Bolsover Church of England Junior School




Mr Smith's class

2017  -   2018 


  News (Autumn Term 2,017) 


5LS  will again be completing some work on E-safety  where we will remind ourselves about how to stay safe, and be sensible, when using the internet  -  including social media!

We will also have a visit from the NSPCC and complete some follow-up work, so that the children have a greater understanding about what the society does.  


Topic work for the 2nd autumn term, up to Christmas, will be centered around space, our solar system and space travel! Look out for a letter that will detail a topic-based homework project where the children will have lots of choice about what they want to focus on!





MONDAY  is usually  the day for any homework, such as maths worksheets,  to be  in  school (apart from any project work, see above), so that we can go through it as a class and revisit any key areas as necessary there and then. 




On-going tasks:

MATHS:  to ensure that ALL TIMES-TABLES (up to at least 12  x  12 and all division related facts) are secure.

READING: to read for pleasure!

WRITING: to use more accurate punctuation in our writing -

including dashes and the occasional hyphen. As a class, we will also have a renewed and tighter focus on handwriting; look out for some resource sheets where our cursive style can be practised (all words to begin from the line and all lower case letters to be joined).








 ALL CHILDREN NEED TO BE CONFIDENT WITH Times-tables facts to at least 12 x 12, including divison facts.  If children are less than confident in this respect, many aspects of other 'number related' maths become at the very least more difficult and sometimes impossible.  To be 'secure' means responding accurately within a few seconds (no more than around  five seconds).

All children have been asked to target a specific weakness, including those who do feel confident -  we can always improve speed and understanding:

Practise any times-tables that you are still unsure about, including divison facts; if you know one fact then you also know the other three!  Example:

8  x  9 = 72 therefore

9  x  8  = 72  so

72 divided by 9 =  8

72 divided by 8 =  9

AND THEN extend to decimals using known times-table facts and place value understanding -


     8      x      9 =  72 therefore

     0.8   x      9 =    7.2   

     0.8   x      0.9 = 0.72


TIP to aid understanding:  when multiplying two decimal numbers which are both less than one whole, such as  0.9  x  0.8,  try substituting the      x     symbol   for   'lots OF'. 

This gives    0.9  lots of   0.8 

0.9  is just less than one whole, therefore 0.9   lots OF  0.8  will  be just less than one lot of 0.80

Also, this place holder is very helpful when comparing 0.8 with  0.72 


   FRACTIONS  are a HUGE  part of the new curriculum for maths; Y5 children need to be able to recognise equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with different denominators and multiply them. The new maths booklets for parents  -  which were sent out in the last summer term  -    show the whole revised curriculum, some tips, advice and examples of where to look for help to support your child.    





*  Stages 3 to 5  -  To accurately tell the time: on an analogue clock face, in digital format and understand am/pm plus 24 hour notation .

*  Stage 6  -  to answer time related real-life problems such as those applying to journey times plus bus/train timetables and TV guides.









Week ending 17th November 2017

Star of the week:   Cadee Reeves for being a really good, helpful friend to others!



Writer of the week:       Zander Stones for some excellent sentence work in his fact-file!


Mathematician of the week :  Braedon Dahill for pushing on to work at a greater depth!



Reader of the week:  

George Cooper for his fabulous ability when reading between the lines!







Use the grid to help you learn your times-tables. The numbers, highlighted in red, are all known as square numbers and are made by multiplying a smaller number by itself. Example: 2 x 2 = 4, therefore 4 is known as a square number.



Click on the link below to learn your times-tables:

 Click on the link below and practise multiplication on a grid (remember to click on full screen).

Think carefully about times-tables facts and place value; try not to guess the answers from the multiple choices  -  work them out on a whiteboard or piece of paper first! Start with U x TU first then, when you are ready, try

 U x HTU. Good luck! 

Click on the link below to see a model of formal division:

Formal division

The following link (below in red), will take you to our parents' zone for our latest (January 2017)  helpful content for maths!

Maths booklets, models and useful links



 Maths  We always improve when studying fractions, decimals and percentages  - click the blue link below  for a 'fractions'  activity, from the BBC skillswise website, which shows how fractions relate to real life situations.

  There are also some excellent activities on decimals and percentages which can be found from the fractions, decimals  and percentages  icon.

    * Please investigate the curriculum link on our  school homepage for times-tables  and / maths worded problems. 




TELLING THE TIME and tacklingTIME RELATED PROBLEMS is now a much-improved theme for most children, as they enter  year 5. However, this needs to continue into Y6... especially: calendar and timetable problems.


Click on the Skillswise logo (below)  / Numbers / Measures, shape and space THEN do: Calculate Time and Reading Times and Dates. If you are not confident when telling the time, check out the 'teaching time' website first (google 'teaching time' to find the website). Also check out time related problems in the curricullum / maths worded problems link from our homepage. 

 Also check out:  


* Skillswise / Writing and any of the activities.


* Skillswise / Reading (especially scanning which is so important when answering comprehension questions). 


English: We will be learning how, and where, to use all relevant punctuation.     Click on the following link for some help:    There_are_four_types_of_comma.doc to see the four basic ways to use a comma.

 Click on the Skillswise logo (shown below, after the Bitesize logo)  / Grammar /  commas for some further help; all other elements of punctuation can also be accessed from the same area of this site.


 This website is designed for KS2 revision of key concepts; click and explore!

                                                                                    There is also a link from this NOW  archived BBC site, to the new BBC Bitesize which

                                                                                    has been designed to match the latest National Curriculum!




   This is another useful website from the BBC with lots of helpful activities  for ALL learners, irrespective of age...





  PE  is every Monday and Wednesday

Please ensure that you have your full PE kit (details are in the planner) in school at ALL times because timetables can, and do, change from time to time. Also, ensure that you remove ALL jewellery before the lesson - it's perhaps best to leave your jewellery at home whenever possible to prevent it being misplaced.