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Summary of Autumn 1 2018

In English, we have been reading the book Scribbleboy by Philip Ridley– we have worked on it all term and absolutely loved it! We’ve only just found out WHO the ORIGINAL SCRIBBLEBOY was…….what a surprise!  From this text we have written setting descriptions, new letters and an extended story.

In Maths, we have been reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to 1,000,000 and adding and subtracting 5 or more digit numbers.  We have been rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000, plus working on negative numbers and problems involving time.

In Science, we learnt all about Copernicus:

We learnt some amazing facts about space eg e.g. we are, on Earth, travelling at over 107,000 kilometres an hour; it is impossible to land on Saturn’s rings because they are dust and ice; some people still believe the Earth is flat.  We also studied Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova.  We wrote explanations as to why we have waves.


In History, with our specialist teacher Miss Perrin, we studied the wars of the Roses and the rise of the Tudors. Henry vii and Henry viii.

In Geography (also with Mrs Perrin) we learnt about the hemispheres and what happens to the climate, light, rotation of water. We learnt about Prime meridian. We used 4 figure coordinates, 8 point compass and different types of map to answer questions about physical and human geography in Iceland.

During Re, we learnt about Christianity and the difference between Catholicism and Protestantism.

In Art, we studied Portraiture and the artists Da Vinci, Vermeer, and Royal paintings.

In Music, with our specialist teacher Mr Barrow, we created songs with an understanding of the relationship between lyrics and melody.

We learnt how to say the cost of something in Spanish.  We learnt about Euros and listened to native speakers talking about money and the cost.

In Computing, with our specialist teacher Miss Molloy, we have learning about keeping safe online and using http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/games/typing-monster/   to learn how to touch type.  Try it – how fast can you type?!


Week Beginning 15th October 2018

Manchester City Literacy Project

This week was our final week with Riess.  We looked at range of newspaper articles.  We then watched some highlights from one of City’s games.  From this, we were then able to write our own newspaper report based on what we had seen.

Week Beginning 8th October 2018

In English, we have continued to look at newsletters.  We have successfully written the second addition of the Scribble News.  The children have also published them on the computer.  These news letters are now up on display on the corridor outside of the classroom.

 In maths, we have been applying our learning for last week by solving two step problems.  These problems have been with increasing larger number.

 Class Assembly

 This week was our class assembly.  The children presented about World Mental Health Day.  The created role plays of how to be a good listener.  They also shared how to help someone who is worried. We will DO THE RIGHT THING.  We ended our assembly by singing You Can Count on me by Bruno Mars.

Week Beginning 1st October 2018

In English, we have been looking at the Scribble News. We have explored the features of the newsletter and we have started to learn and apply the different features and skills.  We have also been looking at parenthesis.  The children have really applied themselves and are now using parenthesis in other subjects too.

In Maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction.  Both mentally and using the column method.   We have been using lots of manipulatives to help us with our calculation as well as lots of silent teacher.

In music, we have been looking at music from Africa and their different rhymes.  We have created different rhymes with beats based on the names of the African countries.


Week Beginning 24th September 2018

In English this week, we have been looking at dialogue.  The children have done lots of role play and comic strips prior to applying the rules for dialogue.  They predicted what the conversation would be like between Bailey and his mum, if she ever comes back.

In Maths, we have continued to look at rounding.  We have also explored Roman Numerals and applied a knowledge into problems solving.  As well as this, we have explored different ways of addition and subtracting.  This children wrote worked out some calculations either, in their head, with jottings of using the formal written method.  This children were THINKING BIG by adding and subtracting more than two numbers.

Manchester City Literacy Project

This week, the children have looked at story developments.  They have created characters and they have developed their story ideas.

Martin Luther

In RE, we have been exploring Martin Luther and discussing whether the children agree with what Martin Luther did.  The children were then able to summarise what impact Martin Luther had on the Catholic Church.  The children were DOING THE RIGHT THING by respecting everyone’s beliefs.

Week Beginning 17th September 2018

In English this week, we have written an innovated setting description for the old cinema in Scribbleboy.  The children have used fantastic language in their description to ensure the reader gets a clear picture of their setting.

