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Week 4

Hello everyone,


What a wonderful week it has been in 5/6A.   The year 6's felt that every day was equivalent to a year ,as the excitement for their residential mounted,but they have worked hard and been in great spirits. so much chatter that I think the Year 5's are quite looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet next week!



In English this week we have been continuing to read Street Child. We have now really got into the book and started to learn more about the main character Jim Jarvis and what his life was like in Victorian London. It's fair to say it was pretty grim and no one was willing to risk travelling back in time to spend a day travelling in his shoes. We have particularly focussed on life in a workhouse and have used information from the book along with other primary and secondary sources to plan, design and write our own non-chronological reports. The children have really impressed me with the ideas they have had, their use of resources and their excellent designs. A few of ours have been included below-please take a bit of time to read them as the children really are very proud.

In shared reading we have also been focussing on a text synonymous with Victorian workhouses, Oliver Twist. We have been looking at the first chapter of the book and picking out unfamiliar words and using dictionaries and thesauruses to find meaning and synonyms. In maths we have been focussing on multiplication and division with the children and it has been great to see their confidence start to rise. We also spent some time looking at word problems where the children could apply their knowledge to help solve them.

In Science the children continued to investigate 'the case of the missing laptop' through investigating how light is reflected and using this knowledge to build their own periscopes.  We discovered that a larger cereal box worked best(as more light could get in) and that our periscopes allowed us to sneak peeks into classrooms and over fences!

 In RE we discussed as a class our ideas of the creation story and how it can be interpreted in different ways. In PE the children continued playground athletics, this week taking part in the 60 metre hurdles and testing out their throwing skills with the chest pass. 


Next week the children will be bringing home their passwords for: Spelling Shed, Mathletics, Bug Club and Times Table Rockstars. Apologies for the delay in getting these out but they should now all be up and running. 

The passwords will be coming home in a yellow book-please encourage your children to use this to practise their spellings and timestables or record notes about books they particularly liked on Bug Club. Any problems please let us know. 


We were very proud to see Eliza and Adam perform their first duties as house Captain and Vice-Captain in assembly this week and also to Lyra for her Value Award.

Year 6-have the best time in Wales.  Please take great care of Mrs Wellicome as we are rather fond of her. year 5's-we are looking forward to a wonderful week with you.


Take care.

Mrs Young and Mrs Williams


Life in A Victorian Workhouse

ART - We sketched our own design in the style of Hundertwasser