. 13.12.21)

In maths we will be applying our knowledge of written methods of addition and subtraction by solving tricky multi-step problems. We will use our reasoning skills to explain our methods and answers.

In our shared reading lessons, we will be finishing our book ‘Hansel and Gretel’. We will be looking specifically at the language the author uses to create a tense atmosphere.

In our RE lesson we will be reflecting on our ‘Incarnation’ topic. We will consider all of the titles given to Jesus in the bible, before answering the big question, ‘Why are these titles given to Jesus and are they helpful for Christians?’

In Art we will continue our work on colour. In our lesson we will explore the colour wheel and create our own tints, tones and shades of each hue on the wheel.

In RSE we will be exploring relationships. We will be learning about marriage in the UK and the laws surrounding this. We will also use drama techniques to help us understand what marriage vows are.

Unfortunately, swimming is cancelled this week (W.B. 13.12.21).

 

Please see below for details on all of the Christmas events we will be holding next week:

 

Monday 13th December 

Christingle – every child will make a Christingle and then take part in a service recorded by Vicar Andrew.  

Tuesday 14th December  

All children to enjoy a pantomime online with treats! 

Wednesday 15th December 

Christmas lunch and Christmas Jumper Day – we kindly ask a donation for St Luke’s hospice, children to come into school wearing a Christmas jumper or outfit (their own Christmas clothes).   

KS2 children will need to pay of a school lunch in the normal way. 

We will also hold the Christmas Fair for the children on this day. 

Thursday 16th December 

Whole School Church Service – led by Mr Cliff via zoom for all the children in the school. 

Friday 17th December 

School closes at 1pm, no Fun Foxes after school. Non uniform day just for fun! Party lunch for all the children and every class will have a Christmas party!   

 

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 19 and 20 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 17th December. This homework is looking at factors and prime numbers.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 17th December will be the next 10 words from the Y5/6 statutory word list:

determined, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equipment, especially, exaggerate, excellent

Please remember that the words from the Y5/6 list are trickier than our spellings which follow a specific spelling rule. If your child is finding them really difficult, encourage them to focus on just 5 words to learn rather than all 10 😊

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

Skylarks WB 6.12.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 2nd Dec 2021 @ 4:00pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

happy december.jpg

Can you believe it is December already and the Autumn term is nearly over?

What a brilliant week we have had again in Skylarks Class. Thank you for always showing such enthusiasm and engagement in our lessons. Mrs Judge and I have been so proud of your wonderful writing and super maths work this week.

Thank you to all of our wonderful Skylarks who are working so hard at home as well. We are very proud of you and can’t wait to have you back in school soon!

 

Next Week (W.B. 6.12.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will be planning and writing our very own versions of ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. We will focus on giving detailed descriptions of both the setting and characters using figurative language, as well as how we can use speech to move the story along. I am already very excited to read our wonderful stories!

In maths we will continue to explore multiples, factors and prime numbers. We will also use our problem-solving skills to help us solve tricky questions around mental addition and subtraction. As always, we will continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In our reading lessons, we will read more of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and will continue to focus on the author’s language choice. We will analyse the vocabulary used, including figurative language, thinking about the effect it has on the reader.

In science we will be learning about reversible and irreversible changes. We will explore what happens to different materials when they melt, freeze, dissolve, evaporate, burn and rust.

In art we will explore the work of Monet Turner who will inspire our next piece of artwork. We will develop our knowledge of colour using hue, tint, tone and shade to create mood and atmosphere.

 

Our PE day this week will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

Unfortunately, swimming is cancelled this week (W.B. 6.12.21).

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 18 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 10th December. This homework is looking at multiples.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 10th December will continue to focus on words containing silent letter T:

nestle, wrestle, thistle, jostle, whistle, Christmas, listener, glistening

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skylarks WB 29.11.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 28th Nov 2021 @ 6:19pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

 

We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class. The children have made myself and Mrs Judge very proud with their hard work and dedication to their learning.  

Thank you to all of our wonderful Skylarks who are working so hard at home as well. We are very proud of you!

 

Next Week (W.B. 29.11.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. During our lessons, we will be looking more closely at the characterisation of different characters. We will be focusing on how we can integrate dialogue into our writing to develop characterisation and advance the action.

In maths we will be starting to explore multiplication by learning about multiples, factors and prime numbers. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will be recapping and reflecting on our learning from our ‘materials’ unit of work. We will think about the new knowledge we have acquired and will consider whether the questions we asked at the beginning of the year have now been answered through our investigations.

During our topic day, we will continue to work on our information leaflets about the Lion Salt Works. We will look at the process of making salt, the importance of the salt works and the effect the salt industry had on Northwich.

