Origin of Species – a review

Please find here a guide to the app TikTok, of which we have become aware that some children in year 5 have their own accounts for. TikTok is...


Please find here a guide to the app TikTok, of which we have become aware that some children in year 5 have their own accounts for. TikTok is an app for children aged 13+.

We brought our learning together this week as we created a scientific poster of the topic; looking at evolution, natural selection, Charles Darwin and more.

Our grammar focus was parenthesis. Parenthesis is a word, phrase, or clause inserted into a sentence to add extra, subordinate or clarifying information. When a parenthesis is removed, the sentence still makes sense on its own. Brackets ( ) ; commas , ; and dashes – can all be used to show parenthesis.

In maths, we went over long multiplication and solved multiplication problems using this method (as shown below).

W5 Multiplication

Next week, we will be introduced to short division – otherwise known as the bus stop method – to divide three-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. The method is shown below:


                1. Start by thinking about whether 7 will go into 3.
                2. It doesn’t, so think about whether 7 will go into 36. It goes 5 times to make 35. Put the 5 over the 6.
                3. There is a remainder of 1, so this 1 goes next to the 2 to make 12.
                4. 7 goes into 12 once and there is a remainder of 5, so write 1 over the 2 and put ‘R 5’ at the end. (‘R’ stands for ‘remainder’)



Vocabulary: bus stop, divisor, times tables, divided into, shared equally, remainder, carry

Our handwriting focus was sloped writing proportion, joining p and b to ascenders: ph, bl, pl. Our spelling words were physical, available, pleasure, epiphany, probably, platypus.

Next week:

  • English: Book Week – a celebration of character. We’ll be partnering up with another class to learn more about our chosen character, the General (pictured right)
  • Maths: Beginning to look at division using a formal written method: short division (bus stop method).
  • Guided Reading: Character Description
  • Family Friday (14th February) – parents are invited to bring an item from home, no longer needed, to add to the effigy we are making of our General. During Family Friday, you can write an explanation of how this item has meaning for the character and add it to the effigy.
  • Friday 14th February – end of term (full day).
  • Monday 24th February – term starts.

Neurodiversity week

Week Commencing the 16th March is Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2020.


To celebrate, children are invited to take part in a national poster competition. Posters must:

  • Be creative in celebrating neurodiversity (acknowledge the strengths and talents of people who are autistic, dyslexic or dyspraxic, have ADHD or another neurological difference).
  • Effectively communicate the importance of being tolerant, understanding and accepting of people who think differently and who perceive the world differently.

The winner of the KS2 category will receive a £75 Lego voucher and the poster will be featured on the Neurodiversity Celebration Week website, on social media and will be displayed in London’s City Hall and the London office MediaCom.

Please return entries to your child’s class teacher by Wednesday 12th February 2020, so that they can submit on behalf of the school by Friday 14th February 2020. Make sure to include your child’s first name, age and school on the back of the poster.