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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?!


September 2018

Garrett class have made a great start to the new academic year. The children have been fully immersed in the new curriculum. Our focus English text, Scribbleboy, by Phillip Ridely, has proved popular with the children (and teachers!) where excellent written work has been produced. The children have started to learn Spanish, thanks to one of our specialist teachers, and are already building up a bank of words. Man City are working with Pankhurst each Monday and will be working with Garrett next term. We’ve already celebrated Roald Dahl day, where the children got to make biscuits, which resembled Mr Twit’s beard (urgh!) and learnt about significant individuals as part of Black History month, both classes will be presenting what they learnt during their class assemblies on 4th October (Garrett) and 11th October (Pankhurst)

vegetable, twelfth, forty, programme, system, privilege plus focussed spelling rules.



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!

Specialist Teachers

Throughout the school, we now have specialist teachers. On a Monday, we have History that is taught by Mrs Perrin and ICT that is taught by Miss Molloy. On a Wednesday we have an art lesson that is taught by Mr Holt and Geography that is taught by Mrs Perrin. We also have a Spanish lesson on a Thursday which is taught by Mr Barrow and a music lesson on a Friday by Mr Barrow. We really enjoy our specialist lessons each week.


The E-ACT Passport is an official document issued by a government (or an academy) to its citizens (better known as pupils) authorising its owner to take part in a variety of wonderful challenges and a plethora of exciting experiences that are sure to enrich.

While the E-ACT Passport will almost certainly not be accepted at the check in desks of most airports, it will definitely enable every one of our 15,400 primary and secondary pupils to take part in activities and challenges that aim to raise aspirations.

The passport is designed for children from nursery up to the end of Year 13, and will give pupils access to life enriching activities relevant to their age groups as they graduate from one year to the next.

The passport works by giving pupils the opportunity to take part in a range of challenges or have enriching experiences in line with our values of thinking big, doing the right thing and showing team spirit.

Passport challenges provide E-ACT pupils with opportunities they may not even know exist. For instance, it may be that they are challenged to walk or run two thirds of a marathon or take part in a mind relaxation course. They might even market and advertise a product!

The passport is about raising our pupils’ aspirations and confidence levels so they begin to believe in themselves and understand that there is nothing holding them back, including where they happen to live or their family’s experience in education.

Thinking big and breaking those glass ceilings is so important. By giving pupils access to a broader curriculum through the E-ACT Passport, we can encourage them to step out from their comfort zones, build self esteem and broaden horizons.

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

  • The children will need their PE kit on a Thursday and a Friday.
  • 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.

Class Staff

Mrs Sarah White Teacher/Assistant Head/English Coordinator

My name is Sarah White, and I have recently joined E-Act in September 2018 as the Phase Leader for Year 5 and 6 and Assistant Headteacher. I have been a teacher for 13 years, working across the primary age range. I enjoy teaching most curriculum subjects, but particularly English and ICT.




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