Dali Class

This week in Dali class

Monday, 3rd December, 6:20 PM

It is hard to think that we are suddenly in December, and there are only two and half weeks of term left!  This Autumn term has flown by.

in Maths this week, we are continuing our work on data handling by learning about tables and timetables.  Children will be exracting information from tables, as well as interpreting the information they contain.  In the second half of the week we will explore timetables, linking their learning to the real world through bus and train timetables.

Our writing Mission continues in English. We are exploring poetry, and looking at how we can turn our time slip stories into poems.  Children will be using rhythm and rhyme, and syllabification to help them understand how poetry is created, and will work on presenting a poem to the class.

We are also working on poetry in Destination Reader, using it as the basis for our Clarifying stem.  Children are investigating new vocabulary, and learning language which can help them understand words in different contexts.  It is really great to hear and see the children's discussion skills.  They have really improved since September, and all the children are now more confident to talk about what they are reading.

We will be enjoying some Design Technology on Friday during Glitter Day, as the children work together to make a series of items, from cheeky robins to glittering snowflakes.  I am sure their efforts will adorn your Christmas trees this year!

Please find below some suggestions of web sites where children can practise their time tables.  We are now working on them every Friday, trying to build up speed and accuracy, and the children who are practising regularly are moving ahead rapidly.   Please make sure they are learning the whole tables sentence, and not just the final product.  Saying '2 x 5 = 10' makes it stick in your brain much better than just saying '10, 20, 30 etc.' 

ww.topmarks.co.uk           Hit the Button is excellent far practising speed tables work

www.math-games.org         This site collects examples of good games from other sites, and has lots of fun activities

www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk       Again, access to lots of different sites with different games to help you practise.

www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/          Search for Times Tables in the Search box for lots of games linked to tables.

Helping your child learn and remember all their times tables and related division facts to 12 x 12 will really give them a boost in all their maths work in Year 5 and Year 6.  Without that fluency, they struggle to develop new concepts. 

This week in Dali class

Thursday, 29th November, 6:11 PM

This week in Dali class, we have been working on reading and drawing graphs in Maths.  We have looked at different ways of presenting information, particularly data linked to changes over the time.  We have been working with scales with different intervals, and exploring the types of questions we can ask and answer using the graph.

In English, we continued with our Big Writing Adventures mission by reviewing and improving time slip stories.  We have been looking at opinions, and how to express your views in formal and informal ways.  Next week, we will be working on poetry, so why not try learning a poem by heart at home?

In Science, we have been using our writing skills to create biographies of Charles Darwin, noting key events in his life, and explaining why he is such a famous and important scientist.

In French, we are learning the names of pets, so that we can develop sentences about ourselves, telling others about our pets.  Dali class are becoming experts at recognising whether words are le or la – masculine or feminine words.  They have also been spotting cognates – words which look or sound very similar in English and French.

In Art this week, we have used some of the street art techniques developed by Banksy to create our own graffiti walls.  The results look great, and very authentic!

Just a reminder that Friday 7 December is Glitter Day, our chance to design and make lots of lovely winter themed creations.  Children are allowed to wear Christmas jumpers, but please do not come to school in anything that will be spoilt by glitter or PVA glue.  We will have a party in the afternoon, so children are invited to bring in a festive packed lunch or party food.  Because of food allergies, we will not be asking children to bring in to share.

This week in Dali class

Monday, 19th November, 6:01 PM

This week in Maths, we are continuing our exploration of Space by learning about Area.  We will be using multiplication methods to calculate area for regular shapes, and looking at methods to use for irregular shapes to work out the area.  We will be problem solving, using applications for area in the real world, such as ground plans and paint coverage.

We continue with our latest mission in Big Writing Adventures.  Having written a time slip story, where a character travels forwards or backwards in time, we will be working on reviewing, editing and up levelling our work. In addition, we will look at reviewing the work of others, and writing a formal review for a book, film or game.  Hand writing continues to be a focus - congratulations to Kaia, who gained our first pen licence for Year 5 last week.  Ms Ritchie and I are itching to give out more, so keep working on those joins!

In Destination Reader, we continue to use The Nowhere Emporium as the starting point for our discussions.  Our stem this week is Evaluating, and we will be considering how an author uses language and the organisation of the text to inform and affect their reader.

