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Peridot Class

Welcome to Peridot Class





Class Teacher:        Mr Lynn

Learning Assistant: Mrs Hoad

Midday Assistant:   Mrs Smith


Welcome to Peridot Class Page

Homework is posted on Peridot’s Class Blog page on Purple Mash every Tuesday. Homework comprises of reading for at least an hour every week using the Myon website, 2 Mathletics activities every week and either a spelling or comprehension activity (alternates each week) using the Reading Eggs website. Additionally, your child will have a Multiplication activity posted on the Purple Mash website and other specific activities such as arithmetic tests.


PE Days are Monday and Thursdays.

Children will follow the weekly class timetable which can be found below:

Peridot’s Class Councillor is Tahlia Jacobs. Tahlia was voted by her peers to represent them in School Council Meetings. Tahlia is a confident and intelligent girl who has the interests of her peers at heart and within the class is responsible for communicating any issues to staff members. She is also responsible for facilitating the half-termly ‘Pupil Voice’ discussions which we hold in the class.

In Peridot we have 3 Class Ambassadors, Gracie Tape for English, Ryan Challis for Mathematics and Yemi Bakare for Topic. Their role is to discuss with any visitors that visit the classroom the work we are doing in the particular subject they represent. As ambassadors they need to be able to explain clearly and accurately the learning that is going on, showing examples of work in their books.


Our work- Autumn Term:

In English this term we have worked on the following areas: Narrative, Instructions, Poetry, Biographies, Newspaper Reports and Non-Chronological Reports. In Narrative and Newspaper Reports we focused our work on ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl. During this area of work the children had to imagine that they were characters from the story and write about how they would escape from the hotel if they were the last witch alive. We also looked at how newspaper reports are structured, and the children had to write a newspaper report based upon 2 events from the story identifying how reported and direct speech are used within them. At the end of the Autumn Term we also looked at the use of ‘flashbacks’ in narrative stories. To do this we focused on the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and how it uses flashbacks to develop the narrative of the story.


In the Biography unit of work the children analysed how biographies are structured and identified specific word choices that are used to make biographies effective. They then chose to write a biography about a famous person from World War 2. The final biographies were very detailed and included the main events of that particular person’s life. 


To coincide with Remembrance Day, we looked at poetry with a particular focus on the use of alliteration, simile, metaphor and personification. The children wrote moving and thoughtful poems about the significance of the poppy and the sacrifice countless people have made in wars.

For Non-Chronological Reports the children researched about the topic of Dinosaurs and used features of non-chronological reports to write about a dinosaur of their choice. The children used the internet to makes notes and then used them to write their report. They used features such as paragraphs, diagrams and sub-headings to structure their reports.

For instructions, the children had to imagine that they had written the instruction leaflet on either ‘how to put on a gas mask’ or ‘deal with a fire during the Blitz’. The children really enjoyed this topic and were good at using features such as bullet points, adverbs and imperative verbs to make their instructions accurate and effective.

During the term we have also used the text ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden as the focus of our Group Guided Reading sessions. In these sessions we have read and decoded the meaning of the text, examining the language used and themes and ideas included within the text. As the text is set during WW2 the children have found it useful as a source of historical information in conjunction with our history topic ‘The Battle of Britain’.


During the term we have also focused on key spelling and grammar patterns, using the Read, Write, Inc scheme and using the YR 5 and 6 spelling words to support these materials.



In Mathematics we have focused our learning in the areas of, Number and Place Value; Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division; Fractions; Position, Direction and Movement and Statistics. In all of these areas we have focused on developing the core areas of: Fluency, Reasoning and Problem-Solving to ensure the children have an in-depth understanding of these areas.


In Number and Place Value we have investigated how numbers are constructed and how we can partition them into different quantities. This works has linked well with the work we have done in Addition and Subtraction.


In Multiplication and Division, we have worked on the processes involved in both short and long forms of each. Children have worked hard especially on long division, which is often very confusing at first. Throughout these units the children have worked on becoming secure in their multiplication facts, up to the 12 times table through weekly activities which culminate in a weekly test on an identified times table.


In Statistics we have investigated how data is collected and represented in bar and line graphs and also in pie charts. The children have analysed the data by answering and creating questions based upon the data they have been given.


The children have investigated Co-ordinates, Angles and Translation when we covered the topic of Position, Direction and Movement. We investigated plotting points in all 4 quadrants and then seeing how we can translate a shape into different quadrants accurately.

In Fractions the children learnt how to simplify fractions; add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators; multiply and divide proper, improper and mixed numbers and convert fractions to decimals and vice-versa.


Throughout the term the children have continued to work on their arithmetic knowledge and skills and are tested on this each week.


In Topic we have covered the following units:

In History we have learnt about World War 2, focusing on The Battle of Britain, Rationing, Anderson Shelters and other aspects of home life during this period.

In RE we have learnt about the stories, beliefs and artefacts of the Hindu religion and the way in which Humanists view the world.

In PE we have developed skills in Athletics, Dodgeball, Basketball and Cross-Country Running. Within these sports the children have developed their understanding of tactics and how to improve their all-round fitness.

In French the children have learnt about talking about their families and the clothes they wear. The children have really enjoyed French and are developing good conversational skills.

In Computing the children have learnt how to use PowerPoint by creating slides about The Battle of Britain and have also learnt how to create blogs and quizzes using the 2Blog and 2Quiz programs on Purple Mash.

In PHSE the children have worked on understanding their feelings in relation to the Covid pandemic and the following lockdown and understanding the role of sleep on the welfare of the human body. They have also looked at the effects drugs have in our society.

In Science the children have learnt about how living things are classified into different groups and how over time animals adapt to their environment. In both of these areas the children have taken part in scientific investigations that are designed to develop their use of scientific enquiry.

In Design and Technology, the children have investigated the design and production process by researching, designing and producing their own Anderson Shelter by using a range of skills and materials. The children have developed their team building skills and identified the importance of evaluating their finished product accurately.

In Music the children have learnt to appreciate a range of musical styles and learnt not only about beat and pulse but also on the components that make up a song. The children have also used glockenspiels to follow and perform compositions.


In all aspects of Topic work, we have endeavoured to ensure that as many cross-curricular opportunities have been included as possible.



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