Welcome to the Walnut Class page!
Teacher: Mrs Grattan
Mrs White as cover and additional support for Y5
Teaching Assistants: Miss Thorne and Miss Taylor
Class Dojo is a place where teachers, parents and students can communicate. It allows parents and children to ask the teachers questions if they are confused about something and for teachers to send out messages to the whole class with ideas and support. There are still several parents from both Sycamore and Walnut that have not yet signed up to this service. I do not want you to feel pressured but it will allow you to contact us easily if you need anything or have any questions.
The login details can be found in your child's new learning at home book. If you are having trouble logging on please contact the school and we will help you get started.
Unfortunately you will need to do this for each child as each class has a separate dojo. Please do not feel this means you have to follow the work we are providing. Class Dojo is purely a way to keep in touch and for you to see any work your child has shared with us. It is not a social media site and so you will not get bombarded with messages and adverts.
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 be taking part in PE every week until the Easter holidays. Please ensure your child has the correct kit for both lessons including appropriate footwear. Lessons will take place as much as possible in the gym, due to the cold and wet weather. If your child does not have the appropriate kit for these lessons, they will NOT participate.
Dates to remember this term
Tuesday 17th March - Easter Experience at St. James Church
Wednesday 18th March - Parents'/Carers' Evening
Monday 23rd March - Science Week starts
Tuesday 31st March - Easter Service
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