Our PE days this week will be Tuesday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 64 and 65 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 3rd December. This homework is looking shape.  

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 3rd December will focus on words containing silent letter T:

fasten, listen, glisten, soften, castle, rustle, hustle, bustle

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

Skylarks WB 22.11.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 18th Nov 2021 @ 8:39am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class. The children have loved using their learning from our trip to the Lion Salt Works in their topic and science lessons. Our rehearsals for the Christmas play are also well underway and we can’t wait to show you what we have been practicing.

 

Reminders:

  • Christmas Play Costumes - Our class will perform a party scene dance so your child will need to wear party clothes (e.g. a colourful t-shirt and jeans/legging, a dress, sparkly shoes, etc.). Please do not go out and buy anything new for our performance, any type of party wear your child already owns will be perfect. We would like these costumes to be in school for Monday 29th November 2021.

 

Next Week (W.B. 22.11.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. We will be exploring characters more closely by completing a Venn diagram to compare the appearance and personality traits of 3 characters, before role-playing and writing out a conversation between these characters using inverted commas.

In our reading lessons next week, we will continue to explore our shared reading text ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti. We will be focussing on evaluating the authors’ language choice, including figurative language. This will link nicely with our writing lessons where we have been learning all about personification, similes, metaphors and alliteration.

In maths we will continue to look at line graphs. We will look again at how to draw our own line graphs and will work collaboratively with our peers to solve reasoning and problem-solving questions about statistics. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In RE we will continue to explore the titles given to Jesus at Christmas time. This week we will look at the titles ‘The Word’ and ‘Light’ and will explore what we think these titles might mean.

During our topic day, we will continue to work on our information leaflets about the Lion Salt Works. We will look at the process of making salt, the importance of the salt works and the effect the salt industry had on Northwich.

Our PE days for the Autumn will continue to be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Athletics) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 70 and 71 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 26th November. This homework is looking interpreting and drawing line graphs.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 26th November will be the next 10 words in the Year 5/6 word list:

Competition, conscience, conscious, controversy, convenience, correspond, criticise, curiosity, definite, desperate

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

 

Skylarks WB 15.11.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 11th Nov 2021 @ 7:39am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class. The children represented our school so wonderfully during our visit to the Lion Salt Works and learnt an abundance of new knowledge. I’m sure you have heard all about our trip from your child, but you can also see lots of photos from the day on our school Twitter @LostockGralamPr

 

Reminders:

  • Christmas Play Costumes - Our class will perform a party scene dance so your child will need to wear party clothes (e.g. a colourful t-shirt and jeans/legging, a dress, sparkly shoes, etc.). Please do not go out and buy anything new for our performance, any type of party wear your child already owns will be perfect. We would like these costumes to be in school for Monday 29th November 2021.

 

Next Week (W.B. 15.11.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. We will be focusing most of our learning around building characterisation. We will look at how difference language devices (e.g. similes, alliteration, metaphors) and speech can help to develop our characters within stories. We will also look at using figurative language devices in a winter poem. 

In our reading lessons next week, we will continue to explore our shared reading text ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti. We will be focussing on identifying the themes and conventions in the story. We will be discussing the reoccurring themes and the ‘must-have’ characteristics of this type of story.

In maths we will be looking at line graphs. We will begin by learning how to read line graphs, before moving on to drawing our own. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science, the children will investigate which processes are most effective for separating materials. We will use filtering, sieving, evaporating and magnetic attraction to separate different mixtures and solutions. This will link nicely to our work carried out at the Lion Salt Works on Tuesday.

During our topic day, we will use our learning from the Lion Salt Works to help us produce an information leaflet about the process of pumping brine and extracting salt, the importance of the salt works and the effect the salt industry had on Northwich.

Our PE days for the Autumn will continue to be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Athletics) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 48 and 49 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 19th November. This homework is looking finding the perimeter of shapes.  

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 19th November will continue to focus on words containing the suffix -able:

adaptable, predictable, knowledgeable, beatable, comfortable, reasonable, available, fashionable, miserable, believable

Please encourage your child to learn the root word before adding the -able suffix.

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

Skylarks WB 8.11.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 4th Nov 2021 @ 7:55am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable half term. Skylarks have come back with such enthusiasm and have had a fantastic few days of learning!

 

Reminders:

  • Lion Salt Works Trip – Skylarks Class will visit the Lion Salt Works on Tuesday 9th November 2021. Please give your consent and pay using school gateway. Children should come to school in their full uniform (including a waterproof coat) and bring their packed lunch with them in a named plastic bag.
  • Christmas Play Costumes - Our class will perform a party scene dance so your child will need to wear party clothes (e.g. a colourful t-shirt and jeans/legging, a dress, sparkly shoes, etc.). Please do not go out and buy anything new for our performance, any type of party wear your child already owns will be perfect. We would like these costumes to be in school for Monday 29th November 2021.

