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Home Learning 30th March 2020


I hope everyone is well and managing to see a little of the sunshine. This week there is an opportunity to write the first paragraph of a story using DADWAVERS! and consider what your main character looks like, sounds like and how they feel. We will also be looking to record temperatures throughout a day and record them using line graphs.


This week, we had a competition to see how many times we could catch a tennis ball in 30 seconds (standing 5 metres apart). The record is 26…… can you beat it?


Please make sure to stay as active as possible and keep those brains working!


Above all, remember to read - Think about MMAR and all of the methods we use.


Stay happy,


Mr Portch

Weekly Home Learning Pyramid 30.3.20

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Home Learning Pyramid file download 30.3.20

Hello everyone,


I hope you're all well and staying active. The pyramid is designed to provide you with a wide range of activities to keep you busy at home. Please remember to use your very best handwriting and to constantly think about presentation. Also, we have discussed how important it is to reflect upon our work and to use ARMS and COGS - keep doing what you are doing!


In terms of maths, remember how we have been working in pairs and how important it is to externalise your thoughts. If you can explain your thought processes aloud to a member of your family, that will really help.


See you soon,


Mr Portch

Weekly Home Learning Pyramid 23.3.20

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Another action packed week!


This week we have been on a Three Faiths visit, where we have explored a Sinai Synagogue, Leeds Minster and a Mosque at the Lingfield Centre. So much was learnt and experienced about different religions and cultures. It was a great trip and their behaviour was complimented by everyone!


We have also concentrated on personal hygiene as a result of recent world events. Again, this led to an interesting debate and follow-up conversations.


In maths, we continue to grow our knowledge of fractions and in English we have produced some amazing 'show, not tell' paragraphs, using photographs as a stimulus.


Great week - well done everyone!



Lineham Farm revisited!


This week we have been reliving our favourite stories from Lineham Farm ahead of our presentation. Honestly, the memories will last a life time. From toast eating to sleep walking... we have it all!


In the classroom we have finished writing our balanced arguments about the morality of zoos. Whilst in maths we have moved on to finding the common denominators in fractions. This is a step that requires excellent times table knowledge.... so if you have a spare 2 minutes you know what to do!



First week back is in the books! 


We have spent a lot of time working on our teamwork and discovering how we can help each other learn. In art we have been considering and taking inspiration from the work of John Singer Sargent - we have some budding artists in the class!


The focus in maths continues to be fractions, where we are now confident adding fractions together with different denominators. PE was timed perfectly, with sunshine for both sessions. We concentrated on sprinting techniques and how to catch without hurting ourselves.


Finally, in English we have been debating the benefit of zoos in modern society. This has led to some great work which we will write up next week.


Have a nice weekend!



In Year 5 we are all ready for the weekend! We had such an amazing few days on residential but think there are a few of us who are in need of a rest - all this biking, climbing and exploring is hard work!


Since returning we have been practicing our climate change debate and taking part in National Story Telling Week. This involved creating our own story whilst discovering props from a bag.


Photos and stories from Lineham Farm to follow!

Picture 1



This week we finished our adventure stories - they were were varied, exciting and often very funny...well done guys!


Maths has been spent getting back in to fractions, concentrating on equivalent fractions and converting between improper to mixed fractions.


Finally, our environmental skills have again come to the fore again as we have been researching the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change. Many very, very good Donald Trump impressions!


Have a lovely weekend!



This week we have been concentrating on adventure stories, culminating in Year 5 planning and writing their own short stories. This has been lots of fun and there have been many great ideas - I can't wait to read them!


In maths we have been building on our knowledge of multiplication and division, using concrete resources to deepen our understanding. Everyone has made great strides and the effort has been great to see.


We have been discussing what to do for our presentation concerning climate change.... and have settled on a debate between climate change activists and Donald Trump, as we are also concentrating on North America this half term. Best get a blonde wig!


It's been lots of fun, and we can't wait for next weeks learning.



It's been a fun week in Year 5.


Firstly, we have managed to fit in two PE lessons despite the weather. On Tuesday we learnt some basic gymnastics and on Wednesday we concentrated on teams building.


During maths we have been gaining confidence with the process of multiplication - with everyone making great strides. English has been spent adding detail to our Alive and Kicking story, which has been great fun.


In science, we have been concentrating on Space and the environmental impact of the USA.


All in all, there is a lot going on! 



Welcome Back!


The highlight of our first week has been the visit of the Alive and Kicking Theatre Company. As a class we were provided with a mysterious object (a portrait with the eyes removed) which had lost it's history. Through combining our imaginations we used drama to create an epic tale located in a haunted mansion - I can't wait to see where the children are going to take the story next....



