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Week commencing Monday 24th February 2020

Subject Overview for this week:
Maths We are continuing to build on our knowledge of adding and subtracting fractions, finding common denominators too. Please ask your child to show you an example at home and maybe challenge them to see if they can explain whether it can be simplified or not e.g. 2/10 is equivalent to 1/5. This knowledge is going to be applied to a real life context and linked to our humanities topic, examining greenbelt and brownfield sites. We'll then be moving on quite quickly (Wednesday onwards) and look at multiplying a proper fraction/mixed number by a whole number. If this sounds very complicated and unfamiliar, please ask your child to explain it!

Reading: This week we'll be unpicking the relationship between the campmates at Camp Green Lake and also the interaction between the Warden and Mr. Sir. We'll be predicting the next part of the text after Stanley is accused of taking the sunflower seeds by Mr Sir and he is then taken off to see the Warden. We imagined what it would be like inside the Warden's cabin - a nice, warm atmosphere or something more dark and sinister!

Spellings: By the end of Year 6, pupils should be able to spell words from the Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling List. These will be sent home so you can look through them. I have asked pupils to identify words they are unsure of within the list and practise these during the week. Everyone's spellings this week are completely different and they are practising the spellings bespoke to their needs.

Writing: This week we'll be focusing on how we edit our writing, but also think about how commas are used in sentences to clarify meaning e.g. Good to meet you, Stanley or the campmates, perched in their holes, peered out across the desolate landscape. There are a number of ways commas can be used in sentences and we will be linking this to our knowledge of parenthesis, including brackets and dashes too.

Humanities This week we'll be looking at the waste from different countries across the globe. This will include waste which is incinerated, sent to landfill or recycled. Using this information, we'll be creating a pie chart and discuss the data we have represented. We were impressed with the way England has improved its amount of rubbish sent to landfill and those which is recycled - there is a really great increase of recycling since 2002 and a steep decline of waste sent to landfill in all local authorities. Why not discuss at home how you recycle and also where you feel the government and local authorities could be even better.


Week commencing Monday 10th February 2020

Subject Overview for this week:
Maths This week we'll be building on our knowledge of fractions. We will be adding and subtracting fractions which have the same denominator. However, we'll develop this by trying to find common denominators when they are different to begin with e.g. 1/2 and 2/5. This will then be applied to a real life context. Please chat with your child at home about what a fraction is, what steps they take to order fractions (finding the common denominator) and also converting improper fractions to mixed number, and vice versa.

Reading: Explanations texts will be used this to make a comparison with the instructional writing we undertook last week. We will be looking at how different machines work, using the sketches by Dudley the Dog (ask your child about him!). We will then identify the key writing features and begin to create our own explanation text for our invention we designed last week.

Spellings: By the end of Year 6, pupils should be able to spell words from the Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling List. These will be sent home so you can look through them. I have asked pupils to identify words they are unsure of within the list and practise these during the week. Everyone's spellings this week are completely different and they are practising the spellings bespoke to their needs.

Writing: Using the information taken from the non-fiction texts, we will be writing our own explanation texts using the key writing features we have identified. This will then be used to create explanations about the inventions which children designed last week. These included a number of great ideas which help with recycling at home, but also robots which would be able to clean the oceans of the world.

Humanities We will be examining the 19th and 20th century, focusing on how humans have changed their approach to the environment and what changes have been made. Within our topic lesson, we will be creating a road map to show the changes which have occurred over time e.g. protection of land (greenbelt). Our maths lessons will also look at this idea when adding and subtracting fractions. We are aware that brownfield land can be build upon and look at what fraction of this is possible.


Week Commencing Monday 27th January 2020

Subject Overview for this week:
Maths Linking to our topic, we'll be undertaking a traffic survey in Holbrook this week. We will be walking down to the Co-op to observe the traffic for about an hour - I'm hoping that there will be enough data to collect! This data will then be transferred into a pie chart or bar graph. The information we gather will be linked to our environment topic and we will then be looking at the amount of carbon produced by the vehicles which we have seen.

