Friday 16 February 2024

16.02.24

Happy Friday and Happy Half Term everyone!

This half term has flown by and we would like to wish our children a restful week off.  They have worked so hard since Christmas and continue to make us proud every day.

This week, the children have been writing their own chapters for The Hobbit.  They have thoroughly enjoyed reading the text and using it as a model for their own writing.  

On Wednesday, we took part in the PTA's coin run.  A huge congratulations to Sapphire, who won the prize for the longest line of coins in KS2.

On Thursday, we were treated to a performance by our young musicians who have been learning to play keyboards and guitars with our music teacher, James.

Today, we enjoyed having a 'wellbeing' day.  We all came to school in comfy clothes and took part in activities such as reading, colouring, painting, craft and a phase game of Bingo to end the day.

We would like to wish you all a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 26th.

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Witherall

World Book Day

This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. To promote reading within our school community, for this day the children can bring in a favourite book from home which they can share with the other children in their class.

They can also bring in prop which serves as a clue to their favourite book/character or come dressed up as a favourite character too if they so wish. On this day all the children will also receive a £1 World Book Day voucher!

Friday 9 February 2024

09.02.24

 Happy Friday everyone!

This week in Year 5/6 we have begun reading The Hobbit and have been looking at how authors use language to infer character traits.  Next week, we will be writing a 'missing chapter' for the novel.

In maths, Year 5 have been learning about fractions.  They have learnt to multiply fractions and have been surprised how easy it is to do!

Year 6 have  been working hard to complete a past SATs paper in maths, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling.  We are all very proud of the effort they have put in and how hard they have worked.  

Please make sure that you read our newsletter, as there are a few exciting things coming up, next week.

On Wednesday, we are hosting our yearly coin run competition.  Please send your child with any spare change you have.  They may also wear something red along with their usual school uniform.

On Friday, we will be having a mental health and well being day.  Children can wear comfy clothes and will take part in mindful activities during the day.  Please note - there will not be any donations needed for children to come to school in non uniform.

After half term, we will be hosting a talk for parents of Year 6 children, explaining the SATs assessment process which will take place in May. The talk will take place in the school hall at 2:30pm on Wednesday 28th February.  If you are unable to attend, a copy of the slides will be sent home with your child.

On Wednesday 13th March, there will be another talk in the school hall regarding the Isle of Wight trip.

Year 6 parents of children who are going on this year's residential visit are invited to join the staff who will also be on the trip, in the school hall from 2:30pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents to find out about the types of activities their child will take part in, the visits we go on and what children need to pack.

Again, if you are unable to attend, the slides from the presentation will be sent home with your child.  If you have any questions regarding SATs or the Isle of Wight trip, please contact us on the Year 5/6 email, catch a member of staff on the gate or email the school office.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Witherall

Tuesday 6 February 2024

02.02.24

Dear Parents and Carers

This week in Year 5 and 6, we have continued writing our poems based on the world around us.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and have worked hard to present some lovely, thought provoking poetry.  There are a few examples of their work in this week's newsletter.

In Project, we have been learning more about The Anglo-Saxons and studied what it would be like to live in one of their villages and the sorts of jobs we would have had.

Next week, Year 6 will complete some practise papers as part of their revision for SATs.  Please make sure your child attends school every day in order for us to gain a full picture of how they are performing.

HOODIES

Miss Sharman has contacted the Leavers Hoodie company to set the ball rolling for this year.  Watch this space for more details on how to order soon!  

HOMEWORK

Homework for this week has been uploaded to Google Classroom.  Please remember to encourage your children to use Spelling Frame.

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Witherall

Saturday 27 January 2024

26.01.24

Happy weekend everyone!

We have had another busy week in Year 5 and 6.  We have continued to work on poetry in English, learning how punctuation affects how a poem is read and enhances meaning.

Next week, we will be writing some of our own.  Watch this space, as we will post some of the children's work in next Friday's blog.

HOMEWORK

Homework pages have been uploaded to Google Classroom.  Please make sure your child checks the page to find out what they have been set.

We have been receiving limited homework from children and would like to ask that you encourage your children to complete what is set for them each week, especially if they are in Year 6.  Homework should be handed in by Wednesday of each week.

A MESSAGE FROM MISS HARVEY

Buy books, change lives
Want to support our school?
Buy books through LoveReading and LoveReading4Kids and we get  25% of the cover price to buy more books!

The LoveReading family — LoveReading, LoveReading4Kids and
LoveReading4Schools — exists because reading matters, and books change lives.
We know that reading for pleasure, and improving reading standards, has a huge
impact on our children’s wellbeing, academic achievements, and future success.
Alongside that, we also know that the current funding crisis has resulted in
devastating cuts to budgets in our schools, which is why LoveReading is redressing
that shortfall through creating an online bookstore with social purpose.


How it works:
● When you buy any book from LoveReading or LoveReading4Kids, 25% of the
cover price will be given to a school of your choice, such as us!
● Book prices are competitive with at least 10% off the RRP
● After you’ve searched for the books you’d like to buy (after reading reviews
and accessing opening extracts of highly recommended titles), at checkout,
you’ll be able to search for your school, by adding your school name or
postcode, and you allocate that money to us. It will even tell you how much
your purchase has donated to us!
● We can then spend our allocated funds on LoveReading4Kids to get more
books in our classrooms and library.

LoveReading has a huge selection of books for all ages, across all genres, at
competitive prices, so make LoveReading and LoveReading4Kids your go-to
bookshops to give our school the chance to access more books.

Sounds like a win-win situation - you get great books, while we get funds for great
books to encourage even more reading for pleasure in our children..
Like we said at the start, reading matters and books change lives - buying books
through LoveReading will ensure that continues to happen for students at our
school, and future generations.
Thank you for your ongoing support!


That's all from us for this week!  
Remember, if you need to contact one of us, please send us an email to year5_6@downhallprimary.com
Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Witherall

Friday 19 January 2024

 19.01.24

Happy Friday Everyone!

We have come to the end of our second week already - how time flies! 

This week in English, our focus has turned to poetry and we have been exploring poems from around the world by Sabrina Mahfouz: identifying her use of figurative language to make an impact on the reader. The children then practised and performed a choral rendition of one of her poems 'I Am/ I Say'. 

On Thursday, the children were also lucky enough to take part in 'Walk Online' an e-safety workshop delivered by the two Johns. 

We hope you enjoy the photos of what we have been busy doing during the week which have been included in our re-vamped newsletter.

Homework

Please remind your child to check Google Classroom for homework pages.  Some children have brought home homework on sheets (for maths) this week.  Year 6 children have an extra task in the form of an arithmetic paper.  These will be set weekly between now and SATs in May.

Spellings have been set on Spelling Frame.  Please encourage your child to spend time playing the games and learning the spellings as they are tested on these every Friday.

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin & Mrs Witherall


Friday 12 January 2024

12.01.24

Happy New Year everyone.


It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school, this week, to start a brand new term.  

Please remind your child to check Google Classroom for homework pages.  Some children have brought home homework on sheets (for maths) this week.  Year 6 children have an extra task in the form of an arithmetic paper.  These will be set weekly between now and SATs in May.

Spellings have been set on Spelling Frame.  Please encourage your child to spend time playing the games and learning the spellings as they are tested on these every Friday.

12.1.24 Homework

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Witherall

Thursday 21 December 2023

 Wednesday 20th December 2023

Happy Holidays Everyone!

As 2023 draws to a close, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind words and gifts; and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 8th January, 2024.

With best wishes

Miss Sharman, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Witherall