Monet Class Letter



Dear Parents/Carers,


The end of the autumn first half term is fast approaching and year 5 has been busy with their learning over the past week.




Poetry was the focus of year 5 English this week as students were immersed in poetry and its various forms. One particular poem that stood out for the class was “The Ballad of Echo and Narcissus” for which the class enjoyed its dramatic use of adjectives.




Monet worked extremely hard comparing, ordering and writing fractions throughout the week. All showed improvement once particular fraction techniques were recognised and put into practice.




The class were involved in their first experiment of the year whilst predicting whether certain objects around the room would become magnetised or not according to its metallic properties. All enjoyed the experiment when understanding how magnets play their part in forces.



Next week


English – Monet will be creating and performing poetry, as it enhances sentence structure and verbal comprehension of texts.


Maths – This week year 5 will be investigating Geometry (Position and direction). They will be identifying, describing and representing positions of shapes and recognising whether or not the shape has changed.


Science/ICT – Following on from their Scratch programming of magnetic forces, students will be investigating the effect of forces by conducting an experiment on air pressure and how it affects travel with classroom items (eg. Paper).


Topic – Year 5 will be investigating the Vikings, looking specifically at their invasions of British lands






English Homework – “Prometheus Unbound” poem

Poetry often contains very strong visual imagery using simile, metaphor or kennings to create powerful images using very few words.

For English homework this week, students are asked to; listen, read and illustrate “Prometheus Unbound” by Joseph Coelho.

If possible, parents/guardians are asked to be involved within the task as students are to first listen to the poem to visualize what is occurring throughout the poem.

Task 1 – Key words: On one side of their worksheet, students are to write key words that stand out to them throughout the poem (eg. Heracles scales the mountain).

Key questions:

What can they see as they are listening?

What words stand out to help them visualize scenes throughout the poem?

Task 2 – Illustration

After completing the brainstorming activity, students are to illustrate and annotate a drawing that accurately summarises “Prometheus Unbound”. It could be a key moment, stanza or overall summary of the poem but must be annotated according to the key words they have written on their brainstorm worksheet.

Note: It is crucial students complete both of these worksheets over the weekend as on Monday homework will be discussed and in-class investigations will continue so please ensure both sides are completed.


Due date: Monday 17th October 2016




Students are to complete the “Tenths and Hundredths” worksheet.

Due date: October 2016


Guided Reading


Reading Group Book Pages to be read for homework
Hawks The Exiles 5-11
Magpies The Rope and Other Stories 1-15
Crows War At Home 11-21
Eagles Beyond The Beanstalk 115-129
Falcons The Clumsie’s 7-30


Note: As discussed throughout the meeting with parents, it is highly advised children read a minimum of 20 minutes per day outside of class.




Spellings’ will now be tested every Friday. Students will be expected to learn and study these words throughout the week.


Week 4


Group 1


  1. Awkwardness
  2. Bargain
  3. Bargained
  4. Bruised
  5. Bruising
  6. Category
  7. Categorise
  8. Categorisation
  9. Categorisable
  10. Categorically



Group 2


  1. Addition
  2. Audition
  3. Caption
  4. Edition
  5. Emotion
  6. Eviction
  7. Invention
  8. Lotion
  9. Location
  10. Mention




P.E / Swimming


Please ensure your child has the correct swimming kit (towel, swimming trunks and hat) for Monday’s lesson. If these are not brought to school, your child will not be allowed to swim and will instead stay at Weston Park Primary School for the afternoon instead of swimming.



Have a wonderful weekend,