5NC 2019 - 2020
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Hi I'm Mrs Casey and I am currently teaching Year 5. This is my eighth year working at Offley and my twelfth year in teaching. While I enjoy teaching all subjects, my passion lies in English. I am the English Leader for Key Stage 2 and also an Assistant Headteacher. Alongside this, I am also the Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader for the school.
I have been married for five years now and my little boy, Noah, was born in January 2016. Growing up, my hobby was dancing which I did for 22 years. I enjoyed taking part in a number of shows at Crewe Lyceum Theatre and I was even lucky enough to perform at the Magic Kingdom in Florida on two occasions. I enjoy trips to the theatre, reading, keeping fit and spending time with my friends and family.
- PE is taught on a Wednesday and a Thursday; however, the children will need to keep their PE kit in school as occasionally the timetable can change.
- Every Tuesday, the children will be taught by Mrs Hirst.
- On a Wednesday morning, the children will be taught by Mrs Bennion for part of the morning.
- Drumming is on a Thursday.
- Times tables tests will take place on a Wednesday.
- Spelling tests will take place on a Friday and new spellings will be given out at the same time.
Week ending: 13.09.19
This week in 5NC, we have been back to our usual school timetable. The children have coped well with the challenges they have been set and the high expectations that we have had of them. They are getting used to the new routines in Year 5 and settling quickly.
In English, we have started to study the book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. Leading up to this, we studied what the word ‘daredevil’ means and explored different examples of this, including a video of a mountain biker called Danny Macaskill, which isn’t for the faint hearted! The children wrote a diary extract for Danny. We then studied Niagara Falls in more detail to learn about the context of the book. The children explored this and then wrote a postcard to a friend, imagining they were there and explaining what it was like.
In Maths, we have been studying place value. The children have gradually moved through from 5-digit numbers up to 7-digit numbers, exploring what each digit is worth and representing the numbers in various ways. They then applied this knowledge to comparing numbers using the <, = and > signs. Throughout the week, the children have been challenged to think about how they can make the largest/smallest numbers using different digit cards and they have been encouraged to spot mistakes in answers to questions, explaining why they are wrong.
In our Topic lesson, we started to think about our big question: How did the Ancient Greeks change the world? The children decided what they wanted to find out and how they wanted to showcase this. They presented this in a fishbone diagram.
In Computing, we studied how we view a web page. We discussed the differences between the Internet and the World Wide Web, before then acting out what happens when we type a web address into our browser.
In Guided Reading, we have read chapter 1 of The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Fargher. She is our author of the half term and this is her debut novel. It is told from the perspective of a mouse and is set during World War 2. The children have enjoyed reading this text and exploring the vocabulary used in it.
We have had our second drumming lesson this week and our hands were definitely aching by the end of it! We learnt about where the Djembe drums are made, before learning a rhythm and also improvising our own rhythms. Well done to Jack Whalley who was Mr Proctor’s Drummer of the Week!
The children have been given their first set of spellings, which will be tested next Friday. They have also been given their homework sheet, which can be given in as and when suits them; however, we would like to see homework from all children by Monday 21st October.
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