 

Next Week (W.B. 8.11.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our new book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. We will be recapping our learning on expanded noun phrases and will use these to help us write a short 100-word story about the main character Jub, as well as a character description of the witch. 

In our reading lessons next week, we will explore our new shared reading text ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti. We will be focussing on vocabulary and will evaluate the author’s choice of language, including the use of figurative language.

In maths we will be moving onto our new topic looking at graphs and tables. We will begin by learning how to interpret tables, before moving on to look at more complex two-way tables. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In RE we will continue our learning on our new topic on ‘incarnation’. We recap the different titles given to Jesus at Christmas time that we learnt about last week, before digging deeper into the title ‘Emmanuel’. We will discuss and research what this title means and present our findings in a pic-collage using our IT skills.

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will continue to be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Athletics) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 14 and 15 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 12th November. This homework is looking mental addition and subtraction, as well as using rounding to check answers.

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 12th November will focus on words containing the suffix -able:

understandable, breakable, suitable, enjoyable, noticeable, changeable, adorable, reliable, enviable, bearable

Please encourage your child to learn the root word before adding the -able suffix.

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

Skylarks WB 1.11.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 21st Oct 2021 @ 5:41pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks final blog of the half term 😊

Can you believe it is half term already? And what a super half term it has been! I am so proud of each and every Skylark and everything that we have achieved during our first half term in Year 5.

 

Reminders:

  • Inset Day - School is closed for an INSET day on Monday 1st November 2021.
  • Lion Salt Works Trip – Skylarks Class will visit the Lion Salt Works on Tuesday 9th November 2021. Please give your consent and pay using school gateway.
  • Christmas Play Costumes - Our class will perform a party scene dance so your child will need to wear party clothes (e.g. a colourful t-shirt and jeans/legging, a dress, sparkly shoes, etc.). Please do not go out and buy anything new for our performance, any type of party wear your child already owns will be perfect. We would like these costumes to be in school for Monday 29th November 2021.

 

After half term (W.B. 1.11.21)

In our English lessons after half term, we will begin to explore our new book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. We will explore the book page by page, asking relevant questions, making predictions and identifying characters, themes and conventions.

In maths we consolidate our understanding of addition and subtraction by using both mental and written methods to reason and problem solve. We will also have an active maths day on Thursday 4th November where will explore aspects of shape and measure through hands-on, practical exploration.

In science we will continue our learning on soluble and insoluble materials. The children will carry out their fair tests exploring dissolving which they planned before half term. In groups, they children will have to chose an appropriate way to record and present their findings.

In RE we will start our new topic on ‘incarnation’. We will begin by exploring the different titles given to people today, before comparing these to the titles given to Jesus at Christmas time.

During our topic day we will continue to look at our Year 5 theme of ‘Identity’. We will begin by recapping human and physical features, before going on a walk of our school grounds to identify some of these features in our local area. We will then use our knowledge of 6 figure grid references to help us draw a sketch map of our school grounds. In the afternoon we will further consolidate our understanding of 6 figure grid references by identifying the features of Northwich on an Ordinance Survey map.

We will also have a computing day on Friday 5th November 2021 where we will continue to work on our Keynote presentations about how computers impact our lives. We will look at the history of games and how they have developed over the decades.

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will continue to be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Athletics) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely half term everyone!

Miss Beattie x

WB 18.10.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 8:18am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

I can’t quite believe we are looking ahead to the final week of the half term. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. We have had another excellent week in Skylarks Class!

 

Next week (W.B. 18.10.21)

In our English lesson next week, we will be using our plans produced this week to help us write a sequence of diaries entries in role as Annie Edson Taylor. We will be recapping the mastery keys learnt in this topic and applying these in our writing (e.g. using paragraphs, using commas after fronted adverbial and writing for an intended audience/purpose).

In maths we will be looking at mental calculations and inverse operations. We will also be applying our knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction to help use solve tricky problems.

In science we will continue our learning on soluble and insoluble materials. The children will work collaboratively to plan their own investigations to find out which factors affect the rate of dissolving. The children must choose which variables to keep the same and which to change, ensuring they plan a fair test.

In RE we will bring together all of our learning from our Discipleship topic to answer the following questions: How does the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ help people to follow Jesus? How does Jesus want Christians to live out each verse in their lives?

