Owl (Y5)

Welcome to Owl Class - it's a hoot!
 
Please remember to drop me a line every Friday at our class email to let me know what you've been up to. You can send photos or a description of work or other activities you've enjoyed. It's lovely to see your hard work proudly displayed below.
 
owl@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
LAST WEEK OF TERM!!!!!
 
Good morning Owls, one more week to go until the Summer holidays - yippee! Below is your timetable for this week. I've put in some fun activities to finish the term including a very special crossword on Friday.
 
Also check out below the last three chapters of The Stray - I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am.
 
Stay safe over the holidays and see you all in September.
 
Mrs H xxx

 

New!

Some lovely family activities for you to try at home.

6.07.20
 
Good morning little owls and welcome to our penultimate week of home learning for this school year. The weather looks more promising this week so hopefully you can get out and about in the sun. 
 
Your new timetable for this week is below - if you have any queries then please get in touch. 
 
Keep smiling!
 
Mrs H xx
More excellent work below - well done little owls!
29.06.20
 
Hello Owl class - another new week! I hope you've all enjoyed the interesting weather in the last week - it feels like we've had Summer and Autumn in one go! The field at school has been wet but that hasn't stopped some of us playing our new socially distanced version of hide and seek. Such fun! 
 
Below is your timetable for this week. It covers the lessons you would normally do in the mornings at school. I expect those of you who are coming in on Tuesday afternoon are excited! We are all looking forward to seeing more of our lovely St John's pupils again. 
 
Stay safe, be kind and have fun!
 
Mrs H xxx
22.06.20
 
Good Morning everyone! I hope you all had a smashing weekend and enjoyed the better weather. Please find below your timetable and work for this week. 
 
Don't forget to send me your work on Friday!
 
Mrs H xx
15.06.20
 
Hello my little Owls! I hope you are all well this morning and raring to get on with lots of work! Below is your new timetable for this week- for our writing this week you'll be travelling into space, perhaps to infinity and beyond. You'll get to research an aspect of space and plan an information text about it. I think you'll enjoy it!
 
Do you remember the tree bumble bee nest in my kitchen roof? The bees are getting ready to move on to a new nest now which means there's much less activity than before and some of the drone bees are starting to die. Soon the new queens will fly off to start their own nests. Apparently they will never come back to the same nest. 
 
We made an exciting discovery in our pond this weekend - they are hundreds of little tadpoles swimming around. We're pretty sure they are newt tadpoles as they have a frill behind their heads. I'll keep you updated on their progress! Perhaps you could look them up, their transformation into newts is very interesting. 
 
Enjoy your work this week and don't forget to send me some pictures on Friday. 
 
Mrs H xx
08.06.20
 
Good morning Owls! I hope you are feeling bright and sunny this fine Monday morning! I've put the new timetable for this week below along with some other resources you will need. There's also another chapter of our new book The Stray by Dick King Smith- I hope you are enjoying the story as much as I am. 
 
 
Do you remember the bees that were laying their eggs in our bug houses? Well we now have bees making their nest in our kitchen roof! They are a special type of bee called a Tree Bumble Bee. They don't bother us at all. Look them up if you can as they're very interesting. There's always a gang of them keeping guard outside the nest whilst the drones fly in and out. We know they are Tree Bumble Bees as they have white bottoms. Is there any interesting wildlife where you live?
 
Don't forget to send in your work on a Friday- it's lovely to see what you've been up to.
 
Stay safe, behave, see you soon, Mrs H xx
NEWSFLASH!!!!
NEW STORY STARTING TODAY!
LOOK BELOW FOR THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE STRAY BY DICK KING SMITH
01.06.20
 
Good morning and welcome to Term 6! We have a tradition in our house to say "White Rabbits!" on the first day of a new month, I said it at 5:40am! Do you have any funny traditions in your family?
 
 
Half term seemed to fly by for our family. We walked a lot, we played games, we spent time in the garden- lots of busy days and some lazy ones too! Let me know what you got up to in the holiday.
 
