Reminder to book on
If you are keen to come along and improve your knowledge and understanding about fractions then don’t forgot to book onto the fraction workshop course which is happening next Thursday at 7pm – we’d love to see you there and promise it won’t be anything too scary!
Miss Goddard will send an email to those parents booked on at the end of this week.
For more information and booking instructions, see previous posts.
Carol Concert Information
As you know, the Christmas Carol Concert is fast approaching. We will be practising the songs in school but lyrics will also be sent home.
Due to two of our performances being in the afternoon, all children will be included in the concerts. If your child is not able to attend the evening concert of Tuesday 19th then please could you inform us so we can adapt seating.
Children will be selected for particular roles such as Bible readings and taking part in the tableau in the coming week. If they have a specific role or are part of the choir, they must be able to attend the evening performance.
We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks time!
Year 5 and 6 Team.
Following the information evening on Wednesday evening, please find the PowerPoint information here, or a pdf version here.
In order to support our parents, we are holding a Fraction Workshop aimed at parents who are not feeling confident in their own subject knowledge related to fractions. This will hopefully enable parents to feel able to feel more confident in supporting their children with their Mathematics education.
In this workshop, we will start with at the beginning by studying the basic foundations of fractions and take you through to looking at how we calculate with fractions using all four operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The workshop will be run by Miss Goddard on Thursday 7th December at 7pm and will last for approximately an hour and a half.
We have 30 spaces available and booking is open now using the same system as our Parents’ Evening booking. To book onto this workshop, please follow these instructions:
Booking onto the Maths Workshop
- Navigate to www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmarks
- Complete the form, entering the details as you would expect them to be stored in the School’s records, eg. Daniel rather than Dan. On the next page you should see a box with the Maths Workshop listed. Click on Make Appointments Individually.
- The next page will display the Maths Workshop slots. Click on the next available time slot. (Note that we are using the Parents’ evening application to book for this workshop, so it appears that you have a timed slot, but this is not the case as the workshop starts at 7pm.)
- Select Make Booking to confirm your place. You should see your child’s name in the slot chosen.
If you have any problems logging in, click on the help button at the top of the screen. If you continue to have problems phone or email the school office.
Tel. 01256 346111
Confirmation of booking and a questionnaire will be sent to those attending in a couple of weeks time.
Have a look at our amazing collaborative art projects that we created in groups, inspired by the artist Peter Thorpe!
Windmill Hill 2018
Just a reminder that there will be a Windmill Hill presentation next week on Wednesday 15th at 6.30 in the main hall should you want more information about the year 6 residential trip for 2018.
The year 6 staff will be showing videos and photos from previous residential trips and giving information about the week including information about: the types of activities that they will be doing, what they need to bring, meals (including dietary requirements) and a rough outline of the week. There will be opportunities to ask questions as well. We encourage the year 5 children to come along with parents as they will also benefit from finding out more about this exciting venture!
We hope you have an enjoyable and restful half term week. The children have clearly been very busy with their homework projects! We have been blown away by the huge array of work being brought into school. Staff have thoroughly enjoyed sampling the Space bakes, we’ve seen 3D rockets and mobiles, creative poetry and really inventive games. Thank you for supporting your children with this.
This half term, our topic based learning is all about Space. It’s great to be having so much extra Science this half term but don’t want to give too much away to the children at this moment in time about what’s to come!
In English, we have begun by embedding ourselves in poetry – all about the Moon. The children have really impressed us with their ability to unpick poet’s language and the impact these words and rhymes have on the reader. They have also written their own poems – The Space Collector – and have written their own mnemonics to remember the planets in the correct order.
New PE Days
5H now have Dance on a Tuesday afternoon whilst 5P and 5C have dance on a Wednesday afternoon.
All Year 5 classes are having Hockey on a Friday morning for the whole of this half term. It is very cold out on the field for an hour and also a little muddy! Please make sure your children have lots of layers to keep them warm (gloves, hat and scarves are welcome too as the term continues) and a carrier back for muddy trainers as well.
The Year 5 Team
It was lovely to meet so many of you at parents evening. Mrs Poole sends her apologies for the cancelled appointments from Monday 16th October and will catch up with those parents after half term.
Yellowstone National Park
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Yellowstone National Park in English. They’ve written the most amazing persuasive leaflets about the destination. Look out for these – copies are coming home soon for you to give feedback!
Half Term Homework
Please see the half term homework project details attached below. Projects are due in on Friday 3rd November. We can’t wait to see the children’s creations (and maybe taste some too).
In Art, the children have been creating North American weaves. They’ve thoroughly enjoyed building their frame using sticks from the school grounds and then creating patterns with coloured wool. Here are a few examples.
Wishing all the children a restful and enjoyable half term,
The Year 5 Team
In PSHE, the children have been exploring their community. They have been learning about the differences between central government funded and local government funded amenities. This has been followed by some Maths work, where the children had to prioritise what they thought money should be spent on. It turns out, our children are very passionate about war memorials! Another lesson involved creating art work pieces to represent favourite places within Basingstoke. Below are just a few examples of the beautiful work created.
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Poole is expecting her first child – due February 2018. Mr Applegate is already working on finding a replacement teacher so that there will be a smooth transition for all involved.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle and coat with them every day.
The Year 5 Team
Welcome to Year 5
What a lovely start to the new school year, the children in Year 5 have made. They have settled well into their new classes, making many new friends and re-establishing friendships from Year 4.
In English, the children have thoroughly enjoyed using drama to enrich their understanding of North American animals. These are the main characters we’ve been reading about in traditional stories, which portray many different morals. Next week, the children will be applying their learning in order to plan and write their own animal fables.
The maths focus over the last two weeks has been on securing the use of formal written methods for addition and subtraction. The children have also been expanding their place value knowledge up to one million and then applying this to multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
How can you help?
The children are writing a spelling sentence in their learning logs each week to support them in securing various spelling rules being taught in class. Please encourage your child to practise these at home.
MyMaths and Bug Club are up and running alongside the children’s weekly maths homework.
Mrs Poole, Mrs Happy & Miss Cox