Spellings and Homework

Last week in Year 5 we started our next unit of English on narrative writing. We were intrigued by a picture which was revelled to us on Monday. We wrote descriptive phrases for it and decided what the four children in the picture may have been saying. We made sure our speech was correctly punctuated when we wrote what the children were saying.


Mrs Rorke & Mrs White’s groups: shield, science, patient, perceive, receive

Mrs Davies & Miss Cole’s groups: therefore, though, although, thought, through.

The children will also have their personal spellings to learn.


DT: research a famous chef who uses seasonal locally grown produce. Due Friday 31st March 2017.

Education City: Maths activities, Due Wednesday 29th March 2017.

Maths homework tasks on time will be set tomorrow, to be completed by Monday 3rd April 2017.


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Year 5 Science Week

This week was Science week and Y5 did two experiments on ‘Colour in the natural environment’ and ‘Wind speed and direction’.

We used bubbles to find the wind direction. We followed the bubbles and used a compass to find the average wind direction. Then we timed how long the bubbles took to travel ten metres and used this to work out the speed of the wind.

Unfortunately, due to problems with the blog I am unable to upload pictures at the moment, please visit the Birch Class blog to see pictures of Science week.


Mrs Rorke/ Mrs White’s group: belief, thief, grief, friend, obedient

Mrs Davies/Miss Cole’s group: straight, strange, strength, suppose, surprise.


English: determiners Due Friday 24th March 2017

Education City Due Wednesday 29th March 2017 (This will be set on Wednesday 22nd March, so giving the children a week to complete the games).

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The spellings for the week commencing 6th March 2017 are:

Mrs White’s group: temperature, thorough, twelfth, variety, vegetable.

Ms Cole’s group: purpose, quarter, question, recent, regular

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Spellings Week Commencing 13.02.2017

The spellings for this week are as follows:

Mrs Rorke and Mrs White’s groups:  shoulder, signature, sincere, sincerely, soldier

Mrs Davies and Miss Cole’s groups:  perhaps, popular, position, possess, possession

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The spellings for week commencing 06.02.2017 are as follows for the groups:

Mrs Rorke and Mrs White:  restaurant, rhyme, rhythm, sacrifice, secretary.

Mrs Davies and Miss Cole:  often, opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar.

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Spellings week commencing 30.01.2017

Here are the spellings for week commencing 30.01.2017:

Mrs Rorke and Mrs White’s groups:     programme,  pronunciation,  queue, recognise, recommend.

Mrs Davies and Miss Cole’s groups:  natural,  naughty,  notice,  occasion,  occasionally.

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Spelling week commencing 16.01.2017

Here are the group spellings for this week:

Mrs Rorke’s and Mrs White’s Group:  nuisance, occupy, occur, opportunity, parliament

Mrs Davies and Miss Coles’ Group:  interest, island, knowledge, learn, length


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New Year

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to all.

The children have already been working hard in lessons this term and are fully settled back into the new term. We will be posting about the work we have been doing shortly, but for now, here is some information about homework.

Year 5 Homework.

Education City Due Wednesday 18th January 2017.

English Homework Due Monday 16th January 2017. This is a selection of sentences and paragraphs of writing where the punctuation is missing. The children have to decide where the punctuation goes and rewrite the texts using correct punctuation. Your child should bring a copy of this home on Wednesday to do. In case they mislay it, it can be downloaded here:

punctuation homework blog

Any questions about the homework, please come and speak to either Mrs Rorke or Mrs White.

Thank you.


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Crime Scene

Mr Stanley was called to the music and drama room this morning at playtime. When he returned he was ashen-faced. This is what he saw:

Year 5 and Year 6 pupils were called to the music and drama room in their role as journalists to investigate the scene. Their findings today were as follows:

  • There was an outline of a person on the floor
  • Drumsticks were placed next to the hands
  • A snare drum had been pushed over
  • A music sheet on the floor was covered in blood (it turned out to be red paint)
  • The sheet music was Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  • There were no other signs of damage in the room
  • Mr Staunton, the drumming teacher, was seen running up the concourse last Tuesday.
  • Mr Haycock was very angry at Mr Staunton for breaking the school rules.
  • Mr Haycock has been very moody recently.
  • Mr Staunton was seen leaving the school unhurt.

Initial theories are that Mr Haycock created this scene to send out a clear warning to Mr Staunton not to break the school rules. However, many of the young journalists think that Mr Haycock must have had some help. The additional suspects are:

  • Mrs Horrocks as paint was found on the scene and she is an art teacher
  • Mr Stanley as he is Mr Haycock’s friend and they are always talking together
  • Mrs Myers as she is a stickler for rules and will punish anyone who breaks them

Mr Haycock has consented to an interview tomorrow morning where the children will have an opportunity to have their questions answered.


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Pine Class

Welcome to the Pine Class blog. Here you will find regular updates on what we have been learning in Pine class, details of homework set and spellings given.

The children have settled quickly, and we have had a very successful first week of learning. We have begun work in Maths and English and have started our topic which is Ancient Egypt.

This week the whole school will be working on Countries Fortnight.  The children will be working in groups to create their own country.


Homework will be set on a weekly basis. The children all have a homework diary in which they keep a record of any homework set. They should bring this home with them daily and return it to school, so please ask them about this and check their bags to make sure they have it.


Spellings are sent home each week.  In addition to the class spellings, the children will also have up to five personal spellings taken from their writing.  They will have a look, say, cover, write, check sheet in a folder to bring home and learn these over the week.

Spellings for this week are: accommodate, accompany, according, achieve and aggressive.

Times Tables

The children have been set times tables to revise in readiness for their weekly test.  They have a practise sheet in a folder to bring home and work on over the week.

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