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Hotseating ideas in Year 5

This week has been packed full of lots of different learning experiences.

We have been exploring the book Way Home as an inspiration for our writing and as part of our lessons today we played the role of different characters and used hotseating to help generate ideas for our lessons next week.

Here are some pictures of the children hotseating their witness statements for the police.

Learning about Joseph Coelho for Black History Month

Year 5 had more fun learning about Joseph Coelho this week as part of Black History Month. We learned interesting facts about his life and wrote a non-chronological report. Our most popular facts from our research and writing related to the list of jobs he had before becoming a famous poet.  His previous jobs included being an archeologist, a film extra and someone who worked in a gym. Here are a couple of pictures of the abecedarius poetry he inspired us to write and a couple of pictures of the reports we wrote in class.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thank you to those parents who we were able to meet with this week, albeit virtually.  At the bottom of the page is a list of files came up in our discussions and we thought it best to share it with all Year 5 families. You will find an Upper Key Stage Two recommended reading list & a document of times table revision worksheets.

The Wandsworth Test - Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

The following two books are a great start for helping children to learn what reasoning questions look like. They are produced by Schofield and Sims and can be purchased direct but they are currently cheaper on Amazon. If possible, it would help our PTA if your purchased them through as Amazon then pays our PTA a small portion of the sale.

There are two books we recommend to start with:

Verbal Reasoning

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Handwriting revision

We know that earning a pen licence is a big deal in year 5.  With that in mind we have implemented a new approach to revising the handwriting taught and consolidated in class.  Today, the children in year 5 have brought home a sheet of the 'c' family joins to help them improve their handwriting formation. We have covered all of these joins in class over the last few weeks. The sheet can be kept at home and returned to school next Friday so that the children can do 'a little bit of practice every day'.  Next Friday, we will give out another sheet to further help children revise their letters and joins ahead of awarding some more pen licences.

Times Table Rock Stars Competition

The challenge is now live and will run until 08:50 next Friday.

Which class will win?

Reminders for next week:


Reading Logs checked - Please ensure they come in to school today


Spanish (Mr Benserghin, PE: Football with Coach Joe, please come to school in the correct PE kit.

Pre-booked Parent Teacher Meetings via Google Meets tonight.


Spelling test today

Home Learning due to be completed on Google Classroom by today.

Reading Logs checked - Please ensure they come in to school today

Times Table Challenge


PE: Basketball with Coach Levi, please come to school in the correct PE kit.

Music: Ukulele lessons with Mrs Simmonds


Additional Handwriting due in today

Spelling words come home today

Reading Logs checked - Please ensure they come in to school today

Home learning goes live on Google Classroom at 4pm.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to email us on our Year 5 email address.

Resources discussed at recent Parent Teacher Meetings:

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