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Class V

Welcome to the Class V web page and to the beginning of a new school year.

Check this page regularly for updates, class information and photographs of all the exciting things we will be getting up to.



Happy Christmas Pop Up Cards.

Class V Holiday Homework


I have set two Bond maths papers and spelling (definitions and sentences) as usual.

There is a Christmas Quiz to be completed. Some answers will be straightforward others will need research before answering.

On completion, all answers need to be memorised before returning to school and repeating the quiz without reference to any notes made on the original quiz sheet.

Our guided reading book, Peter Pan, will be coming home for finishing over Christmas and there will be a guided reading task for homework during the first week back.

It would also be a good idea to read another book from the Year Five/ Six reading list. Please remember to keep a record of all books read in the reading diaries. These will be checked and signed on the first Friday of the term and each Friday after that.

We will continue with our history focus on Victorians after the Christmas break. We have been looking at Victorian Inventions and everyone has chosen one of these to research further.

Our first English assignment of the Spring Term will be to create a poster to advertise our Victorian Invention. Everyone has information already gathered in school and I have sent home a copy of a checklist of features of an advertisement with prompts so that everyone can give some thought to the persuasive comments that can be used for the poster. 

I will be giving everyone a pack of cards for Christmas and I would like them to learn a few card games over the holiday so that each person in the class can teach the others to play their chosen game or games. This is to support their class work on following and delivering instructional texts.

We have also been reviewing the first term and setting targets for the Spring Term. When these are revised and refined the class will bring a copy home (in the new year) to keep you informed of their progress and let you know if there are specific areas that made need extra practice.

Most importantly I hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas Holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Mrs Saul

Just to keep you updated, I have brought forward our ICT module on E-Safety so that it happens over the next two weeks.

This would normally be covered in January but as a result of our informal chats and the children asking questions about how best to stay safe online, it became clear that it would be sensible to explore this further sooner rather than later.

Class V will be creating an information leaflet in their ICT lessons and will bring a copy home at the end of the term so that they can share with you what they have learnt.

The ThinkUKnow website is a good source of information.

Mrs Saul

On Wednesday, Classes V and VI will be taking part in the annual Carol Service at Milestone Academy.

This is led by Reverend Fletcher and involves all our local schools in sharing readings and carols for Christmas.

We are presenting Stille Nacht so need to be sure of all the words to enable us to put in a good performance on Wednesday morning.

I will attach the lyrics for home practice. There are several youtube versions to use, the best being the Vienna Boys Choir.

Some members of class V sharing what they found out about their chosen country on INTERNATIONAL DAY!

Some members of class V sharing what they found out about their chosen country on INTERNATIONAL DAY! 1

Well done to everyone who put a tremendous amount of effort into researching their country and presenting what they had found out.

I was particularly impressed that some of the class had chosen to use PowerPoint to present their information and on the whole, these clearly showed an improvement from their first attempt this year where they mostly read the facts from the screen.

It was lovely to see well-chosen images then discover interesting facts as they engaged the audience in their journey. One of our number even included a home shot video embedded in his presentation.

It is always great to see such a variety of ways to present facts from posters and pictures to displays of dancing and of course sharing foods and homemade treats.

Well done everyone!

Thank-you everyone who came to watch our assembly last week.

I thought the class presented themselves well, sharing much that they had discovered as a result of thorough research and improvisation.

I must also say a huge well done to the class members who performed fantastically well at the Maidstone Festival at the weekend. I was very proud of all of them.

I have given the class a little extra time to get their spelling/ definition work done in class thus enabling them to spend this afternoon/ evening practising their International Day presentations.

I'm thrilled that they all took on board Mrs Birtwell's suggestion that they should choose a country that they haven't shared knowledge about before and am really looking forward to hearing(and learning) about their chosen country tomorrow.

Mrs Saul

Class V have been working hard on their assembly this week and hope that you will be able to join us at 9.05am on Thursday to see the culmination of our efforts.