During our topic day we will begin to look at our Year 5 theme of ‘Identity’. We will be thinking about our own identity and the identity of Northwich by sharing what we know already.

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 12 and 13 of their maths book to be returned by Thursday 21st October. This homework is looking written addition and subtraction.

Please encourage your child to use column method which we have learnt in school.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Thursday 21st October will be the next 10 words in the Y5/6 statutory word list:

available, average, awkward, bargain, bruise, category, cemetery, committee, communicate, community

Please remember that the words from the Y5/6 list are trickier than our spellings which follow a specific spelling rule. If your child is finding them really difficult, encourage them to focus on just 5 words to learn rather than all 10 😊

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks WB 11.10.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 7th Oct 2021 @ 7:57am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

Another super week of learning for Skylarks Class. I am so proud of the hard-working and enthusiastic attitude shown in our classroom every single day. Keep it up Skylarks!

 

Next week (W.B. 11.10.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will finish reading our book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will use our retrieval and summarising skills to help us create a timeline of the whole story. We will then look closely at a range of diary entries to help us understand the features of them. This will help us as we plan and write our own sequence of diary entries to end this unit of work.

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will continue to focus on drawing inferences, justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives) and making comparisons within and across texts.

In maths we will be moving on to look at the formal written methods of addition and subtraction, to include 6-digit numbers. We will also learn how we can use estimation and rounding to help us check an answer.

In science we will be defining the terms ‘soluble’ and ‘insoluble’. We will then predict which materials will dissolve and which won’t before carrying out an investigation to see if our predictions were correct.

In RE we will continue to debate the point, ‘Are Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount still important today?’ This week, we will record our responses in our book, giving evidence to support our opinion.

We will also have a computing day on Friday where we will continue to work on our ‘Keynote’ presentations about how computers impact our lives.

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

Next week we will have a one-off additional PE session on Wednesday 13th October (cricket) and so the children may come to school in their PE on this day.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 11 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 15th October. This homework is looking at Roman numerals.    

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 15th October will continue to focus on words with the -ible suffix:

invisible, edible, flexible, resistible, responsible, impossible, irreversible, convertible

Please encourage your child to learn the root word before adding the -ible suffix.

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks WB 4.10.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 30th Sep 2021 @ 8:10am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

This week Skylarks have continued to work exceptionally hard in all of our lessons. They have shown such enthusiasm towards everything that they are doing in school and I am sure you are enjoying hearing about their exciting learning when they arrive home.

I am looking forward to chatting with you tomorrow, Friday 1st October, during out Parent/Teacher phone calls. If you are having any problems booking your slot, please contact the office who will be happy to help.

 

Next week (W.B. 4.10.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will extend our learning on recount writing from last week’s lessons. We will first create our own story map which we will use to help us write a first-person recount of Annie’s journey along the river. We will also be consolidating our understanding of fronted adverbials and commas and will be applying these throughout our writing.  

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will continue to focus on drawing inferences, justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives) and making comparisons within and across texts.

In maths we will consolidate our learning on place value by solving tricky reasoning and problem solving questions. We will then move on to look at the formal written method of addition to include 6-digit numbers.

In science we will use our investigation plans from the previous lesson to help us answer the question ‘Which material is most effective for the inner lining of a lunch box to keep it cool?’ After completing our investigation, we will choose an appropriate way to present our findings (e.g. table, bar chart, line graph).

In RE we will use our Christian values of respect and friendship to have a class debate. We will use our learning from our discipleship topic to help us debate the question, ‘Do you think Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount are still important today?’

During our topic day we will extend our learning on rivers. We will recap the different features of rivers, before thinking about why rivers are so important (e.g. leisure, tourism, power, industry and transport).

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 10 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 8th October. This homework is looking at rounding numbers.   

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 8th October will focus on words with the -ible suffix:

possible, terrible, legible, horrible, sensible, reversible, credible, visible

Please encourage your child to learn the root word before adding the -ible suffix.

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

 

 

Skylarks WB 27.09.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 8:00am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had another fantastic week in Skylarks Class and the children have all blown me away with their knowledge of the Romans and keen interest to learn more! I can’t wait to continue to explore our topics further next week 😊

 

Parent phone calls

Hopefully you have managed to book your Parents’ Evening phone call through school spider for next week. Skylark’s phone calls will take place on Friday 1st October. This will be an opportunity to discuss how the children have settled into year 5 and will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have. If you are having any problems booking your slot, please contact the office who will be happy to help.

 

Next week (W.B. 27.09.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will continue to work on our Newspaper reports from last week, before moving on to look at first-person recount writing.

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will continue to focus on drawing inferences, justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives) and making comparisons within and across texts.

