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Spring 2018

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas. Welcome back to the spring term and a Happy New Year to you all.

In the first half term our learning will have a history focus and will begin with the Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the subsequent invasion and settlement by the Anglo-Saxons. We will then be learning about Viking raids and invasion and the Viking struggle for the Kingdom of England. In English we will be studying a story based on the epic character Beowulf and writing some exciting dragon myths. We will also be studying the book ‘Stone Girl, Bone Girl’ about Mary Anning and learning how fossils are formed. In art with Miss Hawkins the children will be doing observational drawing, making collage and working with clay. In maths we will be learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. In PE (on Fridays) we will begin each week with a warm-up session to music followed by gymnastics. P.E kit will be needed every Friday!

Here are a few important pieces of information for the spring term:

  • Art is on a Thursday afternoon with Ms Hawkins in the first half term.
  • PE is on Thursday afternoon with Mr Waldron in the second half term – CHILDREN MUST HAVE A FULL PE KIT IN SCHOOL!
  • PE in the first half term may take place on Friday morning so please have your PE kit in school.
  • Homework is due in every Friday. Homework is monitored and recorded every week.
  • Reading diaries are monitored and recorded every week. Please make sure your child records their reading and that the diary is signed by a parent each week.
  • Please make sure you read emails and weekly updates and visit the school website frequently to stay informed about what is happening in school.
  • NO PENCIL CASES or stationery from home to be brought in to school please.
  • COATS however, are very necessary, as are wellie boots and waterproof clothing – you’ve heard the saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing!’ Children will sometimes go outside in wet weather so please make sure they are suitably equipped. If children are not suitably equipped for wet playtimes, outdoor learning, art or PE they may not be able to take part. PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE NAMED.
  • Seating plan – a great deal of thought goes into the seating plan. It is always my aim that children are positioned so they are able to achieve their best possible learning. This involves both feeling happy and being able to focus. Please note that children are not grouped by ‘ability’ or for any reason other than to provide them with the best possible learning environment.

If you have any concerns or queries at any time, please pop in and speak to me or make an appointment via the school office.

Best wishes,

Claire Lewis


Class 5 Blog
  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:25:08 +0000: Scientific enquiry continued... - Class 5 | St. Helen's
    Today Year 5 continued with their investigation following the 'Firework in a jar' investigation of a few weeks ago. The children thought of their own questions based on the results of the previous enquiry. They planned and carried out their own investigations changing the warm water to either milk, cold water or fizzy water, or changing the type of oil from baby oil to sunflower oil. They observed to see if a different reaction occurred and this is what they found...
    Milk investigation: "When we poured in the food colouring, it went into little blobs and drained down into the milk and stained it green. There were no little 'explosions' of colour like before."
    Cold water investigation: "This was quite a lot different. We think that the cold water was less dense than the hot water so the food colouring fell through the water more quickly than the first investigation. The blobs also started coming back up again."
    Fizzy water investigation: "It looked a bit like the original investigation (warm water) except there was about a 2 second delay before the blobs sank. Also some of the bobs of food colouring stuck to the bottom of the jar."
    Sunflower oil investigation: "It was all slimey and gooey. It turned green."

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:18:41 +0000: 'Conscience Alley' for our moral dilemma - Class 5 | St. Helen's
    Year 5 considered reasons whether David, from our key text Friend or Foe, should or shouldn't help the German airmen who crashed on Dartmoor. 'David' listened to the reasons for and against in a 'conscience alley' before making up his mind about this tricky moral dilemma. He finally decided he would help them because one of them had saved him from drowning in the river.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:36:04 +0000: Remembrance poppies - Class 5 | St. Helen's
    Year 5 have been learning about Remembrance. They created some beautiful poppy pictures using ink, coffee filter papers, card and glitter. Mrs Laska created a stunning display using the children's artwork. I love the way each poppy is unique. Well done Year 5.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:29:35 +0000: Fireworks in a jar! - Class 5 | St. Helen's
    Today year 5 had some scientific fun investigating what would happen if they poured a mixture of oil and food colouring into a jar of warm water. They discovered that a reaction occurred that looked like a series of tiny, colourful fireworks. Next we need to find out why this happened. Then we will think of a new question to investigate based on our findings.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:29:16 +0000: Class 5 music - Class 5 | St. Helen's
    Today class 5 worked with Mrs Laska to produce musical notation and perform their own compositions.