We have drawn our ideas from several curriculum areas so that whilst we are off timetable rehearsing we are still learning and enhancing what we have been thinking about in our English, History, RE and PHSE curriculum. This should make all that they have been studying more meaningful from recounting, presenting, empathising and recognising the leadership qualities that will enable them to become prefects next year.

I didn't want anyone to have to buy anything special to wear so have just suggested simple, plain clothing such as a t shirt (long or short sleeves) or shirt and leggings or joggers. As long as there are no large logos printed across the front.

During the acted parts of the assembly they are on board ship. A few have suggested ripping up an old shirt which they are welcome to do if they wish but it is not compulsory.

I hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday. The children are really proud of their performance so far!!

Mrs Saul



Monday 12th November. Enjoying today's double rainbow!

Monday 12th November. Enjoying today's double rainbow! 1
Monday 12th November. Enjoying today's double rainbow! 2

Monday 5th November.

There will only be spelling definitions and sentences set for homework today.

I had a few technical issues with the Mathletics that I wanted to set so there is no maths homework today.


The children worked very hard on their Mountain Power Points and, despite being quite nervous, showed much promise in spoken delivery and choice of content for their slides.

They appreciated the feedback given by Class Six, Mrs Swaffer and Mrs Birtwell and now know what they need to do to improve their performance.

In general, there was evidence of good research, thoughtfully chosen facts, some good images and clear speaking.

Most of them did a fair amount of reading what was already on the slides so next time they must remember that the slide is a starting point for sharing further collected knowledge and should only be used as a prompt or reference point.

A really good first attempt though. Well done everyone.

Mrs Saul



Autumn in the Orchard.

Autumn in the Orchard. 1

Hope you all have a fabulous break this half term.

I did forget to add finishing the guided reading book to our list of homework over the holiday period. Then I can distribute new ones on our return.

Some have already done so and I would be expecting them to read either books of their own choice or from the Class 5/6 reading list over the next two weeks.

There are still some children who are forgetting to bring their books and reading diaries with them every day.

I listen to them read individually, as a group and around the class every week and this should be logged in their books along with other reading that they do at home. 

I always keep a record in my planner but like to comment in their books too. It is quite difficult having to go back to my records and then copy what I have written into their reading diary when they give me their book on a different day to the one that I originally heard them read on. 

If they could have their reading diaries and books with them every day on their desks that would be so helpful.



Friday 12th October

Just to confirm that half term holiday homework is as follows.

Bond Maths 2 tests

Spelling practice

Bond NVR 1 test

Bond VR 2 tests (A few people didn't hand these to me in time for marking so please just complete the next two tests and I will endeavour to mark the first one at a later date)

Springboard English 2 pages.

We have been working on our Mountain Powerpoint in our ICT lessons. There will be one lesson in the first week after half term to finish these off but anyone who wishes to finish their Powerpoint during half term and practice to an audience can do so. They will have to present this towards the end of the first week back. 

(Should anyone have technical issues opening what they have done already, please don't worry. They could create prompt cards to go with their slides as they know that one very important thing about powerpoints is that they should be adding extra interesting facts for each slide, not just reading what is there on the screen. I have suggested 8 to 12 slides as a guide.

They have their Maths already and will bring the others home on Friday.

I hope everyone has a well-deserved break and the weather enables all of us to get out and about and visit some interesting places.

Our history focus for next half term is Queen Victoria and life in Victorian times so if you have an opportunity to visit any Victorian attraction or a museum with a good collection of Victorian artefacts it would be most beneficial.



British Birds Powerpoint and names list

Class V enjoying our recent "Bloodhound" workshop!

Class V worked really hard last week to prepare their poem for our Harvest Festival. After much exploration and gathering of ideas the whole poem came together on Friday afternoon enabling us to have a quick run through before hometime. According to Mrs Eyre, it sounded fantastic. Fingers crossed for Monday!


I also spent sometime talking to the class about our homework timetable.

