Dali Class

Dear Dali Class Parents

Wednesday, 28th June, 8:10 PM

Not long to go until the end of Year 5.  The children have been working hard to show off all they have learnt this year in their end of year Maths and Reading assessments.  I look forward to seeing you all at Parent's evening soon to discuss your children's progress.  

In English, we have been looking at how to write a report (Writing to inform) and are currently writing about a chosen animals from the fictional moon, Pandora (From the film, Avatar!)  The children have loved learning about the various animals, comparing them to the animals on Earth, and recording their ideas in a variety of ways.  This report will form their final written piece in Year 5 and will be counted as part of their assessment.  The children know this and are really pushing themselves to achieve their very best.  

To support them at home, ask them about the animal they have chosen to report on.  The more opportunities they have to talk about their ideas, the better their writing will be.

In Science we have been learning about how animals are classified and the different group's lifecycles vary.  We have studied the lifecycles of amphibians, mammals, birds and insects in more detail.  This will prepare us for learning about how humans change as they grow into adults.  

Thank-you again for all your support.  The children are much better at returning their homework in on time.  

Mrs Collar 

Dear Dali Class Parents

Sunday, 11th June, 7:37 PM

It's going to be another gloriously, sunny week - please make sure children have their water bottles in school to fill and stay hydrated.  We take our water bottles out to play with us and during outdoor PE sessions.  

On Friday we will be attending an exciting morning at TBCC!  We will return to school at 12:45pm and have a late lunch back at school.  

This week in English, we are starting a new unit of work on report writing (writing to inform.)  This will be linked to their Science topic; Animals and their habitats.  

In Maths, we are practising our arithmetic skills; revising all written methods for all 4 operations (+ - x  and divide.)  I will be sending home a chart showing the progression in calculation from mental (brain only) methods, to formal written methods.  Please refer to these when helping your child with any homework.  

Kind regards

Mrs Collar 

Yr 5 Dali News

Tuesday, 6th June, 6:42 PM

Welcome back to the all the children.  I hope you all had a relaxing half-term and managed to enjoy some time outside in the glorious sunshine.  

We started this final half-term in Yr 5 with a bang!  In science we attempted to create our own slime using only 2 ingredients - not an easy feat!  I am still picking up bits of goo from around the classroom.  

In Science this term we will be learning about living things and their habitats.  We will also be thinking about how things grow and change, including ourselves.  

In Maths this week we have been completing our work on perimeter and area, moving onto volume.  Again, I must stress the importance of the children being fluent in their times tables to aid their accuracy when solving problems.  

In English we have finished our unit on, "The Highwayman" and next week the children will have the opportunity to perform the poem to the rest of KS 2 in our assembly time on Thursday, which is all about what we can accomplish when we work together.

We have started a new class book.  We are currently reading, "Kensuke's Kingdom" by Michael Morpurgo.  This links in with our topic based around Rainforests - and where we get chocolate from!  

Please note that our indoor PE is now on a Wednesday.  So this means the children will have PE with me on a Wednesday (Shine awards and Athletics) and outdoor PE with Mr Lyons on a Thursday (bowling and fielding - Cricket/Rounders).

Please also remember that homework will be sent out every Friday and should be sent back into school the following week Tuesday.  

Thanks for all your support,

Mrs Collar 

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Tuesday, 2nd May, 8:54 PM

This week is a busy one (only 4 days and lots of things to get ready for camp!)

Please remember to check that your child has brought their homework back into school.  As it is camp week next week there will obviously be no homework sent home on Friday this week.

Next week is camp week.  Please see myself or Mr Stepney if you have any final questions, concerns etc.  The weather at night is going to be quite cold (-3 on Monday night apparently!)  PLEASE pack plenty of warm (extra warm) socks, jumpers, vests etc.  gloves, hats, scarves are a must.  

In Maths this week we have been continuing to find out about angles on lines, around a point and inside regular polygons.  The children now know how to find missing angles on a straight line and how to measure angles accurately using a protractor.  

In English we are retelling the main facts of the poem, The Highwayman.  This will help us to learn parts of the poem to recite later in the term.  Please ask your children to recite the first verse to you as they have practised this at school and did a great job!

Just a reminder our library time is on a Wednesday so children should bring their books into school on that day if they wish to take out a new book.

PE is on a Tuesday and a Thursday and all children will need their kits in on those days.

Mrs Collar

Dali Class News

Tuesday, 25th April, 9:29 PM

Welcome back! We hope you all had a very happy and restful Easter break and were able to enjoy the lovely weather which we had. 