In maths we will continue to focus on place value and will extend our learning to include numbers to 1,000,000. We will place these numbers on number lines, compare and order numbers and round to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will continue our learning on thermal insulators and thermal conductors. We will become scientists and will plan our own investigation to answer the enquiry question ‘Which material is most effective for the inner lining of a lunch box to keep it cool?’

In RE we will continue to explore the book of Matthew. We will read a range of verses, considering the meaning of each and drawing out any advice given to Christians on how they should live.

During our topic day we will use our mapping skills to locate rivers in and around Northwich. We will then focus on developing our understanding of technical vocabulary needed to help us with our future learning on rivers. We will use our ICT skills to help us produce a river glossary. 

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 9 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 1st October. This homework is looking at counting in powers of 10 (e.g. counting in jumps of 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000).

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 1st October will be the first 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

accommodate, accompany, according, achieve, aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent, appreciate, attached

These words are understandably more difficult than our spellings which follow a specific spelling rule. However, please remember that these spellings are set for both Year 5 and Year 6 children and so we have lots of time to revisit and revise them over the next two years. If your child is finding them really tricky, encourage them to focus on just 5 words to learn rather than all 10 😊

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks WB 20.09.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 7:42am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

The children in Skylarks Class have had another super week of learning. I have particular enjoyed hearing about their swimming achievements. Mrs Evans has been so impressed with the children’s effort and attitudes during their lessons. Keep it up Skylarks!

 

Next week (W.B. 20.09.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will first be looking at letter writing, taking account of audience and purpose. We will also consider our first impressions of different characters, as well as the impressions the characters may have of each other. We will then use this to help us write a newspaper report prior to Annie’s daredevil feat. 

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will focus on drawing inferences and justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives). We will also make comparisons within and across texts.

In maths we will continue to focus on place value. Specifically, we will look at rounding numbers within 100,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. We will also revise Roman numeral base numbers to help us write numbers to 10,000. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will learn about thermal insulators and thermal conductors and will be developing our conclusion writing skills. We will look at a table of results showing the temperature of tea in different containers over a one-hour period, before concluding what we can learn from the table of results.

In RE we will be exploring the ‘Salt and Light’ verses from Matthew 5:13-15. We will read the verses together and draw annotated pictures to help us understand them better.

During our topic day we will use our mapping skills to gain a better understanding of where the Romans conquered when they first arrived in Britain. We will also look at how Britain changed once the Roman Empire arrived and the legacy the Roman Empire left behind.   

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 8 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 24th September. This homework is looking at place value (ordering and comparing big numbers).

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 24th September will continue to focus on words ending with the silent letter b:

climb, subtle, bomb, lamb, doubted, plumber, crumbling, numbing

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

 

Skylarks WB 13.09.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 8:18am

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Hello everyone and welcome to Skylarks first weekly blog! I will post on our blog each Thursday keeping you up to date with our learning for the week ahead. I will also post information about homework, weekly spellings and any other important information 😊

The children in Skylarks Class have had a FANTASTIC first week back in school and I am so proud of how quickly they have settled back into school routines and how hard they are working.

 

Next week (W.B. 13.09.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will be delving deeper into our new book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will find out more about the daredevil feat carried out by Annie Edson Taylor and will use this to help us write a first person recount from the viewpoint of one of the anxious bystanders. We will be focusing on using commas after fronted adverbials and organising paragraphs around a theme.

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will focus on drawing inferences and justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives).

In maths we will be focusing on the place value of numbers to 100,000. We will place these numbers on a number line and will compare them using more than and less than symbols. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will begin to explore our new topic all about materials. The children will plan their own investigations to help them explore the properties of a variety of everyday materials.

In RE we will be thinking about what we already know about Jesus’ teachings. We will consider what the bible says about how Christians should live, which will lead us into our new topic about the sermon on the mount.

During our topic day we will explore the question ‘Why did the Roman Empire conquer Britain?’ The children will use their enquiry skills to find out more about the importance of trade, land, slaves, food and growing an army for the Romans.

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 7 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 17th September. This homework is looking at place value.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 17th September will focus on words ending with the silent letter b:

thumb, numb, crumb, debt, doubt, limb, combed, tomb

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks WB 12.7.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 8:05am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog 😊 I can’t believe that we are looking ahead to the final full week of the year!

Next week in our writing lessons we will be using research to find out more about Chris Hadfield. We will then group this information into themes before writing about him in the style of a biography.

