Monthly Archives: January 2019

Nick Sharratt Week 2

Shark in the Park and Fancy Dress Jungle

This week we have continued to read stories by the author Nick Sharratt and the children have had a wonderful time exploring his books. Our role play area has been turned into a ‘fancy dress party’ with a wide range of dressing up clothes, party music and even a stage. As well as dressing up for the fancy dress party, the children have made their own props and dressing up attire including hats, masks and different clothes using paper, tape and other recyclable materials.

We have also been on the lookout for sharks this week as we loved ‘Shark in the Park’. We made and decorated our own telescopes like the one Timothy Pope used in the story. In relation to the story the children have also enjoyed making shark collages, a small world park area using different characters and construction materials, and they have been drawing/writing about things they might find in a park. Outside and in the hall we have been very physical and used some things that we might find in a park including our basketball hoops, the climbing apparatus and a range of other small equipment, it has been a very exciting couple of weeks!

Communication in Print

Each week the children will be learning ‘Communication in Print’ signs related to our theme and story. Your child will see the pictures on the class wall and will practise the action associated with it every day.

This week we have learnt: shark, lion, help and monkey.

Year 5 take action!

In our English lesson this week, we have been learning about persuasive letter writing and have become experts. Also, we have been looking at apostrophes to help our understanding of contraction and possession. Both these skills will help us to create a brilliant persuasive letter to Ben Bradshaw to address the plastic pollution situation. Our school is targeting Ben Bradshaw to send letters to because he is our local MP. We’ve enjoyed looking at clips from documentaries to provide us with our evidence and to learn more about the urgency. Whilst watching clips, we made recorded facts which we will use for our letters. We are really enjoying persuasive letter writing; it’s looking like it’s going to be a really positive English topic. By Theo

This week in maths we’ve been improving our division skills. It is an essential skill and completes our knowledge of the four operations, which will allow us to take on challenging word problems. We have all mastered short division and our next target is to conquer long division! This is a massive step in our learning, and we are all finding it a challenging subject -I’m sure we’ll get there soon! In our SATs next year this will be a very good piece of knowledge because even if we get the answer wrong, we will still get a mark for the calculation. We are loving this topic in Mathematics. By Jack

As part of our Art assessment, we have been learning to draw lines of perspective and sketch a 3D house (our home). There were lots of different types of houses including: terraced, semi-terraced, bungalows etc. Also, everyone wanted to see the difference between our previous drawings of our houses from when we were in years 2-5. Home-learning In home-learning we have been investigating and making models out of clean recycled rubbish from our bins on the plastic pollution subject. We have also brushed up on our apostrophe skills and we’ve enjoyed making two step word problems in mathematics. In geography we’ve loved researching and comparing countries using Google maps, for example: My friend Freya did an amazing project on Morocco and Norway.  By Bella and Ivy

Happy Learning from the Year 5 team.

Super Scientists!

We have started to broaden our horizons beyond Exwick this week, by introducing the children to the seven continents of the world. We’d love to hear more about places in the world that you and / or the children have travelled to.

In English we decided upon a different animal to bring each ingredient for our ‘It’s My Birthday’ story. Next week, we will write our own versions, based on a party we’d like to host.

In Maths, we have been continuing our work on Place Value by representing the numbers to 50 in lots of different ways and by finding one more and one less for numbers up to 50.

We have also had lots of fun in our Science sessions, designing and making hibernation stations for bears! We tested materials to see which ones were the most waterproof.

Many thanks for sending in such lovely photos of your Home Learning – we have really enjoyed sharing them all.

Nick Sharratt stories

This week we have been reading a variety of stories by the author Nick Sharratt. The stories are generally rhyming texts about food; with ‘lift- the- flaps’ to enable choices. The children have had a fabulous time exploring these books, finding them hilarious.

Much description in the stories relate to the use of our senses and different textures. Therefore, this week we have been feeling and exploring: jelly, wet pasta, spaghetti painting, ice, spaghetti hoops, paint and cereals. For the sense of taste, the children have been eating different cereals at our ‘breakfast bar’, made and drunk milkshakes and have eaten jelly.

The children have been so engaged and have enjoyed every minute!


  • We will be continuing the Nick Sharratt theme next week by having a ‘fancy- dress’ shop. Any unwanted fancy dress clothes and props would be gratefully received. Thank you.


  • A reminder to ask for more reclaimed materials such as boxes and tubes. Thank you

Communication in Print

Each week the children will be learning 2 or 3 ‘Communication in Print’ signs related to our theme and story. Your child will see the pictures on the class wall and will practise the action associated with it every day.

This week we have learnt: eat, hungry and milk