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Week 4- Year 5


This week in English we have been learning how to write a biography and the language we need to use in order to be successful. We have researched Sir David Attenborough and written a biography for him. We shall spend the beginning of next week editing and finishing them before we publish them for our new display in the hall. The children's homework this week is to research a well known person of their choosing who they will then write a biography for, independently, next week. 


In maths we have been continuing to practise our written method for multiplication, we have now learnt how to multiply up to 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers, spot errors in methods and find missing numbers in calculations. Next week we shall be moving onto learning a formal written method for division.


Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Week 4


This week in English, we have writing our newspaper articles based on the Colchester earthquake. All the children have written some fantastic pieces and these will be up for display so you can see them at parents evening!


In maths, we have been learning about decimals and how to divide and multiply them using integers. We’ll have a mini-assessment on Monday to see how we’re all doing!


In science, we learnt all about the food we eat and how it keeps us healthy. We also gave advice to four characters about their diet and how they should improve it!


In geography, we were learning all about navigation and identifying features on an OS map in Snowdonia. We shall be learning how different types of mountains are formed in our next lesson.


Have a great weekend!



Week 3


In English this week, we started our new genre of newspaper reports. We first looked at the features of these reports and then went onto planning our own based on the topic of the 1884 Colchester earthquake! We shall start our writing of these next week.


In Maths, we have been finishing our topic of algebra which we rounded off with an assessment. On the whole, the children did very well – ask your child how they did. Next week, we’ll be moving onto decimals.


In Science, we are progressing well in our animals, including humans topic. This week, we were looking at the importance of exercise and the benefits that it provides for humans and animals.


In Geography, we were looking at the highest mountains and mountain ranges across all seven continents. We will then progress onto reading, planning and measuring on Ordnance Survey maps for our (pretend) trip up Mount Snowdon. Onto Mrs Graves:


This week’s review:


This week in English, Year 5 have been continuing their learning on writing explanation texts, they have written their own independent piece on earthquakes and why they occur.


In maths we have been learning a written method on multiplying first a one digit by 2 digit number then a 2 digit by 2 digit number. This has not been easy but the children have all persevered and had a really good go- their homework this weekend reflects how confident they are on this method. Moving onto multiplication has also highlighted that some of us still need to work on our times tables!


Have a great weekend!  smiley



Week 2


Year 6


This week in English, we have been looking at earthquakes and what causes them. We then used this information to write an explanation text that was engaging for our audience. Next week, we’ll be looking at a local earthquake: The 1884 Colchester earthquake and studying the genre of newspaper articles.


In maths, we have been looking at algebra, expressions and equations. This is really quite a tricky subject but I was very impressed how quickly the children grasped the concept – it must be all the number manipulation we do on a Wednesday A.M!


In science, we did an experiment to measure heart rates to see whether they changed during exercise (they did!). The children then graphed their results and then made conclusions. Over to Mrs. Graves:


Year 5


This week in English, Year 5 have been writing explanation texts. They have researched, planned, written and edited fantastic explanations as to how and why volcanoes erupt. Before we move on from this unit, the children shall be writing their own explanation texts independently next week on earthquakes. Hopefully they will be able to use the skills they have practised this week and write another equally superb, explanation text.

In maths we finished our unit on fraction with subtraction. The children have: subtracted fractions with the same denominators; found equivalent fractions to subtract with different denominators; subtracted fractions from a mixed number and subtracted mixed numbers from mixed numbers. This weekend their homework is to create a poster reflecting our unit on fractions!


Have a great weekend!



Week 1


Here are our learning intentions for this term's topic 'Extreme Earth':



This week, we have been writing explanation texts on volcanoes. The children have been successfully researching, planning and writing using a range of 'casual conjunctions', and other grammatical features. The children wrote some really high quality pieces - next week it's all about earthquakes!


In Maths this week, we have been completing our ratio unit and we finished this with an assessment unit. On the whole, the children all did well - ask your child how they did!


In Science, we started our unit 'Animals, including humans'. We learnt how to label different parts of the circulartory system, learnt about arties and veins and the incredible job the heart does! Over to Mrs Graves:


In maths this week, Year 5 have been learning how to add fractions. We began by adding fractions with the same denominator and have progressed onto adding fractions with different denominators, so having to find equivalent fractions before being able to add them.