In maths we will be focussing on writing decimals as fractions. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

Throughout next week, we will be focussing our learning heavily on our topic and DT themes and will embark on two projects. First, we will think about how the Vikings would load and unload their boats and will then design and make a machine that uses a pulley mechanism that is fit for this purpose. We will then think about seasonality and the problems faced by the Vikings when their land was infertile. We will then taste, design and make our own healthy soup, focusing on developing skills such as measuring, peeling, chopping, blending and simmering.

On Friday 16th July, all children will enjoy a fun takeover day where they can come to school in their own clothes, have a PE slot with Mr Ault, enjoy time on a bouncy castle and have a special picnic lunch. Children should pay £2 on the school gate and all money raised will go towards new play equipment chosen by the children.

 

Head Student and Team Captains

Thank you so much to all the children who applied for one of the above roles, we are so exceptionally proud of them all and want to thank the children for putting so much time and effort into their presentations. Well done to our new head students (Bella, Robyn, Jack, Lauren) and tree team captains (Gabriel, Leyla, Scarlett, Cody) 😊

 

Fishing

We have one more week of fishing left where the remaining children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to attend (weather dependent). Parents will be emailed the Monday before your child is due to go. Children should wear warm, comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear.

 

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

The children should complete pages 38 and 39 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 16th July. This homework is looking at ordering and comparing decimals.   

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 16th July will be the next 10 words from the year 5/6 statutory word list:

prejudice, privilege, profession, programme, pronunciation, queue, recognise, recommend, relevant, rhyme

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

Skylarks WB 5.7.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 2nd Jul 2021 @ 11:18am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class😊

Next week in our English lessons, we will be focusing on summarising the story ‘The Darkest Dark’. We will create our own timelines of Chris Hadfield’s childhood, considering how he felt and acted at each point in his life. We will then work in pairs to choose and write about one key event in his life, applying all of our learning from this half term. We will focus on using effective vocabulary and varied sentences, including adverbial phrases, relative clauses and brackets to indicate parenthesis.

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Our main focus will remain on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.  

In maths we will continue our work on fractions. We will consolidate our knowledge of multiplying fractions, before moving on to finding fractions of amounts (e.g. 4/6 of 72). We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In RE we will be writing a diary entry from a Christian point of view. In it we will explain the connection/differences between forgiveness and justice.

During our topic day, we will work collaboratively to research and compare the human and physical geography of a North American region with a European region that we have studied so far.

 

Transition Morning

Next week, the children will also spend time with Mrs Downing, Mrs Whittingham and Mr Beswick during our transition morning, which is a great opportunity for the children to ask questions and get to know their teachers ready for September 😊

 

Head Student and Team Captains

On Monday 5th July, Skylarks will have the opportunity to apply for the above roles. They will be asked to present their application to the rest of the class, which will be recorded and shared with staff members too. Skylarks children and staff members will then vote in a secret ballot, before the results will be announced.

 

Fishing

We have two more weeks of fishing left where the remaining children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to attend (weather dependent). Parents will be emailed the Monday before your child is due to go. Children should wear warm, comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear.

 

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

The children should complete pages 32 and 33 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 9th July. This homework is looking at multiplying fractions.   

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 9th July will focus on words containing the ‘ee’ sound spelt ‘ei’.

receive, deceive, conceit, conceive, seize, protein, caffeine, neither

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

Skylarks WB 28.6.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 25th Jun 2021 @ 9:30am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class😊

Next week in our English lessons, we will be focusing on inferring character’s thoughts and feelings. We will begin by completing a zone of relevance for the character Chris to help us gain a better understanding of how he might feel. We will then use these thoughts and feelings to help us write quotes that we imagine Chris might have said, as well as a recount of Chris’ life before and after the first moon landing.

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Our main focus will remain on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.  

In maths we will continue our work on fractions. We will consolidate our knowledge of subtracting fractions, before moving on to look at multiplying fractions. We will continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will continue to explore Earth and Space. We will be making our own sundials and exploring how we can use the position of the sun in the sky to tell the approximate time.

In RE we will reading a Letter written by Paul in the book of Corinthians. We will explore what happens in the verse and will also reflect on what the passage teaches Christians today about forgiveness and justice.  

During our topic day, we will become geographers and will use our map skills to help us explore the wider world, including North America. First, we will learn about the lines of latitude and longitude and will use these to help us locate the equator, northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, Arctic circle, Antarctic circle and the Tropics of Cancer/Capricorn. We will then use maps, atlases and globes to locate the countries and surrounding oceans/seas of North America.

 

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

The children should complete page 26 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 2nd July. This homework is looking at solving calculation word problems.  

