Friday, 26 February 2016

Week Beginning 22.02.16

The children have been busy and have settled in well this week. They have started a new topic in Science and have had fun testing out which materials absorb the most water.

In Maths they have been focussing on multiplication of two digit numbers using the grid method. They have also started short division with 3-digit numbers.
Next week they will focus on fractions finding unit fractions and non-unit fractions of 3-digit numbers. They will also use short multiplication to multiply 3-digit numbers by single-digit numbers.  
In Topic we are learning about the Mayan Civilisation. On Thursday we looked at how the society was organised and the children completed a venn diagram which compared the freemen and the nobles. They also created a timeline of the key events in Mayan history.

Half the class were busy this week practicing for the Spring Festival ‘I Got Rhythm’, which will be on 9th March at the Harpenden Public Halls. They sounded great!

In Literacy the class are enjoying the new non-fiction unit, ‘The Museum of Fun’. They have looked at the features of a non-fiction text and a report text. They also wrote their own dictionary entries about fairground rides and used adverbials of place and time to link ideas in a text.

Everyone is looking forward to World Book Day next Thursday. We will be decorating our classroom door to look like the front cover of ‘Oranges in No-Man’s Land’ – the book we read recently in Literacy lessons. The year 5s have been given a fun task to do for homework this week which is linked to World Book Day…to design the front cover of a book!

Mrs Sandhu and Miss Hanefey were very impressed with some of the beautiful designs handed in this week for the Year of Mercy logo competition. The Liturgy team will take the best 3 designs to Mrs O’Brien on Monday and she will have the difficult task of choosing the best design from all the classes in the school!

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 12 February 2016

Week beginning 08.02.16

Well, five and a half weeks have flown by and it’s already the half-term holiday! Year 5 were obviously very excited today on the last day of the half-term. They were excited to perform their rap ‘Gran, can you rap?’ (by Jack Ousbey) at the poetry recital in the hall this morning and they did really well.

Just before the poetry recitals from all year groups, Mrs O’Brien asked Abigail to come up to the front of the hall to receive a certificate from WWF and a cuddly toy tiger! Abigail and Aine organised a fundraising activity in school to raise £40 so that the school could sponsor a tiger for one year. What an achievement!

There are lots of photos to show you from this week. On Wednesday Mrs Gritz came to the Ash Wednesday Mass and after the Mass she had a lovely reunion with the class. She had brought her beautiful baby boy, Jack, with her and the children were really happy to meet him.

There are photos of the Year 5s in RE today…they worked in groups of 3 to create a poster/mind-map all about the recent topic ‘Mission’. Miss Hanefey was very impressed with how well they worked together in their teams. Their posters showed a very good understanding of the topic and were creative and eye-catching. It was very good preparation and revision ready for the short assessment they will have after the holiday.

When we return from the holiday we will be starting a new non-fiction unit of work in Literacy called ‘The Museum of Fun’. They will read an interactive eBook, scanning and summarising information and relating it to their lives and experience. They complete the mission, planning, writing and presenting television adverts to encourage people to visit the museum.

In Maths we will be learning about multiplication using the grid method to multiply 2-digit by 2 digit numbers. We will also be looking at division, using short division to divide 3-digit by 1-digit numbers with no remainders and with integer remainders.

In Science Mrs Sandhu will be teaching ‘Properties and Changing Materials’.
Year 5 have a short story to write for homework during the holiday and we are asking for five entries in their Reading Record instead of the usual three since they have a whole week off! Rise to the challenge!

Have a happy and safe holiday and see you on 22nd February!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Week beginning 01.02.16

Another busy week…

In Maths the year 5’s were learning about the properties of different triangles. They also used weighing scales to weigh a selection of different carbohydrates to learn about grams and kilograms. On Friday we learnt how to convert millilitres to litres and vice versa.
On Monday in PE the children practised different ways of training to improve their fitness for particular Olympic sports e.g. step-ups, throwing and catching and rope ladders.
On Wednesday Year 5 had a successful visit to their local library. They learnt how to look up non-fiction books using the catalogue, and were shown around all of the children’s section. We hope this visit has inspired them to use the library more and read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.
Today in PE they were applying all the skills they have been learning in hockey to a match situation.  
In English we continued looking at the book ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ for our fiction unit. 5SG used their imagination to write their own version of Samar’s story.
Some pupils handed in their monster designs for the Road Monster competition, so we’ll wait and see if we get any winners…
There are lots of things to look forward to next week…among other things, the Ash Wednesday Mass and a poetry recital on Friday. Year 5 need to practice their rap, ‘Gran, can you rap?’!
In Maths we will be using the written column method to add amounts of money in pounds and pence, adding 2-place decimals using written column addition, and subtracting decimal numbers using counting up.

Have a lovely weekend!