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Easter Optional Challenges


Congratulations home schoolers - we made it to Easter! 


Easter is a time to relax and spend time with our families. Take the opportunity to catch up on sleep, immerse yourself in a new book and try your hand at cooking!


Here are some ideas to inspire you over the Easter break;


Letters from Lockdown

Put pen to paper and write a letter to your classmate! You could make it formal or informal, include some drawings and share what you have been up to.



Target time! After Easter, we will be completing our decimal topic, looking at the properties of shape, converting between different units of measure and calculating volume. In preparation for this, I would like you to try as many different topics on your Mathletics home page. I am keeping track of who is putting in maximum effort!



It’s amazing to see so many of you using this website! Keep practising your 6, 7 and 8 timestables. The aim is to answer questions in under 6 seconds.


The more you read, the more you'll know, the more you'll learn, the more places you'll GO!

Keep reading! I'd love to know the kinds of books you're getting your teeth into! I ordered the Malory Towers series (all 12 books should keep me busy!).

If parents email me, I can send you a link to EPIC. This website allows you to read a wide selection of e-books online.

You can also access audible and enjoy a great listening adventure.


Explore the great indoors

The Scouts have plenty of activities for you to be getting on with at home- how about making a catapult?

Happy Friday! Below are two fantastic links to help you with your fluency tasks;


This link explains what happens when we multiply by 10,100 and 1000. You will have used this method when converting measurements.


This link explains what a main clause is. It also reminds you of subordinate and relative clauses. You may want to make some helpful posters to remind yourself of the differences



I hope you all enjoyed PE with Joe this morning! I even think I heard a shout out for Brewster?!


Missing you all

Miss Sim



WOW WORK WEDNESDAY! A selection of brilliant creations from JC5 over the past week


I have set up a log in for each of you to access Times Tables Rock Stars which is a fantastic and fun website to help you with those massively important times tables.  You will however need to email me to get your login!

Here's the link:


I'm also keeping track of who is/ isn't going onto mathletics! 

Email me to get your login!

Here's the link:


End of Week Answers

Day 4.... Another day of sun!


For those of you looking for TV series to enjoy, I would recommend 'Malory Towers' on player.... I may have already watched 10 episodes!

Day 3..... Wow work alert! PS remember to send along your Greek Myth independent writes once completed.

Day 2...... Great resource alerts!


Whiterose Maths have some excellent videos to aid your understanding of fractions and decimals. Click on the link below and see if you can answer the questions!


EPIC is a website with thousands of free e-books. I have signed up our class. Please ask your parents to email and I can give you a code to access our class page.



Day 1..... Complete! Well done, JC5! It is wonderful to see so many of you sending over work you are proud of.


A gentle reminder:

multiply by 10 = 1 jump left                      divide by 10= 1 jump right         

multiply by 100= 2 jumps left                   divide by 100= 2 jumps right

multiply by 1000= 3 jumps left                divide by 1000= 3 jumps right


Remember, the decimal point does not move.


234.5 x 10 = 2345



Can you handle the extra challenge?


Use your knowledge of fractions of amounts to help you!



Good evening everyone, as I said earlier today, the packs you were sent home have been filled with fun fluency-style challenges to keep your brains ticking! I have attached most of the contents in the post below for those of you already in self-isolation.


I will be uploading activities for the week beginning 23/3/2020 on Sunday.

The expectation is that you will complete;

SPAG and Maths Fluency exercises (Monday- Friday)

English- An independent write based around EITHER retelling a Greek Myth or creating your own Greek Myth. I have added a link to your 'Hello JC5' document.

1 maths sheet- This will be related to our fractions, decimals and percentages unit.

Topic- A selection of fun activities relating to the Ancient Greek period.


Below are some excellent links to aid your learning;


Whiterose Maths- You should all be familiar with our 'solve it, solve it 2, deepen it and deepen it 2' structure. 

This link takes you to our scheme of learning. Click 'Year 5'. We have covered all the autumn and spring units.


Literacy Shed- Want to be a fantastic writer? Literacy Shed is full of amazing online videos to inspire you! Below is a link for the 'Myths and Legends' Shed. You could use one of their videos to help with your Greek Myth. The DADWAVERS structure will really help!


BBC Bitesize- For everything! Here is a link for Science. There are lots of great quizzes to try.


Classroom Secrets- Another great resource to improve your SPAG and fluency


French- Access duolingo for a fun opportunity to practise your French from the comfort of your sofa!

Bon chance!


PE- Joe Wickes (the one with the squeaky voice) will be offering PE lessons via his YouTube channel every Monday-  Friday 9am


JC5 also know about 'Fitness Friday'


Cosmic Yoga- A lovely way to stretch and be calm whilst listening to a story!


Topic- Fancy a tour? Follow these links for access to museums, from your very own computer!


