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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 5

Making Willy Wonka Hats on Roald Dahl Day

Friday 18th September 2020


Phew - another busy week completed. The children produced fabulous Willy Wonka hats for Roald Dahl Day and we were lucky enough to be visited by Mrs Haysom in the guise of various well known Roald Dahl characters. The children then did an excellent job of creating their own fearsome Dahlianesque villains. Mr Flint and Mrs Whack were a couple of the more evil ones..


In other literacy, the First Day of School stories are almost complete. We'll be correcting them and writing them up in our Published Work books next week  - they are occasionally hilarious and often endearing. The children will be adding their photographs to them to create a Classroom display.


In maths, we're still working on Place Value and times-tables - do keep practising at home.


This week's comprehension is in the purple homework books - please return them by Friday.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester and Mr Rowland 

Year 5. and 6 Book Club


Mrs Haysom and Ms Wright will be running the Year 5 and 6 Book Club on Zoom towards the end of term. This term's title is The Middler by Kirsty Appelbaum.

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.

Her brother Jed is the eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.

Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family.

This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal. It would be great to see Year 5 children adding their thoughts and opinions to our thriving Book Club so get reading!

Spelling Homework - the prefix 'im' added to words beginning with m and p - impossible, immature, imperfect, important, immortal

Friday 11th September


What a week! We've had more empty seats  than Wembley due to children being off.

This caused some strife when completing all their end of Year 4 assessments....but at last, we are almost there.

The class have done very well in completing the tests after such a long time off.


As well as this, they have also completed a number of place value lessons in maths; we have now moved up to the hundreds of thousands.


In literacy, the class have started to study 'The Christmas Truce' and will be attempting to write a newspaper article about the event next week. We have also begun planning our stories based on our first memories of school. The children have really enjoyed reminiscing and looking at the pictures of themselves. Thank you for sending them in.


During our topic afternoons, they have been busy creating a WW1 trench and we have begun studying the weaponry used in the Great War.


Have a wonderful weekend.



Homework Literacy - 60 Second Reads. Quick Comprehension

Spellings - inactive, incorrect, inaccurate, indefinite, incomplete - there are extra spellings on the documents below for those who like a challenge

Europe 1914 versus Europe in the 21st Century

Friday 4th September 2020

It has been so lovely to have the children back in school this week and they have settled in extremely well, adapting to the new routines with apparent ease.


The light blue caps have been a huge hit and Class 5 have been wearing them with pride in our corner of the playground. As you can see from the above picture of our display, we have kicked off our topic about World War I by looking at the causes of the War and the different countries and alliances involved. We have also started reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and begun discussing what a soldier's life was like.


In maths, we are revisiting place value in numbers into the 100,000s. If you have a few minutes spare at home, it's worth writing out one or two larger numbers and asking the value of the number at each position within them. For example - what is the 5 worth in 105,623:  Answer = 5,000.


In order to allow the children more time outside, we are taking them up to the sports field in the mornings for a gentle jog/walk. Hopefully we'll be able to do this for as long as the weather stays reasonably dry.


The only homework this week is to learn the spellings below for Friday. As of next week, maths homework will run from Tuesday to Tuesday and literacy from Friday to Friday.


Have a good week.


Mrs Hester and Mr Rowland.


Spellings: the /aw/ sound spelt 'au' or 'augh' 

caught  naughty  taught  daughter  autumn