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'Stargazing - The Big Bang'

Good morning Eagle Owls,

Welcome to Term 6! I hope you have all had a lovely half term break and you are feeling ready for our brand new topic. This term we are going to be focussing on 'Stargazing - The Big Bang'. There are lots of new and exciting activities for you to choose from in our new topic grid and some useful resources to help you along the way.

Please read through our newsletter to find out a little more about your learning this term. I am really looking forward to hearing from you all and seeing some more of your brilliant work.

Take care,

Miss Johnston :)



Stay safe at home. Remember, there is always someone to listen if you do not feel safe. Follow this link to the Childline website:

1.6.20 Newsletter

Spellings Term 6

Dear Eagle Owls,


I just wanted to say a big big thank you to all of you and your families for all of your amazing and hard work this term! You have all been fantastic and I have loved hearing from you and seeing all of the brilliant work you have done. You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves!


Now is the time for you to rest and enjoy time with your family.


Enjoy your half term break - you all deserve it.


Miss Johnston

Whilst on my walk this morning I found something lurking in the grass...

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A little kindness goes a long way...

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This week, Abbie emailed me to let me know that herself, Poppy and her Mum saved a poorly bee! They gave it some sugary water and put it on some flowers. They then watched it collecting pollen from the flowers before it flew off.
Thank you for your kindness and for sharing your lovely story :)

Great investigation work!

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Stop Motion for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

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Queen Victoria's Coronation

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Bobby has created a stop motion film of Queen Victoria's coronation using Lego - wow!

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Good Morning Eagle Owls,


I have started my morning by enjoying this beautiful collection of uplifting pieces of writing and pictures all for free! I am going to dip into this book throughout the next few weeks. It has inspiring messages from some of my favourite children's writers and illustrators and it is dedicated to all the staff currently working in hospitals.


I wanted to share it with you all so you can enjoy it alone or with your family!


Let me know your favourite part on our class blog :)


Miss Johnston

Reading Challenge (20 books to read in 2020)

Useful Home Learning Websites

Mr Sykes and Mr Downs have uploaded some videos of some PE activities for you. Please use this throughout your time at home to keep active and most importantly, to have fun!   

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A friend enjoys our learning from home...

A friend enjoys our learning from home... 1
A friend enjoys our learning from home... 2
A friend enjoys our learning from home... 3
A friend enjoys our learning from home... 4
A friend enjoys our learning from home... 5
A friend enjoys our learning from home... 6

An Archaeological Dig!

An Archaeological Dig! 1 A member of Eagle Owls made an Ancient Greek urn
An Archaeological Dig! 2 They then set up an archaeological dig at home.
An Archaeological Dig! 3 How wonderful and creative!

Ancient Greek Temple for Hera

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Look at this fantastic Ancient Greek temple a member of Eagle Owls made for the Greek goddess Hera. She has thought carefully about how to dedicate her temple to the goddess using flowers, hearts, a fountain, a statue and offerings of jewellery!


Mosaics 1 Medusa
Mosaics 2 Geometric pattern
Mosaics 3 Brightly coloured llama
Mosaics 4 Very eye-catching!

Ancient Greek temples and top trump cards

Ancient Greek temples and top trump cards 1 Ancient Greek temple design
Ancient Greek temples and top trump cards 2
Ancient Greek temples and top trump cards 3 Look at these top trump cards - lovely drawings


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Listen to a member of Eagle Owl Class reading his poem inspired by our Literacy work this week. Can you hear the powerful metaphors he uses?
Picture 1 Wonderful imagery to get the reader thinking
Picture 2 A fun and exciting poem about the colour green!
Picture 3 Great rhetorical questions to create mystery...
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Picture 5 Wow, such a sensitive and powerful poem -excellent
Picture 6 Beautiful use of imagery and metaphors
Picture 7 Lovely repetition to send a powerful message!

