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Autumn Term 2 2018

Welcome back!  We hope you are ready for the rest of the autumn term!  We have an exciting half term with lots of learning! Our topic for this half term is Arabian Nights.  We will be exploring Early Islam civilisation and examining how and why it developed into such a major world power.

What do you know about Islam?  Perhaps you could come into school with some facts you can share with the class!

Our class text is Arabian Nights by Wafa Tarnowska.  The book holds eight stories from A Thousand and One Nights, including Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.  The book is framed around the stories told by Shahrazade to Shahriyar.




In Science we will be continuing our investigation into forces, including air and water resistance, pulleys, gears and levers.  Find some everyday objects in your home or classroom which use gears, pulleys or levers.  You might be surprised.




In art, we will be exploring Islamic art and the geometric designs which are a common feature.  We will also be using our computing skills to create our designs.




We will be moving on to statistics, perimeter and area in our maths.  Reasoning and problem solving will help us along our way!







Et enfin…

This term, we will be learning to introduce ourselves and talk about our interests.

J’aime découvrir de nouvelles choses!



Links to web sites to support your learning at home:


Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Dominic’s Class:  Indoor PE – Fridays,    Outdoor PE – Tuesdays

Nora’s Class: Indoor PE – Wednesdays,    Outdoor PE – Mondays

Stephanie’s Class: Indoor PE – Mondays,      Outdoor PE – Wednesdays

For indoor PE, Dominic’s and Stephanie’s classes will be doing Leadership. Nora’s class will be doing Dance with an external coach. All classes will be doing netball for outdoor PE.

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.


Your child should be completing their homework each week. It is sent out either on Thursday or Friday, and should be returned by the following Tuesday. This work is planned to secure and develop your child’s knowledge and understanding, and is therefore extremely important.

Please click BUG CLUB to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins and passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a troubleshooting guide held by the School office – please ask at the Reception desk.

Dominic, Nora and Stephanie

Autumn Term 1 2018

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and are well rested and looking forward to what we are sure will be a fantastic year!  We are beginning with an exciting topic of Crime and Punishment.  This is a focus on a theme of British history to extend children’s knowledge beyond 1066.   We will be learning how crime and punishment has evolved throughout the years.  How do you think crime and punishment might have changed over the centuries?


Our class text is The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.  The story tells of the highwayman’s visit to see the beautiful Bess at the old inn, and of the terrible fate they both meet with a mysterious ending.

We will be exploring the powerful language used and the scenes that it evokes.  We will also be using Charles Keeping’s illustrations as inspiration for our own art.

Perhaps you can find out about highwaymen and where they used to roam.


In maths we will be deepening our understanding of place value, looking at number sequences and exploring a range of written and mental methods of calculation.

If you would like to play some fun mathematical games, related to these topics or undertake some investigations then visit these links:


In science, we will be investigating the forces around us.  We will be taking a very ‘hands on’ approach to science as we explore and learn about forces in the world around us. We will explore gravity, air and water resistance, friction and a range of mechanisms that allow a small force to have a great effect.


In Computing we will be revisiting e-safety and cyber-bullying, looking at how to keep safe on the Internet. We will also be focusing on how to use search engines effectively. We will be designing and building balloon buggies for our Design and Technology project, considering the effects of friction and how energy is transferred. In French Year 5 will be finding out about the shops on the French high street and learning their different names.  We will also be using, asking for, and giving, directions. In RE we will explore Christianity and its history in Britain as well as learning about Jesus’ disciples and friends.


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