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 2nd July will be the next 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

muscle, necessary, neighbour, nuisance, occupy, occur, opportunity, parliament, persuade, physical

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

Skylarks W.B. 21.06.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 17th Jun 2021 @ 8:05am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class😊

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our text ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Chris Hadfield. We will also read an accompanying book called ‘One Giant Leap’ and will use this text to retrieve and record factual information about the first moon landing. We will then develop these facts to create sentences with parenthesis (extra information or an afterthought usually marked off with brackets, dashes, or commas).

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and will focus our learning on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning. We will also focus on differentiating between fact and opinion.

In maths we will be focusing on subtracting fractions, including improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will also use our knowledge of equivalent fractions to help us give our answers in the simplest form. We will continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will continue to add to our knowledge of the solar system. We will make models to help us understand that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth, and that the Sun only appears to move across the sky.

In RE we will be learning about the connection between forgiveness and acting justly. We will think about the different verses we have read so far and will use role play to show how the pharisees and teachers of the law did not act justly and will make suggestions as to how they should have acted instead.

Our PE days will be Thursday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

The children should complete pages 48 and 49 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 25th June. This homework is looking at calculating perimeter.

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 25th June will focus on words ending in the suffix -ence:

absence, evidence, independence, intelligence, silence, confidence, competence, magnificence

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 14.06.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 13th Jun 2021 @ 7:39pm

Hello everyone 😊

Welcome back to our weekly blog! A great first week back for Skylarks Class. Our trip on Tuesday was fantastic and I’m sure the children have told you all about their new knowledge of Viking and Anglo-Saxon society. The children were a credit to themselves and Lostock 😊

This week in our English lessons we will delve into our new book ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Chris Hadfield. We will focus on technical vocabulary and relative clauses and will use these to write a biography about Hadfield’s early life and a recount of one of his childhood events.

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and will focus our learning on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

In maths we will continue to focus on fractions. In particular, we will learn how to add and subtract fractions including mixed numbers. We will also consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through 4-a-day activities.

During our topic day we will use our learning from our trip to Tatton Hall as well as further research to answer the enquiry question, ‘Were the Vikings ruthless killers or peaceful settlers?’

In science we will learn the name, size and position of each of the planets and will create our own labelled diagrams. We will also learn about the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun. Finally, we will discover that ancient astronomers believed in the geocentric model of the solar system, and the reasons why it was replaced by the heliocentric model.

In RE we will be learning about the difference between ‘forgiveness’ and ‘justice’. We will look at examples of both in the bible before debating whether forgiveness and justice can go hand in hand.

Our PE days will be Thursday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

The children should complete pages 30 and 31 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 18th June. This homework is looking at adding and subtracting fractions.  

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 18th June will be the next 10 words from the year 5/6 statutory word list:

identity, immediately, individual, interfere, interrupt, language, leisure, lightning, marvellous, mischievous

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 7.6.21 (After Half Term), by Miss Beattie

Date: 26th May 2021 @ 9:19pm

Hello everyone

Welcome back to our weekly blog 😊 I can’t quite believe we are at the end of another half term in school and what a fantastic half term it has been!

 

Important Reminders:

This Friday 28th May, the photographer is in school. As this is our PE day, please send your child to school in full school uniform with trainers on their feet.

On Tuesday 8th June Skylarks are going on their trip to Tatton Old Hall to find out more about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Please make sure your child is in school promptly on this day. They must wear full school uniform and bring a raincoat with them. They must also bring their lunch in a disposable bag as all rubbish will be thrown away after eating (the children will not be bringing a bag or lunch box with them on the trip).

Please call the school office before half term if you have any questions or queries regarding this trip.

 

Learning after half term:

When we return to school after half term, we will be looking at our new text ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Astronaut Chris Hadfield. We will begin by using clues to predict the text, before using pictures from the book as a stimulus for writing a setting description.

Our reading lessons will also focus on a new text ‘Exploring Space’. We will begin by reading about the International Space Station and thinking about how the text is organised and structured using different features (e.g. headings, subheadings, fact boxes, etc.)

Our space theme will continue in our science lessons where will be exploring our new topic ‘Earth and Space’ in more detail. We will use a model of our solar system to help us understand that it has 8 planets. We will also look at the position of the sun and Earth to help us explain the concept of day and night.

In maths we will continue to develop our understanding of fractions. We will look more in depth at the relationship between fractions and division, and will also order and compare fractions based on their size.

As part of our topic work we will be using our trip to Tatton Old Hall to expand our knowledge and understanding of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. Our topic day when we are back in school will focus on Viking artwork which we will analyse to help us find out more about their identity. We will then use our sketching skills to replicate this style of art.

In RE, we will continue to explore our theme of ‘Forgiveness’. We will listen to The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-28), before looking at modern-day scenarios where would should show mercy to each other.