Great Milton C of E Primary School Gallery of Hope

Rainbows of Hope

Rainbows of Hope 1 A member of Eagle Owls made these rainbows
Rainbows of Hope 2 What a lovely way to brighten up someone's day!
Rainbows of Hope 3 Wow - so bold and a caring message to all
Rainbows of Hope 4 Brightening up people's daily walks

Science Week

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Science Week 3
Science Week 4
Science Week 5

Eagle Owls Topic Web and Homework Grid (Term 4) - Ancient Greece

February-April 2020


This term, Eagle Owls will be learning all about Ancient Greece. They will be learning a range of Ancient Greek myths, their religious beliefs and their impact on the world. Please see the attached topic web for further details about their learning.


On a Thursday morning, I will be having my planning time whilst the Eagle Owls will be having PE coaching with Mr Sykes. They will be learning gymnastics and how to play tag rugby. Please ensure they have both their indoor and outdoor PE kit (including indoor and outdoor shoes) in school on a Monday in preparation for these different PE sessions. They will then bring their PE kit home on a Friday.


Miss Johnston

Hola Mexico! Homework

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Thank you for all of your wonderful creative homework this term for our topic 'Hola Mexico!' we love adding the creative pieces to our classroom display.

Day of the Dead masks

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This term, Eagle Owls have been busy designing their own 'Day of the Dead' masks for the Mexican festival 'Dia de los Muertos'. They thought carefully about their bold and eye-catching designs. They are bringing lots of colour to our classroom!

Tweet all about it...

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Eagle Owls have been reflecting on each other's positive actions around school. Throughout the week, the children are writing 'tweets' about each other focussing around 'Kindness' and this term's school value 'Respect'. I hope you have enjoyed these tweets coming home so you can hear all the wonderful things the children are doing in school for one another!

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 3
On Monday 3rd February, it was Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme was 'Find Your Brave'. Eagle Owls have thought carefully about what the word brave means to them and different experiences when they have been brave. The children identified brave characters from stories, their lives and within each other. They discussed what qualities they had and what they had around them to help them make brave steps. We thought about what we are good at/enjoy and what we find difficult. This has helped us to set ourselves a small step to be brave for the future.
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Eagle Owls are frequently reflecting on how we are all important to Year 5. In PSHE, we were all given a card with a member of our class's name on and we wrote how and why that person is an important part of our team.

Eagle Owls Topic Web (Term 3) - Hola Mexico!

January - February 2020


Welcome back, I hope you've had a lovely Christmas break.


This term, Eagle Owls will be focussing their learning around the topic 'Hola Mexico!'. They will be learning about Mexico's culture, geography and the ancient Mayan civilisation . 


On a Friday afternoon, I will be having my planning time whilst the Eagle Owls will be having tennis lessons with Neil our tennis coach and learning a Modern Foreign Language with Mrs Dickson. Please ensure their PE kit is in school on a Monday in preparation for this outdoor PE session. In addition to this, they will also have an outdoor PE session with me earlier in the week.


Miss Johnston

Eagle Owls Topic Web (Term 2) - Frozen Kingdom

November - December 2019


Welcome back - I hope you had a lovely break over half term.


This term, Eagle Owls will be focussing their learning around the topic 'Frozen Kingdom'. They will be learning about Ernest Shackleton's journey to Antarctica and the Titanic's voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean. 


Mr Sykes will be teaching the children PE on Friday morning. Please ensure they bring in their PE kits on a Monday and take them home on a Friday after school.


Homework will continue to be handed out on Friday and handed back in on Tuesday morning. After the success of the homework project grid from last term, each child is expected to pick a task from the grid to complete each week alongside their Maths work and spellings.


Miss Johnston


Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 6th November - Christ Church Cathedral Concert

Friday 8th November - Non-uniform day(chocolate donation for FOGMS festive event) and FOGMS fireworks

Monday 11th November - Anti-Bullying week

Wednesday 13th November - Whole school flu immunisation

Monday 25th November - Big Sing

Monday 2nd December - Parent Consultation Evening 

Wednesday 4th December - Parent Consultation Evening

Friday 8th December - FOGMS festive event

Wednesday 18th December - Carol Service at St Mary's Church 1:30pm


Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 1 Poppy Wreath

Eagle Owls Topic Web (Term 1) - World War Two

Teacher: Miss Rachel Johnston

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Julie Grayshon


Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer.




