Hello and welcome to Class 5’s webpage. My name is Mrs Perry and I am the teacher in Class 5. The children have made a great start to the year and have settled in really well, getting used to all the new routines of each school day. We are looking forward to an exciting year in Class 5. I hope to update the page regularly to give you an insight into how the children spend their days in class, Mrs Perry
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Week beginning 19-6-17
Here are some photos from the week including the reception trip to Smithills Farm and some photos of our work on instructions. The children had to give clear instructions to their partners to draw a house on a whiteboard. We looked closely at the main features of instructional writing and then later in the week the children had to write their own instructions on how to plant a sunflower seed (which the children did just before the holidays).
Week beginning 12-6-17
Welcome back after the half term break. I can’t believe that this is the children’s final half term in Class 5, where has the time gone! The children have enjoyed seeing each other after such a long holiday and they were eager to tell me and their friends all about what they have been up to over the break. Here are some photos from the week which include our Growing Plants display, designing our own plant pots and number square games. We have also been busy writing our holiday recounts and the children enjoyed writing about their experiences.
Weeks beginning 15/5/17 & 22/5/17
Here are some snapshots from the last few weeks of term. They include photos from the year 1 trip to the allotment/park (thank you to Mr & Mrs Sales for showing us around the allotment!), our Race for Life, lots of photo’s from our learning in school and some photos of our new Jasper’s Beanstalk display (our own stories displayed). Wishing you all a happy half term holiday, lets hope the lovely weather continues!! See you back in school on Monday 12th June.
Week beginning 8/5/17 In literacy this week the children have been listening to the story of Jasper’s Beanstalk, sequencing the story and writing sentences using time connectives to help our writing flow (First, Next, After that, Finally etc…) We have also been correcting sentences, looking for the spelling/punctuation mistakes and looking at how we can improve sentences by adding good adjectives to improve our writing. The children have also been planting their own sunflower seeds and we are looking forward to taking these home so we can watch them grow over the summer. We also did some observational drawings of some roses and tulips and we were trying to draw what we see rather than how we think we should draw flowers – the results were fantastic!! We have now started our bird feeders and this week we have painted them green and next week we are hoping to decorate them with a variety of materials. In maths we have been looking at measuring weight and capacity. We used the balance scale to help us weigh a variety of objects and then we used measuring jugs to measure amounts of liquid. Our sand tray and water tray have been a hive of activity, with children weighing objects and measuring how much certain containers can hold. Also on Wednesday the author Amanda Stones came to visit the children and read her book to the children. This was a lovely experience for the children! Here is an assortment of photos from our busy week….
Week beginning 2/5/17
Even though this has been a short 3 day week, the children have had a busy week. Thank you to you all for doing such a fantastic job with all the children’s costumes and the donations on Superhero Day! These donations will go to a wonderful charity – the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’. Also thank you to all of you who came to watch our special performance for Grand Parents Day. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Week beginning 24/4/17 In English this week the children have been reporting news about the amalgamation day last week. First the children had to pretend to be news reporters and read the news and interview other children. They used torches as microphones and the children were really good at thinking up questions. Then we looked at features of a news report e.g. headlines, columns, photo’s etc… and discussed how important it was to have a catchy headline and photo to grab the reader’s attention. Later in the week we wrote our own newspaper reports and read some of them out to the class. In one of our phonic lessons we looked at the grapheme ‘ey’ and how it can make a different sound in different words e.g grey, donkey, prey, honey etc.. We were excited and happy to welcome a new boy to our class this week and the children have been so helpful and friendly towards him and he has settled in a treat!! In our PE lesson this week we have been thinking about how different African animals move around in the wild. We thought about the monkey and the elephant and how they would move around. The children then listened to two different types of music and recognised that one was fast like a monkey and the other was slow like an elephant. The children then moved to the music and we had some great elephants and monkeys!! The class then split into two and performed for the other half of the class. Here are a few photos from the week…
Week beginning 18-4-17 Welcome back to Urmston Primary School!! We hope you all enjoyed the Easter break. The children have come back to school refreshed and ready for lots of new topics and interesting learning. This week the children have discussed their Easter holidays with their talking partners and planned and written a recount about what they did during the break. In Maths we have been continuing to look at 1 more/1 less, 10 more/ 10 less and looked at tens and ones in 2 digit numbers. The children did a great job of making the amounts of tens and ones in a variety of 2 digit numbers e.g. 44p – four 10p’s and four 1p’s. Some children also worked out different coins to use – two 20p’s and two 2p’s. Then on Thursday we had a surprise visit from Miss Cagney (our student who worked with us earlier in the year). It was lovely to see her and the children enjoyed working with her, doing some drama! This half term we will be making our own birdfeeders and if you haven’t already, please can you send in a large orange juice or milk carton for your child so we can start them next week.
