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Week commencing Monday 24th June 2019

Week 36

 

Wow what a really crazy and enjoyable week!

 

We have had visits from the RNLI, Staffordshire Low Land Rescue and the local PCSOs.  

 

We have also made visits to Tree Top Nets in Manchester, Dovedale in Derbyshire and YMCA in Hanley. These have been incredible visits that the children have really embraced.  They have had some fantastic experiences that will stay with them for a very long time. 

 

We have covered some skills required for Year 6 in our English lessons at the start of the week - looking at essential and non-essential relative clauses. 

 

In Maths, the children have been working really hard on solving problems with missing numbers. 

Week commencing Monday 17th June 2019

Week 35

 

The children have really been fantastic this week. 

 

During our English lessons, we have drafted, edited and published our diary entries written in the perspective of Robert.  These were brilliant. Some of the detail, language features and description was incredible.  

 

During our maths lessons, we have been looking at how to interpret line graphs but also how to how to construct single line and double line graphs. 

 

Across the afternoon curriculum, the children have started to now look at different mountain ranges from around the world and locating them on a range of maps as part of our Misty Mountain Sierra topic. 

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Week commencing Monday 10th June 2019

Week 34

 

We have had a great week of learning this week, with plenty of opportunities to really develop the children resilience and problem solving skills. 

 

During our English lessons, we have been continuing to read our book 'Cogheart' and planning our writing around this.  We have planned our diaries from the perspective of Robert. 

 

During our maths lessons, the children have been learning all about Prime Numbers and solving problems with them. 

 

Across the afternoon curriculum, the children have started to now look at different mountain ranges from the UK and locating them on a range of maps as part of our Misty Mountain Sierra topic. 

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Week commencing Monday 3rd June 2019

Week 33

 

Wishing everybody who celebrates Eid a very happy Eid and hope you all enjoyed those special moments with your family.  In school, we have completed lots of different activities to look at Eid and Ramadan.  The children completed some fantastic independent research and created some lovely writing from this.

 

We also had a fantastic opportunity on Thursday to attend the 'Festival in the Factory' at Emma Bridgewater.  The children in the Whales class went with some of the children from FS2 and got the opportunity to listen to the author, Lauren Child, most famous for creating the Charlie and Lola series. 

 

During our English lessons, we have been looking at how diaries are written and the different features required. 

 

During our maths lessons, the children have been learning all about Roman Numerals and the key rules and understanding the system. This has proved tricky but we have some handy clues and tips that we are all sharing to make it easier. 

 

Across the afternoon curriculum, the children have started to now look at different mountain ranges from around the world as part of our Misty Mountain Sierra topic. 

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Week commencing Monday 20th May 2019

Week 32

Throughout the week in our English lessons, we have been looking at a range of poetry from different poets and different styles. The children also looked at different vocabulary such as: pattern, repetition, simile, sound, metaphor, rhythm and adjectives. 

 

During our maths lessons, the children have been learning how to convert between different metric measures. This has helped the children to then solve various problems with converting between cm to m; ml to l; g to kg. 

 

Across the afternoon curriculum, the children were able to showcase what they have learnt in there Local History topic about Stoke-on-Trent.  This was truly amazing and clear that the children have a greater understanding of their local area. 

Week commencing Monday 13th May 2019

Week 31

In English, the children have used there planning to draft, edit and publish there own story based on Cogheart.  We decided that the published write should be called our 'Master Piece' and they truly were amazing. The creativity and imagination the children have is fantastic and they create real powerful images using words. 

 

During our maths lessons, the children have continued to look at solving problems with percentages, decimals and fractions. 

 

In our afternoon curriculum, the children have explored how electricity was invented and how to stay safe around electricity.  Also, we continued to discover more about our local area and how it has changed over the past 100 years. 

Week commencing Monday 6th May 2019

Week 30

In English, the children have been planning their own story based on Cogheart.  We have used the start of the story to help give us inspiration and then taking the story in all different directions. 

 

During our maths lessons, the children have been looking at solving problems with percentages, decimals and fractions. 

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Emma Bridgewater to look at how the pottery industry works and they even designed and painted their own plates! We will be collecting the plates in a couple of weeks once they have been glazed and fired.  