September-October 2019


Welcome to a new academic year for Eagle Owls. Our topic this term is World War Two. We have been learning about life during this historical period, understanding why it happened and the main events. The children have been really engaged in this topic and I have been very impressed by the work they have produced both in class and at home. Please refer to the Topic Web attached at the top of our class page to see what we are focussing on in our learning.


Our PE lessons are on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child brings their PE kit on Monday mornings. They also have Forest School on a Thursday afternoon which they need to bring outdoor clothes and shoes for.


Homework is sent out on a Friday and needs to be returned on a Tuesday. The children need to pick a creative task from their homework grid, complete the set Maths task (linked with our learning that week) and learn their spellings for the test on Monday morning.


Thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm so far this term!


Miss Johnston


Dates for your Diary:


Class Assembly: Friday 18th October

PGL Residential: Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April 2020 



A big thank you for all of your wonderful homework this term! The children have produced some amazing pieces of creative work from their homework grid and I have been incredibly impressed by their knowledge of World War Two. We have been celebrating their wonderful creations by sharing them with the class and adding them to our World War Two display. I hope you have enjoyed the flexibility and creativity of the homework grid and I look forward to seeing even more throughout the year.



World War Two Display

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Marble Jar

Eagle Owls have been working towards earning themselves a whole class reward through working together as a team to earn marbles by going above and beyond the expectations. They have reacted really positively towards this and I have been really impressed with how they are working together.

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Kind Acts

Year 5 have been keeping an eye on their classmates throughout the day and writing down all the kind acts they see them doing! Eagle Owls have been reflecting on how focussing on the kind acts of others has a positive impact on those around them. The children have loved hearing how they are making a difference to someone else and being recognised for it.

Zones of Regulation

This term, Eagle Owls have been learning about how to recognise and regulate their emotions through the ‘Zones of Regulation’. We have been thinking carefully about how our emotions can change throughout the day and we can feel differently depending on our environment and what is going on around us. The children ‘check-in’ when they arrive in the classroom before the morning register and after both break times by placing their photographs on one of the zones. This is to help the children recognise how they are feeling and to allow them to recognise how other children are feeling too. It is also a great visual to communicate with other people in the room which zone they are in. We are going to think carefully about how we act when we experience the different zones and how this might impact others.


Here are some examples of the emotions the children might feel in the different zones:


Blue Zone – sad, tired, bored, shy, sick or hurt

Green Zone – ready to learn, happy, proud, thankful, calm or focussed

Yellow Zone – anxious, scared, confused, uncomfortable, overwhelmed, frustrated or embarrassed

Red Zone – out of control, angry, terrified or aggressive.

Zones of Regulation

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STEAM Museum

The STEAM Museum was a great success! The children looked fantastic and ready to be evacuated on Friday morning. We were very impressed by their efforts with rationed lunches, identity cards, ration books and gas mask boxes! We experienced an air raid shelter and learnt about how people kept themselves entertained whilst they were waiting for the air raids to finish. We even sang ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ in the dark. In the afternoon, we experienced what it might be like to be an evacuee. Whilst in the train carriage, the children explored different suitcases and had to guess who might be being evacuated from the city. Once they reached their destination they had to convince a florist, the lady of the manor and a farmer’s wife that they should take them home. Before we returned back to school we had the chance to explore the museum and learn about locomotives. Thank you for all of your time and support preparing for this trip.

Literacy and Maths Working Walls

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Eagle Owl's Harvest Art Work

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Monday 18th May 2020

Good Morning Eagle Owls,


Welcome to our final week of Term 5! It has been wonderful to see all of your fantastic work this term about the Victorians. You should all feel really proud of what you have achieved this term. I have been really impressed by your dedication and perseverance with your home learning – well done to all of you!


I have uploaded our newsletter for this week alongside your must, should and could learning. I have also uploaded some more videos to help you with this week’s Maths learning. As it is our last week studying the Victorians, it would be wonderful to see you making the most of our topic grid this week. I hope you find some activities which you enjoy doing alone or with your family.