Week beginning 3-4-17
Even though this has only been a short week the children have been busy in the three days. We have made our own Easter cards, collaging eggs and writing our inserts. We also made our own Easter baskets. During the week we have been playing a variety of phonic games, practising all the sounds we have been learning in school and at home. On Tuesday we had our Easter bonnet parade and the children looked fantastic in their own individual hats. The children did a great job singing all the Easter songs! If you were able to attend we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Finally we would just like to wish you all a happy Easter and look forward to seeing you after the Easter break…
Week beginning 27-3-17 The children have been busy writing their Easter stories this week and trying to use good punctuation and good joining words in the middle of their sentences to extend their sentences. On Tuesday the children had a bit of a shock because when they arrived they found that our star of the day cushion – Larry the ladybird had gone missing. He had been reported missing to the local Police and they had asked for the children’s help in their investigation. After he was taken a number of footprints had been left in the classroom and the Police had asked the children if they could measure them for them. Also a number of other objects had been left behind and they needed to be measured also. The children all worked hard to measure either with cubes or using a ruler in centimetres. Fortunately the next day Larry the ladybird was found again. He hadn’t been stolen thankfully, but Mr Ward had taken him to give him a Spring clean. However Class 5 are now expert measurers!! Well done to the Year 1’s this week who took part in our Ukulele concert, we hope you enjoyed it. I’m sure you are as proud as we are of all of them, what a super job they did!! Here are a few photo’s from the week. Week beginning 20-3-17 It’s been another busy week in class 5. In maths we have been looking at the tens and ones in 2 digit numbers and we used coins to make different amounts e.g. 24p – 10p, 10p, 2p and 2p. Also we have been looked at finding a half and a quarter of amounts by sharing objects out either between 2 or between 4. In English we have been learning about the Easter story and sequencing the story and writing about each part of the story. In science we have been looking at different animals and sorting them into wild and domesticated animals. Finally at the end of the week we enjoyed Red Nose Day and the children looked great in their outfits. We enjoyed telling jokes in front of the class and also during assembly we listened to 2 jokes from each class – Mrs Perry had a good giggle!! Week beginning 13-3-17 In class 5 this week the children have been learning about ‘what animals eat’ and we discovered that some animals are meat eaters (carnivores), some eat plants (herbivores) and others eat both meat and plants (omnivores). We sorted animals into a venn diagram first as a whole class and then in small groups. The reception children worked outdoors at the beginning of the week in the play garden looking for signs of Spring. They drew pictures and labelled what they saw. We couldn’t believe that the daffodils are already flowering! Also in PE we have been using some of the apparatus. We helped to carefully put out the equipment and put it away. During the lesson we looked at different ways of moving along the benches and enjoyed jumping off some equipment in a variety of ways. In English we have been doing some factual writing about meerkats and setting out our facts in a fact file with subheadings. The children have really enjoyed learning about meerkats, perhaps you could ask them what they have learnt. Week beginning 6-3-17 In maths this week children have been learning about ‘telling the time’ and thinking about the activities we do at different times of the day. We learnt that there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in 1 hour. We have been looking at telling the time on an analogue clock (a clock with hands and numbers) and on a digital clock. We looked at ‘o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Please talk to your children about the clocks around your house and look at the specific times of the day e.g. when they get up in the morning, bedtime, teatime etc. In English we have been writing our own versions of ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’. The children changed the main character of the Tiger to an animal of their choice and the children chose some great animals including dinosaurs, crocodiles, meerkats and leopards. Then the children decided what meal their animal would come for including breakfast, lunch or dinner. The children have written some super stories! Finally on Friday we practised some gymnastic moves, focusing on our starting and finishing positions. The children were very sensible and