Kookaburra Class

Class Teacher

Mr Dyke


Congratulations to our


Autumn Term (1)

Week 1

Off to a flying start!

The summer feels well and truly over but no one has been feeling blue in Kookaburra Class! 

In English and Shared Reading we have started out unit on the fantastic Mr Stink! The children have loved what they have read so far and are keen to keep going. All week we have been practicing our super sentences and finished off with a brilliant character description. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next week.

During our Maths lessons we have been learning about how our minds grow even when we make mistakes. Everyone has had a go at a range of practical problems and questions. Next week they will put their new found positivity into action! 

In Topic we kicked off our Angry Aztec unit with a dramatic sacrifice, which I’m sure you have heard all about. The children game back filled with questions and intrigue!  They have all made such a positive start to Year 5 and I’m excited to see that carry on throughout the term. 


Week 2

Week two of the school year flew by and plenty was happening inside the classroom! 

In English we started to immerse ourselves into character and setting descriptions. We have also been writing some fantastic sentences, which contained fronted adverbials and relative clauses! 

In maths we had a great week looking at number and had a go at a range of problems. With our brilliant growth mindset approach in Kookaburra class we all knew our brains were getting stronger! 

Next week we are all looking forward to going into the next stage of our English and continuing to learn even ore about the Aztecs.

Week 3

It has been another busy week in kookaburra class!

In English we have been doing our class changes to the Mr stink character and setting description. Our class changes are about an old woman from Mary Poppins.  Everyone’s writing was rich in description.  Next week we will be going more into the fantastic setting description, which we decided would be a tree house.

In maths we have been looking at our greater, less than, and equal to symbols. We have been ordering numbers smallest to largest and writing numbers in words. We had some excellent feedback marking answers including a tricky algebra question. Next week we move onto rounding! 

In topic we have been writing weather reports for the Aztec, which we will perform as a class in assembly next week. We also learnt some super Spanish, we can now say “how are you”, “alright”, “not good” and “fine”. As well as that, we looked at some Spanish cities and beautiful Spanish food.

Written by: Kacy and George 

Week 4

We have had another magnificent week in Kookaburras.

In shared reading we have been forming arguments about whether we would recommend Mr Stink to someone. We also talked about Chloe’s problems and went in role as the characters to see if we could give advice on how to help. Next week we will be doing a range of activities whilst other people in our year group are at Bealieu.

In maths we have been rounding to the nearest 100,000, 10,000, 1,000, 100 and 10s. for example round 2,543 to the nearest 1,000, which is 3,000. This week also saw us practicing our 6 times tables which ended with Dylan being crowned the champion!

In topic we made a weather report as a class and performed it during our class assembly. The assembly even included a re-enactment of an Aztec sacrifice.  

In English we focused on our setting descriptions for our Mary Poppins character, Mrs poppy. We also introduced a new spelling monster, Zorb. We have to help Zorb discover meanings of the words and he frequently pops up during the week to see how we are getting on.

Written by: Kacy and Phoebe

Reader of the Week: Phoebe

Class Captain: Oliver 

Week 6

It’s been another fun week in Kookaburra class 

In English we have been publishing our setting and character descriptions for Mr Stink. Everyone has worked really hard to produce something they are proud of. We have also been working on our handwriting and we have earning plenty of stamps (to get our pen licence). Now the first block of English is finished, we can use our setting and character description skills to help us produce even more immersive pieces of writing. 

In shared reading we have been read chapter 6 and 7 of Mr Stink. We learnt what made a balanced argument and constructor our own, which gave reasons for and against Mr Stink moving into Chloe’s Shed.

Maths has been filled with more challenges and we have been working on our addition skills.  Kookaburras are never afraid to make mistakes and our growth mindset approach has helped us all week.

Next week we are looking forward to learning more about the Aztecs and starting our new English unit!

Big Quiz Winners: China

Autumn Term (2)

Week 1

Flash! Bang! Sparkle!

The week got off to a dazzling start with Light up the Sky.  

In English we have been looking at explanation texts. In our sentence level activities, we discovered subordinating, co-ordinating and causal conjunctions. During the week we played a range of activities to help us spot the different types. Alongside this we have looked to immersed ourselves into the class text and next week we will be changing it to our own class version.