Within English this week we have been writing newspaper reports. We wrote a report on a tornado in Sheffield and today the children have done an independent piece, using the skills they have learnt this week on a World Record breaking event of their choice.


Have a great weekend!




The children have all settled in well for these two days! We have been learning all about our new topic in RE: Science and Creation - conflicting or complementary? We have also been continuing our Maths ratio learning and revising our Year 6 grammar. Much more learning next week!

Mrs Graves:


It has been lovely to have Year 5 back after our two week break. We have hit the ground running by starting our Extreme Earth unit! We are beginning by looking at writing recounts in the form of newspaper articles. So far we have looked at writing quotes and how to make these emotive and punctuate them correctly and today we have worked on orally retelling an event by writing the autocue for a news report. We then worked in small groups to film these reports, which I will share on the Class page for you to watch.


Within maths we have continued our unit on fractions by looking at comparing and ordering fractions under 1. We have compared fractions with the same denominators or the same numerators and today we looked at comparing fractions by finding equivalent fractions- their homework tonight will reflect this.


Have a great weekend!



Week 7


Another fun-packed week has raced by!


In English, the children have been looking at the video of the “Christmas Truce” and writing a letter home based on this incredible event. The children all wrote with great empathy and used a range of techniques to engage the reader. We’ve also been practising our grammar with our weekly “Grammar Hammer!”


In Maths, we’ve been cracking on with ratio, fractions and scale drawing! We’re still working hard!


In DT, we’ve been evaluating our steady hand games and also crafting Christmas models.


In Art, we created winter scenes and the results were very impressive!


Have a great weekend!


Year 5


Within maths this week we have been continuing our unit on fractions and have been converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. We have found this quite tricky so have used a lot of images to support our workings.


Within English, we have been looking at the John Lewis Christmas advert about Moz the monster. The children have written fantastic descriptions of Moz in the third person and have then rewritten the story in the first person from the point of view of Joe.



Week 6


In English this week, we have been describing a scene and applying our skills that we learnt earlier on in the year. 


In Maths, we have been looking over our test papers and seeing whether we could identify and correct any errors that we made.


In DT this week, we were constructing our steady hand games using an electronic circuit. We had some successes and these two worked really well:



We also welcomed the Sandon Language leaders who came to teach us some Christmas French. Tres bien and merci!

Finally we have been rehearsing for our big show on Monday - we can't wait to show it to you all!


Have a great weekend!


Week 5


This week has been TEST week - a favourite amongst the children (!).


In Year 6, we did the 2022 practise SATs - Reading paper, 3 maths papers (arithmetic, paper 2 and 3), Spelling Punctuation and Grammar paper and a writing assessment. Well done to all the Year 6 for their brilliant efforts! If you would like to see your child's paper so you can provide support at home, please send me a Dojo. 


This week, we also visited the British Museum - the children were able to see REAL LIFE mummies, ancient statues and jewellery that is over 3000 years old. They all behaved well and did East Hanningfield proud!


Here are some photos of our day:

Have a great weekend!


Week 4


This week, we have been writing our introductions about stories from other cultures and following the story of Hapunda and the Patzcuaro Lake. We tried to write as descriptively as possible and there were some brilliant pieces of work!


In Maths, we have been learning all about converting metric measurements and learnt about how to calculate miles to kilometres.


In History, we have been studying about primary and secondary sources and looking at the famous pictures from Fredrick Catherwood.

For homework this week, the children have been given the task of learning their lines for the Christmas play as it is fast approaching!


Have a great weekend!



Week 3


In English this week, we have been reminding ourselves how to write instructions (as it’s been quite a while since we did our last ones – what with maths week and all) – we then wrote a hot task (independent task) about how to build a better world! There were some great ideas!


In Maths, we have continued with fractions and solving problem using them. The children are all looking forward to the fraction assessment next week!



In DT, we were designing our “steady hand game”: ready to build over the next couple of weeks!


Finally, in History, we looked at famous Maya gods and writing fact files about them.


Over to Year 5:



This is what we’ve been up to this week:


This week in Year 5 we have been looking at multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10, 100, 1000 and finished the week today on using multiples of 10, 100, 1000. The children have done really well and seem to have really grasped the importance of places holders!


In English this week we have been working on writing instructions, their homework reflects this. We have looked, in detail, at the Mayan ball game Pok-ta-Pok and then written a set of instructions for the game. The children have done really well, including all the features and the language necessary to write a successful set of instructions.


Have a great weekend!



