Year 5 – Ithaca week beginning 21/9/15

This week in Ithaca Class:


This week in Numeracy we started our week by recapping our learning of adding and subtracting whole and decimal numbers. The children enjoyed solving challenging calculations using the column method and everyone felt confident that they had achieved the learning objective! Towards the end of the week, we continued to extend our Geometry skills by looking at angles of a shape. We recapped key terminology of angles and turns such as: full turn, straight line, Reflex, Acute, Obtuse and Right angle.

Next week in Numeracy: We will start the week by refreshing our knowledge and understanding of finding factors of numbers/common multiples. We will also recap our knowledge of prime numbers and see if we can recall them beyond 19!



In Literacy this week, the children continued to develop their non-fiction writing skills! We began the week, by practising our note-taking skills by organising our class into specific categories. Towards the end of the week, the children wrote up their first draft for a set of instructions – ‘How to be a good St Cyprian.’ The children then edited and have begun publishing their final drafts. Once they have up-levelled and published their instructions, they will visit a Year 3 class and give oral instructions – teaching the children, who are new to Key Stage 2, ‘How to be a good St Cyprian’.

Next week in Literacy:

We will be looking at a significant author (and one of our personal favourites) ROALD DAHL! We will be comparing different text extracts from a range of Roald Dahl book’s, focussing particularly on his use ad style of language.


Home Learning:

In year 5 we would like the children to be constantly practicing their times tables, number bonds, spellings and reading.

We suggest a minimum of 30mins of reading each day; this will consolidate strategies learnt in the class and ultimately make the children better and more confident readers.

It would be beneficial to practice number bonds at least three times a week. Number bonds are two number that add together to make another; for example 394+606, 8+2, 65+35.

 We advise that the children need to practice their times tables regularly in order to support their knowledge and understanding when performing operations (times and divide).


Spellings will be set weekly; the children will have a week in which to practice. We recommend that children practice using the look-cover-write technique, as well as saying out loud.

This week for home learning, I have set the following Spellings:




















Children should practice these spellings (also available on Spellodrome) and put them into a sentence. If the children are unaware of the meaning of any of these spellings, we encourage children to use a dictionary to help them.


As the second Home Learning task, I have set two Numeracy challenges on Mathletics for the children to complete. It is based on the learning we have covered so far in our numeracy lessons, which then consolidates the learning which takes place in school. Please log in and complete both activities I have set for you. If there are any problems accessing this home learning, please come and see me before the due date and I will be more than happy to help.

All home learning tasks (Spelling and Mathletics) are due in:


Other News:

The children will be sharing information on our class island – Ithaca during a whole school assembly on Monday 28th September 2015. We would welcome anyone who would like to come and support us during this exciting time!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Anastasiou