Reading: Non-fiction texts are being analysed this week. We began the week by looking at the 'Teacher Pleaser'. A modelled text was provided which gave instructions on how to work the piece of equipment. We'll begin to design our own Teacher Pleaser and use the different features we'd expect to see in a recount text.

Spellings: Homophones are being reviewed this week. Please discuss with children at home the different homophones which can be used within our written texts. During Monday's lesson we discussed how 'read' and 'read' can be read in different ways. We discussed the context of which it is written in and signposts the reader use on how it should be read e.g. the tense of the sentence. Any homophones which were unknown during our lesson were found using a dictionary with definitions being written in Literacy books. 

Writing: We are going to begin to create our own Teacher Pleaser texts which explain how the Teacher Pleaser should be operated. This shared writing experience will then be linked to what we are doing next: creating our own inventions which recycle something and use the same features for this non-fiction text. Please ask the children about what the Teacher Pleaser does. Maybe you could discuss what might be included in a Parent Pleaser if they were to create one.

Humanities Building on our map work, we are going to identify the most populated cities around the globe and also those which are most polluted. We will also discuss why certain cities are more polluted than others and look at the factors which play major roles e.g. vehicles/transport, factories (fast fashion) and chemicals being sent into rivers which in turn can affect people/animals using the water down river.



Week Commencing 20th January 2020

Subject Overview for this week:
Maths We are consolidating our knowledge of multiplication this week and reviewing our methods for short division. These are all being applied to a real life context. We have looked through data taken from government websites which show how much waste is disposed of across all local authorities. Using this information, we will begin to answer challenging questions where formal written methods need to be used. I strongly suggest if your child is stuck with dividing using the short division method that they draw the place value counters underneath each part of the calculation. Some children are confident to write answers as decimals and even round this to two decimal places. PLEASE ASK YOUR CHILD TO SHOW YOU THE METHOD WE ARE USING IN CLASS!

Reading: Our focus this week will be looking at describing the setting. We will look at how Sachar has described Camp Green Lake in the text and also begin to unpick a modelled text which I have written, highlighting some key grammar features which pupils can use. We have had a lot of discussion around noun phrases and are now applying to these takes in class.

Spellings: We are practising words which end in -ible and -able. -able is more common than -ible. We have also learnt that -able endings are usually used if a complete root word can be heard before it - this doesn't work in all cases! We also looked at how endings can be changed to other related words e.g. applicable …. application. Please take a look at examples of these words at home and begin to mind map if this will help children learn them!

Writing: We are looking at noun phrases this week and how to paint a vivid picture for the reader. Word choice has been promoted and thesauruses have been used to find appropriate synonyms. Application of other appropriate words will also reflect the setting of the overall book, using American English e.g. soda, trash etc.

Humanities We have looked at which countries across the globe are most affected by drought. Posters were created in the computer suite and then information was fed back to the class. Our art day on Wednesday will be an exciting start to our topic and an opportunity to reuse, reduce and recycle. Pictures to follow!


23/09/19: We've been focusing on place value and number. During our first two weeks, we've looked at the value of different numbers and also examined how these are changed if we add 10, 100, 1,000 and 10,000. We have been focusing on numbers up to 1,000,000. This is all building on our knowledge from the Year 4 curriculum and enhancing the skills we already had. Rounding has been the focus of this week and we've applied our knowledge to data taken from WWI, particularly the number of soldiers wounded or killed.


Private Peaceful has been an absolute hit with the class. We've empathised with Tommo and the horrific incident he witnessed with his father in the woods. This has lead onto some great reading philosophy and we have discussed situations where it has made us emotional. Predicting skills have been the order of the day and we're building on these by continually referring back to the text. EVIDENCE. EVIDENCE. EVIDENCE!! A mantra that we remember when reading through narratives.