managed to take turns to get out the mats and put them back at the end of the session. Here are some snapshots of the week… Week beginning 27-2-17 This week the children have enjoyed all the activities of world book day – see the photo’s below. We even had a visit from the juniors to compare our costumes and talk about our favourite book characters. Thank you also to Mrs Crawford (A School Governor) for coming into our class to read us some stories on World book day. In science we have been sorting animals into groups and been learning about mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and insects. We also went into the hall to look at all the World Book Day displays and enjoyed looking at our own Art/literacy display as well as all the other classes in the school! Early on in the week we had pancakes and chose our own toppings. We continued the pancake theme on Wednesday when we wrote our own poems about pancakes, the children came up with some brilliant poems!! Week beginning 20-2-17 The children have been happy to be back at school and they have been eager to start our new topics and they are ready for the next half term of learning. During the week we have been learning about odd and even numbers and sorting them into groups. We have looked at multiplication in a very practical way i.e. ‘groups of’ or ‘lots of’ and the children used cubes to find ‘lots of 2, 5 and 10′. This week our literacy learning has been based around the story of ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ and the children have been thinking of good adjectives to use to describe the different characters. We also looked at using speech bubbles and speech marks in our writing. In art we painted tigers, drew some human/tiger portraits and made some tiger masks. In our geography topic we have been looking at atlases and globes and using them to find different countries in the world. Here are a selection of photos from the week. Week beginning 6-2-17 It’s been a great final week of this half term and the children have been very busy. We have been learning about the Chinese New Year and how people celebrate this. We did some factual writing about the Chinese New Year, made some Chinese lanterns, practiced writing the Chinese alphabet and some children even wrote their own names using Chinese letters!! Then we tried some Chinese prawn crackers and they were delicious. On Wednesday we all came to school in our Pyjamas for story telling day. Even the teachers came to school in their PJ’s!! It was a great day and we really enjoyed a visit from some of the junior children who read stories to us in groups. Then on Wednesday we had a visit from Reverend Smith who talked us about his role as a church minister. He brought some artefacts and photos to show us and the children were very interested and asked lots of questions. Many thanks to Reverend Smith for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat to us. We hope you all have a restful half term break and see you all when we get back. Week beginning 30-1-17 This has been another busy week in class 5! The children really enjoyed the ‘Sponsored Bounce’ and it was wonderful to see all their happy faces. Thank you for supporting this event. In PE this week we played a number of team games in which the children had to work together, using good communication skills to complete the different activities. Our ‘Great fire of London’ display is almost finished now and the children have really enjoyed this topic and learnt so much about it. Perhaps you could ask them what they have learnt about it!! We have also enjoyed learning about ‘flat’ 2D and ‘solid’ 3D shapes and learnt about their different properties. We also used straws and blue-tack to make a variety of 2D and 3D shapes. The children did a great job!! Week beginning 27-1-17 This week the children have continued to enjoy playing in our ‘Pudding Lane Bakery’ and have tried to add up small amounts of money in the bakery and used pretend coins to pay for bread and cakes. The children have also been looking at a variety of Traditional/Fairy stories and made thought showers and lists of as many as they could think of in groups. We discussed the structure of these stories including the setting, characters and the plots. In our maths work we have been practising our mental maths and using the ‘counting on’ method when adding a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number e.g. 7 + 42. The children realised that they have to put the largest number in their heads first and then count on the smaller number on their fingers or using counters to find the answer. The children have been playing lots of dice games to practice this method of adding. Finally the children have continued to make their model houses for our Great Fire of London display. They are almost finished now, we just need to add some flames as a finishing touch. Week beginning 9-1-17 The children were excited to be