 

Our PE days for the last summer half term will be Thursday and Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

The children should complete page 29 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 11th June. This homework is looking at ordering fractions and the children will need to use their knowledge of finding equivalents to help them.

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 11th June will look at the suffix -ent:

confident, absent, different, patient, magnificent, efficient, decent, intelligent

 

Have a fantastic half term everyone. Remember to show our Christian values in all that you do 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 24.05.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 24th May 2021 @ 2:31pm

Hello everyone

Welcome back to our weekly blog 😊

This week in our Writing lessons, we will be using our carefully thought out plans to write our own narrative based on ‘The Hunter’. I am so excited to read the children’s stories and I know I am going to be super impressed with their use of engaging vocabulary, relative clauses and adverbs for possibility. Why not ask your child what each of these features are?

In maths, we will continue to look at fractions. This week, the children have shown a great understanding of equivalent fractions and converting between improper and mixed number fractions. We will consolidate our understanding of these concepts next week, and will also move on to look at number sequences and comparing/ordering fractions.

In science we will be looking at our new topic ‘Earth and Space’. We will begin by asking questions about the theme, before sharing any prior knowledge we may have.

Our music lesson this week will be very exciting as the children will be using their bows for the first time. The children have shown such a keen interest in our violin and cello lessons this half term and have made great progress so far.

 

Our PE day this half term is Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on this da/y (Cricket will resume on a Thursday after May half term).

 

Homework

The children should complete page 28 this week, to be returned by Friday 28th May. This homework is looking at equivalent fractions which we have been learning about in school this week.

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their new maths homework.

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 28th May will be the next 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

Existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, forty, frequency, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance, hinderance

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks Blog - WB 26.04.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 22nd Apr 2021 @ 2:10pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog πŸ˜Š

I hope you all had a wonderful half term. It was lovely to speak to so many of you today during our parents evening phone calls. If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in contact. 

The children have had a super week back in school. I have particularly loved their enthusiasm for our new Writing topic based on the book β€˜The Hunter’ by Paul Geraghty. 

 

Next week in our Writing lessons, we will have three areas of focus: using inverted commas to punctuate speech, adverbs for possibility and relative clauses to add extra detail. We will apply this knowledge in a conversation between two characters (Jamina and Grandfather), as well as in a first-person recount of Jamina approaching the baby elephant.

In maths we will continue to look at long multiplication. We will extend our knowledge of this method to look at multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers by a 2-digit number. 

From next week, we will be having a β€˜topic day’ in Skylarks Class. This will be 1 day each week where we will focus solely on history and geography. This week we will be recapping 6 figure grid reference, as well as human and physical features. We will identify the different features in our school ground and draw our own sketch map using grid references to the location of each feature. In the afternoon, we will compare the human and physical features of Lostock Gralam and Llandudno. 

As I’m sure you are aware, the children in Skylarks Class have started their music lessons this week. The children have been allocated their violin or cello and I can’t wait to see and hear them improve and grow in confidence over the coming weeks. 

Our PE day this half term is Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day (Cricket will resume on a Thursday after May half term).

 

Homework 

Maths homework will resume this week, which children should complete and mark at home before returning it to school on Friday.

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help. 

The children should complete page 24 this week, to be returned by Friday 30th April.  

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their new maths homework. 

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 30th April will focus on words with the silent letter β€˜t’.

nestle, wrestle, thistle, jostle, whistle, Christmas, listener, glistening

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!😊 

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 29.03.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 10:14am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had another fantastic week in Skylarks class. I am so proud of how hard the children are working!

Next week in English, we will be using our plans from this week to write our own story beginning and build up. We will be focusing on building tension and developing characterisation through our vocabulary choice.

In maths, we will continue to focus on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, as well as continuing to practice long multiplication.

In RE, we will start our new topic about ‘Humanism’. We will begin by asking our own questions about Humanism, before finding out about the 5 main themes by listening to the story ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers.

In Science, we will be recording our results from last week’s investigation where we tested the solubility of different materials. We will present our results using a bar chart and develop our conclusion writing skills.

On Thursday, we will celebrate World Book Day with a variety of fun reading tasks. Children are invited to come to school in their pyjamas on this day 😊

 

Our PE days this half term are Thursday and Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days.

 

Homework

Maths homework will resume after the Easter holidays.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables for 5-10 minutes every day.  

Our spellings for the quiz on Thursday 1st April will be the next 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

competition, conscience, conscious, controversy, convenience, correspond, criticise, curiosity, definite, desperate

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

If you have any questions of queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school admin email address or telephone 😊

Miss Beattie x

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