In Science, we are finding out about the life of one the great scientists, Charles Darwin.  We are gathering facts about his life and his journey on HMS Beagle this week, in order to produce a biography next week.  We have learnt about Darwin's voyage around the world, especially his trip to the Galapagos Islands, and the discoveries that he made there.  We are exploring adaptation and evolution, and discovering how different species have changed over time.

We are beginning to learn Badminton in P.E  We will do p.e outside this term wherever possible, unless the weather is very extreme, so please make sure that your child has black or navy track suit bottoms and a fleece that they can wear.  Our p.e session is usually on a TUESDAY.

It may only be November, but we are already starting to plan for Glitter Day (7 December)!  Please can you collect any clean, empty toilet roll middles and kitchen roll middles and bring them into school w/c 3 December.  They will be used for a craft activity.

Several parents at the recent parent consultations asked for information about times tables sites, so here are some suggestions:

www.topmarks.co.uk           Hit the Button is excellent far practising speed tables work

www.math-games.org         This site collects examples of good games from other sites, and has lots of fun activities

www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk       Again, access to lots of different sites with different games to help you practise.

www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/          Search for Times Tables in the Search box for lots of games linked to tables.

Helping your child learn and remember all their times tables and related division facts to 12 x 12 will really give them a boost in all their maths work in Year 5 and Year 6.  Without that fluency, they struggle to develop new concepts. 

This week in Dali class

Monday, 5th November, 5:46 PM

Last week was a really creative one for Dali class.  On Tuesday, we enjoyed a fantastic workshop with an artist from Same Sky, making lanterns which will become part of the Glow Wild event at Wakehurst Place from 22 to 25 November.  All the children worked really hard, and learnt new skills involving withies and tissue paper.  For many, the task was challenging but all showed great resilience and were rewarded by some beautiful lanterns.  The photos below give a glimpse of our work.

We have also been using Art as a medium for responding to history.  With the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One approaching, Dali class made giant poppies, using poems from WWI and photographs of soldiers from West Sussex as the petals.  Each pupil then added their own message of hope for a peaceful future as the centre of the poppy.  The finished art work will be displayed in Tilgate Park's Walled garden to tie in with Remembrance Day.  Please do go and see them with your child if you have time.


Our learning in Maths this week is all related to multiples and factors of numbers.  We will be exploring which numbers share common factors, and how prime numbers differ from composite numbers.  All of this work relates to our pupils' understanding of their times tables, so please encourage them to practice their tables to 12 x 12.  We are also working on explaining our reasoning.


We are continuing with our new Mission in Big Writing Adventures, writing a Time Slip story.  As part of the mission, we will be exploring descriptive writing, including simile and metaphor, and looking at ways to use inference in our story telling.  Our focus is on using powerful verbs and adverbs to impart information.


We continue our work on Evolution by exploring the life of Charles Darwin, the scientist who published his theory of evolution over 160 years ago.  We will look at adaptation, and find out how organisms change in response to their environment.

Parent Consultations

This Tuesday and Wednesday evening see our Parent Consultations.  If you have not yet signed up for a slot, please do come along to talk about your child's progress in Year 5.  Ms Ritchie and I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible.  If you are unable to attend but would like to meet us to talk about progress, please talk to Ms Ritchie or myself at the end of the school day to set up an appointment. 


This week in Dali class

Monday, 15th October, 5:08 PM

With half term fast approaching, it is hard to believe that we are already one term into our learning in Dali class. 

We are finishing our block of work on Addition and Subtraction, by working on solving word problems, particularly those which require several steps to solve.  We are working with increasingly large numbers, up to 1 million, and becoming more fluent at saying and writing these bigger numbers.

The final stage of our first Mission in Big Writing Adventures is to use our computing skills to publish our biographical articles, including formatting our work into columns and adding pictures and captions.  We have spent time working on grouping sentences to form paragraphs, and using headings and sub headings to guide the reader's eye around the text. 

We are working on key spelling patterns, particularly those words that end in -tion, -sion, as well as working through the statutory Year 5 spellings.