Within French lessons, we've been learning the alphabet and also playing some fun Bingo! games in class. Look below at some really helpful YouTube clips which say each letter in turn and I've also attached a VERY catchy song too. There are quite a few letters which are similar to those in the English language. Take a look...


What are we learning about in class!? 30/09/19

We've been learning about negative numbers in our maths lesson over the last week. We can now add and subtract from negative integers. Our knowledge of negative numbers was applied to data, particularly temperatures. We learnt about the Battle of Arras being a very important battle during WWI and also for the men from Holbrook who fought on the frontline. It was not only men from Britain who fought in Arras, but also soldiers from other countries such as Russia and Canada. During our lessons, we looked at life in the trenches and examined temperatures which they may have been faced with. Conditions in the trenches were harsh and it wasn't an easy life for the soldiers. Over the coming week, we are going to be cracking different codes using Roman Numerals and we are really look forward to our visit to Imperial War Museum, London.


Within our English sessions, we have been looking at the Colonel within the text. He has taken a dislike to the children in the story and we were all quite shocked by his reaction to Bertha being on his land. We read about Tommo and Charlie watching Bertha being killed before their very eyes. This said a lot about the Colonel and illustrated his personality clearly when he could kill such an innocent creature. We understood that he saw her as a commodity and that if she wasn't able to hunt for him then she was better dead. During our reading sessions, we were quite impressed with how mother could appease him and persuade him not to take such drastic action against the young boys for taking Bertha away. It did appear that the Colonel had the last laugh as he took Bertha away from them, forever. This was, however, a catalyst for Big Joe running away and we discussed his motives for this. It was a very stressful time in the story, but brought the family together. 


During our humanities lessons, we have been looking at the second instalment of Bertie's letter. We are really unpicking these historical sources and are becoming aware of what are primary and secondary sources. The trip on Friday will give us a really good idea of what life was like during 1914-1918 and bring some of the concepts we have been discussing in class to life. Holbrook was a very different place in the past and we are beginning to bring this alive by looking at soldiers who were examined during the Poppy Trail.


19th September 2019


Good evening,


I hope children are settling into the daily routine of school and the earlier starts are not becoming too challenging! We’ve been doing some baseline assessments in class at the moment, including reading miscues and cold tasks. Due to this, homework has not been set yet and will commence next week.  



Our class text is Private Peaceful, as you’ll know already. I’ve asked pupils to read the next chapter over the weekend so it’s ready for our lesson on Monday. Children will also be given the opportunity to have a book from the library of their choice and they will also be provided with one which is banded. All children will be on a book banding. There will no longer be ‘free readers’ on this format, but they will obviously be able to take out texts of their choice from the school library. So, in short, they’ll be a library book (pupil choice), book banded text (pupil choice, ability assessed by teacher) and a class text (one everyone is reading). That’s three in total! We will be providing the class text and they’ll be no need to buy them in future. I have numbered books and it is important that children take care of them and don’t spill squash or get pasta sauce all over them when they are being transported around! Reflections should be kept in the blue Reading Log and I will be checking these on a half-termly basis. There are also challenges which pupils must complete during the half-term and they are stuck in the front of the log.

Please come and see me at the end of the day, at any point during the coming weeks, if you have any questions regarding this.


SCITT Student:

We are lucky to have a SCITT joining us officially from 30th September 2019 and they’re beginning their training as a teacher in the primary sector. Mrs Johnson will be working with our class throughout the rest of this term and will be back later in 2020. Mrs Johnson has been in the classroom this week and has got to meet the children. This will no doubt assist in her delivery of lessons as we go through the coming weeks.



Please check us out on Twitter @holbrookprimar1 or on our class page on the website. I’ll be loading homework content and also including pictures of what we’ve been doing in class.

Please come and see me directly if you have any questions. I will be out on duty on Thursday and Friday mornings. I will also be available at 3:30pm when I’m dismissing the class.


Much appreciated,


Mr Reynolds

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