Please see 3 methods for multiplying fractions

Solve it 1- Repeated addition

Solve it 2- Converting to improper fractions before multiplying


Alternatively, you can multiply the whole numbers first. Just remember to simplify your final answer


Solve it 3

Doing the wholes first


2 2/3 x 4

2 x 4= 8    Multiply the wholes

  2/3x 4=     8/3

8/3= 2  2/3    Simplify the improper fraction

8 + 2 = 10 2/3   Add the wholes and fractions together

Term 4- Forgiveness


Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you – Ephesians 4.32


Welcome to term 4! This term, JC5 will be looking at Jesus and considering his role as a Messiah. Already, the children have recapped their knowledge of the 'big frieze' and started to discuss the meaning of incarnation alongside other significant bible stories. 


In Maths we will be continuing our fractions work and we hope to move on to decimals and percentages before the Easter break. As always, I would encourage you to practise your speed maths knowledge using mathletics and daily 10.


In English we will be uncovering the past with a hilarious  text about the Greek gods coming to earth.


With this in mind, I would greatly appreciate any Ancient Greek books or artefacts you may have lying around the house- just not a Trojan horse!


Mrs Greenslade has started her forces unit- I cannot wait to see what the class discover.


Dates for the diary:

World Book Day- Thursday 5th March- please come dressed as your favourite character and bring some fantastic books that you would like to share with the class.

JC5 Class Assembly- Wednesday 11th March

Greek Day- TBC!

Cake Sale Success!


Congratulations JC5, your smashing cake sale made £110 to help the Australian Bush Fire Crisis! Thank you so much to the parents, grandparents  and children that bought and  donated cakes (they were delicious)! 




Term 3- Courage


JC5 have made an excellent start to the term by completing their RE week entitled; 'How does faith help people when times are hard?' We have considered what is meant by faith and how it can give you courage even when all may seem lost.


In Maths, we are completing our multiplication and division topic and paying extra attention to multiplying up to 4 digits by 2 digits. 


In English, we will be exploring the new topic 'space' through an excellent text! 



Let's get political!


JC5 spent the afternoon creating political manifestos in preparation for the upcoming election. We discussed the right to vote, who can vote and why it is important to have your voice heard.


After some excellent (and memorable) speeches, our secret ballot revealed Sammy would be prime minister for the class. His charismatic performance to encourage a plastic-free future won over the class.


Congratulations to all involved... perhaps some of you will be taking on Question Time in the near future!

Term 2- Compassion

They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

Isiah 49:10


Welcome to term 2!

JC5 have been considering our new value 'compassion' as part of RE week. The children looked at 'the big frieze' and shared bible stories to support thoughts about God being loving and holy. We were fortunate enough to visit the church and enjoyed an excellent opportunity to experience the architecture and meaning behind places of worship. 

Thank you!


We are making good progress in Mathematics and have been looking at number relationships to help our factor and multiple knowledge. Division and multiplication practise on daily 10 and mathletics will really improve fluency!


Challenge question..... Do bigger numbers have more factors? Prove your answer.


In History and English we are uncovering spectacular land of ancient Egypt. We will be creating an information text in English and discovering Tutankhamun's tomb. 

Fun fact! Tutankhamun became pharoh at just 9 years old! 



Fluency fun and Christmas card creations!

Fluency fun and Christmas card creations! 1 Using mathletics
Fluency fun and Christmas card creations! 2 Drawing in the zentangle style
Fluency fun and Christmas card creations! 3 Creating roman numerals
Fluency fun and Christmas card creations! 4 Using place value skills to help with rounding

Happy Harvest!


A huge congratulations to all of JC5 for all your hard work in the Harvest Worship.


Thank you for your thoughtful harvest donations. 

Dahlicious creations in JC5!

Dahlicious creations in JC5! 1 Sketching in the style of Quentin Blake.
Dahlicious creations in JC5! 2 Working together on an exciting project.

Welcome to JC5!


A new year, a new teacher, a new start!



Miss Sim hopes you all had a fantastic Summer filled with fun, sun and rest! Your classroom is ready and waiting for your exciting work to cover the walls. 


Our topic for terms 1 and 2 is Egypt. Any artefacts, books or photographs would be greatly appreciated for our display.


A gentle reminder that children should be reading age appropriate texts at home at least four times a week to an adult or independently. Parents should initial all reading activities in Homework diaries. Remember, four reads a week= one house point!


Please remember to bring your PE kit every Monday. 

We have swimming every Wednesday.


We welcome parent volunteers and helpers; extra pairs of hands are always useful!  We are always grateful for the help and support we receive from all our parents, carers and families throughout the year.  Please do not hesitate to pop in and talk to us if you would like to come and help in school.




Y5/6 Statutory Spelling List

Y3/4 Statutory Spelling List

A reminder that children should be reading at home at least four times a week to an adult or independently.  Parents should initial all reading activities in Homework Diaries.  Many thanks.
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