They all appreciated that, unlike last year, when many tasks were shorter and needed to be handed in the next day, some of my tasks are more involved and take longer to complete hence the longer time allowed.

I know from the conversations that we have in school, that many of them are involved in all sorts of exciting out of school ventures. I have allowed all of them to come up with a personal homework timetable which includes any clubs that they might attend or other out of school commitments.

We all agreed that on the whole it is best to do homework on the day it is set but when this is not possible they should have a second day in reserve to complete what has been started. 

We have taken Science out on a Thursday as I felt that it was unnecessary due to the non-subject specific task set on Friday which will cover a range of topics including Science.

They should have brought their personal timetable home with them. I hope that this helps.

Mrs Saul


Friday 21st September

Weekend homework is to finish the investigation started in our ART lesson earlier in the week.

I would like two A4 sheets of paper in total.  On one, a description of Dutch Still Life painting with particular reference to "Las Vanitas". On the other , two good examples of paintings from 16th or 17th Century.

We have looked at examples in school and understand a bit about the symbolism involved. We have done some cutting and pasting of useful information, saving it on a USB.

They can either write the results of their research by  hand or word process it as long as it is in their own words.

They can save the images on a memory stick then print them out in school on Monday.


Friday 14th September

Science Homework due in on Thursday is an A3 poster illustrating the seven life processes and using the mnemonic MRS GREN or MRS NERG (whichever preferred) 

The poster should use diagrams, colour and written facts to explain each process. It may be portrait or landscape and A3 paper or card may be taken home from school to work on. 

Thursday 13th September.

Class V have really enjoyed their Roald Dahl inspired sweet task and here are some pictures of the work in progress!!

Firstly planning.

Checking out the visitor in the sink!
And finally...making!!!

Friday 7th September.


Class V have designed their edible gift (non cook sweet inspired by the writing of Roald Dahl) and will be bringing a list of ingredients and equipment home with them.

They need to bring everything that they need with them on Monday morning.

We have to timetable DT for ten hours per term and this is blocked for the beginning of this term. We have all day Monday and half a day on Tuesday left to complete our task.

I will be bringing some basic ingredients as well, such as digestive biscuits, cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, evaporated milk, icing sugar, cooking chocolate, rice crispies but these are for emergencies when extra ingredients are needed or someone leaves something at home.

We will have weighing scales in school but it would be much quicker if ingredients could be measured at home and brought into school in sealed plastic bags.

We are making double quantities as the class wanted to sell half of their sweets to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

I will have cellophane bags for dislpay and the class will create their packaging for their sweet on Tuesday.

After that date we will be back on timetable for the rest of the term.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Saul


Just in case anyone has mislaid their list of ingredients I have attached a document with a selection of basic non-cook sweet recipes which could be used for inspiration.

Tuesday 4th September.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this afternoon at our curriculum information session at 3pm.

Mrs Saul.

We had a superb day out at Leeds Castle on 26th April with the rest of the school. Class V behaved extremely well and our group were commended for being a wonderful group by the lovely staff who ran our workshop on the Fields of the Cloth of Gold.



Click on the picture to find out more about Leeds Castle on their website!


Well done to all the girls who took part in the netball tournament at Cobham Hall last Saturday!





It's coding time in Class V, and SCRATCH is proving popular with many class members. Here is a link to the SCRATCH website, where you can make an account and either use SCRATCH online or download a version to your computer.


Try making a simple game, then, try upgrading it with sounds, new levels and anything else you like!


Make animations, stories, music, simulations, what ever you want to.

Intro to Scratch

Scratch is a free, programming software created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. With Scratch, you can create your own video games, animated stories, interactive art and more!

Thursday 1st March


As you can see, we tried hard to open school today, the roads around school were pretty treacherous, so before we gave up and went home, some fun was had by the staff on the field...!


