Welcome to the Walnut Class page!
Teacher: Mrs Grattan
Mrs White as cover and additional support for Y5
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lockyer and Miss Taylor
Walnut is a Year 5 class at St James Church School
Welcome and thank you for visiting our class page.
Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely break over the festive period and welcome you back to another action-packed term. Our new topic is 'Space' and we cannot wait to get started with the learning we have planned. Please refer to the Spring Curriculum Overview for more information regarding the topic and what the children have to look forward to. If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to come and ask one of the Year 5 team. Thanks for your ongoing support.
PE/ Forest School
Walnut Class will alternate between PE and Forest School until half term. The first PE session will commence on 7th January 2020 which means they will need Forest School kit for 14th January. Please ensure your child has the correct kit for both lessons including appropriate footwear. Now the weather is getting colder, please make sure your child has warm clothes as we always aim to go outside on these days. If your child does not have the appropriate kit for these lessons, they will NOT participate.
Dates to remember this term
Monday 6th January- INSET day
Thursday 23rd January- Whole school RE day
Tuesday 4th February- KS2 Road Safety Talks
Homework each week will continue to comprise of reading, practising of times tables and spellings. One additional piece of homework will also be sent home each week e.g. maths. All homework will be given out on a Tuesday and needs to be completed and handed in the following Monday. Please pop in to see me if you need any support with homework as it is an important part of your child's learning.
All pupils have been set a termly points target on Accelerated Reader and they earn points each time they pass a quiz at school. Any support that can be given at home with reading is incredibly beneficial - reading together daily, discussing new vocabulary as well as making trips to the library all help. For those children that meet their target, a reading reward will take place at the end of the term.
Spellings will be given to the children every week on a Wednesday with a test taking place on the following Tuesday. They will also be given a weekly activity to help them to learn the pattern. In addition to this, each child is working towards their Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum spelling awards which are tested every few weeks.
Times tables are practised daily in school and tested on a Monday. Any practice at home will really help to develop maths skills. There are many website and apps to support learning in this area. Each child has now been set up with a Times Table Rockstar login, which is an interactive game that helps with the recall of their times tables.
17.12.19- Mini Police. The Mini Police have been working closely with the local PCSOs and have recently been giving out leaflets to create an awareness on different laws.
WW2 Investigator Day
Anderson Shelters- as part of the children's home learning, they researched and built their own Anderson Shelters. We were very impressed with their efforts and the outcomes were absolutely amazing!
Harvest Festival- In preparation for our harvest festival, we made a collage of a tree as a symbol of harvest. We used different mediums such as chalk, water colour paints, charcoal, aritist pencils and pens to create different textures. We held the tree up in church and we read out some of the harvest poems that we wrote.
17.9.19- Joshua Seigal Visit- We were very lucky to have published poet, Joshua Seigal, come to the school today. He performed a variety of his poems, asked questions and did poetry writing workshops with Years 5 and 6. He was great!
11.9.19- Start to our WW2 topic by pretending to be evacuees. We made name labels and created freeze frames based on some authentic photographs we had been studying.
Year 5 2018-19