In Maths, we have looked at rounding to the nearest 10,100,1000,10000 and 100000.  We explored numbers to begin with by looking at the ten before and the ten after, the hundred before and the hundred after and the thousand before and the thousand after.


In Science, we have been reading about Galileo. The children were given questions for answers.  For example, the children were given the date 1564.  They then had the create a question with this answer.  The question was ‘What year was Galileo born?’

Following this, we then explored why we have day and night using globes and torches.  The children were then able to write an explanation about this.


Week Beginning 10th September 2018

In English this week, we have been looking at the different setting descriptions within Scibbleboy and exploring the effectiveness of each of these.  We have spoken lots about the different senses and how this has an impact.  We have been THINKING BIG and thinking ‘What do I want the reader to imagine?’

In Maths, we have continued to look at place value.  We have been ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000.  This children will continue to look at this throughout their maths meeting sessions to ensure this skill is mastered.

Manchester City Literacy Project

Through our partnership with Manchester City we are fortunate to have Reiss from Manchester City in the Community to deliver a literacy project with the children for 6 weeks. This week, we have looked at scout reports.  The children to observe each other in football games and created their own scout report.

Roald Dahl Day

For Roald Dahl Day, we looked at The Twits.  We linked the day’s activities to our writing in English – descriptions.  This children wrote a description using the five senses about either Mr Twit or Mrs Twit. From this, the children then created Mr Twit’s beard on a biscuit using icing and sweets.

Week Beginning 3rd September 2018


Spellings this half term:

vegetable, twelfth, forty, programme, system, privilege

The children have worked in year 5 this week really well.  We have continued to look at the narrative scribble boy.  We have read lots and written lots.

In maths, we have looked at place value.  We have been reading and writing numbers up to a million and talking about the differences between numbers according to its place value.

Science Exploration

Our topic in science this half term in Earth and Space.  To gather an understanding of what knowledge the children already had, we went into the hall and gave the children pictures of fruit which represented each planet. The children then worked together SHOWING TEAM SPIRIT to order then based on their distance from the sun. They then created a mnemonic to help them to remember the order of the planets in relation to the sun.


Handwriting is a focus for us this term, as they are assessed on this throughout the year. By Year 5, your child may have developed their own handwriting style. They will be expected to write legibly and fluently, in accordance with the school’s handwriting policy. They will be writing in pen, rather than pencil by this stage and in most cases, should be expected to join all the time. They might still need reminding of certain rules such as – never join capital letters to the following letter!

Reading comprehension

  •        Children in Year 5 will be encouraged to read a wide range of may listen to and discuss a variety of stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes.
  •         They will be encouraged to complete book reviews, giving reasons for their opinions and making comparisons with other texts.
  •      Children will be reminded to check their reading makes sense, discussing their understanding of the meaning of certain vocabulary as they read. They might also be encouraged to ask questions about the text to further develop their understanding of what is going on and draw inference about character actions, speech or motives, providing evidence. Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world.
  •   They will also be encouraged to make predictions based on what they’ve already read, summarise key points to show good comprehension and look out for interesting phrases that authors uses.

Parent information

  •          It is important that your child reads every night, if possible to an adult, but don’t worry if that is not possible. Ten- fifteen minutes every night is fine, as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read. Please make sure they are recording the number of pages that they have read and are writing something about that section, in their reading journals. Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves (there are free ones online).
  •       Reading journals are expected in every Monday.  One high quality piece of work is expected each week.
  •       Maths homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Monday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  •       It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.


As an addition to the curriculum, the children will also complete all of the below.


Class Staff

Miss Leesa Mellon Miss Leesa Mellon Teacher/Passport Lead/IRIS Lead and P.E Co-ordinator

My name is Leesa Mellon. I love to play, coach and watch a variety of sports. This is my third year teaching in year 5. Prior to this, I taught PE in primary schools to children of all ages. I am specialist in PE. However, more recently, I have developed a specialism in the mastery of mathematics. I am extremely passionate about teaching and about giving children a broader range of experiences, to allow them to be successful beyond education.

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