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Proud to be part of the Bushey Primary Education Federation - Executive Head Mrs C Holliman

Week 7 - 20th February

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing half term break.


This half term in English, we will be exploring the text 'Journey to Jo'burg', by Beverly Naidoo. It is the story of two South African children who embark on a long journey to find their mother, who works far from home. The children are black and, at the time the story takes place, South Africa is governed by a racially unjust system of laws called the apartheid. On their journey, the children face a series of difficulties that demonstrate apartheid's unfairness and cruelty. Over the next 5 weeks, we will be using the text as a stimulus to develop our understanding of a variety of writing genres, including non-chronological reports, discussion texts and poetry. This week, we spent time researching South Africa, in preparation for writing a non-chronological report about the country. We found out many interesting facts and towards the end of the week, began to convert our notes into sentences and paragraphs. Next week, during Book Week, one of our tasks will be to complete our reports ensuring that we have used all of the main features of this text type.


This week in Maths, we developed our understanding of 2D shapes. Using a variety of resources, such as sorting cards and spidergrams, we started the week discussing and demonstrating what we already knew about the concept of shape. As the week progressed, we explored examples of shapes in real-life contexts and applied our knowledge to a series of problem solving tasks. Throughout the week, we were encouraged to 'show and prove' our thoughts and ideas. Next week, we will be continuing to focus on shape but will turn our attention to 3D shapes and angles.


Thank you to all of the parents who attended our 'At Home Session' on Friday morning. I hope that it gave you a useful insight into life in M5 and also demonstrated our drive to encourage more independent learning.