Weekly Update 14/02/2019

What we've been up to this week

First of all, thank you for your patience whilst a few technical issues were sorted out, allowing us back on the website. Now we're back up and running, let's fill you in on all the exciting learning we've been doing this term!

Following the success of our Viking assembly, (thanks to all the parent support in learning lines, songs, and puuting together all the wonderful costumes!), we have put the Viking topic to bed, and have moved on to our new topic of Eastern Europe. This will give us a very unique and interesting opportunity to explore some lesser known parts of our continent, whilst keeping an eye on the ups and downs of our current political conundrum, ie Brexit. The children have all chosen some Eastern European countries, to be completed by the 4th of March, in preparation of our Europe Day later on in the term.

Literacy - We have just started exploring mystery story writing, and have been reading some very tense texts, to pick up on how to create suspense in our own writing...The children will be learning how to integrate speech into their writing so that it moves the story on, and also to create a tense atmosphere by using figurative language and using their senses.

Spelling - coming up to half way through the year, we are half way through our spelling patterns, now finishing looking at the pattern -ent. Over half term, it would be fantastic if the children could practise ALL of the patterns we have covered so far, so that they don't forget the spellings we learnt all the way back in October. Ask to see their green spelling log for examples of each of these patterns.

Maths - We have started the rather large topic of fractions this week, starting off by learning how to identify and make equivalent fractions, eg 1/2 and 6/12. As with short division and long multiplication, times tables will become very useful as we progress through this unit, so please keep dropping these in wherever you can at home!

Wishing everone a lovely relaxing half term from the year 5 team, we look forward to seeing you in term 4.