back in school after the Christmas break and they have worked hard and got back into their routines quickly. Our role play area is now a bakery – ‘Pudding Lane Bakery’ and the children have enjoyed getting busy in this area. In maths we have been using a number square to find 1 more/1 less and 10 more and 10 less. We have been thinking about 2 digit numbers and learning that the first number tells us how many 10’s there are and the second number tells us how many ones/units there are. We also worked in pairs to use 100 bead strings to help us make 2 digit numbers. In English we have been practising our handwriting and working on making nouns plural e.g. cup/cups, fox/foxes and baby/babies. The children had to sort the words into different categories. Week beginning 19-12-16 This week has been filled with lots of Christmas activities. We made our own party hats and Christmas place mats for our Christmas party on Tuesday. The children loved sitting together for some Christmas food and then we had lots of party games including pass the parcel. After that a special visitor came to our school – Father Christmas himself!! He brought us some class presents that we will all be able to use in the New Year. The children are all very excited now and they are definitely ready for a good break over the Christmas holiday. Thank you for all your lovely Christmas gifts, it was very kind of you. We would like to wish you and all your families a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017. Thank you for all your support over this last term and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year….. Week beginning 12-12-16 It’s been another exciting week in Class 5. The children did a wonderful job in both their Christmas performances of ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’. They have worked so hard over the last few weeks to learn the songs, words and actions and all the hard work certainly paid off!! We hope you enjoyed it, I’m sure their wasn’t a dry eye in the house…. We also used our Diwali lamps that we made during Diwali week to have a special meditation session. We listened to some relaxing music and closed our eyes and thought about the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it each year. We then sang ‘Away in a Manger’ to finish. The children were so excited to take their Diwali lamps home, maybe you could light it on Christmas day to celebrate the special day!! Finally we were sad to say goodbye to our student teacher Miss Cagney this week. She has come to the end of her placement with us and is now almost at the end of her teaching course. It has been a pleasure having her in our class over the last few months and I know we will all miss her in the new year. We made her a special card from all the children and bought her a special gift. We wish her all the very best in her teaching career and we know she will go on to be a great teacher!! Week beginning 5-12-16 This week the children have been enjoying lots of Christmas festivities. On Wednesday we had our Christmas dinner and the children enjoyed eating their Christmas dinner with friends and staff. Then on Friday we had our Christmas jumper day and the children looked amazing in all their festive jumpers!! This week we have continued to practise our Christmas play ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ and the children are so excited and can’t wait to perform it for you next week. We hope you can make it – you are in for a real treat!! Week beginning 28-11-16 The children have had another busy week. On Tuesday we had a visit from a ‘mad scientist’ who taught us about sound and how it travels. The children were very excited to watch the different experiments and really enjoyed this learning experience. In science this week we went outside in the playground to look for the different materials that are used for different things. We found allsorts of things including a plastic caterpillar, metal railings and a wooden stage area. We have changed our role play area into a Christmas home corner. The children have their own tree in the area that they can decorate as they want. We also have a very festive fire place and we have set our table up for a Christmas dinner!! The children are enjoying playing in this area and are getting so excited about Christmas now. We also have a nativity set that we can play with and the children have enjoyed acting out the nativity story with their friends. We also did some Santa hot seating this week and thought of lots of questions we would like to ask Santa. The children came up with some super questions such as ‘What do you do on Christmas day?’ and ‘ How do you get into a house when it doesn’t have a chimney?’