Week commencing Monday 29th April 2019

Week 29

This week, the children have settled back into their learning and everyone has come back with a fantastic attitude. 

 

In English, the children have been looking at different types of narrative stories, finding the different features, language choices and structures. 

 

During our maths lessons, the children have been working with decimals, percentages and fractions. 

 

The children have really enjoyed the start of our short local history topic. We are going to Emma Bridgewater next week to look at how pottery is produced and then have the opportunity to design and make their own plates. 

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  • Week commencing Monday 8th April 2019

    Week 28

    This week, the children performed their assembly to KS1 and over 20 parents! It was enjoyed by everyone - I've got to say you were AMAZING!  It was all about the Titanic and what we have been learning over the past term. 

     

    The children have been writing their own Play Script about the book we have been studying this term.  All of the children have produced some wonderful, inspiring writing. 

     

    Below is the creative homework to be completed for our next topic - Local History. 

     

     

    Creative Homework

     

    Research the local area that we live in, and re-create this scene.

    For example, this could be:

    - Bottle Kilns

    - Pottery factories

    - Historic places

    - Canals

    - Stadiums

    - Spitfire

    We look forward to seeing what you can create.

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Week commencing Monday 1st April 2019

Week 27

This week, the children have really shown what they have learnt over the last few weeks and applying many of the skills to complete their learning. It has been a fantastic term of learning and all of the children have made excellent progress.  

 

In Maths, we have looked at area and perimeter.  The children have a fantastic understanding and were able to apply the skill to varied fluency, problem solving and compound shapes. 

 

The 'Stars of the Week' for this week was: Emaan and Tajrain, Well Done to both of you! 

 

Next week, the children will be writing their own Play Script about the book we have been studying the term.  

Week commencing Monday 25th March 2019

Week 26

This week, the children have completed a lot of learning! From planning, drafting, editing and publishing their own newspaper reports, to working out the area and perimeter of various compound shapes! 

 

In Maths, we have also looked at a range on division problems to ensure that we are confident in applying the skill that we have learnt to word problems and varied fluency. 

 

During Science, the children have been completing experiments to investigate which materials are soluble and insoluble. 

 

It was our last week at swimming this week.  The children have been putting in a great effort over the previous weeks and this has been clear by the amount of children who have gained their Beginners badge, length badge and also 2 children achieving their Elementary badge. 

Week commencing Monday 18th March 2019

Week 25

Once again the children have risen to every challenge given to them and have excelled at it. I have been very impressed with their ambition and resilience. 

 

We have started to look at the different features needed for newspaper articles.  Next week, the children will start to plan, draft, edit and publish next week! A busy week ahead!  

 

In Maths, we have looked at division through learning new skills, problem solving, verbal reasoning and fluency. 

 

In our P4C session this week, the children had a fantastic discussion on how plastic in damaging the environment and oceans. 

Week commencing Monday 11th March 2019

Week 24

We have had another great week in the Whales class! Lots of learning completed but also time for some fun activities on Thursday, as it was our workshop for British Science Week! 

 

The stories that the children have been writing using our book 'The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods are incredible, all include Year 5 features and most of them have year 6 features included.  This book has really gripped the children and adults alike! Really excited to see what the children produce next week. 

 

In Maths, we have looked at multiplication and problem solving.  The children have really mastered the skill of long multiplication. 

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Week commencing Monday 4th March 2019

Week 23

Wow, what another fantastic week in the Whales class! Lots of learning completed but also time for some fun activities on Thursday, as it was World Book Day 2019! 

 

Please see the pictures for what the children got up to over the day. 

 

We have also been creating our own mystery story, similar to our book, The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods.  This book has really gripped the children and adults alike! Really excited to see what the children produce next week. 

 

In Maths, we have looked at multiplication and problem solving.  The children have really mastered the skill of long multiplication. 

 

 

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Week commencing Monday 25th February 2019

Week 22

 

This week, in English, we have been looking our brand new book for the next half term; The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods.  All of the children have enjoyed the first two chapters and trying to solve the mystery that is unraveling before them. 

 

In Maths, we have been focusing on our timetables but also the division facts linked to our timetables. We have also looked at reading tables and timetables. All of the children have a very good grasp on answering these questions now.  Next week, we are moving on to multiplication, using the written method, to solve a range of problems. 

