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Weekly Update (Week ending 14.02.20)


This week...


In Abbey this week, the year 6's have been working hard on their mock SATs papers. In English we continued to look at the story 'Hermelin', which tells the tale of a detective mouse. We have been looking at how Hermelin might feel and what he might think during different sections of the book. From this, we have written a couple of diary entries, detailing the events in the book from Hermelin's perspective.

Whilst the year 6's have been sitting their mock SATs papers, the year 5's have been working hard in maths. They have been learning about the area and perimeter of a shape. The children have been finding the area and perimeter of both compound and rectilinear shapes. Year 6 have recapped their understanding of calculating the area of shapes in maths. Examples of strategies used can be seen below:

Year 5- Perimeter and Area

Year 6 - Area

In science, the Year 5's have continued to learn about carbon literacy- this week, we looked at what the scientific process of climate change is, how we contribute towards climate change, and how this is affecting our planet. As a part of safer internet week, we also had the exciting opportunity to skype call with a year 5 class in Mandeville. We discussed how we can stay safe online and quizzed each other on our knowledge of safer internet week.

World Book Week is the second week back after half term (W/B 02/03/20). To celebrate the week, we are encouraging children to participate in the challenges the school have set over half term. The first challenge is to 'turn a potato into a book character' and the second one is 'extreme reading', where children are encouraged to take pictures of themselves reading in peculiar places. I look forward to seeing the wacky places they have read in after half term.



Don't forget, MPL has its own twitter account - this is another great way to keep up to date with what is going on in school. 


Have a lovely weekend,


Miss Abbott



Next Week...

English - We will continue our book study, based on the picture book 'Hermelin'.


Maths - Year five will move on to fractions, including improper fractions and mixed numbers as well as calculating equivalences. Year six will revise area and perimeter during maths lessons.


Science - Children will carry out their own scientific investigation involving circuits.


Topic - In topic, children will find out about Mayan worry dolls and have a go at making some of their own.

Home Learning

Year 6 - Children have brought home their new SATs workbooks. They are to complete:

  • Reading - 'Kidnapped'
  • Maths - pages 10-11 Written multiplication and division

Year 5 - Choose one of the tasks from the grid below to complete each week.


Reading: Read your school books, library books or any other book. Remember to record this in your reading record at least three times each week.


Spelling: All spellings for this half term can be found on the word documents attached at the bottom of the class page. Having all spellings on one document will enable you to revise spellings from previous weeks if you wish. This week, year 5 and 6 both need to learn Week 6 spellings.




PE lessons take place on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school all week.

Useful Links

The following websites are useful for maths revision and include games that promote mental fluency.

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