. Later in the week we then wrote our Christmas wish lists and some Santa letters. Week beginning 21-11-16 The children this week have been enjoying the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’. We have done some ‘Talk for Writing’ where we rehearsed retelling the story using actions to help us remember what happens next. The children really enjoyed this and they can retell the story using lots of actions to prompt them. The Year 1 children then wrote the story at the end of the week using their best handwriting and including lots of good vocabulary and punctuation. The reception children also made some Three Little Pig puppets and then worked in small groups using their stick puppets to retell the story! The children also looked at the different materials that the Three Little Pigs used to build their own houses (straw, sticks and bricks). We discussed their properties and predicted which material was the most suitable to build a house and why. Then in groups the children were given straws, sticks or Lego bricks to work together to build their houses. Then we did an experiment using a hairdryer for the ‘Big, Bad Wolf’ to see which house was the strongest and didn’t blow down!! In Maths we have been learning how to measure using cubes and also with a centimetre ruler. Later in the week we worked on our addition and subtraction skills using the counting on and counting back methods to add and subtract 1, 2 and 3 from a number. Week beginning 14-11-16 It’s been another busy week in class 5! We started the week in our friendship groups talking about anti-bullying week. We discussed what bullying is and what we can do to prevent it. We talked about how we should treat our friends and that it’s important to treat others how we would like to be treated. Then on Wednesday we had our superhero day and the children looked fantastic in all their costumes. We drew and wrote about the superheroes in our families, one child wrote, ‘My mum is my superhero because she always looks after me when I feel poorly.’ On Friday the children enjoyed our ‘Children in Need’ day and we had a variety of activities going on throughout the day. We discussed what ‘Children in Need’ is and that it supports children in the UK who need a little help. We all agreed that it’s important to help other children who are less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for all your continued support and your generous donations for such a worthy cause. Week beginning 7-11-16 This week started with a visit from a Paralympic athlete Jordanna who is a member of the women’s British wheelchair basketball team. She talked to the children about her experiences and about her appearance in the Rio Olympics this year. The children asked questions and even got to hold some of her medals!! It was a very interesting and inspirational visit. Then on Tuesday we had our Diwali day in school. We had a variety of activities throughout the day including making rangoli patterns, designing their own mehndi hands and making their own diva lamps from clay and beads. The children also got the chance to learn some Indian dance when Alice came to work with each class. The whole school then came together at the end of the day to perform their ‘Bollywood’ style dance to the rest of the school. The children were amazing and they really loved the experience. Perhaps you could ask them to show you some of the moves they learnt at home. Finally on Friday the year 1 children got the opportunity to do some gardening with Mrs Jones. They enjoyed preparing the soil, looking at the insects and planting some rockery plants. Week beginning 31-10-16 Welcome back after the half term break. The children have been talking about what they did in the break and now seem refreshed and ready to start some new topics. This week in English the Year 1 children have been writing about their half term break and tried to use some time connectives in their writing (i.e. First, Next, After that… etc). We have also been talking about Bonfire Night, looking at some firework poems and made some Bonfire safety posters. The Reception children did some fantastic firework paintings during their outdoor learning!! In maths we looked at teen numbers as one ten and some ones, using cubes to help us. We then tried to write the number sentence to match. The Reception children have been using cubes to match numbers to 20 and then finding 1 more and 1 less using cubes also. Week beginning 17-10-16 Well what a wonderful first half term we have had!! We cannot believe how quickly it has passed and how well the children have settled into the class routines. This week the children did an amazing job when they performed in our Harvest Assembly with Nursery, Class 6 and Class 7, for the rest of the school. The children sang beautifully doing all the actions and then helped to retell the story of ‘The Little Red Hen ‘. A big well done to all of you!! The Reception children went outdoors this week with Mrs Jones to tidy up the bedding boxes and replant some plants and bulbs ready for next Spring. We also finished off our model lighthouses this week by adding some red stripes and adding small