 

During the afternoons, we have started to debug our games that we have developed during computing, this will ensure that they work correctly for the user.  Also, during our Encompass lesson, we look at explorers going n expeditions to Antarctica. 

Week commencing Monday 11th February 2019

Week 21

Game on


On Monday, we had some visitors from an organization called 'Game on'.  Throughout the day the children completed many different tasks and activities that included role play, working as a group, debates and lots of discussion. 

 

All the of the children gained so much from the day and were very mature about the topic of debate, British Values. 

 

Please see the pictures below from the day. 

Week commencing Monday 4th February 2019

Week 20

 

This week, in English, we have been looking at informal and formal letters.  You could ask the children what the differences are between them!  

 

In Maths, we have been focusing on our timetables but also the division facts linked to our timetables. We have also started to look at line graphs, interpret them and answer a range of questions.  Next week, we are only going to have a table of data and draw our own line graphs. 

 

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the parents consultation day on Thursday, it was very productive and all of the children were very keen to show off there work. 

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Week commencing Monday 25th January 2019

Week 19

 

Wow, what a fantastic week of excellent learning. 

 

This week, the children were looking at non-chronological reports about a character in The Wind in the Willows.  The children made some fantastic notes about Toads, and were then able to sort their notes into subheadings and turn their notes into a great non-chronological report.  

 

In Maths, we have been focusing on our timetables but also the division facts linked to our timetables.  Everyone is becoming much more confident and making progress with the timetable they are learning. 

 

On Friday, we had NSPCC Number Day, the children all came dressed either in black and white, or an item of clothing that had a number on it. During the morning we had a special launch assembly, then onto  reading the story '365 Penguins'.  After that the children were given lots of different mathematical problems linked to penguins.  I've uploaded one of the problems below, have a go yourself or see if your child solved it the same way you did. 

Week commencing Monday 21st January 2019

Week 18

 

This week the children have continued to look at The Wind in the Willows. We have been looking at non-chronological reports and the children have started to plan their own non-chronological report about Toads.

 

In Maths, the children have been looking at a range of skills, that include x10, x100, x1000 and ÷10,÷100, ÷1000.  Also, the children have really mastered how to find common factors! Ask them how to do this..Clue….venn diagrams. 

 

During our Computing time, we have started to design our own computing game. 

 

In our Encompass lessons, the children have been looking at Global Warming and the effects on wildlife.  

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Week commencing Monday 14th January 2019

Week 17

 

This week the children have continued to look at The Wind in the Willows.  We have read the first few chapters. We have written our own diary from the viewpoint of one of the characters in the story (mainly Mole or Rat) and retold the many adventures they have gone on.  Next week, we are looking at non-chronological reports about the characters in the story.

 

In Maths, the children have been looking at multiples, factors, multiplying and dividing.  We have been problem solving and going deeper to really get a great understanding of the concept.

 

During our Computing time, we looked at the Hour of Code and how we could create our own computer game over the next few weeks.

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Week commencing Monday 7th January 2019

Week 16

 

This week the children have been looking at The Wind in the Willows.  We have read the first chapter and looked at the various character and setting description that is included.     In Maths, the children have been revisiting Place Value. Ordering, comparing and really understanding numbers to 1 000 000.  We had a WOW day to launch our new topic on Tuesday, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.  We looked at the vocabulary that will be needed throughout the term, completed some art work, a Science experiment and developed our senses through vocabulary and phrases. 

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Week 13

 

This week the children have been planning and writing narrative fiction based on the Harry Potter character Bellatrix Lestrange.  We have been working to add tension to our writing.  In Maths the children have been working with decimals.  Adding, subtracting and comparing numbers with up to 3 decimal places.  In Science the children have been investigating water resistance.

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Week 12

 

This week the children have completed their character descriptions about Bellatrix Lestrange.  The children worked hard all week to produce some brilliant published pieces of writing on Friday.  In maths this week the children have worked with the vocabulary and concepts of prime and squared numbers in different contexts.  Our science this week has included an investigation into friction.

Week 11

 

This week the children have been planning some character based writing inspired by the Harry Potter books.  The children have planned writing using a range of features to show the reader their character's key traits.  In maths we have continued to work on the skills of multiplication and division in different problem solving and reasoning contexts.