Maths Week!!


In Owls, we played a variety of maths games, measured trees using pencils and perspective, did intergalactic problem solving and escaped from Lochdale Manor. Some even tried the Primary Mathematics Challenge!


Thank you to the parents for coming in and playing maths games with the children. They really enjoyed it and was the highlight of their week!


If you would like to access some of the materials we used during the week, please go to our website here where they can be downloaded.



Please check out some of our maths week photos in the gallery:


Have a great weekend!





Autumn Half term 2


Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term and I hope you all had a great break. Below is a quick at-a-glance overview of what we'll be learning this term (+ Christmas activities!)

Year 6


In English this week, the children have started their new writing genre topic - Instructions. They began by analysing a good piece of writing and then applied this to their own instructions about Maya ball - which used to be quite a gruesome game played in the Mayan era. The children have also completed a 'hot task' and many of them have shown good progress since the last one! Great going!


In Maths, the children completed the first section of learning about fractions and completed an assessment - ask your child how they did. We now will move onto more fractions which will involve multiplying and dividing fractions by integers. 


In Science, children completed their end of topic assessments based on Living Things. In DT, we began our topic of designing a steady-hand toy - but first of all, we had to do our market research! Onto Year 5:

Year 5 


This week in year 5, we have been using figurative language to write poems about Halloween and Bonfire Night. The children have learnt similes, metaphors, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification and hyperbole! They have really grasped the different types of figurative language, it’s been fantastic to read their poems! I hope you are impressed when they come to do their homework too!


In Maths, we have been looking at different types of numbers. We have found factors and multiples, prime and composite and square and cube numbers! Although these terms come up quite regularly in our day to day mathematical discussions, it has been really nice having the time to spend really getting to grips with each of the different types of numbers and identifying them up to 100!




Have a great weekend!



Week 6


Just another week to go - this half term is racing by!


In English, we have been looking at explanation texts. The children planned and wrote their very owned based on a subject of interest. We had quite a variety of topics from the rules of football, to World War II to the best way to look after pets. Their homework follows on from this and I look forward to reading their efforts!


In Maths, we completed an assessment on addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Ask you child how they did; the assessment was a little trickier than the previous one. We are now looking at fractions - including equivalent fractions and counting on fractions on a number line.


In Science, the children were plotting bar graphs and writing conclusions based on their mould experiment.  


In RE, the children were producing a double paged spread based on the question: "What does being a Buddhist make to everyday life?". There were some brilliant designs that you can see at parents' evening!


Have a great weekend - on to Mrs Graves:

This week Year 5 have been finding the inverse of the operations addition and subtraction, we have found this quite tricky as they are working with quite large numbers now but their perseverance has been fantastic! They have also become much more confident in spotting errors and making their own corrections.

In English this week we have been looking at characteristics of heroes and villains in preparation for writing their own adventure story next week- Flushed Away 2! They have created their own villains and today have planned their stories. I can’t wait for them to get writing next week!



This week, we have been looking at the incredible artefacts that were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. We asked some pertinent questions and then used our research skills to find accurate answers.


In Science, we were learning all about micro-organisms namely fungus, bacteria and viruses and learnt how sometimes these can be beneficial. We then created our own experiment with bread and tried to predict what factors would affect mould growth – light v dark places, warm v cold, damp v dry.


In Year 6 maths, the children have been practising their long multiplication, division and correct order of operations.


It also prepared for our Harvest Assembly – I thought they did brilliantly in the church – well done all!

This week, Year 5 have been focusing on writing the prose to go with different angle shots within a film. We have thought about why characters appeared to be larger and more prominent in a scene and others were smaller and perhaps lower down on the still. We are working really hard on reading through our own writing and editing before finishing.

Within maths we have been practicing our methods for addition and subtraction. We have been using rounding to estimate and check our larger calculations.




This week, we finished off our recount topic with a hot write! It was all about a big event! Once marked, I will be giving the Year Six children three targets on how they can improve their writing. Look out for these at parents' evening!


In maths, we have had a very tricky week! We looked at long multiplication and long division - two quite difficult areas! Most of the children appeared to understand well - practise makes perfect though!


We have also be busily preparing for our Harvest assembly - we look forward to seeing you all there on Thursday. 


Also. well done to the Year 5/6 football team! They did brilliantly on Wednesday and worked really well as part of a team. Great job boys!



