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Don't forget, the school disco is on Friday, last chance to get your tickets for the big event!

Another brilliant week! 

The children have outdone themselves with their poems, I hope you will agree when you look at them, some of them are amazing.  And they told me poems were hard!  Just goes to show, it's only as hard as you think.

In Maths we have been looking again at Place value and extending our knowledge to bigger numbers up to 1,000,000 (one million) looking at reading them, writing them, rounding them.  The children are remembering their previous work well and moving on a pace!

Our art/DT aliens have turned out fantastically and the children will get a chance to complete them this week so watch this space for some invaders next week.

I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to a busy and productive last week of term next week


The rockets were brilliant this week, and the Maths based projects produced some amazingly creative displays too.  This weeks homework is as follows:


Choose on of the following:


Write a review of either your favourite science fictions film/book or one you have seen/read recently.


Find and record the distance from the sun of each of the planets in our Solar System.  Present your findings as a diagram, model or any way you choose.


This is due in on the 19th October 2018

Another amazing week, we are a brilliant class.


We had a new child join us this week and we would like to extend our welcome to him and his family.


We also wrote some brilliant openings to our stories, but although I promised to get them on our website, we are making sure they are stunning and are taking a little longer - I promise they will be up as soon as they are completed (Monday hopefully).


Our division is coming along in Maths - its just those pesky times tables we need to learn - I wonder how many of the children have gone home singing the three times table song?  You will know if they did! I would apologise but it is a good way for children to learn them so if it helps them, why not?


We also had some amazing rockets in for homework, two of them even flew! Well done to those who completed the written homework too.  Don't forget a new homework went our this week, it is due in on the 19th, the last day of term.



I hope you all have an amazing weekend, don't forget your Mathletics!

A brilliant week which has produced some of the best work yet!

Our art lesson on Wednesday focused on an american artist called Greg Simkins, who paints fantastical pictures of animals in strange setting. The children were really inspired by this and have produced some amazing artwork.





Our maths has shown we actually know more about multiplication than we thought, but some of us still need to work on our times tables.  Please work on them at home as they will keep popping up across the year!


In our English lessons we have been completing our posters of Moon/space facts which have turned out beyond even my expectations!  There are a couple that still need the finishing touches putting on due to some extra group work happening, but they are all so amazing.  See the finished articles below!


Lastly I would just like to extend my thanks once again to the children for making me proud while I was out of the classroom on Wednesday.  Their behaviour and work was commented on and they all deserve a clap on the back.


I would also like to thank the three children who completed and handed in their homework.  Each week I set Mathletics and spelling homework and this week I had only three children who completed and handed in both!  This is very disappointing as the homework is meant to help them with their learning and if they do not do it, then it makes it harder for them.  Please encourage your child to do their homework every week, and if there is a problem, please speak to me and I will try to arrange a suitable time during the day to help them.


From next week, year 5 will be having a specialist PE teacher coming in to teach them hockey.  Until further notice, PE will be on a Thursday.  Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every week as this is an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

Thank you


The homework this week was amazing, the children who chose the writing task did a brilliant job researching the rules and those who made cakes... well we all enjoyed eating them!

This week's homework is to choose one of the following:

a)Build a rocket that actually flies.  Bring it in to demonstrate or take photos of your rocket before, during and after flight.


b) Work out your age based on each of the planets in our solar system based on Earth years.  For example if you are 10 Earth years old, you would be 5 Martian years old, or if you were 10 Martian years old you would be 20 Earth years old.  Present your findings as creatively as you wish.

This is due in on 5th October.

There are also spellings sent home each week where your child needs to copy the word three times and write a sentence using each word, to show they understand it meaning.

We also set Mathletics homework each week, which is done on the computer.  If your child does not have access to the internet at home, there will be a Mathletics club after school on a Thursday to enable them to complete this.

Any problems with the home work, please see me as soon as possible, it is hard to sort out problems on a Thursday, justbefore they are due in!

What an amazing week in Redwings class!  The big secret was REAL SPACE ROCKS which had been collected by NASA from as far away as Mars!  The children were very excited to hold rocks which had travelled thousands of miles through space before arriving in our humble classroom.  They had the opportunity to study them with a magnifying glass and a microscope (which we also used to look at out fingerprints).  The rocks ranged from looking a bit boring and plain to sparkly like the stars!

We also had a visit from a planetarium who showed us how the stars look like they are moving round the earth (although really it's us that move!) and taught us some of the constellations by projecting them on the inside of a huge dome that was set up in the hall.  It fit the whole of UKS2 in!  I wonder how many of them could find the great bear/usa major/the big dipper (the saucepan) and then find the north star?

We also looked at the stages of the moon and how its rotation and orbit produce the new moon where it is all dark and then round to the full moon and back again.  We got a little dizzy turning round and round in the classroom trying it out with football moons!

We also had some amazing cakes brought in for the homework.  We have all eaten some wonderful creations this week, sadly next weeks homework is not edible but should produce some equally fabulous results!

Hopefully the children's enthusiasm for space will carry forward to next week when we are going to learn some more amazing facts and details about the mysteries of the wider solar system and the galaxy!


SPACE WEEK 1 Studying
SPACE WEEK 2 Drawing
SPACE WEEK 3 Reasearching
SPACE WEEK 4 Magnifying
SPACE WEEK 5 Meteorites and lava from the moon
SPACE WEEK 6 Amonite
SPACE WEEK 7 Samples from the moon
SPACE WEEK 8 Moon soil
SPACE WEEK 9 Using a microscope
SPACE WEEK 10 Some of the yummy cakes this week

Welcome to the Redwings class page!  Here you will find copies of work produced and words from the children about what we have been doing.

This weeK has been a fantastic week in Redwings class, the children have outdone themselves with their behaviour while I have been away and ill.  Their listening skills while I have no voice and their behaviour have been exemplary and I would like to again extend my heartfelt thanks to them and you for the support.

This week has been amazing work wise too with our launch day on Monday producing some amazing work and inspiring the children to learn about our new topic, 2018: a space odyssey.  They produced some brilliant planets and some very tasty moon rocky road cakes.  I don't know if any of you got to try it, but it was lovely.

Some fabulous writing about themselves and then about an alien from outer space in English and a focus on the basics of place value in Maths have seen the children using not only their brains, but their imagination too.

With a massive focus on reading this term, please can I ask you to ensure your child reads at home as often as possible.  I realise that it may be difficult some days as they have such busy lives, but even a short amount of reading can improve their work.  It does not have to be their school book, if they have something at home they enjoy reading, that is perfect!  Get someone to write in their reading record so we can mark it on the chart; there are prizes to be won!

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Newsletter 07/09/19

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