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Welcome to Griffin Class 2019-2020


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I can hardly believe we are in half term 2 already! We had a great time last half term getting to know each other and settle into our new class.  On the whole the class have settled really well and are responding fantastically to the increased pressure put on them, in terms of the quantity of work they have to produce.


The new strikes system that we have developed is working reasonably well. The children decided which behaviours constituted which strike. Unfortunately some of them have forgotten that they were the ones who came up with the rules, so when they receive strikes they feel very hard done to. The strikes system is loosely based around secondary school policy which will help prepare them for transition.


This terms topic is ……..

Our topic is called Skies above my eyes and is a science based topic. Over the half term our learning objectives will be:

  • Know what gravity is and its impact on our lives
  • Identify and know the effect of air and water resistance
  •  Identify and know the effect of friction
  • Explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
  • Know about and explain the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun
  • Know about and explain the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • Know and demonstrate how night and day are created 
  • Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon (using the term spherical


Talk for writing – Is a mystery story called The Alien Landing. We will be focusing on adverbial phrases, personification, verbs and similes.


Maths – long multiplication and division solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubed numbers.

If you need to contact me and don't catch me at school then use the email address below:


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General Reminders…

  • The children will be doing PE on Monday and Tuesdays. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled.
  • The children can bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day and they will change their water regularly. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.


Spellings in Year 5 ….

Spellings will be handed out each Friday you will be given a set of words to learn for a test the following Friday.  This list is available on your webpage too. 

Times Tables – we will practice times tables every day but on Fridays there will be additional multiplication and division challenges and your times tables quick recall will be tested.



Reading in Year 5...

My passion is reading, reading opens a wealth of imagination and ideas for writing. If there is one thing you can do for your child its read with them, to them, let them see you reading, give them a shopping a list and ask them to find the products. Read newspapers, magazines, books, things on the internet, anything, just read.






We have got off to a great start with our class fundraising. From movie night, selling cooking apples and the beautiful cards that Hannah has made (thanks Hannah), we have raised £50. This will go towards the Griffin class Christmas Party.


Following the success of movie night the children have requested another. Therefore we will be having a Christmas movie night on the 19th December at 5pm. They have asked to come back in Christmas pj’s and we will be having hot chocolate and popcorn. Christmas biscuits will also be on sale for 50p. A charge of just £2 per child is required. As they behaved so well at the last one adults are not required to stay.


Film choice is Elf.


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  • 11th November Stargazers event (details to follow)
  • 19th and 20th November parents evening
  • 6th December Pantomime in school
  • 11th December  Christmas dinner and jumper day
  • 18th December 2pm KS2 Coffee and Carols
  • 19th December 530 pm Griffin Class Christmas Movie Night (see below)
  • 20th December last day of autumn term

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