Over to Mrs Graves:


This week year 5 have been continuing our visual literacy unit and have been writing paragraphs to accompany different types of shot used in a film: long shot, medium shot and close up shot. Through doing this we have been working on our descriptive language and today we shall be focusing on the use of dialogue.


In maths we have moved onto our unit on addition and subtraction, we began by working on our mental methods and are now ensuring we all have a confident and effective written method before moving onto problem solving next week.



This week in English, we have been looking at the diary of an Egyptian slave. From this piece, we "magpied" (borrowed), lots of great vocabulary that we then put into our very own retelling. The children worked really hard and we're still developing our editing skills to ensure our writing is to the Year 6 standard!


In Maths, we have been working on prime numbers, factors, multiples, square and cube numbers. Phew - there were some tough problem solving questions, but we all tried really hard!


In Science, we continued with our classification of animals and next week, we're going to be creating our very own animals and classifying them!


Year 5 have been working hard on getting to grips with rounding numbers this week. We have focused on rounding large numbers to the nearest 10, 100, and 1000 ready to move onto 100,000 and nearest million next week.


In English we have been finishing our non-chronological reports which are now displayed in our classroom and a few in class four! Yesterday we watched Flushed Away ready to start our visual literacy unit. Our first session, today, involved us writing the prose to accompany a scene with tension.


Have a great weekend, all!





In English, the children have been continuing their recounts on the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. We have been practising how to write speech correctly (see this week's homework!) and writing descriptively (remember those amazing adjectives and advanced grammar, Year 6!).


In Mathematics, we had an end of block assessment. I was impressed by the brilliant progress some of the children had made. We are now venturing onto our new unit - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Today was a factors revision lesson - we were using 'concrete' (real) apparatus to improve our understanding of them:

In Art this week, the children were learning how to create monoprints. Some of these didn't go quite as expected and we will look to improve our techniques in the weeks to come!



Our Year Sixes also met their buddies today (Friday) and shared books and stories with them. I was very impressed with the maturity and caring nature they showed towards our younger learners. Well done!

And over to Mrs Graves:


Here’s what Year 5 have been up to this week!


This week in maths, Year 5 began the week by increasing and decreasing large numbers by 10, 100, 1000, and 10,000 and have since been reading, writing and partitioning large numbers. Today we began to compare them. The children have had to be able to represent these skills in different ways, spot and explain errors and problem solve! Next week will be our final week on number and place value.


In English this week we have been working towards writing a non-chronological report on the Egyptians. The children have worked in teams to collect notes (they have also added the facts they found for their homework) and have designed their own layouts. Today we worked really hard on writing introductions which answered the four questions: who, what, where and why? Next week we shall we creating our final pieces which we shall share on here!


Have a great weekend!


Our Autumn 1 Curriculum!


Welcome back!


The children have settled in really well this week and I have been impressed with the standard of work they have been producing!

Year 6


In English, we have been looking at recounts. We have looked at the incredible discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter and have been using a range of descriptive strategies to really bring our writing to life!


In Maths, we have been learning about place value, number lines to 10,000,000 and how to compare and order integers (that's whole numbers!).

In Science, we started our topic of Living Things and Their Habitats. The children have been learning how to classify animals and invented some very interesting ways of doing so!


In Art, we started our topic of Architecture by trying to buildings in detail and with accuracy. In PE, we started our new topic of basketball!


The Year Six have been set three items for their homework:

- 5 spellings they need to write into full sentences

- on-line maths questions (

- TT rockstars


Have a great weekend!



Over to Mrs Graves:


This week Year 5 have been getting to know their new routine! They have mastered working in both the House with Mrs Graves in the morning and then spending the afternoon in Class 4 with Mr Forster and Year 6. Well done Year 5 for taking to this change in such a mature way!


In English this week, we have been writing recounts about the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb from either the point of view of Howard Carter or one of the water boys working on the archeological dig site. The children have worked really hard on writing an introduction which doesn’t give away what happens and then using temporal conjunctions to link their paragraphs within their recounts. It has been wonderful to see their recounts coming together across the week!


In Maths this week we have been reading, writing and partitioning big numbers, finishing today on numbers up to 1 million! We have thought about the importance of using commas in big numbers to help us read them accurately and zeros as place holders so our numbers don’t slip into their wrong place. We have also done a TT Rockstars baseline and begun working on the appropriate times tables for individuals which still need to be learnt!

Have a great weekend!