Weekly Update 27/11/2018

Latest news in year 5

This week in literacy we are continuing our work on persuasion, starting to plan our letter of application to join a band of Viking raiders. We will be looking at all the desirable traits Vikings would look for in their raiders, and how we can present ourselves in the most convincing manner!

In maths, we are starting to look at multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000, building on our understanding of place value, which we looked at earlier in the year.

Our spelling pattern this week is still letters with a silent 't', and each class will be working on their own orange words, so please check in the green log book to find out which spellings your children need to practise this week.


We have started to practise our year 5 Christmas choral speaking piece in class this week. We will be performing a shortened version of 'A Visit From St. Nicholas', with each class doing two verses each, and everyone joining for the last verse. We will be rehearsing the timing and performance of the piece in school, however it would be very useful if the children could learn at least their two class verses by heart, so that we have something to work with in class.

A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas the Night Before Christmas) By Clement Clarke Moore


Choral Piece


Class 4 ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;


 4The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

Class 5 When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

5 The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

Class 6 With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;


6 “Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”


 AllHe sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,