 
Did you work out the answer to Nanna's riddle? The answer is seven - take away one letter and you get the word even!
 
 
Below is your new timetable for this week. Hopefully you will enjoy the activities I've put in for you-especially the treat on Friday!
 
 
Mrs H xx
18.05.20
 
Good morning everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine and getting some school work done! Have a look at this week's timetable, I've also put a link to the Pobble picture for your writing so it's easy to find.
 
How many of you are going out for a walk each day? We try to go everyday but sometimes we run out of time. We've got our schoolwork to do, housework, messing about and watching TV to all fit into a day! This weekend we walked down Dorothy Walk to the big pond at the end of Portway. There were no baby birds but we did see swans, ducks and geese. Some of the geese fly over our house every day on their way to Town Park. We know when they go over as they honk to each other all the way there and back again!
 
I'm planning to pop into school again this week so I'll look for a message from Charlotte the spider. In the meantime, here is a riddle for you to solve that my Mum sent me.
 
Nanna's riddle: "I am an odd number but take away one letter and I am even. What am I?"
 
Good luck solving it!
 
Work hard, stay safe and see you soon my little owls, Mrs H xx
 
PS There are new chapters of Tom's Midnight Garden below. We're nearly at the end of the book so look out for a new story after half term.
Have a look above for some excellent work from Jenna, Cory, Eleanor, Shianne, Blake, Lewis, Islas, Josh B and James. There is also a story read by Shianne. Well done everyone!

 

 

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11/5/20

Good morning and welcome to week 4! I've put your new timetable above and also a SPaG sheet for the week. The maths has changed slightly this week in that the videos are still on the White Rose Maths website but the sheets are linked to the timetable. If you would like to watch the videos before attempting the worksheet please do but it is not essential.The links to the answers are also on the timetable.

 

Thank you for the super work that has been emailed to me, if you haven't sent any yet then please make sure you do. It's great to see the wonderful work being done at home.

 

Did you enjoy the sunshine last week? It was certainly more chilly yesterday! We went for a long walk and saw a special bird called a kite. It was very graceful as it flew above us searching for it's prey. Late last night we could hear another special bird hooting along Dorothy Walk. I think it was a tawny owl but couldn't see it. Do you any interesting birds that live near you?

 

VE Day was a lovely day. We watched some of the celebrations on the television and made some bunting for our kitchen. I also made a Victoria sponge with red, white and blue icing inside. My James helped with the icing and my Charlie used a stencil and icing sugar to 'write' VE on the top. It was very tasty and has all gone now!

 

If you need any help with this week's work then please send me a message to our Owl class address above.

 

Stay safe my little owls and hope to see you soon. Mrs H xxx

 

 

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4/05/20

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend - we spent most of it in our garden. We have two small insect houses and they have both been humming with solitary bees. The bees are busy laying their eggs in the wooden tubes to hatch next Spring. Perhaps you could find out about their lifecycle as it's quite interesting. I'm hoping the bees will pollinate lots of the plants in our garden. Just below are some photos for you to look at.

 

Above is the new timetable for this week. It is VE Day Bank Holiday on Friday and so I've put in some optional activities for you. Do have a look at the Wiltshire Council VE Day resources if you can as they're very good.

 

I have a new email address for you to send your work or any questions to me -

owl@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk

 

I hope to hear from lots of you about the wonderful work you have been doing and also anything else you have done that you enjoyed or are proud of.

Stay safe my little owls, Mrs H xx

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27/4/20

Hello again my little owls. I hope you enjoyed your 'first week back'! We've been very busy in our house with school work for everyone, tidying the garden and doing lots of laundry! What have you been up to? I popped into school last week and found a new message from Charlotte the spider:

 

"Hello my darlings! Did you solve my riddle last week? David's father has three sons called Snap, Crackle and ......David! Here is a joke for you: What is the world's biggest insect? An eleph-ant! Stay safe my lovelies and be kind to each other. Love from Charlotte xxx"

 

How many of you solved the riddle? Perhaps Charlotte will have a new one for us next week.

