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This week, Striped Owls have been very busy, with their second visit to King Edwards School for PE lessons. Children who have been learning handball have been making super progress and the dancers have also been working hard to perfect some very tricky dances! The excitement continues tomorrow when we will be celebrating Children in Need day one day early. Please remember it is non school uniform (spots, pyjamas or home clothes) so remember your donations!


On Friday, the children will be performing the songs they have worked so hard on at Snape Maltings. This will be an incredible experience for all the children involved and something we will remember forever. Please remember to wear smart school uniform, a coat, a packed lunch and a water bottle. We will be leaving promptly, so please arrive at school for 8:15. We will return to school before the usual end of the school day. 


We are coming to the end of our poetry block this week. We have been creating a poetry anthology which we are adding poems to in school. Poems could be brought in from home as well on A5 paper. Two very helpful websites are Poetry Centre for Primary Schools and Poetry Archive which have hundreds of popular (and less well known) poems. Next week we will be moving on to non-fiction travel writing. We will be reading sections from the book "Not for Parents - The Real Wonders of the World" as well as a selection of other travel guides to find out how they are organised and writing our own entry for a travel guide.


Our next topic in maths will be addition and subtraction. We will be developing our ability to select methods, developing our mathematical language and out ability to solve problems using addition and subtraction. We will be continuing our times tables practice, telling the time, using roman numerals and enjoying maths songs.


Next week we will be completing our PiRA and PUMA assessments. This will give us the opportunity to find out how we are doing so far this term. The results of these assessments are used within school to identify targets and areas of improvement for each child.



Welcome back Striped Owls!


This half term, we will  be taking part in a field study, looking at the village of Lavenham as part of our geography learning this term. This is the focus of our new topic, Lavenham Blues. In English, we will be starting with poetry and creating our own poetry anthologies as well as writing our own poetry. In maths, we have started the term off with some place value learning and will be moving onto addition and subtraction, concluding the term with statistics. We will also be learning about living things and their habitats in science including a visit from a teacher at Focus12. In RE we will learning about Islam and welcoming a visitor to discuss their Muslim faith with us.


This half term we have also been invited to take part in Sports Leader sessions at King Edwards Grammar School. We have taken part in one lesson so far and I have enjoyed watching the children thoroughly engaged in their learning, as much as the children have enjoyed interacting with the older children and learning a new skill. A choice of activities, dance or handball, proved popular and we are looking forward to returning next week for our second session.


Homework for this coming term has been sent out in advance of our homework showcase on Friday 10th November. Parents and carers are warmly invited to come and share in our celebration of successful homework completed by your child(ren) and across Year 5. The deadline for this term's homework will be Friday 15th December when we will be hosting our second homework showcase.


We are all very excited about our upcoming visit to Snape Maltings to perform at the concert hall. Our visit will take place on Friday 17th November. Please remember to bring a packed lunch, a coat and wear smart uniform. You will need to be at school by 8:15am so we can set off promptly. This is not an optional trip and permission slips and money should be returned to the office by Friday 10th November.