Please would you make sure that you return the parent comment slip which was attached to your child’s report as soon as possible.

Please don't forget that on Friday the children can wear PJ’s or casual clothes to school as a reward for filling the Root Values aspiration jar.  As this is a reward, children do not need to bring any donation for this special day.  Do remember to send them in to school with sensible footwear suitable for running around on the playground.

Although we are having a bit of a cold snap, it is beginning to hot up and quite a few children have not brought their water bottles back to school.  We will also be doing PE outside as much as possible this term, so please make sure your child has a suitable PE kit at school for Tuesdays and Thursdays.  On Tuesdays we will be working towards achieving our certificates for Shine Awards.  Children without a PE kit will unfortunately miss out on scoring points if they miss a session and this will affect their overall achievement.  

In English for the next few weeks, we are exploring poetry - reading "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.  

In Maths we have been revisiting 2d shapes (specifically regular and irregular polygons), moving onto angles in shapes. 

In Science we have started our new topic - Materials!  The children are very excited as we will be making our own "goo!"

Don't forget, now that it is the Summer Term and we are preparing for Yr 6, children will start bringing homework home each week.  Please check that all homework sent home is completed to a high standard and sent back into class on time.  

Finally, if you have any old (still in good nick and clean though) picnic blankets at home that you don't want anymore, please could we have them to use at school now that it is sunny enough to sit outside and read.  Thank-you  

Mrs Collar

Dali Class

Sunday, 2nd April, 8:32 PM

It's the last week of the Spring Term!  It has gone quickly.  The children are busy writing up their instructions on how to mummify a pharoah in English this week.  In Maths, we are going over some of the questions we found tricky in our Maths Assessment.  

The children have filled their class Root Values jar and have earned themselves a treat.  We will be watching the Minions movie and possibly having popcorn.

At the end of the week, the children will bring their water bottles and PE kits home for a good clean.  Please remember to return them to school after the holidays.

Have a wonderful Easter, enjoy the holidays

Mrs Collar

Assessment Week

Monday, 27th March, 8:17 PM

Yr 5 Parents


As you may already know, this week is "Assessment Week."  The children have worked very hard this term to achieve their best and the tests they sit will give them an opportunity to show what skills they have mastered and the skills they still need some extra practise in.  

We are also working very hard to improve the time it takes for us to transition between lessons.  We are now ready to learn far quicker at the start of each lesson. 

Please feel free to see me if you have any questions or concerns.  

Mrs C Collar 

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Wednesday, 22nd March, 9:53 PM

Dali Class


This week we welcomed our new teaching assistant, Mrs Williams to our class (after a very tearful goodbye to Mr D.)  

We are more than half-way through our class book; "There's a boy in the girl's classroom!" and this week, the children created and presented the most inspiring poetry based around the character of Bradley Chalkers.  One of the important skills we cover in Reading in Yr 5 is to be able to retell the main events of a text in order and answer questions about the various characters in the story.  Simply asking your child about the book wil help them achieve this objective.

We are learning to write a set of instructions linked to our topic on Ancient Egyptians - Settlers of the Nile.  Our task is to create the best (secret tips and hints included) set of instructions on how to mummify a pharoah.  It's a pretty gruesome task, but so far so good!  Ask your child to play the mummy maker game with you and explain the mummification process to you, just make sure it's not near dinner time as you may lose your appetite.


In Maths we have been applying our skills in calculation to everyday, contextual problems.  We have used a variety of mental and written methods to add and subtract, multiply and divide to solve problems involving money.  To help your child, have a look at the different coins and discuss their value.  Maybe go through a shopping receipt together and work out how to quickly find the total spent.  Here are some methods the children know well and should be encouraged to use:

Mental Strategies                                       Written Strategies

counting on/back                                             Column Method

partitioning                                                     Numberline

using number bonds to 10                                bus stop method

rounding up or down                                        smile multiplication

nearly numbers                                               grid method

Fact families                                                    bar method

Please don't forget to also spend a few minutes a day going through the Key Instant Recall Fact sheets that were sent home this term.  I have spare copies if anyone needs them.

In spelling we have been learning about homophones.  These are words that sound EXACTLY the same, but are spelt completely differently.  Some good examples are; ate and eight, new and knew, right and write, buy and bye.  We are also practising our Yr 3/4 words so that we can master them and use them correctly in our writing.  It is essential that the children start spelling these words correctly in their writing or know how to proof-read their work to find and correct any of these words. Each child has a word list in the back of their spelling journals and have learnt a wide range of spelling strategies to help them remember how to spell any words they find tricky.  

Thanks for your support,

Mrs C Collar