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What a really fun week at school!


We have been creating shape poems and writing our own short stories in English. In maths we have been working really hard to complete all of our challenges and to master the complexities of perimeter. 


In PE we have been practicing our football skills.


Finally, i'd like to say thank you for all the hard work - its been a really enjoyable term!


Have a great Christmas!

Wow, what an eventful week!


We have got the bit between our teeth when reading and analysing War Horse in English. This has lead to us really empathising with the character of Joey and we can't wait to read more. No nagging required!


In maths, we have been understanding squared and cubed numbers as well as incorporating line graphs in to our English.


Friday, was Take Over Day, where we sent our student's to different classes to support learning. A great day was had by all on what was a very successful event.




Sorry for the lack of a post last week, there were some technical issues that needed resolving.


This week has been really interesting for Year 5. In English, there has been a real focus on reflecting and improving our work, and that of our friends/peers. This is a skill which takes real maturity, and I have been very impressed with how Year 5 have reacted.


Within Maths, we have built upon our knowledge of factors and have now turned our attention to prime and squared numbers.


Finally, we have also really enjoyed our ICT lessons this week, where we have been taking the first steps towards coding our own games.


Well done Year 5.




It's been a really busy start to the half term!


In science we started to learn about Sir Isaac Newton and different forces. This has enabled the children to perform their own research in order to make their own fact files next week.


In maths, we have been rounding off statistics by solving problems related to timetables - if there is any extra work you can do on the 24-hour clock, that would be great!


We have also received a talk regarding body confidence and have been studying the Haka. 


It's been a really enjoyable week.


Have a good weekend.

It's been a really busy week in Year 5.


We've been really lucky with the weather, with the sun shining on our tchoukball session. The skill levels of the class are going through the roof and we are having some really competitive games.


In the classroom, we have been preparing our recount of the Gun Powder Plot and researching more horrible facts! Maths has been spent solving problems related to line graphs, with everyone making great progress.


Finally, in science we have been concentrating on which materials conduct heat and which insulate.


Thanks for a great week.



It's been a fun week in Year 5!


In English we have been researching Guy Fawkes and concentrating on improving our descriptive writing. Maths has been really enjoyable, with an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving. Everyone has made great strides and the improvement is staggering! 


In PE, we continue to play tchoukball on Thursdays. The game requires teamwork, fitness and co-ordination and is lots of fun. Art has also been a hot topic, with lots of work going in to perfecting our masterpieces.


Finally, we got to spend some time with our Reception buddies, which always puts a smile on our faces. 



This week has produced lots of brilliant work, with Year 5 excelling themselves. We started off by finishing our newspaper reports and then compared the diaries of famous people and fictional characters.


In maths, we have been building on our knowledge of addition and subtraction and pushing ourselves to answer some really tricky reasoning and problem solving questions.


Finally, I am very proud of the Year 5 pupils who have been elected for various roles within the school. It is their hard work that helps make the school run smoothly.


Have a nice weekend.



Year 5 have had a really nice week. 


This week in maths we have spent time using our place value skills to order and compare large numbers, aswell as builing upon our knowledge of negative numbers. We have also spent time investigating the Gun Powder Plot through art and drama.


Prior to our church service on Wednesday, we also individually decorated our candle. This montage of individual 'stain glassed windows' worked really well - thank you Miss Goodison!



Wow! What a week we've had in Year 5!


In maths we have been improving our rounding skills, and really enjoyed testing our arithmetic. In spelling, 8 of our class got 10 out of 10, which is a really great achievement.


However, our week came to fantastic crescendo on Friday afternoon when we created a protest to raise awareness of climate change. Years 1 to 6 came outside to support us, sign our petition and ask questions. It was a great time..... and the sun was shining! 

Climate Change Protest

Climate Change Protest 1
Climate Change Protest 2



Sycamore Class have had another great week, rounded off by Roald Dahl Day. A massive thank you to everyone who dressed up and got in to the spirit of thing! To celebrate the day we have been writing our own revolting rhymes and designing our own Willy Wonka style sweets.


We have also been lucky enough to receive a fascinating talk about modern slavery and have really polished up our rounding skills in maths.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day 1
Roald Dahl Day 2



Our first week has been packed full of team building and fun activities. As well as learning about what each of us have been up to over the summer, we have also conducted our very own Book World Cup. Despite being so busy, we also found time to have our first taste of playing tchoukball!


During our normal timetabled lessons we have conducted baseline assessments and concentrated on improving our ability to reflect on our work.

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