plastic glasses on the top for the light. The children were very pleased with their finished models. Thank you for all your continued support this half term and we hope you all have a well earned rest over the half term break and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 31st October. Week beginning 10-10-16 We have had another busy week in Class 5. The year 1 children had a visit from the RNLI who spoke to the children about keeping safe at the seaside. They learnt about all the different coloured flags and what they mean. They learnt about the role of the lifeguard and how the lifeguard can rescue us if we get in trouble at the beach! All the children have now started their lighthouses and next week we will add some more parts to them to finish them off. In maths we have been doing lots of estimating and trying to look at amounts of objects and make ‘clever’ guesses as to how many objects are in the group. Then we counted them to see whose was the nearest estimation. Perhaps you could do some estimating at home with your child to help them further. Week beginning 3-10-16 In class 5 this week we continued working on the story of Red Ted. The children worked in groups to act out the story and they all played different characters. This helped the year 1 children later in the week to write the story of Red Ted at the beach. In geography we have also been learning about Lighthouses and we read lots of stories about the ‘Lighthouse Keeper’. The children enjoyed looking at a model of a lighthouse and we are going to make our own model lighthouses in the next few weeks. In Maths we have been looking at the properties of a variety of 2D shapes and looking at different ways of sorting them. We learnt that you can use a Venn diagram to sort shapes into groups. We also took our learning outdoors and made a human Carroll diagram (using PE mats on the floor) to find out lots of information about our class e.g. how many boys and girls liked/disliked different kinds of food. Here are some snapshots from the week! Week beginning 26-9-16 At the beginning of the week the children had a visit from a lady who came to talk to the whole school about road/railway safety. She gave us some important messages about keeping safe when you live near the railway line. During the week we have worked on the story of Red Ted at the Beach and came up with some super adjectives to describe how Red Ted was feeling throughout the story. We also continued to work on our number work and the children looked at different ways of finding 1 more/1 less and 2 more and 2 less than numbers up to 50. We have been practicing writing number sentences to match these. Finally on Friday the children made a fantastic effort to support our ‘Grey for a Day’ charity day by dressing in their grey clothes. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations. They will all go to a very good cause!! Week beginning 19-9-16 In class 5 this week we have been reading the ‘Funnybones’ story and looking at the verbs and adjectives in the story. We then tried to write our own sentences about the skeletons using our own verbs and adjectives. We have been singing the song ‘them bones’ and made our own skeletons and labelled the parts of the skeletons. The reception children enjoyed making their own skeleton stick puppets. In maths we have been looking at ways of making 5, 6, 10, 12 and 20 using objects and practised finding the missing numbers in number sentences by counting on. In PE this week the children were able to get themselves dressed and undressed independently and really impressed me with their passing and dribbling skills in the lesson!! Week Beginning 12-9-16 This week the children have had another busy week. We enjoyed our Roald Dahl day, designing our own chocolate bars and using interesting adjectives to describe our favourite Roald Dahl characters. We have also been ordering numbers and thinking about 1 or 2 more and 1 or 2 less than a number up to 100. We have been counting up to 100 in 1’s and also finding quicker ways of counting to 100 – in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The Reception children are now full time and have all settled in so quickly to the dinnertime and afternoon routines! They have been getting busy both indoors and outdoors and making lots of new friendships. Here are just a few photos to give you a glimpse of the week. Week Beginning 5-9-16 It’s been a wonderful first week in Class 5 and the children have done an amazing job settling in and getting used to all the new routines. They have enjoyed a variety of activities including discussions about our class rules, writing our summer holiday news, practising reading/writing high frequency words and taking part in various maths activities. The reception children have also enjoyed their outdoor learning. A big thank you to all the year 1 children who have helped and encouraged our reception to settle in so quickly!