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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

Barn Owl

Welcome to Barn Owls!


Mrs Raper, Mrs Hobby and Miss Russell

(Mrs Ogles and Mrs Sweenie)


Well, the first thing to say is Welcome Back! it is so brilliant to see you all back in school again.  We (Mrs Ogles and Mrs Sweenie) are delighted to be working with Barn Owls until Mrs Raper returns and we are immensely proud of the way you have all adapted to the routines and procedures we have in school currently, so a big THANK YOU to you all (children and parents) from us. smiley yes


This term, we are reading Holes, by Louis Sachar and will be hooking our writing to the events, themes and characters of the book.  Reading fluency and comprehension are continuing key skills we will work on and develop.  Our writing skills will build on those learnt and applied in Year 4 - we will become more confident writers of a range of sentences for effect, develop vocabulary choices and be effective appraisers of the effect of our writing on the intended reader.


In Maths, we are exploring numbers up to at least 1,000,000 and understanding their place value.  We will continue to develop understanding of scaling - the effect of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. This will include working with decimals (tenths and hundredths) too.  The four calculations and the range of visual and written methods will be key in all our work.  All our Maths will link to real life situations as appropriate, so we are confident and familiar with a range of measures.  DON'T FORGET.... knowledge of times table is VERY important, so keep using TTRockstars to ensure rapid recall of all times tables.


Our curriculum project has a Geography focus on North America and our key enquiry is around investigating Urban Vs Rural: Which contributes more to Society? We will investigate the diversity of the USA's Geography and the distribution of its population.  Alongside, we will create a structure similar to a human feature found in the USA, using learnt DT skills, having already investigated the suitability of a range of materials in Science.   Fabulous!



  • PE - Wednesday and Thursday (Please come to school in PE kit - black/grey joggers/leggings or cycling shorts/shorts if the weather is warm, trainers.  TOP HALF AS NORMAL FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM - polo shirt and school sweatshirt/cardigan.
  • Home learning - reading every evening and please complete reading log.  Please make sure this comes home and returns to school every day. Thank you.
  • Home learning - Spelling and Maths activities on See-Saw - children all have log-ins for this home learning platform.  Please upload by Thursday each week.
  • What to bring to school each day - Lunch box (unless your child is having a school packed lunch) and water bottle. home learning pack (reading book, reading log, spelling booklet)
  • Library day - Alternate Tuesdays starting on Tuesday 5th October.  Your child will chose a book they have an interest in.  Please find time to share it with them!  Thank you.



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