Don’t forget to remind your parents to email Mrs Frost at before 9am on Friday if you have done anything that they would like celebrated in our Golden Book. It is always lovely to hear your achievements being recognised on a Friday afternoon.


Have a wonderful week Eagle Owls!


Take Care,


Miss Johnston

18.5.20 Newsletter

The Victorians Topic Grid for Term 5

Important Message: Logging in to Abacus Active Learn


On Saturday 16th May, the Abacus website are making some adjustments. When you log in you will need to re-enter your username, password and school code. If you do have it saved and can't remember your details, just click on the 'show' button next to password and it will show it. Let me know if you have any problems. 

Monday 11th May 2020

Good Morning Eagle Owls,


I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and you have found opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and find those moments of quiet. It was lovely to chat with you and your parents last week – you are all doing brilliantly.


Below I have uploaded your ‘must’, ‘should’ and ‘could’ learning and newsletter for this week. I was really pleased to hear you found the Maths videos helpful on our Video Centre. I have uploaded some more to help you with your work about decimals. Don’t forget to keep accessing the activities available on our Victorians topic grid. There are a range of subjects to choose from and lots of fun ideas which will keep you busy!


Keep working hard and don’t forget to share your learning on our class blog – it is always so lovely to see all of your hard work on there.


Have a brilliant week!


Take care,


Miss Johnston

11.5.20 Newsletter

Monday 4th May 2020

Good Morning Eagle Owls,


I hope you all enjoyed your learning last week, it was fantastic to start seeing some of you sharing your learning on our class blog and to see so many of you logging onto TTRS and Active Learn throughout the week!


I have uploaded your must, should and could learning for the week. I have also uploaded a couple more videos to help you with long multiplication which you can find on our school's 'Video Centre' underneath 'Home Learning'. Don’t forget to just try your best with your learning and share what you have been up to on our class blog – there is lots of inspiring work on there!


On Friday 8th May, it is the 75th VE Day Anniversary so I have uploaded an additional grid with some activities to celebrate this day. You may choose to stick with our topic grid about the Victorians but if you would like something different this week then feel free to choose an activity from there.


I look forward to having a chat with you again later in the week when I call home – it’s a really lovely opportunity to ask any questions and to share what you have been up to.


I hope you have a wonderful week!


Take Care,


Miss Johnston

4.5.20 Newsletter

8.4.20 75th VE Day Anniversary Grid

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Monday 27th April 2020

Good Morning Eagle Owls,


Welcome to your second week of the Summer term! I hope you have enjoyed your first week of learning about the Victorians. Don't forget to share your wonderful work on our class blog, it would be really lovely to fill our page with all of your fantastic learning. I really enjoyed speaking to the majority of you on the phone this week and it was really lovely to hear how proud your parents are of how focussed you have been at home and about the work you are producing, well done Eagle Owls!


I have uploaded your home learning resources for this week which focus on looking at life in the Victorian times and short multiplication. Make sure you read through the newsletter to remind yourself of the expectations and to find your spellings for the week. You will also find some helpful Maths videos allocated on Active Learn and on our school's 'Video Centre' underneath 'Home Learning' (you will need you class blog logins to access these). Mrs Ray has also created a 'Must, Should and Could' planning format which you might like to use to help you structure your time at home which I have uploaded above. I have also moved your learning from last week to the end of our class page if you would like to have another look. 'The Victorians Topic Grid' will stay at the top of our class page for this term so you can continue to choose different activities each week.


I hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to keeping in contact with you all on our class blog!


Take Care,


Miss Johnston

Newsletter 27.4.20

Welcome Back to Term 5 Eagle Owls!

"I'm Good" - Official Lyric Video

Monday 20th April 2020

Hello Eagle Owls!


I hope you are all feeling refreshed after the Easter Break and you are ready to start learning together again. It has been so lovely to be able to celebrate the holidays whilst it has been so sunny and I have really been enjoying my daily walks/runs and spending time in the garden enjoying a book or painting. I hope you have found time to relax and have fun with your family.


