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Year 5 - Newstead

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 Dates for your Diary 




w.b. 21st January

This week we have created our very own mythical stories! The children cannot wait to publish these and share them with you! Our swimming is coming on incredibly and we're transforming into little fish! In Maths, we are working on finding equivalent fractions and our perseverance this week has really paid off! 


w.b. 14th January 

Year 5 have been superstars this week as we have been exploring many Greek myths. The children have been comparing the mythical adventures and identifying some heroes and heroines. As a class we have written some beautifully descriptive character portrayals and as a class we re-wrote the fight scene from Theseus and the Minotaur. In Maths, we have introduced our next exciting topic 'Funky Fractions' and the children are excited to apply this knowledge to sharing out cake and sweets!  


w.b. 7th January

WOW! What a week! Year 5 have come back ready and rearing to go! We enjoyed the pantomime in Nottingham on Tuesday afternoon, the smiles on the children's faces were a picture! I am delighted to share that Newstead class' behaviour was absolutely exemplary on the day making all staff super proud! We have applied our newspaper writing skills from last half term to create newspaper reports about the trip to send to the Royal Concert Hall as a way of saying thank you. We have also began reading our new class text 'Who let the Gods out?' to launch our next topic 'The Ancient Greeks'. On Friday we began our swimming sessions and the children are delighted to all be in the big pool together! We're excited to see what this term holds!


w.b. 17th December 

What a fantastic term Newstead have had!! We've submerged ourselves into the lives of Victorians and loved exploring all aspects of Victorian life. We've written incredible diary entries from the perspective of Jim (the main character in our class text - Street Child), impressive narratives based on Victorian poem The Highwayman, then finished off with some thrilling newspaper reports based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. We enjoyed an amazing trip to the Southwell Workhouse experiencing first-hand what life as a child in the workhouses would have been like! This week we have been doing a range of Christmas themed problem solving in Maths which has allowed the children to show-off the progress and confidence they have gained this term. I am incredibly proud and can't wait to hit the ground running in Spring term! 


w.b. 10th December

Year 5 have had a busy week! They kicked off their week with a performance at the local church for a Carol Concert with Y6. They absolutely sung their hearts out, Miss S and Mrs P were super proud! Rev. Anna even joined in with some of the songs along with some parents/grandparents that joined us up at the church for the performance. We have also got into the Christmas spirit on Enjoyment day - particularly enjoying Miss Mann's Christmas candle arts and crafts session. 


w.b. 3rd Dedember

Year 5 have been fabulously resilient during assessment week! They have embraced their tests with determination and resilience. We have enjoyed our class text - Street Child - and we can't wait to see if our predictions for Jim Jarvis will be true. On Friday we had our sharing event with parents. Newstead class performed This is Me and Jingle Bells in Makaton. They spent some time sharing their work with their family and enjoyed a traditional Victorian stew made from the Southwell Workhouse recipe. 


w.b. 26th November

This week we have been multiplication masterminds! Year 5 have been super resilient with some tricky work this week - Miss Springhall is extremely proud! We are also very busy practicing for our Christmas Carol concert with year 6. In English, we are beginning to look at newspapers. This week we have started with our opening paragraphs - ensuring we include the 5Ws. 


w.b. 19th November

This week we have written our final narratives for The Highwayman. The children used their story mountains to support their writing, resulting in some amazingly descriptive writing. The children are all so proud of them. In maths we have been applying our understanding of multiplication to multiple methods and our confidence has grown over the week! 

Important information

  • Spellings go out on a Monday and are tested on a Friday. If ever spellings get mislaid, there is a copy of the spelling booklet for year 5 at the bottom of our class page where you will find all spellings for this academic year. 
  • Children must come to school everyday equipped with their reading book (from our library with appropriate book band) and reading diary. We endeavour to check these every other day. It is critical for your child's development and learning that they read 4 times a week, this is our target and we have some incentives to keep us going!
  • Our PE days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, however please ensure your child brings their PE kits every day in case of last minute changes. 
  • The school office is "cashless" and will therefore only be accepting payments via "Parentpay". For more information please visit the "Parentpay" page of our website or contact the school office.
  • Homework grids go out at the beginning of term, this includes many tasks based on our topic and involve a range of activities. We love to celebrate homework on a Tuesday and Friday. 
  • For any other information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to Miss Springhall or Mrs Boaler. 

Star of the week!

Year 5 voted Luke as our star of the week!


Each half term we will send out a class newsletter with lots of information regarding our learning, exciting dates and things to remember. A copy will also be available to download below. 

Look back with pride and forward with confidence