Steephill Snow


Enjoy the snow and have fun, but please stay safe and keep warm too. I'm topping up Mathletics for you to keep your brains from turning to slush like the snow will soon, and well done to those of you who have sent in your thoughts about the poems, I've published them below - keep 'em coming! I've added some French videos below too so you can sing along to French numbers to 50 and learn the months and days of the week if you don't know them already. Don't forget there are maths puzzles and logic puzzles further down our page as well if you get bored! 

See you all next week,

Mrs H. xx

Young Writers


Aaliya wrote a Young Writer's review of Awful Auntie at the Orchard Theatre which has been published online! Have a look - 


Congratulations Aaliya on a super piece of writing!

          Bonjour - time to learn some French!

See if you can use the resources below to improve your French vocabulary.

The French Months of the Year (French Essentials Lesson 5)

Alexa Polidoro, from, teaches you the months of the year in French (les mois de l'année en français).

The French Days of the Week (French Essentials Lesson 4)

Alexa Polidoro, from, teaches you the days of the week in French (les jours de la semaine en français).

Les chiffres et les nombres de 1 a 20 - alain le lait (French numbers from 1 to 20)

Les chiffres de 1 a 20 (French numbers 1 to 20) ©2011 alain le lait Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept Huit, neuf, dix Onze, douze, treize Quatorze, quinze Seize, dix-sept Dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt

Les chiffres et les nombres de 20 à 50 - alain le lait (French numbers)

Les chiffres et les nombres de 20 à 50 © 2015 Alain Le Lait - Music & animation

Canopic Jars - Ancient Egyptian Art Project


Science Day Challenge  6.2.18.


Here is everyone having fun building a tower to support a triangular based pyramid - well done to Emily, Aimee and Oliver N for getting their shape 55cm off the ground!








 Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone in Class V, and of course, particularly mums and dads for the wonderful selection of cards and gorgeous prezzies I received at the end of term. It was really kind and very much appreciated! The Bluewater voucher was a wonderful surprise and I have to say I have enjoyed every second of splurging on some new clothes in my favourite shops in the sales - here are the bags to prove it!

I trust you all had an excellent time over Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2018 for the new term.

Thank you again,

Mrs H. xxx

Links for maths games - enjoy!

Links for maths games - enjoy! 1
Links for maths games - enjoy! 2

More Logic Games



What's Inside the Box?

Follow a logical set of rules to solve each puzzle.
Use your mouse to interact with the puzzle and test your ideas.
Very challenging!



Split a block of wood into a given number of pieces. NOT EQUAL pieces,
just any size pieces! Sounds too easy, right? Yes, but there's a catch.




Class V Cups 1.12.17.



Well done to James for getting the work cup this week - quick work in all subjects.


Also to Aaliya for giving two excellent presentations to the class. 


Keep it up Class V!

Class V George Stephenson Assembly! ( If anyone has more pictures please send them to the School Office so I can add them on here! )

Class V George Stephenson Assembly! ( If anyone has more pictures please send them to the School Office so I  can add them on here! ) 1

A great big cup to everyone in Class V this week for working so hard to perform an excellent assembly about George Stephenson. Well done Team!

International Day




Class V really went for it on International Day this year!

Thank you to all parents who helped the children prepare to share all kinds of fascinating facts, costumes and food!

I certainly learned some new things, along with Mrs Swaffer and Year 6 who joined us for a sharing session.

 I'm sure you'll want to enjoy some memories of our day so here are some photos to give you that international flavour we created!


International Day

Class V Cups 17.11.17.


Congratulations to Zoe who gets our work cup this week. Zoe has been persevering with some tricky work on fractions, decimals and percentages - good progress, keep it up Zoe!

Class V Cups   10.11.17.



Well done this week to:

Lia for her beautifully presented work in all of her books, 


Isabel for her enthusiastic approach to challenges.


Keep it up both of you!


   Logic Games and Puzzles


Challenge yourself to this mind bending collection of fun brain exercises!





This week's cups go to

Aaliya for her excellent contributions in R.E.


Avi for politeness and good behaviour.