This was our second inspirational maths week! We have spent a long time talking about growth mindset and how our brains grow. Throughout the week we faced a series of problems designed test our problem solving and teamwork skills. Some of our favourite tasks were Pascal’s Triangle and Game of Totals. Kookaburra class is full of children with a positive mindset, who know how to sniff out a pattern!

In Topic we have looked at the status of Aztec tribe members and their role within the tribe would affect their day to day life. We have also explored the art of weaving and discussed how hard it would be if we had to weave all of our own clothes!

The first week back has flown by and we are excited to keep our learning momentum going!

Big Quiz Winners: Germany

Reader of the Week: George H

Class Captain:  Lily

Week 2

Wrap up warm! 

It’s been a cold week but luckily our hard work has kept us warm! In English we have been writing our class explanation text in Ancient Egypt. As a class we have been able to produce a brilliant version and they are all excited to write their own explanation text!

In maths we have been looking at decimals and exploring how to represent tenths, hundredths and thousandths. As well as this we have been rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and tenth. Next week we will continue looking at and ordering decimals before moving into fractions.

In topic we create some fabulous Aztec masks, which represented the gods. Next week we will be decorating them so they are ready to take home. It’s been impressive to see how creative everyone has been and they can’t wait to show you their work! 

Reader of the Week: Mickey 

Class captain: Karina  

Week 3

It has been another zip zap zoodle week with Zorb.

In English we have been looking at creating our own explanation texts for how the Aztecs became extinct. We have worked really hard to include a range of tools such as; expert statements, conjunctions and relative clauses.  

In shared reading we have been looking at non-fiction texts. On day one we looked at hypothermia and drew all three stages. It was fascinating to learn about the changes that would happen to the body!

In maths we looked at decimals! Although it started off difficult with hard work and our brilliant growth mindset we managed to crack them. We have explored how to represent a thousandth, hundredth and tenths as well as ordering and rounding decimals.

In topic we were sent a message by Lord Alan Sugar who informed us we had to start our Aztec themed chocolate business. We carried out market research as to what flavours people enjoy to eat and designed our own bars.

Big Quiz Winners: Germany

Reader of the Week: Mia

Class Captain: Chloe

Week 4

In English we have been looking at the Piano Short Story. Our short bursts have been based on the emotional clip and we have worked hard to produce some brilliant flashbacks. It has been an exciting writing venture.

In Maths we have been exploring fractions, both mixed and improper. He have been discovering how to represent fractions in a variety of ways and finished the week starting to add them. Next week we will be multiplying our fractions!

In Shared Reading we have been looking at Room 13, making inferences and predictions on what will happen next as well as what happened before.

This week in Topic we have been preparing for making our chocolate to do with our Angry Aztecs Topic. Not only have we now designed our chocolates but we have calculated the cost of the ingredients. Everyone is extremely excited for December the 12th when the professional chocolate makers come in!

Written by: Mia and James

Reader of the Week: Karina
Big Quiz Winners: China

Week 6

Brrrr! Grab a mug of hot chocolate and read what we did this week in kookaburras!!             

In English we have been looking at modal verbs and putting them into sentences. Everyone has been completely fb up with their own ideas for a new wishing story that contains flashbacks! There are so many fascinating ideas and I can’t wait for them to finish writing them next week. 

We had a go at a tricky reading test this week and I have been so impressed with everyone’s attitude. Not one kookaburra gave up, so well done!  

In maths we crowned a new times table champion, Oliver. We have been exploring different mental strategies for multiplying such as; arrays, number line, partitioning and coin card. 

With one week to go until the Christmas break everyone is going to work hard to finish the autumn term in a high! 

Spring Term (1)

Week 1

It has been a busy first week back and we have already got our teeth stuck into some tasty topics. In English we had a mysterious letter for the King, who informed us of a writing competition. He told us that the last time he was entertained was by a text called “A Tale of True Love”. After reading the text we all understood why it must be his favourite!

In Shared Reading we have been looking at the life of William Shakespeare. Discovering interesting facts about his personal and professional life by using the skim and scan skill. We have also been practicing our note taking skills and being able to write up our notes into paragraphs.

Investigation! In Maths we were face with lots of different investigations based on multiples and factors. At times we had to be resilient and challenge ourselves to be successful. Next week we will continue to look at factors and multiples and I am confident our brains will continue to grow.

Well done to our Class Captain Kieran!

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