West End Primary School

West End Lane, Leeds,
West Yorkshire LS18 5JP

0113 2582819


Merry Christmas! School reopens Weds 3rd January. We are closed Tues 2nd January due to staff training

Year 5 Macaw Class

Our class mission statement as written by the children:

In Macaw Class we are kind and helpful whenever we can be. We are an enthusiastic and smiley class and we always like to have fun!

In lessons we always try our best and we work together as a team making sure that no-one is left out. We always listen to each other and treat other people the way we want to be treated ourselves.


Thursday 7th December 2017

With only 1 full week to go until the Christmas holidays, it has been another busy and hard-working week in Macaw Class. Although there have been so many lovely things going on in school, I’m sure that a highlight for the children has been the Christmas concerts! I am so proud of them, as they have acted their parts and sung their songs in our production to parents and whole-school audiences with great confidence and enthusiasm. Behind the scenes there has been lots of team-work going on, as the children have worked together, providing props and costumes for one-another and even a couple of understudies stepping up and having two roles! A big well done to all of you (and parents too for all of your hard work and encouragement with costumes and learning lines)!

Alongside this, we have kept up with normal lessons. We are very excited to have started our two week long topic on area and perimeter looking at how we can use them at the zoo! The children have worked out some pretty tricky problems to work out the area, perimeter and missing sides of rectangles and parallelograms.  I am very impressed with their commitment to persevere and the enthusiasm that they are showing - well done Macaws! Our Journey stories are in the process of being finished and typed up. They are truly wonderful and I am so impressed with the variety and quality of writing.

 Next week, our Christmas party is on Thursday 14th December. As previously, we are asking children to come to school in normal uniforms for the morning and bring party clothes to change into after lunch. To make sure that we have a wide range of food, we are asking parents to provide a selected party food for up to four children. Children know what they have been asked to bring.  (See book-bags for more information.)

Word Mania: Well done Macaws for all of your hard work! We have managed to achieve an amazing 28th place in the International competition with 72 485 points! 




We have 2 PE sessions a week (these are now Monday and Wednesday afternoons) we aim to be outside for at least one of the sessions (weather permitting), but to be on the safe side, please ensure that children have both an indoor and an outdoor PE kit with them in school.


Homework information


  • Our maths topic this week and next week revolves around zoos! We are using our knowledge of area, perimeter (and next week volume) to design our own zoos. I would like the children to choose 5 zoo animals and find out: if the animal lives on its own or in groups, what it eats and what terrain it likes (for example desert, rainforest, water etc.). We will use this in class.

  • The children also have a SPaG sheet to practise using commas in lists.



Online resources

Here is the times table grid that we have started using in class.

 If you would like to practise your times tables online, you can use the following links:


The children have also enjoyed spending some of their ICT time on a wonderful online resource called Active Learn. Children have been reminded that, if they want to, they are able to access this from home. There are maths and SPaG tasks to complete on there each week. 


Here is the link for Word Mania. 


If children would like to email any work to me, the class' homework email address is macaw@westendprimary.org.uk

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