 

There is a new timetable of activities for you at the top of this page. I'd love to see more of your work so please email photos or a description of what you've been doing to school.

 

Hope to see you all again soon, Mrs H x

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20/4/20

Welcome back for Summer Term Owls! I hope you enjoyed the Easter break at home and had an egg or two! I've attached a timetable of work for this week. Try to complete some work every day and remember to keep reading. I've nearly finished the book I started - I'm now on page 365 - I hope you've read some books too!

Keep safe and see you soon :)

 

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Hello again my little owls! I was in school again on Wednesday and found another message from Charlotte the Spider, I think she misses you!

"Hello my lovelies. I hope you are enjoying the nicer weather and that you are behaving well at home. I have a riddle for you today: David's father has three sons called Snap, Crackle and .....? Let Mrs Howard know if you can solve it! See you soon, love Charlotte xx"

Gosh that is a tricky riddle Charlotte!

Remember the book I started last week? I've now read 223 pages! I hope you're all reading lots too. Look out for some Easter fun coming your way from school soon. Enjoy your time at home over Easter and hope to be in touch again soon. From Mrs H x

 

It’s been a funny week without seeing all you lovely Year 5 children. I popped into school today to pick up some work and found a new message from Charlotte the Spider.

“I miss you all having such fun in our classroom. Here is a joke for you – What keeps rock stars cool? Their fans! I hope to see you all again very soon. Love Charlotte x”

I wonder what her next message will be? Perhaps you could make a small joke book to share with your family.

I hope you’ve had a look at your home learning tasks and perhaps tried to complete some of them. Some of you may have finished a reading book by now too. I started a new book yesterday which is very gripping – I’ve already read 30 pages! 

Our usual morning routine:

In Owl Class, we start the day with morning activities of free writing or Maths. We use http://www.pobble365.com as a stimulus for our writing. You might like to have a look at it yourself and try some free writing at home.  

Reading

Between 9 and 9:30, we would usually have our guided reading session. This includes expanding our vocabulary range in preparation for reading the variety of texts, discussing what we have read, answering retrieval (‘right there’) questions, followed by inference (thinking about what we have read) questions. These involve being clue detectives to read between the lines for a deeper understanding of what the author is trying to tell us. It is really important that we can give evidence from the text to support our ideas. So do please read every day and discuss what you are reading with an adult, including finding out the meaning of new words when you come across them.

 

Maths

This term, we have been working on fractions. So far we have simplified them, converted them into mixed numbers, added them and subtracted them. Perhaps you could practise some fractions work at home – maybe using cake or sweeties! 

Have a look on here for some fun activities to do:

https://nrich.maths.org/

 Click on Primary Pupils, then click on Topics (top right of screen). This will then take you to a list of topics to select from. When you click on a topic, there is a number of activities to choose from, including the suggested age range the activity is aimed at. Have fun!

Writing

This term, we are attempting descriptive writing based on the book Tom’s Midnight Garden. Our aim is to write about your own trip through a midnight place. The midnight place could be anywhere – a garden, an aquarium, a forest, sand dunes for example. You could use some of the features we packed in our suitcase to write about a midnight trip. Remember to include lots of description to bring the writing alive. You can find lots of images online to inspire your writing – try searching for Tom’s Midnight Garden actual house to see the real life house and gardens that inspired Philippa Pearce.

Handwriting

All letters must be of the correct size and positioned accurately. Joins must be clear. Remember, people who don’t know your handwriting style, must be able to read it easily.

 

Hopefully we will see each other again soon and maybe there will be another message from Charlotte the Spider ……

 

 

Mrs Howard reads Tom's Midnight Garden 
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New story
Mrs Howard reading The Stray by Dick King Smith
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