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Maya Mask Design and Technology Project

Welcome back to Spring Term 2020!


We hope you've had a great break and enjoyed lots of time with family and friends. We have a packed Spring Term planned which includes a mini-topic on the Mayan civilisation as well as our larger history topic covering aspects of Victorian life. In Science, we will be studying Light and we will be continuing our Design and Technology project on toys that use cam mechanisms. In Literacy we will be completing lots of cross-curricular writing and including features such as direct and indirect speech, relative clauses and subordinate conjunctions to extend our sentences. We will also be covering lots of topics in Maths that will include formal written methods for multiplication and division; adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions; finding common denominators as well as understanding area and perimeter in greater depth. A busy term, then!

Welcome to Red Kites and Year 5 at Kilmersdon CEVA School.  Kites are taught by Mr. Phillips and Mrs. Cousins.
Please find below a copy of the script for last minute line learning purposes!

Match Girl's Christmas Script and Costume List

Year 5 Performance - The Match Girl's Christmas


In a couple of weeks' time, on Wednesday 27th November, Kites will be performing The Match Girl's Christmas to parents and carers. The performance will begin at 6pm and children will need to arrive 20 minutes before this.

Below you will find a downloadable copy of the script along with song words and MP3s of the songs.

10 Christmas Is Coming (Finale).mp3

09 The Match Girl's Christmas Medley.mp3

08 Baby Jesus Born Tonight.mp3

07 Three Kings Have Journeyed Far.mp3

06 While Shepherds Watched _ Please Will You Help Me_.mp3

05 Rat, Tat, Rat-A-Ta-Tat.mp3

04 O Little Town..._Matches.mp3

02 Christmas Is Coming.mp3

Gravity Investigation

Wildside Photos


Kites had a wonderful (if slightly wet) time at Wildside and did some amazing activities. They have just finished a recount and I will post extracts from some of these over the next week for you to enjoy.


Learning Objectives week beginning 7th October 2019


Maths: Rounding numbers to 10, 100, 1000 or 10,000

Literacy: Understanding the key features of a recount

Grammar: Using fronted adverbials in a piece of writing to add detail


Learning Objectives (week beginning 16/9/19)



Understanding and using determiners and different types of clause



Reading and writing Roman Numerals to 10,000

Rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100,1000 and 10,000

Class Dojo

Class Dojo 1
This year, we will continue to use Class Dojo as a way of helping promote good behaviour, focused learning and team work through a positive reward scheme. As well as this, Kites will also continue to use YOYOB (You Own Your Own Behaviour) as a way of reinforcing the expectations of good behaviour in and out of the classroom. The idea is to keep all members of the class safe and happy and to make sure our classroom is a brilliant environment for learning for ALL children.
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Wildside Experience


In a couple of weeks' time, we will be off to the Wildside Experience for a night of camping. It should be an unforgettable experience for all and I know our hosts, Richard and Alison are looking forward to meeting everyone and, hopefully, opening your eyes to new experiences based around their deep love of nature and the great outdoors. Please come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns. See below for link to their website and the PowerPoint presentation from last week's meeting.

Picture 1

This Term's Focus Book


This term we will be reading the novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and completing a good number of writing and comprehension tasks based on it. Our first piece of writing will be a detailed description of the setting. Examples of Kites' brilliant writing will follow!


Times Table Practice

Times Table Practice 1
Times Table Practice 2
Times Table Practice 3
In Kites, we are really trying to learn our times tables as best we can this Autumn term. To help, we will practise Hit The Button at least once a week but why not get some extra practice in? Follow the link below to sharpen up on either a specific times table or a mix of all the different times tables. If you feel that you know these facts inside and out and back to front then why not have a go at halving or doubling?
Below is the link to Topmarks Hit The Button which we are using in class. Please practise - five minutes a day will really help times table knowledge, doubling and halving. Improve your school in school with lots of practice!
Kites have been thinking about what things they consider should be rewarded by Dojo points, our positive reward system. They have been designing icons and thinking about the wording as well. We will share our new positive reward scheme as soon as it is ready.
It's very important that children in Year 5 have a firm grasp of all times table facts as early as possible this year. We will be completing daily times table practice and the more you practise at home, the quicker you will learn them!

Daily Blank Times Table Grid