For our new topic this term, we will be studying 'The Victorians', a really interesting and influential period of British history. I will continue to set your learning on our class page, as I did last term, but it will be taking a slightly different format. This term, I will be uploading all of your learning for the week at the beginning of the week. This will allow you to make some decisions about when and how you are accessing your learning throughout the week. At the beginning of the resources, I will be sharing a newsletter with an update of my expectations for the week. It will explain to you what you mustshould and could do. I am expecting you to complete the must activities by the end of the week and the should and could activities are there to challenge and stretch your learning if you would like to. Remember, you do not have to complete everything, but the options are there for you.


I have tried to keep worksheets to a minimum so that you can write your answers down on a piece of paper rather than printing each one. There are also activities that you will need to access online either on Active Learn and Times Table Rockstars using your logins or websites.


Alongside this, I am also uploading a topic grid for your to pick a couple of activities to complete each week. This grid covers a range of subjects that we would be learning about in the classroom. There is a wide range of exciting activities on their which you can either do independently, with a sibling or as a family. I hope you have fun completing these and I really look forward to seeing what you get up to!


Later in the week, your parents will be receiving an email from me with your logins to our brand new class blog page. You will be able to access this page under Mrs Frost's message on the Home Learning section of our school website. You are going to be able to use our class blog to share your learning, comments and questions you might have with both myself and your classmates. It will be a lovely way to keep in touch with one another whilst we are apart.


Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your parents to email me on or you can contact me on our class blog page.


I look forward to starting our new topic together and seeing your new learning!


Take care,


Miss Johnston

Easter Worship

Please see Mrs Frost's message on our 'Learning from Home' page, inviting you all to join us for our Easter Worship at 2.50pm today:

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Friday 3rd April 2020


Dear Eagle Owls,


I just wanted to send you a message wishing you a wonderful Easter break. I hope you all find time to relax, try new things and spend time with your family. You have all done a brilliant job in the last two weeks and I have been so inspired by the work you have sent to me. I hope you feel the same amount of pride I do when you see it on our class page!


I will not be setting any work over the next two weeks but I will be keeping our recent learning and suggested websites on our class page in case you would like to continue any of our projects or play some games. You can also explore some investigations on the Great Milton Science and Maths pages under Our Learning - Curriculum. Oxfordshire County Council Libraries and Arts are also holding a poetry and book cover competition (see their poster above). You can choose to either enter a poem or a book cover design for a poetry book. If you would like to find out more information please visit out English page under Our Learning - Curriculum.


I have also added some Easter activities which you can access throughout the holiday if you would like something fun to do.


Take good care of yourselves and your family over the Easter break.


Miss Johnston 


Monday 30th March 2020

Hello Eagle Owls,


I hope you have had a restful weekend and you have had lots of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful sunshine!


Well done on all of your amazing hard work last week whilst working from home. You are all doing brilliantly and I have been really impressed by the work which was emailed to me last week. Remember, you can ask your parents to forward any photographs of the work you are especially proud of for me to enjoy. If you would like to see it on our class page please let me know in your email.


As we are starting a new week, I have moved your 'Home Learning Resources' from last week to the bottom of our class page. I will continue to upload your new learning for each day the evening before. This week, I have planned lots of creative lessons about the Ancient Greeks for you to focus on in the afternoons. Don't forget, you do not have to complete every activity every day but it is there for you if you would like to!


You will also see that I have uploaded some activities to help you learn your spellings, 100 books to read in KS2, free audiobooks, PE activities from Mr Sykes and Mr Downs and some mindfulness activities. Feel free to dip into these throughout the week whenever you want.


Miss Taylor has also set a project for the whole school to see some of the wonderful rainbows you are making at home for your local community. Please read the document ‘Rainbows’ below to find out more! I have already told Miss Taylor about the rainbows I have in my front window from some of the Eagle Owls.


It has also been brilliant to see lots of you engaging with the games and times tables I have set on Abacus and Times Table Rock Stars. You should also be able to access Numbots through Times Table Rockstars which helps you practise your number bonds through a series of games.


