Rettendon Primary School

Rettendon Primary School

Class 5 Blog

19th September 2019

Class 5 have made an amazing start and everyone has seized the opportunity to fill the gap left by last years leavers. In English and Maths, we have seen children eager to stretch themselves, whether in number operations, writing scene settings or instruction writing. The preparation for Young Voices has shown some amazing vocal talent, which I know will come in really useful for the end of year production.

Our interesting development this year has been to introduce the JASS award (Junior Award Scheme for Schools) which combines elements of foundation subjects such as PSHE, Geography with PE and even other extra-curricular activities. At the end of the scheme the children will receive their Blue JASS award, which they can feel proud about. We were really lucky to have a couple of parent helpers as the children prepared their personalised JASS folders – even having to do some stitching!





4th October 2019

It certainly feels like we have been back a lot longer than 4 weeks and the members of class 5 have picked up to full speed pretty quickly. In the last couple of weeks, they have amazed us already with some of their brilliant writing, using a wide range of vocabulary and punctuation; last week’s poetry was awesome.

In maths, both Year 5 and Year 6 have made speedy progress to multiplication and we have seen many children really pushing their boundaries when challenged with new ideas.

There has been some lovely time to work scientifically, look at the properties of light – whether making light move with reflection or refraction – tell them to show you how to make a picture disappear from under a glass and explain to you why!

With their JASS project they are still working together to plan an adventurous activity (which promises to be really fun) and they have worn themselves into the ground practising for their 5k run.


18th October 2019

It’s been a great 2 weeks for Class 5 who have finished writing their persuasive leaflet on the attractions of Essex – yes there really are some nice places to go it seems when you read their work! In Maths, both Year 5 and 6 children have pushed themselves with division, always a learning challenge, but one they have all risen to.

It was a shame the Netball competition was cancelled but they have continued well with their badminton skills and are training well and gearing up for their 5k run in November as part of their JASS award physical section and raising money for the community garden project. Science this week was a real construction challenge, thinking of combating forces to build a bridge from resources like newspaper and spaghetti; a strong enough bridge to hold a bag of sugar and the some impressive results await testing next week. 


8th November 2019

We’ve been wowed this week as the children have started to write about Viking events and the Battle of Benfleet – their knowledge is amazing (Marvel movies must be paying off!) and shaping into some great writing. Maths has moved on to the wonders of fractions in Year 6 and the children have been determined to grasp the principles really well.

On a different note, we managed to get time to finish off our clay masks – in the style of the Mayans. Their masks usually took the form of fierce, animalistic warriors who had colourful, symmetrical patterns. The children designed their mask first, then created a clay version and this week decorated. The results were pretty impressive, as you can see here.

We have managed to round our week off with a brilliant local walk (today hopefully!) as part of our JASS award and helping us to understand more about our local area. Don’t forget next week is the sponsored 5K run to raise money for the Class 5 Community gardens. Thanks for all your continued help and support.


22nd November 2019

This last couple of weeks have made us feel very proud of Class 5. Last Friday’s 5K Run showed not only a group of children who committed to a task – even if they weren’t keen on it – so that others could benefit from a new garden area. There were amazing moments when children would go back to run with, and encourage their peers. Whilst we are still receiving sponsor monies it seems they will exceed their initial hopes and expectations. Well done Class 5!

In our classroom learning we have begun to create speeches about the environment and climate change – you never know one of them might make the UN one day! Already they are showing great command of the formality of speech writing and the use of a wide range of complex punctuation – why not get your child to read their speech to you once they are finished and let us know what you think.

Music lessons have definitely got us up and dancing as this week we compared Disco and Punk, after last week considering new and old classical music. They have a lovely appreciation of different musical genres and we even managed to get Class 4 dancing on the playground! Of course there was the highlight of Attendance Afternoon Tea too!