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week 3 15.6.2020

Friday 19th June

Thank you to everyone who's been in contact this week - its great to hear what you've been up to - form bird watching to cricket, gardening to baking, it sounds like you're all keeping busy. Congratulations to Gaby on gaining her certificate for completing a session every day on Maths Factor for 30 days in a row - now that shows real commitment! You can take up the challenge by following this link:

Well done to those of you in year 5 who completed the CATs test - Mr File will be in touch soon with the results.

We are arranging another zoom meeting for next Thursday 25 June at 10am. We have some fun activities planned and it would be great if you could bring along a cuddly animal toy which you can identify in French (or a real animal if it can sit still for long enough - and you can name it in French!). If you don't have any animal soft toys, bring a picture of your favourite animal with its name in French. As you may have guessed we will have a French theme, so any berets or stripy shirts will be welcome!

Don't forget the Wildlife Trust activities this weekend, starting at 7pm today; here's the email they sent me:


We're counting down the hours to the Big Wild Weekend! It all kicks off from 7pm tonight on YouTube with an evening of music hosted by DJ Cel Spellman and fabulous performances from Katie Melua, Jack Savoretti, David Gray, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bella Hardy and KT Tunstall. 

Tomorrow we're looking forward to staying up late for our summer solstice camp-out (or camp-in), so do encourage your class or group to take part at home! There's even the chance to win some fabulous prizes, including a 5-man family tent from Cotswold Outdoor. Sign up here.

On Sunday, it's a live Facebook quiz hosted by our lovely friends Sophie Pavelle and David Oakes. The difficulty level of the quiz is more suited to adults, but great for parents, and the kids can help, too!

It's going to be a good one! 
The Wildlife Trusts

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Mrs Strover x


Hollie made this very professional-looking pencil case for our DT project using her sewing machine - is there no end to your talents Hollie?

Beaumont enjoyed making his basking shark - well done Beaumont!

We have another gardener in the class - Erin is growing beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes and chili and has even made her own bread! I'm looking forward to the lunch invite! Well done Erin!

Wednesday 17th June (Wordy Wednesday!)


Good morning - its a muggy one today isn't it? I'm waiting for the rain to come and water my garden - we had our first meal of courgette, snap peas and spinach yesterday - it really does taste better when you've grown it yourself! How are your gardens doing? Send me some photos of your crops!


This weekend the Wildlife Trusts have their Big Wild Weekend. This includes a music concert on Friday evening on their YouTube channel with appearances from Jack Savoretti, amongst others. On Saturday they are hosting a Summer Solstice Campout, which should be fun as the weather is due to be fine again over the weekend. On Sunday evening its the Big Wild Quiz on Facebook, with Sophie Pavelle, David Oakes and Liz Bonnin (one of my Scientist heroes!). I hope you can join in with some of the activities with your family Can you find out what the Summer Solstice is and what it means? Find the link to the activities here:  (It's all free!)


Remember to practise your spellings today and send me your test results tomorrow.

Have a great day!



Delicious veg from the garden!

Howie has made a super pencil case complete with pencil sharpener - Mr Elgar will be pleased! He's also included a cute photo of himself when he was really little - take a look at his powerpoint!

Eddie had fun finding out about basking sharks and made this excellent model. Great work Eddie!

Monday 15th June 2020

Good morning Beech class!

I hope you've had a good weekend. I've just been outside in my veg patch..the weeds are growing very well, and hopefully we will have a courgette ready to eat by the end of the week. We've already had some spinach and the peas and broad beans are looking like they'll be ready to pick soon too!

This week Oaks class bubble will be over-spilling into our classroom - it'll be nice to have children back in my classroom - just a shame it's not you guys! 

It was great to see so many of you at our Zoom meeting on Friday. Thank you for all the effort you put into making, adapting and wearing your hats and head coverings! I'm not sure when our next Zoom will be - we will be in touch with the date and time and code for logging in nearer the time. 

According to my diary for this week, Monday should be an INSET day and the rest of the week should be busy with year 5 doing Bikeability. I hope you have had a chance to get out on your bikes and practise some of the skills?

Please remember to send me your work and photos of what you've been up to, or just an email to say hello!

Best wishes to you and your families

Mrs Strover

In English this week we will be looking at a video message from lockdown and revising formal and informal language, then making a message to ourselves in six months time. We will be exploring the vocabulary of emotions and looking at Michael Rosen's poem about the NHS. I'm looking forward to having a chance to reflect on what you have written in December!
Maths this week is some revision of counting up to subtract and find change. You will also be reading timetables and calculating time intervals using the 24 hour clock.


What is palm oil? How does this affect the rainforests?

Watch Greenpeace advert: “There’s a rang-tan in my bedroom”

Now do the Twinkle reading comprehension below. - watch WWF video explaining what the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is.


Watch the video clip from Chester Zoo explaining what we can do:


Extension task: look at packaging – what do you have in your cupboards and in your fridge that contains palm oil – is it sustainable palm oil – you can download a list of sustainable products here:


I hope you managed to join the World Oceans Day live lesson last week? This week find out about the Basking Shark and make your own from an old plastic bottle. Write a fact file about basking sharks.

PSHE - this week you will be exploring a unit on Respecting the Law. Please look at the powerpoint and discuss the scenarios on the cards with your family. Finally write a Beginners Guide to the Law.

RE - LQ: How do Jewish People mark becoming an adult?

Watch the clip:

Now find out what happens at either a Bar or Bat Mitzvah using this website:

Write a postcard of congratulation to Sarah, Mimi or David congratulating them on becoming Bar or Mitzvah. In the postcard you should include:

- a description of at least one thing that happened during the service

- your understanding of the significance of becoming bar/bat mitzvah and parts of the ceremony and celebrations

- technical language with definitions.


PE - Bikeability

Complete page 8 - identifying parts of the bicycle, then page 10 - design a bicycle of the future - make sure you think about all the essential parts you have identified from page 8. What will you add? Why do you think those things are important?

DT - Make a pencil case

Look back at your evaluation sheet from last week. Are there any other modifications that you need to make? Now make your final product and ask someone else to evaluate it. Does it fit the criteria you set out? Will it fit everything you need in it? Will it fit in your desk? Do you like it? Please send me a photo of your finished product along with your evaluation.