At the end of each week, I will be uploading a few photos so you can also see what I have been up to whilst we are apart. Last week, I had lots of fun on a bug hunt around school and making bug houses with the children. I was also inspired by an Eagle Owl to go on a litter pick around my local area on my daily walk – I managed to fill a whole bag of rubbish! I’ve also been trying to spot different birds from the RSPB Bird Watch poster whilst I am running or walking each day.


I hope you are all keeping well and you are enjoying this time at home trying new things with your family.


Take care,


Miss Johnston

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good Morning Eagle Owls,


I hope you are all well and you have made the most of the beautiful sunshine this week! Thank you so much for all of the lovely work which you have sent to the school office - I have been so impressed with your engagement of the tasks set whilst working from home. Seeing your wonderful work has made me smile lots whilst we are apart. I have also had lots of compliments and smiles from my local community for the rainbows you made for my front window last week. I have also shared some of your rainbows with other houses in the community but I still have the most rainbows on the street! The children have really enjoyed spotting the rainbows on their daily walks so thank you for all of your lovely rainbows.


I just wanted to give you an update for your work tomorrow. On Fridays, I will be giving you time to catch up with any learning you have not already done this week. This should help give you some extra time for the longer topic projects I have set earlier in the week.


For those of you who would like some new learning on a Friday, I will still be uploading Morning work, a reading comprehension and a Guided Reading task. For the rest of the day, explore the websites I have listed below (there are lots of fun Maths games, science experiments and quizzes you can enjoy).


You could also use the extra time on a Friday to get active by going for a walk, following a Joe Wicks' workout, Cosmic Kids Yoga, GoNoodle or using the PE resources from Thursday (you could see if you can improve these skills or compete as a family!) You could also use the time to enjoy reading a book, getting creative in the kitchen, doing some mindful colouring or playing a game with your family.


Whilst schools are closed, Audible are giving free access to all of their audiobooks. Please find the link below and enjoy listening to a story either in your bedroom, on the sofa or in the sunshine:


I have also been enjoying checking in on the animals at Edinburgh Zoo with their live webcam. I still haven't managed to see the panda or tiger - keep your eyes peeled for me!


I hope you are enjoying your time at home and making the most of this lovely sunshine!


Take Care,


Miss Johnston


Short Division Video - Active Learn

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23.3.20 - 27.3.20 - Have a lovely weekend Eagle Owls

Monday 23rd March 2020


Dear Eagle Owls,


I hope you are doing well and enjoying the sunshine this weekend. During the next week, I will be uploading new work for every morning which you can access under ‘Home Learning Resources’ on our class page. For each day, I will ensure you have morning work, Literacy, Maths, Guided Reading and Topic. You can choose to download, print or view these documents online. You can use these documents to present your work or use your own exercise book or paper.


I have also listed a range of fun websites which you can use to support your learning throughout the day under ‘Home Learning Websites’. You should be reading every day, some days you might like to sit in the garden, or on the sofa and enjoy a book to yourself, other days you could enjoy sharing a book aloud to an adult. I have attached some documents under ‘100 Books Recommended Reading for Years 5 and 6’ which are books recommended for your age. You might already have some of these at home.


Your logins for ‘Abacus’ and ‘Times Table Rockstars’ are in your homework books from last term. If you have any difficulty accessing either of these sites due to your login do please contact the school office.


I also suggest you keep yourself active every day whether you choose to play a game or run around in the garden. You can access lots of fun activities on GoNoodle and Cosmic Kids or you can tune into a Joe Wicks PE lesson at 9am every week day (links for these can be found under ‘Home Learning Websites’). Physical activity will keep your bodies active and help give you a brain break.


You might find it helpful to create a schedule for your home learning. Mrs Frost has attached an example of a KS2 timetable on the ‘Learning at Home’ page which you could use as a guide. You can also find all of our spelling lists, homework grids and topic webs from throughout the year on our class page.


Wishing you all the best for the week ahead,


Miss Johnston