Sonning Common Primary School

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Year 5

Dear all Y5 Parents/ Carers,

We have had a busy fortnight and children have been enjoying our Victorian topic (in History); we have been looking at it from a child’s point of view by studying Oliver Twist and Street Child during Literacy and Guided Reading. Studying these books has really helped the children to have an in-depth idea of what life was like as a poor child in Victorian England.

In Maths we have been doing a range of activities to support reading and measuring angles using a protractor, ordering numbers and grasping key methods of calculation.

In Science, we have been looking at life cycles of animals as well as plants and we are eagerly waiting to see if we can re-plant our rosemary cuttings, which were taken from the field.

For ‘Big Write’ last Friday, the children watched snippets of a film called Varmints, which is based on a very descriptive and thought-provoking book about changes to the environment and a small creature trying to savour nature. They produced some marvellous descriptions of the contrasting settings; using powerful vocabulary, similes, metaphors and personification.  If you want to watch the full (short) film it is available here:

On Thursday, we will be going to Chiltern Edge for the annual Christmas Pantomime! If your child needs an inhaler or other medicines, please can you ensure that the office/ class teacher has the appropriate medical treatment and that it is in date? (Thank you in advance!)

In a couple of weeks, the children will be taking part in a very special event called “Victorian Christmas” (On December 5th)- they will get the chance to see what life was like in a Victorian school room, create music, play games and hopefully they will come dressed up to really make the day come alive! If your child, however, is not keen on dressing up, they are welcome to come in school uniform, but we would be grateful if you could send them with an outfit in a bag- just in case they change their mind. Please let us know if you are available to help on the day, as we will need some extra adult supervision. More information on the event/ organisers is available here:

Thank you to all those who have made contributions to our cake sales and Christmas fair over the last few weeks- we truly appreciate all of your support and the children have really enjoyed the events too!

We have lots more to look forward to over the next few weeks. The final event will be our Christmas Carol concert- Year 5 will be singing “We three Kings” with the Y5 recorder players joining in as well!

We have been listening to this version :

The countdown to Christmas begins!

From the Year 5 team.



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