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Week 10

 

This week the children have completed their non chronological reports about fantastic beasts.  In maths, the children have been using formal written methods of multiplication to solve problems involving multiplying large numbers by 2 digit numbers.  This week the children have also prepared and performed a series of remembrance assemblies to the class.  It has been wonderful to see the children work together to produce the resources and ideas required to perform their assemblies the remember the centenary of armistice day.

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Week 9

 

It has been a busy week back at Waterside for all of the children in Whales class.  The children have been planning a non-chronological report based on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.  We have been researching different magical creatures and planning our writing.  In maths, the children have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 in different contexts.  We have then been applying these skills to solve problems involving conversions between different units of measure.

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Week 8

 

The children had an extremely busy end to the half term.  In our encompass lessons the children worked in groups to begin to plan their own remembrance assemblies which they will perform for the rest of the class throughout week 10.  The children worked brilliantly in groups to think of different ways we could remember together.  Work on these assemblies will continue during the first week back in school after half term.  In English the children produced some excellent setting descriptions using a range of year 5 skills, with a particular emphasis on relative clauses.  

Week 7

This week the children have been working hard on their re-write of The Piano.  We have worked hard to incorporate flashbacks and changes in tense into our writing and the final published pieces show off a wide range of year 5 skills.  Maths this week has focused on using rounding for estimation and using the inverse operation to check our answers to questions.  In Encompass this week the children produced a piece of art work and a musical composition using the garage band app on the iPads linking our WWI topic to questions about remembrance.

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Week 6

 

This week the children have started some writing based on the short animation, 'The Piano'.  We have been planning the use of flashbacks and figurative language to create strong imagery in the mind of the reader.  In maths this week the children have begun work on addition and subtraction using concrete, pictorial and abstract apparatus.  We have also done some Harvest Festival work and investigated the origins of different foods from around the world.

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Week 5

 

This week the children have completed their newspaper reports based on the UFO sighting in Aquila.  It has been wonderful to see the children develop the appropriate tone and language required for a newspaper report.  Maths this week has focused on the skill of rounding numbers up to 1,000,000.  The children have shown a great deal of resilience, particularly in relation to their reasoning and explanations of their answers.

Week 4

 

This week in English the children have been developing their non-fiction writing skills by investigating and planning a piece of journalistic writing based on our class text, Aquila.  The children have worked very hard to develop an effective journalistic style in their writing and we are beginning to see some excellent news stories coming together.  We are excited to see where our journalistic writing will take us next week.

 

In maths the children have continued to master the skills of counting back through zero and counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 10, 100 and 1000.  We have had an increasing emphasis on problem solving and reasoning this year and it has been excellent to see and hear the children discuss and explain their understanding of mathematical concepts.

 

 

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Week 3

 

This week the children have continued with their narrative writing in English.  On Friday we published our first published piece of writing of the school year ready for assessment.  Next week we will begin with some journalistic writing.

 

In maths, the children have continued to work with place value.  The children have worked hard to solve problems in a variety of contexts including concrete, pictorial and abstract varied fluency and a wide range of reasoning and problem solving questions.

 

In our Encompass lessons this week the children held a debate, discussing the questions, "Is war ever justified?"

 

Our science lesson this week provided children with opportunities to apply their maths skills to scientific investigations involving bar charts and line graphs.  It was wonderful to see the children applying their mathematical skills to the wider curriculum in the afternoon.

 

 

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Week 2

 

The highlight of this week was the year 5 and 6 trip to the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

 

The children had a brilliant time discovering artefacts from the first world war and gaining an greater understanding of the lives and sacrifices of men and women during the war.  The children took part in the ministry of memory workshop at the museum did a brilliant job of representing our school.

 

In English this week the children have been planning their writing based on our class text, Aquila.  We are now all set and ready to produce some excellent writing next week when recounting the opening of the story.

 

Maths lessons this week have focused on place value and solving problems in different contexts with varied fluency.  

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Week 1

 

It has been an excellent week back at Waterside for all of the Whales Class.  We have settled into our new classroom, set out our expectations and introduced our new topics.

 

The children have began their Fallen Fields topic and created a set of research questions to investigate throughout this term.

 

Over the holiday a number of the children have produced some excellent homework and I am looking forward to seeing some more of this homework next week.

 

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