Well done both of you! :-)

Nutrition Labels


Class V have been learning about nutrition labels in science this week. Here's a quick video as a reminder of some of the things we have covered:

Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' Stories

Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' Stories 1
Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' Stories 2
Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' Stories 3



Don't forget, 10 activities have been set on Mathletics to do over the half term. :-)

Half Term Holiday Homework

Class V Cups


Mrs Heseltine couldn't choose this week so she gave 3 cups - this is unheard of!

The cups went to

Yasmine - for having an excellent attitude to all her work resulting in really good progress.

Oliver N for excellent progress in times tables.

Milo for a consitently high level of work in his books.


Well done all 3 of you - keep it up!

Class Cups from last week




    Our work cup goes to Jia - for applying her new maths knowledge into her work.


    Our behaviour cup goes to Oliver M - for always spotting what needs to be done and doing it without being      asked.


Class V's Favourite Books


Aaliya's Favourites:

"The Wishing Spell" by Chris Colfer - This is a really good book. It is full of fairy tales that everyone knows and it completes the mysteries of the tales.

"Running Wild" by Michael Morpurgo - This book is really good for people who love nature.

"The Star of Kazan" by Eva Ibbotson - It is full of mystery and I enjoyed every moment.

"Harry Potter" (the whole series) by J K Rowling


James' Favourites:

"The Midnight Gang" by David Walliams - It's a really exciting and fun story and it's funny. It's really imaginative!

"Goosebumps" the series by R L Steine - It makes you hair stand on end!

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J K Rowling - It's a really exciting story. I like Ron because he is funny.


Zoe's Favourites:

"Wonder" by R J Palacio

"Gangsta Granny" by David Walliams - because it's hilarious!

"The Roundhill" by Dick King Smith


Maisie's Favourites:

"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens - because of his very good vocabulary, it's written very well, creates a good picture in your mind and it is intriguing!

"Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens

"Matilda" by Roald Dahl






Rikki-Tikki Tavi

Rikki-Tikki Tavi 1

We are reading 'The Railway Children' this term. Reading chapter 2 is for homework this weekend - don't forget! ;-)

29.9.17.   We have Two Class Cups this week:




Our Behaviour Cup goes to Maisie - for being a kind and sensitive friend


Our Work Cup goes to James - for some excellent multiplication which was neatly laid out too.

Autumnal Poetry Time in Class V!

Autumnal Poetry Time in Class V! 1

We have been learning about photosynthesis this week!

We have been learning about photosynthesis this week! 1
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Weekly Cup  22.9.17.


This week our Class Cup goes to Emily for being an amazing team leader in the Mind Missions challenges. Well done Emily!

Autumnal still life work by a very talented Class V - Mrs H is so proud!

Weekly Cup

This week our class cup goes to Aimee for some amazing place value maths - super-speedy and accurate work including extension work based on Egyptian Heiroglyphs! 

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Congratulations to our 3 new House Vice Captains who are as follows:


James - Francis

Maisie - Ford

Avi - Bignold



Their tasks include being our School Council reps, helping with House Assemblies, and supporting their House Captains in whatever way is required.

I'm sure they will do us proud! smileysmileysmiley

House and Vice Captains

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House and Vice Captains 2
House and Vice Captains 3
House and Vice Captains 4
House and Vice Captains 5
House and Vice Captains 6


Welcome to Class V's page for 2017 - 18


I hope you've all had a wonderful summer break and are ready for what is bound to be a busy year!



We have our Class V Parents Information Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 5th September at 3pm, so I'm looking forward to meeting you, the parents of my new class. Many of you I know already of course as I have already taught a number of siblings of this year's Class V. I hope the information will be helpful and there will be a chance to ask questions as well. I've added the timetable and this term's curriculum overview below for you as Word documents - feel free to print and put them on the fridge!



I hope you had a great summer break. Let's hope the weather stays summery for as long as possible... see you all soon! :-)


Here's to an educational, productive, creative and fun year!


Mrs Heseltine



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