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Welcome to Apollo Class!


Welcome Year 5,  


The adults that work in this class are Miss Bowles and Mrs Andrews.


Your new learning experience is Animal Magic 


Please see our curriculum newsletter at the top of page for more information

The learning experience of Animal Magic includes the children studying Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories as examples of traditional tales to learn about the features of this genre of fiction. The children will learn about the features of the Just So Stories and read examples including ‘How the Zebra got his Stripes’ and move onto choosing their own animal with a distinctive physical characteristic and an explanation of its origin.


On Friday 8th January the children will be taking part in a hook day of a variety of art activities, where they will be learning about a range of different animals and their habitats and developing their drawing skills. 


This term our PE days will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Please ensure that the children come to school in the correct PE kit on these days and that long hair is tied back. We do not allow the children to wear earrings for PE, so please can they be removed on these days or taped over.


Numeracy homework and spellings will be given out on a Friday and due in/tested the following Friday. Your child should be able to complete this work independently, as it will be based on work they have already done in class. Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any concerns.


It is also beneficial if all children regularly practise their times tables facts, so that they will improve their speed of recall. Times Table Rockstars is a great resource to support this and it can be accessed on laptops and tablets at home. Times table recall remains a focus this year and children will be tested weekly through ‘Times Table Olympics’ to ensure that recall is quick and accurate.


We are also encouraging all children to read at home; this needs to be recorded into the children's reading records. It is very important for the children to read regularly and understand their reading, so that they can take the Accelerated Reader quizzes within school. When your child gets 85% or above in these quizzes, they are rewarded with a star, which is put onto a class chart. We are aiming for 100 stars so that we can have a class treat!

We will be adding photos, news and pieces of work regularly to this page, so make sure you come back soon.

Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.
Thanks for visiting.

Miss Bowles  

If it is your first day of absence please complete the work below: 


English - Research facts about an animal of your choice. Think about their habitat, characteristics,life span, where you would find them in the world, whether they are endangered etc.

Maths -Statistics booklet

Guided Reading -Read the text and answer the questions about drums. 

If it is your second day of absence please complete the work below: 


English - Write a non-chronological report about the animal you researched yesterday. You can use the template if needed.

Maths -  Multiplication and division booklet

Guided Reading - Science headlines   

Ice Cream Dream Hook Day

Ice cream making

Fitness workouts

Time Traveller Hook Day

Time Traveller learning experience

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