This week we have begun some very exciting language work. We are learning to read as a writer and use our reading skills to help our writing. To get us excited about the book yesterday half of us watched a video of the Northern Lights and had to describe it to our partners without using certain words. Today we started reading the book. We met the protagonist Lyra. She’s a brave, quick-witted young girl with a formidable uncle.

Here are some photos of our dramatisation of a scene in the first chapter


Over the next few weeks we will often have tasks to finish at home and reading to do at home. We can check what needs to be completed on google classroom.

HWEO is now in full swing.

We are on stage two and after some excellent skill workshops we have begun to create our designs. We are still editing and adapting as we go. We need to remember to be braver and bolder with our designs. I am sure that over the next two weeks our creativity and confidence will grow and we will create some fantastic show stoppers!

The excitement in grade 5 as we’ve begun to create is electrifying.

Before you consider going out and purchasing your materials, have a think and see if there is an alternative that can be reused or recycled. Be inspired by the key points of ‘fast fashion’ in the netflix documentary, True Cost. Our upcycling designer, Kevin Cheung, is tackling the problem of excess plastic by upcycling. What can you do for your design product?


If you must go out and buy materials, Sham Sui Po is a good place to start. Check out this blog for ideas on where you can go.


A few reminders for the week

Things to finish

  • Rotation booklet (Monday)
  • Unicorn Plan (Monday)
  • Home learning (Friday)
  • Reflections or translations booklet (Wednesday)
  • Red sections on the HWEO and Journal handed in (Monday)
  • Guided Reading/book club finished (Monday)

Have a great weekend!

It’s finally the holidays and I know that the students are looking forward to a relaxing holiday.

There are a couple of home learning items that need to be finished over the holidays:

Reading: Please read the relevant book up to the correct section. If you do not have these books (some of you left them in the classroom) they are available on overdrive or you can purchase them on the kindle.

Secret Garden: Read up to chapter 14 “A Young Rajah”

Once: Read up to the chapter that begins “Once I lay in the street in tears.”

Rules: Read up to the chapter titled “At someone else’s house, you have to follow their rules.”

Maths: Please practice the 4 operations and complete tasks on Mathletics and Khan academy.

UOI: Please complete your research on your chosen UN Sustainable Goal

Most importantly: Have a wonderful week and I look forward to hearing all about it on Tuesday 23rd October


Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you who took the time to join us for the 3 Ways Learning Conversations. These are invaluable insight into how your child is feeling not only about learning but also about themselves. I greatly enjoyed meeting each of you and hearing your concerns, hopes and suggestions for your child’s learning. It is important that we keep this line of communication open and that we continue to build upon the information shared during these meetings.

With that in mine below are some questions you can use to get your child talking about their learning at home:

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a unusual word that you heard today. (Or something unusual that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. What was the most interesting thing someone said today?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favourite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Please let me know how these work or if you have any suggestions.