Today we had our final Cello taster lesson - in the space of just four half hour sessions, the children have learnt to pluck and bow the strings, and have enjoyed playing a simple tune.  If your child is interested in taking up the cello, please apply via the West Sussex music service website www.westsussexmusic.co.uk.

Please use the time over half term to work with your child on their times tables skills.  Fluency in times tables with really help them with multiplication and division, which we will be moving on to after the holiday.  It is so important that children know the multiplication and division facts for each times table.  The national expectation is that they should know all tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 5, so please keep working on them.

The school is collaborating with Tilgate Park to create poppies for their display commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918. You will receive a Parent mail about this, but it is a great activity to get involved in with your child.  Please bring all completed poppies in on the first day back after the holiday.

The pictures below show the cello lessons, with the children playing the instrument or using actions to remind them of the names of the strings.

This week in Dali class

Tuesday, 2nd October, 6:22 PM

In Maths this week, we have moved on to Addition skiils.  We are reviewing column addition, and applying our skills to increasingly large numbers.  We are exploring commutativity, understanding that numbers can be added in any order for the same end result.  We are applying skills to problem solving, and explaining how we know and understand the answer to a problem.

In Writing, we are continuing with our Big Writing Adventures Mission to help Dan Johnson.  The children are exploring the features of biographies, and looking at the type of information they usually include.  We are also working on powerful ways to open sentences.  The writing task this week will be to write a mystery story.

Our Destination Reader work continues, with a focus this week on asking questions.  The children are getting more proficient at using the Destination Reader prompts with their partner when they are reading.  We are continuing to use The Nowehere Emporium as our shared read, with the children learning more about Daniel's adventures.

In Science, we will use our research skills to find out more about Mary Anning, one of the early British palaeontologists, who discovered an incredible icthyosaur in Lyme Regis over two hundred years ago.

For ways to support your child with their  learning at home, please see the Curriculum booklet which will be coming out this week, and also the Contact book which your child will bring home this Friday.  There are suggestions of activities, and a list of all the spellings they are required to know before the end of Year 6.  All work on these, and on times tables, will really help your child with their learning in school.

This week in Dali class

Monday, 24th September, 6:01 PM

This week in Dali class, we continue our work on place value, exploring multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000 up to 100,000 and investigating negative numbers.  We will look at temperature changes and money, to give the children experience of negative numbers in a real life context.  Our daily CLIC mental maths practice revises times tables knowledge, and works on addition and subtraction skills.

In English, we are continuing our Big Writing Adventure, with a deadly forest fire threatening the orang-utans of Sumatra.  The  children have been tasked to write a breaking new report, alerting the public to events and persuading them to help save these endangered animals.

We have introduced a new Reading stem in Destination Reader - Clarifying.  We continue to work from The Nowhere Emporium, and have been seeing some great paired reading taking place.  The children are developing their discussion skills, talking about the text and sharing ideas.  It is lovely to see them using their discussion skills, and gestures, in other lessons throughout the day.

In Science, we will be exploring the lives of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin, and learning about the ways in which their discoveries affected our understanding of the world.

We have started to learn to play the cello!  For the next four weeks, Dali class will receive free cello lessons from West Sussex Music Services.  The children really enjoyed exploring the instruments today, and have already started to play simple tunes. 

This week in Dali class

Monday, 17th September, 5:26 PM

 Our Maths work this week is all linked to place value, working with numbers up to 100,000.  We will be comparing and ordering numbers, and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000.  We will also be practising our mental maths skills daily, though our CLIC session.

We continue to work on our first Mission with Big Writing Adventures.  The children are enjoying learning how to prepare a radio script, and focusing upon relative clauses, expanded noun phrases and rhetorical questions.  Our writing is linked to endangered animals, so you may now have an orang-utan expert in your family!

We have started our exciting new reading scheme, Destination Reader.  The children have been learning about different learning behaviours, and what makes a good active listener.  The focus is upon discussing and building opinions about different texts, and working with a partner to predict what may happen in a story.  Our focus text is 'The Nowhere Emporium', a great read from Ross Mackenzie.  Children will read every day using Destination Reader, and will also have time for individual reading in Morning activities, and during our Library slot.

In Science, we are exploring how fossils are created, and how fossils can help us learn more about living creatures in the past.